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    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this useful collection of growth hacking tools, websites & software. Appsjunction is a networking platform which brings together iOS Developers, Android Developers, Win Phone developers to find each other and build apps for each other and startups. Soon to be launched a market place for buy & sell of App Code.

    Top hard to find & precious tools, websites, software for Entrepreneurs to reach success faster -

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    Wireframing Tools:

    1. https://popapp.in/  - a very popular tool to convert pen n paper sketches into a prototype - we use this
    2. https://www.ux-app.com/  - used by many designers
    3. http://power-story.com/  - powerpoint plugin - very handy and useful
    4. https://proto.io/  - one more highly recommended tool - monthly billing
    5. https://www.fluidui.com/  - costly but reputed one
    6. http://www.uxpin.com/  - pretty good one- paid one
    7. http://www.invisionapp.com/plans  - best one out there - 1 project is free, pay for 3 or more
    8. http://stencils.protoshare.com/  - advanced tool in terms of ux, worth the subscription
    9. https://cacoo.com/lang/en/  - powerful new one
    10. http://www.lumzy.com/  - cheap, only pay for what you use tool
    11. http://ninjamock.com/home/index  - cheap and really good -  we use this
    12. 24 free wireframimg and mockups tools blog

     

    Project Or task management tools:

    1. trello - quite popular
    2. producteev - best out there, free, with iOS & Android apps, can be used as bug tracking tool with clients/team - we use this
    3. http://getsharex.com/ - one of the best desktop screenshot and recording tool  we use this
    4. https://slack.com/ - Chat and project/task management desktop and mobile apps - free to use
    5. http://codecondo.com/10-best-tools-to-take-screenshots/ 
    6. http://codecondo.com/top-10-task-tracking-tools/
    7. http://codecondo.com/5-project-management-tools-for-development-teams/  - we use https://www.meldium.com/
    8. https://www.cloudwards.net/best-screen-capture-software/-
      best screen capture software

    Free Images:

    1. Free Stock Photos
    2. Pixabay - Free Images
    3. Gallery For Cartoon Handshake
    4. Free vector icons - SVG, PSD, PNG, EPS & Icon Font - Thousands of Free Icons
    5. Dollar Photo Club - high quality royalty free stock photos and vectors - Dollar Photo Club - we use this
    6. Beautiful pictures and wallpapers »reWalls.com

     

    Launch Site Makers:

    1. Landing Pages: Build & Test in Minutes - Instapage
    2. How To Make Your Own Website - Best Website Builder | Strikingly
    3. Generator for Startup Framework: Create Landing Page - Designmodo
    4. Free Responsive Mobile Website Templates Designs - w3layouts.com - Best one - we use this

     

    Crowd fund raising tools:

     

    1. http://codecondo.com/online-fundraising-tools/ - popular free or low commission crowd fund raising tools
    2. http://Appsjunction.net  - Leading App Projects Crowd funding website

     

    Social Media Automation Tools:

    1. http://foramention.com/cp/social_transact.php
    2. https://commun.it/ - Twitter Community Management like a Pro - free to try for 14 days then paid
    3. http://www.99dollarsocial.com/ - Manual content creation and posting everyday on 3 channels for $99 pcm
    4. How to automate your Twitter feed: 5 apps to try
    5. Four social media managers for business compared
    6. https://ritetag.com/pricing/ very powerful for using trending tags in your post but no free account - for pros and companies - min $10pcm for 1fb & 1 tw id
    7. http://tweetingmachine.com/public/index 
    8. http://lifehacker.com/twibble-automatically-tweets-blog-posts-or-rss-feeds-on-1609669758 - RSS to Tweets scheduling - free to try then paid
    9. https://twitterfeed.com/ - Best Free auto RSS to tweet + linkedin etc tool - we use this
    10. http://cezarsa.github.com/silver_bird/ - best free chrome app for timeline mgmt (but not the best looking one and no auto tweets)
    11. http://www.unifiedsocial.com/awesm/ - serious ROI measurement tool (till customer acquisition) for pros
    12. http://corp.unfollowers.com/ - 10million + users, one of the cheapest and most popular - we use this
    13. http://janetter.net/desktop.html - best free Desktop tool and mobile Apps for managing multiple twitter accounts (we use this) - some of our peers prefer http://www.digsby.com/features.php (half dead but was king of this space once) and/or https://www.trillian.im - still doing fine.
    14. https://sociota.net/Home/Pricing - new comer and getting popular - up to 10 social profiles in free account and paid plans cheaper than Hootsuit.

     

     Social Media Content and Facebook Campaign Generators:

    1. http://heyo.com/- build facebook campaign pages from readymade templates in minutes and deploy, cultivate emailids and acquire customers 
    2. https://www.shuttlerock.com/ -Outsource content generation to an invisible army, supply only images, comments and UGC given on your website by visitors.
    3. http://sociopal.com/ - creates twitter, facebook account and a website in seconds - plus provides curated content to make daily posts

     

    Marketing CRMs and inbound marketing automation tools for your website:

    1. 10 Free Online Marketing Tools for Small Business Owners blog
    2. http://www.loopfuse.com/ - inbound marketing automation tool - we use this
    3. https://uk.act-on.com/
    4. https://www.sugarcrm.com/uk  a leading CRM software - community edition is free

    Designing & Design Feedback Collaboration Tools:

    1. Canva: Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software - we use this
    2. 50 Useful Responsive Web Design Tools For Designers
    3. https://redpen.io/ - hugely popular among designers to get live feedback on design images by clients

     

    Cloud based personal storage :

    1. Dropbox or Google Drive - the article supports DB, but we use Gdrive and have 10+ reasons not mentioned there to support Gdrive
    2. https://www.fileapartment.com/ $3.99/month for unlimited storage, world class and business class
    3. Microsoft OneDrive (15gb free, $6.99 pcm for 1TB and Office365 free) is a great option but You will need 1TB space on your lappy as well.

     

    Productivity Android Apps to save your time and do some magic:

    1. Mighty SMS - quite popular 6m+ users, its push bullet (rich desktop notifications from android phone) + desktop sms, call log, remote photo & video access and much more - we use this
    2. AirDroid - even more sophisticated and polished than MightySMS but free version only allows 100mb + lots of adverts - $1.99 pcm for paid version. 
    3. Read about two more here 

     

    Online precision typesetting services:

    1. lucidpress

     

    TOP SEO Tools & Plugins:

    1. WordPress SEO by Yoast - we use this
    2. iJoomla SEO for Joomla - we use this
    3. http://www.analyticsseo.com/basic-account - free - we use this - used by professionals in online marketing
    4. ranksonic- Free keyword generator

     

    Audio/Video/Webinar/Podcast Tools:

    1. By using a program like Audacity (free download) you can now create a sound file that can be uploaded to SoundCloud or possibly made into a podcast.
    2. Google hangout on Air - for live streaming to YouTube.

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  • Appsjunction Exclusive: 48 top tips & tricks of app promotion on small budget

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this useful collection of  48 top tips & tricks of app promotion on small budget for Lean Startups & SMEs guide. This presentation was first presented at appsjunction.co.uk 29th Jul Meetup by our App Guru Navin Arora @navinarora . Appsjunction is a networking platform which brings together iOS Developers, Android Developers, Win Phone developers to find each other and build apps for each other and startups. Soon to be launched a market place for buy & sell of App Code.

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    Don't we all know that without App Promotion an App is like a needle in a haystack. Perhaps even smaller & harder to find in the ocean of millions of app. Often an App Entrepreneur wonders how to make his/her app noticed and bring it in-front of the crowd. The thing is, as of 2014, there are roughly 2.5 – 3 Million Apps out there. Yours could be a great app but how many people know about it? Don’t have big budgets like big companies? You can still make a huge difference on low budget if you are not a lazy bum :) Read On…. 

    Following is the List of not 5 not 10 not even 20 but 48 Awesome Top Tips on App Promotion on Low Budget (assuming £/$500 - £/$1000)

    1. Print few tshirts, mugs, pens - Keep it Funny & Quirky (roughly £/$100) from instantprint or vistaprint, your team should wear those t-shirts at meetups/demos, give mugs to bloggers/journalists types, give pens to beta testers if you can
    2. Leaflets, Stickers & Brochures - Carry leaflets about your app to events & festivals   (roughly £/$100) from instantprint or vistaprint
    3. Use QR code & Discount codes - Print QR code, Discount code On Promo material  
    4. Try Hacker Radios & Local newspapers - not expensive, sometimes free coverage 
    5. Carry Plenty of Business Cards - With discount codes and QR codes to download the App  (roughly £/$20)  from instantprint or vistaprint
    6. Grab every demo opportunity At Meetups , demo & pitch events, find early adopters  
    7. Local Pizza Shop & takeaways-  Pay & tempt them to put your leaflets with orders (free or £/$25)
    8. Paper mail to lots of right addresses - It works ;) depending on the audience of your apps  (£/$50)
    9. Charity & Community events - Offer your time, share news, offer in-App credits free  
    10. App launch site - Prepare a great looking mobile responsive launch site (DIY or £/$100)
    11. Online Blog on Launch Site - Share your story, talk in-depth about your market 
    12. ASO & Organic SEO – DIY, its easy - Appear in Google searches, DIY guides available  (DIY or basic SEO from £/$100)
    13. App Explainer Video – Must Keep it funny or impressive, try to make it viral (DIY or from £/$200)
    14. Press releases are must - Buy PR submission packages, No DIY, outsource bulk submissions (DIY or from £/$100)
    15. Social bookmark all Content - Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Delicious, Tumblr and so on  
    16. Facebook page – best platform Invite all friends, run quizzes, share news, photos 
    17. Twitter – be heard and ask for feedback - Follow the right people, follow competition, retweets 
    18. LinkedIn – get influencer mentions - Impress them, ask to mention App in their stories  
    19. Pinterest, foursquare & others - Create account everywhere, share content, follow 
    20. Event Walls & Comments - If comments allowed, always spread the word 
    21. Tech or Industry Discussion forums - Participate in them, use signatures wisely, spread word  
    22. Google, facebook, Twitter Ads - Buy ad space, use it wisely, run multiple campaign text (£/$50 + free £/$75 credits offers with new website)
    23. Implement Tap 4 Tap SDKs -  Many popular platforms, free cross promotion of apps 
    24. Work on App Store Optimisation - Choose tags carefully, write killer description  (DIY or basic ASO from £/$100)
    25. Reward users for referrals -  Be hugely generous like Uber, reward heavily 
    26. Submit to App Blogs & review sites - Text & video should be compelling  (DIY or £/$100)
    27. Find individuals behind free apps you like - Barter ad space with them, record impressions  
    28. Start your own Meetup group-  Keep it contextual to app subject, offer in-App rewards 
    29. Offer unlogged in flow in App - Provide sneak peek to one time users, show cool stuff 
    30. Ask in-app quizzes, ratings & reviews - Offer in-App rewards for helpful users, nudge for review  
    31. Give reasons to share/brag Scores, Wins, Crowns – many ways to ego boost users 
    32. Unlock features if friends invited - Most commonly use trick of the trade, social invites 
    33. Push Messages to Notify Users of Bonuses - Keep users engaged, offer reward bonuses for sharing  (e.g. urban airship)
    34. Implement Mailshots - Announce new features, pull dormant users (pay as you go - cheap options sendgrid/mailchimp)
    35. Rich Push Notifications SDK Provide a richer experience (e.g. urban airship)
    36. Gamify your app Offer hidden treasures in App, implement seek friend’s help  
    37. Learn growth hacking - do it everyday Announce new features, pull back dormant users 
    38. Add more value to repeat users - Provide bigger discounts to loyal users e.g. credits for login 
    39. Email signatures & Voicemails - Just tell the word about the App you are proud of creating  
    40. Try to get VIP endorsement - Get him/her drunk, ask for favor, remind in morning :) (Free or £/$50)
    41. Take Part in App Contests Like Appsters Awards & Mobileys 
    42. Upgrade your App Regularly - Great way to bring it back to notice for everyone inc Appstore  
    43. Always react to –ve reviews - Its an art, always start with sorry, you wasted their time
    44. Try to answer Qs on App Related Forums - Hardwork, slow but more long lasting benefits than other tips  
    45. Reward your happy customers, not new ones - Find out who is happy, read +ve feedback, get in touch :) 
    46. Make a timely routine to do all above promotion - Don't be lazy, If you hangout with Bums, you will end up like a Bum :( 
    47. Dedicate 30 mins everyday on reading tips from App Marketing Gurus on Twitter
    48. Subscribe to RSS feed of top tips-sources like http://appsjunction.net/popular-guides.html, stay updated on ASO, Social media marketing & trends

     

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  • Appsjunction Exclusive: Outsourcing vs Local Devs, Secrets, Facts, Myths, Dos, Don’t - how to do it right?

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this "Appsjunction Exclusive: Outsourcing vs Local Devs, Secrets, Facts, Myths, Dos, Don’t - how to do it right?" guide. This presentation was first presented at appsjunction.co.uk 28th Aug 2014 Meetup by App Expert Navin Arora @navinarora

    Don't we all know that outsourcing could be  a pain in the neck? Time zone issues, communication issues, ethics issues, cultural issues etc. But some still have mastered the art and are launching their projects one by one with the help of freelancers across the world. So what is that they know but you don't know. Read On….

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    Outsourcing Debate

    Facts, Myths, Dos, Don’t

    http://Appsjunction.co.uk  Meetup London

    28 Aug 2014

    Presented by: Navin Arora

    Chief Apps Consultant

    www.PhoenixGMN.com 

    Myths about Outsourcing

    • 1) Its very cheap always

    • 2) local devs are better than outsourced devs

    • 3) someone can do my weight lifting without me holding their hand

    • 4) I can just communicate what I want over call and it will be done like I want

    • 5) I can send my App concept in 10 lines and they will get the rest by telepathy.

    • 6) I can get unlimited hours from them in fixed cost project. 

    • 5) XYZ country has bad devs 

    Facts about Outsourcing

    • 1) Its not cheap, if its very cheap then you are probably hiring a headache

    • 2) Outsourced devs are as good as local devs - human brain is same genetically, in fact usually they are more hard-working & less boozing types

    • 3) You will need to prepare a pre-agreed process of working together, call schedules, use project & task management software like Producteev (mobile app too)

    • 4) have sensible expectations, written frozen detailed specs & documents - its like house building contract - if you haven't asked for it, it won't be delivered, changes later will be costly. Change requests - CRs are often relationship spoilers

    • 5) Your first experience with any xyz country will be bad - like first love - heart broken - mis-matched expectations. Work on it.

    • 6) Outsourcing portal has all kind of devs as anyone can join. very fresher or low intelligent to highly intelligent and experienced – interview more & hire intelligently - be almost as sensible as deciding about a life partner

    Dos & Don't - Part 1

    • If you can't draw a picture (hand made wireframes) or write your requirements clearly in a document – STOP. Don't go for outsourcing as you only have a recipe for disaster, nothing more. Put some hardwork yourself and write down your requirements and make hand made wireframes using paintbrush or free tools like Balsamiq, Creately.com, justinmind, Sketchy for iPad, Flinto etc. 

    • don't engage any geeks  without written spec ready,

    • don't be a mystery woman meaning don't assume they will ask you questions and find out about the spec in your brain, 

    • geeks are not lovers ;) meaning they won't run around you, call you to make sure you are happy today, 

    • they won't have time to figure you out – telepathy doesn’t work here

    • Without detailed spec you will end up with arguments & issues on scope

    • Even Local Sr. Devs would want detailed spec

    • If you asked for a round button in spec/wireframe, you will get round not rectangle even if rectangle makes more sense UK wise – Devs consume information Objectively in Binary 0/1– not subjectively. They are not anthropologists. They don't know what us subtle or offensive color in your country. Specify everything, including colour codes.

    Dos & Don't - Part 2

    • Local or remote, if its your first time, there will be some learning required at your end too, to work with the geeks you are interested in - e.g. 

    • culture adjustments, learn how to speak to them, grasp what offends them - devs in some cultures are sensitive and get offended easily on small comments. The most common mistake a first time outsourcing client does is he/she starts feeling like a boss and treats outsourced manpower as SHIT. Most often your first hires will leave your project after heated arguments. So don't do the same mistakes others have made before you.

    • learn how to communicate changes and bugs. Don't sound too disappointed with bugs. That will show your immaturity in the whole process. Devs are not new to bugs. They live comfortably with bugs. Always remember that even Apple, Microsoft, Google etc also release security patches and fixes to world's most trustable softwares. No single software on planet is bug free. When you can't scold Microsoft Employees for a bug in your Windows then don't do that with your hires too. Learn to live with it. Report objectively with screenshots, steps to produce the bug and wait for the fixes.

    • learn about timezone affects, local holidays 

    Use screen sharing calls (free tools: join.me, teamviewer, skype) more and email less - this one tip can save your relationship with devs and can fix 9/10 mis-understanding issues.

    • Use screenshots (e.g. awesomescreenshots.com) more to highlight changes and use written word less. Words often lead to confusion. Point to issues on screenshots using softwares like paintbrush and correct spell/font/height/width mistakes - this one tip can save your relationship with devs and can fix 9/10 mis-understanding issues.

    Dos & Don't - Part 3

     How to choose the right devs: 

    • Read Rating, reviews – never go for cheapest quote – You will get what you pay for.  Avoid more costs to fix the shit later.. Whenever someone around you complains about his/her outsourcing experience, in 99% of case the person would have gone for the cheapest quote.

    • Do interview calls, Prepare Qs beforehand. 

    • Give a test task first – something to check their delivery – and pay for it. Treat it like a house building contract. You can't get a window made free as a sample for your house.

    • Ask for previous clients info - to double check 

    • Finally give them a small first chunk of project with agreed deadlines and cost. See how it works out between you and them.

    Most Apps need more than just 1 iOS guy. If you can afford, don’t engage a single iOS developer, if you need quality and peace of mind – engage a dev agency with a dedicated project coordinator who can understand your business requirements well and translate them into technical requirements, dedicated iOS devs, Web services devs, DB devs, QA & testing support, hosting support. 

    Go for the ones which can offer some App Store Optimisation & post launch basic promotion support as well. Ones who can guide you in these matters. e.g. http://phoenixinfomedia.in who built this awesome http://appsjunction.net  portal.

    Dos & Don't - Part 4

    Point to note - this is most critical advice that despite of following all advice shared so far, there is no 100% guarantee that you will be happy – 

    • Outsourcing is irrelevant here, its like going to a highly rated & reviewed restaurant, they cooked something which was standard for everyone everyday, but which was not as per your tastes. Point to understand - others weren't wrong, no one can please everyone, they just couldn't please you unfortunately.

    • Just part ways decently and find someone else. 

    Top Issues with 99% cases of bad outsourcing experiences  

    • It was client’s first experience – remember first love theory – first love in 99% cases is immature love and leads to heart break but it makes you mature and wiser

    • Poor written Spec. Always a pain point. Spoils relations even with good devs

    • Bad hiring procedure or went for cheapest one – got crappy work done – then cribbed about the whole country (India, Russia, Ukraine, Philippines anyone, all are same)

    • First experience – no process – didn’t know tools to correctly report bugs issues

    • Used offending comms – treated outsourced devs like cheap labour, without respect

    • No patience with inevitable missed deadlines and bugs in delivery. Anyone who has been through a house building or software building experience before would know that deadlines are just estimated delivery dates. Software building is not like a train on tracks or popcorns in microwave which will be ready in set time. There can be lots of technical issues and unexpected tech problems with new stuff as well as old stuff devs have built before because 3rd party APIs like facebook/twitter/paypal, SDKs keep changing/upgrading and new versions break things, deprecate old software calls and don't always work perfectly because they themselves have bugs. So grow some patience with missed deadlines and bugs. It is not uncommon for 1 month project to be finished in 3 months because of unforeseen tech issues. Sometimes during the development itself, Apple releases new iOS or new iPhone and hence suddenly things start crashing or more dev work is needed. As a client, you only lose patience & time but its the dev who has to bear the financial losses as they will have to somehow manage their 3 months of bread and butter in 1 month's worth of payment in a fixed cost project. That is why many devs are moving away from fixed cost model and would only signup a project on hourly billing basis. Which is exactly how big companies pay their own employees when they set out to build a new product. In technology space, most (99%) projects never complete on time and even big corporations like Apple/Microsoft have delayed their releases many times by months but their devs (employees) still get paid for every month they work on fixes, CRs and new functionality.

    • When you outsource to a single dev or even to a small dev agency they are not like Microsoft or Oracle with an army of testers. In a typical enterprise level IT project, there are roughly same number of testers as there are developers. If you can't pay for a team of testers then please don't expect a bullet proof software. Every big app out there has bugs and get routine upgrades. Its better to accept this fact and live with few bugs in your app and constantly improve it.

    • Treated developer like a bottom less coke – when he gave up doing it in fixed cost quote, called him “BAD”.

    • Expecting an army like daily reporting. Expecting reporting even when there is no significant progress to report. 

    • Most common reason is mis-matched expectations. Paying peanuts for the cheapest car in market and expecting Mercedes Benz sports model. Most often Freelancer's skills and QA are few grades below the Techies from Top/Good Institutions employed by big IT companies for a much higher salary. If you have budgets of 150K to 1 Million then sure go for bigger IT outsourcing companies with Quality Assurance and other procedures.  So please be sensible with your expectations. Rule of thumb, if you are paying anyone less than £10($15) / hr then he/she is not going to be the average freelancer. This rate is the basic minimum to get your stuff done at reasonably quality level. Expecting someone to build a whatsapp or facebook in $1200 is like assuming the freelancer dev lives on just water & air.  Agencies with better qualities of Devs & Project Managers cost more. A decent iOS guy in UK works on £500/day even if he is an immigrant skilled manpower from a country like India. So adjust your expectations when you get App/Web dev work done by Computer Science Grads/Post Grads in other countries on £80/day which is the basic minimum wage (equals to £8/hr + VAT) even a cleaner/sweeper gets paid in London. So please respect your devs. Don't demoralize them by cribbing about their work most of the time as mobile app devs are in high demand these days and they won't think twice to leave your assignment/employment.

    Learnings from Outsourcing Experts:

    • You will get better at hiring with 2nd/3rd attempt, so start with small projects – learn the art. Like buying a cheap car to practice driving. When gained confidence and experience, go for bigger money spend. If your first project's cost is significant then divide the project into 3-4 modules and pay for 1 module first.

    • Hiring a dev is like arranged marriage – there is no courtship period to understand each other – expect lot of issues – increase tolerance and patience. First few weeks with be a critical period as first few code deliveries may lead to arguments, mis-understandings but will help you in learning. Eventually the troubles will fade away and both sides will get adjusted to each other's style of working and commenting/reporting. 

    • You will develop a process which suits you, you will get better with docs and tools to make the comms correct and objective. You will report bugs and issues more politely, promptly and correcting using tools mentioned above for screenshots. You can also request the devs to use a free bugs & task reporting tool like "producteev" which comes with its own apps as well.

    • Always remember that beginning of a project is very slow. There is nothing much to report while devs are just setting up things and progress will be slow initially as the backend coding takes time and only later devs can build some front end which can be shown to clients. Expect a weekly reporting and demo deliveries by Friday/Saturday. Expect more frequent comms later and get involved more via conf calls and screen sharing calls.

    • In context of iOS Apps, always do remember that devs can only build the app for app store submission. After UAT (user acceptance test) from your end and upload to iTunes appstore, that is when they would usually expect their final payment. iTunes guys are notorious for their stupid, silly and highly irrational stubborn objections to features in your app. iTunes guys may ask for more information, or to add/remove features in app, or to re-do some functionality in some way. You can't blame devs if you asked them to build an app for selling animal skin rugs and your app doesn't get approved or if you forgot to add user reporting of bad content in your app. Please do your own research about your app's features, regional and legal approvals. If iTunes guys ask you to work on your app to fix something then expect to pay developers to implement that. Their job was done when you approved the app to be submitted to app stores. Any more work after that should be paid for. Many good App developers like http://phoenixinfomedia.in  offer 1 month of post go-live bug fixing support FREE & included in their fixed cost quote. 

    • U.S., Canada, Australia are top countries to have higher compatibility & tolerance with offshore manpower. Businesses and Entrepreneurs there are winning & moving ahead. They have learned to ignore small issues, learned cultural sensitivities, increased their tolerance and patience and learned the learnings mentioned here. If you always encounter problems with outsourcing then may be you are a product of your environment. Its time for introspection.

    • Devs are same people for every client – if they have 2-5 yrs of ratings and 90%+ happy clients but you are unhappy – its time for introspection.

    • Next time you hear someone cribbing about outsourcing – remember there are always 2 sides of every coin. In almost all cribbing cases it would be their first outsourcing experience and they would have gone for the cheapest quote which in most cases will be a school/college kid from India with no reliable ratings and reviews on freelancers, elance.com kind of portals. We recommend hiring a trusted App development agency like http://phoenixinfomedia.in which can provide experienced English speaking Project Coordinators who can correctly translate your concerns/issues and functionality suggestions to devs and geeks in their team. A good agency should provide multi OS apps (iOS, Android, Windows Phone) for different screen sizes using the same backend code, good quality code with minimum bugs and do their best to deliver your expectations.

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  • How to find a smashing job with a fancy Startup in London! #TechCitySkills

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this useful collection of growth hacking tools, websites & software. Appsjunction is a networking platform which brings together iOS Developers, Android Developers, Win Phone developers to find each other and build apps for each other and startups. Soon to be launched a market place for buy & sell of App Code.

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    How to find a job with a Startup in London - Guest Article by http://techcityskills.com 

    Top Must Have Self Motivation Tools for Job Seekers:

    1. motivate2winapp.com - we use this
    2. other motivation apps from superhitapps.com 

     Top websites or social media platforms to find startup jobs in London & UK:

    1. Tech City London Jobs in Startups
    2. http://Gradlancer.co.uk  
    3. https://www.facebook.com/groups/356650711075435/?fref=ts 
    4. http://workinstartups.com
    5. http://escapethecity.org
    6. https://unicornhunt.io/
    7. https://www.siliconmilkroundabout.com/companies
    8. https://angel.co/london/jobs
    9. http://www.ukstartupjobs.com/
    10. http://londonstartupjobs.co.uk/
    11. http://www.techstartupjobs.com/
    12. http://www.studentjob.co.uk/
    13. http://www.techcityjobs.co.uk/
    14. http://f6s.com  

    Meetups & Events to try and meet employers & recruiters:

    1. http://www.meetup.com/London-Tech-Jobs-Fair/ 
    2. http://www.meetup.com/London-Startup-Jobs/ 
    3. http://www.meetup.com/Find-A-tech-Job-In-London/
    4. Silicon Milkroundabout: the twice a year London tech jobs fair 

     

    Some top Tips to get the job you want:

    1. Apply vigorously at all the relevant jobs posted at websites above. 
    2. Startups are all about innovation. Show your innovation streak & challenge loving mind in your CV.  Provide a bullet point summary of your career highlights so far in the top of first page of you CV after your introduction. A great CV is half battle won, it at least gets your foot in the door.
    3. Startups are usually looking for coders, CTO/Architect/Lead Tech/Product Management. There are typically fewer roles the further we move from coding roles. So know your territory beforehand.
    4. At meetups and job fairs, use name labels as skill badges and write your skill set/job role and that you are a job seeker on name label stickers and stick to your shirt/t-shirt
    5. Use vistaprint or any other service to get your business card type cards which should mention your name, contact no, linkedin profile, QRcode and most importantly the job title you are looking for and your primary & secondary skills. At meetups and job fairs, Pass on this card to whoever wants it. This helps a lot in employers and recruiters re-connecting with you after the event.
    6. About 55% of jobs are filled through Friend of A Friend referrals so At meetups and job fairs please do Talk to other attendees - they or you may know of an interesting opportunity, or a good fit for each other somewhere. Use your smartphone and look up the person you are talking to and add them on linkedin. 
    7. Take your linkedin profile seriously. It should be as good as a CV. Some important and well written linkedin advice here
    8. Some great advice here What Interviewers Wish They Could Tell Every Job Candidate 
    9. get some sane feedback about profile pictures. @PhotoFeeler

    last updated: 28/08/2015

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  • Need of Patience with App Development - Some Facts!

     

    Don't we all know that outsourcing could be  a pain in the neck? Time zone issues, communication issues, ethics issues, cultural issues etc. But some still have mastered the art and are launching their projects one by one with the help of freelancers across the world. So what is that they know but you don't know. Read On…. 

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    Outsourcing Debate - Part 2 follows

    Whether its local devs or outsourced environment devs, following issues are same and apply to any app development project. We have had almost same conversations with so many of our clients that at http://phoenixinfomedia.in we decided to make a blog out of it to share our experience once and use it as a reference link to explain App development clients about bugs and bugs resolution process. We would like to share with you certain readymade app development facts we have collected & explained in various different discussions with different clients:-
    1. Multiple Device and OS reality - Issues/bugs - In reality Apple's development software and simulator also has lots of bugs and doesn't work as expected.  So basically you shouldn't be  too unhappy with An App developer if an App works fine in simulator but shows tantrums in iPhone, as it is Apple's fault to not give the App developer a bug free simulator which is a 100% correct simulation of Phone. Even if the App developer had with him at his desk, almost every iPhone ever released, there is only 50% chance that he will see the same annoying bug which a small percentage of your audience is facing on a certain iPhone model. Simply because no smartphone or its OS ( and simulator) on planet is bug free and depending on available RAM, other apps, and phone configuration - apps can mis-behave in say Nov14 batch of iPhone 6 and may not mis-behave in Feb15 batch of iPhone 6. These kind of bugs are the most difficult to iron out.
    2. Missing Delivery Date Issues - Whatsapp had 1.6 billion in their pocket but they took not less than 9 months to introduce in-app call features whereas it takes just 2-3 months for us to build a simple Viber/Skype type Voip calling app. Some readymade code libraries available. So what took them so long? Ans: Technical implementation issues. You can't speed up the bug solving process. There are unknown technical challenges and tech forums like stackoverflow.com are full of those un-resolved threads. For these unforeseen tech problems, an App developer has to read lots of forums, try 10s of suggested workarounds, tinker this , change that, raise Qs and Issues on forums, wait for their answers, submit Qs to Apple support to which they reply to in 5-10 days time. And all this while this App developer has a family to feed and works on a salary. Client usually has accepted a fixed quote for app development and all hence its actually the App development company which gets screwed by all the delays, because it has to pay salary and other ongoing bills. It is in their best interest only to deliver App on time otherwise delays means loss to them. Client's impatience can only sour relations in these matters. 
    3. Money Can't buy Speed of development and bug fixes - Apple had recently forced everyone to submit only 64 bit version of their app from 1 Jun 2015. Now guess what, even a big financial dinosaur like Paypal were not able to convert their adaptive payment SDK to 64 bit before this date. A lot of apps (1000s) use Paypal adaptive SDK and 2 of our clients were also using it. Now their app's next upgrade got blocked due to no fault of App Development Company, and because of Paypal SDK not being 64 bit. But one of the clients in this case was from Non-IT background and takes out his disappointment at App Developers, failing to appreciate that even big companies with teams of hundreds people and budgets in millions can't solve their own bugs or tech upgrades intime. Whenever you get an iOS/Android/Gmail App update, it fixes bugs and issues in previous update. Meaning your current update will also have bugs and issues. Do you shout at Google/Apple then?  Can Google/Apple give you a definite date of next update? no they can't.  Its better to understand these IT related issues, develop patience rather than cribbing and expressing disappointment at App Developer team. Negativity shared doesn't do any help, only spoils relations and App Developers often quit their job because even though they are the ones who are putting in hours and hours of headache causing time & efforts in coding, clients and PM only shout and crib and make them feel inferior (not good for job) instead of appreciating their hardwork or understanding teething technical issues. Their job is not easy as laying brick on brick and completing a wall in an accurately predicted time.
    4. Technologies and SDK - Conclusion - its a wild wild west out there and we suggest that please find out some extra patience at your end while App developers like us resolve the bugs, because that is the only option at the moment. No other developer can do it fast.Many of our past clients have done full round-robin circle of checking out various developers and have come back to us. Simply because there is no way to microwave cook things here in minutes. All technical issues will take their own sweet time to get resolved just like Apple's tech or warranty support (5-30 days, try them).   
    5. Did you know that Barclays Bank's Hugely popular Pingit App was first released with 13 known and many unknown bugs. If they had waited to iron out all small small bugs on 100s of devices out there, it would never have been released simply because it is impossible to have a bug free software like app because the OS and Smartphones it runs on - is also never bug free. It is recommended to release an app with critical bugs fixed and keep fixing less critical ones as part of ongoing support/upgrade process. When thousands of people install it in their phones and run it, you are bound to receive more bug reports than what a small team of 2-5 testers can find and report.

    We guess patience is our & your only option with these irritating bugs. 

    BTW, It might rain in London today! :) Another issue we can only crib about but can't resolve. Just wait for a better day, as that's the only option :)

    Time to remind again why 2nd App development provider always feels/works better,  first love, first car and first job is always a learning experience and leave you unhappy in 90% of cases but makes you wiser and helps you improve your own understading of these matters and grow more pateince & tolerance. Next time you hear someone cribbing about outsourcing – remember there are always 2 sides of every coin. In almost all cribbing cases it would be their first outsourcing experience and they would have gone for the cheapest quote which in most cases will be a school/college kid from India/ukraine/russia with no reliable ratings and reviews on freelancers, elance kind of portals. We recommend hiring a trusted & recommeded App development agency like http://phoenixinfomedia.in which not only can guide you about App Development process but can provide experienced English speaking Project Coordinators who can correctly translate your concerns/issues and functionality suggestions to devs and geeks in their team. A good agency should provide multi OS apps (iOS, Android, Windows Phone) for different screen sizes using the same backend code, good quality code with minimum bugs and will do their best to deliver on your expectations.

    @phoenixgmn @appsjunction

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    4. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
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    You may signup at http://appsjunction.net to hear about our latest Blogs & Guides, and stay at the top of your game. If you have an app idea , why not post a project here and see freelancers sending you quotes (including revenue share quotes) for it. You may also be able to raise funds for it via our crowdfunding platform. List your apps in our App showcase for Free Promotion or if have an existing App/Game and want to sell it, then you are most welcome to sell it in our marketplace.

     

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    Appsjunction Meetup Annual Sponsor: http://PhoenixGMN.com ­­­­  Twitter: @phoenixcoolapps @appsjunction

    Content Editors/Sponsors:PhoenixGMN.com is a full stackmobile app & web development services provider with project management offices in London & Singapore andWeb Development Centre in New Delhi, India. We can be your tech co-founder depending on the technology needs of your startup. We are the technology provider forglobal crowdfunding and networking/marketplace web portals likeAppsjunction.net andHighly Recommended App development partner for 80+ apps showcased atSuperHitApps.com. We also provide App explainer videos, launch sites andonline marketing + SEO packages. *Depending on specs MVP can cost from £1500-£10000 

     

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