Top 10 Indicators That Your App Has Flopped

People often say “Dont Give Up.” But if you think about it, there are times when you really should give up and move on. When do you really know if you should give up on the app you’ve built? Deepak Abbot of PayTm tells you how to find out.
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[Edit Notes: People often say “Dont Give Up.” But if you think about it, there are times when you really should give up and move on. When do you really know if you should give up on the app you’ve built? Deepak Abbot of PayTm tells you how to find out.]

We all aspire to be successful and in that pursuit we try to ignore certain signs which indicate failure. Its always good to fight till the end but you should know when that proverbial end has arrived. I am listing down 10 strong indicators and if you are seeing 6/10 happening to your app then its time to do something new.

Give Up

Indicator 1: Its been 6 months and your app has got less than 10k downloads. No matter which category your app belongs to, if you are getting just 100 installs a day then its probably never going to pick up

Indicator 2: Your first 100 ratings are less than 2.5. Early users are the best judge. Unless you have some drastic redevelopment plans to improve this rating, stop working on this app

Indicator 3: Your 80% app store reviews are negative. Read every word, reach out to them (you can post reply on Play Store) and find out the reasons. If reviews are just saying stuff like “Bad App”, “Do not download”, “Waste of time” then you dont need to probe them further. Writing is clear on the wall. Literally

Indicator 4: No word of mouth. No one is talking about your app except you on Twitter or Facebook or Blogs. If you cant manage pre-release hype, work all out to get post release hype and WoM. Get your app showcased everywhere possible, get press to cover it, ask friends to push it. If all this is not happening despite your best efforts then its time to retire the app

Indicator 5: You have less than 0.1% conversion. If your app has IAP and conversion is less than 0.1% despite your best efforts over 6 months period, you are not able to excite the users to spend money.

Indicator 6: Tech issues are plaguing you. You made a great app with nifty features but you are encountering unknown bugs and not able to resolve it despite your best efforts then please start afresh.

Indicator 7: Active base is less than 5%. Most good apps would have upwards of 10% active user base. If you see 5% or less active user after 3 months of launch then your app is not exciting enough for users to come back

Indicator 8: Uninstall ratio is more than 75%. World average for uninstall rate is 25% for a good app going to 50% for regular apps. Extremely bad apps can also 100% uninstall rate. But hey dont want for that. Moment you see 75% uninstalls happening and there is no apparent techincal bug then its not good news for your app

Indicator 9: Your best friends don’t use it. Unless you have made an app targeting a particular profession (eg. lawyers, doctors, shopkeepers), your friends must use your app over your competition?—?yes true friends would have that affinity towards your hard work. If they are not using it then dont break your friendship with them, its indicting something else.

Indicator 10: You start to get that feeling. We all have a sense when things do not work out. We continue to work on it till we find something else worthwhile. If you are getting that sense already about your app then nothing else is important. Listen to your heart & mind both.

This post is not to discourage you. If you still believe in your app despite 6/10 indicator saying otherwise, I would recommend you go on and prove everyone wrong.


[About the Author:  Deepak Abbot is AVP at Paytm. He has worked in companies like Reliance Entertainment- Digital, Zapak & Satyam computers handling product, marketing & analytics. Reproduced from Paytm Blog. Connect with him on twitter @deepakabbot]

[Interested in app space? Do join us for the next edition of bigMobilityConf, scheduled for April 26th/Bangalore]

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