ASO matters for your app exactly as much as SEO matters for your website! ASO is your gateway to optimize your app and ensure the highest ranks for it.
What is ASO?
ASO is a process to optimize your mobile app to be highly ranked in app store search results. Higher ranks in search results increase your app opportunities to get discovered by potential customers, which accordingly deliver more traffic. With ASO, app users can take action, download your app, and get you more engagement.
So, we will go through a quick mind-mapping for your ASO strategy together, to guarantee you are using ASO to the max. While we are going along ASO Checklist, check off points you are already covering and mark the ones you are missing.
1. Understand your customer
This is where you must start from; to determine who your customers are, what their persona is, and accordingly, what strategy needed to reach them. But how to do so? Here is a persona-mapping exercise that will help you a lot.
Imagine that your target customer is walking right now into the room, what do you see now?
Is it a man or a woman? What is the age? How do s/he dressed-up?
What is the job title? Do s/he has a car? Which type?
Which social class is s/he belongs to? Which language is dominating the speech?
Keep asking yourself so similar questions and write down the all the answers, by the end of this exercise you will have an actual and precise visual image to the segmentation and interests of your most suitable customer. Now you can confidently set your marketing strategy.
2. Monitor your competitors
Monitoring your competitors is your best guideline!
Determine who exactly your competitor are and who your benchmark is. Monitoring your competitors will give you a clue about what is actually working with a particular audience and what is not, it will also guide you to the most common keywords in the field you are in. While Monitoring your competitors will give you a clue about the best practices in the field and the most suitable style, techniques and channels to communicate with your target audience.
3. Maximize your keywords
A study stated that Over 65% of all downloads on the iOS App Store come from search, which means that the discoverability of your app and your apps organic reach are highly depending on choosing the right keywords. So, besides monitoring your competitors to determine which keywords to use, you need to take care of the following:
- Always use Keywords in the title of your app, it gives more weight.
- Use descriptive keywords beside your app name. it will help your target audience to get the purpose of your app and will rank higher because it is placed in your app’s’ title.
- You have got 100 characters in the App Store keyword field, why to waste any? Use them all.
- Google play store is just like SEO, it scans keywords from your description, which means that you have got 4,000 characters. Imbed your keywords logically into it.
- Create a balance between your keyword difficulty and its traffic.
4. Localize your app
Which language do you most commonly use in your apps? If the answer is English, then you need to reconsider it. According to Onesky, “Today, only 31% of app revenue is generated by North American consumers. And of those consumers outside the English-speaking world, 72% prefer to use their native language when shopping, even if they’re fluent in English.” See how many audience you are missing by not localizing your app? Some nations are so restricted to their mother tongue, so why don’t you just localize and communicate with your audiences by their home language?
5. Standout with a unique icon
Always pare in mind that some of your users are visual people; they don’t like to read, if your visuals didn’t catch their attention, they will just ignore your app. Your top visual item is your Icon, so make it unique! Your app icon needs to stand up among all the other apps stuffed in the store.
But watch out, it’s not just only about the design and how creative it is, it’s also about which design is suitable for which store. So always remember to read the icon designing guidelines presented by the store you are publishing your app at.
- Side tip: there are so many things connecting to the way you are presenting your app that you must master, such as choosing the right app name, creating a compelling description, Including screenshots and videos, and watching out for your rating and reviews. In case you missed reading them in the “How to get the max out of ASO” part in our preview article, check it out from here:What is ASO and why it is important for App Discovery
6. Promote your app on social media
Who doesn’t use social media platforms nowadays? The power of social media is magical if you just used it right! Create a page to your app on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram and so. It gets you closer to your users, empowers your online presence, drives more traffic to your app and helps it get highly ranked.
7. Frequently analyze update and support your app
“App Store Optimization is not a set-and-forget activity that you do once and run with it.” Yes! Your app is your baby and you are the parents, it’s not once and that’s it, it’s a 24-hrs job. You need to always keep your eyes on your app; analyze its performance weekly, reconsider your ASO strategy with each new trend or upgrade, keep tracking your competitors and always refine your keywords. You need also to convey to your audience that your app is interesting enough for them to always check and pursue; brain storm for new ideas for your app, promote it through push notifications and others, and don’t forget to frequently do the actual app update. That’s how you give your audience a reason to always come back.
One more tip, and then you are free to get back to your app and utilizing all the above: A/B TESTING what may work for others may not work for you, always test till you reach what works for you the most.