App Marketing and App Store Optimization
App Marketing is a cornerstone in any effort to make your app successful. It starts long before you build your app, and continues long after. What are effective marketing strategies you can use to increase app downloads?
A common mistake app developers make is beginning marketing their app too late. You build the app, publish it, and think: “How can I increase the amount of downloads for my app?” It’s better to focus on that question continually, and from the start of your app project.
Improving your app’s download rate is a continuous process, and it starts at the very beginning: your app idea. Even when you validate your business, you’re using app marketing strategies to pitch your idea to people, and you use marketing tools to measure their responses.
The typical app marketing approach involves App Store Optimization (ASO), a strategy very similar to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for websites – but then for apps. You do keyword research, and try to improve the “ranking” of your app for certain App Store search keywords. App Store Optimization uses your app’s reviews, its landing page, app screenshots, localizations, and many more components, to improve the App Store ranking.
In addition to App Store Optimization, an effective marketing strategy can include content marketing, paid advertising, email marketing, partnerships, social media, app reviews, growth hacking, guerrilla marketing – it never stops!
You can check out one of the many articles on app marketing, below.
- The Basics of App Store Optimization: Title, Screenshots and Keywords
You can use App Store Optimization (ASO) to improve your app's ranking in the App Store. In this article, you'll dive into the 3 most important factors for App Store ranking: app title, keywords, and screenshots.
- Great Customer Service for Indie App Developers
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- Chris Thomas on Data-Based Idea Validation and Building A Virtual Business On The Side
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- App Store Improvements: 50 Character Limit, Quality Control, and no App Rot
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- How To Launch A Subscription-Based App Store Business
Subscriptions are awesome. Especially because they give your app that sought-after monthly recurring revenue and turn your customers into assets worth looking after. Apple recently introduced a change in the iOS App Store emphasizing the app subscription business. In this article, we're going to look at how to build such a subscription powerhouse.
- App Success: How Linkpack Got to the Front Page of Hacker News
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- The Story Of Bob And Alice: How Great Ideas Fail And How To Avoid It
Let me tell you a story. It’s a story about Bob and Alice, both entrepreneurs and startup founders. Both Bob and Alice decide to launch an App Store business, two companies based on two separate smartphone apps. Bob uses a different launch strategy than Alice, and they measure their results after the launch. Who has the most successful launch?
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- How-To: 9 Quick Tips To Build Your First Killer App
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- App Store Publishing Worksheet
Keep this resource handy! It'll help you with publishing your app in the App Store. How? We've outlined the most important App Store fields for you, and gave neat tips for each single one of them. Fill out the fields, share them with your team, and before you know it you've got a shiny App Store page up and running.
- Onboarding: Effective Strategies To Get Users On Board
An effective onboarding strategy makes sure your users get the maximum benefit from your product: it ensures no one trips and falls, and keeps arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times. How does that apply to your app?
- Case Study: Building A Compelling App Landing Page
You’ve made your first app, it’s in the App Store and you’ve built an app landing page for it. Business isn’t booming just yet, but you’ve made a compelling roadmap for the coming months: features that will wow your users. Right?
- Best Of Quora: App Monetization, Startup Coverage, And Becoming A Genius Programmer (Week 33)
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- About Building A Network And The Hilarity That Ensued
Back in 2011 I signed up for an incubator. For half a year I got coached as an entrepreneur, working on one of my app businesses. One of the things I learned, is this: get out there, rely on your network, to make your business thrive. This article is a personal account of how I came to that realization.
- App Success: App Maker Jordan Says “Show Your Ideas To People As Much As You Can”
In our App Success-series I talk to upcoming and seasoned app publishers about their successes in the App Store. Today it’s Jordan Westfall, publisher of the game Spin Square, who’s in the spotlight. He talks about ideation, showing your idea to people, and relying on support from your network.
- AppTentive: Guide On App Marketing, App Store Ratings And The Future Of App Publishing
Recently, AppTentive published a new guide: The Mobile Marketers Guide To App Store Ratings And Reviews. I had the honor of writing a guest column for them, and would like to give you a brief summary of the points presented in the guide.
- App Analytics: What Is It And How Does It Change The Playing Field?
Recently, Apple launched its beta campaign for iTunes Connect App Store Analytics. It’s Apple’s new proprietary tool for measuring conversions on an apps page in the App Store and tracking user behaviour and engagement within the app. How does this influence the app analytics playing field?
- Using In-App Deeplinking To Promote Native App Content
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