The Game's Changed: Thriving & Surviving in the Mobile Stores!
There was a time, not too long ago, where you could release a mobile app and get much downloads for it.
It didn't matter what that app was, or how good it was. You could always be sure to get downloads for it.
Those great old days..
Harder To Be Noticed
These days, its gotten tougher. Honestly, it not only affecting you, it also affected me and that other indie developer reading this post a few minutes ago.
You see, there is a shift. The game of app publishing has changed.
Some call it the death of reskinning. I don't totally agree on that though. Reskinning is very much alive, its just mutated. And for the better.
There was a time, when the best way to build a great revenue stream being a mobile developer was by volume releasing apps on the store.
I've committed that sin too! (And a few others, but that's for another blog post!)
These days, this doesn't get you far. With a bazillion apps on the stores (thanks much to reskinning), it is not easy to pop up to the surface.
This is where the shift comes in.
The New Shift
Now a days, quality trumps quantity. Forget mass releasing apps, the boat for that had left the jetty.
Make fewer apps and games, and build on that. For the long term! Keywords : LONG TERM!
Even if you're reskinning apps and games, add quality to it. Add long life and VALUE to it. Make users want it for a longer while. This is where the shift of reskinning has headed.
You can make more money having one successful app than you can with many unsuccessful ones. I've been there, and I know this is true. Just too bad I did not take the opportunity to build on those successes. My lost!
Plus there are other benefits too, like less stress thinking how to spam the stores, less stress updating your apps to comply with store policy changes. And good karma and love of the human race!
Some say you end up in heaven too! Oh joy!
So, how's a new developer to proceed with this?
How To Grow Your Mobile Business
Well, if you're new, then by all means build your portfolio of apps. These will be your advertising vehicle for your major apps down the road. Use this portfolio to lead users to your big game changer.
But remember, you don't need to spam with reskins. Reskin smartly! You never know, even your reskins could be that hit app for you!