Oceanhouse Media has an enviable track record:
For almost the entire lifetime of the App Store they’ve consistently had a handful of apps in the top-100. Their apps beat the averages for both volume and unit price; in fact, they won’t build an app unless they can sell five to ten thousand units at $4 to $7 each.
Just before the holidays they landed the license to create apps under the “Dr. Suess” brand; their Grinch themed Christmas offerings were a hit and were widely covered by CNN, CNET and others.
In this interview, I speak with Michel Kripalani, Oceanhouse’s founder and President, about the plan behind their success.
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For easy scanning of the interview, here’s what was covered and when:
- 4:00 Using “high quality brands” to tap into a userbase already looking for that kind of material.
- 5:30 Working with Hayhouse, world’s largest self help publisher (includes Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra).
- 6:30 “Discoverability” is the SEO of the App Store.
- 9:00 Won’t build an app unless it can sell 5,000 to 10,000 copies.
- 10:00 Simple != low quality. Fantastic reviews: they 4.5/5 stars across all 80 of their apps.
- 10:30 Majority of their apps $4. Some $7. Best reviewed apps are at $7! Brand affinity == higher rated apps.
- 11:45 Getting their first deal by a cold-email; importance of a working prototype at the first meeting.
- 13:30 Relationship with their partners: revenue split.
- 15:30 Getting the Dr. Seuss license.
- 20:00 Success by creating lot of apps with a reasonable effort vs. one or two with a gargantuan investment.
- 25:00 iPad plans (esp. given their content focus)
- 30:00 Pricing strategy: lower prices on apps vs. physical product, but higher than $0.99
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