Interesting research from Flurry again (they were the ones who put out the info that mobile app usage is topping regular web browsing). This time they have data showing that free or “freemium” app titles are generating more revenue than pure paid apps. From a MediaPost summary of the research:
Flurry shows that over the last six months, revenue from free-to-play game apps has overtaken that from paid apps. Among the top 100 grossing games in the App Store as of June, more than two-thirds (65%) of the revenue generated came from freemium games and 35% from paid games.
That’s nearly opposite the situation from six months ago, when paid game apps accounted for 61% of revenue and free titles, 39%. What’s changed since January? Peter Farago, vice president of marketing at Flurry, pointed out that Apple began counting in-app purchases toward app gross revenues at the end of 2010, reflecting the impact of that sales stream in its ranking of top-grossing titles.
Free apps generating more revenue than pure paid apps
So, this research is focused on games, but OfficeDrop is betting the same will be true for our b2b SaaS app. We switched to a freemium model earlier this week, mainly driven by the feedback we were getting in the app stores. App store people just expect to try stuff for free and don’t like free trials. We can’t get them to read the app description that talks about the free trial period; they just look at stars, download and then leave a nasty review without trying the service. Hopefully this freemium experiment will pay off for us. Initial web signups are promising, but it’s too early to tell!