How Marketers Must Harness Alternative App Stores To Reach Greater Audiences

How Marketers Must Harness Alternative App Stores To Reach Greater Audiences

Apps & Marketing
10 min read

Smart companies are looking beyond the iTunes App Store and Google Play, mapping out a multiple app store strategy to reach a larger market with their app. These alternative app store environments offer a variety of benefits, allowing app developers to boost brand profile, reach new audiences and expand to new geographies.

Does Your User Acquisition Tool Make The Grade? Use This Expert Checklist To Find Out

Does Your User Acquisition Tool Make The Grade? Use This Expert Checklist To Find Out

Apps & Marketing
12 min read

Mobile attribution – which allows user acquisition teams to measure the effectiveness of marketing efforts and optimise campaigns and creatives to make the most of their ad spend – is clearly a must. Unfortunately, figuring out the best fit for your app and budget is not so clear-cut. This new (and free) template from Saikala Sultanova - Head of User Acquisition at Space Ape Games and Co-Founder of the UA Society, provides a detailed and valuable checklist to follow.

Achieving The Best UA Results By Attracting The Right Player Types To Your Game

Achieving The Best UA Results By Attracting The Right Player Types To Your Game

Apps & Marketing Retention & Engagement
12 min read

Richard Bartle, Honorary Professor of Computer Game Design at the University of Essex, is perhaps best known in the games industry for his research into the taxonomy of player types. He classified players into four categories: the Achievers, that like to act on the world around them; the Explorers who like to interact with the world around them; the Socialisers that like to interact with other players; and the Killers who like to spoil the fun for others in the game. But is this research into player behavior still relevant for today's mobile games market?

App Marketing Strategy: Major Differences Between Lifestyle And Entertainment Apps

App Marketing Strategy: Major Differences Between Lifestyle And Entertainment Apps

Apps & Marketing
13 min read

All apps are not created equal – so don’t make the mistake of applying a one-size-fits-all app marketing strategy to address your target your audience or achieve your marketing KPIs. An app marketing strategy that works for a gaming app will never work for business or productivity app – and the other way around. I take a look at the two most crowded and competitive app categories - Entertainment and Lifestyle apps – to show you the big differences and how you must factor them into your overall app marketing approach.

Mobile Games Companies Need CFOs To Reach The Next Level

Mobile Games Companies Need CFOs To Reach The Next Level

Apps & Marketing
12 min read

It’s essential to inform an effective UA strategy and – more important – fund app marketing to maximize and monetize users. While many games companies are beginning to grasp the metrics –CPI, CPE and, above all, LTV – that are crucial to their success, few have appointed CFOs with the capabilities to steer the course. I catch up with Nusrat Shah – CFO of Exient, an award-winning UK games studio best known for its work on the Madden, FIFA, Need for Speed, Tiger series for Electronic Arts, the multi-award-winning DJ Hero for Activision, Angry Birds Go, Angry Birds Transformers and Dancing With the Stars – to discuss why games companies have to beef up their business skills, or risk collapse.

Life After Android: The Battle Of The Platforms Heats Up

Life After Android: The Battle Of The Platforms Heats Up

Apps & Marketing
16 min read

Android may be the dominant mobile platform on the planet, but the experience can differ significantly between country, mobile network, and handset. In the case of Android, where technology has created a huge and underserved market of users eager to explore the world of content and commerce at their fingertips, companies are jockeying for position to fill the gap. Users are looking for a solution to deliver a high-end experience on their older devices, which is why data from SimilarWeb, shows the term “launcher” is the second most popular search term on the Google Play Store.

Use Your Soft Launch To Produce A Hit App

Apps & Marketing
8 min read

Your app is serious business and that's why you must map out a soft launch strategy to find out if it has hit potential before you burn cash launching it to major markets. You have to test the waters (ensuring your app has what it takes to be a commercial success) before you take the plunge. To help you determine if your app and strategy are on the money I caught up with Oliver Kern, who has helped app companies ranging from indies to market giants launch and scale their mobile businesses.

Consolidate To Avoid Enterprise ‘App-ocalypse’

Apps & Marketing Strategy & Business
10 min read

Businesses are on the brink of an enterprise 'app-ocalypse' driven by the advance of cloud services companies and their workforce have added to their arsenal in order to cater to customers and deliver amazing (often times contextual) experiences. Driven by a desire to improve service and performance these businesses are unwittingly creating a chaotic — even crippling — user experience for their workforce.

Mobile Banking Apps: Convenience Triggers Shift In User Behavior

Apps & Marketing
10 min read

The best services are ones that reduce friction and increase customer benefit, and mobile banking apps are winning on both counts. Will Jones, President, EMEA, Monitise, examines some newly-released industry insights, and concludes that banking apps, and the convenience they offer, have triggered an amazing and unexpected shift in user behavior.

Google I/O: Project Tango And Aisle411 Power Amazing Augmented Shopping

Apps & Marketing Mobile Commerce
14 min read

At first glance,the Google I/O Developer Conference was all about Google showing off a new version of Android and revealing plans to bring its mobile software to cars, TVs and wearables. But it's the news around Google's Project Tango and the little-reported partnership with aisle411, a company specializing in indoor mapping, that is the real game-changer.