How to Plan for Successful App Launch

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This white paper helps developers gain a better understanding of how to properly lay the groundwork for the creation of a winning mobile app.

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Dot Com Infoway - Whitepaper/ Mobile Apps Marketing How to Plan for a Successful App Launch “Make your Apps Discoverable” www.dotcominfoway.com What’s Inside Lay Down the Groundwork Setting Yourself Apart The Fundamentals Generating Hype Don’t Make these Mistakes The Number One Key

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How to Plan for a Successful App Launch NUMBER OF APPS AVAILABLE ACROSS VARIOUS STORES mobile apps have been developed in 3 years. 300000+ 585000 450000 82234 DAILY SMARTPHONE APP CONSUMPTION MINUTES PER CATEGORY 24 27 12 11 7 Games Social Media News Entertainment Other www.dotcominfoway.com SOURCE : FLURRY ANALYTICS 2012 SOURCE : MOBITHINKING STATISTICS 2012 Everyone and their brothers seem to be launching new applications. The app market is booming in concert with widespread smartphone dissemination. Statistics on this matter suggest that the saturation point is still well into the future and that the market will continue to be very strong for a long time. It’s not surprising that many believe applications will continue to become increasingly central to people’s lives nor is it much of a stretch to agree with them. Many applications serve very useful functions while many others are remarkably – even impressively – useless. Everyday new applications are introduced and more and more consumers can’t function properly without these things that didn’t even exist a few years back. Interestingly enough the degree of an application’s utility doesn’t really have any relationship with that same application’s popularity or pricing. Both the useful and the silly have the same potential for proft and notoriety.

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LAY DOWN THE GROUNDWORK www.dotcominfoway.com

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LAY DOWN THE GROUNDWORK Much of the popularity and success of an application lies in the preparation that goes into its launch. Many potentially killer apps have fallen by the wayside because of lack of such preparation. A poor launch will generally translate into poor overall dissemination which will end up spelling the death of such a venture. What can you as an application developer or marketer do in order to ensure that your application launch will be a highly successful one There are several general points to consider. We can defnitely take a look at scores of examples of successful launches and glean commonalities from the data. We also need to keep in mind that ingenuity and creativity shouldn’t stop with the development of the app itself.

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SETTING YOURSELF APART www.dotcominfoway.com

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SETTING YOURSELF APART With millions of applications in existence you need something extra-special to put your own app front and center on the public stage. Launch marketing is more important than ever for application success and will continue to be as long as this market is a moneymaker. Thousands of the applications in existence nowadays are exceptionally ingenious dare we say revolutionary – but very few of them are going to make it anywhere solely on inherent strengths. The primary key to a successful application launch is good marketing. In this paper we will be discussing several key aspects of such marketing. Hopefully after reading this you will have a very clear and well defned idea of the degree and scope of preparation you need in order to put together the best application launch you possibly can.

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THE FUNDAMENTALS Maybe you think you’ve got something special with your app and maybe it really is. But without a very specifc launch strategy it’s not going to be that golden ticket to fortune and success for which you’ve been praying. The small things are very important there are several of them that must be fully considered and executed before your launch will be feasible. www.dotcominfoway.com

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www.dotcominfoway.com Number one you need a good brand name for your application. “Angry Birds” probably wouldn’t have taken off the way it did without its evocative and funny title so think of something that sums up exactly what it is – but is fun and memorable as well. Make it short and sweet and you’ll probably have a better time of things. You should come up with a list of fve possibilities and then run them by your colleagues family and anybody else whose opinion you value. Also invest thought and money into the creation of your logo and icon. You probably already know from experience – some logos just ask to be clicked while others languish in anonymity. Make yours something fresh eye-catching and pertinent to the nature of your application. You’d probably do well to hire out for creative input on this but if you have excellent artists drafters or graphic designers in house then get at it and enjoy the experience. BRANDING BRANDING

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www.dotcominfoway.com Competitive Analysis Figure out what your closest competition is out there and the best way to compete with them. You’d think that having a unique application would be the best thing but honestly it’s much easier to market and launch an application that serves a familiar function. This being said don’t imitate or ape the competing applications. Find a way to set yours apart as different better and innovative when compared to the others. App Store Submission Tips As of the writing of this paper the App Store online is the place to launch applications. If there happen to be any others by the time you read this then you should gear your launch for as many of these other “stores” as possible. The most important part of putting your application on the App Store is selecting which category to put it into. There are several subcategories as well. Figure out which one is suitable as well as which one will best allow your product to stand out. Pricing Y our App: Factors to Consider You’ll need to decide on a consumer price for your product. Make sure you put both market research and basic accounting to work here… don’t just come up with a random fgure. See what other apps in your category are priced and what those apps offer compared to yours. Figure out how many people you think will want to purchase your app… take a low estimate. Then do some math and fgure out what the gross profts will be at different price points. Of course you shouldn’t overprice but you should be aware that underpricing will make your product seem insignifcant too. Find a happy medium. FIND YOUR PERFECT PLACE IN THE MARKET

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www.dotcominfoway.com It is a big plus if you are able to produce several editions of your application each one geared to a specifc type of customer. If it is feasible make one for different age groups types of employment different language-speakers or ethnicities etc. You get the idea… people like customization. In addition it would be wise to make “Gold” “Platinum” or “Executive” editions with more widgets and features for those “discriminating types” out there. Anything to make the customer feel that you have them specifcally in mind is a good thing. Such diversifcation will also possibly make it easier for you to feature your application under more than one category in the app store. SPECIALTY NICHES

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GENERATING HYPE Give them More than Words www.dotcominfoway.com

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GENERATING HYPE There are some ingenious steps you can take in order to get the online market buzzing about your product that involve a more “nerdy” approach. Other app developers and marketers have been using these successfully for themselves. First of all you really need to set up a website for your app. Without this step you can’t really do much of anything else online. Put it all out there but don’t get too wordy… attention spans are at an all-time low – “too long didn’t read” is a popular critique these days. Aside from your impeccably written terse majestic and sparkling website a couple or a few splash pages wouldn’t be a bad idea as well. A splash page is like a satellite website that directs traffc to the main site. Splash pages work the best when they work different angles on the same product. Try to be as creative as you possibly can and make sure the writing and design are on point. In addition try to do some research into effective contemporary App Store Optimization in order to generate more hits and increase visibility.

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www.dotcominfoway.com Create Buzz Your sites should be consistently updated. Not only does this have a positive effect on Search Engine Google rankings but it gets potential customers excited about the product. Word of Mouth Bloggy blurbs are just fne but you really ought to give them something more than just reading material. Buzz is created with experiences not just compelling literature. So give them some sneak previews. Screenshots of the application in action are always good but don’t give too much away. Put out some kind of video that teases potential customers leaving them wanting more. Release promotional games songs stories etc. as long as it’s not anything too lame. Have a promotional edition of your application available and send codes to people who you think might help in generating word of mouth. These could be friends and colleagues or it could be a professional app blogger one of the thousands out there with whom you’ve developed a relationship. Beta Test One of the most effective ways to generate buzz is to muster together a squadron of volunteer beta-testers. Internet nerds love and live for this kind of thing as it sort of validates the months and years they’ve spent in front of a computer screen. Get this group of independent volunteers to systematically test your app providing them with a form to fll out and allowing for any other additional feedback. The more they get into it the more they’re going to talk about their cool experience with others. GIVE THEM MORE THAN WORDS

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DON’T MAKE THESE MISTAKES Be Nitpicky and Serve your Customers www.dotcominfoway.com

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DON’T MAKE THESE MISTAKES Make sure you get everything planned out ahead of time. Things might not go completely according to this plan but at least you have some type of template that will give you some structure. Without a plan you’re just winging it and are going to look exceptionally unprofessional. Nobody is going to know what is going on with your launch not even within your own frm and dissension is quite likely to make its way quickly through the ranks. No if you don’t have all your ducks in a row your application’s launch is going to be a big mess so get a very detailed plan together. On top of this you ought to make sure that your product is well tested for bugs and glitches. There’s nothing worse than an application on the market that causes more problems than it solves. Such a situation is indicative of an app developer who is more concerned with getting their product to market than with serving customers. Not a good way to be seen by the public.

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www.dotcominfoway.com Customers are the ultimate judges as to whether an application will be successful or not. Whatever you do do not let their feedback go unheeded. Make sure that customers have their own lines of communication so that you can hear exactly what they think about your product. And actually listen to what they say The fact that they themselves are not the developers is totally irrelevant and is actually quite benefcial. Customer feedback is quite often exceptionally detailed and helpful… a good way to avoid the need for expensive consultations which will tell you the same thing about your product. A lot of apps these days disappoint their customers. The developer will tout their new app as the greatest thing since Shazam and it ends up being just some bug-ridden and insignifcant waste of time and money. Customers don’t like these types of situations and will likely avoid anything you put out in the future. Bottom line: Make sure your app does exactly what you say it is going to do. Problems with poor delivery and improper testing usually more than anything else have a lot to do with a lack of adequate time for the application’s development. So make sure that you and your staff give yourselves as much time as is necessary and then add a month or two onto that. Be as meticulous and methodical as you can possibly be and your chances of reaping the rewards will increase tremendously. BE NITPICKY AND SERVE YOUR CUSTOMERS

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THE NUMBER ONE KEY www.dotcominfoway.com You’re not going to do much of anything if you don’t get experienced and successful app developers launchers on your side You can do it yourself all you want but if you don’t have any experience in this feld your chances for success are slim. Experience counts in all felds but especially in new developing genres of marketing. If you pay attention to the approach your help takes initially you may be able to do much more for yourself whenever the next launch rolls around but you’d be much better off with some good help this time around.

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