While developing your app you must’ve had thought and planned about making it popular and driving in hundreds of thousands of downloads. But did it create enough buzz in the app market?
Remember how Flappy Bird gained sudden popularity among users? In January 2014, Flappy Bird was listed under top 10 apps in the US, and by February 2014, Flappy Bird was the number one free game in 53 countries in the App Store. During this period, Flappy Bird’s developer Dong Nguyen claimed to earn $50,000 per day from in-app ads.
Flappy Bird was not famous for its simplicity, but for Dong Nguyen’s right strategy. As an app developer you want your app to do as good as Dong Nguyen’s Flappy Bird, and you can get closer to that by avoiding some mistakes which developers usually make. Here’s a list of the mistakes you can avoid for your next app:
1. Choosing wrong or multiple platforms
Most of the app developers make a mistake by choosing wrong or multiple platforms for their app. Before you proceed on your idea for an app, you should be clear about the platform. Trends suggest that if you’re planning to launch a free app then you should go for Google’s Play Store, and if you’re planning to launch a paid app then Apple’s App Store would suit you more. Majority of android users don’t like to pay for an app, whereas in iOS paid apps fare better.
Few app developers make grave mistake by launching their app on both the platforms at the same time. If you really want to launch your app on both the platforms then you shouldn’t do it simultaneously, there should be gap of few months the way Instagram launched its Android app much later after the release of its iOS app. In addition, it will save your time and development cost.
2. Little attention to user experience
A recent survey shows that 80% of users would not like to try those apps which don’t work correctly in the first two attempts. So make sure that your app works properly without any function fail. Do check your app (before and after the launch) for crashing, slow load, etc. and try to make the design appealing to the user.
3. Ignoring app analytics
If you want your app to do great in the market, you must track the activity of your app. Analytics helps you to understand parameters like the average time spent by users on your app, user engagement, retention rate, etc. As a developer you must realize that analytics are valuable insights of your efforts; you don’t want to take it for granted.
4. No marketing for the app
Nobody would download your app unless they’re aware of its presence. Marketing plays an important role to get maximum download for your app. Try to be active on social media, write a blog about your app, create a teaser video, upload your apk file on multiple app stores (e.g. Google Play Store, Opera, Amazon, etc.), promote it on multiple forums and if possible create a website. Market your app before its launch, as it is an efficient way to create curiosity and get more downloads.
Adiquity’s global platform offers cross-promotion for apps i.e. two developers can promote each other’s app using ad slots in their own app. Adiquity’s precisely targeted campaigns will display your ads only in regions of your choice so that you get quality installs for your app. Once you opt for promoting your apps via Adiquity you will see a ‘Switch to advertiser A/C’ button on your dashboard. To promote your apps, click the button, go to the ‘Funds’ tab, transfer funds, and start managing your campaigns. If you do not see the button on your dashboard, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Choosing wrong monetization partner
Choose your monetization partner wisely to monetize well. Before launching of an app, be clear about how to monetize it, whether you want to offer your app as paid app or monetize through ads. Try to learn how your competitors are monetizing their app. Choose an ad network that can provide high fill rates and optimize your ad inventory.
Mobile ad networks play a significant role for app developers when it comes to app monetization. Adiquity is one such platform for mobile advertisement. With Adiquity’s 100+ ad source partners and digital agencies across the globe you get the highest paying ads with the best fill rates. You can integrate with Adiquity using Ads ‘N’velope or Adiquity’s SDKs for Android, iOS, Windows and Blackberry. Ads ‘N’velope and our Android SDK are Google Analytics integrated, through which you can measure acquisition, engagement and user outcomes, and get app marketplace stats.
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