Over the past few days we have been looking at how you can build a successful Android app empire and how you can become a successful Appreneur. Today we are going to look in more detail at one of the points we discussed regarding the app idea, we are looking at when you make an Android app how important it is to get your app idea right from the start.
Have a look at the range of apps that are hitting the big time in the top apps chart, this does not have to be just Android apps, you may look at all the app markets. Have a look at the type and style of apps that are getting app success and you will know that it is this app style you need to consider as there is an obvious audience wanting apps of this kind. Have a good look through to see how you can make a similar app to one you choose, obviously not the same subject but the same style.
Why choose an app style from the top apps chart?
When you are beginning your Android app career you have no audience base and getting known is the first objective you need to conquer to become successful. Apps that appear in the top app lists have a proven demand and existing user base, thus this takes the guesswork out of creating app ideas. Once you are known you can move to newer and more exciting projects.
App makers’ errors
Many app makers make the simple error of creating new original idea apps, which although maybe fantastic, won’t hit the big time without having an audience to download the app. So much effort is put into building unique ideas again and again, losing time and at times, money too, developing apps that simple have no audience ready to download them. Eventually, many talented app makers lose their confidence and leave the app making business due to the simple mistake of not having gathered a pre-existing audience for their app prior to app development.
Do I just copy an existing app?
No, this is not morally correct and could lead to a lawsuit for copyright infringement. What you need to do is look at the app style and find a way to modify the app and improve it while keeping the style but not the content. If you look at how many Sudoku games there are on the market. There are hundreds, but what makes the top ones so successful, what can you learn from this and add to these apps to make your even more successful? There is no such thing as perfection, there is always room for improvement.
Brainstorm many ideas on paper to find a way to improve an existing app, ask friends what they don’t like about the app, what they do like about the app and get a feel of what is really needed to make the app better. These time consuming exercises can mean the difference of being a successful app maker and becoming an Appreneur to being another failure statistic.
Questions to ask yourself:
- What can I do to improve this app?
- Can I take this app to the next level?
- What area/location is the app being downloaded the most? Can I market to another demographic?
- How much competition is already out there?
- How long has this app been on the market? Or is this a seasonal app choice?
- How has the app been marketed? What can I learn from the marketing of the app?
- What is the price of the app?
- What internal monetizing structure does the existing app have? How can I incorporate monetizing into my app?
Learning to understand apps and access an existing audience are the most important steps for app development. When you decide to make an Android app and begin on your path to becoming an Appreneur remember, it’s the foundations that are what will build your business.