Category: Best Practices


Admit it. ASO is boring! And every app marketer worth their salt knows the basics of optimization to get their app discovered in the app stores. You have your favorite ASO tool to monitor your app’s keywords and your competitors’ and rank them for competitiveness and search volume. You stuffed in a few keywords that you hope will take some traffic from your competitors. You even did some link-building campaigns to increase traffic to your app’s Google Play page.

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With app marketing, the best way to go forward is to start by working backwards.

Today’s app market is incredibly crowded. There are an overwhelming amount of options in every category, and building a great product is no longer enough to attract and retain users. At the same time, the stakes (and opportunities) have never been higher.

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Ah yes, spring has arrived. The snow is melting, the birds are singing and people are sneezing all around. All the signs of spring we’ve come to expect and love, depending on where you live of course.

And with spring comes the effervescent ritual of spring cleaning. If you’ve got an app you are looking to grow, there’s no better time to do some spring cleaning of your own. We’ve pulled together some quick tips to help you get more users clicking and converting.

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Real-time bidding (RTB) is the fastest-growing mobile marketing technology. Joining these high-velocity auctions for individual mobile ad impressions is a huge opportunity for tech-savvy mobile marketers.

RTB is the next generation of targeted advertising: whereas more traditional ad-networks offer demographic targeting, RTB exchanges enable individual user targeting. This, in turn, unlocks unprecedented opportunities for more effectively engaging or re-engaging with your customers.

According to Business Insider RTB market share of mobile advertising revenue will grow from 3% in 2013 to 30% in 2018 at a compound annual growth rate of 128%. (more…)

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iOS-app-store-iconThree.  That’s how many times a Director of Marketing I know opened her desktop computer during her recent maternity leave. Instead, nearly all of her online activity happened on her mobile phone and tablet.  As a marketer who’s product is almost entirely optimized for a desktop browser, this was a wake up call for her.

As our connected time spent rapidly shifts to mobile, so must we as marketers develop competitive mobile strategies to attract and engage consumers.  With apps making up 86% of time spent within a mobile device, mobile app marketing has already become a critical advertising channel for many verticals.  Growing your app installed and engaged user base is the first step. (more…)

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performance_large_singleEvery company with an app these days seems to be running paid mobile app install campaigns. I can’t go a day without seeing an ad on my phone encouraging me to install an app. Sometimes I bite and go for it. When I do, I usually take a quick 15 second look before deciding if I want to keep the app to check out later. If I can’t figure out how to use it or just don’t see the value in the app, it’s gone. A press and hold of the jiggly app icon and off it goes into the big app trash can in the sky.

As a marketer, I cannot help but think about how much companies spend to get people to install their apps, only to see their apps deleted so soon after installing. How much money did they spend on my install? What was their CPI? $2? $5? $10?

According to VentureBeat, most users acquired via CPI are of astonishingly low-value. Over two-thirds of the users acquired via CPI have a sub-$10 life-time value (LTV), and almost one in six have profitability-dooming LTV of precisely zero. (Read more). Ouch! As the app space becomes more competitive (hard to believe, right?) and the cost-per-install continues to rise, the problem for marketers will only get worse. (more…)

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