TIP: Use Available Analytics to Understand Your OS Demographic

A key part of knowing your demographic is the operating system of your user. Analyze your downloads, site traffic and other reports which can break down traffic by OS to help determine which platforms are doing well and which need some help. Use this informaiton to cater specific campaigns to these audiences.

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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: Add a Personal Note When Submitting Your App

Although the app submission process is automated, add a personal touch by leaving a personal note in the release notes area of your submission. Highlight what you feel sets you apart. Indicate what new APIs you may have used. Give the reviewers on the other end a reason to remember your app, it could work in your favor.

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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: Don’t Waste Keywords When Submitting

iOS applications only allow for 100 characters for your keywords when submitting your app. This poses quite a challenge when you have a list of words you would like to include. To give yourself room, don’t enter words that are already in your app name as your name will already be counted as metadata. Additionally, there is no need for spaces between commas in your list which should help free up some more space.

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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: Choose the Right Screenshots to Sell Your App

The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words has never been truer than in the app store. Apart from your icon, your screenshots are the only other visual the user has to make their decision on downloading. Avoid wasting shots on loading screens and head right into showing your content and functionality. Put screenshots in sequence of what sets you apart first rather than trying to be true to the flow of the app. If your USP is video then put video first. And don’t bother with your loading screen, unless it is something really out of the box to showcase.

TIP: Choose your Category Strategically to Help Users Find You

Do your homework when it comes time to choose the category your application will be placed in within the app store. You want to consider both the logical choice as well as where you will make the most impact. Take a look at where you competition is and is not. If your app straddles a line between two categories and you feel one has less competition, use that as an opportunity to stand out.

TIP: Create a Wave of Activity to Spike Downloads

Spread out your app releases and marketing efforts to spike download and usage activity, especially if you find yourself in the charts. Timing is key for marketing and you will want to make sure that you don’t waste valuable marketing opportunities on an overstimulated audience. Don’t be afraid to let your chart rank or buzz come down a bit before you hit the market with another reason to use your application.

TIP: Design your App Icon to Stand Out From the Crowd

Your app icon, in many ways, is as important if not more important than your app name. It has the most real estate in the app stores and especially on a user’s homescreen. Make sure to spend the effort and the resources on your app icon so that it will compel users to download and open your app. Keep it simple. Avoid too much text. And be creative.

TIP: Only Send Users to Your Download Page

Using your app store app page as the destination for your marketing is a smart idea but one problem is visibility of traffic to this page. Increase your monitoring by using a link shortening & tracking service like bit.ly or create a page re-direct from your own website. Not only will you be able to better understand how many people checked out your app page, you will have created a much smaller and better looking URL to use for marketing purposes (especially Twitter).

TIP: Get Rated to Move Up the Charts

Downloads are the first step but its usage that the app stores are starting to look at to build their charts and features. Increase your ratings and reviews by building in areas in your app to request this from your users. Update your “About” or “Info” area with a call to action to “Rate us” or be more aggressive by creating a pop-up which asks users to give feedback.

TIP: Social Networks Need Marketing Too!

Social networks like Facebook are powerful marketing tools which can provide you with great insight into who your audience is and help market your app through social reach. But just like your app it isn’t a “build it and they will come” situation. You need to let people know! Your marketing efforts should include a strategy to increase your following. Highlight your social networks in your marketing collateral, your website, on your app app page and even in your app.

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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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