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This presentation was given at the App Promotion Summit in London on 11 July 2013. ...

This presentation was given at the App Promotion Summit in London on 11 July 2013.
Want to give your app the best chance of success?. This presentation gives you the top things you need to consider before you launch your app. The presentation includes

- How the 'App Store Funnel' works
- What the app store owners are looking for
- How to reach the key media

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  • only 2% of the top 250 publishers on iOS are new developers versus 3% on Google Play (distimo May 2013)
  • Bad reviews can kill your app as quickly as it appeared. Customers are savvy
  • customers make snap decisions and heavily rely on visuals to make a decision select good screenshots and enhance with annotations invest in a video the icon should be eye catching the name should be clear and relate to what the app does. Think about embedding a keyword in the name
  • Apple is about hardware so your apps should be innovative and showcase features of their device (retina, graphics etc.) Pre-empt new features in new product launch cycles. Google don’ t want to see lazy iOS ports so proper conversion is essential (resolution, back buttons etc.) Google are more measured – launch, test, refine, good ratings = maybe featured Samsung pre-loads onto every device
  • have a media plan to generate some pre-launch hype get your timing right – no need to launch on approval day for iOS write a strong press release build a comprehensive list of your target media verticals understand the media Zero guarantees with the media post news on key forums such as Touch Arcade brands – utilise available touchpoints (PR, social media, online, SEO, in-store, email etc.) app store editorial support is the holy grail but few people can get it or promise it

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  • top 10 tips for app store success James Kaye, director, dimoso
  • blimey! that’s a lot of apps • Apple’s App Store hit 900k apps in June 2013 (375k of which are for iPad), Android is also around that number • 50 billion apps have been downloaded so far on iOS and 48 billion on Android • Juniper Research projects a sharp rise in app downloads from 80 billion on 2013 to 160 billion in 2017- due to developing countries moving to smartphones & more freemium apps. 40% of downloads expected to be games
  • how many downloads do I need? a free iPhone app in the US needs 70k+ downloads a day to reach the top 10. Paid-for app needs 4k downloads (distimo)
  • how many downloads do I need?
  • app marketing – where’s the love? • AppFlood’s June 2013 survey of over 1000 small, medium and large developers found that over 78% had allocated $5,000 or less for marketing • only 9% of small developers had used a specialist PR agency versus 18% of medium/large developers
  • what are the main challenges? • the odds are against you • marketing still an afterthought • the barrier to entry continually rising • consumers are fickle • small developers lacking core skills • lack of app marketing expertise • large companies need internal facilitators • huge amount of apps appearing all the time • no magic bullet “Hope is not a strategy” Rudolph Giuliani
  • tip 1 - quality & more quality • the number 1 rule of app success • benchmark! • be unique/different • test and get feedback • stand out to secure reviews • customers can smell a rat • Apple and Google love quality and polish
  • tip 2 – have a strategy What formats will I launch on ? What formats will I launch on ? What’s my marketing plan? What’s my marketing plan? What’s my launchstrategy? What’s my launchstrategy? What is my app for ? What is my app for ? Is my app anygood ? Will itcreate buzz? Is my app anygood ? Will itcreate buzz? How will Iposition myapp? How will Iposition myapp? Why is my app better than the competition? Why is my app better than the competition? What does my app do? What does my app do? What ‘s my testingand user feedbackplan? What ‘s my testingand user feedbackplan? What’s mypost-launchplan? What’s mypost-launchplan? What’s my business model? What’s my business model? Self publish orpublisher? Self publish orpublisher?
  • tip 3 – the app store funnel
  • tip 4 – first impressions count • consumers make snap decisions • select good screenshots and video • the icon should be eye catching • the name should be clear and relate to what the app does. Think about embedding a keyword in the name “It’s unfortunate, but I don’t have time to download and test every app that comes out…. A video takes just seconds to watch and can be the difference in whether an app gets a longer look.” Barbara Holbrook, Editor in Chief, at Appcraver. “The bottom line: imperfect app names force shoppers to work harder, and that will mean fewer downloads. For all of the time you put into developing the app, isn’t the name worth the added effort?” Interbrand
  • tip 5 – understanding the app store owners • each has different motivations • Apple sells hardware • Apple are kingmakers • Apple likes accessibility • Google don’t want to see lazy iOS ports • Google are more measured • Amazon is new and emerging but their devices are not as powerful • don’t forget Samsung!
  • tip 6 - get to grips with ASO • ASO- App Store Optimisation • discovery is largely through browsing the app stores • invest in an ASO tools for iOS – Searchman, Appcodes • factor in language variants • use someone who knows what they are doing !
  • tip 7 - spread the word • have a media plan • get your timing right • be clear, concise and to the point • build a comprehensive list of your target media verticals • understand the media • zero guarantees with the media • post news on key forums such as Touch Arcade • brands – utilise available touchpoints • app store editorial support is the holy grail but few people can get it or promise it
  • tip 7 - spread the word • websites still matter! Great for SEO • integrate with video, social media and links to reviews • video is essential and YouTube is the 2nd biggest search engine in the world! • build hype on Facebook and Twitter. Use it for feedback and build community. engage passionate advocates on a deeper level
  • tip 8- get to grips with mobile advertising • there’s a myriad of networks and acquisition methods – CPA, CPD, RTB, social, blind, premium, install exchanges etc • it only really works for freemium apps of you want an ROI • don’t try this at home – specialist planning agencies are the best route • your product needs to be good! • Prepare to spend…BIG • be in it for the long game – testing, tweaking and testing are key • understand your numbers – in-app analytics and customer insight/metrics are key. knowing your ARPU, ARPPU, LTV is key to effective CPA’s…
  • tip 9 – get cross promoting • cross promote across all your apps • use updates as a cross promotion tool (iOS7 may remove this)
  • tip 10 – knowledge is power • tracking your app performance and how it is being used is crucial for insight and driving later versions • undertake deeper insight into your app and how people engage with it • use free tools such as Flurry Analytics • track your app store performance with sites such as App Annie. Distimo and App Figures • set up free Google Alerts to track media coverage
  • so what does all this mean? • It all boils down to quality - customers know good from bad • the bar is rising • app promotion is an ever evolving art • first impressions count • brands have the advantage of existing channels that should be utilised • be in it for the long haul • work with experts – PR, media buying, ASO • there is no one solution for success
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  • get in touch dimoso +44 20 7033 2660 www.dimoso.com @dimosoagency