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: 

DC Bank, Vieworx, Johnston's Grain, eJourney Manager, X-ing Paths, RV Care, Priority RV Network, HealthQ, Golfpass, MacCosham, PAAVAA, Nurish By Design, Escape Ops, ThinkGolf, Jencor A Team, ARC Resources, Mag Guard Monitoring, Bitvo

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 Challenge

We partnered with Arc Resources to develop an application that assisted in streamlining the accessibility of information to support field safety awareness

- An outdated paper

filing system

- Disorganization of documentation

- Tedious HSE auditing process

The Solution

Build an app (mobile interface) and a complementary website that contains ARC’s Integrated Management System (AIMS).

This was...

Vieworx

VIEWORX

Originally specialized in construction, Vieworx has expanded its services to include LiDAR collection and GIS applications. We helped Vieworx building an app that converts the files and layers, trying to optimize loading times and processing times for large GIS files (converting 200,000 images and points on a map). 

The Challenge

The previous

process was time-consuming and there was the need to streamline the process and have the ability to view the complete data set in the field. 

The Solution

The new platform was created for users to view GIS information that was previously sent via email. Now, customers can log into the interface...

eJourney Manager

EJOURNEY MANAGER

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

The Challenge

The client wanted to simplify the journey management, work alone approval and, tracking process while maintaining employee accountability.

- Limited tracking of driver locations

-

Slow approval process

- High employer risk

The Solution

Ejourney Manager is a journey management and work alone app that is currently being adopted by small, medium and large energy service and supply companies.  eJourney Manager eliminates the need for call-in...

Health Q

HEALTH Q

Health Q Technologies is a high-tech company combining skills from various disciplines to provide solutions in the digital health and wellness space.

The Challenge

Create a reminder app, developed by physicians and nurses to help you and your family keep your health care needs organized, centralized, and easy to access.

The

Solution

The app was tailored to the user's gender and age, HealthQ lets you view personalized screening test recommendations, create medication reminders, track immunizations and much more.

HealthQ is an all-in-one resource to keep your health care in check. All of the recommendations in this...

Nurish By Design

NURISH BY DESIGN

Nurish by Design helps fitness and health professionals develop a more efficient way of creating customized meal plans through our meal planning software.

The Challenge

Nurish By Design quickly discovered that by offering nutrition plans with the help of a custom app, they would create a secondary revenue stream for their

business while maintaining more clients.

The Solution

The meal planner software that was built allows people to quickly generate effective and precise meal plans that cater to the unique nutritional needs of each client.

Nurish by Design app allow people to use the software...

Johnston's Grain

JOHNSTON'S GRAIN

A grain brokerage that required an app to allow farmers who are either buying or selling grain to connect and exchange.

The Challenge

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. A centralized hub for employees, buyers, and sellers. Moreover, store and automate transactions, and reduce time communicating between buyers and sellers.

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Mobile App Dev for Healthcare Reminder Platform

“They offered a lot of insight into the development process, presenting ideas that we hadn’t considered.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June 2017 - May 2018
Project summary: 

Vog App Developers created a mobile app for iOS and Android that helps users manage their medical information (e.g., immunization, screenings), send reminders, and provide accessible healthcare information.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Calgary, Canada
Partner, Medical Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app’s comprehensive yet accessible medical information and medical reminders garnered high praise from users. Beyond providing critical counsel and guidance, Vog App Developers strove to accommodate any changes. Their personable approach and outstanding communication ensured a smooth process.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a partner in a healthcare practice, providing general health services to families in Calgary, Canada. We conceived a mobile app that provides medical information and reminders to patients.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

We conceived the idea for our app after realizing that our patients consistently asked the same questions regarding immunization schedules and screening tests. As a result, we wanted to create a platform in which users could look up the latest, professional information in an accessible way without having to depend on doctors for basic knowledge. We approached Vog App Developers to develop a simple, user-friendly app for iOS and Android.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Using our ideas and product name, they built the app entirely from scratch, which involved designing the logo, designing the UX/UI, and writing and implementing the code. The app allowed users to keep track of their immunizations, appointments, and personal medication through medical reminders.

Beyond that, it also provided healthcare guidelines based on the Alberta and Canadian prevention screening tests depending on the user’s age, sex, and condition (e.g., pregnancy). For example, the app would indicate that a 50-year-old female user would need to start testing for colon and breast cancer, doing mammograms every two years. Because this information changes every few years, we ensured that the app had the most up-to-date details.

The app also features bilingual content in French and English. This was one of our bigger challenges because their team didn’t speak French. As such, we went through all the screens word for word to ensure that all the information made sense in both languages.

What is the team composition?

We primarily worked with their CEO, advertising manager, and UX/UI design team lead.

How did you come to work with Vog App Developers?

I found them online by searching for app developers in Calgary. Because we had a limited budget and little technical knowledge, we looked at smaller outlets that were willing to explain the process to us. We had a good feeling about their team from the get-go, and they made us feel comfortable.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $80,000–$90,000 CAD ($61,436–$69,116 USD)

What is the status of this engagement?

Their work lasted from June 2017–May 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

While the app is currently live, we’re still working on implementing marketing strategies, so we don’t have any hard metrics yet. However, from a qualitative perspective, the app is user-friendly, and I’ve yet to receive any negative feedback. Users appreciate the app’s medication reminders and its immunization schedules. Despite encountering some glitches during development, the team has ironed out the issues, and the app runs quite well.

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

We did a lot of back and forth with them, and they were pretty receptive to any changes we wanted to make. In terms of communication, they were willing to see us whenever we wanted. We could easily reach them via email or text, and we would also set up in-person meetings.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Aside from being approachable and readily available, they were honest with us. They offered a lot of insight into the development process, presenting ideas that we hadn’t considered.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, nothing comes to mind. I’d never worked with an app developer before, but I think they’ve done a remarkable job.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have a clear idea of what you want from them, and be open with them. Initially, we didn’t have a plan and only threw out ideas. Luckily, they were able to sift through our ideas and turn them into something more concrete. I valued how they told us which ideas would or wouldn’t work.

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

Web Based Program for Nutritional Awareness Platform

“Vog has been able to transform our ideas into a well-designed and effective platform.”

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

Vog designed and developed a web-based platform from scratch, incorporating user forms and surveys as core features. They continue to provide iterations as the platform is tested.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Calgary, Canada
Stephen Trottier
Owner, Nurish By Design
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Vog created a highly functional, effective, and user-friendly platform. Responsive and accessible in communications, their team has been organized and proactive at managing the project throughout the engagement. They've also provided invaluable input, leading to a better outcome than anticipated.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm one of the founders of Nurish By Design, a meal planning web-based platform. We license the program to personal trainers, gyms, and fitness facilities so they're able to offer meal plans to their clients using our software.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

We originally started developing the platform with another vendor that we thought was Calgary-based, but turned out to be outsourced to India. We weren't happy with the relationship, so we started looking for a different, local company to work with.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

After initial discussions with Vince (CEO and Owner, Vog App Developers), Vog's team created the scope of work and a timeline. They developed the platform, including the frontend and backend, and are in the final stages of QA testing.

The platform includes features that allow clients to sign up and fill out a form to provide basic information regarding age, sex, height, and weight so that the program can calculate an appropriate calorie range for each user. There's also a survey feature that asks users to indicate any foods they dislike or are allergic to, so their personal trainers won't be able to assign them those foods.

What is the team composition?

We mostly work directly with Vince and a project manager, but we also occasionally meet with Brad (Web Services Developer, Vog App Developers).

How did you come to work with Vog App Developers?

We researched local vendors and considered about five different companies, but thought Vog offered the best solutions for us. When we met with Vince, we were very impressed by his directness and ability to describe how he would approach building out our app. He was practically finishing our sentences as we explained it to him and providing additional feedback.

How much have you invested with them?

We've spent between $20,000–$25,000 CAD ($15,659–$19,573 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in February 2017 and finished the majority of development in March 2018. We're still making small tweaks to the platform as we continue testing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Vog has been able to transform our ideas into a well-designed and effective platform. It's both highly functional and reliable—they've fixed any glitches quickly as they come up. As we wrap up development, we've also noticed a lot more users and conversions to sales than ever before.

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

Vog's team is very organized. Whenever we started a new phase of the project, they would lay out a thorough document describing the requirements, scope, and timeline. They're also very responsive, so we're able to get ahold of them almost immediately. They continue to be proactive and reactive to any issues that come up in development.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their team is very knowledgeable and able to provide invaluable feedback to make our processes and end product better. They've helped guide us throughout the process and put us on the right track when our requests need more analysis or consideration.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. As they continue to grow, I just hope that they're always able to provide the same level of interaction and personal attention to their clients as they have with us.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Our biggest mistake with our previous vendor was that we just took their word without asking them how they planned to achieve the scope of work. Don't just ask a vendor if the work can be done, but also how the company plans on achieving your goals. Vince and his team are very good at explaining how they plan to approach every aspect of their work. 

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

Mobile App Dev for RV Service & Support Firm

“They’re easy to work with and know what they’re doing.”

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

Vog built an app for iOS and Android within a few months. They based the design off other similar apps and integrated features such as push notifications and geo events.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
Earl Manning
VP/General Manager, RV Care Network Ltd
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Vog worked incredibly fast and made an easy-to-use and impressive app. Stakeholders have been highly pleased with the results and are excited to see how it’s received. The team communicated well and even finished the product ahead of schedule.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the managing director at RV Care, a buying group and network of independent RV dealers across Canada. I’m in charge of our contracts, agreements, and programs with suppliers as well as marketing and advertising.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

We needed a mobile app for consumers to find our dealers when they travel. We’d worked with a previous dev company before, but they retired, so we needed a new partner.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We didn’t provide any wireframes or sketches. They had their own creative ideas and designs based off of other apps that have a similar purpose. They built both an Android and iOS version of the app. We didn’t have any specific features or functionalities in mind, so they introduced us to a few ideas. For example, they incorporated push notifications and geo events for the app to better reach our users.

The project wasn’t too large and only took a few weeks. We sent them the information, and they came back with the prototypes soon afterward.

What is the team composition?

We negotiated the contract with one individual and then worked with their project manager.

How did you come to work with Vog App Developers?

Vog made an app for one of our dealers, who then referred them to us.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $10,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from starting in January 2018. The main development wrapped up around April but we plan on working with them for many years.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It’s too soon to provide quantitative data, but we’re excited to see the usage and will track it closely. We just recently started promoting the app to the public. We launched it at a meeting of 100+ dealers and staff members, and they were all impressed. We’ve received lots of positive feedback and excitement.

The app is easy to navigate and hasn’t had any glitches or problems. It’s smooth and easy for people to use.

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

They did everything well in terms of communication, timeliness, and turnaround. Their project management was excellent, even after the app launched—they actually finished ahead of schedule.

We mainly communicated over the phone.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re easy to work with and know what they’re doing.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, none that I can think of.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Maintain good communication so that everything can go smoothly.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They finished early.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I have limited information on other options, but they had reasonable costs for what they did.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already referred them.

Mobile App Dev. for Recruitment Job Platform

“They never hesitate to offer an honest opinion if they believed something would not work to our benefit.”

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

Vog App Developers developed a professional networking mobile app. It features a cutting-edge résumé-builder, a payment system for a monthly subscriptions service, and a detailed client database.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Calgary, Canada
Founder, Jobstream
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They are highly-skilled developers, but their collaborative skills are where they shine. Their client’s needs are their top-priority, and always offer solutions that exceed their project’s goals. As their business grows, Vog will need to build up their team to maintain their outstanding services.

BACKGROUND

Jobstream is a web application that connects youth with employers and nonprofit organization for job and volunteer opportunities.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

We hired Vog App Developers to create mobile apps for our business, and they also helped build our website. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Vog’s team built an app with all of our specifications and more. They made an excellent suggestion to include a résumé builder, which is a feature that our competitors’ apps don’t have. They are currently working on incorporating a monthly subscription payment system into the app and they continue to provide backend support.

What is the team composition?

Vog’s vice president, the project manager, and two developers were usually present during the meetings.

How did you come to work with Vog App Developers?

We originally wanted to outsource this project so that we could save money, but we decided against it to avoid scheduling conflicts due to a difference in time zone. When we started searching for local app developers, Vog was the first company listed in Google, so we put them on our list of consideration. Our initial meeting was spent evaluating their work experience, as well as their portfolio. Vog was the most proactive company that we interviewed. Instead of waiting two weeks to present their deliverables, they quickly provided wireframes, price estimates, and a detailed scope of work.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent approximately $43,000 to develop both the app and the website.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working on this project in February 2017, and they are still making changes to the app’s payment system.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We received great feedback from our second focus group, so we believe that their work has been pretty successful.

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

They are very responsive. We used Trello as a project management tool, so I was able to see a list of everything that they were working on. He created a table for me on Trello so that I could post my comments, and they would remove them to notify me that the work had been completed.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They never hesitate to offer an honest opinion if they believed something would not work to our benefit.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They should consider hiring more people so that the ratio of developer-to-client isn’t sacrificed as their company grows.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I have referred Vog to many people, and I always tell them to have a clear vision of what they want on their app. It is frustrating for their team when clients are not prepared for meetings.

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

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.