How To Decrease User Acquisition Costs With App Store Optimization

Posted on September 26th, 2014 by
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About the Author: Evaldo Rossi is an App Store Optimization (ASO) Expert and a Mobile Game Dev. Follow him on Twitter and Google+, or check out his blog WordData, to learn more about ASO!

Anyone working with paid user acquisition campaigns already knows that the cost per user is rising. If you’re new to the app marketing world, the Fiksu Cost Per Install (CPI) Index will help you understand what’s happening. This chart provides a good indication of the CPI trend.

You want to drive CPI down. But what can you possibly do? A great solution is increasing the number of organic installs you get through better exposure on  search rankings. How do you do that? Through App Store Optimization (ASO).

 

When you run an ad campaign and your app gets more installs, it will climb positions in the search results of keywords and keyphrases found in your app’s metadata. Therefore, you will get more exposure. With more exposure, comes more installs.

 

So, to actually understand how many users your money is really buying, we need to use eCPI, or effective Cost Per Install.

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Top 7 Challenges in Mobile Application Testing

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 by


About the Author: Tejas Jasani is a founder & CEO of The App Guruz, a well-respected global mobile app development company. He likes to do research on mobile apps and to improve mobile user’s smartphone experience

The word ‘app’ was originally coined by techies as shorthand for ‘applications’, but since mobile devices came into their own, this tiny word is in everyone’s mouth and even found its place in Oxford dictionary. Yes, we are almost on the verge of being ruled by ‘apps’ on our devices. From shopping, education, travel, chat, games, fun, entertainment, there are apps for almost anything and everything.

 

With this overwhelming volume of mobile apps, maintaining a high technical standard and offering the best user experience is the key to success for the app developers. Naturally, mobile application testing has become more important than ever. The changing spectrum of mobile devices and the continually evolving operating systems make testing more and more challenging. Here I introduce the biggest challenges in testing mobile apps.

 

1. Variety of Device

 

The expanding horizon of mobile devices, with their ever increasing and increasingly varied features, is the most formidable challenge of all. Each different device comes with a different set of metrics, including the following:

 

- Different screen sizes and dimensions.

 

- Varying pixel density and image resolution.

 

- Varying input methods, for instance touch screen, Querty keypad, etc.

 

- Varying feature set and user interfaces.

 

Obviously, a developer cannot test his app on this entire plethora of devices, but, in most cases, will restrict his tests to the most common and popular devices. Mixing in different OS and OS versions adds more dimensions to this maze of complexity. Using emulated devices is a semi-solution to address this problem, but then the app will …

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6 Popular Mobile Development Tools

Posted on August 26th, 2014 by


As the app market matures, developers need to begin thinking about porting their apps across multiple platforms to increase their audience size as much as possible. But, developing an app for each different mobile platform is insanely time consuming and requires knowledge of a wide variety of different programming languages. Luckily, cross-platform development tools have emerged to help developers carry some of the burden. Check out 5 of the most popular cross-platform tools:

 

Xamarin 2.0

 

For the more advanced developers, Xamarin is a C#-based platform allowing for cross-platform development for iOS and Android. Code executes on a .NET framework before compiling, and returns the standard code for iOS and Android, making it easy to use for development teams working on large projects.

 

PhoneGap

 

Arguably the most popular cross-platform development tool, PhoneGap (otherwise known as Apache Cordova) allows developers with weaker server-side language knowledge leverage their front-end experience.

 

PhoneGap has been in the dev tools sphere for a while, so they have had time to mature and add the features that developers need. PhoneGap is free and open-source, opening up a whole library of plugins for developers to use. Hybrid applications always struggle compared to native apps, however, so developers should keep an eye on performance metrics.

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Guest Post: 5 Key Ideas Behind Making a Successful App

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by
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About the Author: Morna Collins is a professional writer as well as blogger. She writes about research and analyzes current market scenarios on different topics and loves to share this informative content to spread knowledge.

Image via Flickr by Robert S. Donovan

 

Many different components have to come together for an app to take off. Timing, ideation, and execution must align perfectly, so much so that it seems as if most success stories are just extreme cases of blind luck.

 

The truth, however, is that luck doesn’t land an app on the front page of the App Store. There are a few key ideas to keep in mind when building and marketing a new app that can help ensure you find fame instead of a flop.

 

1. Foster Creativity

 

Every successful product starts with a great idea. We all know that. But the problem with the app market is that it’s flooded with many, many iterations of the same great idea. A developer sees the success of a popular app and thinks, “Hey, I can do better than that!”

 

The notion of improving upon something is nice, but here’s the crux of the issue: that first app is popular for a reason. The developers got it right on the first try (hence the 10 million downloads), so there’s little else to bring to the table. Instead, focus on something wholly unique and reflective of your own brand.

 

Copying trends stifles creativity and does great injustice to your team and its future. You want to show the world what you can do, and you want them to like it. When developing an app, forget about building on what’s hot. Set the temperature yourself.

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6 Buzzwords That You Need to Know

Posted on August 12th, 2014 by


Every industry is full of so-called “buzzwords”, and app development is no exception. Especially when it comes to app monetization, developers need to come armed with the knowledge of what each ad network or publisher is offering them. Below is a round-up of 6 popular app economy buzzwords (in their abbreviated form) and what they mean:

 

1) SDK

 

SDK is the abbreviation for “software development kit”. SDKs are a set of development tools which allow certain applications to be used with certain software packages or frameworks. Outside the realm of apps, SDKs can also be used in conjunction with hardware platforms, personal computers, and video game consoles.

 

The StartApp SDK allows our developers to integrate our advertisements into their apps without needing to change the structure of their application

 

2) IAP

 

IAP is the common abbreviation for “in-app purchase”. In-app purchasing is a common app monetization technique in which the developer allows the user to download the app for free, but asks the user to pay a small amount for extra features.

 

IAP is a very popular technique in mobile games especially, with users paying money for new in-game tools or access to new game levels. While effective, in-app purchasing does not work well with every app type.

 

3) ARPU

 

ARPU stands for “average revenue per user”. Developers may encounter this term a lot across the web and on developer forums.

 

While the calculation of ARPU will vary depending on user location, operating system, app type, and monetization strategy, it is still a very important metric to have when you are evaluating the success of a particular campaign or ad strategy. The higher the ARPU, the more effective your strategy.

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4 Essential Skills for Today’s App Developers

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by
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Gone are the days when app developers could simply publish their app on an app store and expect a decent amount of downloads. In an increasingly crowded market, devs need to put in more work to ensure that their app gets recognition from fickle users. While there is no magic recipe for guaranteed app success, here are 4 skills that today’s app developer should have for a leg up over competition:

 

1) Cross-Platform Capabilities

 

As the mobile market grows, so does the fragmentation of mobile users across mobile operating systems. Developing an app for only one OS will cut off a huge user base, so modern devs need to have a cross-platform plan when they begin coding. Luckily, there are many cross-platform development engines popping up across the internet which are designed to assist mobile app developers with porting their apps across the major operating systems.

 

In addition to multiple mobile operating systems, users are starting to demand that their mobile phone experience translate onto other mediums like wearable tech and desktop computers. While both Google and Apple are trying to bridge the gap between smartphones and other platforms, cross-platform capabilities of this kind are still in their infancy stages. Enterprising developers have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of this new movement in mobile tech. Honing these skills or coming up with a viable cross-platform solution for your app will put you way ahead of most other mobile developers stuck on mobile.

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Mobile Apps: It’s Just Business

Posted on August 1st, 2014 by


Even if making apps is just a hobby for you, you are sure to want some kind of return on the amount of time, energy, money, and resources that went into developing your mobile app. In order to maximize the return you receive, you need to think about app development as if you were starting a business. This means developing a strong business strategy that will enable you to not only have enough resources to develop your app, but also enable you to allocate resources so you can continue to develop apps.

 

So, before you even begin coding, you should consider drafting the following:

 

A Market Analysis:

 

What it is:

 

A thorough review of the industry you are hoping to enter

 

What it means for you:

 

Take a close look at the mobile app market that you are hoping to enter. For example, if you are hoping to develop an iOS app for mainly Asian consumers, research the iOS app market in Asia! Get a good understanding of how the market is growing or shrinking, and take a look at what kinds of apps are in demand within your targeted market.

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StartApp At Casual Connect San Francisco!

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by
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We are happy to announce that we will be attending (and sponsoring!) Casual Connect 2014 in San Francisco from July 21-July 24!

 

Casual Connect is the premiere conference for the casual gaming industry, attracting over 6,500 members of the industry to their conferences every year. Casual Connect delivers learning and networking opportunities to developers and advertisers across the casual gaming industry, ranging from mobile and F2P games to social media and browser-based games.

 

Will you be at Casual Connect this month?

 

Swing by the Badge Pick-Up and Pre-Funk party on July 21! You can pick up your badge before the conference kicks off on the 22nd and then kickoff the conference the right way with cocktails and networking from 5pm-8pm right at the Hilton Union Square where Casual Connect will be held.

 

You can RSVP for the Badge Pick-Up and Pre-Funk Party here!

 

Can’t make it to the kick-off?

 

Don’t worry! Stop by our booth (#109 in the Continental Ballroom) during the conference to meet us, chat with us, or ask us any questions you may have about mobile monetization, distribution, or advertising. We hope to see you all there!

 

Can’t make it to Casual Connect this time around?

 

We will be tweeting and sharing photos throughout the conference on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook, so feel free to follow along with us!

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StartApp in the News!

Posted on July 11th, 2014 by


We’ve been busy the past few weeks! Below is a round-up of some great articles written by or about members of our StartApp team:

 

Do You Have the Emotional Intelligence Employers Seek?

 

Mashable

 

StartApp CEO Gil Dudkiewicz explains the background of emotional intelligence and explains its place in the office. He also provides some great tips for job seekers on how to effectively display their emotional intelligence in the interview process and how to continue to develop their emotional intelligence throughout their career

 

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There Is No One-Size Fits All Monetization Model for Mobile:

 

Pocketgamer.biz

 

StartApp’s Marina Nissim speaks to PocketGamer at PocketGamer Connects about the challenges developers face when monetizing their apps. Her suggestion? Mix-and-match monetization strategies until you find one that not only works for you, but also works for your users.

 

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How to Create a Culture of Innovation:

 

Tech Cocktail

 

StartApp’s CEO Gil Dudkiewicz writes about the challenge to remain innovative when growing your startup. He shares some of the secrets to StartApp’s success and offers advice to other entrepreneurs looking to keep their startups fresh and competitive.

 

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25 Hot Israeli Tech Startups

 

Forbes

 

We are proud to be named one of Forbes’ Hot Israeli Tech Startups, and we’re happy to be included in a list with such great companies

 

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4 Ways to Make Your Productivity App a Success

Posted on July 8th, 2014 by


When it comes to articles about app development, most of the focus remains on mobile games. To be sure, mobile games are the most popular apps, and they bring in a majority of the revenue across the app stores. However, this focus on mobile games comes at a cost to app developers who wish to develop different types of apps.

 

Productivity apps are a huge part of the mobile app market that is often overlooked. And, productivity app developers have it even harder than other developers because most mobile operating systems come with productivity apps built in. So, they not only have to compete with the other apps in the app stores, but they also have to compete with the development and design power of Google, Apple, and Windows.

 

So, below we offer 4 ways that productivity app developers can destroy the competition:

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