App Store Optimization: Let Your Competitors Eat Your Dust

    Από: Startup Team

Lately, it has occurred to me, that I haven’t done any article about mobile marketing/growth hacking. I felt a bit lame and made a promise that I would do it soon. Well, today is the day!

Previously, I’ve shown how to find Your One Metric That Matters The Most, which is closed tied with retention. Note, that this mindset applies in both web and mobile apps.

You probably stumble upon tons of articles about SEO (probably) every day, but really; How often you see an article about App Store Optimization?
With the help of mobile wizard Theodore Moulos, with whom I had an in depth discuss on mobile apps, I crafted this guide to help you become the master of the dungeons called App stores.

Now, I’ll cut the bulls**t and get to the chase.

Today’s epic quest is called:


App Store Optimization? What the heck is that?

App Store Optimization Is the process of improving the visibility of a mobile app in an app store.

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Do you know what’s the hardest thing about building a successful mobile app?

A: Building a mobile app.
B: Getting your app found.

I bet you guessed it right!

Getting found in any App Store can get a real nightmare. After all, you can find a great developer to build the app (in case you have the budget), but you can also start with a lean version. Trust me; If your app is worth the time people will stick to it even if it only has one function.

App Store Optimization resembles to SEO more than you think. Basically, they both getting down to the same thing; Getting discovered by your users.

Why is App Store Optimization important?

Just take a look on this graph.

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If you see, what I see then you already know why App Store Optimization is important.
63% Percent of Android and iOS users have found apps by organic search within the app store.



Concept Similar Similar
Techniques Similar Similar
Target Websites Mobile Apps
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Hooman Mardokhi explains the differences in his cool and colorful way.



Basics of App Store Optimization

Note something down; Deletion/Unistall Rate DOES MATTER!
Why? Apps with more downloads simply rank higher. That’s all.

App Store Optimization: Let Your Competitors Eat Your Dust. #ASO #mobilemarketing #startups

Source: MobileDevHQ

Criteria with Direct Impact:

  • Keywords
  • App’s name
  • App profile page
    • Description
    • Icon
    • Screenshots

Criteria with Indirect Impact:

  • App Rates (The more 5 star rates you have, the more possible for people to download.)
    App Store Optimization: Let Your Competitors Eat Your Dust. #ASO #mobilemarketing #startups
  • App Reviews (Most people read the first reviews before downloading. No one wants to even bother installing something that doesn’t do what it says it does.)
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  • App Updates
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Images / Screenshots

  • Use non-Generic interesting screenshots.
  • Include screenshots of Your app’s interface.
  • Create a unique attention-grabbing logo.
  • Use as many screenshots as possible.App Store Optimization: Let Your Competitors Eat Your Dust. #ASO #mobilemarketing #startups


As in SEO, keywords are the Alpha & Omega of App Store Optimization.  You have to think just like your potential user does. AppVirality compiled an excellent article on how to investigate keywords for your app, but overall you have to:

  • Research Keywords & Choose Relevant, Popular Terms
  • Don’t use App Name in Keywords (Redundant)
  • Look out for High Volume, Low Competition keywords
  • Use Your Main Keyword in the App Title if Possible
  • Aim for a KWD*  between 2-4% in App Description

*Note: KWD stands for Keyword Density which is the percentage of times a keyword or phrase appears in app description compared to the total number of words on the page

Why Optimize The Title?

Words in the title have a stronger impact in the algorithm than words in the keywords field. Also, it’s known that the first impression is a powerful emotion that it’s very hard to wash off.

5 tips to optimize the name:

  • What is that app?
    In other words, a location-based social network called “SendTip”. Your app’s name has to be relative to it’s function, so before deciding make sure to give it the thought it deserves.
  • Optimized for keywords.
    You should include some of you target keywords in your apps name. I couldn’t think off a better example than TaxiBeat[link]which (obviously)helps you find a safe and clean taxi ride near you.
  • Consider the length.
    When people are roaming an app store, they possibly search for a name that tells the whole story in just a word of phrase.
  • Localize your app name.
    It’s great for your app to adapt its name depending the location of the user. It’s both possible on Android and iOS and it’s rather and easy thing to do.
  • Avoid overused or popular words.
    Popular words, apart from being repeatedly used in the search section by the users, also stand a the flagship of words you shouldn’t include in your name. Why? I bet there’s already a more successful app out there that already uses it. Don’t allow people pass you for someone else!

8 Google Keyword Rank Checker Tools:

Optimize the Keyword Field:

  • Use as many of the 100 allotted characters as possible. You are looking for every possible advantage, so even one or two more additional keywords can add to your organic search downloads.
  • Remove all of the spaces between your keywords and add commas between every single word. The Apple search algorithm will automatically group keyword phrases, so you want to focus on getting as many keywords into the keyword field as possible.
  • The name of your app and your company are already included in your keyword list by default, so you do not have to explicitly declare them in your keyword list.
  • Only use the plural or singular version of a word, whichever is better, based on the criteria outlined in the previous section.
  • Remove longer words and test shorter words. The reason is that one or more additional shorter keywords will give you better search visibility than one longer keyword.
  • Check for duplicate keywords.

Advanced Terms

Assuming that you’ve made pretty clear what App Store Optimization is all about, it’s time to go a little deeper and unveil the secrets of the single most important thing in the process, once again: Keywords!

  • Volume or Monthly Searches
  • Hits or Competition Results
  • The Keyword Efficiency Results
  • Keyword Difficulty
  • Internationalization

Volume or Monthly Searches:

This indicates the number of times this term is searched for (on a scale of 100) by people using mobile devices with full Internet browsers in each country.

Hits or Competition Results:

The number of search results (apps) returned when you search with this term (Scaled to 100, you can mouse-over for the actual number).

KEI (Keyword Efficiency Index):

It is an SEO know–how. It shows you how good a keyword is for bringing traffic to your site. Or, putting it simple, how much positive effect keywords have on your paychecks. It’s can be calculate by using this mathematical equation:

KEI=(Monthly Searches/30)²/(Competition Results)

Keyword Difficulty

It is a factor that tells us how easy or difficult it is to rank for a particular keyword. BloggerTipsTricks made…

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