The Smartwatch Market: Where Do We Go From Here?

If you are into mobile, you are probably thinking about a smart watch as well. After smartphones, smart watches and smart bands are leading the way in tech world being the most popular wearable devices sold, with Pebble being #1 choice among smart bands for consumers.

“How Pebble got to the top and what are the current smart watch trends out there” was actually the topic of my post for Stanfy blog, who recently, by the way, dived into smart watch app development.

The article got also published at the Best Smart Watch Compared which was a really nice surprise. So, should I get Pebble as well?

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Mobile first, Android second

With Stanfy we’ve been in the mobile business for over 4 years now. During this time we’ve seen lots of trends rise and fall, both on the market and in people’s heads. Among the highlights are – greater emphasis on value and better user experience, a clear separation of smartphone and tablet audiences and products for them, and most of all – mobile first. Nevertheless, Android still goes second! Either an established company or a startup which tests their idea with an MVP, business owners start with iPhone, sometimes iPad, and only then comes Android.

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Tip for Startups: make sure you don’t hire a**holes

Some time ago I had a chance to enjoy Mikkel’s interview at Startup Grind San Francisco. Mikkel Svane is a Founder and CEO at Zendesk.com, a web-based, SaaS-delivered help desk that enables companies to provide better customer service. How did it all begin? In 2007 three guys in Denmark had a simple idea – to make their customers happy. The idea soon became a business model, and nowadays over 100 M people around the world receive support from Zendesk (you can read the whole story from Mikkel himself here – Zendesk: What is the founding story of Zendesk?).

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Wearable Devices: Trends and Challenges

Nowadays there is no doubt that smartphones will conquer the world (there are over 1.5 B (!) smartphones worldwide). Despite the holy war between iPhone and Android, we must confess that they provide users with very akin opportunities. That’s why, we need to think outside of smartphone market and look for the challenges modern technology offers us.

That’s when wearable electronics comes in play. The next «big thing» in this field will be glasses, watches, sport gadgets.

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Get On The Right Side Of Apple

A famous saying “Once a loser, always a lose” actually works to the contrary with Apple. Once you get noticed by Apple, you pretty much have the world by the tail. Of course, there is lots of hard work ahead to live up to the standards after the first big hit. But now let’s see how one can get on Apple’s radar in the first place. In this post I’ve covered three main areas mobile entrepreneurs should focus on:

  • How to impress Apple’s editorial board
  • Spread word of mouth
  • Creating buzz

You can check out the whole post at Stanfy blog. My colleague, Denys Zhadanov, our Marketing Director at Readdle, also spiced it up with a cool insider tip:

Don’t just wait, be smart about it. Launching Facebook ads targeted at San Francisco and Silicon Valley, you can get more attention to your product and gain visibility aiming at Apple’s employees.

Check out more posts on How to Make a Killer Product and Why Even Bother About Getting Featured on App Store. 

How to Make a Killer Product

We all know that great marketing starts with a great product. In the recent post on Stanfy blog I elaborated on what it takes to make an awesome product. Turns out the product’s “awesomeness” can be viewed from different standpoints.

Users feel a product through user experience which is accurate problem solving, stable performance and impressive design. On the flip side, Apple doesn’t have an exact set of criteria to evaluate apps, however, they strongly appreciate following the latest design trends and employing Apple’s technological advancements. Sam Vernette, the Founder of Transit app, which has been featured by Apple many times, says that being featured helped them to get 100,000 weekly active customers without doing any paid marketing. He also stated:

“It’s more important to keep your app up-to-date with the latest OS rather than worrying too much about supporting older versions. With Transit we pay more attention to refreshing the app for the latest technology rather than spending too much time redesigning for older versions”. Sam Vernette, the Founder of Transit

This analysis is followed by a brief summary of a short video Ingredients of a Great App” by John Geleynse, Director of Technology Evangelism at Apple. In his speech John crystalizes the 8 characteristics of a truly great app. The video is very informative and inspiring too!

Here are related posts on Why Bother About Getting Featured by Apple and Get on the Right Side of Apple

Featured by Apple: Why Bother?

Since the very beginning, App Store, as well as many things related to Apple, has been surrounded with the cloud of mystery. How to distinguish your app among a million of other apps? How to win big in the App Store? How to get noticed and featured by Apple? Answers to this questions I’ve shared in a series of posts at Stanfy blog.

You’d be surprised but there are many companies who get featured by Apple accidentally, get extremely happy, however, have no clue of how this happened. On the flip side, there are companies that persistently work towards this goal, hence have been featured multiple times by Apple. For instance, Readdle‘s products such as Documents, PDF Expert 5, Scanner Pro have been consistently featured among  TOP apps in  productivity category and App of the Week. Later on Denys Zhadanov, Readdle’s Marketing Director, has also shared Readdle’s experience in his blog.

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Here is the winning formula for the App Store: Get on Apple’s Radar+Make a Killer Product