Independent, News & Media apps the driving force for online subscription purchases

The custom built native apps for have unlocked an industry leading, highly engaged digital readership who consume more content, visit more frequently and purchase more subscriptions.

The Challenge

To design and develop a news app that is fully optimised for mobile reading and offers paid access to premium content

The Result

A reimagined and redesigned collection of native apps with improved access to content and in-app purchases that has improved engagement

What we did

Mobile App Development, Native iOS & Android Apps, Platform Integrations, UX/UI Design

Independent news and media apps

What was the challenge? approached us seeking a technology partner to assist them with two key objectives: 

Mobile News App

Design and develop a news app for readers that is fully optimised for mobile reading and delivers a highly engaged audience. 

Increase Subscriptions

Drive purchases and sign ups, via the app, to the paid for news subscription service, offering readers paid for access to premium content.

The Solution

A reimagined and redesigned collection of native apps were developed and launched, for use across both iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices.

INM apps
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Developed in Swift & Kotlin respectively, the new apps were designed with user experience at their core. The apps provide readers with access to the latest breaking news, as well as local and international news articles across all sectors, including sport, business, lifestyle and entertainment from both the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent.

Key features include:

  • Breaking news alerts
  • Push notifications 
  • Personalised news
  • Bookmarking for later reading 
  • Text resizing to assist with readability 

To drive purchases of news subscriptions, an in app purchase experience was designed and implemented across both apps to enable readers to frictionlessly sign up and subscribe to read additional and premium content directly within the app itself. This purchasing option was deemed essential due to its ease of use, the immediate access it grants and the fact that it remains the most popular method by which people purchase within apps.

INM subscription

To cater for those readers who subscribed outside of the app and to provide a consistent experience across all platforms, a login function was developed within the app itself to allow subscribers to login using their existing web credentials and access their premium content.  

The Results

The apps have proved to be a resounding success for 

The apps are delivering the most engaged audience across all digital platforms, with app users visiting more frequently (x5 times more) and reading 50% more articles on every visit, compared to web.

x5 more visits

50% more articles read

The introduction of in-app purchasing has also proven to be the most effective driver for purchases of news subscriptions, with over 42% of all subscriptions originating via in-app purchases, despite the apps accounting for only 9% of overall digital readership. The frictionless method, coupled with the highly engaged behaviour, is a recipe for success it would seem!  

To top it all off, the app has been recognised and awarded as ‘News App of the Year’ at the prestigious UK App Awards. 

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