Blog / StartUp App Ideas / Startup Idea

What is Cameo App? And What About Snoop Dogg?

  • Rating — 4.8 (38 votes)
  • by Igor Zviagin
  • Updated on March 04, 2020
  • Read —
    5-6 minutes

We seriously consider to dedicate a special column to the apps we really like that are quite astonishing in their appeal. And our latest favorite is Cameo – the app that allows users to buy personalized video messages from celebrities.

You can order a birthday greeting from Charlie Sheen or New Year congratulations from Snoop Dogg. The app is really one of a kind and it makes a great showcase of how you should approach mobile app development in 2020. Read further to know more about Cameo app and what it takes to make application with similar functionality,  

How to Use Cameo App?

Cameo is a platform that connects outdated and often c-listed veteran celebrities from music, sports and film industries with their fans who’d like to send their friends personalized video messages. 

The platform is a mediator between those who’d like to, for example, wish their friend a happy birthday with a personalized video from, say, Charlie Sheen or Snoop Dogg (who is also one of the company’s investors).

The prices are individual for each celebrity and start from as little as $15 going up to $3000 max. Cameo takes 25% from each purchase. Interesting, though, that users can only make a purchase via web to enable Cameo skip on Apple’s outrageous 30% fee on the AppStore.   

Business Analysis

We are using our BA Team on every project to outline the business logic of your app. In order to know whether your Cameo-like app will be successful or not, you should initially discuss the business logic of your future app. A Business Analyst knows technical requirements and software development nuances that accompany your project.

At the same time Business Analyst knows your requirements for the app and also what would be better for users. Therefore, Business Analysts assists you in making sure that your app is going to serve its original purpose and will be valuable for end users while at the same time being adapted to your desires and requirements.

This is a Brilliant Idea!

Show-business runs fast and there’s a vast amount of former celebrities who’d like not only to get some extra pay but to excite and amaze those who still remember them. And when it comes to celebrities, people have different tastes. Therefore, the creators of Cameo app have found a really great industry niche. There are many retired actors that we remember from our childhoods and it is a great present to send a personal video-message from a celebrity on happy occasions.   

Going through the app I noticed Omar Epps and Jennifer Morrison from one of my favorite shows House M.D. Now, my sister loves House M.D. as well (so much she even decided to rewatch it recently), so I now consider congratulating her with the upcoming happy birthday, ordering a personalized video message from the two actors of the main cast from House M.D. Great, right? Even though most of the Generation Z don’t even know about House M.D. at all (too bad for them). 

What Features to Include?

The functionality of your Cameo app can only be limited by your imagination. However, there are certain features that beg to be included such as:

  • 1-on-1 Video streaming
  • Profiles – learn more about celebrities
  • Public Feed – share your videos and see what others share
  • Comments – chat with celebrities and ask them anything
  • Geo-location (to find celebrities near)

After a thorough discussion with a Business Analyst you’d be better equipped with knowledge of what to include and what to leave behind in your Cameo app.

How Much Does It Cost?

As usual, the price of any app depends on the functionality. The richer the functionality, the most expensive will be the development process. Every feature costs extra to add and takes time and effort to integrate. So, for example, just sending files and messaging can be okay for your Cameo-like app, however, if you’d like to also have video streaming to allow 1-on-1 video chat, then you should be ready to pay more.

Do you need estimation for your project?

On average, though, an app like Cameo is going to cost you around $50K. Roughly. Functionality-wise there’s nothing difficult about it. The trick is, of course, to attract mid-level celebrities in the area of your choice to make the app profitable. Therefore, it should be marketed and promoted efficiently in order to get revenue.

Develop MVP First

Consider developing a prototype with all the “need to have” features that are critical to guarantee the app’s stable and effective performance. When you develop a Minimum Viable Product, you get to test your idea, how your app performs, and whether users like it or not. Then, using this info, you can implement important updates. This is a traditional practice in software development. Perfectionism is not an option and the product should not be absolutely perfect upon the release. It will definitely save your time and money to release MVP first.

Cameo App Can Be Made Better

Although Steven Galanis and Martin Blencowe, the creators of Cameo, want to expand to ensure that the app survives and not just a passing trend, they wish to do so by attracting more talent internationally. Cameo already has competitors like CelebVM, Greetzly, and Starsona who are very unsuccessful. But we think that the idea can be improved with better software and we guarantee to deliver it, making a better web solution (not so buggy and slow as you might’ve noticed) and also helping you to elevate your country’s former hot showbiz personalities on your own.  

To build a Cameo-like app you should create a great interactive and intuitive design. Then back it with top-notch software. Add clever promotion and a proper marketing strategy to be?ome a great platform similar to Cameo but to serve local area. 

Wrapping Up

Now that you know what is the Cameo app, it is up to you to start developing a project of your own. Countries like Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Mexico and France have a lot of c-list celebs that beg to be remembered again. And our experienced team can help you to develop design and make an even better version of the app like Cameo.

Want to make app like Cameo?

Igor Zviagin I'm a tech journalist and market analyst. Software development, apps, tech trends, and digital innovations are all among my interests. Why? Simply, because it's the future. You can have more of that future in my blog entries. I have 5+ years of experience in online journalism and blogging but I've been a tech enthusiasts and even something of a geek my whole life. It is my pleasure to share with you the knowledge I have. Reading my articles, you can be sure to find expert opinions of senior developers, market tendencies, design tips, and info on outsourcing, business industries or specific Web and Mobile projects.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Related services


All articles Business Company News Marketing Tips StartUp App Ideas Tech UI and Design

People are talking about

Similar Blog Articles

StartUp App Ideas

Skill Sharing Platforms Are The New Trend

A couple of months spent in home isolation changed our lives and habits. Some of us quickly got bored in the house and started looking for some useful things to do. Let’s just be honest, it may be cool to lay in the bed all day binge watching your favourite shows or movies, but it...

Rating — 5 (25 votes)
a frog with a green money bag


How Much Money Can You Earn With an App?

The market of mobile applications grows by leaps and bounds. This huge industry is expanding every day and does not seem to stop. The army of developers is constantly increasing, and so is the number of apps. Without doubt, the income generated by the industry of mobile applications beats all records. This tendency makes many...

Rating — 4.8 (211 votes)
How to Upgrade your App with Video Streaming


How to Upgrade your App with Video Streaming

In a modern world when we need to research some topic quickly we prefer to watch a video instead of reading the same information. Sounds familiar? The video becomes the leading content format in search results in Google, it’s also highly ranked in social media such as Facebook and Instagram. But it’s too late to...

Rating — 5 (21 votes)

You've got
a project in mind

What's next?

Send us a message with a brief description of your project.
Our expert team will review it and get back to you within one business day with free consultation and to discuss the next steps.


Nothing can be better than getting a review from our happy clients
who recommend us and trust us their business.

They proved to be very good and they’re very reliable as well. They are quite conscientious. They will go the extra yard to make sure we're happy. Reliable
My Project with GBKSOFT gave me the ability to develop my software while keeping a busy schedule. Ana, who was my project manager, was very professional and was always understanding of my vision and what I wanted. I would recommend GBKSOFT again to any other company or person who has a vision for their web application. Thank you GBKSOFT! Recommend
GBKSOFT did a good job to manage the project. They put in a good effort to communicate with us and make it easier for us to communicate with developers. Good Job
More good work from team GBKSOFT. All well executed. The support within GBKSOFT is excellent. Communication is good too, spoken English as well as written. Support
I think they do great work. I haven’t yet given them something that they were unable to do. Great
Gireesh, USA
One word...EXCELLENT.
Very well thought out and articulate communication. Clear milestones, deadlines and fast work.Patience. Infinite patience. No shortcuts. Even if the client is being careless (me). The best part...always solving problems with great original ideas, especially with this strange project where we are making up new words every day!
GBKSOFT’s performance has been very strong. We've referred them twice, which says all anyone needs to know about them. A referral is the ultimate signal we can give that these guys are great. Strong
They write clean code, adhere to deadlines, and communicate extremely well. I strongly recommend anyone from the GBKSOFT agency and hope to work with them again myself. Clean Code
I’ve been using GBK Soft for the past 3 years and they have been great. Communication is unparalleled to other app development companies. I’ve continued to return to them to improve my iOS app countless times and I will continue to do so in the future. I highly recommend this company! Improve

GBKSOFT Walk of Fame