What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
They completed the work as assigned and paid for. They created the functionality perfectly, but their design team needs a little work. For functionality, they created it exactly how we asked them to. When it comes to design, it’s not something you can physically see what the person is trying to explain to you. It’s kind of difficult.
The app launched for Android and took several weeks for the Apple version to launch. We didn’t go with marketing because we’re using the app to understand AdMob and the application world; to view the avenue of why certain marketing tools aren't working for these types of applications. That’s a way to increased marketing for smaller applications as well, from the perspective of not necessarily using the Google AdSense, but marketing alternatives like social media. This was just a test application of a small number of users to explore and understand the market.
How did Appiskey perform from a project management standpoint?
They wanted us to give them updates through Basecamp. It was a little bit of a hindrance to our situation when trying to explain the effects of certain things. They’re very responsive to the things that we ask them to complete. It’s the form of communication that really hindered the timeframe it took to complete the application.
It would have helped if we were to have sat down and look at one picture versus having a quick phone call or uploading it to Basecamp and not speaking about our ideas in person. We would have been completed as soon as July had we communicated differently. The management is very responsive, but their communication needed some work.
What did you find most impressive about them?
They have a very large team. They’re the most affordable in the Florida market right now. There are not many application development companies in Florida that can beat their pricing.
Are there any areas they could improve?
The only downfall is that I feel like our process would have been faster if there was a time to physically meet up and get the job done. There would have been fewer errors had we communicated differently.
What advice would you give to potential future clients of Appiskey?
Before you assign them a project, have them try a project outline and see if they understand your ideas, because a lack of communication will hinder timeframes. If you’re looking into something that you have a lot of time to create, go with them. If you need it done quickly and the way you want it, you might have to look around.