We had a great iPhone app, Doodle Buddy, @ $2.99 that wasn’t selling to our expectations. We’d promoted it in our other apps with minimal luck. Its best rank was 57th in productivity. We joked about how it ranked #1 in Nicaragua when it had no downloads.
Well 3 weeks ago we decided to not just drop the price, but to make it FREE.
Free is a Compelling Price Point
I got an email shortly after the price drop from Joe Sipher (Pinger’s VP of Marketing) and the subject line read: “Free is a compelling price point”. What happened was amazing. We all expected it to make a short lived surge into the top 100 free apps, but it did more than just that. It exploded.
The next day it was 54th and 3 days later it was 6th overall for free apps.
Here’s how they ranking chart looked.
Bottomline: 1 Million downloads in 23 days!
What I Learned
Here are a few things I learned from this.
Takes time to get it right
It’s not always easy to get it right in the app store. Maybe the 2nd or 3rd or 4th time you’ll get it right.
Ever app has its price point
You do your best to price your app, but the consumers will ultimately tell you what the price should be.
Great offer + marketing vehicle = BIG Bang
We had announced Doodle Buddy to our users before and they had responded. It just hadn’t been fireworks. Now with a compelling offer and thousands of consumers to put it in front of, we had the right combination for a hit.
How has pricing changes and/or marketing helped your app sales?