What’s Your Budget?
The first thing to keep in mind when choosing the right app development agency in Dublin, is to figure out how much you have to spend. Money is an important part of the conversation regardless of how cool your idea is or how great an opportunity this seems to be. You should always strive to go into these discussions with a clear picture of how much you want to spend and be open with your potential partner. Be honest with your numbers, as honesty is the best way to begin any partnership.
See their Portfolio
The best way to determine whether an app development agency can deliver is to review their past work. You don’t necessarily need to see clients that fall into the exact same industry as you, but you do need to see apps that impress you. You want to ensure that the app agency creates apps that are somewhat diverse.
Most mobile apps are relatively inexpensive to download. So do one better than perusing case studies—pull out your phone and download the apps. Use the apps, study their designs and determine whether you’re a fan of the agency’s work.
Ask For Their Pricing Structure
Some app developers in Dublin only build apps for a fixed rate while others bill their clients hourly. You need to ask potential agencies upfront about their approach, as knowing the pricing structure will inevitably lead to more questions.
For example, if an agency charges a fixed rate, you will need to ask about how many rounds of revisions you receive during the design process and whether they will maintain the upkeep of the app at the time of launch. If an agency charges an hourly rate, you will need to ask about scope creep (when a project changes in terms of scope) and how the agency prevents scope creep from happening.
Look for an End-To-End Process
The most successful app agencies have a process, a series of steps they follow as they design and build apps. It’s good to give the clients a chance to better understand what they’re building, why they’re building it, whom they’re building it for and what the first prototype will look like when it’s time to write code.
Before signing a deal with an app development agency in Dublin, understand whether they have a process or they just wing it every single time. Avoid agencies that don’t have a process as that can be an indication that the steps between idea and reality are going to be messy.
Brush Up On UX principles
When choosing the right app development agency in Dublin make sure that the app developer agency follows UX (user experience) principles. Following UX principles ensures an app that will create a smooth user-friendly experience for its users. It also ensures that the app development agency in mind are relatively up to date on important app development factors.
Some examples of important UX principles are
User research: Focuses on understanding user behaviors, needs, and motivations through observation techniques, task analysis, and other feedback methodologies.
User interface design: focuses on anticipating what users might need to do and ensuring that the interface has elements that are easy to access, understand, and use to facilitate those actions.
Visual design: focuses on ensuring an aesthetically pleasing interface that is in line with brand goals.
Accessibility: focuses on how a disabled individual accesses or benefits from a site, system or application. Section 508 is the governing principle for accessibility.
Information architecture: Focuses on how information is organised, structured, and presented to users.
In this blog we talked about the importance of knowing your exact budget, once you do so, a plan can be around your budget. We then talked about why the agencies portfolio needs to be looked at while also asking for their pricing structure. As we mentioned, app development agencies in Dublin have their own pricing structures. Some have hourly rates and some have upfront fees.
We then highlighted the importance of having an end to end process, which basically means it would be a good idea to go with an app development agency in Dublin who actually have a process to create your app. Going with an agency who uses a process to complete your app build is much more organised than those who don’t.
And lastly, we gave you a rundown of some UX (user experience) principles to look out for when choosing your app developer agency in Dublin. If the agency is knowledgeable about these principles and has applied them before. Then it’s looking good, these are all good signs. If you are currently looking for an app development company to chat to about your app idea, why not contact us for a free consultation?