What Makes a Successful App?
Struggling getting more users downloading your app?
For the last ten years, Apple iOS store has now seen more than 170 billion downloads and more than 130 billion in consumer spend. By today, there are more than 2.2 million apps included in Apple Store. While the most popular apps such as Facebook, Netflix, and Instagram see hundreds of thousands of downloads per day, a huge number of apps don't get downloaded once in a month. As an app developer, you might wonder what makes people download an app and what makes the most popular apps successful. With such concern, I developed this shiny app as a reference tool for app developers to gain insights of the Apple Store market.
Categorize your app wisely.
In case you are not clear which genre your app falls in, the genre comparison panel will be a good start. While Games has dominated the app market by taking over 50%, Social Networking apps received the most reviews with an average number of 45496. Not surprisingly, Facebook is the most popular app with a total reviews over 3 million. Before you publish your app, you may want to choose your competitors wisely. In this Genre Comparison panel, you can compare genres by the number of reviews, rating scores, App Size, App price, etc.
Functionality is the key.
What do the successful apps have in common? In other words, what are the predictors of a popular/successful app? By analyzing the pattern in the popular apps, we can find the clue. On the correlation panel of the Shiny App, app developers can explore the predictors of success by looking at the correlations between variables.
Take Social Networking as an example, App size turns out to be the strongest predictor of the popularity. The larger the size, the more reviews an app received.
Take-away Message for App Developers:
- Choose your Competitors wisely by putting your app in the right category.
- Enrich your functions.