Your idea is the classic "let's do it and monetise later" that leads to sinking good money in a project without a clear path to revenue.
Sorry, I bet this wasn't what you wanted to hear.
The main issues I see are the following:
1) You need a path to monetisation
2) You need some kind of heavy gamification that makes the app addictive and people actually want to use it
Monetisation can come in various forms, but my suggestion would be to limit the quantity of recipes that can be shared or saved and let that value expand via in-app purchases. Couple this with a good marketing plan and I think you have an app.
Gamification is about, for example, giving out virtual certificates for achievements and they could be tied at least partly to monetisation: 10 recipes saved, for example or 100.
That's what I'd work on.
Hi Dale, interesting idea. My concern would be users cheating the system by posting non-original recipes and google images of cooked meals , especially when the rewards (such as gift cards) seem great enough. And nowadays it’s too easy to find great recipes. How to ensure the recipes on this platform are also of good quality would be a question too. Cooking someone else’s recipe can require quite some time/money investment, and it’s risky unless it’s proven to be tasty by others. And so sizeable incentives are needed to ask someone to try cooking an original, unknown recipe. But when the incentives are great enough, people might start cheating the system.
Just curious, what is the problem that this app would solve?
I must admit that I don't cook. But... this sounds interesting.
I don't see how you monetize this, but it would seem that there should be many ways to monetize it with sponsorships and promotions from vendors of ingredients and cooking tools and what not.
I think you should just run with it.
it is great to float a new idea and propose a thing that has not been done in the past.
Please tell me how can we understand your idea as a transaction i.e. how will it benefit everyone involved including you.
If you have developed a flowchart, would you like to share that here.
Great concept! I would recommend keeping it points based. Maybe they can then use those points to get other peoples recipes. The more ways you give them to spend their points in the app (rather than "cashout") the better. Let me know if you need marketing help..
The Internet is already riddled with recipe websites. There are already good social sites that support family social communication. Who would be paying the cooks? You're freemium idea is on target. I'm not sure why an individual (recipe author or cook) would pay for this service. For this to work, you'd need to show how recipe author, the cook, the sponsor company and you would all benefit. Where's the network effect for this and what would keep people coming back continuously?
in my opinion there are two major issues you must have to focus on
1) authenticity of the recipe that they post .(to solve fraudulent of users)
2) a good monetizing model.(to be self sufficient in if no investor is funding your business.)
That actually sounds interesting. I'm guessing it could be particularly useful for children (or even adults) who are casually learning how to cook. Although, in this case you need a different prize, not a gift card (that's boring), but rather some kind of a trophy, preferably a real one, not virtual. Vanity can be a powerful motivator. Users can vote on recipes and/or prepared meals, and these votes would add points too.
As for the last part, I can't imagine a family that needs a virtual voting system to decide upon a meal. Presumably, if they eat together, they can make such decisions much more efficiently in person.