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Shashwat Pradhan
Shashwat Pradhan@shashwatpradhan · CEO/Founder @emberify
Hi Hosam, Congrats on your app launch! What are your biggest learnings from the App Store as an indie dev in 2015?
Robleh Jama
Robleh JamaHunter@robjama · Product @Shopify prev.@Tiny Hearts acq'd
@shashwatpradhan Great question!
Hosam Hassan
Hosam HassanMaker@objective_neo
@shashwatpradhan It is getting harder every year to stay as an indie iOS developer in 2015 but here are my biggest takes from 2015 1- Getting featured is currently the only way to get some considerable visibility and downloads for your App. Press helps of course but not as much as it did 2-3 years ago. To get featured build nice relationships with Apple and always use the latest toys from their SDKs. Robleh have a very helpful post about that so make sure to check it out https://medium.com/swlh/how-to-g... 2- The best revenue model currently is a mix of Ads/IAP. You have to make money from your all your users from day one otherwise you really have no chance of surviving for long. That concept of users first, money later works only for VC startups. For indies, you still have to pay rent and eat 😀 3- Ads are ugly but most users don’t really give a shit. 4- Since your revenue model depends on your active users, focus on improving the app experience and listen to feedback from your users. Improving your App continuously will increase engagement, active users and your revenues in return. 5- Use push notifications when appropriate. 6- Be patient. Building a user base takes time. Lots of it. 7- Build a new app/thing from time to time. It helps a lot to work on something new and fresh. It always end up improving your main product. Focus is important but your brain becomes kinda numb if you keep working on the same exact product every single day.
Shashwat Pradhan
Shashwat Pradhan@shashwatpradhan · CEO/Founder @emberify
@objective_neo thanks for this! Will share it with other upcoming indie devs too. You should put this up on medium.
Leo Moravtchik
Leo Moravtchik@moravtchik · CEO, diggidi
@objective_neo Any chance of a "fire tv" version in the near future?
Hosam Hassan
Hosam HassanMaker@objective_neo
@moravtchik we don't do Android :)