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June 29, 2022

Seven tools to help you build a killer MVP

The primary purpose of your MVP, or minimally viable product, is to save time and effort by testing how the market reacts to your big ideas before investing time to build your complete vision.

If you’re looking to raise a pre-seed or seed investment round, having an MVP with some positive signals is a great way to earn a better valuation.

Your MVP product should be made simple, uncomplicated, and inexpensive.

However, what you put in the hands of users needs to have enough meat on the bones so that the data and market signals you get from releasing it provide you with actionable next steps to improve your digital product or service.

Benefits of releasing an MVP include:

  • Validate hypotheses about product ideas with real-world data
  • Reduces the time it takes for new feature releases to hit the market
  • Evaluate market demand for products without significant investment in time or money

Take a look at seven no-code tools to build your killer MVP:

Webflow

Webflow is a visual editing tool that allows users to create responsive websites without knowing how to code. Webflow automatically generates HTML, CSS, and JavaScript as the user uses the drag and drop interface. This allows you to quickly design pixel-perfect websites with responsive layouts. You can also combine additional tools such as Google Tag Manager, Hotjar, and various other marketing analysis tools if you're a marketer. Webflow could become very handy for someone who does not know much about the technology required to build a website and for people who have previously used a site builder such as Wix or Weebly but want more control over the appearance and feel of their site.

Typeform

Typeform makes it easy to create online polls and collect feedback from your audience. It is user-friendly and has many aesthetically pleasing features, fonts, and colours that can easily attract the target user's attention. In addition, it's a web-based platform that allows you to develop everything from surveys to apps without even writing a single line of code.

You can also upload videos and images to the form. However, there are some restrictions. For example, there is always a Typeform link at the end of the survey, and the solution is only available on the web platform.

Noodl

Noodl is a powerful all-in-one no-code platform that offers free built-in hosting services and one-click deployment. In addition, it gracefully allows coders to collaborate with no-coders for advanced features and capabilities. Noodl apps are full-fledged web apps used from prototype to production by startups, agencies, and Fortune 500 companies worldwide.

The backend of Noodl is based on Parse and MongoDB, providing scalable databases for all of your apps - this means you can scale your MVP as soon as you need to.

And as your team grows, there are built-in version control and project sharing features based on Git.

Rather than relying on a limited drag-and-drop interface, Noodl employs data and nodes as its main building pieces. This gives you infinite flexibility and allows you to quickly build sophisticated custom apps without losing functionality or sacrificing user experience.

Noodl offers free hosting and plans that startups can take advantage of.

HotJar

HotJar provides a "big picture" of how to improve your website's user experience and performance/conversion rates by combining both analytics and feedback capabilities. HotJar can be used to learn about the behaviour and preferences of your website users. It has a tracking feature that allows you to collect insights about your users. Hotjar's state-of-the-art analytics tools are designed specifically for marketers and product managers to understand and visualise user behaviour and how it affects your product. The app includes session recording, an in-app editor for sending notes to guests, and detailed analysis data.

Google Analytics

If you have a website but don't use Google Analytics, you're missing out on valuable data. Its data can play a vital role in building a reliable MVP for your company. When making decisions, take advantage of insights around customer traffic, conversion funnels, bounce rates, number of sessions and users per day, etc.

Zapier

Zapier is a no-code application that can automate repetitive operations between two or more apps. Zapier instructs another app to perform (or perform) specific actions when an event occurs in one app. It is also referred to as an internet bridge as it can automate the operation between two apps without the need for coding. For example, Zapier can instruct an app to perform a task in response to an event in another app. You can do this by creating a "zap" that consists of triggers and actions.

When you activate  Zap, the trigger performs the specified action. For example, if you write an article on your blog,  Zapier can automatically send you social posts.

Airtable

Airtable is essentially a database collaboration tool that requires no programming. However, you can use database blocks as app components. The Airtable dashboard has an "Apps" button that guides you through setting up your app development environment.

Conclusion

Thanks to the power of no-code and low-code technology, entrepreneurs who don’t have years of software development background (and even technical entrepreneurs, too!) can now test their ideas without the cost and time demanded of more traditional development approaches.

Using modern platforms opens up a world where imagination is the only limit to realising your vision.

Building an MVP with no-code or low-code means you can:

  • Validate your business sooner
  • Take decisions informed by data
  • Speed up your product development
  • Massively reduce costs

Want an experienced advisor to help you plan your MVP? Noodl offers free advisory sessions from successful entrepreneurs who have been there themselves.

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