Size does matter, but it’s not the only reason you need to go global with your app distribution strategy. Publishing to more app stores gives you valuable visibility into your complete competitive landscape, allowing you to keep track of rivals and alerting you to companies circulating copycat apps that can harm your brand integrity. This is a real and rising concern as big-name media companies and brands cope with the onslaught of what AdAge calls “fake apps.” These rogue and counterfeit apps are growing in numbers and the amount of damage they can do to brand trust, influencing users to delete your app altogether.
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.