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bambz

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Hi, I've created MVP with my friends. It's the application, where a user creates a list of gifts he wants to get for different occasions. Users can also invite friends. They can later reserve the ideas for gifts. At first, we've created this app for us because there is always the problem - none of us (group of friends) know what to buy for a birthday, name day, etc to each other.

At some moment we decided to publish this app because more people could have this kind of problem :)

But this app is free. How could we earn on it? Are there some better ideas than ads?

Best regards
 
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Hi, I've created MVP with my friends. It's the application, where a user creates a list of gifts he wants to get for different occasions. Users can also invite friends. They can later reserve the ideas for gifts. At first, we've created this app for us because there is always the problem - none of us (group of friends) know what to buy for a birthday, name day, etc to each other.

At some moment we decided to publish this app because more people could have this kind of problem :)

But this app is free. How could we earn on it? Are there some better ideas than ads?

Best regards
Im not an expert on this but If I'm not mistaken some apps sell off peoples information as leads to other companies or people. I don't think they sell off everything and there is a legal side to this because you can't just sell all their information but I'm sure can sell parts of it.
 
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maximusharrison

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Im not an expert on this but If I'm not mistaken some apps sell off peoples information as leads to other companies or people. I don't think they sell off everything and there is a legal side to this because you can just sell all their information but I'm sure can sell parts of it.
+1 on this. You could also create a community or a forum section on the app where you have people discuss gift ideas. You can earn some money if you sign up for affiliate networks and recommend products you can buy to the community.

Other than that, you could create and dedicate a blog section that mainly focuses on gift ideas.
 

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+1 on this. You could also create a community or a forum section on the app where you have people discuss gift ideas. You can earn some money if you sign up for affiliate networks and recommend products you can buy to the community.

Other than that, you could create and dedicate a blog section that mainly focuses on gift ideas.
Or come yourself up with gift ideas and list affiliate links.
Also ads on the app.

Pretty much it.
 

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As the user base grows you can charge from product manufacturers to promote their products as gift suggestions on the app
 

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Hi, I've created MVP with my friends. It's the application, where a user creates a list of gifts he wants to get for different occasions. Users can also invite friends. They can later reserve the ideas for gifts. At first, we've created this app for us because there is always the problem - none of us (group of friends) know what to buy for a birthday, name day, etc to each other.

At some moment we decided to publish this app because more people could have this kind of problem :)

But this app is free. How could we earn on it? Are there some better ideas than ads?

Best regards
As others have suggested, grow the user list first. To do this, think about other ways you can make this app useful. The holiday is coming, can you provide gift ideas? Take a look at this app, all it does is provide people travel packing list suggestions and it makes more than $6K monthly. ‎PackPoint Travel Packing List

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