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Help your app rise to the top

What does it take to give your app the best chance of being visible?

App markets are still new, yet there is already a lot of noise.  That’s all great, as it shows how significant this market has become in such a short time.  Just as Websites became a must have for businesses, service providers and advertisers after 1995, apps are becoming a must have for businesses, institutions, content owners and curators today.

Six App Promotion Tips

The 6 points Peter Baldwin lists below for giving your app a leg up, reflect absolutely our experience in designing and developing apps for clients.  (Link to Peter’s full article below.)  And, I add a 7th point to Peter’s list.

1. Focus on Product

The best way to get your app noticed is to build a unique and engaging product.  Content is still king. As Peter says, “focus on product” is another post or two!

2. Allow Users to Engage Other with your App

These days, more developers are using social media as part of the app as a major key to its success. Your customers’ word-of-mouth multiplies your network a hundred times over without costing you a dime, so be sure to put mechanisms in place that allow users to talk about the app and share experiences with friends

3. Get Media and Blogger Attention: Make it Simple

Media attention and especially reviews of your app can really help to spread recognition. To get that kind of attention, though, you have to have a solid app to begin with, a great story around your app, and it absolutely must be easy to talk about.

4. Continue your Marketing Efforts

The important thing to remember is that app marketing windows are perpetual, meaning you should establish marketing vehicles that you can trigger at your discretion over long periods of time. That means plan, plan, plan.

5. Use Analytics

Become a student of the Android and iOS category rankings (e.g., entertainment vs. games). Each category has its own nuances for determining “top” rankings, so be sure to evaluate each one.

6. Prepare for Success

Think of your app as a brand that will enable you to leverage brand extension opportunities. Build your apps to welcome future cross-promotion opportunities, rather than intrusions on the user experience

And I would add

7. Design, Design, Design.

Presentation of the product.  Look and feel matter. Branding, imagery, and an aesthetic eye help make an app attractive and invite engagement.  Quality features contribute to good user experience.  (UX).  The design of the icon,  a searchable app name with good key search terms are really important considerations.

app promotion tips6 Ways to Give Your App A Leg Up on the Competition: Since the app stores themselves control which apps are elevated and highlighted, how can you ensure your app gets time in the spotlight and the attention it deserves? Here are six tips drawn from experience. [button link=”http://mashable.com/2012/01/30/app-competition-tips/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29″ color=”silver”] Read the Full article at mashable.com[/button]

A year is a very long time in publishing

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Here is a brief section of an interview by AnnArbor.com with Borders CEO Mike Edwards about the ongoing bankruptcy, and his surprised reaction to how fast e-books and tablets have impacted the publishing industry.

AnnArbor.com: With e-books, how fast do you see the transition occurring? Are you surprised by how fast it’s occurring already?

Edwards:

Yes. I joined the company just a little over a year and a half ago. When I joined, e-books were less than 1 percent of the market. The Kindle was out but it didn’t have the traction. The Nook had just been released. The Apple product wasn’t even on the market.

Within a year it went from 1 percent to almost 10 to 11 percent of the total publishing sales. That is a radical transformation. And that comes at the expense of physical books.

That profound impact on the retail traffic puts a lot of pressure on not just our bookstore, but all bookstores. So I was surprised to see it move that fast. I don’t anticipate it slowing down any time soon.

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Breaking: Apple announces digital magazine subscription model

Apple announced the terms of their new digital magazine subscription model yesterday in an agreement with app developer and digital publisher Texterity, which they posted on their web site last night. It clears up a number of concerns to the publishing industry, and finally clears the hurdle for existing subscribers of print content not having to pay again for a digital version of the same magazine.

From the Texterity Web Post:

Publishers can sell print subscriptions, and offer “digital companion” access through an app as long as there is no additional fee for those subscribers. It’s a way to offer another incentive for print subs to stay loyal and engaged. Read more