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How to Build Your Minimum Viable Product

If you're interested in building a minimum viable product for your app, read on for steps to do just that. In this article we examine the main steps for creating an MVP for your app.

How to Build Your Minimum Viable Product

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Aug 31, 2021 12:00 AM

A minimum viable product is the smallest version of your product made available to your customers before releasing the full version. This is a way to test your idea on the current market and gather feedback on whether your idea is worth pursuing. An MVP takes less time and effort but still has enough substance to show potential customers what the finished version will be like.

 

The goal of a minimum viable product isn't necessarily to create a final product; it's about learning as much as possible in the shortest amount of time.

 

We discussed the goal and benefits of a minimum viable product in a previous article “What is a Minimum Viable Product?” This article examines the steps you can take to create your minimum viable product. 

Read on for tips about how to create a minimum viable product for your app or product.

To create a minimum viable product, take the following steps:

  • Conduct market research

  • Get a Clear Idea of Your Product

  • Define the Feature List of Your Product

  • Build and Launch Your Product

  • Analyze the Feedback

And now we’ll talk more about the listed points.

Conduct Market Research

Analyze and research the market to make sure that your app or product is beneficial to your customers. You can do this in several ways, such as paid surveys and deep research into your competitor's minimum viable product.

 

You should determine if your idea is viable in the marketplace. Next, narrow down exactly what features will make up your minimum viable product. For example: Do you want an app with only one or two functions?

Get a Clear Idea of Your Product

Second, make sure you have a clear idea of your app or product and its capabilities as well as how it will look. This is one way to make sure you are building the right product for the people who use it. For example: if you want an app that helps users find local restaurants, first decide what features this app should include, like reviews and internet searches.

 

Ask yourself the following questions about your app:

  • What problems does it solve?

  • Why would a customer need your solution?

  • How is your solution applicable to the customer? What problem does it solve for them?

     

After answering these questions, you'll have a clear idea of your product's primary qualities, and you'll be able to identify pain points for your customers as well as how your product will serve as a solution. 

Define the Feature List of Your Product

To build an MVP, you need to create a list of features to give to your software development team. This will be a list of all the desired components for your new app.

 

The list should include only the most essential features for creating the MVP concept. Remember, you're not implementing the full product at once. This is a step-by-step process.

 

Examples of features for apps on Android and iOS are:

  • Login features like “Logging in with Facebook or Google,” “Forgot password?”

  • Registration features like "Register by email" and "Terms and Policy screen." 

  • Profile features like "Profile screen," "profile settings," "account settings," and "profile editing."

  • Search features 

  • GPS location feature

  • Push notifications and more.

     

The most crucial factor in determining what features you are willing to sacrifice if necessary; don't include everything at first, and make sure to eliminate anything that isn't essential. For example: do not add in options like a newsfeed or social media sharing until you know that your app is successful.

Build and Launch Your Product

Once the criteria are mapped out, you can start building the MVP. Keep in mind that your product will need to be both concise and professional. Even though it's the shorter version of the entire app, it shouldn't short-change the customer. However, your MVP should not be overloaded with nonessential features. Quality is what matters here, so make sure it is free of bugs from the start.

Analyze the Feedback

Finally, analyze the feedback you receive from your initial release. The goal is to learn what customers like and don't like about your product. You can do this by asking for their opinions or looking at analytics reports. 

 

The best way to get 5-star reviews for your app is to run usability tests, conduct user surveys, and use the app yourself to get a feel for the features and seek out any bugs that need to be fixed. This is a way that your users can help you test the MVP and be an inspiration for new features to add to the app or product.

Once you have analyzed the data, make changes according to it; this will help improve future versions of your minimum viable product. For example, you can add new features or take out certain product parts that customers did not enjoy as much.

 

This is an excellent way to ensure your MVP stays up-to-date and relevant for consumers in its niche market. This data will also help guide future versions of an improved minimum viable product further down the road.

 

The process of building a minimum viable product can be daunting. But if you take each step one by one, it will make the process more manageable and successful. We hope these tips were helpful to you! You can contact our team at Viviscape anytime with questions about how to build your app's MVP - or anything else digital marketing-related, for that matter. We’re here to help!

 

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