We don’t like to blow our own trumpet, at least not too often. But if you’re the kind of person who loves apps, and downloads them regularly for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, you might have noticed that SpareRoom is currently more popular than John Lewis!
Our iPhone app, free to download, is at no. 45 in the Lifestyle category, 2 places above everyone’s favourite department store. We’re frankly astounded to discover we’re also more popular than B&Q (104) and Harrods (55), though we’ve still got a way to go to get into the top twenty. SpareRoom would have to elbow such giants as Next, TimeOut London and Tesco Clubcard out of the way to get there, but we don’t see why not! It was amongst those chosen to be featured in the Sunday Times’ App List 2012 – a hand-picked list of the 500 best apps in the world.
The success or failure of an app isn’t all about downloads though. Plenty of people download apps and never use them more than once, if at all. The Top Grossing Apps give a measure of how useful an app is (revealing that people are willing to pay either for the app, or make in-app payments). We’re at no 3 in our category, on this measure. When it comes to being trusted enough for people to pay to use additional features, we’re right up there, it seems.
Recent reviews of the app reveal why it’s popular:
“I heard about SpareRoom on the news, I had a quick look… I liked it, created my details and I started receiving enquiries from first day” – 5 stars
reviewed by TheCedarsHouse 16 Oct 2012
“Fab fab fab fab fab app :)” – 5 stars
by Gemmmmyyyy2222 15 Oct 2012
“A perfect landlord app” – 5 stars
by Night player by day 17 Oct 2012
So, thank you to everyone who downloaded the app and uses it regularly. If you like it, please take a couple of minutes to leave your review on the App Store, so that others may also discover it. Thanks!