We Build More Than Apps, We Build Businesses

Vog Calgary App Developers was founded in 2012 based off of Vince O’Gorman’s vision to provide local entrepreneurs and businesses with high quality yet affordable custom apps. The company has a dedicated team of trained and experienced designers, developers, project managers and consultants. Our team works together locally so that your projects vision does not get lost overseas.

We continue to grow and attract new talent based on the belief that apps are the future of how people interact in a digital world and the key to success for any profitable business. 

That is why we believe that we are building more than just mobile apps, we are helping our clients build businesses. We also know that specialized apps are becoming the standard for any industry that is simply looking to make things easier, more interactive and more profitable. The need to help local and international clients receive professional mobile app development was a must. Keeping mobile development costs fair and reasonable is why Vog Calgary App Developers is your ideal agency to work with. With our creativity, enthusiasm and knowledge for app development, we are the most reliable and best suited mobile app development team for your project.

 
$50,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2012
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Calgary, Canada
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Portfolio

Key clients: 

Johnston's Grain, Snapbets, eJourney Manager, Awtale, Skillpics, X-ing Paths, Jobstream, RV Care, Priority RV Network, HealthQ, Golfpass, MacCosham, PAAVAA, QardiyoHF, Nurish By Design, Escape Ops, Privo Msg, ThinkGolf, Squat or Not, The Clueless Guide, Jencor A Team, Escape Ops, ARC Resources

eJourney Manager - UI UPDATE COMING SOON

EJOURNEY MANAGER

 

Ejourney Manager helps employers mitigate risk by easily monitoring and communicating with mobile drivers.

 

The Problem

 

Limited tracking of driver locations

Slow approval process

High employer risk

 

The Solution

 

Provides current HSE logs to employees

Monitors and communicates with drivers

Analyzes trip details

Risk Level notifications

 

The Rationale

 

Digital compliance with HSE standards

Applicable to any industry using drivers

Decreased employer risk

Increased communication

 

The Benefits

 

Faster communication

Convenient risk assessment

Saves on call in services

Skillpics

SKILLPICS

 

In a highly competitive job market, Skillpics is changing how, and where, employers find qualified candidates.  

 

The Idea

 

Going beyond the traditional resume submission

Innovative human resources management and recruiting system

Showcase diverse skill sets through images and video

 

The Challenge

 

Difficulty displaying all aspects of your skills

Talent was not being visualized through videos and pictures

Compete with LinkedIn

Compete with hiring software like Indeed, Monster, SimplyHired, and Glassdoor

 

The Rationale

 

Integrate techniques utilized in social media and implement within HRM

Highlight visuals while innovating job hunting traditions

 

The Benefits

 

Feel confident in candidate skills

Actually see quality of skills

Visualize complexity and depth of...

Snapbets - UI UPDATE COMING SOON

SNAPBETS

 

Snapbets brings the fun back into every day situations, by allowing users to challenge one another on their posted content.

 

The Idea

Create a social gaming platform

Challenge app users with bets

Vote for best bet response

 

The Challenge

Complete redesign from previous developer

Fix bugs/crashes from previous code

UX/UI improvements

 

The Rationale

Create a functioning app

Improve UI to attract new users

Improve speed

Keep consistency within branding guidelines

 

The Benefits

Provide an entertaining platform for users

Provide a social environment for a welcomed competitive spirit

Connects like minded users with each other to enjoy and participate in challenges

Qardiyo HF

QARDIYO HF

 

QardiyoHF connects heart patients to their cardiologist in real time.

 

The Problem:

 

Long wait times for communication:  Doctor → Patient

Lack of early detection by doctor

Too much reliance on patient’s discretion

No seamless digital tracking between doctor and patient.

 

The Solution:

 

Connects with your cell phone, fitbit, and other wearables

Measures patient’s stats:

 

            a) Pulse

b) Blood pressure

c) Sleep

d) Well being.

e) Bridges communication: Patient → Doctor

 

The Rationale:

 

Provide proactive instead of reactive treatment.

 

The Benefits:

 

Reduce the wait times

Reduce stress

Provide real time diagnosis

ARC Resources (AIMS)

ARC Integrated Management System (AIMS)

AIMS makes health and safety management mobile, saving time and money for the company, while meeting industry standards.

 

The Problem

 

Outdated paper filing system

Disorganization of documentation

Tedious HSE auditing process

 

The Solution

 

Access information specific to employee role

Updates, edits, and modifies HSE documentation in real time

Tracking methods to ensure compliance

 

The Rationale

 

Provides a central place to update documentation

Provides faster networking between employees and supervisors

 

The Benefits

 

Simplifies Arc Resource’s current HSE system

Reduces documentation disorganization

Convenient hub to streamline information

Reduces paper waste

Johnston's Grain

JOHNSTONS GRAIN

 

Grain trading, simplified and mobile.

 

The Problem:

 

Using an outdated system that was not meeting their needs

Relied heavily on paper filing, phone calls, and text from clients

 

The Solution:

 

Created a platform for Johnston’s Grain clients to trade, buy, and sell product

Allows Johnston’s employees to manage, negotiate, and oversee all deals

 

The Rationale:

 

Create a centralized hub for employees, buyers, and sellers

Store and automate transactions

Reduce time communicating between buyers and sellers

 

The Benefits:

 

Custom software application created for Johnston’s needs

Saves time for Johnston’s Grain employees

Centralized information and automated process

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Mobile App Dev. for Professional Service Hiring Platform

“They're proactive in making sure the app is performing optimally.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sep. 2017 - Mar. 2018
Project summary: 

Vog designed and developed a mobile app for iOS and Android that allows service providers to respond to customer requests in real time. They also continue to maintain and update the app as needed.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Calgary, Canada
Marketing Coordinator, PAAVAA
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Vog created a well-performing app that's received tons of positive feedback from users. Accessible and responsive, their team is available to make changes and fix bugs as needed in no time. They're approachable and great to work with all around.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company operates through a mobile app that allows customers to facilitate requests, including snow shoveling, cleaning, plumbing, and repairs.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Vog App Developers?

When our company was first starting out, we needed to find a developer that could create an app where local service providers could list their information and customers could submit requests in real time. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The founders of our company collaborated with Vog, providing basic wireframes and sketches as needed. Vog's team designed and developed the app for iOS and Android.

What is the team composition?

We mostly work with Vince (CEO, Vog App Devlelopers), as well as a few developers assigned to iOS, Android, and web development.

How did you come to work with Vog App Developers?

One of our founders did an online search for Calgary-based developers and interviewed five different companies. Ultimately, we chose Vog because they responded quickly and made us feel comfortable to work with.

How much have you invested with them?

We've invested about $70,000 not including the annual maintenance fees and additional projects we anticipate in the near future.

What is the status of this engagement?

We met with them in March 2016 and signed a contract in May. The first phase of the app launched in January 2018 and their team continues to maintain it.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Customers and service providers alike have provided tons of positive feedback from using the app. Vog's team is quick to fix any bugs or issues as they arise.

How did Vog App Developers perform from a project management standpoint?

The developers update and fix any issues with the app very quickly. They've been great about staying on top of milestones throughout the process. We mostly communicate through email and haven't had any issues reaching them.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their response time is quick and their work is efficient. They're also nice people and pleasant to work with all around. We're very happy with the relationship.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. They're proactive in making sure the app is performing optimally.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be friendly to the developers. Submitting last minute requests will be easier if you have an established relationship and rapport with the team.

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

Custom Software Dev for Veterinary Firm

“The functionality and reliability are very good.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2017 – Mar. 2018
Project summary: 

Vog built a minimum viable product (MVP) of a web application using PHP. The MVP furthers the process of the app development to make the software ready to launch. The relationship is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Calgary, Canada
Ivana Novosel
Founder, IMLocum
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

With the product launch in the near future, Vog’s work enables the project to move forward. With good project management and responsive communications, they developed the product as envisioned, and with their understanding of the product, they help to evolve it beyond the original concept.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the chief executive officer and founder of IMLocum.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Vog App Developers?

I needed someone to make my minimum viable product (MVP).

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’re developing a web app for the veterinary industry. They built the MVP that would allow this software to be launched to the public. They used PHP. I plan to continue using them for future projects as well as maintenance.

What is the team composition?

The CEO is my primary point of contact and I also work with a developer.

How did you come to work with Vog App Developers?

They were recommended by a colleague.

How much have you invested with them?

I’ve spent $30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in October 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I’m able to continue with my project, which is a big milestone. We’ll be launching live fairly soon. That’s a good indication they did their job. The functionality and reliability are very good.

How did Vog App Developers perform from a project management standpoint?

They have very good communication skills and are very responsive to any issues that arise. They’ve been good with project managing. We use email and Trello.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I liked how easy it is to communicate with them. They’re very receptive and engaging in trying to understand the project. They get really involved with problem-solving as opposed to just building something.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There could be more written communication of the goals and milestones. Being able to have a better understanding of where they are and where they see the project going would be nice.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Stay in contact and available to communicate with them on an ongoing basis.

5.0
Overall Score It's a complex process and nothing can go 100% smoothly, but processes that could go smoothly did go smoothly.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It is a good value for the money.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered exactly what I had in mind and suggested even better solutions.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    There is no question that I'd recommend them.

App Interface for Escape Room

“[T]hey really understand what it's like to provide a great service and great customer service.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Sep. 2017 - Oct. 2017
Project summary: 

Vog developed an app interface on a Raspberry Pi that displays an animation capable of outputting a signal. This is used as an interactive prop in an escape room attraction.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Calgary, Canada
Dan Le
Owner, Escape Ops
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The product functions as intended and was delivered on time. The staff is personable and honest. The wide array of skills on the team enables efficient project completion without the need for outsourcing work. Their responsiveness and open communication are superior to that of other app developers.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner-operator of Escape Ops. We‘re an escape room business where customers solve physical puzzles and challenges within an allotted time limit. It’s a fun group activity that’s great for team-building.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Vog App Developers?

A specific themed room of ours is heavily reliant on technology. I wanted to explore different possibilities of integrating interactive technology into its design. To accomplish a certain vision, I needed an app developer to create an app interface specifically to work on a Raspberry Pi.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The Raspberry Pi has its own interface so in order create an application, they had to first load an operating system on to it. Then, they developed an application that was essentially an animation capable of outputting a signal.

What is the team dynamic?

The team I worked closely with consisted of 4–5 people, which included a project manager and a lead programmer. However, I’ve seen more people working for them around the office.

How did you come to work with Vog App Developers?

I used a couple freelancers in the past but wanted a development firm on this project, preferably one that was local. I found Vog after google searching with those parameters.

How much have you invested with them?

The total cost of the project was just over $3,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project lasted from September 2017–October 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They delivered on the project, as I now have the app they developed on the Raspberry Pi. What’s valuable about the app is it can easily be tweaked or changed by me. I could now make 10 of these if I wanted and that makes the product very scalable. Personally, I think the app looks great but I don’t have any customer feedback at this time.

How did Vog App Developers perform from a project management standpoint?

They were excellent with communication and responsiveness. Email was our main form of correspondence. Communication is very important to me and I’ve worked with other developers that keep you in the dark in terms of project progress. Vog was quick to update me on where the project was and what needed to be done. They’re also a team of great people. The office vibe was pleasant and I greatly enjoyed working with them.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I really liked that they had a team of talented people available. I previously worked with individual freelancers and if they lacked certain skill, they would outsource the work. This was not the case with Vog. The project required a lot of coding but they had a lead programmer to accomplish that. The animation was a unique task but they had a team member very skilled in Photoshop to bring it to life. Vog’s owner is especially proficient in SEO and marketing. The variety of skills they process gives them a large toolbox capable of delivering on most tasks. Overall, they really understand what it's like to provide a great service and great customer service. That’s often lacking in the industry.

Are there any areas they could improve?

That’s difficult for me to say because it was a smooth transaction that never caused me stress. When I handed them the project, the assumption was that they have skills to do it. They did so without any complications or problems so as far areas of improvement are concerned, I can’t think of anything right now.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Don't be afraid to pick up the phone and contact them. They're all friendly people and I'm sure that no matter what the project is they'll do a good job. Vog’s owner has a golden rule; don’t lie. If you don’t like something then voice your concern. In order to go forth with all the right information, be straightforward with what you’re trying to accomplish.

5.0
Overall Score They're a step above developers I've worked with in the past.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They send email confirmations and invites to keep everyone informed and on time.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Fitness Dating Mobile App Dev.

"I would certainly recommend Vog. They're diligent, but also a lot of fun to work with."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
May 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Vog engaged in all aspects of the design and construction of a fitness dating app for iOS and Android. Their intimate team incorporated photo upload functions and a messaging system for matched users.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Alberta, Canada
Ciera Knight
Owner, Squat or Not
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app’s sharp design has already attracted over 500 users. Despite early rejections by the App Store, Vog worked tirelessly to ensure the app met Apple’s high standards. They immediately recalibrate the app to match Android and iOS software updates. Staff is industrious, but also a lot of fun.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of Squat or Not, a dating app geared toward the fitness industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Vog App Developers?

I needed a development company to turn my idea into a fully-realized app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I provided the initial concept and went back and forth with Vog over specifics. They did most of the design work, taking my feedback into account, and presented a mockup before moving forward with the build.

The app matches users and provides a chat space. Photos can be uploaded easily at any time, and there’s also a profile of the month feature awarded to the user with the most upvotes. It's available for both Android and iOS platforms.

What is the team dynamic?

I go through Vince [O’Gorman, Owner, Vog] anytime I need something and he either addresses it personally or passes it to one of his developers. There were five people assigned to my project in total.

How did you come to work with Vog App Developers?

I ran a Google search for local app developers. I read the testimonials on Vog’s website and fell in love with their company after meeting with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in May 2016 and they continue to provide updates.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I absolutely love the app’s sharp look and we currently have over 500 users. While there are minor technical issues whenever Android or Apple launch software updates, Vog addresses these immediately.

How did Vog App Developers perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re perfect. We communicate primarily through phone and email, though I also visited their office at least once a week during development. Now that the app is live, we conduct in-person meetings once a month.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We had a very stressful period when Apple continuously rejected the app. Vog refused to give up on the project, working even harder each time it was turned down. They worked tirelessly for three months, and now the app is available in the App Store.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing comes to mind. I'm happy with everything they did.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would certainly recommend Vog. They're diligent, but also a lot of fun to work with.

5.0
Overall Score I love working with them and plan to continue our partnership.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met every deadline on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They underbid other developers I considered.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They're awesome.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'd recommend them to anyone.

Mobile App Dev for Social Betting Challenges

"The team was responsive and adaptable to changes."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Vog App built iOS app from scratch with video, interactive and social features. Additional services included testing and advertising.  Current work focuses on improvements and bug fixes.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Ponoka, Alberta
Dale Oberst
Owner, 10 Fold Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Data is not available presently, but small-scale testing generated good feedback. The team was approachable and responsive to communication needs and development changes. The agency’s affordable pricing maximized the project’s value.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I co-founded 10 Fold, Inc.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Vog App?

We built an interactive challenge-based app called Snapbets a few years ago and then decided to create a second version.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They started over from the first version, building this one from scratch on the iOS platform. App features include: video and photo postings, video splicing, interactive voting, and friend requests. There’s also an option to purchase longer videos for responding to other users.

Initially, the team advertised on Facebook, but we decided to proceed with that internally. They did nothing wrong; it was a cost decision.

The team tested the app and continues to work on bug fixes.

What is the team dynamic?

I communicated personally with three developers including Vince [President/Owner, Vog App] and Matt [iOS/Android Developer, Vog App].

How did you come to work with Vog App?

I emailed 6 different developers about the app and their response was the smartest in the set.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent approximately $40,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Work started June 2016 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We started advertising only a few weeks ago and it’s too early to have data. We tested the app, but not on a wide range of people. Feedback is good and yielded smaller issues we will address. But for now, the app performs well.

How did Vog App perform from a project management standpoint?

The team was responsive to communication and adaptable to changes. They reacted fairly to everything.

Vince and I communicated through email, but the nature of our relationship allows me to text periodically. His follow-up was immediate.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I received multiple quotes and theirs was the lowest by far.

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

Mortgage Industry Mobile App Dev

They're innovative and interested in keeping your product up to date[.]”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Nov. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Vog App Developers built a cross-platform app that aims to increase sales by connecting users with company representatives. Additional features inform users about events, services, and promotions.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Calgary, Canada
Heather Hellings
Operations Manager, Jencor Mortgage Corp
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Vog provided an innovative and aesthetically pleasing product that successfully attracted new clients and received positive app store feedback. Their attentiveness extended beyond designing the app itself and also included marketing advice on how to increase interest in the app.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We're a mortgage brokerage company based in Calgary, and we provide mortgages all across Canada. I'm the operations manager, so I handle sales, accounting, payroll, office administration, our IT platforms, and our apps.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Vog App Developers?

We wanted to develop a sales app for our business.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Vog built our new app for iOS and Android entirely from scratch. It creates a centralized place for clients to get in touch with us and look up information on the different services we offer. It highlights some of our realtors and lending partners, features events we hold, shares discounts we offer our clients, updates them on builder rates, and gives them access to our home-buyer's guide.

What is the team dynamic?

We primarily worked with the owner, the advertising manager, and two developers.

How did you come to work with Vog App Developers?

We started developing our app in-house, and we'd previously used a development company in Toronto, but we decided to change gears. Vog had designed an app for someone we knew, and that organization recommended them to us.

How much have you invested with them?

Between $6,000–8,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in November 2015 and we're still working together. I'm planning to have them take over our company's main app so they can redo that as well.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Not many mortgage brokers have apps, so we've received positive feedback from a few new clients who found us via iTunes, and we’ve made several new sales that way. Vog's also met with us to go over the metrics on the amount of clicks and downloads since the app went live, and they've given us suggestions on how to improve those numbers. We still need to implement those updates, so I don't have exact results.

How did Vog App Developers perform from a project management standpoint?

We've never had a problem with them meeting deadlines -- they're usually waiting on us! I prefer contact through email due to how busy we get, but sometimes we also communicate over the phone. They're very quick to respond, always on top of any changes we need, and they offer helpful suggestions about ways we could improve the app.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're innovative and interested in keeping your product up to date in terms of the aesthetics and how it's built. They're also great at making suggestions that help us appeal to potential clients, where if we'd kept the development in-house we might not have been so creative and we'd end up with a dated-looking product.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Creative design is their specialty, so I'd say to let them roll with it. Have a good sense of your vision for the final product, but trust them to execute it.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're great about getting back to us on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We've earned a few deals via the app, so it's basically paid for itself.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They're very responsive, and what they present to you is exactly what you get.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already recommended them several times.

Mobile App Dev for Teen Community-Based Opportunities

“It was their first time to do a social media app, and everything was good—we always got whatever we requested.”

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

Based on a mockup, Vog App built a unique social media app for iOS and Android that connects teenagers with community-based resources. The team also helped resolve issues during testing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Calgary, Canada
Lorenzo Hernandez
Director, 4Teens Ltd
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Vog’s technical expertise and knowledge of languages contributed to the success of the project, despite their lack of experience in developing social media apps. The also excelled at project management and communication, providing detailed updates that kept the project on track.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

4Teens Ltd. is a family business. Our main objective is to create opportunities and resources for teens. Our app gives them the opportunity to engage in a friendly environment and encourages them to make the right choices. Aside from teens, it can be used by anyone.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Vog App?

We are not knowledgeable about coding, so we needed help with building the mobile app. The idea was to create an environment that can help people get connected through a community-based mobile application. Social media apps are all about people wanting themselves to be the focus: “This is me, this is what I do, this is what I get, and these are my achievements.” In contrast, our app would take people from a personal, self-focused mindset and shift them to a community-based environment: “This is what we do. This is something good that needs to be done. This is an opportunity to engage people. It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about us. It’s about volunteering.”

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We gave them a mockup as well as a full document of what we were expecting from the app. They used a platform to build the wireframe, and we reviewed it online. After we made comments, they developed the app for iOS and Android. In the long run, it was more cost-effective to build both versions at the same time.

The main concept of the app is to engage people in a community-based environment rather than having a personal focus. There’s no feature for chatting since the app is about creating a group of people, not having one-on-one conversations. Users can join a community to talk about a particular matter—for example, music. They can share video posts, write comments, or post about an event. The app also includes polls for people to survey. Users can share a particular link and drive people to something that they think is really interesting.

What is the team dynamic?

There was 1 lead for iOS, 1 lead for Android, and 1–2 extra people helping that lead. Most of the time, it was 1 person per language.

How did you come to work with Vog App?

We went to Vog after doing some research on local mobile application developer companies. I called them, and we met face to face. They gave us good feedback, new ideas, and a new way to approach the idea, so we decided to go with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in October 2016. The app was completed as expected, but it’s not live. They’ve transferred the app to us, and it’s under our control now. In the meantime, we are working with a marketing company for social media.

We haven’t cut the connection with Vog, and they are available if we need more help. They continue to follow up with us and inquire when we plan to release the app. Potentially, we are putting it in the App Store and Google Play within the next couple of weeks. We are planning a second engagement with them for upgrades.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We are happy with what they did. They knew what they were doing. After the development phase, we worked with Vog to fix all of the bugs and issues. A select group of about 100 people tested the app, and we got good comments about features that were not working properly. One of the major challenges was that there wasn’t an option to crop an image so that it fits properly in screens while keeping the app in the same shape. It took a little longer, but they came up with an excellent solution.

How did Vog App perform from a project management standpoint?

It wasn’t perfect, but we had good communication, documentation, and reporting. I wanted good, quick feedback whenever we asked for something. We agreed on my expectations and they met that criteria. They always replied, answered concerns, and proposed ideas. My son, who built the mockup, would often come up with new questions or requests, and they always came back with a solution quickly.

A project manager kept us up-to-date regarding milestone completion, invoicing, and coding issues during the development phase. We communicated mostly through email as well as a few phone calls and face-to-face meetings. They have a software where we could see their progress and add comments. It’s usually complicated to describe issues via email, but the project management tool made it easier to explain what we saw during testing. We could take a picture of what was happening in the app and share it with them.

What did you find most impressive about them?

It was their first time to do a social media app, and everything was good—we always got whatever we requested. It was good to have their opinion about development, and we benefited from their expertise in technologies and languages.

Are there any areas they could improve?

don’t have any concerns about the development. However, there’s always room for improvement in terms of communication.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I always encourage people to have a face-to-face meeting. If the developer is not close, at least have a meeting via Skype.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    It’s not easy to predict outcomes in this type of business. There’s always room to make it better.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Compared with other quotes that I got, the price was reasonable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We are really happy with the product. It’s what we visualized.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev for Journey Management & Safety

“If he was willing to go to educate himself like that, to that length, so fast, then I knew I had the right guy.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

The app that Vog App Developers built is the core client offering of a newly-established company. They also redesigned the client’s website and continue to tweak the apps.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Calgary, Canada
Bryan Miske
Owner, E-Journey Manager
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Vog App educated themselves on a new technical area in order to take on a large project and meet client needs. They integrated functionality from an external partner to increase applicability and charged under-market rates to achieve high-value end products.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of a company called eJourney Manager.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Vog App Developers?

We needed to develop a safety app that handles journey management and working alone for the gas and oil industry. It was a new project for a totally new company.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Vog Apps built our safety app in both iOS and Android. They were able to integrate additional functionality through partnerships with another firm. They have also redesigned our website.

We met with Vince [President/Owner, Vog App Developers] at the outset to share our ideas and give him some basic information about what we were building. He wasn’t a health and safety professional so I gave him lots of information and resources to get up to speed. Within 24 hours, he came back to me very knowledgeable. He understood the process and what we were trying to achieve. He had built the backend mapping, basically a flow diagram of how the app works and how the backend system works.

They provided user experience interface diagrams and test versions, updating based on our feedback. They were able to negotiate a license for us with another app provider to integrate a mapping feature that is used to find lease locations in oil fields. They integrated that functionality seamless into our app.

We tested the app internally with our partners for more than 2 months before we launched. They continue to make some improvements on the backend and other minimal changes.

What is the team dynamic?

There was a project manager that was involved early on but left the company. Vince has been my point of contact ever since. I’ve worked with other team members including the different people who built the backend and the iOS or the Android versions.

How did you come to work with Vog App Developers?

We came across them via word of mouth. My partner’s wife is friends with Vince’s wife and I realized he built apps. We sat down for coffee and I had a good feeling about him as soon as we met. He’s high energy, smart and knowledgeable. You can tell right away that he understands technology, and he was very interested in what we were doing. After that meeting, we sent him some info to get up to speed and get started.

I had worked with another app developer in the past. Over a year and a half, he never gave me any deliverables until I was going to let him go. The deliverable I received was ridiculous: it was clear he wasn’t listening to anything I wanted. I was impressed with Vince that, after our initial meeting, he came back with a full understanding of what we were trying to build. If he was willing to educate himself like that, to that length, so quickly, then I had the right guy.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent more than $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together around November 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our user base is growing. We have a couple thousand users right now. We have about 16 companies on board with 6-8 more on trials right now. With 2 companies that just signed up with 4,000 and 6,000 users each respectively we’ll be over 10,000.

The app has the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of users. One client in Australia who is currently trialing it has 500,000 people. They love it and we fully expect to get the whole team on, which would be incredible for us. It’s all based on the efforts that Vince and his team have put in.

Our website redesign continues to floor people. They built it quickly, in what seemed like 2 days, and it works very well. It looks incredibly professional. Just last week I was showing it to my brother-in-law last, who owns a large company, and he was impressed with how nice it is.

How did Vog App Developers perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re in constant communication with me. We use a combination of everything – phone, email, text, personal meetings – to communicate. We'll do at least a monthly review in their office with the team to go through the app and give feedback. As we were building, they came back to me consistently and had regular scheduled meetings with me to review what they'd done, what the functionality was. Vince almost flooded me with information of what he was doing.

They’ve responded to our needs all along the way. I could phone him at midnight and say, hey this needs to do this or we need to think about this. He would put it in his system and his team would get it done. Vince delegates tasks to his team but he’s personally committed to staying involved with the project.

To tell you the truth, I probably over engineer things and they've built it the way I wanted it. They finished the first app two weeks ahead of schedule so we were able to start testing and could highlight things that needed corrected. When we explained issues that some users were finding, they made changes immediately to streamline and make it easier to use. After those changes, I’ve heard feedback that the layout is very intuitive, including the way they’ve structured the buttons, and it’s easier to use.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I think it's the attention that they put on each client. If every client receives the attention and the focus that I have, I think every client would walk away thinking they’ve gained a lot of value from that relationship. I know I have. They're not a big company where they assign some mid-level guy to manage your account. I feel like I have the whole company's attention and if I need something completed or fixed as soon as possible, it's handled right away.

I was also very impressed by how Vince embraced the opportunity to learn something new and take on a different type of project. I can't really speak to the other apps that they’ve built but I know this is a very heavy and difficult one to build. I was excited about how enthusiastically he took on the project, understanding and learning it.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They didn’t charge me enough. I've shown the app to other app builders that I know and trust, and they have said they wouldn’t build it for less than $600,000. They have invested too much time in it based on what they charged, so they’ve probably done themselves a disservice there. But I think it’s because they see the value in building something new in the health and safety segment.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They could try to institute use of a project management tool to use together, as a place to track all the inputs and information for the project. Vog Apps tried to introduce one to us to use but we ultimately went back to text, phone calls and emails. A tool to track project management could be beneficial to clients going forward.

5.0
Overall Score I continue to work with them and they continue to be as responsive and pay as much attention to me now as they did when we were building it. It's been an exceptional experience.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There was never an issue sticking to deadlines. If there was a delay, they would reach out, let you know why, and then meet the new deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I'm confident they didn’t charge me enough. They probably didn't recognize how much time they would put into it since it was the first safety app they had built. They undervalued themselves but I don’t think they’ll do that moving forward.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their deliverables were always on time and on target. The quality was always more than I expected.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've recommended them to many people and will continue to do so.