Talk dirty to us and win 300 MiKandi Gold

We’re feeling kinky. It might have something to do with the hot dream we had last night. But more likely has to do with having the greatest job in the world – developing an adult app market!

Tell us the craziest place you’ve browsed adult apps on the MiKandi App Market. Best answer gets 300 Gold to their MiKandi account.

You’ve got to have an Android with MiKandi installed to win. Sorry, iPhone users and AT&T customers.  =/

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MiKandi releases In-App Billing on Android

When Google announced on March 24 that they intend to launch full in-app billing support this week, we knew we wouldn’t be getting much sleep over the weekend. We’ve been chained to our desks, ‘coding like we’re dumb’, in an effort to beat Goliath to the punch.

We’re excited and relieved to announce that this morning MiKandi launched full in-app billing support for our registered developers. The API, which has been in beta since New Year’s, utilizes our virtual currency MiKandi Gold, and works on the device whether MiKandi is installed or not.

After the product went live, one of our developers had this to say:

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In-app billing has been long anticipated by the Android developer community. Customers are voting with their dollars on other mobile platforms, indicating that in-app billing is crucial to an app developer’s quiver of revenue tools. As part of the launch, PinkTV is releasing its own app which integrates MiKandi’s latest API (Get the PinkTV VOD app today). Bryan Clinger of PinkTV shares,

At PinkTV, we’ve been very excited about in-app billing because we know that our customers want a taste before they buy. This allows us to enable taste tests in a seamless manner and MiKandi’s speed in launching this is impressive, considering how long it’s taken other app platform providers.

Industry analysts Juniper Research forecast that revenues from in-app/in-game purchases will overtake the traditional pay-per-download model as the primary source of monetization by 2013. “At MiKandi, we believe that our job is to make developers money and to make customers happy. In-app billing satisfies both of these goals, particularly in the adult space,” says MiKandi co-founder and president Jesse Adams.

With over 500,000 apps downloaded per month, MiKandi is confident that in-app billing will provide a substantial boost to the earnings power of its 1,300 developers. Existing MiKandi developers are invited to begin integrating the API immediately. New developers can register for a free MiKandi developer account at http://developer.mikandi.com.


Increase your app revenue with in app purchases

Last week, when it was announced that the controversial app iBoobs was released in MiKandi, we also hinted to another mobile milestone- that the adult app store was beta testing its In-App Billing API. Very impressive (if we do say so ourselves) considering we’ve only had paid app support live since Thanksgiving Day November 2010.  

In-App Billing: A Monetization Necessity

In-app billing is a method of monetization that allows developers to sell additional content within the application, such as video clips or game levels. By allowing customers to purchase content within the app, the developer effectively shortens the path to purchase, and facilitates “impulse buying.”

Unlike the traditional pay-per-download model (Paid Apps), the in-app model provides great benefits to both customers and developers. In fact, it is so preferred by both parties that Juniper Research forecasts that revenues from in-game/app purchases will overtake the traditional pay-per-download model by 2013.

All that aside, why should you consider an In App model?

Reason 1: Freemium model lets the customer value the product before buying.

With traditional payment models, the purchase flow is clear. See an app, read about an app, buy an app. But nowhere does the customer have a chance to realize the value of the app. With a freemium model, developers can offer a free app with limited access. With nothing to lose, the customer can download the product, kick the tires, and take it on a test drive. During this time, the customer can realize the value, and develop trust. Value and trust lead to purchases. Good purchases strengthen trust, which in turn creates loyalty.

Offer customers free apps as a means to cross-sell, or up-sell customers to a variety of paid content and services later in the journey.

If your adult app allows customers to purchase content a la carte, then guess what? You’re giving your customer the power to personalize your app specific to his or her tastes.  Nice work!

Reason 2: In-App gives developers greater pricing control.

Of course you don’t have to offer your app for free and upsell within. There is still value in selling your app for discounted price, and upselling more content once inside.  Currently, other app stores require developers to charge at least $0.99 USD for in-app goods. But if a customer bought, say, a gaming app for $0.99, he or she might not be keen on buying a virtual gun for $0.99 too. This lack of pricing flexibility warps the economic value of the dollar in the application. Unlike other mainstream app stores, MiKandi offers a virtual currency platform in which customers purchase bundles of gold at a time that can then be distributed over a variety of apps and in-app items throughout the store.  So this means you have the power to set virtually any price for your in-app goods, from as low as $0.01 to $50.00 USD.

Reason 3: It’s just easier.

We all love easy. Easy is good. And letting consumers get more goods without having to leave your app is easy peasy lemon squeezy.  With in-app billing, the developer can offer payment at the optimal time of usage or at the point of desire, and maximizes conversion. And if the flow is simple and quick, the customers are happy.

Want to give us a hand?

As announced, MiKandi is beta testing our In-App Billing API. If you’re a registered MiKandi developer (You’re not? Register today! It’s free.), and would like to help us test, send us an email at developer{at}mikandi{dot}com, subject In-App Beta Testing.

 

How to buy MiKandi Gold

What, why haven’t you bought your Gold yet?

As thousands of you have discovered, MiKandi Gold is an easy way to purchase the hottest apps for your Android device. Our Gold is a safe and secure payment method that guarantees that adults can get what they want on their phone.

For those of you who haven’t purchased Gold yet or are having trouble figuring out how to buy the gold, here’s a simple 4 step process:

  1. Open your MiKandi app and make sure you’re logged in (you’ve got to be a registered user if you’re going to buy apps)
  2. On the bottom navigation bar, click on the icon with the gold, lock and keys
  3. Select the amount of gold you’d like and click Buy Now.
  4. A secure web page for our billing provider, Zombaio, will open up and present you with a secure input screen for your credit card details. Once you click “complete this transaction” the page will close and your MiKandi account will now reflect the amount of gold you just purchased.

That’s it! Make sure that you’re inputting all of the correct information into the input boxes and not missing a field – everything is required. Sometimes our awesome fans are so eager to get Gold in their account they miss a field or two – don’t let that be you!

If you should run into any issues along the way, however, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Just email us and write “MiKandi Gold problem” in the subject line, we’ll get right back to you.

 

I’m a little nervous about paying for Gold…

We get it – some of you are a little wary of opening up your wallet  and sharing your credit card information with an adult app store. Maybe you’ve gotten burned in the past or you just don’t know what’s going to show up on your credit card bill. Let us put your minds at ease. Here are some important things to know about purchasing MiKandi Gold:

  1. This billing process is very secure and safe. Our billing partner, Zombaio, is a leading billing provider for our industry and utilizes SSL to make sure that you can conduct your transaction in the most secure manner possible. Your security is our top priority.
  2. Your credit card bill will show a non-descript business, along with the date and time of the transaction. Your privacy is very important to us and the billing line item will NOT mention MiKandi or adult apps or the app you’re planning on purchasing.
  3. Refunds for apps are easy and we answer your problems quickly. If you purchase an app that turns out to not work on your phone or isn’t what you expected, you can reach out to us and we’ll work with you and the developer to make sure you’re getting what you want. If they can’t address your issue, the Gold for the app will be refunded to your MiKandi account, to be used for other apps.
  4. We will only bill you for the amount you authorize when you complete the transaction and will always be clear about any recurring charges. We don’t offer any purchases that have recurring charges at the moment, but if we do, those recurring charges will ALWAYS require your explicit approval.
  5. Our main goal is to provide the best marketplace for you and to treat you like an adult. We pride ourselves on the fact that in our first three months with MiKandi Gold we’ve not had one single charge back by a consumer. Thousands of our consumers have bought Gold and loved it – we are positive you’ll love it too.

Let us know in the comments if you have any other questions about MiKandi Gold, we’ll update this and make sure you’re all getting the information you need.