World-class apps since 2009.

Founded in 2009, we’re one of the first app companies still in business. From app strategy to award-winning design & development (and even app marketing), Savvy Apps is the agency of record for organizations like PBS, NFL Player's Association, No Kid Hungry, The Motley Fool, Foreign Policy Magazine, SHRM, Navient, Cato Institute, Homesnap, and numerous&n

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Between our work, industry and media appearances such as Bloomberg and Google, blog, #1 book on Amazon, open-source libraries, and more, we’ve helped thousands of people ship successful apps since the dawn of the app stores.With 20+ featured apps, countless awards, and the only U.S.-based team that solely recruits experienced product managers, designers, and developers (no recuriting out of colleges or universities), put our industry-leading team to work for you today.

 
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10 - 49
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Reston, VA
headquarters
  • 1850 Centennial Park Dr.
    Reston, VA 20191
    United States
other locations
  • Washington, DC 20001
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

NFLPA, The Motely Fool, Cato Institute, SHRM, PBS, Navient, Foreign Policy Magazine, Homesnap, Speek, Network Solutions, BrainScope, LifeFuels, musx

The Cato Institute

The Cato Institute came to us because they used other apps we built. They wanted a team that focuses on simplicity, elegance, and usability. Their goal was to combine all of their audio content into an app experience. Instead of their audience having to subscribe to many different podcasts—a very technical effort—they could just install an app that housed their media content.

Upon launch, CatoAudio replaced all other apps published by The Cato Institute. It was received extremely well by listeners, staff & leadership, and even donors. Because of the early success, additional work was authorized to update the app with a number of new iOS 9 features.

PBS for iPad

Our work on the PBS for iPad project included crafting user experience, pair programming, and addressing the most problematic areas of development.

NFL Player's Association

Enterprise iPhone app for former and current NFL players, as well as support staff to have access to contacts, calendars, and similar information.

Android Rugged Medical Device

The Android platform affords the ability to do much more deep device integrations. We were hired to build an Android-based medical application to run on rugged Android hardware to help assess tramatic brain injuries. The application environment included a custom ROM, integration with several specialized hardware components, and interactions with a compiled library.

Homesnap for Android

Homesnap for Android instantly tells you all about any home you snap. What is it worth? When did it last sell? For how much? Beds? Baths? Lot size? We built the entire native Android application, with heavy integration with the device sensors and leveraging all aspects of the Android SDK.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.