The Idea to App Blog

Quick bites of information about app development

4 Sketch Tips to Keep In Mind

The number one thing this website offers is free, printable iPhone sketch paper. We live in a world with an iPad that’s a sketchbook, where Wacom tablets are the number one choice for designers, where the Surface Studio just came out, and yet there are still...
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5 Creative Ways to Market Your App

Marketing is something that seems simple, because we’re exposed to it every day. Companies take out ads and pay money to put messages right in front of us. So if we want to market something we’re selling, obviously we just need to pay to get our message in...
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Small Changes That Can Make Your App Go Viral

Having an app go viral is the dream. Once we all start making our own apps, we go to bed at night staring at the ceiling and dreaming about what it would be like if we woke up tomorrow with a viral app, $10,000 richer. I’ve spent plenty of my own nights falling...
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For Guaranteed Sales, Build Your Audience Outside The App Store

When people want to make an app, building an audience seems like one of the least exciting things. Designing the app is excited, drawing the wireframes, showing our friends, testing prototypes – these are the exciting things. But as it always is, the exciting...
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Why You Should Hand-Draw Apps, First

You need to hand-draw your app if you want it to turn out well. I know, you’re not an artist, but hear me out. It seems like early on in life, everyone decides whether or not they have artistic talent. Everyone starts to doodle as a child, and some...
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I Will Never Keep an App Idea Private

As an app developer, I get a lot of people emailing me about working on their app idea. And about 50% of them say something along the lines of, “but don’t share this with anyone,” or “you need to sign an NDA before talking about our app...
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Building an Online Community, Part 3

LEVERAGE YOUR COMMUNITY Once you’ve got an online audience, it’s time to actually get that audience working for you through interacting with it.  If you don’t interact with the audience you’ve built, it will wither away and become nothing – interacting with your...
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Building an Online Community, Part 2

HAVE A GOAL Make sure to have a clear goal in mind when you are building your online community.  For someone who already works another job, maximizing every minute you spend working must make a difference.  You know what benefits you want from your community –...
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Building an Online Community, Part 1

One of the things that takes an app experience from good to great is having a great online community.  This can mean many things, from giveaways of related contents, featuring users of your app, or having a well-documented support portal  Users can then interact with...
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Give Your App a Personality

A truly amazing app needs to have it’s own personality.  It can’t just be an amalgamation of the default iOS buttons and random graphics you made in iPhoto – it needs to be cohesive, attractive, and the sort of app your target market would want. To...
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3 Questions to Ask Your Users

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of user feedback at so far, but the topic deserved it’s own blog post. So you need to interact with your signups to validate your idea; ask them questions, talk to them about the actual problem they’re experiencing. ...

Market Your App – Before It’s Too Late

Man, what a sensationalist headline! Many think this when they see headlines this sensationalist.  Unfortunately, in this case, it’s entirely warranted.  Poor or no marketing for an app before it’s release can mean the difference between success and...