The number of apps available in the Apple App and Google Play stores is so huge, and growing so explosively, that more often than not most apps get lost in the pile. But there are a few key ways to help an app get to the top of the heap and discovered and downloaded by mobile users.
In many ways, increasing app visibility is much like developing a paid and organic search campaign, using data on how consumers interact with apps to seek them out to maximise apps’ chances of getting noticed and downloaded.
In a recent report from BI Intelligence, we unpack just how crowded the app store really is, then look at how consumer behaviour around app downloads have changed. We then explain how this informs the key techniques app developers can use to help push their app into the top rankings.
Here are some of the key techniques for getting your app seen and downloaded:
- Pay close attention to pricing: Apps that debut at one price and then are discounted show a huge spike in downloads, according to data from Distimo. Another option is “freemium” apps, which are free but consumers pay for other services within the app. These apps generate the most revenue.
- Categories Matter: In Apple’s App Store, games are by far and away the most popular app category, at 17%, and they make up an even greater share of featured apps. In the Google Play store, personalisation apps are the most popular, which allow users to customise their mobile devices.
- Don’t Forget About Other App Stores: While Apple and Google account for the vast majority of app downloads, there are many other app stores out there, and these have the advantage of a much less crowded marketplace. Especially in markets like China, placing an app in an alternative app store can help it find a huge audience.
- Choose Your App Name Carefully: When choosing an app name, most App Store Optimization (ASO) specialists suggest including specific words to indicate the purpose of your app. Short app names may be detrimental.
- Use The Right Keywords In Your App Description: Loading up on keywords in your app’s description can help raise your app to the top of app market search results. Use words that help “trigger” app store algorithms. Some ASO specialists even suggest picking your keywords based on the most-searched terms on Google AdWords.
In full, the report:
- Looks at the crowded app marketplace and how it’s affected consumer download trends.
- Compares iOS to Android in terms of development opportunity.
- Examines what app stores are out there beyond Apple and Google Play.
- Unpacks App Store Optimization (ASO).
- Considers the most effective paid app advertising strategy.
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