Report – Apps: Standing Out from the Crowd
- Understand your target age range by testing early. Ask yourself ‘What do kids want from apps?’
- Consider that between 80 to 90% of all downloaded apps are used once and then deleted.
- Keep it simple. Keep and eye on what others are doing
BAFTA award winning Creative Director and Designer Darren Garrett warned that whilst many apps end up in ‘the digital dustbin’, there is the ‘elusive magical 20 per cent’ that do not, and go on to be very successful.
The panel took a look at the crowded marketplace of kids’ apps to discover what sets apart the successes from the failures, considered how apps can break through to both child and parent, and the importance of how getting it right can change the experience of the app and its overall success. It needed to reach the child in educative, entertaining and creative ways.
It is vital to find out what the availability of digital products is like for young people, identify the core age range and research how frequently they make use of these products.
The key question ‘what do children want from apps?’ remains a hot topic for Digital Product Manager Becky Palmer who has spent the last decade watching children play with apps, and importantly what it is that makes apps stand out. Key to all the panellists work is mapping out how a child’s play changes as the child ages and she highlights that from birth to seventeen years old, the first use of apps start by being lightly educational to those that reflect the real world. Experiences are vital to the user and to their interests.
Similarly, Lucy Gill has over a decade’s experience in user research or UX perspective (User Experience), family and ‘start ups’ to international use. She worked on ‘The Good App Guide’ with Fundamentally Children viewing children’s favourite apps from 2015 and providing an extensive report that parents can reference.
In underlining the need to make sure that the challenge by creators is in the game play and not the usability, the need to understand your target age range by testing early and often proved to be essential in her experience.
George Jurgens from Hopster provided a marketing playbook, with clear bullet point advice for any budding app creator or designer. He mentioned that the fact that there are, ‘over four million apps operating on IoS and Google App stores means there is a lot of noise,’ and ‘that research shows you really only have three seconds to make an impression- whether this is your app icon, your price… kids apps are more complicated.’
So, the take home message for making your app stand out from the crowd?
Keep it simple. Keep an eye on what others are doing. Your customer service is your best tool, and every touch point counts. Remember to be human and remember who your audience is. Getting something done is better than perfect.
User Acquisition Manager
Digital Product Manager
Creative & Interactive Consultant