Outsourcing App Development to Overseas – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Outsourcing app development to overseas companies is getting a lot of attention these days. Because of the easy access, the availability of free communication methods such as Skype, Whatsapp and Viber, sometimes you may think outsourcing software projects to overseas companies is a good approach. But let’s look at the good, the bad and the ugly sides of outsourcing app development to offshore companies.

The Good

The main benefit that you get from outsourcing a project to an overseas company is the apparent initial cost savings. Outsourcing development to an offshore company could be a good solution if you already have an in-depth technical understanding of the project and its underlying architecture. If you have already managed technical Projects successfully in the past, worked remotely across multiple time zones, have an existing relationship with a genuine overseas company, understands the cultural, communication and timezone barriers, you may be able to get these cost savings.

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Shark Tank App Success Stories: 15 App Ideas that Got Funded by Shark Tank Investors

In the world of start-ups and mobile applications, Shark Tank has been a bright and positive spot for the potential entrepreneurs. Here are some of the most famous Shark Tank apps and Shark Tank success stories to keep you inspired!

How often do we enjoy the selfies clicked on our smartphones? But don’t we all wish to store our pictures in conventional albums?

With the help of Groovebook, people could click pictures on their smartphones and upload them on the app to be printed into an album and delivered at their doorstep. The founders, Julie and Brian Whiteman, got quite the deal with this app idea on Shark Tank. Continue reading “Shark Tank App Success Stories: 15 App Ideas that Got Funded by Shark Tank Investors”

Top 12 Government Grants for Australian Startups

For anyone who has ever worked on a startup business knows the value of getting appropriate funding. This is possibly one of the hardest tasks in this process.

But all thanks to the Australian government, the startups in the land down under are well-funded by a number of Australian government grants. This starts right from the idea development and research aspects to the ideal development and marketing.

  1. Research and Development Tax Initiative

This grant, as the name suggests, caters to the research end of the startup. This can provide you tax relief for up to 45%. The main aim of this grant is to promote the thinking and innovative mind into coming up with well-researched startup ideas. Continue reading “Top 12 Government Grants for Australian Startups”

GDPR Australia – How Does GDPR Affect Australian Apps, Software and Services?

The scope of the (General Data Protection Regulation) GDPR is broad and Australian businesses can be caught by surprise. Here’s what it means for the Australian businesses how you can prepare for it.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation introduced in the European Union (EU) and has become enforceable since 25 May 2018. GDPR mainly addresses how companies should capture, process and store user information, and gives more rights to users to safeguard the use of their personal data. Though this is an EU law, it does have a global impact.

This new law is a replacement for a set of guidelines previously set in 1995. That was the Data Protection Directive. Unlike the previous directive, which was a set of guidelines, which companies may or may not follow – the new regulation is a law, which companies must follow. Failure to abide by the new law can enforce significant fines for the companies.

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Benefits of Having a Conference Mobile App

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Many conferences are organised and held throughout a given year. These can range from small-scale local business leaders’ events, large-scale industry-specific exhibitions to global conferences that witnesses a gathering of a large number of delegates from many parts of the world.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) recently concluded a global conference. Held in Perth, Australia it was a large scale global event that registered attendees from numerous parts of the world. We at Elegant Media had the privilege to take part in this event as the official Conference Mobile App developer.

Here are some of the benefits and features that you can implement in your own Conference App:

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23 Software Tools You Can Use to Get User Feedback on Your App

Needless to say, getting user feedback is important to create amazing mobile apps. Thankfully, there are various software tools available today that can be used for collecting user feedback and understanding their needs.

Let’s look at a comparison of a look at a range of tools which you can use for collecting user feedback on your app.

Let’s get started.

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The Rise of The Everything App – Apps that Do Everything

With the recent buzz about ASX listed companies building “everything apps”, we thought of giving some insight into how the emerging platform economy works. If you’re thinking of building an app that does everything, you don’t need an ASX listed company, but you need a strong partner who understands technology and systems integration.

Do you want to be able to book a taxi using your social media accounts? Or else what about navigating yourself inside a shopping mall you are not familiar while using a retail app? Or what about being able to book your air tickets while using the Airbnb app?
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App Development Costs Revealed – See How Much Popular Apps Cost to Build

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The costs of app development will depend on the platforms the App is launched (iOS or Android or on both platforms), the functionality or the features that are available on the App and the maintenance cost. Developing an App is similar to investing in a business. The capital investment will be high, however, with an accurate Marketing Strategy, the end result in terms of revenue will be limitless. Your idea of an App could be developed using the basic features initially so that the App could function efficiently and more features could be added once the user base grows and revenue increases. Social Media and Gaming Apps could be very expensive to develop but interestingly most of the popular Apps are in those industries too. Let us take a look at a few popular Apps and their cost of development.

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4 Things You Need to Have Before You Pitch to Investors

Developing an App and marketing the App is similar to setting up a business and creating the need in the market for same. Time and effort must be put in order to reap successful and positive results. However, if you need to find investors to complete the project, there are a few things you must complete or need to have before you pitch the idea to potential investors. This article will highlight four (4) main points or things you need to have before you pitch the idea to investors.

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7 Essential Productivity Hacks for Startup Founders

“Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” – Michael Jordan

Productivity is a key ingredient startup founders need to have both in their organization’s processes and employees. Productivity is measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input. Let us look at 7 Productivity Hacks startup founders can utilize in order for their businesses to be successful.

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5 Ways Businesses Could Use Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) is changing many businesses and industries around the world. AR is different to Virtual Reality (VR) or one would say AR is one step ahead of VR. AR gives the user the ability to interact with the technology that is created using computer-generated enhancements and an existing reality. This technology is developed into Apps which need to be used on mobile devices. Here are some great examples of AR in the Retail Industry.

VR is slightly different and is typically achieved by wearing a headset while playing a 3D game or watching a 3D movie and candidates who train to become pilots use this particular technology in flight simulators.

However, industries use AR to do amazing things such as holograms. Therefore, an Organization will be able to differentiate itself from its competition by using a feature such as AR in its business operations.

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The App Growth Strategy of AARRR – App Marketing Guide

With billions of Apps now in the App Store, you need a solid growth strategy to bring more users to user your app. The AARRR strategy, which is also known as the Pirate Metrics, is a battle-tested plan that gives you actionable metrics to grow your user base exponentially. Though these measurement techniques have been around for a long time, it has been popularised by Dave McClure of 500Startups.

Though it is explained below as it relates to launch of an App, these metrics can be applied to any digital product with ongoing user activity. Continue reading “The App Growth Strategy of AARRR – App Marketing Guide”

How Do You Make Money from Apps?

There is a school of thought which states that Apps can be costly to develop. Yes, it could be costly but the interesting fact is that the Return on Investment (ROI) could be quite high too. And once the initial investment is covered using one or more revenue streams within an App which I will be highlighting in this article, the additional income would be all net profits.

Nowadays it is a common practice by most App owners to make their App available on either App Store or on Google Play free of charge so that the user-base for the App could be enhanced rather quickly. It is interesting to note that more than 25% of IOS App owners earn more than $5,000 per month and with the Android user-base increasing daily, more than 16% Android App owners too enjoy an earning over $5,000 per month.

So, if most of the leading Apps are available free of cost for users to download, how do the owners make money?

Apart from making the App available at a cost on App Store or on Google Play, mentioned below are few methods where Apps could generate revenue.

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