Local Affiliate iPhone AppMonday, March 22, 2010 15:22
My newest and greatest idea is a local affiliate iPhone application. I have been toying with this idea for a year now and I am finally making it happen. It is still in production but will be released within the next 3 weeks once I fill the content out. Because of this I will not go into to much detail about the app but I will say that it involves local affiliate marketing and tourism.
What I can talk about is the process so far. I set myself a budget that I felt was reasonable for the app and went about finding a programmer. I asked around to a few of my buddies but no one had a really good programmer they could recommend. I looked over my options and figured I would just give eLance a shot. I set up my application and set it to invite only. Sure this keeps a lot of people from bidding on my application but it also keeps it out of the serps and the eyes of competitors. You really are an idiot if you are going into detail about an idea on eLance since anyone could just steal it and do it them selves.
After giving as much detail as possible so I could get an accurate quote I sent out invites to all the top iPhone companies. The first week I had 15 no response, 4 declines, and 2 bids. This would have been great but the bids were for 4x-6x my set budget. I was starting to think I was way to low on my budget but the app seemed simple in my mind. Heck over half the programming could be found on Google anyway. I stuck to my guns and invited the next batch of programmers. I got another 17 no response, and 2 more bids. This makes 4 bids out of like 50 programming companies! You would think with this whole recession thing going on that people would want work, but I guess I was wrong.
Thankfully the one guy that bid within my budget is an awesome programmer, a young intelligent guy about my age doing his own thing. We went over more details and he got the point and saw what I was trying to do. We talked a few days more and I awarded him the contract. Now 3 weeks into the application process we are at 60% completion and things are looking great. As I said the first version should be out in about 3 more weeks as I tie up the loose ends and prepare the apps website and promotions. Ill go into more detail at launch, and give out my programmers contact info if he wants me to.