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Learn Why Nearly 1 in 4 People Abandon Mobile Apps After Only One Use

App Abandonment Rates - Source: Localytics 2016

App Abandonment Rates - Source: Localytics 2016


Earlier this week, TechCrunch reporter Sarah Perez published a story, “Nearly 1 in 4 People Abandon Mobile Apps After Only One Use.” The article cites recent data from a Locaytics study that proves that while Apple’s iTunes App Store hosts over 1.5 million apps and Google Play hosts over 2 million apps, the number of apps consumers are downloading and using remains small.

Localytics report had some of the following findings, based on its user base of 37,000 applications:

    • 62% of users will use an app less than 11 times
    • 23% launch an app only once – a slight improvement over 20% in 2014
    • in-app messages improve users retention to 46%
The barriers to installation are driving some companies to make it easier than ever for mobile users to download apps. Google recently debuted “Instant Apps” at its I/O event, and the market is watching to see how Apple might answer that announcement.

But while the article seemed to show bad news for B2C apps, we’re seeing opposite trends in many of our low-code B2B and B2E apps. Our customers, such as Hayat Communications and a major oil drilling company, report wide adaption and use of their B2E apps, because they have become an integral part of their end users’ daily routine.

We recently blogged on key complaints that end users cite when using business apps.  By understanding common complaints and thinking ahead to what critical features end users want in their apps, developers can build apps that won’t get abandoned after the first download.

Click to read what complaints and 10 most critical features business users cite in end-user surveys.

Learn which 7 capabilities your mobile app development platform must include to satisfy end users.
Read the full TechCrunch article.
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About Author

Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.