The Little App Developer That Could [INFOGRAPHIC]

The results from this year’s Annual App Developer Survey showed the tenacity and long term success of app developers.

81% of app developers said that they would not abandon their app despite the same amount not making enough money to support a standalone business. Like last year, app developers are having a hard time breaking even with their app, but we saw that those developers that stick it out and market their app (3 years+) are seeing some great success, some earning over $500,000+.

The tenacity and long term success reminded us of the story the Little Engine that Could which inspired this year’s Infographic found below.

For a full review of results from our 2013 App Developer Survey, download our Free white paper “Slow and Steady Wins the Race”.

The Importance Of App Store Optimization

ASO 5-Part Series: Part 1 – What is ASO

Discovery is one of the major challenges for any app developer regardless of platform. Being able to be found and stand out in the sea of applications is critical to success for an application. This is getting more and more difficult as more and more apps go live each day.

The app stores were created to aid developers in discovery of their applications but as app inventory continues to grow at a rapid pace, they are unable to assist all of the applications in the same way they did when smartphone and tablet apps first launched back in 2008.

It has become more and more important for developers and app publishers to take matters into their own hands and market their applications to increase visibility to improve downloads for their application.

One of the ways that app developers can better the discovery of their app is through optimization of their product page within the app store. This is called ASO or App Store Optimization. The goal of ASO is to enhance the major product page elements to improve search discovery, increase chances of standing out in a list view and better the salability of the page to convert to download or purchase.

App Store Optimization touches upon all elements of your app’s product page – your name, category, icon, screenshots and even the product description & keywords you use to describe and sell your app.

The key concept behind ASO is to take a look at these elements from a user’s perspective to ensure that they are working hard to market and sell your app. In essence, ASO makes sure that your product page elements are clear, convincing as well as creative. It strives to remove any ambiguity in what your product offers and attempts to cut through the noise around you to ensure that your app can rise above the rest whether a user finds your app in search results or views it in a category list.

To perform App Store Optimization you need to look to your competitors, your users and employ the use of some key app tools. In this 5-part series, we will be breaking down the steps to perform App Store Optimization to improve the performance of your name, app icon, screenshots and your product description.

The benefits of ASO are great:

  • Improve search results and immediate app comprehension within app store lists with an optimized name
  • Take advantage of app ranking opportunities through our category and sub-category recommendations
  • Improve brand recall and rapid app comprehension and increase conversion with icon & screenshots suggestions
  • Increase salability and improve search discovery with a SEO focused Product Description

We hope to get you thinking about your product page as not just a bunch of last minute elements required to get your app live upon submission, but rather some key and free marketing opportunities which you have at your disposal to better the chance of app success.

TIP: Use Your App Store Product Page as a Marketing Opportunity

Your app store app page is not just a mandatory step in the submisison process…it’s a key marketing opportunity. Make sure to maximize the description and screenshot areas by using the given characters and screen options. This is your chance to sell that user on why they should tap to download, so use it.

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Every Tuesday App Promo will be providing tips on app marketing and promoting applications based on their experience leading marketing campaigns for applications across platform. These tips are like regular marketing vitamins aimed to boost discovery and visibility for app publishers to better succeed in the business of their apps.

@App-Promo presentation #mbootcamp 5/25/13 Toronto, ON

Screen Shot 2013-05-25 at 4.33.22 PMThanks for all those who attended the #mbootcamp today in Toronto, Ontario.  As promised, please find enclosed a link to the presentation deck. As a thank you for all those who attended, if you download the deck and follow us @Apppromo, a random draw will be made and some will win a free @Apppromo ASO Package.  See it pays to listen 🙂 

TIP: Toot Your Own Horn

Did you reach number on in your category? Have you increased your user base by 200% in a short amount of time. Are you seeing more mobile usage in your app than your site? Announce all of your wins! Use them as a core part of your continued app marketing. Including a statistic or a number in your release will increase it’s effectiveness.

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Every Tuesday App Promo will be providing tips on app marketing and promoting applications based on their experience leading marketing campaigns for applications across platform. These tips are like regular marketing vitamins aimed to boost discovery and visibility for app publishers to better succeed in the business of their apps.

TIP: Use Updates to Communicate & Market to Existing Users

Marketing to get new users to download is important but so is an active user base. Don’t forget to market to your current users as well. A great way to do this is through your Updates. When you update your app the user is notified that something is new putting your app top of mind. Using release notes is also a good time to thank users, elicit reviews and definitely sell the new features you are bringing them (or what’s to come).

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Every Tuesday App Promo will be providing tips on app marketing and promoting applications based on their experience leading marketing campaigns for applications across platform. These tips are like regular marketing vitamins aimed to boost discovery and visibility for app publishers to better succeed in the business of their apps.

TIP: Spend Time and Effort on Your App Icon

Perhaps more important than your app name is your app icon. Like any logo, your icon is your app branding so be sure to put a lot of thought and effort into it’s creation. A good icon should high quality, attention grabbing and convey the feel of your app in seconds. Your app will be your visual cue for your mobile app and should be used in all your marketing.

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Every Tuesday App Promo will be providing tips on app marketing and promoting applications based on their experience leading marketing campaigns for applications across platform. These tips are like regular marketing vitamins aimed to boost discovery and visibility for app publishers to better succeed in the business of their apps.

TIP: Maximize Search Results in App Stores By Using Keywords

Identify and utilize as many keywords as possible in your description. It is thought that stores, like the Android Market, crawl the description and consider it for ranking in the search results. List your features, highlight your content, describe your niche and increase your position in the search results.

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Every Tuesday App Promo will be providing tips on app marketing and promoting applications based on their experience leading marketing campaigns for applications across platform. These tips are like regular marketing vitamins aimed to boost discovery and visibility for app publishers to better succeed in the business of their apps.

TIP: Focus on the The Big 3 – Name, Icon and Ratings

App store users, like all mobile users, scan and snack. They go through a list of apps and stop at those that grab their attention. In an app store list you only have your name, your icon and your ratings to stand out from the crowd. And only have seconds to make that impact. Users aremostly downloading directly from lists without even visiting the full app page. Maximize your chance of being one of these apps by spending special care on your app name, icon and gaining ratings to stand out from the crowd.

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Every Tuesday App Promo will be providing tips on app marketing and promoting applications based on their experience leading marketing campaigns for applications across platform. These tips are like regular marketing vitamins aimed to boost discovery and visibility for app publishers to better succeed in the business of their apps.

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