Our lives have never been busier than it is today. With the fast-paced modern world, we are caught up in a lot of drama trying to make ends meet. This results to our minds being ravaged with chaotic thoughts daily calling the need for a constant meditation to keep us calm. After all, no one can think properly without being in the right state of mind. To enter this state of calm, people are left with no other choice but to go back to the ancient practices of yoga, mindfulness, and meditations, making them a part of their routine in order to escape total chaos or the state of mental disorder.
In choosing the meditation option, would you need to disappear into the pine or Norwegian forest every time you’re stuck in a rut? I’m sure you can’t! For this reason, there’s a growing need for meditation apps in the market. Perhaps, if you can build and supply a meditation app as good as Headspace, you would be smiling to the bank having contributed your quota to help maintain the world’s sanity. If you agree with me, we’ve carefully outlined a few tips in this article to guide you in building a meditation app like Headspace.
What meditation app is all about?
Mindfulness and meditation have gone beyond sitting uncomfortably and gazing at the sun to read out strange mantras. Mobile developers have discovered that people appreciate a simplified meditative practice with everything they need accessible through their smartphones and tablets, hence meditation apps. Headspace is a good example of what this app should look like so if you’re looking to build one, it will be a great place to take a cue from.
Headspace has an amazing history dated as far back as 2010 when it was launched even though it didn’t have much then. Headspace was created by Andy Puddicombe, a famous practitioner in clinical meditation who also studied as a Buddhist monk and later decided to build an app with a few friends as a ticket to reaching millions of people for meditation.
Take a cue from Headspace interface
To build a meditation app, you can learn from the Headspace app. It comes with a free 10-day course on meditation with lessons and exercises packaged with clear video and audio tips. It also has infographics showing your current progress and the population of users using the app at the moment. However, going forward, you must think of monetizing your app just like Headspace by creating a paid version of your service.
Start only with the essential features first
Today Headspace has grown a very wide base with over 11 million downloads and annual revenue of $50 million. It is important to note that they built their way up, so do not overwhelm yourself or your app at the beginning. Concentrate on these few features which constitute the secrets of Headspace’s growth;
- Onboarding Block: This should be a short walk through what appears once a user opens your app for the first time. It should highlight only the important features of your app and help the user find out his main possibilities. For Headspace, a one-minute animated video is used to introduce users.
- Design style and theme: Meditation is associated with calm and concentration. Your design style should be calm and smooth to achieve this goal. Avoid the use of bright colors. Your best choices would probably be blue, purple, brown, pink, yellow or green. However, make sure you keep your entire interface design simple and less cluttered to avoid user distractions.
- Simple animations: Your animations should be simple and smooth. Remember, the goal is not to impress your user with graphics but to get him into a specific mood that will help him concentrate and relax.
- Profiles: People meditate for different reasons. It could be for a 10-minute break, a key to sound sleep or to fight stress, fear, and anxiety. Therefore create different profiles with tailored experiences for different people according to their preferences.
- Push Notifications: Do not forget to integrate this feature as it is a powerful retargeting tool to keep the users glued to your app. Remind them to visit the app, their next mediation sessions, available new packs, discounts and giveaways and a reminder to keep their score high every day.
So let’s have a closer look on the features, the effort and the costs:
Your own Meditation app is a great idea for a startup. With the cost starting from $15.000 to $20.000, we can’t tell you that it is very affordable. However, it’s worth it considering the unlimited profits you can make with it. The key is to monetize it properly using strategies like subscriptions, in-app purchases, and ads.
Make your own Meditation App: