MOBILE APP MARKETING
In 2015 Apple reported cumulative revenue
earningsof $25 billionfromthe sale of appsand
gamesin the AppStore.Mobile apps are quickly
becoming a lucrative industry in a society of
mobile device users. In this briefing I will break
down the mobile app marketing dynamic into
three main components (a) social media and
online engagement (b) paid campaigning
Social Mediaand Online Engagement
Social Network Accounts
Social Media is a key component in helping the
spread of a new app become viral. Creating
profiles on relevant social media accounts like
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and
Googlehelps users engage with the target
audience. Publishing relevant content on social
media accounts also boosts online presence.
Social media platforms are built for sharing app
news, displaying appropriate and exemplary
usage situations, and encouraging participation
and sharingfromcustomers (Gauchet1).
Blogs/ Media Coverage
creation and interaction is also crucial. Blogs
provide a useful landing page for reviews and
app mentions from other sites. When usersare
brought to the corresponding blog page of an
app they are investigating, they can gain quick
access to favorable app reviews and ratings.
Mediacoverage of anykind isa marketing-must,
especially during the beginning stages of app
launch: Figure 1 illustrates the essential local
buzz app creators should focus on gaining.
Community spotlight bears equal weight in
terms of news interviews, contests, and blog
mentions. The difference then comes in
frequency, being featured more often in more
placesdrivesdownloads(see Figure 1).
Community spotlight can be narrowed down to three essential
components interviews, contests, andfeatures (Botelho 5).
Paid Campaigning Techniques
BusinessInsider showsthe annual trend
of mobile app advertising spend. People are
responding to mobile app advertisements, and
responding well. The consistent increase in
consumer sales attributed to in app advertising
makesclearthatmobile device usersdotake the
time to view, analyze, and take action on ads
that appeal totheirinterest (See Figure2).
Figure 2. Sales in millions of spending due to mobile app
advertisements (Hoelze 3).
Getting noticed in the sea of over 1.5 million
available apps is no easy task, “Paid acquisition
campaigns will get your app the exposure and
In App Sharing
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Sales in Millions
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awareness that you simply can’t get on your
own” (Marrs 1 ). Mobile ad partners also offer
huge amountsof customerdata worthtracking.
Paid Social Media Campaigns
Paid campaigns and ads are customizable to
specific target audiences. Often user interests,
firstare the three giants- Facebook,Twitter,and
Google. Paid campaigns for these big 3 access a
huge part of the mobile appmarket. Mobile app
marketing needs an external boost from paid
campaigning in order to reach viral amounts of
downloads. Google campaigns consist of the
classic pay per click option, where a pre-set list
of keywords and associated bids determine
where app ads show up and for what types of
searches. Twitter ads provide the convenient
install button to take users straight to an app
campaignof the three, allowinguserstonarrow
down the exact demographic age, gender, even
interests of those to whom the ad displays.
Below is a graphic of the benefits of the big 3
social media campaigns and their associated
The three largest and most influential social media accounts
to help apps reach and engage their target audience
Earning app downloads through non-paid-for
effortsmakesup the majorityof downloads.The
first element to focus on is user retention.
Keepingusersactive encourageswordof mouth
sharingwhichisthe mostpowerful andeffective
way to advertise. The “customers selling to
customers” nature of word of mouth sharing
hit. To retain users there are a variety of in app
(1) Push notifications
Built in push notifications give users a home
screen reminder to use the app whereas share
feature invites customers to share the app with
friends or post their experience to a personal
social media account (Ghose 19). Reviews are
crucial, users look at app reviews and ratings
before choosing to download a new app. It is
users that lets them provide feedback and
suggestimprovements.Throughoutthelife of an
app offline advertising events like concerts,
parties, and contests can help build excitement
and spark large numbers of downloads. Along
with this, choosing a powerful partner to
promote your app or gets the foot in the door
In Short, mobile app marketing is best done
througha combinationof paidcampaigningand
social media/ local involvement. Although there
isno secretformulato a viral app seekingmedia
coverage of any kind, engaging in social media
all helpearn downloads. Local marketingevents
also generate needed buzz and excitement
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