If you’re an entrepreneur with your own travel app or looking to build one, it’s important to take an MVP approach.
This will help you test your travel app’s feasibility and functionality before putting too much time and money into development.
At Techtic Solutions, we craft travel applications for our clients so they can quickly get their idea off of shelves without investing too much money in development or risk losing potential customers because there’s not enough information available yet on what will be popular among users.
In this blog post, we’ll help you understand what MVP is and how it can be used for the travel industry.
We’ll also share some tips on how to get started. So whether you’re just starting out or you’re looking for ways to improve your existing app, read on!
When you are creating a travel website or application, keep your eyes open. Research on what is trending, to get an insight about what your target market (the travel enthusiasts) is searching for. And make sure you analyze the User Search behavior (by the device used) in the Travel industry as they differ for the website and mobile app users.
Analyze user search patterns and interests, to decide the apt travel website and app features for MVP that are popular and in-demand.
Keep an eye on competitor travel apps and websites. Research and read reports on what is working and what is not.
But remember, is of no use cloning a successful product. Find out the ‘good to have’ features the popular product is missing and build your own MVP for travel.
If you are a travel enthusiast looking to build a travel website or a travel app, you must have come across this very question umpteen times – How much does an app like Uber, Airbnb, Yelp, or Trivago cost?
Well, it will cost you a lot of your hard-earned money for sure. But before you take that BIG leap inspired by their thumping success story – here is a word of caution from the experts at Techtic.
Instead, build a minimum viable product (MVP)for your travel app idea and once you are convinced of its potential and its need for the target audience, build a full-fledged travel application.
This calls for the need to choose the most viable business strategy, and clarify the purpose for which you are building a travel app MVP, along with identifying the most common use cases. Here we discuss the most viable features for each kind of Travel application:
Building a travel planning app like TripIt, Foursquare, Google Trips, or Passbook usually starts at USD 55,000 for a web app and USD 75,000 for a web and one mobile app.
Interestingly, 85% of travel apps have the navigation and geolocation feature, and this is integral even if it is in the MVP or beta version. There has been a steep rise of 150 percent in the Near Me searches in Google Map since 2018 – strongly indicating the dominating effect of this feature and the search engine.
Building a navigation app like Google Maps, Maps.me, Waze, Google/Facebook Places starts at USD 40,000 for one mobile platform.
The average development price for building a booking application like Booking.com, Airbnb, Expedia, Kayak, etc starts from USD 55,000 for web platform; and from USD 75,000 for web and one mobile platform (Android or iOS).
Building review and rating apps like Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Trivago with its API approximately cost USD 50,000 for web and USD 65,000 for web and mobile platform.
Ideas and innovations have never found the glory as they do now in the era of the startup revolution. With startups disrupting the way ideas are conceptualized and executed, what finally matters is to build products that customers will buy. Period.
With product development demanding investment of your time, effort, and most importantly (hard-earned) money to give shape to your idea, weigh in the viability of your product idea by building a Minimum Viable Product.
When you build an MVP before developing your final product, you get to assess and estimate the validation your product would receive in the market. You could find out if your idea (and not just your product) has a place in the market and how effective it would be when you launch.
Rolling out an MVP also gives you insights into the actual market response to your product. The response could be both positive and negative reviews. While you can optimize the positive aspects of your apps, you can take corrective measures with the negative ones. It’s a win-win anyway.
Continuing our last point, an MVP can fetch you some critical feedback about your travel app’s functionality, UI, or others. Without getting frustrated, it’s better to hear them out as they would help give a better shape to your final app.
With the critical feedback, you now have to pay attention to areas of improvement, identify loopholes and fix them. These criticisms are of high value as they directly come from users, who have worked on your MVP.
So, now you know what an MVP is and its importance in the development cycle. Developing an MVP can minimize your loss, save your product from getting flagged and fetch you more rewards you overlooked. If you intend to develop an MVP for a travel apps or websites, get in touch with us. Our industry experience and expertise are all that your business needs.
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