Bringing to life your digital vision

Applaudo Studios provides full Software Development services for Top Tier Customers in the United States, the Americas, and Europe. Our team of iOS, Android and Web Developers have created some of the most amazing products in the mobile and web world.

We take care of projects from the Inc500, Fortune500 and some of the most amazing Startups around; Applaudo Studios can also support staff augmentation, temporary resource staffing needs for your company.

From our offices in Austin, New York, and DC and our development centers located in the heart of Paradise in Central America we will have you covered for anything Mobile and Web.

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2012
Applaudo Studios
701 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701
United States
Applaudo Studios
Colonia San Benito
San Salvador
El Salvador
Applaudo Studios Guadalajara
Mexico

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Our customer list includes large Fortune500 Mobile Apps, world leading consumer brands, and some of the largest Software Developers in the United States; the projects that Applaudo Studios has worked on add up to tens of millions of downloads on iOS and Android.

GOODWIN CUSTOM HOMES

Goodwin Custom Homes is a Construction & Real Estate company in Charlotte, North Carolina.
 

We spent a lot of time talking to the owners and their passion for quality and innovative materials was evident. We decided to develop a new, refreshed graphic system that complemented their brand and conveyed the qualities found on their work. Then, we designed a brand new website with big galleries and case studies with full-sized images to allow the details to come up. In the end, Goodwin Custom Homes became a website that reflected the passion and care that is put into each one of their homes.

BENCHMARK

Benchmark is a fully automated, all-in-one solution that provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to managing, developing and growing policy departments and officers.

Agile in its core. Applaudo manages the software development cycle using agile methodologies adapting to client needs during production.

Transparent by design. Our process provides granular visibility all the way from the code level to the management of the product roadmap and the people behind them.

Larger than just code. We work along side University of Chicago Scientists to leverage their research and turn it into a holistic product.

Integrations:

Google Analytics - Sentry - Sendgrid

NBC

Applaudo's partnership with Phunware Inc helped us become part of the team that developed NBC's app for Android. The app features a user experience focused around giving visibility to programming on-the-go, across any device, with in-app experiences ranging from episode previews to special content and live streaming services.  

Integrations:

Adobe Primetime - ExoPlayer - Retrofit - AppsFlyer

CBS

Applaudo worked along with CBS and Phunware Inc on a Streaming platform for CBS, specifically for Apple TV. The app allows CBS subscribers access CBS live TV channels and watch online series through their AppleTV devices, provide location based content and generate analytics to improve the advertising network.

Integrations:

TVML - XML - CBS API - LiveTV Streaming - Analytics or Google Analytics

THE CW

A new challenge came along to Applaudo: Design, develop and scale two streaming apps for Android and iOS for The CW Network where users can watch their favorite shows for free, no subscription or login required and implementing streaming-specific analytics and advertising tools.

The CW Network is an American English-language broadcast television network that streams the latest shows like Black Lightning, The Flash, Jane The Virgin, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Whose line is it anyway?, Everwood and more.

Integrations:

AVFoundation - Core Spotlight - Push Notifications - Associated Domains - BlueKai Analytics - Kochava Analytics - mParticle Analytics - Flurry Analytics - Google Cast SDK - Google Mobile Ads - Google Interactive Media Ads - Crashlytics - Branch - DS Video - Realm

LAMUSICA

LaMusica is a free digital video, radio, music and entertainment service that offers access to radio stations, video and music for free through their website. Applaudo addressed scalability issues given its exponential growth of users by developing a mobile platform for Android and iOS that features curated playlists, live radio streaming, automated playlists based on genre or artists, audio and banner ads and short videos.

Integrations:

Open Source Aura Framework - 7 Digital - ExoPlayer - JWPlayer - Senzari - Retrofit - OkHttp - Glide - Calligraphy - LeakCanary - Material Dialogs - Google Gson - ComScore - ID Matching API

FOX NOW

FOX NOW is a VOD and streaming platform that provides access to free and premium content from several local and national channels. Applaudo designed, developed, launched and scale the FOX NOW app for Android, iOS and tvOS. Several Analytics libraries were implemented like Heartbeat, Segment, Adobe Analytics and Localytics. TrueX was also implemented to deliver advertisement.

 

Integrations:

Alamofire - Google Cast SDK - Optimizely - Segment Analytics - AppsFlyer

Reviews

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Multiple Developments for Management Consulting Firm

"Their methodology, business model, and past experience met our needs."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Applaudo Studios has served as a third-party development partner for numerous projects. In two engagements, the team created a strategic plan and developed alternative approaches to digital factory management.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Santiago, Chile
Former Partner, Management Consulting Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team’s efficient executions, knowledge-base, and cutting-edge approach made them a valuable partner. Applaudo Studios provided exceptional service in a professional and personable manner.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

During the project, I was a partner at a consulting firm in Chile. I now work at a firm in Panama.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Applaudo Studios?

We collaborated with them on several development projects for third parties.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

For one project, they helped our client, a bank, explore alternatives for managing their digital factory. In another engagement, the team developed an airline’s strategic plan.

What is the team composition?

We interacted with about six people.

How did you come to work with Applaudo Studios?

The team had previous experience with consulting firms, so they were familiar with our vocabulary and approach. Applaudo Studios’ work also stood out as highly professional.

How much have you invested in them?

We’ve spent around $500,000 thus far.

What is the status of this engagement?

The partnership started in 2016 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Applaudo Studios provided an invaluable skill set for technological and digital innovation; their expertise was helpful for both clients. They efficiently translated business language into technology solutions. The team’s size and presence in the US spoke to their cutting-edge resources.

How did Applaudo Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

Their methodology, business model, and past experience met our needs. The team was highly professional. We used Asana to manage the project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Applaudo Studios valued our clients—they fostered a rapport immediately— and always went the extra miles to fulfill their exact specifications.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They specialize in mobile apps but could also diversify to consulting or other segments.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev for Financial Services Company

 "Applaudo Studios has added great value for our business."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Applaudo Studios is developing a mobile app for iOS and Android. It disseminates financial planning resources for individuals, families, companies, and schools at a larger scale than manually possible.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Salvador, El Salvador
CEO, Financial Services Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Having completed the first phase of development, Applaudo Studios created an initial version of an app that already offers access to regional and large-scale companies with 5,000–7,000 employees. Having accomplished the main objective, the team continues to improve the product.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO at Fisherman Wealth Management. I founded this company years ago to help individuals and families to reach their financial goals through personal financial planning. We also provide tools for family companies to accomplish their business objectives and instate a correct asset structure. Lastly, we provide financial consulting services for universities and colleges.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Applaudo Studios?

One of our main goals was finding a way to reach more users. Many of our solutions used repetitive methods that we had to manually execute one at a time. We hired Applaudo Studios with the intent to develop an app that could scale up our ability to provide services.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Applaudo Studios is developing our mobile app for iOS and Android. Initially, they provided consulting services. They taught us how to plan the development process according to our needs and expectations. As a financial planning tool, it helps us teach our clients new processes before we even meet them in person. To make our resources easily accessible, it also digitally disseminates financial educational content.

Our app’s critical function is to automate processes we’d been conducting manually. For example, some of the companies we service have a staff of 4,000. The product we’re creating generates ad hoc solutions to reach each one individually. After it gathers information on their behavior, it diagnosis a company or an individual’s financial situation as a whole. Taking that context into consideration, it provides topical advice and suggests the best products for them to use.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a team of around 8-10 people.

How did you come to work with Applaudo Studios?

They knew about our business because we had provided our financial services to their team.  We’d already been looking for a development team to work on this project. 

How much have you invested in them?

We spend $100–$125 per hour on their services. We haven’t finished the app yet, but the first phase should take an estimated 100 hours.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have been working with them for about ten months now. We’re currently on the last phase of this development.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We’ve already reached our primary goal. At this stage, the app already provides access to a volume of clients it had been physically impossible for us to reach before. One of the essential results Applaudo Studios helped us achieve is being able to work with companies with 5,000-7,000 employees as well as regional clients. Their guidance provided quite helpful. We’re confident the final product they produce will meet our expectations and include all the functionalities we requested.

How did Applaudo Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

Right when we started this project, we created a Basecamp account and gave everyone involved in the project access. This tool lets us check on development progress and give Applaudo Studios feedback on their work. It’s been a very dynamic process.

We regularly ask questions and provide them with advice. They’ve kept us up-to-date throughout each phase of the project. Rather than a client-developer relationship, it feels like we’re a team in which everyone collaborates. Applaudo Studios has excellent added value for our business.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Our app is quite complicated, and we were impressed drive to get involved in the process. Applaudo Studios keenly grasped our complex product's overarching goal. They really did their homework. We needed it to function not just as a budget tool, but also like a personal accountant to manages our users' bank accounts, insurance, income, and expenses. A couple of their developers even used our services firsthand, which helped them understand how best to go about the build.  

Are there any areas they could improve?

We understand that having too many clients as a growing company can be problematic. As they expanded, we sometimes felt like their availability became restricted. Lately, though, they’ve been getting back on track and working at a faster rate.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web App Dev for Operations Solutions Company

"Their ability to work with me and adjust to our situation on the fly was very impressive." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Applaudo Studio is helping to develop a custom web application for both office and field use. They use Python.Net and Angular and are handling QA.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Information technology
CEO, Development Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The web app has received positive feedback from the end-client. Applaudo Studios’ effective use of the scrum methodology and project management tools has led to a smooth workflow and easy problem solving. Their flexibility, professionalism, and perseverance have been on constant display.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO and Founder of a custom development and design agency.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Applaudo Studios?

We needed help to develop a responsive web application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They used Python for .Net and Angular to develop a responsive web app that would be used for data visualization and terminal optimization. They also implemented a responsive design so employees can use it in the field as well.

What is the team composition?

We have four engineers – including a QA resource – currently working with us.

How did you come to work with Applaudo Studios?

I met both Applaudo Studios’ founders a couple years ago and we talked about how they could help us from a development perspective. We were looking for someone that we could rely on to execute the work as well as someone whom we could put in front of a client and communicate with on a regular basis. Their cost also happened to be very suitable for what we needed.  

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since the end of 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The feedback has been really positive, especially the responsive web application that we just deployed. Our end-client was really impressed with the product and thinks it’s going to be a game changer in the field.

How did Applaudo Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

We work through the Agile scrum process and used Jira to manage everything. This fits well with our internal process which also leverages Jira. The cooperation was seamless and they were good about effectively working through issues. We communicated over slack, but we’re hoping to start having face-to-face meetings.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I go into a project with the expectation that the vendor is going to execute, be professional, and get the job done. Applaudo Studios did just that. Their ability to work with me and adjust to our situation on the fly was very impressive. They were able to work through the ways in which the project wasn’t perfect, which I expect a quality service team to be able to do.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There was a little bit of miscommunication at the start of the project – trying to hand information off and kick-start everything. That could probably improve but it wasn’t a deal breaker; it didn’t impact the team negatively. We had a conversation about it and we were able to resolve how to collaborate moving forward.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There was an initial miscommunication when handing off information to start the project.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev for Airline Customer Loyalty Program

"They have excellent follow up, great teamwork, and the tools they use provide great support."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Applaudo is providing mobile application development services, working on an iOS and Android platform. They update the programming language and work on the frontend.

The Reviewer
 
200 - 500 Employees
 
San Salvador, El Salvador
Strategy and BD Manager, Airline Customer Loyalty Program
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The ongoing project is running smoothly, with the team following their organized work methodology effectively and efficiently. Their testing processes, as well as the follow up and feedback is good, though they could expand their knowledge of suitable technologies.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We have a program with different clients to which we provide services, including an airline. We offer loyalty networks to a program of retailer coalitions, where our partners can accumulate miles. I am the business development and strategy manager and I take care of innovation and product development inside our platform and mobile apps.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Applaudo?

We had some troubles with our previous developer. We decided to look for a new company, in order to have better service in terms of development quality and obtain a more trustworthy app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They're re-coding our current mobile app, mostly updating the programming language for both Android and iOS, They updates haven’t been launched yet, but they will in the coming months. We're also working on a project to change the app's frontend and do some updates to our website.

What is the team composition?

How did you come to work with Applaudo?

We'd known of them and some of their employees for years, as they are based in the same area as us. For this project, we launched an RFP process, in which they and a variety of companies participated.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started in April of this year and the aim is to have the app ready to launch by mid-July.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

They're very solidly organized in their work with a clear work methodology. The roles of the teams are well defined, as are the methods to address any issues. The testing of the app, the feedback, and the follow-up process have been very good.

How did Applaudo perform from a project management standpoint?

It's been great and has helped us to meet every deadline. They used different tools for communications such as Slack, email, and Basecamp. The communication has flowed very well and we never had any delays or inconveniences that affected the development or the project management.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their ability to meet every deadline was impressive. They have excellent follow up, great teamwork, and the tools they use provide great support.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We've been working with them just for a few months and our requirements were very specific, but they maybe could do some research on the most updated technologies on the market. It would allow them to make more suggestions around how to update the apps.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Game Redesign for Concussion App Company

“Applaudo Studios’ strength lies in their competency. They’re qualified experts with a great track record.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Applaudo Studios built a mobile app that allowed users to test for concussions. This involved revamping the app's design while also refining the performance and security. They’re currently working on a website.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Lead Designer, Concussion App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

As expected, Applaudo Studios’ code received outstanding internal praise for its quality. The team’s technical expertise, overlapping time zone, and past experiences have made them a strong fit for the collaboration. They’re process-driven and deliver outcomes reliably.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the lead designer for a concussion app startup. Our mobile helps athletes screen for signs of concussions through a series of game-like tests. These tests measure brain functions that are affected by concussions, delivering the results in real time. I’m responsible for overseeing the user experience portion of the design, but I also help out in other areas.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Applaudo Studios?

When we first approached Applaudo Studios, we wanted to redesign our game. We had two major objectives: we wanted to update our app’s technology to enhance its security and performance, and we wanted to refine the entire end-user experience. There were plenty of little details that we needed to address. As a result, we wanted resources who had experience in both game development as well as technical security and other areas.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Applaudo Studios worked in parallel with our in-house development team to implement our updates. Together, we built the app in Ionic 1 and updated its look and feel. This involved a visual overhaul, animation updates, and general attention to the end-user experience.

After completing the initial project, they’ve continued to support us, working on other features and helping us expand our business. They’re currently working on improving our website as well as doing backend work for different APIs.

What is the team composition?

As far as I know, their team consists of three dedicated developers and two project managers.

How did you come to work with Applaudo Studios?

While looking at various companies to outsource our work, we considered several factors such as time differences, expertise, and price. To facilitate development between our in-house team and overseas partner, we wanted an agency that shared a similar time zone. We also considered the vendor’s expertise, noting any completed projects that were similar to our own. Finally, we looked at the value between their experience and costs. Applaudo Studios satisfied all of our criteria, demonstrating high-level engineering skills at a reasonable price.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $45,000 thus far.

What is the status of this engagement?

Their work began in April 2017 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Internally, we feel that they’ve done an excellent job following through with the project. The quality of their code is excellent, and we appreciate how process-driven they are. As such, we can really count on them to understand the expectations and deliver on time.

How did Applaudo Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

We use several tools to manage the project. Our primary project tool is Basecamp, which allows us to share our creative documents and visuals. In terms of deadlines, if there are changes to the project scope, then we would also have to adjust the time frame. However, their team has had no problems meeting those deadlines.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Reiterating what I’ve said before, it’s important to us that they work within a similar time zone. Because we have in-house developers, having overlapping schedules is crucial to organizing the process and expanding our development team.

Furthermore, Applaudo Studios’ strength lies in their competency. They’re qualified experts with a great track record. From my past experience, I know that outsourcing can be risky because, when we hire a company, we have to retrain them at our expense. Therefore, it’s paramount to find engineers who can work fast and have relevant experience.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The only improvement I can think of relates to their office space. At the time, they had a limited working space with few conference rooms. I thought that it might benefit them to find larger facilities. However, they’re planning to change offices soon, so they’ve already addressed those issues themselves.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’m very willing to recommend them.

Multiple Mobile Developments for Mobile Platform Development Agency

“We’re lucky to have found them and to continue to work with them.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Applaudo offers staff augmentation to a mobile product and services company for native development on iOS and Android platforms and mobile products. They also do QA, web development, backend, and server work.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
Jeff Dickey
VP, Operations and Fulfillment, Phunware, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Applaudo’s collaboration supports company growth and success, which results in continuing work for them too. The team delivers high-quality deliverables and strong commitment to their work, building trust in their abilities and expansion to deeper work. They are experts in native mobile development.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the VP of operations and fulfillment at Phunware, Inc. We’re a mobile product and services company that covers everything from bespoke development to mobile products to advertising to cryptocurrency to big data.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Applaudo Studios?

We needed help with multiple native iOS and Android mobile apps.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our initial work and the bulk of our work with Applaudo Studios is native development on iOS and Android platforms. They’ve helped us on many projects involving Fortune 5000 or Fortune 500 companies at an enterprise level.

Our initial relationship with Applaudo Studios began as a capacity supplement for our development team. Working with them allowed us to have quality developers for 4–8 weeks when we didn’t have visibility on the need to do a new hire at the end of that project.

They have since become one of the primary providers for some of our services work with enterprise-level customers in native mobile development as well as working with our product team for developing some of our mobile products.

It’s primarily staff augmentation, but we’ve executed projects where all of the developers have come from Applaud Studios. They’ve also supplemented our QA team and provided assistance with web development and backend or server work.

How did you come to work with Applaudo Studios?

We built trust through our initial engagements. The quality and dedication to the work that their team brought gave us the confidence to expand the scale and types of projects that they would be involved in.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent over $2 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2015 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The quality of their deliverables and the collaboration has always been first rate. We wouldn’t have continued to work with them this long if it wasn’t. It’s resulted in our company continuing to grow and be successful. We haven’t encountered a bad developer with them. If members of their team were willing and able to move to the U.S., we would hire them as full-time employees.

How did Applaudo Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management keeps things on track. We often have shifting requirements. The smoothness of our relationship with them is a testament to the project management that they have going on behind the scenes as part of their internal processes.

They work in the same time zone, which allows our development and program managers to maintain a much more regular sprint schedule and a collaborative environment. It’s a big deal that the developers from Applaudo Studios and our team are all engaged and awake at the same times. They communicate easily through Slack, emails, and phone calls. They’re very fluent in English; there are no language barriers to team communication and collaboration. They behave as part of the team much more than as hired help.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They behave like a partner and not like hired help. They have always been a great collaborative addition to our business. We have a lot of confidence and trust in them. They’ve always been very flexible to work with us in accommodating changes. They add and subtract bandwidth as the project calls for it.

Also, they’re fully versed experts in native development for iOS and Android. They can handle just about anything in either of those ecosystems from a mobile standpoint.

5.0
Overall Score They’re terrific. We’re lucky to have found them and to continue to work with them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We have no hesitation to refer customers their way.

Branding & Design for Healthcare Manufacturer

“They were trustworthy and direct communicators.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Feb. - Apr. 2018
Project summary: 

Applaudo conceptualized the visual identity of a new product line. They designed the fonts, color palette, and other branding materials.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Lafayette, Colorado
CEO, Medical Manufacturer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Applaudo’s high-caliber output and honesty inspired confidence. The team was collaborative, organized, and responsive.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO of a company that manufactures and distributes brand-name products to retail stores in a regulated industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Applaudo Studios?

We needed help with the branding of a new product line.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to finalize a brand concept, create a style guide, and produce deliverables.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were a referral from a trusted source.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

Applaudo did everything, including the colors, font, label, and packaging details. We had an introductory meeting to discuss the brand concept, required deliverables, and stylistic preferences. Their designers would email files for review, which we would then revise as necessary. We soon reached a final draft of all deliverables and completed the project. The designs are now in production.

What was the team composition?

I worked with one representative who handled designer communication and document control.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The project was a huge success, making us feel very confident about the future of our new brand. We were very happy with the work provided.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

We did not need a project management tool, as Applaudo’s representative communicated effectively and in a timely fashion.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were trustworthy and direct communicators.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Instead of emailing files back and forth, an automated review service would help with larger projects.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

iOS Development for Social Networking App

"It's something I'll do differently next time: be very specific and detailed in the contract."

Quality: 
0.5
Schedule: 
0.5
Cost: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
0.5
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. 2015 - Dec. 2016
Project summary: 

An entrepreneur created a professional networking app for strangers to meet up without exchanging personal details.

The Reviewer
 
Startup
 
New York Metro Area
Aleeta Bell
Founder, Pluhg
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The partnership ceased after the client felt nickel-and-dimed too much for features assumed to be implied in the scope agreement. The incomplete app didn't meet expectations for performance, quality, or features. Applaudo delivered the code-base for the paid deliverables.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We have developed an app called Pluhg. It is a social networking app that allows people to introduce friends and associates who don't know each other in a neutral space that doesn't require them to pass out personal information.

I am the founder of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Applaudo Studios?

I was looking for Applaudo to build out the app for me from beginning to end, including the front-end user interface, the coding, and the backend database.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I was looking for a developer to design and also provide some consulting services, as far as the app layout, features, and functionalities that should be included. I was looking for them to design the front-end user interface, and take on the coding (the piece between the front-end and the backend database). I made it clear that I wanted a simple-to-use and very intuitive app. I also made it clear that, for anything that a person was looking to do in the app, I didn't want them to have to click around and figure it out. I wanted them to be able to get to whatever it is they're trying to do within 2-3 clicks.

The app did not turn out well. It didn't fulfill the requirements that I gave them. They coded and produced an app that fulfilled the basic core requests that were in our contract. The problem was that if I said "a user should be able to upload a comic, or this particular picture, or something called pluhg-cards", they would code the abilities for a user to upload a comic, but not the ability for them to delete it. For me, this sounds like a complementary functionality. They said that I didn't ask for that in my documents, that it was another feature, and that they were going to charge more money.

Additionally, if I asked for something specific in the contract, like a checkbox on the profile page which said "do you want to do X, Y, Z?” they would code and include the checkbox, but there was no logic behind it. I would go back to them and say "You can check the box, but nothing happens. If I'm asking you ‘Would you like to stop this process?’ I would think you would include the coding for the process to stop." They said "No, you just asked us to put a checkbox there. We didn't put the logic behind it. If you want the logic, we're going to charge more money."

Those are the types of issues I've had with them. Not only that, the app that they produced for me most recently continues to crash, the login button does not work, and I have about 50 beta testers that have been testing it out with me. They are saying that they don't know what the problem is, they don't know how to fix it, and they're saying that they don't see the issue on their side. However, I was able to login to my iTunes account and confirm that they were actually receiving crash reports.

Another thing that they couldn't get working properly on the app are the notifications. iOS apps have little red indicators on the outside which say "something new has happened, click on the app". They couldn't get the notifications working properly, and couldn't get the right number to appear on the outside of the app. The only thing that they could get to appear was the number 1. On the app, I could've had 4-5 people send me a comment and multiple activities, but I wouldn't know. When I talked to them about it, they said that they couldn't figure out how to fix it. The only thing they could do was to put a "1" indicator on the outside of the app.

Overall, it was very poor work. Not only that, I've just ended a call this morning with my new developer that I've transferred the project to; they have gone through the code and have found several issues outside of what I identified. If I want those issues fixed, I've got to pay them. Overall, it was a very bad experience with Applaudo.

They have constantly said "we're going to fix it", but they never delivered. I have missed so many deadlines, and I've waited. They'd send me an email saying "we're working on this issue", and put out a new release that fixes a few of the things that I didn't even know about, but it doesn't fix the core issues: the crashing, the login functionality, and the notifications - all of them being big issues. Not only that, but the only way that I've been able to communicate with them is through Basecamp and email. Their phone numbers that are listed on Google, their website, and on Facebook don't link to their company. They ring and they disconnect. I don't know what's going on there, but I've tried for several days. At one point, they stopped communicating with me altogether. I was asking them for my code up until this point because I paid for it. They refused to give it to me. For 2 weeks straight, I sent them 4 requests, and I said to them "it's in our contract that you're supposed to provide me my code". They just stopped responding, so I started calling them. Every number I found for them did not work. Finally, they released the code, but they said they're only giving me the part that I paid for.

How did you come to work with Applaudo Studios?

I was referred to Applaudo by a professional connection. They said they had done a few projects with Applaudo and recommended that I work with them on my project. That's how we ended up hiring them.

How much have you invested with Applaudo Studios?

Up until this point, it's been about $33,000. We set up a fixed-price agreement and outlined everything in the contract that I was requesting. We broke it up into 5 stages and 5 payments. After they delivered each stage, I would make a payment and an advance payment for the next stage. I paid them before they did any work; they delivered on that, and once I signed off on that, I would make another payment in advance on the next stage. The problem was that I think I was a little too nice. When we started reaching stages where things weren't completely working, they would say "we have to go to the next stage to get that fully-functional". I'm not an app developer, so I believed them. When we reached stage 4 and were almost done, nothing was working. It's all falling apart, so I shouldn't have been so trusting and continued to pay them more money.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together about a year ago. We started the contract negotiations around January or February [of 2016]. I have discontinued the relationship with them. They did not submit the app because the quality that they produced was very bad, and they were trying to resolve issues but they didn't know how. The relationship ceased just recently.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

How did Applaudo perform from a project management standpoint?

One of their project leads' communication style was that of a professional bully. The other guys communicated very professionally and I had no issues with them, even though they didn't produce. Out of everyone on the team, I just didn't like talking to him. He would subtly threaten me; if I said that we missed a deadline or they didn't include this, he came back saying they included things that I didn't ask for, so they're going to upload a new version of the app to the app store and take all of that stuff out. I would respond saying "I don't know what you're talking about. I don't know of anything that you've included in the app that I hadn't asked for and paid for." It was those kinds of comments and threats that he would make to me over email. It was unprofessional as if he was a professional bully.

Is there anything that you could have done differently?

I feel that I should have qualified them as a company more. When things started to fall apart, I went back to the company who had recommended them to me. He said "To be honest, I've only worked with them on 1-2 small projects, and I haven't worked with them for a few years. I really don't know too much about them." I should've asked more questions up front because then I maybe would have made a different choice.

I don't know if this is something I did wrong, but it's something I'll do differently next time: be very specific and detailed in the contract. There are things and features that I felt were complementary, like a delete function. You post a comment, you should be able to delete it. They said, "No, that's a feature request, and we're going to charge you more money." Every feedback that I gave them was always answered with "more money". From a consulting perspective, I don't think they did a great job. I was looking for them as app developers to give me guidance from a user interface perspective. "This is what you should look to do to make sure that the user has a very easy experience that is intuitive." They didn't seem to care about that. Their concern for me was "we're going to do exactly what you said, and take your money." They weren't concerned about the end-result in my user-base.

1.0
Overall Score
  • 0.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost wasn't bad. It was low, but at the same time, I only got what I paid for, the very basics. It wasn't a good product.
  • 0.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 0.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

Fan Engagement App for Pro Soccer Team

“These are very professional people.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Applaudo is developing an application which allows fans to keep on top of the latest updates about a professional soccer club. The app features information such as standings, rosters, and history, among others.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Edmonton, Canada
Carlos Herrera
Community Liaison, FC Edmonton
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

As a mobile and web developer, Applaudo has all the tools necessary to provide an excellent service. The combination of talented developers, good graphic designers, and capable project managers has allowed the task to flow smoothly throughout the whole process.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

FC Edmonton is a professional soccer club. I’m a Community Liaison for the team. My responsibility is to present the team to the community. That’s my primary job here.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Applaudo Studios?

Since I worked for Applaudo in the past, I have been part of their team, and I learned about the type of job they did for Fortune 500 companies. While I moved recently to Canada, I’ve been recommending them for other companies. As a customer of theirs now for FC Edmonton, we have discussed with their General Manager a project for developing an app for the club.

In my job with the community, I have the opportunity to meet other people that require services for these type of projects. I have heard very good comments from the people I recommended them to. These are projects that run anything from $30,000 to $50,000 and above.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

An app is a way of being in contact with the group of fans. It can supply information regarding the standings, their roster, and the history of the team. The purpose of the app would be maintaining the community or keeping the group of fans informed about the activities that the team does, engaging the fan base.

We had pretty much an idea of what we wanted. The good thing about Applaudo is that they understand their part. They understand the technical part of it and how that translates to develop an app that is user-friendly, with a look and feel that is clear to the users. It’s not only about understanding what we need, but the challenge for any developer is to understand how the work will be translated and how the process of delivering the information that you want is easily digestible for the user. I think Applaudo has a team of not only developers, but executives that really understand. They manage to capture your objectives or your needs, and translate them into a technical development of a nice looking, easy to use, versatile app. That’s what they are strong at.

How did you come to work with Applaudo Studios?

I worked for Applaudo in the past.

How much have you invested with Applaudo Studios?

It’s probably up to $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We are in the process still; it’s not completed.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Since this is still in the process and we are still discussing all the development within the app, it’s hard to explain the magnitude of the development because it combines the graphic part, the database that we’ll develop, and the interface with the user. They are very strong in every single part. You share with them your needs, and they come back with something that surprises you, even probably better than what you were thinking.

They have good graphic designers who are very professional. Their respect for the timing is also one of their strongest assets in their organization, meaning that if they’re required to put more people in the project, they would do that. I don’t know the details, but I assume that this is a project that would use probably from five to ten people because it’s a lot of hours of development.

How did Applaudo Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

Outstanding. Absolutely outstanding. They’re on top. These are very professional people. These are people that have managed larger projects than ours, for big, huge, Fortune 500 companies in the US. These are people that are very knowledgeable about what they’re doing, so that gives me the confidence to recommend them.

What did you find most impressive about Applaudo Studios?

Their timing. Besides all that I have mentioned, timing is very important in these types of projects because time is very valuable. They go beyond our expectations in terms of putting people to accomplish the timing. Being always available is another strength of theirs. These are people that can work in any language.

Are there any areas Applaudo Studios could improve?

Really, there is nothing that I can think of that they haven’t at least taken care of when needed. Pricing is something that, as a customer, you always try to negotiate in terms of getting it low, but then of course good work has a price. Not always can you get the price that you want as a customer. It’s pricey, but I think it’s worth it.

5.0
Overall Score They are excellent, outstanding, and easy to work with. I have a lot of confidence in the job they do.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    You probably get more than what you pay for. They are always looking for new ideas. They do not limit themselves to what you ask them; they will come back with ideas and suggestions for improvement.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Definitely.

Web and Mobile Development for Digital City Guide

“I don't regret anything about my choice to work with them.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Applaudo is simultaneously performing web and mobile development for Android and iOS of a travel app. The product will allow users to book accommodations and make travel and leisure plans in featured locations.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
El Salvador
Fausto Funes
Founder, Expres Citi
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Applaudo performs excellent services on several fields. Besides developing apps, the team is also versed in project management and are able to provide guidance on the best methods to utilize on said projects. Furthermore, they are always available to answer questions about the tasks.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My startup is a travel app and website for tourists called Expres Citi. It will first launch in Mexico. People should be able to know what to do when they arrive in a new city with the help of this app. You will be able to make a travel plan from the app, book accommodations, etc. I want to sell a franchise for the app in each city.

I am the founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Applaudo Studios?

Applaudo Studios is making the mobile applications and the web platform for my travel website. This is my first internet company, so my original business plan wasn't that great. My plan wasn't as clear before I started with them. The Applaudo team took me by the hand step-by-step and explained everything I didn't understand. After all, I'm not a computer guy - I'm just a businessman. They gave me a lot of suggestions and they knew what to do. It took about ten meetings for me to understand what I really wanted and they had the patience to answer all of my questions. Once I was completely satisfied, we began the actual development work. The relationship has been excellent.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We're currently developing the website and the iOS and Android applications simultaneously. We're developing each version at the same time because I want to launch everything at once.

How did you come to work with Applaudo Studios?

A year ago, I was looking all over the place for app development experts and companies. I searched the internet and looked here in El Salvador, in Guatemala, and in Mexico. I called people who had had apps made by other agencies. Many of the people I called had a lot of trouble with other app development companies. Six months ago, I found Applaudo Studios and gave them a call. I called previous clients of theirs and they were really happy because their apps and platforms all ran smoothly. I met with the team a week after that and started talking about what I wanted. Their offices had a really professional vibe. Everyone was very focused. The owners of Applaudo Studios were professional but also friendly. They taught me the basics of everything.

How much have you invested with Applaudo Studios?

Applaudo Studio's development will cost about $100,000 to $150,000. I plan to spend another $100,000 for marketing.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the project two or three weeks ago in July [2016].

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

I don’t have a final product yet. However, I’m trying to launch the app in Mexico and want to start getting hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and theaters listed in the app.

How did Applaudo Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

There's been a lot of information that we send each other back-and-forth. They reply instantly whenever I send them information or ask a question. They present new ideas with every response and then we execute. So far, so good. I'm really happy with Applaudo Studio's work.

What did you find most impressive about Applaudo Studios?

The competition charged a little bit less, but the references I called had trouble with their apps. I would pay $20,000 more for the peace of mind that my app is being professionally developed. I don't want to have to deal with any major hiccups.

The best thing about my experience so far is Applaudo Studio's professionalism and knowledge of the latest technologies.

Are there any areas Applaudo Studios could improve?

So far, I'm really happy with the guys at Applaudo Studios. I don't regret anything about my choice to work with them. I think they're doing fantastic.

5.0
Overall Score The ride that we've been on has been really enjoyable; no frustration, no stress. Their attitude is very positive.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They say they're going to deliver on Thursday, and they deliver on Wednesday night.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their quality is so great. It is truly valuable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I highly recommend them to anyone who needs an app developed.