With this mentality and vision in mind the new iOS mobile app was created to serve as a financial advisor of sorts for theSkimm’s already highly-engaged audience of millennials, offering up useful and thoughtful tips and tricks on how to save money for large life events from weddings and children to emergency funds for everything in between. The app welcomed you each day with custom, personalized messages to the day of the week or even holiday when relevant, giving users a warm Skimm welcome. Expert assistance was readily available and community support features were built in to help users through trying times or bumps in the road. The app also provided access to important educational information about saving money and offered rewards when users hit key milestones.
The app was created in a goal-oriented fashion and used a self-identified end goal to offer advice on how to get there. Backed by algorithms and financial best practices (credit card rates, how much to save each month, how much you’ll need for a life event, etc.), the app was created to be a helpful, and knowledgeable friend in your pocket. It leveraged simple and easy to understand calculators and friendly language to take the intimidation out of saving money.
Thank you to each member of Skimm Money team for their hard work and contributions to this project. Each team member has been a huge asset to the team.
The lean MVP app went live to the market in July 2020 with a goal to test Skimm Money with their current subscription members. And based on the customer feedback, they are making changes. We believe that what could be at least partially attributed to the current pandemic situation, the target customers’ needs have changed from what was originally anticipated. While saving for large personal events and vacations might have once been a hot focus for millennial women, the need for this type of tool had lessened as individual’s financial situations changed during COVID-19.
By launching this product in true agile fashion and not spending time overbuilding the product prior to its first release, theSkimm was able to validate their value proposition hypothesis while garnering quick learnings and saving time and money.