The future of mobile ad sales, 3.4 billion to 80 billion!
Research flurry is reporting that mobile apps hit 58 million users during primetime. Yes, that’s primetime network television, 8 PM. When you compare the $3.4 billion generated in revenue in 2012 with the network television 74 billion dollars in 2012 it begs the question as to why mobile apps make such little money in advertising. That’s only 4.5% of revenues seen in television...
App Store - loose regulation threatens appreneurs future.
App marketers took a big blow in April from Apple. Apple became over active in its crackdown on apps being used as a discovery mechanism for other apps. Apple has regulation 2.25 that does not allow an app...
MVP depends on how you define viable!
As you slave over those minor details and obsess about features you wonder if this is actually your MVP or not. Secretly you know its...
Making your launch strategy a value system for extra oomph!
Lots of apprenuers are always looking for ways to increase the effectiveness of their advertising. Focused on...
Support apps for startups suck...until now
In the past 5 years or so we’ve really seen an explosion of online support apps. These companies have become some of the most lucrative business of late; basically the Zen desk clone wars.
For me it’s been very interesting to watch these companies as they design their applications. In my career I’ve always worked in organizations where we built our own support applications. I have also needed a good support app for my startups. So this is a topic I researched often and did so with great...
Google finally purging Android of bad apps
The most needed gap to be filled in app freelancing
Anyone who has built an app knows there is a massive gap in the market when it comes to server management. Especially for those Appreneurs is looking to host their app on a budget. Fully managed servers are expensive and often required. Many apps will need several custom services to be installed and setup.
Shared hosting just does not cut the mustard. You’re going to need a VPS or dedicated server. We actually use Rackspace open cloud ourselves. Once you sign up for these services, you find that you’re...
How to build a winning developer team of iPhone and iPad appreneurs
Chris reached out to me a while ago and asked if he could write a guest post. He pitched me on the following topic and it sounded awesome, so he went for it. Below is a great description of both hiring and managing a development team. Almost everyone is going to be working with someone overseas at some point in their life and these principles can be applied...
Where is the money: Drupal, WordPress or Joomla?
Finally, to put to the age old question folks look for jobs want to know. Although WordPress developer and designers enjoy the greatest demand when compared to their Drupal or Joomla counterparts, and even though WordPress outnumbers Drupal and Joomla, Drupal web professionals on average make double what WordPress professionals make per project.
In general CMS projects grew almost 50% quarter over quarter. The number of WordPress projects grew 61%; Joomla projects grew 38%;...
Why some developers are respected by their peers
The good developers
Good developers are the core of our profession. At idle, they demonstrate more competency, drive and intellectual prowess than 95% of the regular population. By regular population I mean the whole planet.
These are people who have a very clear set of skills and stick to those skills as experts. Generally speaking they are always looking for a better way, or a new approach and are intrigued by innovation. They write neat and clean code, with solid architecture and...
Cross-client, cross-browser and roadblocks
There are all kinds of clients out there. There are the ones that don’t want to know and just disengage completely from the project. Others want fine grained control over a providers activity. Some want to get into the code and others like to tweak the front end incessantly.
Weblance is designed to help providers and clients to mesh these working styles into a productive process that deploys apps quickly. In some cases the platform will back clients off to allow providers...
6 questions to ask a web developer before hiring
Homage to early app developers, the 1974 pizza app
Ok so it didn’t work great, but it was 40 years ago! Remember, your phone is more powerful than this thing! God bless them for trying and god bless the guy who took the order. He accepted the technology right away! I also love how she says, ”soon we will all use computers to communicate”.
Who knew Dominos Pizza was that old and would still have crap pizza 50 years later!
Do you even know what designers do?
Recently I ran into a firm that had no idea what designers do. Yes, they did call themselves designers. Yes, they were offshore hucksters. They did not know the difference between a designer and a front end developer, let alone a PSD technician or website designer. It got me thinking that the only way these people can get away with not knowing their own business is if the market was rich with folks who might be confused on what a website designer does.
I shudder to think about all those folks hiring website designers and they just...
How to project manage on big-time #AppDev briefs
In order to run an effective developer team, you must have both people management and process management abilities. The app developer manages the work, quality, budget and deliverable dates, and you need to be an effective project manager to take care of the schedule and assure the work is completed on time and within budget.
Practice Meeting Fundamentals
How to rescue a project that is in trouble
All projects face issues. Often times the way you resolve those issues will be the difference project failure and project success. Here are some ways to rescue your project when the wind blows your way!
Talk your team about prioritizing features together with specifications.
This will allow you to put the less important items last thereby minimizing your risk of not meeting the deadline. Eliminate any features or functionality that they live without until after the project deadline.
How developers detect quacks when hiring other developers
Back when I was a full time freelancer, I would get two or three requests for design work. Mostly from referrals. I often got too busy and had to hire developers to help get the work done. The other day I heard a non dev doing an interview with a developer and I thought, wow, they just are not asking the...