Mobile app strategy, design, and development

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CitrusBits is a mobile app development agency that designs and develops impactful mobile apps and responsive mobile content for businesses of all types.

Having developed critical mobile apps for clients including Burger King, Quiksilver, Symantec, and Sotheby’s, CitrusBits is trusted by movers and shakers across all major industries. Yet, we’ve also enjoyed helping small and midsize businesses and select startups turn their mobile aspirations into juicy ROI.

 

We’re passionate about leveraging mobile technology – including iOS, Android, augmented reality, blockchain, and The Internet of Things (IoT) – to help businesses disrupt entire industries and reach their loftiest goals.

CitrusBits has helped hundreds of businesses build game-changing mobile apps for more than ten years. Please get in touch if you’d like to talk about your next project.

 
$25,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2005
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Los Angeles, CA
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Portfolio

Key clients: 

Burger King, Quiksilver, J&J, National Geographic, UCLA, Harman Kardon, Symantec, and Sotheby's, to name a few.

We're also extremely proud of the startups we've worked with, which include FullyRaw, IrisVision, and The Winning Seat.

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Burger King

THE CHALLENGE

Burger King came to CitrusBits to rebuild and expand their empire. Reviews were showing that users were not satisfied with the previous iteration of their app, which lacked the multilingual and international capabilities a true ruler should have. Maintaining stellar performance when handling a large number of users is always a challenge, and in this case our quest was even more epic because we had to

conquer 30+ countries (many of which suffer from unreliable mobile data reception) and deliver the app in as many languages.

THE PROCESS

We implemented sophisticated image handling, data synchronization, GPS, utilization of offline user... [Continue Reading]

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QuikSilver App

THE CHALLENGE

Quiksilver came to us for a way to process orders and manage inventory for their 100000+ SKUs, organized by category and season, that performed perfectly across their 940 stores all over the world. The app needed to integrate with their POS and SAP and have a beautiful and intuitive UI that their sales team could learn to use quickly and efficiently, plus provide reliable shopping cart

functionality.

THE PROCESS

CitrusBits created a blazingly efficient iPad app which connects seamlessly with Quicksilver’s existing technology for order processing. The platform isn’t just amazingly quick – it’s also incredibly powerful. Inventory can be managed in bulk, with effortless multitasking. We know that... [Continue Reading]

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UCLA

THE CHALLENGE

Associated Students UCLA (ASUCLA) is the student-controlled, non-profit organization that has provided retail and student union services to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) since UCLA’s establishment in 1919.

With more than 50 ASUCLA-run eateries, shops, and other facilities on a campus used by more than 40,000 students, it can be hard to understand all the available options. To

address this, ASUCLA wanted to build a mobile app to help students discover and explore the full range of retail, dining, and study options on campus.

With just two months before incoming freshmen were to to spill onto campus for orientation, ASUCLA considered 10 vendors and decided to partner with CitrusBits, the only vendor they could trust to deliver on schedule. [Continue reading]

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Harman

THE CHALLENGE

Harman is a Samsung company that owns and operates some of the world’s most legendary audio brands, including Harman Kardon, JBL, Infinity, and Lexicon.

Harman hired CitrusBits to build an Android-based demo app for the Harman Embedded Audio Team’s new audio-enhancing software, AudioEFX. The demo app needed to showcase the substantial audio enhancements AudioEFX provide relative to normal audio.

The Harman team had considered numerous other app development agencies across the US for this project, but they ultimately felt the most confident in CitrusBits’ ability to deliver a bug-free app on time, with the powerful user experience necessary to make a sales impact. [Continue Reading]
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FullyRaw

THE CHALLENGE

Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram (‘FullyRaw Kristina’) is the most popular influencer in the raw vegan community, with millions of enthusiastic followers on social media. A vegan member of the CitrusBits team who was already a Kristina follower was fortunate enough to have a chance conversation with Kristina at a local vegan event. One discussion led to another, and CitrusBits was soon hired to bring Kristina’s

innovative content and the FullyRaw lifestyle to iOS mobile devices. As the subject matter expert, Kristina would focus on providing the exceptional content for the app, while CitrusBits would create the perfect mobile experience to engage, delight and grow Kristina’s follower base. [Continue Reading]
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IrisVision VR App for Low vision

THE CHALLENGE

IrisVision brings the miracle of sight back to the low-vision community. By using live video feed and magnification options combined with the tech advancements offered in virtual reality, people who have suffered from vision loss get a chance to see the faces of their loved ones, and function independently again. The challenge? Package this life-changing adaptive tech into a mobile that performs perfectly

on low-cost phone hardware, without draining the battery.

THE PROCESS

The IrisVision app was developed for the Samsung GearVR and ... [Continue Reading]

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Leef

THE CHALLENGE

Leef is a California-based inventor and manufacturer of beautifully-designed mobile flash drives that extend the boundaries of mobile storage. Each Leef mobile flash drive has an accompanying Leef mobile app that allows users to transfer, view, edit, and share files from devices like GoPro wearable cameras and drones – directly from a smartphone.

Leef was just months away from the global launch of

its new USB-C-based product when they tapped CitrusBits to build an Android version of their mobile app. The Leef team’s familiarity with CitrusBits’ body of work gave them confidence that CitrusBits would excel under the “crunch” of a fast-approaching launch date while delivering on their brand’s promise of seamless Android support and an effortless... [Continue Reading]
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Rawvana

THE CHALLENGE

Yovana Mendoza’s bubbly laughter and charming personality have skyrocketed her to over 900k followers on Instagram in just a few years. With so many fans hungry for more of her masterful raw food creations, she came to us to update her app for iOS and Android so that it can continue to serve as the perfect recipe book for all things Rawvana. Since creating meals using only raw foods is far from mainstream,

the updated product had to both inspire new users to give raw foods a try, and continue to quench her existing fanbase’s substantial appetite for all their favorite raw recipes.

THE PROCESS

As the Rawvana brand continues to grow, the app must grow with it. For version 4.0 we have... [Continue Reading]

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ChemoWave HIPAA Compliant Mobile App

THE CHALLENGE

The chemoWave app has the important task of receiving data input from chemotherapy patients, and organizing, analyzing, and displaying that information. This was achieved with beauty and clarity, giving the patient empowering insights into their health and well-being. This unique service was held to high standards, making it Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant, to protect

patients’ sensitive data.

THE PROCESS

CitrusBits collaborated with the founders of chemoWave – cancer survivors themselves – to create a virtual advocate that helps patients take control of their chemotherapy journey. chemoWave organizes data such as planned meals, exercise, treatment schedules, and more. The data is then transposed into simple yet... [Continue Reading]

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JobFlare

THE CHALLENGE

Criteria Corp is a leading provider of pre-employment tests. Founded in 2006, it has quickly developed into one of the fastest growing companies in the talent management sector. They provide their 2000+ customers with skills, personalities, and aptitudes tests for over 1,100 job profiles. Criteria wanted to create a way to help connect talented job seekers with opportunities. We helped Criteria

build JobFlare to engage with job seekers using cognitive games and connect those job seekers to opportunities.

THE PROCESS

JobFlare is a ground-breaking iOS mobile app that allows job searchers to play short 90-second games which measure attributes including general mental fitness, verbal and math skills. We don’t think a job evaluation should be another job, so... [Continue Reading]

Client Testimonials

Citrusbits Clients 

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iOS App for Fantasy Football Service Company

"Their team is some of the smartest people I’ve worked with."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Feb. - Jul. 2019
Project summary: 

CitrusBits designed and built the first version of a fantasy sports mobile app for iOS. They created high-fidelity wireframes, developed the app and portal, and led the QA process. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Carter Russ
Founder/CEO, Champions Round
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is complete and undergoing testing, but it already receives praise on its polished look and feel. CitrusBits delivered high-quality development work at excellent value and to meet a strict timeline. Responsive, transparent, and adept at problem-solving, the team led a smooth workflow.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the founder and CEO of Champions Round, a fantasy sports game that breaks up seasons into smaller chunks—called micro-seasons—and allow users to draft multiple times.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with CitrusBits?

We needed help with building our platform as a robust, smooth mobile app for iOS devices. This was challenging because the world of fantasy sports requires accessing a lot of statistics, making it difficult to navigate on mobile.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

CitrusBits designed and built our iOS app from scratch. The team also created our portal and proprietary app. They provided every service from mapping out the interface to in-house development to QA and testing. 

We started by laying out the project timeline, which required a quick turnaround before the NFL season started. Their design team worked with us to build the UI/UX and layout. They had very little knowledge of fantasy sports and had to teach themselves the topic. The team delivered high-fidelity wireframes that met our requirements. After that, the development team took over.

What is the team composition?

I directly worked with three members of CitrusBits’ design team, a project manager, and a head developer. On Jira and other project management tools, I communicated with up to 10 people.

How did you come to work with CitrusBits?

When we were considering this project, we weren’t sure if we should hire someone in-house, bring in a contractor, or go with a hybrid approach. However, given our timeline, we decided to go with an external development shop for our first version.

After vetting several firms, we were deciding between two companies: CitrusBits and a firm based in New York. CitrusBits was honest from the get-go about the project’s likely costs and timeline as well as their capabilities. When we compared their samples of work, CitrusBits had excellent quality compared to the other firm. Despite their higher quote, we decided to go with CitrusBits.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $370,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

CitrusBits’ role lasted from February until July 2019. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re now testing an alpha version with select users outside of our teams. We’re still working with CitrusBits to get everything ready, but the first version of the app is done. Once the sports season starts, we’ll have a lot more user metrics. 

The app has received a lot of compliments praising its appearance and responsiveness. It runs smoothly and looks professional. I’ve only heard negative feedback about our sign-in process, but that’s not on CitrusBits. 

How did CitrusBits perform from a project management standpoint?

CitrusBits was always available for check-ins, whether over the phone or in their offices. Every team member was on top of the project and was diligent in learning about our industry. It got to the point where they were correcting me about statistics! 

The project manager was especially good. They were always honest about what they could or could not accomplish within our budget and timeline, and they stuck to those limits. We were clear on expectations, such as what constitutes a feature request. We also received advance notice on any challenges that the team was facing.

We used Jira and email to keep in touch. CitrusBits’ communication was flawless. Their team stayed up from 1 a.m. until 10 a.m. in their time zone to answer our emails as we were getting ready for alpha testing. We didn’t expect that from them, but we appreciated it enormously.

What did you find most impressive about them?

CitrusBits’ ability to solve UI/UX problems is what sets them apart. Unlike other companies I’ve worked with, they’re willing to think outside the box and create something brand-new. Their team is some of the smartest people I’ve worked with. I want to visit them in Pakistan to personally thank them. I can’t speak highly enough about CitrusBits.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We initially talked about the project with one of CitrusBits’ reps. The rep was highly knowledgeable of fantasy sports and promised to get more involved as the project went along. That promise went unfulfilled, and we had to take the reins and make sure that our design and development team understood the nuances of our project. 

Also, sometimes when we needed to ask for changes on a piece of work that we thought was obvious, CitrusBits would consider it a feature request. That became a point of friction, and we had to pull in the business rep again to honor the first promise. This was the only issue we had, however.

Any advice for potential customers?

When it comes to Citrus Bits in general, I'd say you're in good hands. However, make sure you understand what user stories you'd want to implement before working with any development team. Otherwise, you can go into a discovery phase and establish a scope only to realize that there are a few things that you completely overlooked. 

5.0
Overall Score The only issue was when they didn’t keep their promise to have someone knowledgeable in fantasy-sports join and give more hands-on direction.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    CitrusBits did a fantastic job building a unique app that’s constantly getting praised. But we had to give up features I wanted to stick to our budget.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App for Water Treatment Retailer

"...the diligence shown from the Citrus side ensured no feature was forgotten or not fleshed out." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2018 - May 2019
Project summary: 

CitrusBits developed a mobile app to serve as a catalog of products and connected it to an existing e-commerce system. They also created notification and customer engagement features to drive increased sales.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Deland, Florida
Robert Prentice
Director of Information Systems, Pelican Water Systems
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Since the app launched, customers are more likely to make repeated purchases and first-time buyers are more likely to make larger purchases. CitrusBits’s long-term commitment produced a robust solution that checked all requirement boxes. Their flexible team was the highlight of the partnership.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the director of information technology and digital marketing at Pelican Water, a company that sells water treatment equipment direct to consumers via online, in-home, and retail.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire CitrusBits?

Many customers find it difficult to make a large purchase online as they are unsure about security and ease of checkout and are worried that they won’t get all the information they need at their fingertips.

What were your goals for this project?

Provide customers with easy access to our catalog of products, online tools for healthy living, and conservation efforts. Also, easy reordering and order status notification, secure mobile payment options, and access to the latest special offers.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

CitrusBits was recommended by another vendor of ours as their mobile app development company of choice.

Describe the project in detail.

We started the project with a basic scope and concept: making an app version of our catalog and tying it into our existing e-commerce system. We then built out tools and message notification system to provide customers with healthy living tips, order status updates, product and promotional notifications, and water quality alerts.

What was the team composition?

We started with a team of brand and UX design experts who helped mock up a use-case flow chart and then started to build wireframes with no visual context. Then, their branding team worked with our branding team to pick iconology and color schemes and build out the interface. Then, the UX team worked with myself and others on the marketing side to form user flows to ensure smooth and fluid usage for customers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Within two weeks of launching the app, we’ve already seen large numbers of return customers using the app to order replacements. We’ve also seen new customers making large purchases online using mobile payment options not previously available.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Mobile app development is a long road, as you can see from the nearly one-year project for our app. However, the diligence shown from the Citrus side ensured no feature was forgotten or not fleshed out.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The development team is quick to respond and is able to quickly understand and adapt to existing architecture.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None.

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

Mobile App Dev for Health Program

"They thoroughly and genuinely care about their clients..." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Apr. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

CitrusBits designed and developed a mobile app for Android and iOS. The system supports videos, text, and images, working in concert to create a seamless meal planning, shopping, and cooking experience.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Marley Ficalora
CEO, Produce Section Challenge
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Involved parties have responded positively to the app, which will soon be live in both major app marketplaces. CitrusBits is praised for their easy cooperation and total buy-in, committing themselves to deliver lasting value and relationships. Customers can expect a thoughtful, energetic team.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO of the Produce Section Challenge, a nationally recognized health and wellness program. I oversee content and marketing, which reaches over 250,000 people a week. I have built the brand into a successful and profitable company that’s been featured multiple times on national television. I am overseeing the launch of the highly anticipated Produce Section Challenge app that will further establish the brand and make it a household name.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire CitrusBits?

I hired CitrusBits to design, develop, and implement a mobile application for my company on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. They turned the Produce Section Challenge into a fully functioning application and will continue to build it out as we grow together in the future.

What were your goals for this project?

I wanted to be able to do everything I am doing currently, but in a more concise and accessible way. I knew a mobile application would give me more reach and make it easier to monetize my content and interact with my subscribers. I needed it to be simple enough that everyone could use it, but complex enough that it got the job done and added value to people's everyday lives.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I originally found CitrusBits by connecting with a freelancing platform that referred me to a site that listed the best mobile application agencies. I saw CitrusBits was the highest rated and had the best reviews so I contacted them. They were actually the first app company I spoke with. I reached out to a few others, but none of them were as good of a fit or could make my idea come to life as well as CitrusBits could. I also noticed that CitrusBits had worked with other companies in my field and were able to get positive results.

Describe the project in detail.

The project is a mobile application that involved creating recipes, grocery lists, meal plans, videos, and a community all in one place. The project involved creating a frontend for the users and a backend for administrators to create and edit the content on the live application. There are recipes with videos that work alongside dynamic grocery lists and meal plans. The plans, videos, recipes and grocery list all worked in unison so that the user can easily plan, shop and cook their meals at home to enjoy a healthier and happier life. It’s a subscription model where users pay a monthly subscription fee to access content that’s updated daily.

What was the team composition?

The team was made up of developers and project managers. We communicated through Basecamp, Webex, Google, and Testflight. We had regular meetings with all the team members to make sure we were all on the same page. They accomplished each task in an orderly manner until delivering the end result: An amazing mobile application that exceeded all of our expectations.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The application was completed within the time frame we set when we started. The application is fully functioning and includes all of the features we requested. The feedback from everyone involved and from outside people has been extremely positive. We are launching on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and have come very far in just a short period of time.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The communication and workflow between our company and CitrusBits was seamless and efficient. We worked hard, set goals, and accomplished tasks. It took the effort of everyone on both teams to make this happen, and we couldn’t be more thankful to have CitrusBits’ amazing team members on our side.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

It’s their professionalism, organization, punctuality, and work ethic. They’re always the hardest working people in the room. They will not settle for anything less than perfection. They thoroughly and genuinely care about their clients and create mutually beneficial relationships. When you hire CitrusBits, you know you have a team that's looking out for you and will get the job done.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There was nothing that stood out to me that CitrusBits could do better. They are very well versed in the latest technology and are always trying to better themselves.

5.0
Overall Score It has been a pleasure working with CitrusBits and this is just the beginning of a long lasting relationship.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    CitrusBits was always on time and open to meet even outside of business hours. They are very organized and have great time management skills.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    CitrusBits believes in long-term partnerships, and, for the quality of work you receive, the price is very fair.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The application far exceeded my expectations. The work of CitrusBits is thorough, detailed, and completed in a timely manner.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already referred friends to CitrusBits as I know they will be in good hands and their project will be completed in a professional manner.

Mobile App and Software Dev for Fresh Food Delivery Service

"They also possess many specialties we couldn’t find with other vendors." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

CitrusBits built a mobile app with a supportive software system, designing and developing both the front- and backend.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Mariana Rossano
CEO, Z.E.N. Foods
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The mobile app system has boosted efficiency by improving information accessibility. Responsive and collaborative, CitrusBits shared their extensive technical knowledge in an approachable way. Customers can expect custom deliverables, clear communication, and an eager work ethic.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO and a co-founder of Z.E.N. Foods. We’re a healthy, fresh food and meal delivery program.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire CitrusBits?

We needed to create a customized mobile app and software system for our new meal program.

What were your goals for this project?

We set out to build a system that’s easy for both users and administrators to use.  

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We reviewed many other agencies, considering how customized we wanted our platform to be. Citrus Bits was highly attentive and seemed to be able to build something that was both user-friendly and visually appealing.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The designed and developed a new mobile app and software. Handling both the frontend and the backend, their team worked with ours daily. We expect the app to launch successfully in the coming months.

What was the team composition?

CitrusBits assigned a group of people to work with our team and coordinate the system. Everyone we worked with was amazing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

They delivered one-of-a-kind software, and we’re thrilled. Information that took significant staff hours to find under the old system is now at our fingertips, boosting our profitability and efficiency. CitrusBits created an experience our clients will love for years to come because it allows them to do everything online.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We communicated effectively over email and brainstormed on phone calls.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We loved their responsiveness and excitement, as well as their knowledge of the technology space. They made it an easy process for a company like us who isn’t tech-savvy. Additionally, they possess many specialties we couldn’t find with other vendors.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I can't say there’s any room for improvement based on our experience. Their expertise and patience put us on track to become an industry leader.  

5.0
Overall Score It was a great experience over all, and most importantly, we love the product.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They made it easy.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    For all our detail and customization, the price was very fair.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered a great quality product.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We will recommend them and use them again ourselves.

App Dev for Food & Health Startup

"They really put their heart and soul into their work."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

CitrusBits is creating a consumer-facing platform for a food and health startup. They have finalized the framework of the mobile application and are currently working on the UX.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
El Monte, California
Kevin Kim
Co-CEO, GrubWell
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team brings a wealth of development expertise in the wellness industry to the table. They ask for internal input on their ideas, keeping stakeholders updated throughout each stage of the process. The quality of their work has been worth the price.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the Co-CEO of GrubWell, a startup that suggests local restaurants where consumers can find healthy food options.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire CitrusBits?

We needed to create a consumer-facing mobile app that suggests local healthy dining options.

What were your goals for this project?

The application will both facilitate the customer’s search for healthy food and increase revenue for our partners through the generation of foot traffic. We want an application that can scale to a nation-wide audience.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We researched online to find developers because we don't have any in-house specialists to create an app. After narrowing it down to two vendors, we interviewed both teams in person. We even met with the CEO of CitrusBits to determine if the company was a good fit. While CitrusBits had a higher price than the other vendor, we ultimately chose their team because of their experience in app creation for the food and health market.

Describe the project in detail.

The team held discovery meetings to determine our business goals. They kept our market in mind as they researched the app universe. They collaborated with internal stakeholders to outline the MVP and plan the framework of the platform.

After determining the app logic, they started outlining the UI of the app. The team suggested possible logos and color boards, and we chose the designs that resonated with us. We all agreed on the final decision together.

The backend of the platform has been created, and they are currently working on the frontend. Besides app development, they have also helped us build a landing page for our website.

What was the team composition?

A project manager and backend engineers are working on the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

While the platform is still being developed, it has received positive feedback from internal stakeholders. The UX of the app seems very accessible.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

They have been using Basecamp to manage the progress of the project and support quick communication. CitrusBits has excelled at keeping stakeholders in the loop, holding meetings almost 3–4 times per month.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The team has put effort into understanding our goals, and they offer valuable suggestions accordingly. Their insight is supported by extensive experience in platform development for food and health companies. They really put their heart and soul into their work.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Sometimes the price appears high, but we have received quality work in exchange. Overall, we have found the investment to be well worth it.

5.0
Overall Score The team really seems to care about us as customers, share our passion, and understand our vision.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The team responds quickly and is flexible with scheduling concerns.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They are slightly on the pricey side, but their level of expertise has been worth the cost.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    So far, the app looks great. They really take pride in their work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They are friendly, professional, and do quality work.

Social Media Mobile App Dev for Educational Nonprofit

“We’re lucky to have worked with such a skilled team.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. - Oct. 2018
Project summary: 

Following provided guidelines, CitrusBits created a series of design mockups for a social media mobile app targeting college veterans. They created a physical representation of the platform and its features.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Allen Dooley
CEO, Intelecom Learning
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

CitrusBits provided valuable insight throughout the project, improving on the initial idea with the finished product. With admirable knowledge and experience, they created quality designs. Their communication skills, professional approach, and amiable culture will likely lead to future projects.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO of Inteleom Learning. We’re a small educational nonprofit managed by a collective 15 California community college districts that represent a total of 31 colleges. We’re based in Los Angeles, and we’ve been operating for 48 years.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire CitrusBits?

We needed a vendor with technical and design expertise to help us with a social media mobile app for student veterans in higher education.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted a collection of screen mockups for various features to present to the CEOs of the community colleges in our organization.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We searched online for a technical production and design organization within our region. We came across CitrusBits and reviewed their background. Their reviews were very positive, and they were located near our office in Pasadena. We arranged an onsite interview and spoke with Harry (CEO, CitrusBits). He was very impressive, so we ultimately chose to partner with them.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

CitrusBits collaborated with our senior-level community college administrators to create screen mockups for our proposed mobile app. We provided a set of key features, but we wanted a physical representation. The team handled this preliminary development stage, delivering a collection of draft designs for the social media platform for veterans.

What was the team composition?

We primarily interacted with Chandler (Art Director, CitrusBits), but there were two other people involved in several of our meetings.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

We’re very pleased with the quality of their work. The team provided a lot of valuable insight and recommendations regarding our mobile app design and interface strategies.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

They excellently managed the project. Chandler was very professional, knowledgeable, and organized. She proposed a three-week timeline at the beginning of the engagement, and they finished ahead of schedule. Scheduling was easy, and we never felt rushed. We mainly had web-based meetings, which was the most efficient decision for both sides. They regularly provided updates on our progress. It was an enjoyable collaboration—their team was pleasant with a good sense of humor.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I appreciated how informed, prepared, and friendly they were—it made communication very easy. They always had a response to any of our questions, ideas, and recommendations. In my opinion, they significantly improved on our initial ideas for the app. We’re lucky to have worked with such a skilled team.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

From our perspective, there’s nothing. We have a lot more work to do in designing and building out our mobile app. Once we’ve secured the funding, we’ll go back to CirtusBits without hesitation.

5.0
Overall Score From start to finish, they were perfect.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    It was very easy. They were flexible in planning meetings.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The charges were totally reasonable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They deliver more than what they promise.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them without any concern.

Mobile App Dev for College Student Association

"They are really customer oriented and have proven they have a wealth of expertise in the industry."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

CitrusBits is developing an iOS and Android application for UCLA’s student association. App features include map directions and locations of on-campus facilities and backend admin access.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Karen Noh
Special Projects Director, ASUCLA
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

So far, download targets have been met for the iOS app and delivery for Android is imminent. The team’s expertise and ability to meet an aggressive timeline has stood out, as CitrusBits successfully developed and tested the app in just two months.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the special projects director for Associated Students UCLA. We are the student association for the University of California Los Angeles.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with CitrusBits?

We hired CitrusBits to develop an application for us to be launched on iOS and Android.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have successfully launched our app for iOS and are getting ready to launch for Android. The app itself features the location and map directions to our various facilities around campus and the ability for admin access on the backend as needed for updating. The app is not too complex, but we had a very aggressive timeline of just two months for delivery, as we wanted it to be ready by freshman orientation. Aside from development, CitrusBits has also handled all the testing.

What is the team composition?

We work with a project manager and business manager, and have also spoken to their CEO and around six developers as needed.

How did you come to work with CitrusBits?

They came recommended from a colleague. We did look at around 10 other companies, however, CitrusBits made it clear that they could really lead the project without too much oversight, while the other companies wanted more information and direction than we were able to give. I think that really reflects CitrusBits’ industry expertise because they were able to take our general ideas and run with them.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we have invested almost $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have been working together since April 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We are very pleased with the delivered application and have received positive reviews from some students on campus. So far, we have been hitting our target download numbers on the App Store, and hope to do the same once we launch for Android.

How did CitrusBits perform from a project management standpoint?

They have been very upfront and honest about what is achievable while still meeting our aggressive timeline, which has made them a really good fit as a partner. They never promise things they can’t deliver, and they work hard to hit all their marks. We use Basecamp to manage the project, and they will post calendars detailing things like when bills are due and so forth. That being said, they are very organized, and if we ever need to change something on the calendar they are very accommodating.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are really customer oriented and have proven they have a wealth of expertise in the industry.

Any advice for potential customers?

I communicate a lot with CitrusBits and both sides have worked hard to have shared expectations. I think that has really allowed the engagement to be successful.

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

Mobile App Dev. for Lifestyle & Celebrity PR Firm

“They always did their best to communicate and ensured we had a stress-free experience.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
May 2017- June 2018
Project summary: 

CitrusBits developed the iOS version of a lifestyle app for a PR firm. They translated brand guidelines into an understandable UI, solidified graphics, and built a strong admin panel in the backend.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Houston, Texas
Bianca Bucaram
Owner & President, The Bucaram Public Relations Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The launch is scheduled for June 2018 but user feedback on the look and feel of the prototype is positive. CitrusBits was transparent with expectations and timelines and understood the brand mission without a steep learning curve.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the president and owner of a lifestyle and celebrity-based public relations firm that caters to special types of influencers. We do all kinds of PR, including social, digital, print, TV, and media exposure. We pitch both locally and nationally.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with CitrusBits?

We engaged them to promulgate a client’s very first app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We gave them the brand guidelines and they took the lead on wireframes and iOS development. They did their homework on our client and got quickly into her voice. They developed five or six categories within the app, which is a challenge-based lifestyle platform. We entered a huge volume of recipes and there are food and diet challenges at varying lengths and intensities.

Users can drag and drop specific recipes into the calendar and customize meal notifications. Later versions of the app will track nutritional data to help determine macros and micros. We anticipate a lot of questions from users, as this is the first app of its kind to use this space.

CitrusBits did a good job translating our concepts and made the UI understandable and simple. They spent a lot of time brainstorming the toggling between appropriate features and solidifying graphics. They also built a hefty admin panel that we will use when they pass the assets to us. That will allow us to actively integrate updates ourselves.

What is the team composition?

We work with Cyrus (Sr. Product Owner, CitrusBits), who assigns most of the work. We also work with Chandler (Art Director, CitrusBits) and a few other team members. They’re all fun to work with and make it easy to understand technical language.

How did you come to work with CitrusBits?

In the past, I worked with a couple of app developers on a very small scale. This was the first client we worked with on this large scale. A friend is an influencer in this space. She had an award-winning site that Cyrus designed and recommended him. Cyrus reached out to us inquiring about this client and pitched to us on behalf of CitrusBits. We liked his proposal and accepted his pitch.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested over $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in early 2017. We’re scheduled to launch in June 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve had a wonderful experience and everyone loves the look and feel of the app. I’ve sent the prototype to a few people and everyone is anxiously awaiting the launch. We’ve had some fantastic feedback on the challenges.

How did CitrusBits perform from a project management standpoint?

Cyrus was our main point of contact and is wonderful. We had a few Facetime meetings to get a feel for the team and they’re always transparent with expectations and timelines. They executed everything in a timely fashion and sent us updates in Basecamp. The design team is awesome. They understood our mission and jumped in without a large learning curve.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They gently followed up whenever we were busy doing other things. They were patient and good about updating us or checking in when they needed something. They always did their best to communicate and ensured we had a stress-free experience.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have any recommendations. I didn’t really understand the process or the creative side, so I gave them carte blanche and trusted them to do the right thing. They were always willing to take ownership of their mistakes and everything turned out perfectly.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

If you have any milestones or specific executables, outline them at the beginning. They’re good communicators and will walk you through their progress. They do a great job with setting expectations.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We only had a few unforeseen technological problems but they were never at fault. They quickly bounced back and fixed things in a timely fashion.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They always go above and beyond.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They were fantastic communicators and really creative. They intuitively understood our brand and quickly jumped into our voice.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve sent them four referrals in the last month. We’ve had a great experience with them.

AR/VR App Dev for Hands-Free Camera Device

"The biggest metric of CitrusBits’ success is that we presented them with a difficult problem and they solved it."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2017 - Apr. 2018
Project summary: 

CitrusBits developed a VR image application for a medical school to use in surveys. Project features include the ability take hands free pictures, scan barcodes, and attach barcodes to images for processing.

The Reviewer
 
5,001-10,000 Employees
 
Baltimore, Maryland
Professor, Medical School
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Despite some initial delays, CitrusBits successfully delivered an innovative solution where a previous company had failed. Initial testing has been fruitful, with positive feedback from funders who are ready to deploy the product.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am a professor at a medical school on the East Coast.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with CitrusBits?

We wanted to develop a hands-free camera system that could magnify an image within a field of view that we could use for surveys. The system would be an application for the Samsung Galaxy VR headset, and the image needed to be high quality and taken hands-free. We also needed the app to have barcode reading capabilities and it needed to be able to attach barcodes to each image to be scanned, downloaded, and processed.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When we approached CitrusBits we told them the problems we had with a company we had initially worked with on the project. That company offered a kind of voice technology to obtain images, but the voice technology did not work and the image quality was not sufficient. CitrusBits was able to complete the project and meet all the criteria we established by using the game controller from the VR headset and turning it into a foot pedal. We now have the product we wanted and it is able to scan barcodes, assign barcodes to images, and store the images through the phone system in the headset.

What is the team composition?

We initially interacted with the CEO of the company until he assigned us to a project manager. I don’t know the total number of people who worked on the project because we only interfaced with our project manager.

How did you come to work with CitrusBits?

A colleague of ours in California had been working with them for a long time on a similar project for people with low vision. He recommended them to us based on his experience with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We have spent $40,000­–$43,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with CitrusBits in November 2017 and will conclude the project in April 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The biggest metric of CitrusBits’ success is that we presented them with a difficult problem and they solved it. We were able to pilot test the product at a clinic and then presented it to two international organizations, including our funding agency. Our funding agency was extremely pleased with the product and are excited about deploying it.

How did CitrusBits perform from a project management standpoint?

I thought their communication management was good. We had regular teleconferences with our project manager, but we also communicated weekly and most effectively over Basecamp. They established the platform for us and we put down any questions or issues we were having. Some of my colleagues involved in the project could also interject and put things in Basecamp that they wanted taken care of while we monitored progress. It ended up being a nice record of how things went as we moved along.

What did you find most impressive about them?

If our experience with the first company we worked with was any indication, we presented CitrusBits with a really difficult problem. The technology that we were asking them to develop was a pretty daunting task, but they understood the capabilities of the camera system we were working with and developed the insight to program within that system to enable our app to work. It ended up being a good marriage of our needs and the right company.

Are there any areas they could improve?

In our initial discussion with the head of the company, he implied that this was something that they could do very quickly and they would get us back on schedule. However, the first team at CitrusBits couldn’t seem to manage the project. As a result, we had about a month where there was no progress and it felt like there was a disconnect between what had led me to sign on with them and what they could actually deliver. Luckily, they reassigned the project to a different team who moved extremely fast and got us back on target. Thus, while the product was ultimately delivered on time and on budget, the initial communication between senior management, their team, and us could have been a bit better and more direct.

5.0
Overall Score I wasn’t sure we would ever find a company that could do what I was asking, but they pulled it off.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There was a little bit of a rough start, but they made up for it in the end.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    It depends on the needs of the colleague, but if it is in the same realm they are the right company.

Mobile Dev for Sports Sweepstakes App

"They do everything we expect of them and more."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

CitrusBits re-developed a native app for iOS and Android after a previous company failed to deliver. The team focused on front- and backend development and UI/UX; they continue to work on updates and marketing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Minden, Nevada
Miles Johnson
COO, TLS Holdings, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The CitrusBits team has delivered every aspect of the project on time. Their communication and project management skills stand out, and they continue to work on detailed feature updates and a planned marketing campaign.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the president and COO of TLS Holdings. Our product is The Winning Seat, the one and only mobile sports sweepstakes where users play for free to win cash and prizes.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with CitrusBits?

When we reached out to CitrusBits we had been working with a provider who claimed to be one of the largest and best, but it turns out they weren’t. They never met a deadline, they were bad at communicating, and they were getting nothing done. We then met with CitrusBits and, after a long discussion, decided to transfer the project over to them.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They completely re-developed and coded our product—a native application for iOS and Android. It was a very extensive and intricate process that included a lot of frontend and backend development and UX/UI design. We are continuing to do research and development with them, and are getting ready to release the third iteration of the app incorporating new features. The app has a patented advertising and game notification delivery architecture that they developed, and they continue to work on new updates. CitrusBits is also helping us with a marketing campaign to grow awareness in certain markets.

What is the team composition?

I work directly with the CEO, our project manager, and a couple of people in their marketing department. They also have a huge team of developers that are working with us. We brought them in at a very deep level, and they function as if they are our employees.

How did you come to work with CitrusBits?

I met the CEO a while ago and he had asked how our project was going. When I told him about the issues with our development house at the time he suggested his own ideas and I took a chance on him. Working with them was one of the best business decisions I have made in the last three years.

How much have you invested with them?

We have spent around $250,000, with a growing development budget.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them at the end of 2016 and continue to use them every day.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The thing that matters most to me is the calendar. We are given deadlines as to when the app will be released to us for testing, and they have never missed a single one. I recently told their CEO that they are the very first company I have worked with that delivers on the date promised. What we need and require of them continues to be excellent.

How did CitrusBits perform from a project management standpoint?

Most of our communication is done through project management tools and weekly phone calls. However, the thing I like most about them is that they always pick up the phone. They are one of the most communicative groups I’ve ever met.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their high scale of execution and quality is outstanding. They do everything we expect of them and more.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There is nothing I can think of to date.

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
    I have already recommended them a ton of times.
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