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Cost to Build a Mobile App: A Survey

Clutch surveyed representatives from 12 leading mobile application development companies to determine cost ranges of building an iPhone app and the key variables of cost.

To learn more about mobile app development, visit Clutch's App Development resources page.

How much does it cost to build a mobile application? Like any piece of software, mobile apps vary widely in terms of development cost. We surveyed some of the leading mobile app development companies on the cost to develop a mobile app, and found that the median cost range is between $37,913 and $171,450, but could climb up to $500,000 or higher. The best way to find out where your app will fall in that range is to obtain price quotes from several development companies; however, we've included each cost component in our survey below to provide an understanding of what some of the largest cost drivers are.

For a related discussion on mobile app cost, see Experts Explain Key Drivers of App Development Cost.

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Survey Shows Small Business Mobile Apps to Double

Clutch releases new data examining planned mobile app spending in 2015 and beyond.

WASHINGTON, May 28th, 2015 – Fifteen percent of small businesses have a mobile app, and another 18 percent are considering developing one in 2015 or later, according to a survey conducted by Clutch, the leading source of mobile app developer reviews.  However, some have yet to be convinced, as 40 percent of respondents said they are unlikely to have a mobile app in the future.

“Consumers are using mobile apps to research locations to shop, eat, play and relax – and it's up to businesses to be where their audience is,” noted Krista McLandress, marketing manager at app development software company AppsBuilder. “Most businesses understand that a mobile-friendly or responsive website is imperative to their business, but many still lag behind adopting a mobile app strategy."

Clutch’s survey also examined the key reasons why small businesses are building apps. The number one reason—selected by 76% of respondents—is to improve customer service.

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Mobile Apps and Small Business: Clutch's 2015 Digital Marketing Survey

Large businesses and corporations have come to rely heavily on digital marketing to reach their consumers. Social media, blogs and, of course, the almighty app, are used constantly to communicate, share, advertise, and relate to the public.

But, are small businesses investing in apps? Our 2015 Small Business Digital Marketing Survey was designed to examine just that question and to explore motivating factors for small businesses to build apps. We asked more than 350 small business owners to share with us about their use of apps for marketing and sales.

Below the infographic are the full details of our results along with commentary from experts in small business mobile app development.

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Clutch's Small Business Mobile App Survey 2015

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Research Firm Clutch Publishes New Analysis of Top Drupal Developers

This research identifies three additional Drupal development firms with a proven track record of client success.

WASHINGTON, DC, May 7th, 2015 - Today Clutch published an official update to their Drupal development research.  The research leverages the proprietary Leaders Matrix methodology, mapping each firm's focus on web development using Drupal against their ability to deliver high-quality results to their clients.

The following three companies were highlighted as Top Drupal Development Firms: Urban Insight, Palantir and Isovera.

Analysts conducted a thorough examination of development firms with extensive knowledge of Drupal, which is an open-source content management system (CMS) known for its robust functionality and fantastic developer community. The top performing firms in this updated research were selected based on over a dozen quantitative and qualitative factors, including company experience, industry recognition, technical certifications, market presence and positive client reviews.

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Survey Finds Room for Growth in Small Business Social Media Presence

A new survey by Clutch reveals that many small businesses don’t leverage social media.

WASHINGTON, May 6th, 2015 – Nearly half of small businesses do not actively use social media, and 25 percent claim that they are unlikely to use social media in the future, according to a survey conducted by research firm Clutch. However, many companies that are active on social media are seemingly finding value, with roughly one-third of those planning to increase their social media resources in 2015. 

Clutch’s survey further investigated small businesses’ range of investment in social media strategies this year. Of those with active social profiles, 38 percent plan to increase employee time dedicated to social media in 2015, 30 percent plan to increase spend on social advertising, and 12 percent plan to increase spend on an outside agency or consultant.

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Small Business and Social Media in 2015: A Survey

How are small businesses currently using social media and how can a small business benefit from a social media strategy? In a small business survey conducted by Clutch, results showed that 53 percent of small businesses actively use social media. We investigated small business investment in social media and the change from 2014 to 2015 further, focusing on investment in employee time, spend on an outside agency or consultant, and spend on social media ads. We interviewed social media and digital marketing experts for their thoughts on the survey results and for insights on how small businesses can develop a comprehensive social media strategy. Below the infographic there is more detail on the survey data along with additional analysis from the experts we interviewed.


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Clutch's Small Business Social Media Survey

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Clutch Highlights Leaders in Local SEO

The research is Clutch’s latest in a series of reports identifying leading SEO firms by specialization.

WASHINGTON, DC, April 30, 2015 -- Today Clutch published the first edition of its research identifying leading Local SEO companies. The research leverages the proprietary Leaders Matrix methodology, mapping each firm's focus on search engine optimization and local search against their proven ability to deliver measurable results for their clients.

The highlighted companies are: 180Fusion, Boostability, Vizion Interactive, Be Locally SEO, Chicago Style SEO, Ignite Visibility, Sachs Marketing Group, Lead to Conversion, Local Search Masters, and Traffic Digital Agency.

“Both large corporations and mom-and-pops need a strong local search presence to generate leads and sales from surrounding areas and maintain a positive online reputation,” stated Tim Clarke, Research Manager at Clutch. “The firms listed in this report have all demonstrated success with local SEO and PPC campaigns, which have generated overwhelmingly positive returns for clients."

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Clutch Identifies Leading App Developers in Ukraine

The research is Clutch’s latest in a series of reports identifying top app developers worldwide.

WASHINGTON, DC, April 28, 2015 – Clutch, the leading publisher of app developer reviews, has released its first piece of research identifying leading app developers in Ukraine. The research leverages the proprietary Leaders Matrix methodology, mapping each firm's focus on mobile app development and UI/UX design against their ability to deliver world-class results for their clients.

Listed below are the identified leading app developers in Ukraine:

Lemberg Solutions, Intersog, Stanfy, MLSDev, Yalantis, SteelKiwi Development, eGo Creative Media Solutions, AltexSoft, Provectus, Anadea, Zfort Group, GBK Soft,

“These app developers vary in client and industry focus areas. However, these development teams have all demonstrated a commitment to meeting their clients’ development objectives,” explained Ryan Stevens, Lead App Development Analyst at Clutch. “Ukraine has quickly become a leading market to look to for outsourced app development.”

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Clutch Identifies Leading Web Design & Web Development Agencies in Seattle and Portland

The top firms were selected based on over a dozen factors including company experience, client references, industry recognition, and market presence.

WASHINGTON, DC, April 16, 2015 -- Today Clutch published an update identifying leading web design and web development firms based in the Pacific Northwest.  The research leverages the proprietary Leaders Matrix methodology, mapping each firm's focus on web design, web development and E-commerce development against their ability to deliver world-class results for their clients.

The firms recognized are: Smashing Ideas, Copious, Quick Left, FINE, Montana Banana Web Development, Fuse IQ, Inc., Stellaractive, Studio 5 Innovation, Aha Consulting, JV Media Design, Illusio Design, 8ninths.

“The average online consumer today is more sophisticated than ever; they have higher expectations and are more critical of a company’s virtual appearance,” explained Ayrald, Analyst at Clutch. “The agencies listed here work hard to ensure their clients’ websites are responsive, well-designed, and easy to navigate."

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Survey Shows Opportunity for Small Businesses to Improve Web Presence

Clutch presents a new survey that shows small businesses have been slow to implement digital marketing strategies.

WASHINGTON, April 15th, 2015 – Over a quarter of small businesses do not have a website and 10 percent claim that they are unlikely to have a website in the future, according to a new survey conducted by research firm Clutch. Of the small businesses that have a website, only 56 percent have a responsive design website that is mobile friendly. However, the survey also showed signs of improvement, as 23 percent plan to increase website spending in 2015.

Clutch’s research also found that many small businesses are not utilizing existing digital marketing strategies. Only 53 percent of small businesses reported that they actively work on social media, 45 percent on search engine optimization (SEO), and 25 percent on online advertising.

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