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  • A Popular Guide: Beginner's guide to ASO - Increase your App downloads significantly

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this really helpful -  Beginner's guide to ASO - Increase your App Downloads significantly. Thanks to PhoenixGMN.com for allowing us to publish the contents of their original guide here: http://www.slideshare.net/phoenixgmn/ This and more experts insights like this is often shared with audience at popular Appsjunction meetup in London.

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    In a real world, you will need to hire devs/freelancers for money and get it built and then launch it with right kind of ASO efforts :)

    Basic ASO – DIY guide

    What is ASO?

    How you can apply ASO principles to improve reach and downloads of your app? 

    Appsjunction Meetup London – 29th Sep 2014

    As an App Developer

    •You think of a great idea
    •You spend months and drink tons of red bull – app is complete :)
    •You Submit to app store and wait for crowd frenzy to download it
    •You wait….. You get few downloads… you wait..
    •You wait…. Even fewer downloads every passing day.. You wait..
    •You wait…
    •You check charts – top apps are from billion dollar budget companies
    •How can a little guy compete? :(
     
    What is ASO?
     
    •App Store Optimization (ASO) is the process of improving a mobile app’s visibility within mobile app stores (such as the iOS App Store and Google Play Store) by optimizing the content of the app’s store page for popular, targeted keyword phrases
    •The goal of ASO is to make it easier for people to find your app when they search the app store. Since most people discover new apps via the app store charts or search, ASO is one of the most effective and cost-efficient means to gain new users and downloads for your app.
     
    Factors which affect App Ranking in App Stores
    •Keyword Usage: The presence of keywords within the app’s name, description and keyword tags gives your app a better chance to rank for coveted search phrases.
    •Number of Downloads: Apps with more downloads (and higher download velocity!) tend to rank better than those with fewer downloads.
    •Number of Ratings & Reviews: Apps with more ratings and reviews tend to rank better than those with fewer ratings and reviews.
    •Quality of Ratings & Reviews: If you have a lot of good, natural user reviews, you will rank better. If you have a lot of bad reviews, it will probably hurt you.
    •Engagement: If users spend a lot of time with your apps, it usually means they love it. This is a good indicator for the app stores that the app is of high quality and will rank the app higher as a result.
    •Links (Google Play): Like traditional Search Engine Optimization (SEO), the Google Play algorithm is believed to factor in the amount and quality of links pointing to an Android app on the Google Play store.
     
    ASO- Step 1  - Keyword research 
    •find keywords that are
    •Relevant
    •High in Search Volume
    •Low in Competition
    •Several tools available to help research best keywords (tool list provided at the end of guide)
     
     
    ASO – Step 2 - On-Page Optimization
    • App title
    • • Use most coveted keywords in App Title
    • • Google Play: 30 Characters
    • • iOS App Store: 255 Characters (NOTE: only 25 characters are visible in search!)
    • App Description
    • •  Throughout your app description, work in your targeted keywords into the copy for maximum impact. 
    • • Google Play: 4,000 Characters
    • • iOS App Store: 4,000 Characters
     
    ASO – Step 3 - On-Page Optimization
    • Keyword Tags (iOS Only):  
    • • Character Limit: 100 Characters
    • Pro Tip #1: Don’t use spaces!
    • Pro Tip #2: Separate each keyword with a comma
    • Pro Tip #3: Don’t reuse keywords that are already in your app title
    • Example: For an app called “Marshmallow Fighter: The Ultimate Candy Fighting Game”, an optimized keyword field might look like:fight,battle,sweet,punch,kick,attack,combat,boxing,mma,
    • warrior,kill,assault,cool,fun,hard,sugar,hit
     
    ASO – Step 4 - On-Page Optimization
    • Category Selection:   
    • • Choose your category wisely! 
    • • Try to find less crowded alternatives 
    • • Ones which are relevant but has less competition 
    • App Icon
    • • app icon is your first impression, so make it count
    • Pro Tip #1: Stand out from the crowd! Don’t copy competitor’s themes
    • Pro Tip #2: Get with the times. Its the era of iOS 8
    • Pro Tip #3: Make sure the focus of your app icon is clearly visible at all sizes.
     
    ASO – Step 5 - On-Page Optimization
    • Screenshots 
    • • Don’t waste this real estate.    
    • • Don’t just put screen captures! 
    • Pro Tip: Tell a story! Use the screenshots to tell the story of your app. Walk a customer through your sales pitch using each screenshot  Ones which are relevant but has less competition 
    • Promo Videos - If an image is worth a thousand words, a professionally made App Explainer video is worth a lot more. 
    • Localization
    • • reach large, new audiences 
    • • new revenue opportunities
    • • other markets often have less competition
     
    ASO – Step 6 - Off-Page Optimization
    • App Reviews & Ratings  
    • • Minimize negative reviews on app stores.    
    • • Solicit app reviews within the app itself
    • • Solicit app reviews via social media channels, email and your website
    • • Correct any bugs that users report as quickly as possible
    • • Make it possible within the app for users to contact the developer directly to solve technical issues 
    • Outreach to App Review Websites
    • • positive press spur downloads 
    • • Seek high authority links pointing to your Google Play app page 
    • Pro Tip: Be unique. App review websites receive hundreds of emails a day.

     

    ASO – Step 7 - Off-Page Optimization
    • Press Releases: 
    • • Many influential journalists and bloggers browse the press release wires for stories.    
    • • Submit to websites such as PRWeb and PRNewsWire. 
    • • Use professionals to prepare a Press Release. 
    • • well-crafted press release can help your app get noticed  
    • Social Media: 
    • • Establish a presence on social media and build an engaged audience 
    • • Leverage hashtags and trends to get the word out on your app to your target audiences. 
    • • service such as Hashtagify, uncover the best hashtags
    • • Pro Tip: Don’t use a one size fits all approach. Understand the platform
    • • Pro Tip #2: Communicate, don’t market! 
    • • Get a professionally made App explainer video which can go viral.
     
    ASO – Step 8 – In-App Optimization
    • In-App Optimization
    • • Incentivize Social Sharing: Make it easy and rewarding for users to share your app with their social circles.
    • • Reward users for tweeting or sharing your app by giving them access to locked features or in-app purchases.
    • • Give users the option to tweet or share their progress from within the app.
    • • Pro Tip: Make sure that the tweets and messages are formatted to share out the app page, your social media account and a hashtag of your choosing.
     
    ASO Tools
    • In order to get the most out of your ASO, you need to use the right tools. The following ASO tools are useful for performing keyword research, competitive researching and mounting your overall ASO strategy:

    Promoting an App - the basics

    1. To save time and money, Google about app developers with good portfolios in your local city. But if you have made your documents well, then even a remote developer can do a good job. In Internet connected economy, with skype/google hangout and various free screen sharing tools its not difficult to work with remote developers.  All big companies do that.  Find out the ones which can help you with App Promotion and basic ASO as well like http://PhoenixGMN.com
    2. Without promotion, your app will be like a needle in a haystack.
    3. Get a good launch site done with a great App Explainer Video on YouTube. Launch site themes available at http://themeforest.com  or try http://strikingly.com  or http://designmodo.com/generator/.  Checkout two launch sites at http://uinterestme.com and http://poshcrowd.com. two good examples of explainer videos can be found at UX & Video section/menu of http://superhitapps.com 
    4. Attend Apps related events, demo it to peers, get feedback.
    5. Talk about it on facebook/twitter/Linkedin/Google+ yourself. Ask friends to join. Ask them how many times they use it every week.
    6. Submit your App Details to app review websites.
    7. Join Ad networks which provide a tap for a tap. E.g devs cross promote an app in each other’s app adverts.
    8. Pay for Google or facebook adverts, in-App Adverts.
    9. Check app store feedback, improve & fix it. upload upgrades regularly.
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  • A Popular Guide: How to go about making an App - A Must Read

    Thanks to PhoenixGMN.com for allowing us to publish & enhance contents of their original guide here: http://www.slideshare.net/phoenixgmn/phoenixgmn-how-to-go-about-an-app-idea-guide. You can register with - Appsjunction.net - A global online networking platform to find local iOS developers or Android Developers to get a rough idea from them about how much will it cost Or post a freelance project for free to get revenue share quotes. Within Appsjunction.net  we are launching soon a marketplace for buying & selling of readymade App Code of Superhit App Ideas which you can get enhanced by freelance app developers. Following and more expert insights like this is often shared with audience at popular Appsjunction meetup in London. 

    In a real world, you will need to hire devs/freelancers for money and get it built and then launch it. You should also have some money to promote your app post launch. Following is the list of major stages you will go through.

    1.Got an App Idea? now what? - Preparations before you speak to an App Developer

    1. Research via Google and other sources like App Stores/App review sites, whether the same/similar idea is already done or not. With Millions of Apps already on App Stores chances are 9/10 ideas are already done.
    2. Always do competition analyses about similar apps. Note down what competition is doing well. Improvise on it.
    3. If no one has done it before then do a verbal survey with friends, colleagues and family. Share whatever part of idea you can, but do it. Find from them whether it appeals to diverse groups of people or not. Effort at this stage can save you lots of time and money later. Don't worry about keeping your idea secret. To be honest, the person who delivers you a coffee at starbucks has 50 ideas of his own. An idea is worth not much. You can't protect it legally using a NDA. Everyone around us has 50 or more app ideas. So before you spend tons of money and time, share it with people and see if they are excited. Or take their feedback and improvise your idea. Best advice we have is, start a crowd funding campaign for your idea and see how many people like it. If your friends and family are not donating even £5 for your idea then most probably majority of population won't download and use your App in its current concept. Change or improvise the concept.
    4. Make sure your idea solves a real problem for most people. Its not something which just you fancy. 
    5. Make sure that your idea has repeat-use appeal. If its an entertaining idea make sure you add novelty in it on every use e.g. Gamify it.  Most crazy fun ideas go popular for a month or so and then are forgotten. They have one time appeal/surprise/attraction.
    6. Look in the apps you use everyday and repeatedly. Find what you like in them. Do they save time? Make a task more efficient? Better organised? New fun everyday? Add those elements in your idea.
    7. Please don’t carry your idea just in you head. Start articulating it on paper. Brain storm it. Add sections like research, feedback, competition analyses, gamifications features, revenue generating options, Marketing & Promotions plan in it.
    8. When you are satisfied with your research & brain storm and have nothing more to add to your app idea document then start making a features list and start prioritising it into versions.  Don’t add too much in Version 1. Keep It Simple – Keep It Appealing – Keep It Useful. (KIS-KIA-KIU) - Originally proposed by Navin Arora
    9. Once you have version 1 features list sorted. Start making a requirements specification document. It should have Table of Contents, Introduction to idea, Functionality with High Level requirements and tables of detailed requirements for every High Level requirement. Label the requirements with “Must Have”, “Should have”, “Could Have”, “Would be nice to have”.
    10. Now you need to make wireframesof your app idea to show a user journey inside the app. These can be hand made sketches, or made using Wireframing & prototyping tools like Balsamiq, Creately.com, justinmind, Sketchy for iPad, Flinto, Moqups etc. Give every screen a Number and then refer to these numbers in your specifications document. Here is a list of popular & precious time saver tools and websites which can help you in your App startup journey.
    11. App wireframe example
    12. You also need to study a little about SDKs (facebook/twitter),  XML, JSON, CMS, Cloud, Analytics, Push, T&Cs, Data Protection Compliance, web services, database, any licensed/paid services you need in app, a web server & launch site. Web Server should be capable of sending push notifications to devices.
    13.  You will also need a Business License with App Stores to submit the app and with Mobile Ad Networks for earning ad revenue. If your App Developer submits the app then in-App revenue will be paid to him (or agency) by app stores and ad networks.

     

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    2. Hiring an App Developer - What you need to know

    1. To save time and money, Google about app developers with good portfolios in your local city. But if you have made your documents well, then even a remote developer can do a good job. In Internet connected economy, with skype/google hangout and various free screen sharing tools its not difficult to work with remote developers.  All big companies do that.  Checkout this very helpful guide about how to find a good iOS or Android or Win Phone Developer.  If your idea is a bigger scale idea and you are looking to register a startup company and find a CTO/tech co-founder then we highly recommend you read this guide first Guide: Do you really need a CTO or Tech Co-founder and what the roles actually mean in a startup?
    2. Decide which OS platform first, iPhone, Android, WinPhone, Blackberry according to your target audience market.
    3. Decide - to workw ith a Single developer or a Trusted App Developer Company with multi OS skillset?
    4. To save time and money, Google about app developers with good portfolios in your local city. But if you have made your documents well, then even a remote developer can do a good job. In Internet connected economy, with skype/google hangout and various free screen sharing tools its not difficult to work with remote developers.  All big companies do that. 
    5. Decide who’ll provide the actual design graphics used in app – You, Your designer (99designs.com) or App developer/Agency? 
    6. NDAs signed? Code Ownership & IP agreements signed?
    7. A typical Server Linked App's tech components are show belowTypical App Tech Components
    8. An App ideally needs 3 different programmers – DB Admin, Web Services (PHP), iPhone/Android. Decide on dealing directly with DB, Web Services, in-device programmers or One Good English Speaking App Development Project Co-ordinator. Do you have any previous experience with Geeks? if not, we recommend dealing with a Project Coordinator who further can translate your requirements to developers/coders.
    9. Agree on development milestones for payment to provider.
    10. Maintain regular communication with Devs and test app every week. Provide written feedback. Keep a trail.
    11. PhoenixGMN.com which provided this guide, has published a sample of their typical rate list for App Development Work : MVP/Prototypes from £1500*, App UX design from £400, Explainer Videos from £500, App Promotion & PR Packages from £500, Great Quality Business Plan from £300, App Launch websites from £300, 2nd OS App for 60% cost of first OS App, Advice to make & publish an awesome app - FREE. You can check their portfolio at SuperHitApps.com & their web & mobile development proposal here.  Note:  *Depending on Specs can MVP can cost from £1500-£10000.  

    3. Promoting an App - the basics

    1. To save time and money, Google about app developers with good portfolios in your local city. But if you have made your documents well, then even a remote developer can do a good job. In Internet connected economy, with skype/google hangout and various free screen sharing tools its not difficult to work with remote developers.  All big companies do that.  Checkout this very helpful slides
    2. Without promotion your app will be like a needle in a haystack.
    3. Get a good launch site done with a great YouTube video. Launch site themes available at http://themeforest.com  or try http://strikingly.com  or http://designmodo.com/generator/.  Checkout two launch sites at http://uinterestme.com and http://poshcrowd.com. two good examples of explainer videos can be found at UX & Video section/menu of http://superhitapps.com 
    4. Attend Apps related events, demo it to peers, get feedback.
    5. Talk about it on facebook/twitter/Linkedin/Google+ yourself. Ask friends to join. Ask them how many times they use it every week.
    6. Submit your App Details to app review websites.
    7. Join Ad networks which provide a tap for a tap. E.g devs cross promote an app in each other’s app adverts.
    8. Pay for Google or facebook adverts, in-App Adverts.
    9. Check app store feedback, improve & fix it. Prepare for version 2 

    4.How Appsjunction.net and PhoenixGMN.com can help you here

    1. First you will need to figure out, how much will it cost to get it built.  For that you will need to prepare proper app specs and wireframe drawings of screens, only then you can get a ball park figure about how much it will cost in time and money because the cost heavily depends on number of screens, elements on a screen and how to submit or show data in the App. Instructions on App specs and wireframes are given below. You may also contact Phoenix Infomedia - A leading Apps Development Partner for Startups - CTO in 5 plus startups to be your Tech Co-Founder - if you idea is great then they can consider it be your CTO/Co-founder on equity sharing basis provided you & they share the cost of development on exact same equity share ratio. With project coordination offices in London, U.S., Singapore and Development Centre in New Delhi, India they have done more than 100 Apps and some of their coolest apps can be checked at portfolio site SuperHitApps.com
    2. Once the app specs are ready, you can use our online networking platform to find local iOS developers or Android Developers, to get a rough idea from them about how much will it cost. Or you can post a project in our freelance App developers section and get standard quotes as well as revenue share quotes from trusted and reviewed freelancers.
    3. Once you have an idea of its cost, add 15-25% to the quote to come up with a money figure you would need to get it built. Now you can either arrange the money yourself, from friends & family or raise it from people using our App Idea crowdfunding platform. We have provided awesome guidelines to make your crowdfunding campaign successful. You can offer free app download or in-app credits or rewards to your funders.  This is also a great way to market test your idea before you spend even a penny on it.
    4. Once you have secured the money, you can again use your freelance App developers to post a new project or select the best quote you received when you posted the idea to get an estimate of the costs of its development. 
    5. Kick off your project as per below guidelines, stay in regular touch with your developer and when launched, use our Appsjunction Exclusive: 48 top tips & tricks of app promotion on small budget guide to promote it.
    6. We have provided some really useful guides in our Popular Guides section to help you all along the way.

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    In a real world, you will need to first learn a lot about how to go about an app idea, how to form a startup, legal contracts, how to find team, costs and finance management, startup loans, co-sharing offices and A-Z of startup ecosystem before you could present a pipe dream as a solid venture on paper & in action. So we have compiled a list of very high rated articles to help you find & navigate your was to success.

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    4. Deloitte Fast 50 winners 2014 announced - learn from their business models http://startups.co.uk/deloitte-fast-50-winners-announced/ 
    5. Why a mentor is crucial to startup success - http://startups.co.uk/why-a-mentor-is-crucial-to-start-up-success/ 
    6. Start-up finance: How to get your business funded, Insider tips from investors and investees on business angels, the ‘sweet spot’ for crowdfunding, and tax incentives such as SEIS and EIS. http://startups.co.uk/how-to-get-your-business-funded/ 
    7. The best clubs, hubs and co-work spaces for entrepreneurs http://startups.co.uk/the-best-clubs-hubs-and-co-work-spaces-for-entrepreneurs/ 
    8. Learn from the top 8 fintech startups 2014 in UK - http://news.efinancialcareers.com/uk-en/175564/eight-hottest-fintech-start-ups-london/ 
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    4. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
    5. How to find a good iOS or Android or Win Phone Developer

    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.

     

    Our Sponsors:

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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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    4. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
    5. How to find a good iOS or Android or Win Phone Developer

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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.

    @navinarora @phoenixgmn @appsjunction

    Appsjunction Annual Sponsor: http://PhoenixGMN.com  

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    Dating apps and websites might grow in popularity lately, but while Match.com, eHarmony, Elite Singles, Attractive Professionals, Dirty Yuppies and Tinder are the ground for successful heterosexual hook-ups, the ladies are left with limited options when seeking a partner of the same sex.

     

    Dattch is here to put an end to this dilemma, being a mobile dating services that caters exclusively to women. The app has been released for Android in all available markets and it finally went live in New York after hitting the UK, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Florida.

     

    This lady-friendly app makes dating easier, more accessible and laid back, fitting the way that queer women prefer to interact with each other.

     

    How does it work? To begin with, you download the app. Don’t stress, it’s free to do so. You then update your dating profile with photos from Instagram, Facebook, or your camera album - the profiles are verified through this way.

     

    Then you can start checking out the ladies which are listed on a Pinterest-style board; you also have the option to search through various filters.

     

    Dattch also offers a Quick Fire type of game named  “Would You Rather?” - users choose between two girls, and if both women choose each other, they’re sent a notification to let them know and get chatting - similar to how Tinder operates.

     

    Other features: you can upload as many pictures and all the information you want on the built-in blog; you can add your crushes to your Wish List (secretly) or like  their entire profile or individual photos (which sends them a notification); you can also send as many messages to as many girls as you want (playa!).

     

    So what are you waiting for?

     

    You may also signup at http://appsjunction.net to hear about our latest Blogs and stay at the top of your game. 

    Superhitapps.com also has a list of some creative dating apps like travelmeetdate, poshcrowd etc which are worth checking out.

     

     

  • Guide: How to find a good iPhone or Android or WinPhone App Developer

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this really helpful Guide: How to find a good iPhone or Android or WinPhone App Developer. Thanks to PhoenixGMN.com for allowing us to publish the contents of their original guide here: http://www.slideshare.net/phoenixgmn/how-to-find-a-good-iphone-or-android-app-developer  This and more experts insights like this is often shared with audience at popular Appsjunction meetup in London. We highly recommend going through "How to go about an App idea guide" in our guides section.

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    Often people are confused about how & where to find a good Mobile App/Game Developer. Here is some help. We have Prepared this impartial and quite useful guide for people with an App Idea who want to learn what to do about it and where to find a good mobile App/Game Developer.

    1. Hiring an App Developer - What you need to know beforehand

    1. Decide which OS platform first, iPhone, Android, WinPhone, Blackberry according to your target audience market.
    2. Decide - Single iOS/Android developer or company with multi OS skillset?  If you go with a small company, your 2nd OS App could be developer very fast & cheaper. 
    3. Decide who’ll provide the actual design graphics used in app – You, Your designer (from Appsjunction.netor odesk.com or  99designs.com) or App developer/Agency? 
    4. An App ideally needs 3 different programmers – DB Admin, Web Services (PHP), iPhone/Android. Decide on dealing directly with DB, Web Services, in-device programmers (iOS/Android) or One App Development Project Co-ordinator. Do you have any previous experience with Geeks? if not, we recommend dealing with a Project Coordinator who further can translate your requirements to developers/coders.
    5. if you start with a developer first time, there can be mis-communications or mis-understandings at first. Give it some time for things to settle down and you will see that you both have finally understood how to work with each other. Always give due importance to cultural differences if your developer is offshore. Coming to think about it there are huge working culture differences between Europe itself, or between north and south America, it just takes some time initially to get adjusted to each other's wavelength.

    2. how and where to find good App Developers

    1. To save time and money, Google about app developers with good portfolios in your local city. But if you have made your documents well, then even a remote developer can do a good job. In Internet connected world, with skype/google hangout and various free screen sharing tools its not difficult to work with remote developers.  All big companies do that.  You can use free screen sharing tools like skype, join.net, teamviewer to see the progress of App in Simulator at developer's end. You can click on various parts of App and see it in action.
    2. You can find rated and reviewed freelance local developers at Appsjunction.net . Note: Offshore devs are just as good as devs local to you but might be less costly and more willing & hard working. 
    3. Check Apps you like on Appstores -  Contact their App Developers
    4. Attend Events like Appsjunction meetup in London.Meet developers face to face.
    5. Go to iOS, Android, Win Phone Online forums, ask members for recommendations.

    3. What to Look for in An App Developer 

    1. Experience & Portfolio - ask for their past work samples, urls, links to see if their work matches your taste
    2. Recommendations, References - ask for their testimonials or rating and reviews on freelancers sites like elance, appsjunction.net
    3. Cost, Speed, Communication - During the screening stage itself, check how fast & well worded is their communication and compare their quotes with other
    4. Sign NDA, Share Specs, Get Advice & Quote - Share your specs with them and find out their Quotes or if they have any recommendations for your app
    5. Discount for Startups/SMEs - Check if they offer any discount for Startups.  e.g. PhoenixGMN.com offers discounts to entrepreneurs who attend Appsjunction meetup.
    6. Check for Free Hosting, Free Upload etc benefits? - check if the developer provided free hosting for some time or free upload of app to app store
    7. Depending on your requirements, check for post launch operational support like free bug fixing period, help with funding & social media promotions
    8. PhoenixGMN.com which provided this guide, has published a sample of their typical rate list for App Development Work : MVP/Prototypes from £1500*, App UX design from £400, Explainer Videos from £500, App Promotion & PR Packages from £500, Great Quality Business Plan from £300, App Launch websites from £300, 2nd OS App for 60% cost of first OS App, Advice to make & publish an awesome app - FREE. You can check their portfolio at SuperHitApps.com & their web & mobile development proposal here Note:  *Depending on Actual Specs, an MVP can cost from £1500-£10000. 

    4. Post selection - the basics

    1. Agree on development milestones for payment to provider.
    2. Maintain regular communication with Devs and test app every week. Provide written feedback. Keep a trail.
    3. Ask for availability of any bug tracking tool where you and developer can track the bugs and provide each other feedback.
    4. Upon completion, ask for support for uploading to app store. 

     

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  • Guide: Pitch Advice, Legal Advice And Funding Sources for App Startups in London, UK

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this extremely valuable and practical pitch advice and funding sources.

    Lets be frank, without funding at seed or post launch stage, there won't be a Startup ecosystem anywhere in the world.  At Appsjunction Meetup In London, we invite startups for demos and pitches and often mentor them pre and post meetup session about how to pitch, what to pitch and which ones are the best sources for applying for funding at different stages of a startup. Here is a culmination of 3 yrs of our coaching into one slideshare slide.

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    Following is the best slideshare guide we have ever seen on Practical Funding & Pitching Advice. 

    The content/commentary of the slides in text form here:

    1. If you walk around with just an idea, for funding, this is how it sounds to others
      1. If someone says I have an idea and a painting (equivalent to wireframe) of a chicken farm in scottish highlands. I need someone to buy me the land (investor) and someone to farm it (developer) for me. Would you invest in it? Of-course NOT!
      2. The truth is - Wireframes and MVP usually only get funding if you have been a millioniare entrepreneur before and commiting your own money in idea. Just like buying a new farm on mortgage. Your only option with just an idea is  join an incubator, polish it up, launch and show traction
    2. Startup Facts  Just an ”idea” is worth nothing. Just An Idea means nothing - grow up, get real
      1. Equity in an idea is no good for investors or app developers.
      2. 99.99% App Developers don’t work for free.
      3. MVP rarely gets funding (explained later)
      4. 300000+ apps on itunes appstore. All started with a great idea Very few make decent recurring enough profit to present to Angels. 
    3. What do Investors look for?
      1. Experienced team
      2. Traction & IP protection
      3. Real market problem solved
      4. Founder’s own money in it
      5. Numbers should match
      6. Competition research done
      7. Entrepreneurs who are not at beginner level – don’t need much schooling.
    4. Got an Idea, what next?
      1. Make App Requirements document with user journey steps – its your responsibility not the geek’s. Spend good time on this Key document
      2. Prepare Wireframes & Graphic Designs – Google free tools like ”Justinmind”, ”Axure”, ”Balsamiq”, ”Moqups” etc !
      3. Get quotes from iPhone/Android Freelancer + Web Services Freelancer to build an MVP - an iOS Dev is not a tech cofounder or CTO.
      4. Arrange for initial funds from savings, friends Or family, crowd funding sites, cheap bank loans etc
      5. Sort out at least a VPS Linux Apache Server for Web Services & DB server . No server = No emails from App, no push notifications, no signup details storage
      6. Create a company with legal help, then Register it with app stores
      7. Launch MVP as beta launch – use launching site- use SMM- get feedback. Examples of App Launch sites given below
        1. http://uinterestme.com/   
        2. http://PoshCrowd.com 
        3. Get cheap themes from http://themeforest.com or make a site at https://www.strikingly.com/ 
        4. Make a responsive (any device) website and do some basic organic SEO (analytics, meta data, keywords, blogs, social media)
      8. Fix feedback –> launch public –> market well -> wait for some traction
      9. find experienced co-founder who knows business execution & investment
      10. make business plans
      11. then finally join incubators or approach angels.
      12. Need more guidance on this? Have you checked out A Popular Guide: How to go about an App Idea yet?
    5. Need Legal Help for your App Startup in London or UK, try the following law firms which are more active in Startup landscape
      1. http://buckworthsolicitors.co.uk  - a very supportive law firm for SMEs 
      2. http://bit.ly/NDA_article  - Download a free NDA via this link.
      3. http://keystonelaw.co.uk  - Affordable for SMEs
      4. http://www.bootlaw.com/  - Lawyers for Startups, helping with legal issues and possibly investments etc managed by http://winston.com
      5. http://www.taylorwessing.com/twtechfocus / - Free Legal Documents
      6. http://www.lawbit.co.uk/legal-documents  - documents and legal advice
    6. Top Investor Questions after seeing your Pitch/Business Plan. 
      1. • What makes you different?
      2. • Who is the competition?
      3. • How will you make money?
      4. • What do you want?
      5. • Why should we believe you?
      6. N.B. If you are asked one of these questions you have not got your message across!
    7. So what should you put in? key areas Business Plans & Pitches.. You will have 3 minutes for a pitch! We recommend 5 key themes
      1. •Identified market gap, problem i.e. what is the opportunity
      2. •Your solution
      3. •How you’ll make money – Running Cost, CPAs etc
      4. •Why anyone should work with you / reassurance
      5. •What you want
    8. How to Put the pitch together
      1. Step 1 = Brainstorm
      2. Step 2 = Select and reject
      3. Step 3 = Structure Step
      4. Step 4 = Produce visual aids and support
      5. Start with the brainstorm not PowerPoint!
    9.  Pitch - Brain Storm - 1, For each theme / key area, brainstorm everything you could include
      1. •Identified gap, problem or opportunity – Research?
      2. Market definition?
      3. Competition?
      4. Target market?
      5. What is the problem / need?
      6. •Your solution – What are you selling?
      7. Why does it work?
      8. What makes you different / unique?
      9. How do you win Vs competition?
    10. Pitch - Brain Storm - 2
      1. How you’ll make money – Income streams, business model
      2. Why anyone should work with you – Your research? PHD? Serial entrepreneur? Case histories? Recognisable clients? Track record? Proof of concept?
      3. What you want – what is your objective?
      4. What are you looking for? Call to action?
    11. Structure The Pitch.  Every pitch should have
      1. •An introduction
      2. •A main body covering the 5 themes
      3. •A summary
    12. Elaborate on 5 themes. For each of the following 5 key themes, what are the 2 or 3 key points?
      1. Market Gap?
      2. Your Solution?
      3. Make Money?
      4. Why You?
      5. What do You Want?
    13. Pitch - Introduction 
      1.  Over your title slide – name and company. Do
        1. Introduce yourself
        2. Tell them what you want and what you will talk about
        3. Make your presence felt
      2. Don’t
        1. Crack a joke,
        2. ask a question
        3. Never apologise
    14. Pitch - Summary 1-  Over the summary and action slide Summarise your key messages
      1. Stress what you are looking for
      2. Thank them for listening
      3. Take any questions
    15. Pitch - Summary 2-
      1. •Everyone is nervous – practice it before
      2. •You have 3 minutes
        1. •To make an impact
        2. •To get your message across
        3. •and make them want to talk further!
        4. •Restrict your content to short, motivating messages!
        5. •You should always have a 1 page teaser/executive summary ready in networking meets and to participate in pitching competition
        6. •Should have a serious 4 page business plan ready for serious mailing to Angels.
    16. A Good Executive Summary Content  
      1. 1. Punch line – 1 line USP
      2. 2. Company/Concept Introduction
      3. 3. The Opportunity – market size, competitive advantage, business model
      4. 4. Company Milestones – previous funding, orders, MOUs
      5. 5. Marketing/Execution Plan, SWOT analyses.
      6. 6. Management Team – short but smart into
      7. 7. Financials – Amount Sought, Exit plan, Objectives of financing & Revenue forecast for current + 5 years
    17. Google about fundraising and prepare better More Resources..
      1. Blog post A fundraising Survival Guidefrom Paul Graham as its quite relevant
      2. Mark Suster makes some sound observations around building relationships and continuing a dialogue with investors in his blog “Lines not Dots” found here - http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/
      3. How to Pitch to an Investor by Simon Devonshire
      4. 10 must Business Plan Questions that need answering
      5. Apply for Funding here - http://www.potential.co.uk/funding.php

    Now that you know A-Z of pitching and how to seek funding, Once you are all prepared for it, have a look at our two other relevant guides for you

    1. Hall of Fame: The most Active Investors in London Tech City
    2. Hall of Fame: Some of the best incubators and accelerators in London & UK
    3. All about crowdfunding, types of crowd funding, how to be successful at raising funds from crowd

     

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    4. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
    5. How to find a good iOS or Android or Win Phone Developer

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  • Guide: Top 10 Tips on Social Media And Internet Marketing for App Startups & SMEs

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this useful collection of Top Tips on Social Media And Internet Marketing for Startups & SMEs guide.

    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. Here is some help. Online marketing is a great free tool which an entrepreneur /startup/SME can use themselves to promote their brand/service via online channels. And we have asked our experts to give is gems of top tips to train an Entrepreneur in Online Marketing.

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    Following is the List of Top Tips on Social Media And Internet Marketing for Startups & SMEs. You can find many on Google Searches and  especially on SocialMediaToday.com however the following few, in our opinion, are enough to get your boat rocking with visitors :)

    1. 7 Shameless Marketing Tactics That Guarantee More Social Shares: If your current social media marketing strategy is failing you may be looking for some ways to ramp up your likes, comments and retweets. You may look at some of your competitors and cringe at what they are doing but guess what, those cute fluffy animals do work and sex really does sell!  The infographic below from HubSpot gives you 7 of the most shameless tactics that you’ll see online today. 
    2. 5 Tricks to Get More Retweets on Twitter: So you’ve crafted the most amazing blog post, it can help every small business owner on the planet, now you just need some Twitter love to help spread the word.  Getting your content retweeted not only introduces your company to a new audience, every retweet counts as a link back to your site. It is one of the key factors Google uses when deciding where to place a website or page.  So how do you get more retweets? The infographic below from QuickSprout delves into some retweet science and then finishes off with 5 “tricks” you can use get more of them.
    3. How to Build 100,000 Twitter Followers
    4. 40 SEO Tools Guaranteed to Make Your Website Famous
    5. Free ebook HubSpot: The Essential Guide to Internet Marketing
    6. 10 Essential PR Tips for Startups - from Mashable tech Journalist 
    7. 14 top PR and marketing tips for 2014
    8. Guide to Mobile Social Media: Phone and Tablet Strategies for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+
    9. Marketing Strategy for bloggers with no money

     

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    4. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
    5. How to find a good iOS or Android or Win Phone Developer

    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.

     

    Our Sponsors:

    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 

     

  • Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups by PhoenixGMN.com

     

    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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    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. Here is some help. We have prepared this impartial and quite useful collection of information to help App Startups who are on shoe-string budget.

    Following is the best slideshare guide we have ever seen on #GrowthHacking 

    The content/commentary of the slides in text form here:

    1. Top 7 Most Disruptive Mobile Startups
      • Square $16 billion in mobile transactions
      • Snapchat beat Facebook’s Poke
      • August 2013 Uber raised $360 million Valuation $3,5 billion
      • 3 years 24 countries 10M downloads
      • Whatsapp 900M users
      • Instagram 36B Photos Shared
    2. What do they have in common?
    3. They are Growth Hackers They hack the business They create new ways They disrupt the system
    4. Success is not just having a Good Idea
    5. Thousands of startups with Good Ideas fail every year
    6. Some will see traction
    7. And even cool press hits!
    8. But after few months… nothing
    9. They reach the trough of sorrow and they run out of money
    10. Acquire the Growth Hacking Spirit
    11. The 3 P’s of user acquisition by @AntoninCohen > 7 years growing users and sales for startups in Europe and the US
    12. What is Growth Hacking?
    13. Aaron Ginn @Aginnt, Head of Growth, Stumbleupon “A growth hacker lives at the intersection of data, product, and marketing." 
    14. @DanMartell Founder, Clarity "Growth Hacking is the process and mindset of searching for ways that your product to grow."
    15. @RyanHoliday Author of "Growth Hacker Marketing" "A growth hacker is someone who has thrown out the playbook of traditional marketing and replaced it with only what is testable, trackable, and scalable." 
    16. @SeanEllis CEO, Qualaroo and GrowthHackers.com "A growth hacker is a person whose true north is growth."
    17. Sean Ellis coined the term Growth Hacker in 2010
    18. Sean Ellis was First Growth Marketer   * worth $4 billion today *  
    19. Growth Hacking made Dropbox successful in a busy market without any advertising. Their strategy was based on
      1. Neat & Clean Dropbox Home Page
      2. Referral Program
      3. Social Media
    20. How to Growth Hack Your App?
    21. Let's start by the foundation
    22. Read The Startup Pyramid from Sean Ellis 
    23. Paul Graham @Paulg Founder of Y Combinator “Make stuff that people want.” This highlighted the popular term Product Market Fit
    24. @SeanEllis CEO, Qualaroo and GrowthHackers.com “The achievement of product/market fit can be measured according to a specific metric: e.g. when, in a survey, at least 40% of users say they would be “very disappointed” without your product or service.” 
    25. Strong foundation of Product/Market Fit is the 1st step Don't think about growth without the right balance
    26. Distribute your beta app to a limited audience as soon as possible
      1. 1 Get feedback
      2. 2 Improve the app
      3. 3 Validate Product/Market Fit
      4. 4 Transition to growth!
    27. Get ready for growth
      1. 1 Implement User Analytics
      2. 2 Identify Actionable Goals
      3. 3 Focus message on Must Have-Benefit
      4. 4 Optimize business model & conversions
      5. 6 Get a growth team Designer, copywriter, data analyst and ideally a developer
    28. Growth Hacking It's all about testing and optimizing at every step of the Product Lifecycle
    29. The Growth Hacker Funnel Defined by Dave McClure is => Acquisition, Activation, Retention, Revenue, Referral.
    30. Measure & Test response to twist and changed in you app. A/B split testing
    31. The 3 P’s of user acquisition
      1. 1 Push Advertising, Promo Swap, Affiliation => You coerce users to come to you
      2. 2 Pull Content Marketing  => You entice users to come to you
      3. 3 Product Referral program  => You use your product itself to bring them to you 3 ways to get users Defined by Neil Patel
    32. Push => Promo Swap Find companies to promote each other Swap newsletter, tweets, Facebook post, contest…
    33. Pull  =>  
      1. App Store Optimization - Content Optimize the first 3 lines, keywords, icon, screenshots, social proof
      2. Reviews - Track every day and ask your friends to contribute! 
      3. Velocity - Push natural downloads with paid downloads on a short period of times to get at the top of the App Store.
      4. Get featured Build a Great App “Make stuff that people want.”
      5.  Follow the Guidelines Design, Name of the app, Users Acquisition…
      6.  Utilize New Platform Features iCloud, Passbook…
      7.  Make it Universal iPhone, iPad, EN/FR/ES/DE/IT
      8.  Get in touch with Apple / Google
      9. Content Marketing Blog and podcast Ebooks, whitepapers and guides Infographics
      10. Social Media Key points
        • •  Social media is useful if you have time to produce great content related to your product.
        • •  Social media is a marathon.
        • •  Social media is customer service.
      11. Platforms •  Facebook, Twitter •  Slideshare, Quora, LinkedIn •  Reddit •  Hacker News •  Craiglist •  Meetup
      12. Press Relations -  Be  persistent, Get involved,Build relationships, Create Press Kit, Develop Story & Angles, 
      13. Research The right contact
        1. 1. Define what publications your target audience consumes
        2. 2. Focus on the journalists who write on your topic.
        3. The pattern to guess an email fiThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
        4. Gmail plugin Rapportive 1. Start with a list of possible email addresses. 2. Paste those into a new Gmail message. 3. Rapportive will scour the web to pull up social media profiles for accounts linked to that email.
      14. Prepare Story angles & Press Kit
      15. Prepare Right message to right media
      16. Create Press Release dedicated to your target media: high tech, consumer, your niche market…
      17. Inside your Press Kit Press release,include icon, screenshots, promocode, links to your social media, video, press page.
      18. Old fashioned mail still works Send your press kit with cool goodies to the top journalists & influencers in your target audience.
    34. Build & Get Involved
      1. Do your PR - Spend some times to reach out and create relationships with top journalists.
      2. You are the expert: Share content about your company, competitors and market.
      3. Follow reporters on Twitter Engage journalists with relevant messages on Twitter.
      4. Be visible Write articles and speak at events as much as possible. Journalists are there to cover it, so it is a good opportunity to get noticed!
    35. Be persistent Use Gmail plugin Yesware Find out who opens your emails. Create the news Plan a PR push related to your product every quarter. If you don’t have any big news, create informative content for your audience (i.e. survey, statistics). Be current. Follow up when the journalist has the highest chance to be interested by your topic (i.e. before holidays for travel app).
    36. Product Referral program  
      1. Give away your product Credits, storage, discount, feature, bonus, sample… 
      2. Win/Win incentive User shares his user code and get credits when it’s used
      3. Promote your referral program
      4. Engage your audience and implement social APIs
      5. UBER Referral Program - is a classic case study of a successful referral program
    37. Product Network Invitations: use invitations via
      1.  Phone contacts
      2. Email contacts
      3. Social contacts
    38. Product Social Sharing - Give the power to spread the love easily - implement all social sharing APIs
    39. Product Incentivise - Give away your product Credits, storage, discount, feature, bonus, sample… 
    40. Product API Integration -  
      1. Don’t force your user to login - They are already connected. Why ask again?
      2. Get activity from social media - What my friends are doing on the app?
      3. Send activity to social media - What I’m doing on the app?
      4. Don’t forget to update! APIs evolve often
    41. Twitter Growth Hack
      1. 1.  RSS top 10 blogs
      2. 2.  Republish
      3. 3.  Follow back
      4. 4.  Auto favorite
    42. Cool tool for launch - https://www.strikingly.com 
    43. Facebook Events Hacks - participate, spread word, offer rewards and prizes
    44. Be curious,
      1. Read as much as possible,
      2. Growth Hacking is a big community with and a lot of tactics you will use tomorrow don’t exist today.
      3. Connect and exchange This is why you’re here.
      4. Test and try, even if it sounds dirty at first Bad buzz is still a buzz.
      5. Optimize all the way Never stop to analyze, optimize and test! 

     Recommended Reading:

    50 Mobile App Development Tips For Acquisition, Retention, and Everything in Between: https://blog.optimizely.com/2015/08/31/mobile-app-development/

    Rapidly Grow Your Startup Using 3 Digital Marketing Tactics:  http://www.ronsela.com/grow-your-startup-digital-marketing/

    Chamath Palihapitiya, How we put Facebook on path to 1B users: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=raIUQP71SBU#!

    What is Growth Hacking, Josh Elman, Greylock Partners: https://medium.com/what-i-learned-building/f445b04cbd20

    Quora, Facebook Growth: http://www.quora.com/Facebook-Growth-and-Traction/What-are-some-decisions-taken-by-the-Growth-team-at-Facebook-that-helped-Facebook-reach-500-million-users   

    Quora, Conversion optimization: http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-top-strategies-for-conversion-optimization

    Kissmetrics, Growth hacking examples: http://blog.kissmetrics.com/the-6-best-growth-hacks/

    Startup Metrics by 500 startups, Dave McClure: http://www.slideshare.net/dmc500hats/startup-metrics-for-pirates-nov-2012

    Hacker news for Marketers: http://inbound.org/

    Kinvey, Mobile marketing: http://www.kinvey.com/blog/121/the-backend-as-a-service-ecosystem-map-update-amp-new-trends-migration-toward-the-middle 

    E-commerce conversion optimization: http://www.cueblocks.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Board-4-02.png

    Hubspot, Inbound marketing http://blog.hubspot.com/

    Andrew Chen, Growth Hacking http://andrewchen.co/2012/09/17/you-dont-need-a-growth-hacker/

    Andrew Chen, AirBnB Growth Hacking http://andrewchen.co/2012/04/27/how-to-be-a-growth-hacker-an-airbnbcraigslist-case-study/

    Truecaller: http://www.truecaller.com/blog/engineering-the-word-of-mouth  

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  • Hall of Fame: Some of the best incubators and accelerators in London & UK

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite business networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you a list of some of the best incubators and accelerators in London & UK. We will keep it updated as and when new ones arrive on the horizon. Following list is not in any order of rating or reputation. They all are good for specific kind of startups. 

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    Incubators:

    1. http://camdencollective.co.uk/hubs/ - free desks long Q, pre seed or first 6 months of trading - one minute london startup was born here
    2. http://www.launch22.co.uk/ - Launch22 helps early stage entrepreneurs grow their enterprise by providing co-working space for productivity, collaboration, events and mentoring
    3. incubusLondon - have spaces in We-Work locations and an incubation program with good content
    4. http://www.rockstarhubs.com/ - Our clients are either those who we have already invested in and whom we are committed to make succeed, or they are our mentees who are growing with our support to achieve private funding once they have properly developed their “proof of concept”
    5. http://www.warneryard.com/-  A co-working space for technology entrepreneurs, investors, and Techstars London
    6. http://cinnamonbridge.com/- A popular food & beverage accelerator
    7. http://www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/accelerator/ - We’re not searching for ideas,we’re searching for everyday simple ideas.Ideas that are based on connectivity and networks – but reach into the everyday lives of millions and make good things happen.

    Popular Hot desking - co-sharing office locations for startups in London:

    1. https://www.campus.co/london/en - #1 choice for startups - hot desking available for free in cafe - free wifi
    2. http://camdencollective.co.uk/hubs/ - free desks long Q, pre seed or first 6 months of trading - one minute london startup was born here
    3. http://wework.com - its locations getting quite popular with startups - provides free beer on the tap all day
    4. http://spare-desks.com/,https://hubblehq.com/ , http://www.officegenie.co.uk/sharedoffices , https://www.sharemyoffice.co.uk/

    Leading Accelerators In London

     

    1. TechStars London

    Techstars is a renowned startup accelerator from the US which merged with Springboard in UK to expand their own operations in UK & Europe. Entry criteria is strict but they have a lot of success stories to support their reputation. 

    Find them here: http://www.techstars.com/program/locations/london/  also checkout their Accelerator dedicated to fintech http://www.barclaysaccelerator.com/ 

    2. Rainmaking Loft

    Rainmaking Loft is a 10,000 sqft startup hub in the iconic St Katharine Docks - in the heart of London (also in Berlin and coming soon in Copenhagen). Open plan workspace with 180 desks and a 150 person event venue. 

    Home of Startupbootcamp Global, Startupbootcamp FinTech accelerators & other highly ambitious tech startups.

    Find them here: http://www.rainmakingloft.co.uk/ 

    3. Wayra UK and Wayra unltd- social enterprise incubator

    Very well known among London digital startups is O2 Wayra Academy.  They are in 8 countries and UK hub called for first batch in 2013. They usually call around dec/jan for new applications and a day in Feb is usually the last day to apply.  

    You can find them here: http://uk.wayra.org/en/academia 

    4. Microsoft Ventures

    Microsoft Ventures is a strategic partner for promising startups around the world focused on business growth & development, industrial strength technology and beautiful usable products. Build locally, scale globally. We help smart companies take flight. Every startup is unique. Microsoft Ventures has programs to help, no matter what stage of development your startup is in. London Application ends on 30th Jun.  Here is an interesting blog about life at Microsoft Ventures Incubator https://www.microsoftventures.com/blog/tabid/233/ID/66/Startup-Stories-A-Day-in-the-Life-of-Buying-Butler.aspx 

    Find them here: https://www.microsoftventures.com/ 

    5. Seedcamp 

    Seedcamp is a pan-European London based accelerator launched in May 2007 by a group of 30 European investors that provides startups with seed money, mentorship, office space and support over a yearlong program. 

    Find them here: http://seedcamp.com/events/seedcamp-week-london-apply-now/ . They usually have a seedcamp week in Sep to which you can apply at http://apply.seedcamp.com 

    6. Oxygen

    What is Oxygen Accelerator?

    Oxygen Accelerator is a technology accelerator. It is a full-time 13-week bootcamp that combines investment with intensive mentoring and training. We also offer a further 13-weeks of less intensive incubation to allow teams to complete their investment rounds.

    13-Week Accelerator + 13- Week Incubator

    Find them here: http://www.oxygenaccelerator.com/accelerator/faqs/ 

    7. Forward partners

    How we help

    We believe that at the heart of every great company is a great entrepreneur. We provide entrepreneurs a unique combination of investment, people, robust methodologies and office space. Our team can help find product-market fit, the first customers and the first hires.

    We invest from inception of a company (early seed) to post launch (late seed).

    Find them here: http://www.forwardpartners.com/blog/the-second-forward-partners-open-day/ and this is how funding works with them: http://www.forwardpartners.com/blog/explaining-tranched-investments/ 

    8. Springboard

    Springboard combines investment capital with an intensive 13 week mentor-led accelerator programme.  Whilst the Springboard program is based at Google Campus in London and ideaSpace in Cambridge, it is aimed at ambitious and scalable early stage businesses from both UK and overseas.In addition to fantastic office space, Springboard also provides seed capital, over $150k of free services, and most importantly on site, one to one support from over 100 high calibre experienced entrepreneurs and investors throughout the programme plus access to a wider network of mentors and partners.  Springboard ends with an Investor Day where the teams present their propositions to an audience of Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists.

    Annually, Springboard invests in over 30 companies with founder friendly investment terms for between 3-6% equity stake in the business.  Historically, over half of the companies that participate in the programme raise additional investment funding, with alumni teams around the world. 

    Find them here: http://springboard.com/programme  and this blog is worth reading about experience at Springboard programme: http://thenextweb.com/uk/2012/07/09/springboard-accelerator-11-startups-talk-about-their-incubation-experiences/ 

    9. Entrepreneurial Spark

    Entrepreneurial Spark is a FREE business startup accelerator program designed to help enable new companies throughout Glasgow, Edinburgh and Ayrshire.The Accelerator gives free office space, IT and meeting rooms, the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals in a collaborative environment. With structured support for up to 18 months within a deep dive programme developed and delivered by the Espark Team to shape, accelerate and grow your business. The focus will always be on the entrepreneur, developing mindsets and behaviours, leadership qualities and the mantra to #GoDo in a safe yet challenging environment.

    Find them here: http://www.entrepreneurial-spark.com/the-accelerator.aspx 

    10. Innovation warehouse

    Innovation Warehouse is a coworking space with a business incubator programme led by an Angel Investor syndicate.

    Innovation Warehouse was founded in 2010, by a group of entrepreneurs, investors and the City of London Corporation to support early stage, high growth, technology start-ups.More than 50 start-ups are based at Innovation Warehouse.

    The Innovation Warehouse community includes Business Angels, Venture Capitalists and other investors, London Universities and Business Schools, R&D bodies and Technology Transfer Departments. Mentors advise and manage a micro-lending fund for startup companies.

    find them here: http://www.innovationwarehouse.org/ and their accelerator programme can be reached here: http://acceleratoracademy.com/ 

    11. BBC Worldwide's Labs 

    BBC Worldwide's Labs is a comprehensive six month programme for emerging digital media companies in the UK. Labs aims to help selected start-ups gain traction and scale by working closely with them with the objective of helping them strike a commercial partnership with BBC Worldwide. We don't take equity but rather focus on promoting innovation through mentorship and access to the varied resources of BBC Worldwide.

    http://www.bbcworldwide.com/digital/labs.aspx 

    12. Ignite100

    Do more, go further, burn brighter.

    Accelerator and incubator programmes, educational events and tech meetups, co-working space, consultancy services and much more - we’re Ignite, and we’re here to help entrepreneurs, developers and designers grow, make a difference, change the world. Ignite is all new for 2014 - three world-class accelerator programmes (Summer, Autumn, Winter), each up to 18 weeks long, backed by an amazing group of investors and an unrivalled alumni network. It's a great deal in terms of cash and equity - a straight £18,000 ($30,000) per team in return for 6% to 9% in equity. We'll provide you with workspace for up to six months, and you can take advantage of our ongoing incubator programme. Applications for our Summer programme are open now. Find out more or apply now.

    find them here: http://ignite100.com/ 

    13. FastForward London - pre-accelerator programme

    The “world’s first” pre-accelerator programme has launched to support the growth of fast-growth start-ups across Europe, backed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Capital Accelerator Programme. Unveiled by co-founders City University London and the Accelerator Academy, pre-accelerator FastForward (FFWD) London intends to help shape early-stage start-ups and prepare them for seed funding whilst offering a “fast track” to leading UK accelerators.

    The initiative, which is designed as a blueprint to be rolled out across Europe in 2015, is tasked with creating 44 start-ups, of which 35 will be funded, and 172 new jobs over the next two years. It will select “ambitious” tech start-ups over a six week part-time “sprint” programme starting with an induction day for the initial 25 selected start-ups on June 19, with each participant receiving access to workspace, business training, and workshops covering key tops such as marketing and finance.

    Leading firms such as New Entrepreneur First, HealthBox, BBC Labs, TrueStart, TechStars, The Bakery, and UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Sirius Programme, will be providing advice and mentoring as part of the programme.The scheme will culminate in September where member companies will each pitch their ideas to a panel of London’s “best” accelerators, early stage funders, and grant providers. 

    find them here: http://ffwdlondon.com/ 

    14. Appsjunction London pre-accelerator & accelerator programme

    A favourite among App startups,  http://appsjunction.net - a business networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform & London's biggest monthly App meetup @appsjunction, have joined hands to launch an App ecosystem focussed pre-accelerator & accelerator programme initially for App startups in UK & Europe. The details & launch date are still being finalised but you can register your interest in the Startups section of  http://appsjunction.net 

    find them here: Apply for Appsjunction Pre-Accelerator Programme

    15. The Accelerator Group (TAG)

    Based in London, TAG has been an advisor and investor in early stage and start-up companies since 1995. They focus on the Internet services, eCommerce and multi-channel retail sectors, investing primarily in the US and Europe. TAG portfolio consists of 50 internet service, e-commerce and digital media busineses, among whom are the well-known Graze, LoveFilm, Mashery, MindCandy, MoshiMonsters, SeedCamp, Tweetdeck and others.

    find them here:  http://the-accelerator.blogspot.co.uk/

    16. Student Upstarts

    Student Upstarts is a seed accelerator aimed exclusively at EU students. Our specialities lie within the technology, media and telecomm industries, however we are open to all fields and accept applications year round. We invest up to £15,000 for up to 8% of the company and invest in businesses even if they are still at the idea stage. To apply one member of your team must be a student or have graduated in the last 12 months from a UK higher education institute.

    Find them here:  www.studentupstarts.com and follow us on twitter @studentupstarts

     17. Collider

    Collider is an accelerator dedicated to marketing and advertising startups, who help brands and agencies identify, understand, engage with and sell to their consumers. We invest capital in these startups, we coach them through a highly structured programme and we connect them to potential corporate customers and investors. The aim of the game is to help these startups become sustainable, rapidly growing businesses..

    Find them here:  http://collider.io/about/

     

    New Incubators

    There is always one or another news going around in the grapevine of Tech City (London, UK) about an upcoming incubator. We will update this space when one is announced.  Or you can try this link to checkout if there is any new listing http://techcitynews.com/category/directory/incubators/

    If you are interested to know more about European Incubators like http://launchub.com/about-us/ and US/Asian Incubators then http://www.f6s.com/startupboard might be a good place to start as you will be in touch with news like the one mentioned below!

    Tech All Stars - for the best EU startups?

    Once again, Tech All Stars connects twelve of the best startups from accelerators and web camp competitions across Europe with top EU funding sources, successful entrepreneurs and networking opportunities. Tech All Stars is sponsored by the European Commission Information Society and Media and will take you to Europe's hottest startup events this summer. If you missed this year then make sure you keep in touch to hear about their next year programme.

     Find them here: http://www.f6s.com/techallstars 

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  • Hall of Fame: The most Active Investors in London Tech City

     

    Appsjunction.net brings to you a list of some of the angel, VC and Govt. Grant investors in London & UK. We will keep it updated as and when new ones arrive on the horizon. Following list is not in any order of rating or reputation. They all are good for specific kind of Startups

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    Venture Capital Houses

    ·        MMC Ventures

    ·        Dawn Capital

    ·        Eden Ventures

    ·        Spark Ventures

    ·        YFM Group

    ·        Solon Ventures

    ·        Pro-Founder Capital

    ·        Bridge Ventures

    ·        Albion Ventures

    ·        Passion Capital

    ·        Index Ventures

    ·        Accel

    ·        DN Capital

    ·        Balderton

    ·        Wellington Partners

    ·        Advent Ventures

    ·        Pentech Ventures

    ·        Greylock Europe

    ·        Piton Capital

     

    Angel Networks/Angel Funds

    Other Funding Sources/Grants :

    ·        The Technology Strategy Board

    ·        European Framework Grants

    ·        PERA

    ·        Big Venture Challenge

             www.bvca.co.uk 

     

    Donations based crowd funding platforms:

    1.  Indiegogo.com
    2.  Appsjunction.net - Leading for App Startups
    3. Kickstarter.com - the first one in this segment

    Freelancer Platforms:

    1. Elance
    2. oDesk 
    3. Freelancer
    4. Appsjunction.net - Leading for App Startups

     

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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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  • Take-off your App Idea/Startup and launch like an expert - A powerful capsule course!

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you an opportunity to attend the following course "Take-off your App Idea/Startup and launch like an expert - A powerful capsule course!" which is anchored by a well known app expert and founder of Appsjunction Meetup London. Just drop us a mail if you are interested. Course is delivered 2-4 times a year depending on expert's availability.  This and more experts insights like this is often shared with audience at popular Appsjunction meetup in London.

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    In a real world, you will need to first learn a lot about how to go about an app idea, how to form a startup, legal contracts, how to find team, costs and finance management, startup loans, co-sharing offices and A-Z of startup ecosystem before you could present a pipe dream as a solid venture on paper & in action. So a credible app development & launch expert has compiled this hard to find crash course to share the knowledge you need

    Four powerful 30 min sessions delivered by PhoenixGMN'sChief Apps Consultant Navin Arora @navinarora :-

    About the Instructor:

    1. Navin has worked with corporates like Argos, Barclays bank, Lloyds bank, Nectar for their Apps as consultant
    2. Navin is founder of London's Popular Apps Meetup http://Appsjunction.co.uk and is a known speaker on various app related subjects.
    3. Navin is founder & co-founder of various other Apps & Web Portals like http://startuphomes.net, http://appsjunction.net & http://checksocialreputation.com 
    4. Navin is an Equity based Mentor to 2 exciting startups. Learn why a mentor is crucial to startup success - http://startups.co.uk/why-a-mentor-is-crucial-to-start-up-success/  
    5. Navin is partner in a Reputed Apps Development Agency http://phoenixgmn.com  specialising in building apps for startups and offers various financial models to build and launch startup apps. http://phoenixgmn.com  also offers assistance to App startups with their specs, business plans, explainer videos, Press release submissions and App Promotion efforts. Check their complete portfolio here http://superhitapps.com
    6. Mr Navin normally charges between £100-£150 / hr for his consultancy when sought by mid to big size clients like eCommerce retailers and banks.
    7. Course fee is roughly £50 per participant and is delivered in London around 2-4 times a year.

     

    Agenda:

    1. Arrive at 6:30 and warm up to the Startup Atmosphere by talking to each other for 15 mins till 6:45pm
    2. 6:45pm - 7:15pm - how to go about an app idea & validate it
    3. 10 mins discussion break
    4. 7:25pm - 7:55pm - how to make App specs for an App idea from audience
    5. 10 mins discussion break
    6. 8:05pm - 8:35pm - how to find devs & launch it
    7. 10 mins discussion break
    8. 8:45pm - 9:15pm - how to promote your app on low budget - top tips
    9. 9:15pm - 9:30pm discussion & drinks break
    10. Notes, Questions and Answers

     

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    3. Guide: Pitch Advice And Funding Sources for App Startups in London, UK
    4. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
    5. How to find a good iOS or Android or Win Phone Developer

    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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    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 

     

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide: how to start from ground zero and be a successful startup in Tech City, London, UK

     

    Appsjunction.net brings to you this awesome guide which can help you start from ground Zero as a novice in London Tech City, and become a seasoned & successful entrepreneur in the town.

    Caution 1: Entrepreneurship is injurious to a normal 9-5 routine (aka dead) life. It sparks passion "to do something new or better" in its victims and makes them feel alive again!

    Caution 2: Information in here could make you lose sleep & some casual friends as well, which is normal collateral damage on the path of success, but we do sincerely hope you will arrive there smiling and will find a satisfaction for your Passion for Startups, which will compensate more than enough for the small sacrifices on the path. 

    Caution 3:to be very practical, the following program of "ground zero to riches!", for an above average person, would be at least 12-16 months long. So if you, have a demanding GF/BF, or expecting baby or marriage or expecting any major life event during that time, think twice, because all that distraction will hamper your plan to be successful-at-it a lot. The path of entrepreneurship needs lots of dedication, hardwork and working till late in nights!

    Following are the questions, the author have faced repeatedly, from serious & promising Entrepreneurs (not wannabes) - hope these insights help you on your path from Ground Zero to Riches, while making something useful for audience, and they turn out a confidence boost for you! :)

    Before reading any further, lets do a sanity check:

    (The check itself and answers provided immediately after the check, are up for debate but we feel that answers are pretty useful and fairly correct at the moment)

    1. how important is creativity (as in business ideas solving a problem for masses/, not in painting)
    2. How important is sound belief in their success?
    3. how important is having a really good previous knowledge about something which can become a new good business? or an appealing improvement on existing business model?
    4. What is more important between the two; passion & hard-work?
    5. the eternal conflict for a bit mature mind people (mid-life crisis or not): to chase dreams OR to stick to a sensible OR a sort-of "complete" married life, with spouse and kids to tend to?
    6. How soon I want success => most people don't bother about its answer, until they get tired. :) But you really need to be really sure about that and how long "duration" makes you loose interest in it? for example you or other person jumped into a startup, where crew is doing fine for a reason of novelty and later loose their momentum and passion. Just like justice, Success delayed is success denied!

    FAQ 1: What are the must ingredients for a person to be successful in Startup ecosystem, in order of importance?

    1. Passion
    2. Talent aka intelligence (not to be mistaken with intellect or IQ, consider it more like +ve form of street-smartness)
    3. Hard work (Seriously guys, there is no replacement of this and passion, everything else you can work on, but these two, are the must-have ingeredients)
    4. Connections (moving upwards in society or environment you grew up in, as you may call it)
    5. Luck or Destiny (OK! some may find this one difficult to agree with, then please ignore it)

    A debate for some other day, but factors above are really in order of their importance in the eyes of the author of this guide.

    FAQ 2: Where do I start if I just woke up today with an idea and feel that I can be an entrepreneur?

    1. if you have talent aka intelligence + conviction then you would find resources like this article via Google search or by following the right people on twitter/LinkedIn.
    2. Everytime you come across some useful information, you would start taking or making notes in a paper based diary but ideally in some kind of note taking software like Google keep, docs or Evernote. In worst lethargic case, take notes in notepad app on PC/Mac and keep them on free in Google/Sky drive. 
    3. Hard work - has no substitute like passion. But passion drives hardwork. And passion also means that you will leave the comfort zone of life, to fight your way in and climb your way up to the stardom in Entrepreneur ecosystem. Unfortunately it also means leaving some "pulling you down" connections behind and embracing "pushing you up" connections more. 
    4. You may or may not have the right Connections  but this guide will take care of both scenarios.
    5. Luck or Destiny (Sorry! We can't do anything about it but please ignore it at the moment for the sake of moving forward with the task on hand with "optimism")

    FAQ 3: Can you save me some time by listing some good resources to read like a crash course? 

    hell yeah, why not? you just sounded so intelligent and up to the task. And inspired us to deliver :)

    1. read all you can find interesting at following resources
      1. http://www.businesszone.co.uk/ - good useful articles to help you with day to day running of startup when you are not dozing off in dreamland
      2. http://www.ukbusinessforums.co.uk/ - lots of FAQs already answered there and a good resource of Q&A from peers
      3. http://www.f6s.com/ - a very good site to connect with Startup ecosystem across Europe
      4. http://www.dreamstake.net/ - community of startups in UK
      5. http://www.smallbusiness.co.uk/starting-a-business/success-stories/ 
      6. http://startups.co.uk/success-stories/ 
      7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11629784 - BBC's startup stories section
      8. This list is ever growing, we will add more resources in next edition of this article

    FAQ 4: Okay! I have read online enough I think and I am ready to take the next step? What to do next with my tech startup idea?

    hell yeah, we like your spirit! but if you have spent anywhere less than 1 month ( 4 - 6 hrs/week day) to absorb atleast 70% of what we want YOU to absorb from above resources, then please give yourself some more time. There is no short-cut to learning & absorbing. This guide will deal mainly with app startups, since more than 50% of tech startups these days are app startups or mobile is more than 50% centre stage at their roadmap. Having said that, the learnings here are equally useful for you, if you have a web based or other digital startup. 

    You have two options from now onwards:

    First is, if you want to speed things up and see the outcome to your startup adventure sooner & also if you get lucky (you see, the destiny element kicks in anyway) then, try getting into one of the top accelerators programme listed here http://appsjunction.net/popular-guides/59-hall-of-fame-some-of-the-best-incubators-and-accelerators-in-london-uk.html . They don't only groom you for the serious business stuff which awaits you when you walk out of dreamland and are actually running day to day operations of a startup business, but they are also the best connectors to the angels/VCs who can provide investment. Consider them as the best "screening + scrutinising + connector"  launchpad for your startup! They will get you there, where the most important thing is your skills to convince the investors, about investing in your business because you are already a hand picked one by those accelerators. :).   We are going to write a guide soon about making your best preparations for accelerator selection. By all means you should consider them as your best seed stage investor.

    1. Option 1: You were selected by an Accelerator:  in that case, they will take care of you like a brother from another mother :) still,  just read what comes next as another chapter in grooming but your success now doesn't depend on it. :)
    2. Option 2: Either you didn't want to go the accelerator path (and loose some equity) or you are confident and groomed enough that you think You can make it eventually anyway. So, You are on that path of carving your own destiny with a little more of perseverance, hardwork and will power. But what matters most is the "genius inside" :). So here is the game plan, you need to read some more stuff and take some steps to prep your idea for execution and then actually execute it to MVP level in a "lean startup"(read the book with this title) mode in next FAQ section
      1. http://www.slideshare.net/phoenixgmn/phoenixgmn-how-to-go-about-an-app-idea-guide- as the name says, its a practical guide about how to go about an app idea. Must read if you are a beginner entrepreneur and new to building and launching apps
      2. May be this one will have a bit more information: http://www.slideshare.net/phoenixgmn/phoenixgmn-all-about-apps-idea-to-launch 
      3. http://www.slideshare.net/phoenixgmn/phoenixgmn-funding-for-app-entrepreneurs-practical-advice - Must read if you want to Pitch as a Mature App Entrepreneur to audiences after the launch of your MVP or startup product/service.
      4. Read about App Promotion, Press releases, Explainer videos. Viral Videos, Social media marketing and what not (an informative article to be inserted here soon), to prepare yourself to promote your App/product, after it is launched.  Read anything from Google searches that can help you prepare for the digital marketing world as you would need those skills badly after launch.
      5. We will soon add here a link to an awesome guide we are currently preparing - "How to promote your app on low budget?".  Keep checking this space as we hope to add it here by Jul 2014.

    FAQ 5: Okay! its execution time now. What do I do now?

    Hell yeah, that's a spirit to admire. We assume that by growing to this level of self-groomed entrepreneurial stage, you have absorbed all the knowledge shared with you above. I won't lie to you and won't even be poetic about it, if you have really read the stuff shared with you so far and then reading the following section, you have won 50% of the battle already. :) Next section after this is showcasing what you have achieved/implemented already and fighting for the coveted prize among the best of passionate people like you. 

    1. first you need to find devs & co-founder, if you don't already have one. Also try for a good, reputed mentor with connections if you can find one. You may need to offer some equity - 5-8% to serous mentors but make sure you background check their portfolio & reputation first.
      1. Please note, an app developer is not a co-founder. Any good app will need a iOS/Android/WinPhone Programmer, a PHP web services programmer, a DB/SQL expert guy. A developer/programmer is not a co-founder usually in the mature sense of the word. A co-founder is usually a marketing & sales savvy guy who is well experienced in business matters and comes with good connections. You can always hire freelancers to program your MVP App (between 2K-5K) as you can find hundreds or thousands of them at platforms like elance.com, freelancers.com and Appsjunction.net. Same goes with UX designers. You can get awesome UX designed by freelancers for just £300-400, hence it doesn't make business sense to look for a co-founder in a UX designer.
      2. to find the right team, attend good meetups in town like 5-6 top meetups. If you are in London and you are an App Entrepreneur then the best meetups to make connections would be AppsJunction-Where-Startups-Meet-Developers , minibarsilicondrinkabout.com/london & many more listed here campuslondon.com/events/calendar.
      3. You can also try the http://techcitynews.com/directory/tech-city-tours/ to get to know the power centres in tech city London and also make some useful connections.  For all your tech city directory & info lookup needs the best portal would be http://techcitynews.com/
      4. Once you have found the right partners and/or mentors make sure you have agreements well negotiated and in place to share the equity of your to-be-registered company. Always make sure that everyone involved is clear about their time, money and hardwork commitments in the ongoing operations of your startup.
      5. Once you have found and formed a team of cofounders, UX & App Dev freelancers etc, its time now to execute the idea.
    2. execute your startup idea by following simple steps below.
      1. Register a company in UK
        1. You need to finalise a name of your startup, secure a domain name first (website name) via providers like (godaddy.com, 1and1) and then follow the next step.
        2. You can register via company house directly or via company formation agents (better choice and electronic) like companiesmadesimple.com.
        3. Make sure you have assigned the right no. of shares to all cofounders. To keep it simple you can register a company with 100 ordinary shares and allocate the shares to you and other co-founders/mentors. Make sure anyone who has got 10%+ shares will be needed to be IDed by the Bank to open business account.
        4. You will also need a cheap virtual address to be used as registered address for your company so your home address don't become a public record on company house website. You can try following sites for that http://www.britishmonomarks.co.uk/, http://www.registeredaddress.co.uk/ (10% discount code: 125313) http://www.londonpresence.com/ 
        5. You will need a business account now. Try metro bank, Barclays and HSBC which are more tech startups friendly banks.
        6. If your startup is going to accept payments from customers via App then may need to register with payment service providers like paypal, sagepay etc
        7. You will also need to register with App Stores like Apple App Store (itunes), Google Play and Windows Phone App Store to be able to upload your apps there. These are all time consuming processes and can take weeks. So better start them sooner than later.
        8. You will ideally try to find a space in some incubator area as that kind of environment provides help from community and connections. If you can't then work from home or from the cafeterias of popular incubators which are free to visit.
        9. You will probably need a contact no. for your business website - try getting a free 0844 number from a reliable service provider. e.g. 08direct.co.uk etc and redirect that to your Landline no. at home.  If you are mostly out and about then, get a VOIP UK landline number from skype or vonage and redirect your 0844 number to that. 
        10. you will need a cheap accountant, business cards, expense tracker apps, book keeping apps, a good spec laptop/macbook, a good spec smartphone, facebook pages, twitter & linkedin accounts for your company/business.
      2. company/business all setup? now work on your idea day in day out.
        1. Make wireframes,
        2. write proper requirements specs,
        3. analyse about the core features of your app/product and prioritise them for phase 1
        4. make a rough calculation of ROI rating of every feature and prioritise less complex features with bigger ROI rating first for phase 1
        5. When all requirement docs ready, get quotes from freelance UX designers & developers at http://appsjunction.net or elance.com, freelancer.com etc
        6. Once you have the rough idea that how much its going to cost, then you and co-founders pool their funds to develop it or get some funds from running a crowd funding campaign at http://appsjunction.net
        7. You can also try some pitching and seed funding events where a startup can get up to 5k-15K of funding. But don't rely on them and don't delay your execution anymore.
        8. Make sure you have analysed your funding needs properly. Always keep budget for app launch sites, explainer videos, app promotions, small budget advertisements, marketing and post launch recurring costs e.g. web services and DB hosting costs, however small they may be.
        9. Once you have the right funds with you to commence the app idea, hire UX designers and App Developers to commence its execution. Guide: How to find a good iPhone or Android or WinPhone App Developer
        10. While the development of version 1 is going on, make sure one of the co-founders is spreading the word about it, attending events and collecting early feedback on the features and functionalities of app and what other things you should add in there like analytics, rich push notifications, tap-for-tap ad networks' SDKs. Best event  to get that kind of knowledge would be AppsJunction-Where-Startups-Meet-Developers .
        11. You should also setup a simple 1-2 page mobile responsive app launch sites using cheap wordpress themes from http://themeforest.com or popular services like https://www.strikingly.com/ . Start becoming active in the right groups on linkedin, join the right forums on web, get active on twitter, follow the right people and keep your facebook page active to acquire some fan audience who would love to see your app launched and downloaded into their smartphones.
        12. use the time to make right connections & read about app promotion.  Polish up your online marketing skills as you will be going to need that a lot post launch.
    3. Near the launch - activities
      1. gain initial momentum on your app by connecting with early adopters as beta testers. Send them the app using app/software like testflight. Incorporate their valuable feedback in APP.
      2. gain initial traction and proof of adoption and growth
    4. At Launch - all co-founders should now kiss each other and party :)
    5. Post launch activities 
      1. Keep a keen eye on app store reviews to collect feedback for version 1.1 which most apps need to put out there as version 1 will always have big issues for masses and masses will tell you the features they find missing and would love to find them in the app.
      2. prepare this feedback into requirement specs and merge it with your previous version 1.1 spec.
      3. Spend your days and evenings and nights in promoting the app. Learn & execute app promotion strategies - PPT you know

    FAQ 6: Okay! its funding time now. What do I do now?

     Hell yeah, time to open a champagne!  You now feel all mentally ready to face off with potential investors. 

    1. Now you need to attend meetups to find investors or message your linkedin contacts to intro you for this purpose.
      1. Attend meetups around legal advice, funding advice, SEIS etc
      2. read material around investment advice
      3. link to top incubators/accelerators in UK
      4. Link to VS/Angels List
      5. why not try crowd funding if it suits you.  link to appsjunction.net/crowd funding faq
      6. attend L3 meetups where you can talk about your product and convince people to refer/recommend you to investors

    FAQ 7: Okay! I have got funded? what to do now?

    Wohoooo!, time to open a tab at a bar :) haha !  need we tell you anything now?  if you have got funded by proper angels/VCs/grants then we assume you won't need the advice written next, however, to complete this article, its hugely important to tell you what lies on your table the next morning from 6am after you last night "got funded" party! :)

    focus on making it atleast a 10X bigger valuation company, than what your seed funders invested in...

    1. focus on expansion, scalability
    2. focus on marketing , sales and growth of revenue - Growth Hacking
    3. focus on trying to be the leader in your domain, if not try to be more innovative than the leader, find your niche
    4. focus on exit
    5. reach next levels of funding and make good profits for early stage funders
    6. Expand Expand Expand and Exit unless you feel like a Google/facebook founder :)

    Good Luck Tiger!  If you have it in you, Your "WILL" will find its WAY Anyway!

    Here is a one-liner to motivate you: "I persist, luck doesn't, Its loss!" :)

    last updated: 17/06/2014

     

  • Top App Monetisation Tips, Tricks & Techniques from PhoenixGMN.com

     

    Appsjunction.net -  your favourite networking, #crowdfunding & freelancers platform, brings to you this useful collection of top monetisation tips. 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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    Note: We will keep adding more tips & tricks to make money with apps here periodically. So keep checking periodically.

    The mobile commerce revenue is predicted to grow exponentially over the next couple of years, and with that in mind – brands, businesses, and corporate companies should do everything in their power to maximize revenue, and the potential for extra revenue..

    Following are the tips & tricks we have seen in the App Industry Around us.

    1. Offer an Ad-free Version of Your App - in terms of increasing revenue – the most common trick out thee is that you can offer your users an ad-free version of the application in exchange for a subscription, or a one-time payment; whichever feels right/appropriate for your main audience and App's use case.
    2. Try Gamifying Parts of Your Apps
      1. Even the most chsrming at first applications can get boring if there is nothing new and exciting to do, or look forward to. You shouldn’t let that be the case! You can try interactive & creative tricks like gamifying your apps; give users rewards for using the application, or doing certain things within the app. The goal is to make users feel good about their accomplishments within the app.
      2. Here are a few examples:
        1. Reward users with points, badges, stars, medals, or simply cash. Rewards are a powerful way to engage your community.
        2. Rewards and ego boost makes them come back for more.
        3. Give users the ability to redeem/exchange their earned rewards for either something physical, or additional premium features within the app itself.
        4. Let users know that there is an option to earn a better version of something, by exchanging for it with their earned rewards. Encourage everyone to participate, even if just a few people are doing it – you’ll know what works best.
    3. Experiment with Multiple Revenue Streams - Well, if none of the above sounded right for your current projects, you can just rely on good old multiple revenue streams; this is basically putting as many ads, in as many places as possible, as long as it doesn’t hinder the user experience, here are a few revenue streams to consider:
      1. Tap-for-tap App adverts
      2. Banner ads (ex: iAD, Admob, Amazon, etc.)
      3. Full-screen interstitial ads (ex: Chartboost, RevMob, etc.)
      4. In-app-purchases or points, coins, pemium features access
      5. Surveys (ex: Pollfish)
      6. Real-world rewards (ex: Kiip)
      7. Physical goods (ex: Angry Birds plushies)
      8. Affiliate programs
      9. Subscriptions

    We hope you liked the content compiled for you above!  Please do tweet/share it!

    Click here for many more Popular Guides http://appsjunction.net/popular-guides.html 

    1. A Popular Guide: How to go about an App Idea      
    2. Guide: Pitch Advice And Funding Sources for App Startups in London, UK
    3. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
    4. Appsjunction Exclusive: 48 top tips & tricks of app promotion on small budget 
    5. Looking for CTO/Co-founder Or iOS/Android/Web Developers in London and UK?

     

    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 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.

    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. 

     

    We hope you liked the content compiled for you above!  Please do tweet/share it!

    Click here for more Popular Guides

    1. A Popular Guide: How to go about an App Idea! by PhoenixGMN.com
    2. Appsjunction Exclusive: 48 top tips & tricks of app promotion on small budget
    3. Guide: Pitch Advice And Funding Sources for App Startups in London, UK
    4. Guide: Top Tips on growth hacking for App Startups
    5. How to find a good iOS or Android or Win Phone Developer

    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.

     

    Our Sponsors:

    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 

     

  • What is Appsjunction London Meetup?

     

    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.  Appsjunction meetup in London is A real world monthly event in London to connect App startups with Developers, Investors, UX & Mktg Gurus. 

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    1. What is Appsjunction London Meetup - the basics

    1. Appsjunction.co.uk is London & Europe's fastest growing mobile apps & games monthly meetup focusing on matchmaking of entrepreneurs, start-ups, developers, UX experts, marketing gurus & angel investors. Founded by @navinarora in May 2011, follow us at @Appsjunction
    2. We have been sponsored by Intel, Microsoft, Nokia in the past and have been media & hackathon partners of reputed events like apps-world.net & londonmobileweek, App Promotion Summit, Design Awards.
    3. Nov 2015 stats: Total 3750 members & growing,  Member Segments: 60% Entrepreneurs, 30% tech/dev, 10% consist of Marketing, UX, Investors
    4. Attendance: 150-200 Members/event. 30-40% repeat audience, 60-70% new audience every time.
    5. Currently growing at rate of 70-120 new members every month.
    6. Supported by Appsjunction.net – crowdfunding, freelancers & networking platform for App Developers & clients across UK & Europe.

    2. Usual event format

    1. Greetings, colour coded name labels and 1 hr pre-networking with Free Drinks & Snacks. There will be at least 4 coloured pens. So please use right colour pen to write your name on the name label if you are a 1) Startup/Entrepreneur 2) Tech/Developer, 3) UX & Video Experts 4) Marketing Gurus, Journalists & Investors. e.g. John, iOS developer
    2. 10-15 mins Sponsor's presentation slot, 5 mins App Demos with Q&A & sometimes voting for best pitch
    3. 30 sec shout-out/short-pitch slots which are free for everyone and no booking needed, just Queue up near the stage when the round is announced. Anyone can grab the mic for 30 secs and introduce themselves to the audience as well as announce what they are looking for. e.g. "I have an app idea which will solve this market gap/need and I am looking for iOS Developer/Technical Co-founder. Contact me at email or on mobile nnnnnn"
    4. Late networking with free drinks, knowledge sharing, team forming and contacts building.

    3. The intention of the networking event is

    1. Entrepreneurs & Speakers share their amazing knowledge & ideas with audience
    2. Entrepreneurs meet developers, partners and investors
    3. Developers meet clients, Developers meet developers
    4. People with app ideas meet developers and app development agencies.

    4. What does this mean for YOU?

    1. Excellent overview of the market, App stores, App Economy and what all the craze is about.
    2. Several developers & clients can be reached within on evening at one place.
    3. Business leads generation and scheduling of business meetings
    4. Discussions only with key partners, easy way to meet the right ones.
    5. Pleasant atmosphere for informal discussions and networking.

    Please do follow/join us at:

    https://twitter.com/appsjunction

    http://facebook.com/appsjunction 

    http://www.linkedin.com/groups/iPhone-Android-iPad-Tablet-Blackberry-4041444

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