Perhaps one of the simplest techniques for upping your app downloads is localisation or internationalization, which basically involves reworking your app to fit into a local market, with the most obvious step — but far from the only only one — being to translate your app into the native language.
Doing so can have an extremely positive effect on an app’s popularity in a local market, with analytics firms reporting increases of over 100% in downloads and 25% in revenues.
Translation on its own may be the biggest factor in shooting your app up the market rankings, but it is only the first step in the localisation and internationalization process.
We examine the current difficulty in navigating the app stores, analyse the best solutions for ensuring your app gets a good rank, and detail the important considerations for an app owner — including app consumer insights, app pricing, app marketing, and app store optimization — that could impact whether an app remains visible in the app store.
Here’s a quick breakdown of why app store marketing involves more than just uploading an app and crossing your fingers:
- App Localisation: Perhaps one of the simplest techniques for upping overseas app downloads is location or internationalization, which basically involves reworking your app to fit into a local market. Proper localisation involves going beyond translation and reformatting many characteristics of your app that may seem minimal, but may make all the difference in a specific market. App localisation service Applingua points out several characteristics to monitor, including time, date, and currency formatting, and providing links to local sites and services. The end goal of app localisation is to refine the user experience so that it’s just as seamless for a user in China, or France as it is for a U.S.-based user.
- App Consumer Insights: It’s important to understand how users approach app markets, what aspects of apps draw them in, and their use cases for these apps. According to Compuware, about 85% of global mobile device owners surveyed stated that they prefer to use a mobile app, with the primary reasons being convenience, efficiency, and overall ease of use. Consumers are using apps more, but it’s getting tougher to displace apps that have already found their way into consumer lives. It’s no longer enough to be the shiny new app in the store and get a few write-ups in the tech press. That’s why app marketing has become an important trend.
- App Pricing: The price tag of apps has a marked effect on consumer demand and app store engagement, and considering price is essential to securing strong visibility, sustained popularity, and continued user engagement. The app analytics firm Distimo analysed the impact of price changes across the top 400 apps globally for iPhone and iPad in December 2012. In the Apple App Store, iPhone apps that dropped in price showed a 1,665% increase in download volume over the next five days (compared to the preceding five days). iPad apps showed a similar trend at 871% growth in download volume. Free and freemium apps tend to draw in the lion’s share of app downloads and revenue, wit in-app purchases within free apps constituting 71% of total iPhone App Store revenue for February 2013.
- App Marketing: It is also crucial to understand which app categories are garnering the most consumer attention, and also how different global mobile trends can affect your app’s visibility in different countries. It’s worth looking at the top app categories for Google Play and iOS, since users sometimes browse through category pages for apps to download. There are a number of benefits to featuring your app on a global scale, as many markets have idiosyncrasies that make them difficult to target — forcing developers to think beyond the bounds of the two principal app stores, Google Play and iOS.
- App Store Optimization, ASO: The new big thing in app marketing is App Store Optimization, or ASO. ASO is all about improving your app’s chances at achieving high visibility. The end-goal of ASO — and the growing crop of vendors that offer ASO services — is to help drive app traffic, achieve a high ranking, and enhance the visibility of your app in ways analogous to how SEO experts help websites drive traffic through search engines. Several factors are typically optimised in an ASO effort, including app name, keywords, icons and screen shots, and ratings and reviews. Maintaining these characteristics will help tailor your app for greater app store exposure.
- Examines the current difficulty in navigating the App Store
- Analyses the best solutions for ensuring your app gets a good rank
- Detail the important considerations for an app owner – including app consumer insights, app pricing, app marketing, and app store optimization – that could impact whether an app remains visible in the app store.