Design. Build. Grow.

Savvy is an award-winning creative agency that helps companies design, build, and grow across Android, iOS, and web.

 

We're humbled to work with household names like Levi's, Toyota, PBS, NFLPA, and Motley Fool, as well as disruptive, technology-driven companies such as Homesnap, LifeFuels, Pocket Prep, and The Draft Network.

 

With locations in D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Raleigh, and Philadelphia, we believe we have the best team in the game: a group of passionate, particular, and proven individuals. We hire only the most experienced talent across the U.S. At Savvy, that means you won't be paying for people to learn on the job or sacrificing quality by using cheap labor.

 

Savvy consists of product managers, designers, developers, growth experts, and even content strategists (including social and video). We care about each other. We care about our customers. We care about doing great work. 

 
$25,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2009
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headquarters
  • 1850 Centennial Park Dr.
    Reston, VA 20191
    United States
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    United States
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    Seattle, WA 98134
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    Philadelphia, PA 19103
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    Raleigh, NC 27603
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  • 1875 K St NW
    Washington, DC 20006
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Levi's, Toyota, PBS, NFL Player's Association (NFLPA), Society for Human Resources (SHRM), BoatU.S., Motley Fool, Cato Institute, Homesnap, Share Our Strength (No Kid Hungry), Pocket Prep, The Draft Network

Digital Transformation / Ecommerce

Levi's had the bold idea to change the way the world makes jeans. They refused to accept the conventional wisdom that it was impossible to design jeans digitally. With a firm belief that they needed to collaborate with a design-led agency to succeed, Levi's chose Savvy to help deliver on their vision. The industry-disrupting result redefines the future for designing, making, and selling jeans.

 

KEY ROLES:

Product Strategy, User Experience, Visual Design, iOS Development, Cloud Native Development, Web Development
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Digital Transformation / Web + iOS

Levi's had the bold idea to change the way the world makes jeans. They refused to accept the conventional wisdom that it was impossible to design jeans digitally. With a firm belief that they needed to collaborate with a design-led agency to succeed, Levi's chose Savvy to help deliver on their vision. The industry-disrupting result redefines the future for designing, making, and selling jeans.

 

KEY ROLES:

Product Strategy, User Experience, Visual Design, iOS Development, Cloud Native Development, Web Development
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Media / Custom CMS + Web App

When The Draft Network was looking for a partner to help bring their Mock Draft Machine and Build Your Own Big Board to life, they turned to Savvy. After a “false start” with a freelance developer, they knew they needed a professional team to execute on their bold vision to let fans “be the expert.” The scope of work expanded to a full overhaul of the entire site, including improved branding and a custom content management

system.

 

KEY ROLES: Product Strategy, Branding, User Experience, Visual Design, Web Development, Backend Development, Growth

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Social Gaming / iOS

Press Play is changing the play-to-win game. To bring their idea to fruition, they chose Savvy to build their app from the ground up, partnering with us on everything from product strategy, design, development, and growth. The result? A chart-climbing app ready to disrupt the gaming landscape.

 

KEY ROLES: Product Strategy, iOS Development, User Experience, Visual Design, Quality Assurance, Backend Development,

Analytics, Push Notifications
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Non-Profit / Android

Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign is seemingly everywhere. Celebrities play for it as a charity on Jeopardy!, you'll be greeted by their mission on Kellogg's cereal boxes (Raisin Bran, anyone?), and you can donate to them in checkout lines at Walmart. Cooking Matters is part of this campaign, with a focus on families shopping for and cooking healthy meals on a budget. They came to Savvy to take some early ideas and

transform it in to a full-blown app experience that families could use on the go.

KEY ROLES: User Research, Branding, User Experience Design, Interface Design, Android Development, Backend Development

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On-Demand / iOS

On-demand ridesharing has been popularized through the last few years. Still, Sprynt had the bold idea to shake up the space with a unique spin. They set out to offer completely free rides to patrons with the support of local businesses. Oh, and they would use their own, unique, eco-friendly electric fleet.

KEY ROLES: Branding, iOS Development, Firebase Development, Analytics, Push Notifications

Reviews

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App Development for Nonprofit Campaign

“They have a personal engagement that makes them sensitive to our needs and goals.”

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

Savvy Apps developed an Android app, designed to engage users in content and learning from an in-person food skills program. They worked with third-party vendors to support evaluation and presentations.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Washington D.C.
Managing Director, Nonprofit
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They’re a fun, professional, and efficient team, doing high-quality work. Their project management tools allow for easy understanding of project progress, and regular check-ins ensure ongoing open communication. They’re also willing to negotiate deliverables outside of the initial scope.

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 managing director of a food and nutrition education campaign for a national nonprofit whose goal is to end poverty and hunger. The campaign aims to educate parents and caregivers of young children on how to maximize their food resources and put healthy meals on the table at home.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Savvy Apps?

Our program has historically been offered in-person. However, we are looking to reach more families by translating our content to digital tools and assets that our participants could access more easily and conveniently. We needed a partner to create an app that would engage with our specific audience.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Savvy Apps built an Android app, since research showed that was the platform our audience primarily uses. They built it from scratch, working with sample users to create profiles and Beta test. Beyond development, they co-presented with us at a professional conference and collaborated with product evaluation team that we hired to help us understand the impact. They set up our Google Analytics and currently provide regular app enhancements, bug fixes, and new releases.

What is the team composition?

During development and testing, we worked with a team of three people: a project manager, designer, and developer. We now mainly interface with two individuals.

How did you come to work with Savvy Apps?

We put out a bid for proposals and got about five back. We reviewed each bid, evaluating the cost, services offered, and expected products. Savvy Apps proposal stood out as the best bid, so we hired them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent over $400,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We partnered in September 2016, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They created the right framework for importing our information and have developed user engagement elements that are positively received.  

How did Savvy Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

They have clear and open communication, using Trello to track progress and see what’s coming up.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re a fun team that cares about doing good work. They have a personal engagement that makes them sensitive to our needs and goals.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, as long as they keep ensuring a shared level of understanding.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Be clear about what you what, including success metrics, deadlines, and budget constraints. Maintain open and regular communication from the beginning of the engagement.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We’ve never had any major delays, and they always work through bugs.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They're a fun group that cares about the work and is invested in the project.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web App Design for Messaging System

"They gave us exactly what we needed."

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

Savvy Apps did visual design and UI/UX for a web application supporting a text messaging functionality. The finished designs are now in development and are being used in support of a branding campaign.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Washington, DC
VP Software Development, Education Software
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The finished designs have generated positive feedback from customers and from internal stakeholders. Savvy Apps’ iterations on the initial design ideas led to a creative pivot improving the quality of both web deliverables and marketing collateral.

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 vice president of software development for a software company that developed a SaaS application for two-way text messaging in higher education. We work with universities and other education institutions so that they can stay in contact with their students.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Savvy Apps?

We were looking for a design firm that could do visual design and UI/UX for our web app, which is the primary interface that our customers use. We hadn’t had a professional design in five years. Our web application wasn’t polished.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They did the design and we executed the development. They did everything from scratch. They spent time at the beginning working with our customer success team, primarily to learn what our app was and what it did. They gave us a design based on what we had already done.

What is the team composition?

We had a project manager and a lead and a support designer. Ken (CEO, Savvy Apps) was available as well.

How did you come to work with Savvy Apps?

We did research, possibly including Clutch reviews, and interviewed five firms on our shortlist. Following the bid process, we decided Savvy was the best option. They weren’t the least expensive option, but they inspired the most confidence.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $50,000—$100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2018 and the engagement concluded in March 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re implementing their design in our development process. There’s a lot of excitement internally about the new product and the early feedback from customers is very positive as well. They gave us exactly what we needed. Our marketing team took what they did and turned that into the new branding for our company. All our materials are now based on the work they did for the web app design.

How did Savvy Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

They hit every timeline. We didn’t have to have any tough conversations because we knew what to expect from the beginning. They kept us informed through biweekly meetings, where they presented their weekly agenda and raised any issues. We also had a review session at the end of the week. Project tracking was handled through Trello. They used Marvel App to present and share clickable prototypes, and they delivered Figma to our director of products so that he could have access to the assets used to create the clickable prototypes. We never felt we were out of the loop.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They gave us useful feedback on our design ideas. They suggested a shift in our focus and recommended a different starting point. We decided they were right, and that differentiated them from the start.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. It was one of the best professional engagements I’ve ever been a part of after over 20 years of working professionally around application development.

5.0
Overall Score It was a great experience. I look forward to working with them again.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They delivered as planned.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We agreed on a price and they stuck with it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’re very happy.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d recommend them to anyone.

Mobile App Dev for HR Professional Society

“They really pushed us to consider every aspect of this process, large and small.”

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

Savvy Apps created a bespoke iOS and Android app for an HR professional membership organization. They played an important part in both design and development, and they regularly help refresh both versions.

The Reviewer
 
1,001 - 5,000 Employees
 
Washington, DC
Marty Smith
Director of Technology Analysis, SHRM
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Savvy Apps is detail-oriented, responsive, and flexible. They collaborate with other vendors, and they make pragmatic suggestions for best practices. Their ability to strengthen blurry concepts is an asset.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re the world’s largest HR professional membership organization. As the director of technology analysis, I oversee project management and business analysis.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Savvy Apps?

We had container-style apps that we could plug data into, but wanted a bespoke app for our certification program. We wanted a team that could guide us through the process and ensure our success.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They talked us through the process and helped with basic discovery before building the app from the ground up. Their involvement included a lot of design work and all the UX and development related to the app. We originally released an iOS version before we extended to Android.

What is the team composition?

The founders acted as our two points of contact. Now, we touch base with them quarterly.

How did you come to work with Savvy Apps?

We looked through Capterra and a few other queries for this particular project. We wanted someone semi-local to the D.C. metro area, so we narrowed our search down to about four companies. Based on the interviews we conducted, their approach, and the references we received, we decided to work with Savvy Apps.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent just over $300,000 with them for development and maintenance. We’re on version 4 at this point.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in March 2016 and first went live in August 2016. Our maintenance agreement is ongoing, and we release a refreshed version each year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They really pushed us to consider every aspect of this process, large and small. From simple things like good app icon design to organization and logos, they helped us make a mobile-friendly product in an agile development environment. They pushed us and our other vendors and created something that works well.

How did Savvy Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re very responsive. We use a Trello board to maintain our backlog and meeting notes, and we meet as regularly as we need to. They’re as communicative as I need them to be.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They care about the project and deliver as much, if not more than we do. They work toward a set of ideas and push us to consider best practices in a pragmatic way. We really appreciate their viewpoint and their guidance.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have any particular feedback; they provide everything we need from them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They excel at refining ideas and bringing them to life. Don’t worry about coming in with a solid concept; they will sharpen any blurry edges and help improve the final product.

5.0
Overall Score They're one of my favorite vendors to work with.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're always on or ahead of schedule.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They provide good value for the money we spend.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I recommend them all the time.

Mobile App Dev for Policy Think Tank

“Savvy Apps developed a reliable app that significantly helped attract more listeners to our podcast ... .”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2014
Project summary: 

Savvy Apps designed and developed a mobile and tablet app for iOS, including UX/UI elements and wireframes. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Washington, DC
Director, Think Tank
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Savvy Apps delivered a high-quality, reliable app that's been well received by users across the board. Quick to fix any bugs and turn around tasks, the engagement was very organized and relatively seamless. Taking pride and ownership in their work, their team was a pleasure to work with overall.

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 director of a think tank involved with public policy.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Savvy Apps?

We engaged Savvy Apps to build a mobile app for showcasing our podcasts before podcasting was as mainstream as it is now. We hoped to reach a broader audience by creating a user-friendly app that made it easy to follow and listen to our episodes.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We provided Savvy Apps with our requirements and they designed and developed a mobile and iPad app for iOS, including the UI/UX elements. 

What is the team composition? 

I mostly worked with Ken (CEO, Savvy Apps), Richard (Managing Director, Savvy Apps), and others, including a lead designer and developer.

How did you come to work with Savvy Apps?

When I was in college, I used a calendar app called Agenda. In my research for a local development firm, I came across Savvy Apps and saw that they were actually behind the Agenda app, so that initially drew my attention to them. 

How much have you invested with them?

Between the mobile and iPad app, we spent around $110,00.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together sometime in 2014 or 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Savvy Apps developed a reliable app that significantly helped attract more listeners to our podcast and made it easy for them navigate. We even got a lot of positive feedback from older, less technically savvy users. Savvy Apps has also been very quick to fix any bugs and maintain the app as needed over the years. 

How did Savvy Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

They were great to work with overall and never missed a deadline. The whole process was relatively seamless and they stayed in constant communication with us from start to finish, providing mockups and wireframes through each step and collaborating closely with our team. We mostly tracked the project in Basecamp and stayed in touch through Google Hangouts or Skype. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were a pleasure to work with, took ownership in their work, and were very proactive in their approach. They delivered a high-quality product that even exceeded some of our expectations. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of any issues we ran into throughout the engagement.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Trust in their processes, because they're the experts and are capable of delivering great results that accurately meet client needs. 

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

Geolocation App Development for Startup

"We don't consider Savvy Apps an outsource partner; they're part of our core team."

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

Savvy Apps designed and developed an iOS app focusing on connecting families through geolocation and geofencing. They started from a basic concept, then built a prototype and final product.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Washington, DC
President, Locator App Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has steadily gained users since its launch and has been recognized as the best family locator app. Savvy Apps is a dependable partner in ongoing development, exceeding expectations for technical expertise. They’re selective about their clients, so they’re always excited about the work.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We have a created a mobile app that's focused on geolocation and geofencing. It's aimed at families' GPS-based technology.

What is your position?

I'm the president and COO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Savvy Apps?

We needed a mobile app developed from scratch, from concept, prototype to releasable product.

SOLUTION

The full scope that Savvy provided was this just Android or iOS or both.

Savvy Apps delivered an iOS application for us.

How did you come to work with Savvy Apps?

I'm an entrepreneur and my background is in product development and technical aspects. We looked at least five, six, or seven different firms from across the country. I did a search, and I looked for top mobile development firms in the country, and when I realized that Savvy Apps was local – we're based in Washington, D.C., and Savvy Apps is in Reston – I looked at their credentials. I submitted an inquiry and that was our first meeting and never looked back since.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

This partnership is $200,000-plus.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Since our beta period and launch, we have about 6,000 users, which is great. We've gotten a lot of unsolicited press for being the best family locator app. Just as a company, we have a steady stream of downloads and users every day. We're clipping along at maybe 2,000 to 3,000 new users per month, which has way exceeded our expectations.

What makes Savvy Apps a standout partner?

Throughout my career, I've had consultants. I particularly don't like to outsource. We don't consider Savvy Apps an outsource partner; they're part of our core team. They exceed expectations for employees that I've had. It just shows they're committed. They're not penny pinchers in terms of, "Oh we can't do this. We can't do that." They just get the job done.

They take initiative on things that I wouldn't even think about, their project managers and product managers are great and Ken Yarmosh, their CEO, he's like our CTO in a way, and he's strategic. He's led us down a good path. Based on his recommendation as opposed to where we were possibly thinking of going, after Ken raised certain points, I thought about them, we discussed them, and ultimately made certain decisions based on their vast experience within the mobile app field.

Is there anything Savvy Apps could have improved or done differently?

Candidly, no. I just can't say enough good things about Savvy Apps. I have the highest respect for every single person that I've ever worked with at Savvy Apps. They're just so committed to the project. They are selective about the clients that they work with, or take on, and it just shows in terms of their meticulousness and excitement that they bring to our app and our company.

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

App Development for Mobile Application Management Firm

"[T]hey have multiple award-winning apps in the iOS App Store as well as Android and Windows phones." 

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May - Aug. 2013
Project summary: 

Savvy Apps contributed to the development of an iOS 7-ready app that required extensive backend communication work in the interfaces.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Baltimore Metro Area
Principal Architect, UX, Mobile Application Management Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Savvy Apps delivered high quality work in a timely manner. The agency was pleasant to work with, striking an excellent balance between friendliness and professionalism. They managed the project well and provided transparent communication.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

We build enterprise IT software for securing and managing large-scale mobile device deployments. We serve Fortune 500 and Government 400, generally.

What is your role and responsibilities?

I’m the head of the User Experience Design Group – the Product Design Group.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with savvy apps?

We needed to develop an iOS mobile application that was a high-quality, good user experience, and tap into their expertise in order to build the app more quickly, and ramp us up in app development.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work

Regarding what the app does, an enterprise customer purchases the product, and the end user installs it on their device to give them access to that company's resources. They have to activate the device with us in order for us to can grant them access to company resources like apps, their email configuration, and so on. It's called mobile device management, or MDA. The platform is iOS, and it works on 6 or 7.

They worked on one project – a single iOS app that was a fairly simple workflow, but iOS 7-ready. There was a lot of backend communication work in the interfaces. It was about two and a half to three months of work.

What was your process for selecting savvy apps to work with?

I had worked with an app developer previously; when I contacted him, it turned out that he had gone to work for savvy apps. He brought in the developer, who ended up working on our app.

Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

They have a standard rate for their work. It was $30,000 a month for three months.

When was the latest milestone completed for that work?

The project was completed on August 1, 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Do you have any statistics or metrics to track improvement from the project?

We don’t have anything from a business perspective since the rollout is just happening as part of a larger rollout. It was accepted into the App Store within four days.

How did they perform throughout the work?

They performed very well – very professional. They set up a rigorous project management method, where we met weekly. We also used online tools to track source code, bugs, and tasks. They came onsite at the beginning of the project as well as later on when we were doing the polishing. They were very professional, but very personal. Our developers were working with their developers daily, with oversight and making sure the relationship was working with Ken [Yamosh Savvy Apps CEO] and me.

Is there anything unique about them that really makes them stand out, compared to other companies?

We're considering them for other app development as well. One thing that attracted us is that they have multiple award-winning apps in the iOS App Store as well as Android and Windows phones. Another plus was that they are relatively local. We're in Columbia, and they’re in Washington, D. C. We wanted a high-quality app, not just quick turnaround. We got both.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

We would probably be more involved with their code reviews during the cycle. We ended up rewriting parts of it – it was not their fault. We had to reorganize the code a little after they delivered. It was more about late-emerging requirements and additional uses.

4.0
Overall Score They can always do better.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They are on the high end for a contract developer, but that’s not how they work. We got high-quality results.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

iPhone App for Players Association Player

"It's been a very good decision to go with Savvy Apps."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2011 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Savvy Apps converted a large amount of information, such as statistics and contact information, into an iOS mobile app. The agency is now responsible for updates and maintenance.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Washington DC Metro Area
Assistant Director Information Systems, Football League
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has been downloaded by nearly 25% of the core audience with additional downloads from other groups. Savvy Apps produced code that was clean, easy to follow, and easy to update or modify. The team utilizes effective presentation tools, employs efficient processes, and communicates regularly.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

I am with a football league. 

What is your role and responsibilities?

I’m in the IT department, so my responsibilities mainly go toward software development, application management, Web development, and other tasks in that realm. I’m the assistant director of the department.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for the work with savvy apps?

We had a request to create an app for the players. We have a player planner, which is a hard copy book that is given to all the active football players in the league. The planner has events, contact information, and various other details. The idea was to convert that into a mobile app for the iPhone. That was exactly what we asked Savvy Apps to do. It was iPhone initially. There are plans to move onto iPad, although that hasn’t been budgeted for, so it hasn’t been implemented yet. We're working with Savvy Apps currently to do an enhancement to the application. That is in progress.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

The book is fairly large and cumbersome, and it's not very easy to carry around with you. We don’t expect players to take that wherever they go. However, we don’t know exactly when a player will need contact information, such as a second doctor, a team manager, or someone at the NFL Players Union. We gave them mobile access to that information, so they can have it wherever they go.

What was your process for selecting Savvy Apps?

We sent out an RFP to several different companies, received responses, and interviewed several. Savvy Apps was in the top five we interviewed, and we ended up going with them.

Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

It was two years ago, so I don’t recall the details. I estimate that there were one to two months of work. There was some work from our internal department, we had to create an API server for the app itself, which we did in house. Savvy Apps worked with us to integrate that into the app they were developing.

When was the latest milestone completed for that work?

I believe it was early 2012, before the iPhone 5.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Do you have any statistics or metrics to track improvement from the project?

The player planner app wasn’t just for active players, although that was the intended audience. We’ve had agents and financial advisors download it. The app was for our core membership. A fair amount of users have downloaded the app – maybe 25 percent of the players. For us, that's huge. It's difficult to get our new active players to download any apps that we put out. Especially since it's in enterprise distribution, additional steps were required. In hindsight, we would probably not use enterprise distribution in the future for the next update. We're just going to put it in the App Store, I think.

Enterprise distribution versus App Store has many negatives. We'd have to distribute it, update it, manage the certificate, and update it every single year when the certificate is updated. The users have to update the app every year when the certificate is updated. It's been quite cumbersome, whereas the App Store has auto-updates, and we don’t have to worry about certificate management.

Do you think the iPhone was the right platform to use?

Absolutely. Our membership is saturated with iPhones. We’ve done some internal surveys, and the majority of members have iOS devices, either an iPhone or iPad. The other driving factor for the iOS platform is that the teams are starting to give out iPads with their playbooks. They would already have an iPad if they didn’t have an iPhone, so they could download the app there.

Is there anything unique about them that really makes them stand out, compared to other companies?

The communication was fantastic. I’m a developer, and I was looking at the IT and code side of it. Their code is very clean, very easy to follow, and easy to update and modify. We did some modifications in house. We're having them do a much larger modification, which brings the app to iOS 7. That’s a huge undertaking that we don’t have to take care of.

They’ve done immaculate code, and they’ve had a great process the entire time. From designing the style, the look, and the feel, they’ve had great tools for presentation. Their work ethic is great. They’ve always been very good at communicating with us. It's been a very good decision to go with Savvy Apps.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

The distribution – definitely. I don’t recall who made the recommendation to go with enterprise distribution. I don’t blame savvy apps for that; it's more that we needed to understand our environment more. We assumed that it would be easy for players to be able to go to apps.nflplayers.com to find an iPhone app. The constant struggle is they always go into the App Store to look for it, and they never find it. Hindsight is 20/20 – there's nothing we can do about that. Other than that, there wasn’t any issue.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They gave us an estimate, they stuck to it, and we didn’t go above the budget. I think we came in under budget.Being an app developer myself, the app doesn’t do a whole lot, so I think it could have been done for a little less.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We have recommended them, and we'll continue to use them.

iOS Note Taking App

"I've been very happy with their level of performance and competency."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
n/a
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2011 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Savvy Apps helped the client transition from their original product to the second version, redesigning the look and improving the usability.

The Reviewer
 
Small business
 
Miami/Fort Lauderdale Metro Area
Founder, Mobile App Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has had success at various points of release, and has a dedicated group of users who love the app and its technology. Savvy Apps is technically sound and proficient, transparent with billing, and responsive to issues.

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

BACKGROUND

Can you provide a brief description of your company?

We strictly do mobile applications for the iOS platform. We were formed primarily to develop a single app and then potentially expand it to a brand depending upon the success of the single app. We developed an iPad application and then subsequently made an iPhone application that is a derivative of the iPad application. The iPhone application will become a universal application in the near future.

By universal, do you mean HTML5?

No, universal meaning it will run on the iPhone and iPad natively.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your original objective for working with Savvy Apps?

Our goal was to improve upon the initial release of my application, which I had done with another outside entity. The outside group had many limitations, which were inhibiting.

SOLUTION

How did you originally discover and choose Savvy Apps to work with?

I went through a process of searching locally via the web and through personal contacts. I narrowed it down to a group of different organizations that I felt would be worthwhile to work with. The first group I worked with was not a local entity. I liked Savvy Apps after meeting with them. They were local and Ken Yarmosh's [Savvy Apps Founder] commitment to me was encouraging.

Do you have any in-house resources that Savvy Apps worked with or was this a completely outsourced app?

It is completely outsourced. My company is basically just me so I did all the work on our end. Although I’m not a programmer, I’ve worked in the IT field for a long time. I had a concept for what I wanted to with an iPad application and that’s how the company was formed. I believed that it would be a good platform for a new product. I started moving through the process of having it outsourced and developed with my input.

Was Savvy Apps involved in the entire scope of the project?

They were involved from the transition from the original product to the second product. They were involved in developing a different look and feel for the application. Saavy Apps developed a better usability sense for the application. We had conversations regarding what I was looking to achieve. They would respond with some suggestions. We worked our way through that to develop a work scope. Later, we developed the metrics for deliverance.

When was the app completed?

It was completed towards the end of 2011.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

How has the app been received so far?

It’s done fairly well, not great. It’s a good application but it’s not up there with the market leaders. We’ve had some success at different points of release. We have a continuing space of users that love the application and love the technology that it brings forth. But it’s just not quite to the level of the best apps to be frank.

How do you feel that Savvy Apps has performed with the work that they’ve performed?

I think they have performed very well. I have enjoyed working with them. Their team’s been very good. Technically, I think they’re very sound. They’ve implemented a number of the aspects of the application that I’ve wanted. They’re fair about how they report their time estimates. They’re accountable if there's an issue or a problem. They address it very quickly. I’ve been working with them for over two years. I’ve been very happy with their level of performance and competency.

The lack of success is primarily due to competitors in the space. There are many tough competitors. There is one competitor that took the race to the bottom very seriously. Only having outside sourcing is a hindrance if you don’t have incredibly deep pockets, which I didn't for this project.

Is there anything that you would do differently or think that they could improve upon?

There is always room for improvement. One of the good things about Savvy Apps and Ken Yarmosh [CEO of Savvy Apps] is that he avoids scope creep from affecting projects. That is very difficult to do as you’re going through the process. From that standpoint, he’s been incredibly professional.

He treats you like a partner because he understands that my success leads to his success. The only way that I’m going to continue to develop the application is if I have success. He’s very respectful in that regard.

He’s very accountable and holds his team accountable. We have had a few small problems when we launched a particular release. He addressed his team and required them to work on the problems until they were fixed, although it required a lot of extra labor.

They had a review of the process to determine what went wrong. Savvy Apps determined that we should have worked more collaboratively in the beginning. We could’ve worked more as a team based on the results.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • N/A NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would, and I have.

International Publisher Cross-Platform Mobile App

"We're very happy with the work they've completed."

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

Savvy Apps is developing a feed-to-base mobile app designed for multiple platforms. They were involved in every step from conceptualization to approach and development, and will be responsible for store submissions in the next phase.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York City Metro Area
Senior Vice President, Circulation, Digital Strategy and Operations, Magazine
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is scheduled to launch in July, and the client has been extremely satisfied with Savvy Apps' work so far. They provided all deliverables as expected and on time.

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

BACKGROUND

Can you provide a brief description of your company?

We’re a publishing company. We produce a magazine and a daily website specific to foreign policy. We have an events business. Our revenue is generated through content, events, and advertising.

What is your position within the company?

I’m the Senior Vice President of Digital Strategies in Operations and Circulation.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your main objective for undertaking the project with Savvy Apps?

We currently have an app that hasn’t been refreshed in a number of years.  We were looking to build something that worked across platforms. Savvy was recommended to us for their ability to develop on multiple platforms.

SOLUTION

Was there anything that made Savvy Apps stand out compared to other companies you considered?

We vetted a number of companies. Savvy Apps provided the recommended approach in terms of developments. Also, we liked that Ken [CEO at Savvy Apps] was known in the industry. He has been asked to speak at a number of events. He’s also written a book, so he knows a lot about marketing and developing apps. That is certainly an asset.

Could you tell me more about the project itself?

We’re developing a mobile application that’s essentially a feed-to-base product. Every time a story is published, it populates the feed and displays all of the articles that we publish in a number of ways. It can be done topically, by region, and by time. It’s an application that, while not developed natively for all platforms, works exactly the same way on a BlackBerry or iPhone.

What parts of the project was Savvy Apps involved in?

They were involved in everything, from the conceptualization to the recommendations in terms of approach and developments. When we reach the next phase, they’ll submit the apps to the proper stores. Savvy Apps will ensure that the EPIs are there so consumers can make app purchases on various platforms.

What technology is Savvy Apps using?

It’s HTML5 for iOS and Android platforms.

How long until the project is finished?

We have the project on hold because we’re aligning it with some other things that we’re doing. We’re planning to launch the app in July. Most of the work is done.

Can you provide a general cost estimate for the project?

They worked out a fee structure that was dependant on the number of platforms. We were developing native wrappers for Android and iOS so we needed expertise in those areas. It’s pretty standard pricing, a monthly fee-based arrangement. The whole project was under $50,000.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

How satisfied are you so far with the work completed?

We’re very happy with the work they’ve completed. They’ve done a good job, and they’ve solved a lot of issues. I think, when it’s all said and done, we’ll have a pretty slick app.

Is there anything that you found to be unique about Savvy Apps compared to other IT vendors or developers that you’ve worked with?

They stuck to the schedule and delivered exactly what they promised on time. It’s wasn’t a bait-and-switch scenario. They don’t charge you for every little thing they do. It’s a flat rate.

Looking back on the work they’ve done so far, is there anything that you’d do differently or think that they can improve upon?

I don’t think I’d do anything differently. We spent time with them in the beginning to ensure that we would avoid scope creep. As a general recommendation, making sure both sides have their requirements together is an important step in making sure that you’re happy with your vendor.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • N/A NPS
    Willing to refer
    I absolutely would, yes.