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Forest App Store Spotlight

Forest App Store Spotlight

Posted on August 27th, 2019

Smart phones. For all the value they bring to work and life, smart phones can sometimee be a distraction. One of the millions of apps that aims to solve this problem is Forest, an app that turns time spent away from the phone into points that users can redeem to help plant real trees. The app can help trees grow, but is it built in a way to help its keyword rankings and visibility grow in the App Store and Play Store? For this week’s App Store Spotlight, we turn our focus to Forest.

How App Ratings Impact Downloads

How App Ratings Impact Downloads

Posted on August 24th, 2019

After all the time and energy developers spend on creating their apps, a positive rating and review can be a welcome sight. They can signal to the developer that their hard work has paid off, and they’ve created something users are liking. Ratings are for more than just a developer, though – they also signal to both users and the stores if an app is worth their attention. As such, app ratings can impact downloads and App Store Optimization in several ways.

App Store Changes 17+ Age Category for Improved Availability

App Store Changes 17+ Age Category for Improved Availability

Posted on August 23rd, 2019

The app market is a global force, so developers often want their apps to be available in several different regions. Until recently, certain apps were unavailable in South Korea, due to age restrictions on content. To help with this, Apple has updated the criteria for age ratings on apps made available within the region. This allows apps with certain content to be available there. However, part of the change is impacting apps worldwide, whether or not they’re sold in South Korea.

Google Play Store Updates with New Tabs, Layouts & More

Google Play Store Updates with New Tabs, Layouts & More

Posted on August 22nd, 2019

The Google Play Store frequently launches updates to improve the user experience. The latest update is a structural change, which includes adjustments to how apps are sorted and viewed. Google claims the redesign is intended to “improve app discovery and accessibility,” which means developers will have to consider its impact on App Store Optimization.

VRV App Store Spotlight

VRV App Store Spotlight

Posted on August 20th, 2019

VRV is a video streaming app offering licensed content from a range of networks, creators and distributors. Users can watch classic cartoons, live action shows from overseas, web originals and more. Before they can watch anything, though, they need to find the app. For this week’s App Store Spotlight, we take a look at VRV and see if its App Store Optimization gets users to tune in.

Google Changes App Approval Process

Google Changes App Approval Process

Posted on August 17th, 2019

Until recently, Google Play would have apps reviewed and approved or rejected within hours of submission. That is now changing with a new Play Store policy, wherein apps will take up to three days for approval. Developers will want to keep this in mind when planning new releases and updates for their apps.

Google Play Adds Tags

Google Play Adds Tags

Posted on August 16th, 2019

Google has recently added a new feature to the Play Store, allowing developers to add tags to their apps. While the feature is just rolling out to developers, it’s important to monitor the impact these tags will have on App Store Optimization and an app’s rankings for keywords tied to them.

Apple Search Ads Changes Default Creatives

Apple Search Ads Changes Default Creatives

Posted on August 15th, 2019

Apple Search Ads is a great tool for marketing your mobile app; it can help put your app in front of users while contributing to its organic growth. With that in mind, developers running Search Ads should monitor their campaigns closely, as any changes to the program can impact ongoing campaigns.

Boxed App Store Spotlight

Boxed App Store Spotlight

Posted on August 13th, 2019

There’s a plethora of shopping apps on the App Store and Google Play Store, each trying to find a different niche to target. Boxed is a shopping app that delivers in bulk at wholesale prices, in order to meet consumer demands for both quantity and affordability. No matter how much the bulk or how low the price, consumers won’t buy from them if they can’t find the app, which is why App Store Optimization is so important. For this week’s App Store Spotlight, we take a look at Boxed and unpack its ASO.

iOS App Privacy and VoIP Data Collection

iOS App Privacy and VoIP Data Collection

Posted on August 9th, 2019

Apple is making a change to its operating system with the release of iOS 13, designed to improve user security. This change will impact several apps, particularly those with VoIP capabilities. Apps with those capabilities should prepare to update accordingly. Failure to do so can result in getting removed from the App Store, which can have long-lasting impacts on its App Store Optimization. At the same time, apps that do update can use this opportunity to stay ahead of the competition as competing apps are impacted by the change.

Google Play Experiments: Test for the Best

Google Play Experiments: Test for the Best

Posted on August 8th, 2019

A/B testing is an essential part of an App Store Optimization strategy. It’s crucial to test all aspects of your app’s metadata with different variants of its creatives and description to understand what users react to. Google Play offers Store Listing Experiments, which enable developers to test variants of their app’s page and determine what performs best.

Mailchimp App Store Spotlight

Mailchimp App Store Spotlight

Posted on August 6th, 2019

Mailchimp is an email marketing platform for small businesses, with a companion app designed to enable users to manage their contacts and emails from their mobile devices. While the app’s team understands multiple facets of marketing, mobile marketing requires a different set of tools and knowledge – specifically, it requires App Store Optimization. In this week’s App Store Spotlight, we take a look at Mailchimp and see if its ASO is up to the task.