On one of the recent episodes of this podcast, we talked about the app growth, claiming that growth is likely the notion that has been discussed by app marketers the most. It’s like – wake up any app marketer in the middle of the night and ask her “what is your name?”, she would tell you “Growth”. 

And yet – sustainable growth is what exists app marketers and developers even more. I don’t think that there is anybody who still doesn’t know that an app project is a marathon and to run it you need a sustainable strategy, you need a sustainable growth strategy.

So in this anniversary episode #200, we will be talking with Mike about “The Sustainable Growth Handbook” recently developed by his company ConsultMyApp.

Today’s Topics Include:

  • Mike’s background
  • What services ConsultMyApp provides and its position on the market
  • What is sustainable app growth
  • Sustainable app growth key principles
  • How to balance user acquisition and user retention
  • Insights and examples of how data-driven decisions lead to sustainable app growth
  • Common pitfalls and mistakes that hinder app growth
  • Trends and innovations that will impact sustainable app growth
  • What Mike would like to change about digital marketing the most
  • Android or iOS?
  • Leaving his smartphone at home, what features would Mike miss most?
  • What features he would like to see added to his smartphone?

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Quotes from Mike Rhodes:

“The biggest challenge I think our clients always see is siloed behavior where acquisition teams don’t talk to paid, but acquisition teams don’t talk to CRM and retention teams and and then the data doesn’t talk together even if the teams do, they’re not connecting the dots because they don’t have a CDP or a warehouse, and they haven’t got a reporting stat that sits on top. And that is the biggest single thing.

I think the biggest issue is not with developers, but actually with the product marketers. And that comes when the wrong metrics are really being focused on. So things like installs, category ranking, the keyword ranking, these things are vanity metrics. You know, they don’t really matter. Like how many a month you have. It doesn’t matter to a large intent. What does matter is the users I got, how are they converting? How are they converting into meaningful users? It might be watching ads. It might be whatever your core metric is. But ultimately it’s got to be understand that is the metric.


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