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With over 1.8 million apps in the Apple App Store, the app market is more competitive than ever and Apple is bringing in more control mechanisms into the game and is being very stringent about the quality of apps and guidelines, making the entry of low quality apps into their App Store nearly impossible. With Apple having a stringent quality check, you will need to ensure that your app complies all the directions and Apple policies to be able to make to the featured list. As a developer, you’re expected to know all changes Apple makes to its policies and so, here is a run through.
Understanding How the Apple App Store Works
There were 1,875 apps that were allowed in July and over 30,000 were submitted for review making it clear how difficult it is to get your app approved. So how do you get your app featured in the Apple App Store? Let’s find out.
Understand the App Store needs: You need to understand what Apple requires for your app to be featured in the App store and meet up with their expectations accordingly. App installs or celebrity promotions cannot help your cause if you sacrifice on quality and you need to ensure that you app is of the highest standards.
Marketing: Marketing is one of the key aspects of the App Store and you need to ensure that the marketing content is ready to go at the time of launch. You do not want to wait for your app to be launched before going ahead with your marketing implementations. From promos, app screenshots, app icons, app descriptions, meta data and also videos – everything should be top notch and ready to be presented for evaluation. If you are missing any of the things it’s hard to get featured on the Apple App Store.
Adhere to Apple’s guidelines: There are many Apple’s guidelines for design, quality and verification. You need to follow and each and every minute requirement closely and ensure that your app is successful in the process instead of letting it die a slow death.
Quality: One of the biggest advantages that top iOS developers have in the Apple App Store is quality and you need to be able to meet the standards of the top tier apps to be able to get featured in the front page. Apple is very picky when it comes to featuring apps and you need to have the patience as well.
Do not be over obsessed with being featured: You need to be patient when it comes to getting featured on the home page of the Apple App Store. There are millions and millions of apps in contention for the featured apps list and the basis of getting them placed changes and all it takes to wait a while to be featured if you are confident about your app’s standards.
Every app in the App store has a default text that displays in the app description. This text can be a golden key to the success of the mobile app.
When you sell something, it’s obvious that the user looks for how is it useful or in technical term “What’s in it for me?” This question needs to be exciting and convincing enough for the user to look into the app. The app icon and the name of the app have done its work by attracting the consumer to reach as far as to enter into the app details. Now all you have to do is blow up this spark of interest into a fire. That can be done by this app description.
How long should it be?
By default, only 255 characters are visible to the users and a total of 4000 characters can be added to the description. The first 255 characters needs to magical enough to force the person to tap the more info tab and dig deeper. Here is what you need to look out for when writing your app description.
1. Keep it short
The info must be precise and in simple language, refrain from technical terms that are uncommon. Avoid writing long paragraphs in the description as it may kill the interest. Use of bulletins is advisable.
2. Highlight the right features
The unique and stand out features of the app must be highlighted. A few in the beginning and a few in the end. Just mention the key features and let the rest be discovered within the app. Remember to write the description from a point of view of the users as they are your target audience and not as a developer.
3. How does the app solve the problem?
Necessarily highlight how is the app is a solution to any problem of the user. If the app fail to stand out in that category, produce a problem that is not so prominently visible in the first place.
4. Keep updating descriptions
It is a good practice to update the description and mention new features or modifications done in the app. Provide a reference to the developer, like the website, support link, links to another app from the developer and may be social media links. Try to be as responsive to the query as possible and answer to the FAQ’s.
Here is a short summary of the things that you need to focus on while writing an app description.
- The write-up needs to be precise and short
- Attractive statements in the beginning
- Use short paragraphs and bulletins
- Offer solution to a problem
- Links to reach you
- Highlight major attractive features
- Language should be simple but appealing
- Keep the description updated and mention modifications
Making your app description user friendly is easier than you think. Get increased conversions and more ROI – have the right killer app description.
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