The 6 Biggest Changes in the New App Store That Advertisers Should Be Aware Of

ios-apple-app-store-iphone-smartphone-ipad-tabletOn Monday 5th at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced a sweeping redesign to the App Store, their nine-year-old platform that counts 500 million people as weekly active users.

But here at Supreme Media what we care the most about is the developers side of changes. They definitely need to update their apps now, here is why.

And major changes have been made on iOs console and will directly impact ASO.

We dug through the dozens of changes to pull out the 6 changes that will matter most for performance advertisers who rely on app installs as a mobile growth channel.

1. Features will become bigger blockbuster moments

screen-shot-2017-06-12-at-4-36-21-pmAn important concept discussed at WWDC was the new App Store’s commitment to discovery. Apple revealed a “Today” tab, a new home for Apple’s editors to feature apps.

The new feature could be seen as a move towards a more curated, editorial angle on app store discovery. It will only underscore the importance of the developer and Apple relationship.

Getting an app featured will also create a temporary sizable increase in downloads. It’s likely a feature in the future will become even more valuable, given the increased emphasis of the featured content.

2. The Top Grossing chart is disappearing

For the entirety of the store’s existence, revenue has been a core way Apple has measured app performance. Showing up on the “Top Grossing” chart has been an aim of companies around the world. This may be changing, however, as many beta testers are noting that the Top Grossing chart is nowhere to be found in iOS11.

The static nature of the top grossing chart means it’s not a useful discovery mechanic; and with initiatives such as Search Ads and iOS 11’s new curation UX, that’s something Apple’s working hard to improve.

Apps that relied on a boost from appearing in the Top Grossing charts may need to pay more attention to their placement on other charts now.

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Now, when scrolling through an App Page, a video will automatically begin to play. This move brings Apple’s video behavior more in-line with that of Facebook who has auto-played videos for years.

This change will heighten the importance of video creatives in the app store. App Store Optimization firm StoreMaven has found that users who watch a video are  up to 3x more likely to install.

4. Uninstalls may increase

The new IOS 11 comes equipped with a feature to uninstall unused apps. Although this feature is not on by default, more advanced users may turn it on.

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Apple continues to reward apps that reengage users. This will place pressure on developers to create engaging app experiences. Additionally, app uninstalls and reinstalls will likely be a metric discussed more often in the year ahead.

5. In-App Purchases may increase

In-App purchases and subscriptions can now be purchased directly from the app listing page.

With new real estate of 20 listing spots for in-app purchases, marketers will likely spend more time considering how their in-app purchases are named, their price points, and what percent are bought via the app store versus within the app itself.

Given that $35 billion in revenue flowed through the App Store in 2016, the stakes for better product listings cannot be over emphasized.

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6. Description text will need be reformatted

Apple claims searching the new App Store will be simpler. To aid in that process, apps will be able to segment their text descriptions in more rigid ways. Specifically:

  • Titles will now have a character limit of 30 instead of fifty,
  • A new subtitle field of 30 characters has been added
  • The keyword limit remain the same, at 100 characters
  • For the first time, In-App Purchases text will affect the keywords and will appear in search results, as well as be featured in Today, Games, and Apps tabs .

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The new text structure will force marketers to update their app store descriptions, and to think critically about each and every word.

With a public iOS11 release set for Fall 2017, savvy marketers are already plotting their moves to make sure their app store presence will be strong from Day 1 of the iOS11 era.

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6 Essential Steps To Get Easily Found In The Mobile App Store

242-01With the volume of apps out there, it can be tough to get noticed. But if you develop and present your apps well, you’ve got a real shot

You spend countless hours building a mobile app that works properly. Then you submit it to the app stores, it gets released, and … nothing happens.

App store optimization is a huge need for mobile developers, who need to work on discoverability and persuading users to download, says Amir Ghodrati, director of market insights at mobile app analytics firm App Annie. Here are the six key steps you can take to get your mobile apps noticed:

Step 1: Be mindful of performance, functionality, and security

About one in four downloaded apps are opened once and never used again. Either the app does not match its description or it simply does not offer compelling functionality.

A common deficit in mobile apps is when they do only what your company’s website already does. There should be a reason to use the app instead of the website, such as geolocation and easy digital payment like with Apple Pay or Google Pay.

It’s critical that an app work smoothly and appear secure. If the app comes across like an amateur project, users will not trust it. That’s especially true in sensitive areas like health and finance. “People are absolutely freaked out if they’re doing something where they’re trying to transact something with finances,” such as using a credit card, and the app goes “glitchy,” says Peter Blair, vice president of marketing at Applause, which crowd-tests mobile applications and devices. Once a trust is broken, it can take a long time to win back a consumer if the brand is not strong enough.

For security, encryption is particularly is important to have applied to the data in your apps.

Step 2: Be aware of platform and geographical differences

Developers need to be aware that while users quickly adopt the latest version of iOS, the Android world is different. “Almost no one is on the latest Android,” Blair says. That fact matters greatly in how you design your app.

Having users on the same version of iOS makes it easier for developers, who do not have to worry about older versions of iOS not supporting new features, Ghodrati says. But Android apps can’t depend on the latest Android features, since few users will have that latest version. Android apps typically should be optimized to a version from two, even three years ago.

Apps also may need to be tweaked for specific countries because of cultural differences. “In Germany, it’s nice to have a German version but you can get away with English,” Blair says. “In France, you need to have a French version.” Then there are functional differences to consider, such as differing national laws on privacy protection and marketing to children.

Step 3: Get smart about ASO!

Developers need to pay attention to key search terms in app stores; tat process is known as app store optimization, and it applies to app store search just as much as to website search.

More than 65 percent of all downloads in the Apple App Store come from search, Ghodrati notes. You can use tools like App Radar, AppTweak, Google Keywords, and Sensor Tower to find the most-searched terms so you include them in your app descriptions. Looking at user reviews and competitors also reveals which keywords are being used.

For example, consider using the word “TV” for a video-streaming app, not just “streaming.” The word “streaming” has a lot of search volume, but a lot of popular apps use it so you’re competing with a huge number of other apps in the search results. Using a term such as “TV shows” might reduce that competition.

ASO is something that is critical for your app titles — a made-up or obscure name is a great way to become invisible in search. Yes, your description also counts, but also considering supplementing that unique app name with some appropriately descriptive text so people who see just the app name know what it does. Note that Google has a 30-character maximum for app titles, while Apple’s maximum is 50 characters.

Just be careful to not add irrelevant or low-relevance keywords to try to goose up your ASO. That will backfire, because the search engines know to look for such gaming and will down-rank you as a result, Blair says.

And don’t rely solely on keywords. Once people get to your app page, they need to be persuaded to download it. So, there should be enough information to convince potential customers to think the app is worth downloading.

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Step 4: Pick a good app icon

A seemingly minor detail like what the app icon looks like turns out to be important for developers. Icons provide the first opportunity to communicate an app’s purpose to would-be users.

“The simpler the better, and also be aware of color scheme,” Blair advises. Icons should be kept simple and recognizable, Ghodrati says. You can get a sense of good app icons searches in the app store to see what exists already in your category. That’ll help you both avoid looking like another app’s icon and get a sense for how you might stand out while remaining easily understood

Step 5: Test, test, and test again your mobile app

Testing is important throughout the development process. Yet some developers believe they can just put an app in the app stores and fix it if feedback indicates something is wrong. That’s too late, Blair cautions. “If users have a problem, they’ll just going to walk away from the app.” He recommends testing apps with a set of people who represent customers, and doing so over multiple iterations of the app as it is developed. “Don’t just wait to the end” to test, he advises.

Step 6: Encourage app store reviews and feedback

You should encourage reviews and feedback for your mobile app on the app stores. You might do that in the Help or Notes section of your app, for example.

“The ratings and feedback in the app store is just huge,” Blair notes. “Looking at those comments can help give you a good sense in terms of what part of an app is resonating with users or potentially causing issues,” Ghodrati says.

Just make sure you’re getting real reviews. Do not pay people or ask friends and family to put up fake reviews. People can quickly smell those fakes, and the odor is not pleasant. Plus, you risk a public backlash in comments by real users complaining about those fake reviews.

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BREAKING: Video Is Definitely Important For App Success And Can Increase Conversions By 60%

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App store optimization (ASO) is rising through the ranks to play an important role at all stages of app marketing. And new research shows how important video has become, helping marketers step up efforts to build their app’s brand, as well as contributing to the momentum of downloads.

It’s a key takeaway in VB Insight’s new study — “App store optimization – a practitioner’s guide to ASO,” authored by mobile analyst Peggy Anne Salz. The report draws on 35 interviews with ASO professionals and includes data from an informal survey of over 500 ASO users to map out app marketing best practices and identify the next big thing in ASO.

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And there’s no doubt about it — brand-building is top of the agenda, and video plays a significant part in determining if you fly high or fall flat.

The new study, launched today, examines the techniques and strategies used by the most successful developers with the largest number of monthly active users, and it reveals that video is the critical element they are using to drive interest, buzz, and downloads.

The timing is right for app developers and companies to borrow a page from successful consumer brands and engage in emotive and effective marketing using images that leave a lasting impression. Get it right, and you can hit it big, particularly if your video trailer or ad goes viral via a social network.

The data tells us the audience for video is there, and so is the massive opportunity to take your app to new heights — even if you don’t have millions to spend on mobile video ad formats, TV spots, and creatives.

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Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish developer, publisher, and distributor of blockbuster entertainment and apps (including Angry Birds), needs no convincing.

An Vu, user acquisition lead at Rovio, says video is a priority in the company’s wider app marketing strategy to build both audience and brand. She reports that the video trailer advertising Angry Birds 2 in the app store “improved conversion by 60 percent” and “cut CPI in half.” She also observes that “users from video ad networks have about 20 percent higher retention on average than other ad networks.”

“We have a good ROI on video but the real value is linked to the quality of users,” Vu said. “Their value is much higher because they are engaged in marketing that really shows, not just tells, the awesome features of our games that formats like icons, screenshots, and text descriptions simply can’t communicate.”

If you choose to make a video ad, keep in mind that providing a “‘sneak peek” of the app or game’s features doesn’t just get users super-excited about downloading your product to experience it first-hand. Andrew French, who leads the EMEA office for AdColony points out that it can shave a sizeable percentage off your overall UA budget.

“Video campaigns also cut down on wasted efforts and spend because users know precisely what they are getting into; they know what to expect, and they genuinely want the app for that reason,” French said. “The result is more users who are aligned with the app from the get-go and more likely to spend more time (and money) to savor the full experience.”

The idea is that users who come to your game via video ads and trailers may not end up being “whales,” but you can count on them to convert.

This dovetails with data from Nordcurrent, a developer and publisher of casual games based in Vilnius, Lithuania, best known for its addictive F2P Cooking Fever game, which has over 15 million monthly active users.

“Users who downloaded our game after watching a video were 50 percent more likely to convert to a paying user, compared with users that just watched a display ad,” Victoria Trofimova, CEO at Nordcurrent, said. She credits the positive results to a strategy built on viral creatives and a cautious approach to video rotation.

“When we introduce a new video, we do A/B testing with our advertising partners to check on how it performs compared to our other videos,” Trofimova said. “After if ticks all the boxes and hits all the KPIs, the video is included in the general rotation.”

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Last Apple Keynote: App Developers You Need To Update Your App Now, Here is Why

150622101047-apple-tim-cook-540x304-01Apple made a lot of announcements last monday at WWDC 2017, including the latest versions of iOS, macOS, and watchOS but there were also new changes on the App Store and your iTunesConnect console.

As you could have read already many updates have been made in the new iOs 11 such as: 

  • Siri’s Voice
  • Photos
  • Maps
  • Lock Screen
  • Lots of New Stuff for iPad
  • Messages
  • New App Store home page

But here at Supreme Media what we care the most about is the developer side of changes. 

And major changes have been made on iOs console and will directly impact ASO.

Apple has follow a bit more Google algorithm adding 2 new areas to give more details about the app itself:

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From 255 to 50 characters, the gap was huge and it looks like Apple noticed that sometimes app developers need a little bit of space to showcase their app and show to their audience its crucial features.

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Is it Apple going on Google Play path? Promotional text is something that already exists on Google play (80 characters area) and to allow the user to have a short description of the app on the preview page (just before you get on the app market page) which Apple was sadly missing. 

We don’t know yet if this area will be aggregated to the App Store Algorithm or will be as passive as the description.

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These changes will give app developers more space to describe their app and the chance to pick more keywords to be ranked on.

The consequences will be to be more visible on the store and it will allow you to increase your transformation rate by being more accurate and explicit to your audience. 

We have strong belief that the subtitle area will be aggregated to the keywords ranking algorithm of the Apple Store but nothing sure yet. 

It’s now Update time for developers around the world and it will definitely increase the Apple Review Time. 

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6 ASO Tips For More Effective Performance

1669-01An app launched on the app store, doesn’t guarantee its success. It doesn’t become an overnight sensation. There’s a lot of hard work that goes behind making an app successful and the hero of the story is App Store Optimization (ASO). A very broad term, ASO comprises of a lot of technicalities. Keywords indexing, app store research, etc. are just a few of the things that collectively form ASO. Let’s learn what ASO is and how its efficiency can be improved to strengthen app promotion.

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What Is App Store Optimization?

Before we take a dive into the process of enhancing the efficiency of ASO in favour of our app, let’s first understand what ASO is. ASO, an abbreviation for App Store Optimization, is the process of putting your app out in the front on the app store with the use of proper keywords, title, app description, etc. It is, in many ways similar to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) but, is strictly restricted to the optimization of app in the app store.

Why Do We Need ASO?

As discussed in the beginning, an app needs a propellant to become famous. ASO is the required fuel to propel your app to fame. With App Store Optimization applied properly, the app becomes visible to the users, thus, enhancing downloads of your app. It also helps in increasing the ratings and reviews of the app, in turn, increasing its demand.

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How To Increase ASO Algorithm Efficiency?

1. Appropriate String Length For App Title

The commonly accepted length of characters for an app title is in between 65-75 characters. The keywords have to be included in this range while keeping in mind that the keywords can’t be overused in a title. For best results, brevity in the title should be maintained and keywords should be used effectively and efficiently.

2. Using The Most Relevant Keywords

Any optimisation works in accordance with a trend. For your app to get indexed properly and show up in the search, it is highly important that relevant keywords are used. To find the relevant keywords, a proper analysis on the most searched keywords with respect to your app should be carried out. Observing the market trend can also help in providing a proper orientation to this process. A mobile application development company can come in handy to perform these enormous and time consuming tasks for you as they’ve the expertise and tools to perform the required analysis and research.

3. Frequency For ASO Updates

It is essential for app owners to periodically update their keywords, check for market trends, etc. This practice maintains your app’s relevance at all times in the app store. However, anything shouldn’t be overdone and it goes for mobile apps as well. Too much or too frequent changes in the optimisation process could make your difficult to locate by the users in the app store as they might be looking for something else while there would be different keywords indexing with your app, or there could be a title conflict where users might be searching for a different name while you’d have already changed it. Conversely, when used with caution, it can increase the app’s visibility. For example, including high ranking keywords in the app, using tools to monitor and analyse the trends and most importantly to wait patiently until the new keywords get indexed, can help the app in many ways. A mobile app development company can help in digging out the best keywords for your app because they know the market and the trends that can help popularise your app.

4. Know The Difference & Balance It Out

It is not always advisable to use only popular keywords or keywords that your competitors are using. It is advisable to use a mix of popular and competitive keywords because most of the times a user searches for an app using keyword(s) that are based on the type of app he’s looking for and not typically for an app that he knows about. For instance, if wants to use a restaurant app, he could just key in the words restaurant or food app. These are called short tail keywords. So, remember to prepare a homogenous mixture of appropriate keywords that are useful and work in favour of the app.

5. Shed The Excess Baggage

It is always good to know what’s holding you back and the reason for your lag. With the tools available, and the right mobile app marketing company by your side, analyse the keywords that are hindering the indexing process and/or are utilising the space unwantedly and delete them. This at times improves the app store ranking of the app, making it visible to the users.

6. Analyse The App Store Fashion

An app store search differs from a search engine indexing in a lot of ways viz., when a search is conducted on a search engine, the entire phrase is searched and the relevant keywords are indexed whereas, in an app store search, the search string is considerably small generally going up to a maximum of 4-5 words. Therefore, the title, description, and the content for the app in the app store must be kept precise and to the point.

Coda: App Store Optimization is ‘THE’ feature that promotes an app on the app store, and the future of an app depends entirely on how meticulously the ASO process is discussed and implemented as it can lift your app to glory or push it into obscurity. It is a powerful tool and should be used with precision and caution.

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5 Tips To Measure Your App Users Satisfaction

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When it comes to mobile app customers, there is no better friend and foe for a mobile app business, especially in the current market conditions. Earn the customer’s trust and they would be devoted to your brand but if you treat them poorly then the tables can turn towards you. In addition, the major issue is that only 5% of unhappy customers really express their discontents. And sometimes it might happen that some of them won’t even come back. So what can you really do to determine the satisfaction of your customers? Our Mobile Experts can help you increase organic downloads on your app, retain your customers on the long term and can also measure their satisfaction, check it out Here!

The most effective way to measure that is using feedback surveys and communicating directly with the customers. Being cautious regarding the customer experience and its influence on your business conversions is vital to the business’s success. Consider the following tips to measure the effectiveness of your app’s customer experience.

  • Analytic Tools

In order to get a clear picture of how the users are responding to your application, you need to understand the analytics. In addition to the integrated analytics tools provided by the app stores, there are many third-party analytics tools that can provide a more in-depth understanding about the app usage. The information provided by these tools range from user demographic to the location to data connection, in-app time sent, etc. Using this data, developers can fix the issues and can release a functional application. Moreover, the significant metrics to monitor when evaluating analytics tools include: Number of downloads, app usage, lifetime value of the user, retention rate, MAU and DAU, session length, average revenue per user.

  • In-app feedback

In-app feedback is a kind of personal interaction to get one-on-one and anonymous feedbacks from the users. This is to ensure that users can share their feedbacks internally without having to share it in front of other users as well as your app won’t have any bad ratings or reviews. As the reviews and ratings stay between the users and the mobile app developers, this would help you in building a positive public image along with building trust among the users.

  • App Session Tracking

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If your app has smaller sessions then it is possible that the users are having some sort of issue in accessing or operating the application or they aren’t interested anymore. Determine the number of time users spent on your mobile application as this may hint that you need to focus more on increasing engagement and time spent in-app. The important metrics for tracking sessions are session’s frequency, activity per sessions, average session length and bounce rate of various pages.

  • Evaluating Reviews and Ratings

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This is one of the most significant metrics in measuring the customer experience. Once your app is on the app Store, customers would react towards your application through ratings and reviews. This would allow the developers to understand the customer experience at an intrinsic level and figure out whether the user is facing any issues related to app crashing or whether any new feature needs to be added. If your app ratings fall or you have been getting negative reviews then take prompt action and solve the issues immediately.

  • User Demographics

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User demographics signifies the demographic data of customers i.e. location, age, gender, etc. This helps in customizing applications depending upon the user demographics as well as in increasing customer engagement due to the localization of the apps.

Delivering exceptional customer experience is as important as App Marketing. In order to gain more loyal customers, it is obligatory to keep tabs on what’s happening in the background and how the customers are responding to it. Thus, implement the above-mentioned metrics and tools as they can play a vital role in the growth of your application.

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App Development: 6 Challenges For Start-ups

Pokemon-go-01Along with the escalated competition in the app market, developing a functional mobile app has become quite a crucial task. This greatly impacts the start-up’s companies that are trying to set their foot down in the market – whether it’s their marketing or popularity. The audience out there is not at all interesting in seeing monotonous and identical apps. This leads to a fierce competition that creates many challenges for start-up companies when they decide to develop an application.

In the current market conditions, whether you are a technical or nontechnical start-up owner, if you are planning to develop a mobile application then you should definitely reconsider. According to a report by WMC- about 44589 new iOS apps were launched in 2013 i.e.

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1450 new apps every single day. Can you imagine the rise in the number in the coming few years? But, despite the growing numbers, only few could really make an impact in the app market.

Developing a mobile app is a backbreaking task. Even reaching the app store is quite a journey.

Below are some challenges encountered by mobile app developers while developing a mobile application:

  • App discovery

The primary objective of developing a mobile application is to make everyday life simpler and productive. Bearing this in mind, building an app that gets recognized is a demanding task.

There have been many good apps that were better than the successful l ones but the good ones didn’t get the investment it needed. App discovery is immensely related to your target audience, what type of service they are expecting, their financial background and many other aspects.

Thus, keep this in mind while you are choosing a developers team because it must be chosen cautiously.

  • Development approaches

The Mobile App Development domain is as vast as the sea. There are many development approaches from Hybrid mobile app development to Cross-Platform native app development and beyond.

Deciding upon the development approach would decide the framework & mock-ups, UI & UX and many other vital elements that are required for app development. Thus, user interaction is a totally related with choosing the right development approach.

  • Device Compatibility

The market is swarming with high-tech mobile brands and this presents many inevitable challenges from screen resolution to OS requirements to RAM and many other aspects and whether your app would run on a smartphone device or a certain tablet model or phablet. The major challenge would choose the right OS because for different OS you have to choose different SDK, UI & UX, framework & mock-ups, and various iteration processes.

The application you develop must be compatible with the most recent available version of particular OS as well as on the older version of the same OS. The practical solution would be to develop an app for each different platform available if you have sufficient investment.

ASO often abbreviated as App Store Optimization is the process of optimizing mobile apps to get higher ranks in the search results. Just like SEO is for websites ASO is for mobile applications.

The better your ASO, the more likely your app will reach thousands of devices. Moreover, ASO also includes a vital component of ‘App Store Rating’ & ‘App Store ranking’.

Being a start-up, developing a mobile application can be tiring as well as astounding. Thus, before you start your app’s development process, it would be sensible to examine the market and determine the influential aspects.

ASO can be done in-house, or with the help of a single seasoned ASO consultant like Supreme Media with a track record of well-optimized apps for better efficiency

  • Performance vs. Battery

Different parameters such as app design, UI, user interaction are critical, but you should not forget the major factors i.e. Performance & Battery consumption.

If you get successful in developing an app with high-end performance; a bug-free app that functions on minimum power, then this challenge can be overcome. Developer team has to be careful when choosing the right development tool and be specific about specifications of the device as well.

  • Investment Required

After you decide the app development approach, to actually develop an application requires sufficient amount of money (for example, hiring designers or developers in case you are not familiar with the programming field). Mobile app development is not a one-time investment because after an app is fully developed; adding new features or iteration necessitates an adequate amount of money.
Market Competition

After you successfully develop an app, the next step is to launch it in the app market. Being a start-up venture, the biggest challenge is to stick out from the rest while creating an application.

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5 Mobile App budgeting Mistakes (You Should Please) Avoid In 2017

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Mobile app budgeting is an undertaking which most of the businesses are not adequately equipped with. Regardless of the number of organizations understanding the importance of planning a mobile app budget, there are in fact very less number of companies that really grasps the essence of what it really takes to build a user-friendly, fully-functional mobile app. This knowledge difference is the reason why many underestimate the significance of the resources, budget and time they require in building a valuable product. Check out the five mobile app budgeting mistakes companies make and you as an entrepreneur can avoid:

App Marketing or what we can also call App Store Optimization plays a vital role in driving user acquisition and growth and as the app market has become highly competitive, just like any other service or product, your mobile applications also need to be promoted in order to rank higher in an App Store’s search results. But all too often, the aspect of marketing takes the backseat.

Most of the entrepreneurs while paying attention to the mobile app development process, forgets to focus on App Store Optimization altogether. And this is how they fail to capture customer’s attention for their app. Setting up a budget for app marketing will help you familiarize people about the benefits and usability of your app which in turn would lead to more downloads and profits.

  • Prioritizing App’s UI

Even though a powerful UI can boost the user engagement, the app functionality is what delivers the actual benefit. To make the app appear more attractive, entrepreneurs focus more on UI (user interface) but overlook the app’s functionality. If you want to build an app with great user experience then you need to set a proper budget for its back-end infrastructure which will ultimately bring forth a business boosting app.

  • Excluding Cross-platform app development

Many entrepreneurs set up their budget only for a single platform and are oblivious to the involvement of cross-platform development which eventually restricts the possibilities of gaining more profit from their app. As customers today are divided on numerous platforms thus incorporating cross-platform mobile app development in your business strategy can help fabricate functionality that serves the need of large section of end-users.

  • Thinking Mobile apps and websites are correlated

Websites and Mobile apps both are two different elements and you cannot set the budget of your app taking into consideration the budget of your website. Developing a mobile app involves more complexities which add to the overall cost, thus it requires more budget than developing a website.

The above-mentioned five aspects are highly important mobile app budgeting factors. However, they are generally altogether absent when budget propositions are being formulated. If you haven’t contemplated these aspects, then you have only planned a budget for your project, not a functional, feasible mobile app.

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APP MARKETING: HOW TO MAKE YOUR APP SUCCESSFUL?

3640-01Driving app downloads and retaining users are among the biggest challenges facing developers and marketers, especially in today’s overcrowded marketplace.

There’s an estimated 2.2 million apps in the Apple App Store alone, with another 2.8 million in the Google Play store as of March 2017. How will your app stand out amid these millions of competing apps? It’s not anymore enough to have just a good app – you will need to be one of the best in the world when it comes to app promotion.

Ensuring that app download numbers are up and user engagement is created is crucial to the success of any app, but at least 90% of new users are lost within the first 4 weeks and are unlikely to come back.

Furthermore, only about 1% of the new users are still active by the end of 6 months.

Here are five areas all app developers and marketers should focus on to help retain customers on the long term and increase user rates:

  • Understand your customer’s’ intent

While this should go without saying, developers and marketers too frequently forget who their audience is.

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That’s a critical oversight, especially when executing tactics to drive further engagement. Sending a message or coupon based on an action performed by the user in the moment, or not long thereafter, will be more successful than sending the same message to all users.

The more precise you can segment, the more likely you’ll drive the engagement and conversion you’re looking for.

  • Serve an untapped market

Snapchat continues to be one of the most popular apps, year-after-year.

While it rose to prominence based on its unconventional approach to messaging, it has remained on the top of the charts because the developers didn’t stop there.

grow the application’s functionality to fill new gaps and reach new audiences

The developers identified a unique need in the market, then they developed a product they knew would have high adoption rates, and then they focused on growing the application’s functionality to fill new gaps and reach new audiences.

What was just a novelty messaging tool, became an important global media platform.

Studies have shown that majority of the apps are discovered accidentally through searching app stores. Unlike search engine algorithms, best practices or app store search algorithms are not available for public so the best way to go about it is by sticking to the basics: Keywords, Downloads and Ratings. The better the ratings are, the more the chances of app being found are. Of course, the keywords being used are equally important—they should not be generic and must focus on the target market specifically

  • Nurture your relationships

Your role doesn’t stop at the user downloading your app, that was the easy part of your job – the hardest is now in retaining that user.

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But many marketers and developers will drop the ball, ignoring the type of engagement tactics that will keep your users coming back to your app.

always think how you can enhance or personalise experiences

To keep the connection with your users alive, make sure you are always thinking of how you can enhance or personalise their experiences. Remember to engage them on an ongoing basis to form a relationship and give them new reasons they should continue to use your app.

It’s about making your product ‘stick’ and become indispensable to the user.

  • Feedback leads to progress

It’s essential to listen to feedback from your users, as they have the most interaction with your app and are the ones whose suggestions for improvement should be taken into consideration.

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Keep a close eye on your ratings, app reviews and always be thinking of how you can incorporate their feedback to develop a better version of your app.

Instagram is a fantastic example of an app staying on top of user feedback. With an algorithm change back in March of last year, Instagram focused on feeding users with more relevant images, improving user experience.

  • Leave room for growth

When Pokemon Go was launched in July of last year, it quickly became a global phenomenon, reaching over 500 million downloads within five months.

But that craze was short lived, and Pokemon Go startedlosing millions of users a day. The reason why can be debated, but it’s likely there was insufficient further development to maintain user engagement long term.

Understanding how to continue to incentivize users beyond the initial launch is a key in ensuring your retention numbers remain high.

Our Mobile Experts can help you retain your customers on the long term, Check it out here!

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A guide On How To Choose App Store Screenshots

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A beginner’s guide:

Here’s an interesting question — How many of you read an app’s description before downloading?

Less than 2% , apparently. And obviously, only a fraction of those read it completely. Since users are not interested in reading the description of your app, what other aspects of your store listing can you use to attract potential users? Simple, app screenshots. All one needs to do before downloading an app is to look at the screenshots, read the first few lines of the description without clicking on ‘More’ and decide.

Since App Store screenshots play an important role in getting new users to try your app, lets’ take a look at some ground rules which will help you make your screenshots perfect.

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  • Use all the slots

Both iOS App Store and Mac App Store allow you to upload a maximum of 5 screenshots for an app. However, many developers, especially on the Mac App Store do not utilize all the screenshot slots that are available. In most cases, one cannot represent everything their app can offer in less than 5 screenshots. So, it’s always advisable to use all the screenshot slots Apple provides you.

  • Narrate a story

Pick the screenshots of your app in action, not mocks or edited ones. Screenshots you use on your store listing should look natural. They should be a virtual walk-through for anyone who is evaluating whether or not to download your app.

  • Highlight key featuresMost apps have a signature feature/s that differentiates itself from other apps. App Store screenshots are probably the best place to showcase these features. Make sure that at least a couple of your star features are showcased in the set of screenshots you upload.
  • Add text to images

Imagine a comic strip in which all the talk bubbles are empty. Even if it might be one of the greatest comic strip in the world, no one would get it. The same applies to App Store screenshots too. Use crisp text that describes your screenshots concisely. Choose background colors which suit your app’s appearance.

  • Test your screenshots

If you have an Android app, you get an added advantage of A/B testing your screenshots. This gives developers a chance to see which screenshots are working for their target audience. You can choose the split ratio i.e if you want to do a 50–50 or a 60–40 A/B.

Though the App Store does not have this option, it is recommended that you change and evaluate your screenshots from time to time till you are satisfied. Track metrics like Product Page Views to Downloads to see which screenshots are performing better.

Mobile experts from Supreme Media have been testing screenshots on (iOS and Android) and have got a lot of learnings for increasing downloads by experimenting our screenshots.

Check it out here to estimate for free how many downloads could our mobile experts bring to your App!

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