Mobile App Development Knoxville – The Story of Mustache Bash

For mobile app development Knoxville probably doesn't stand out. You might think of larger cities like Seattle, San Francisco, or New York as being technology and software hubs. Yet every week, I hear from people all over the world who are eager to get in the app game.

They usually ask one or all of these three questions:

• How did you go about making an app?
• How much did it cost you?
• How do you market your apps?

Asking such open-ended questions is akin to asking a general contractor, "How do you build a house?" or "How much does a house cost?" or "How much equity can you build in a house?"

It all depends on the house, right?

I will still do my best to provide helpful answers based on my own experience and tackle the first question in this article.

iPhone App Development Knoxville – How did I go about making an app?

When it comes to mobile app development Knoxville actually does have a lot to offer, and for that matter, so does any other city with a large community of creative professionals. You can hire a local developer, or you can do what I did and pull from the talent found on online freelancing sites.

But before I get ahead of myself, let me start at the beginning. In June of 2011, I began paying for access to a Mastermind group. "Paying" is the operative word because the membership fee was steep enough to make me want to learn enough to justify the business expense.

My focus at the time was on local marketing in general, and hotel and resort marketing in particular. One of my clients, a boutique resort in Turks and Caicos, had more than doubled its revenue in the first half of 2011, over the same period in 2010. I wanted to take this success story and use it to sell my marketing consulting services to other hotels and resorts.

The problem and appeal of the Mastermind was that its most active members were excited not about local marketing but about apps. For mobile app development Knoxville doesn't have regular meet ups or gatherings, so I wasn't hearing this stuff anywhere else. I have since discovered that for iPhone app development Knoxville does have a lot to offer if you know where to look.

As you can probably guess, my imagination was soon running wild down those same paths. Make cool apps and games for a living? Yes, please! Where do I sign up?

So though the Mastermind group didn't help me get any more clients in the hospitality industry, it did turn me on to one with even more potential. Millions of people stay in hotels every year, but they download billions of apps. Apps represent a major growth industry!

Trey Smith, the facilitator of the Mastermind group, created a training program for iPhone app development. He released an info product called The iPhone System but later changed its name to The App System. This course, to which I got free access as bonus for being in the Mastermind, consisted mostly of videos showing how to do everything from find developers and designers on major freelancing sites to how to set up an Apple iOS Developer account.

About the same time that I started watching these videos, I started reading blog posts and books. For anything related to mobile app development Knoxville has the same limitations as any other cities. I filled the gap online and and with Ken Yarmosh's App Savvy and Chad Mureta's App Empire.

I took the slow route while I tried to figure out how I was going to pay to development an app. If you're considering iPhone app development Knoxville does have several freelance developers. Many of them have full-time jobs and can only dedicate limited time to freelance projects on nights and weekends.

In September of 2011, I began researching apps similar to Mustache Bash and storyboarding the features and functionality. In December I found a developer on oDesk. In January he started coding the app. I also found my designer on oDesk, and I ended up hiring a friend in Knoxville to do the Photoshop work on the mustache images.

I now realize that I could have gotten started faster if I had chosen a simpler app. That's all water under the bridge now. Though development got off to a slow start, we managed to finish just under the three-month mark. Mustache Bash went live in the App Store on April 6, 2012.

For iPhone app development Knoxville does have one distinct advantage over larger cities: fewer competitors. I've been able to capitalize on my knowledge of the process and sell project management and consulting services to a variety of clients.

To conclude, if you're considering mobile app development Knoxville is a good place to look. A lower cost of living means more affordable project costs and a great community of creative professionals to boot.

Author's Bio: 

Austin Church is proprietary and entrepreneur at Bright Newt offer best services in mobile app development Knoxville &iPhone development Knoxville in Tennessee area with great deals and disount in Mobile software.