i met the original founder Emily through FEI, an excellent small business brokerage that connects buyers and sellers.
a talented floral designer, Emily launched Lobiloo 4 years ago to help others like her convey their visions for clients’ floral arrangements.
besides buying girlfriends a rose or two or three, i know little about flowers.
here it is:
event planners are passionate about outputs – experiences.
unfortunately, 90% of an event planner’s day-to-day is handling inputs:
- permits, licenses
Lobiloo accelerates the negotiation aspect of floral event planning, saving designers hours per estimate, for just $29 bucks a month.
in the future, Lobiloo will solve for issues with logistics, vendors, and permits too, but more on that later.
my framework for buying, selling, growing, and re-selling apps is simple:
- add value
- go to market
the home page and in-app experience look dated.
it’s hard to find various ‘save’ buttons, and core features are not mobile-responsive.
within 4 days a talented designer imagined a new brand and interface:
we also updated social media profiles…
… and email campaigns.
Lobiloo’s new marketing message is succinct, emphasizing singular calls to action (log in, upgrade, etc).
after deploying our new interface, we’ll hack on a litany of feature requests.
to pull this off, we’re very careful in selecting projects built in Rails, our tech stack specialty.
the frontend is Angular, which i’ve never used before, and the hosting is via Engine Yard / Amazon Web Services, with which i have a tiny bit of experience.
i’m taking online tutorials to scale my knowledge of Angular, and should be able to build new features within a few weeks.
go to market
Lobiloo achieves signups organically, daily, via high ranking on Google Search and referral links from other event planner resources.
after implementing new designs and new features we’ll invest further into SEO, blogging, partnerships, and a customer referral program.
replicating this project
if reading this encourages you to do what i’m doing, awesome.
here are a few options:
- get approved by FEI, Flippa Pro, and as many other brokerages as you want
- build relationships with founders at Meetup events and conferences
- consider investing in my new fund: Fork Equity
Lobiloo is the first acquisition in the Fork portfolio, and i’m excited to scale it over the next 24 months before finding it’s next home (buyer).
to learn more about my process or to get involved in future deals, tweet at me.