What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
The app launched a few days ago, and we already have seven or eight five-star reviews. Granted, these are mostly from family and friends, but Appinventiv is helping me gain more traction on the App Store. I’m in touch with their head of marketing, and we connect via Skype every now and then to discuss tactics.
How did Appinventiv perform from a project management standpoint?
We had a project manager, Shagun (Project Coordinator, Appinventiv), who was in touch with us every single day. She was awesome to work with and would give me frequent updates about what they were doing. We typically had meetings three to five times a week to go over the direction of the app.
I would correct the course whenever I needed to, but for the most part, they stuck to my vision. They were always willing to look over my drawings and ideas, and we’d set up a meeting if there was a major change. They sent me a recap at the end of each week with plans for the next week.
The communication was super clear and effective. Even if we had stuck to just Skype calls, it would have been perfectly suitable. The in-person meetings were just an added bonus.
They used Basecamp for tracking progress and Skype for communication. I wasn’t super familiar with Basecamp, but it’s an easy tool for sharing files and discussing changes. We would often use Basecamp to talk about ideas and then have a Skype meeting if we needed to clarify anything.
What did you find most impressive about them?
I didn’t have that many expectations going into the engagement, and they still managed to blow me away. I’m a young guy with a dream and zero experience in app development, and they’ve made sure that my dream continues to become a reality.
Even from the beginning, I had the COO and the head of marketing reaching out to me. It felt like a ton of personal attention despite my having such a small brand.
I was also super impressed with their designer. He was phenomenal. I’m terrible at drawing and sent over the worst illustrations, and he always made them look amazing. He did screen designs and interface designs, as well.
He was also very responsive and would reach out to me personally whenever he needed more information. Working with me was probably a challenge at times, but they made it an incredibly nice experience.
Are there any areas they could improve?
I haven’t had any issues with them. Part of that could be because I’ve never worked with an app developer before, but I can’t think of any areas for improvement.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
Go in with as much information about your ideal product as possible. They’ll make exactly what you want. Their head engineer once told me that they would be able to build any of my ideas, and that nothing is impossible for them. That stuck with me.
Especially if you’re like me and don’t have any coding experience, try to use resources online to gain a better sense of what’s possible. Have a detailed plan and idea, because they’ll be able to deliver it, whatever it is.