Posted on February 29, 2020
App Store Screenshots are vital to an app’s conversion rates. These images should inform users of a variety of the app’s features and functionality, be visually engaging when viewed on a device (whether in light mode or dark mode) and utilize callout text along with in-app visuals. For today’s App Store Spotlight, we take the popular social networking app Amino and assess its Screenshot strategy.
Posted on February 28, 2020
Apple’s Volume Purchase Program can help organizations purchase a large number of apps for their staff and employees. In order to extend these benefits to educational institutions, Apple has introduced the Apple School Manager. For app developers hoping to reach schools and universities, this could be a helpful tool for App Store Optimization.
Posted on February 27, 2020
Apple’s App Store Guidelines have updated with a new requirement for mobile games available in China. Starting this July, any mobile game available in mainland China will be required to have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) or be removed from the store. Developers with apps available in China should be aware of what they must do to keep their app available and how this can affect their App Store Optimization.
Posted on February 25, 2020
The App Description serves multiple functions on an app listing. It informs users about the app’s functionality to drive conversions, builds relevancy for keywords and provides legal information and disclaimers like payment policies. For this week’s App Store Spotlight, we take a look at LINE, a popular messaging app, and see how its App Store Description is utilized as part of its App Store Optimization.
Posted on February 22, 2020
App Store Optimization (ASO) is a term that gets brought up frequently when discussing mobile app marketing, and for good reason. ASO can help a developer reach a wider audience and improve installs, but first-time app developers and founders may not be sure where to start. If you’re a first-time founder looking to understand App Store Optimization, here is what you need to know for getting started with ASO, metrics you need to understand and what
Posted on February 21, 2020
An App Store Video can provide users with their first look at an app or mobile game. It shows the app in action, demonstrates graphics and animation and sets user expectations. A good video can improve conversions by up to 25%, although a poor video could have an inverse effect. For this week’s App Store Spotlight, we take a look at Sky: Children of the Light and see how its video is designed to attract and convert users.
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Posted on February 20, 2020
The Apple App Store has adjusted several of its app categories for both the iOS and Mac stores. This shift could impact app rankings across the store as apps are shifted. Developers should be aware of these changes and how it might impact their App Store Optimization.
The new categories are:
Posted on February 14, 2020
App Store Screenshots can give a user their first look at the app, so it’s important they make a good impression. When an app relies on seasonality, such as Valentine’s Day apps, it’s equally important that they use their screenshots to capitalize on the holiday with thematically appropriate imagery. For this week’s App Store Spotlight, we take a look at Hidden Objects Valentine’s Day to see how its App Store Screenshots utilize seasonality and how
Posted on February 13, 2020
App Store Connect recently started displaying a notification that there has been an issue with reporting impression and conversion data. Over the past several months, many apps saw shifts in impressions and conversions around mid-September, particularly with the Browse and Search sources. In fact, some developers had reported conversion rates of over 100%- a metric that simply is not possible. Apple has started to address this issue and reports that
Posted on February 11, 2020
Apple Search Ads can help an app appear at the top of search results for terms they target. Since this is important for visibility and App Store Optimization, it’s common for developers to target terms they already rank #1 for as a defensive strategy to protect their strongest keywords and brand name. When this happens, it may feel redundant for the same app to appear twice in a row. A recent update to Apple Search Ads has addressed this by changing
Posted on February 8, 2020
The App Store Description is what gives users important details about an app. It should be engaging, informative and easy to read. “Tap Cats: Epic Card Battle CCG,” a mobile game available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, is the subject of this week’s App Store Spotlight, where we see how its App Store Description works on each storefront.
Posted on February 6, 2020
Pre-order apps help create early buzz for an app or mobile game and build downloads for its launch. When preparing an app for pre-order, developers should be sure to consider App Store Optimization best practices and use the pre-launch period as time to fully optimize their app for when it goes live.