Mobile Marketing: 50 Ways to Promote Your iPhone App


A nearly perfect mobile marketing plan and follow-up execution will fall short if the underlying app is uninspiring, bug-ridden or unremarkable. In addition, a well-designed, compelling app thrown in the mix of 50,000+ apps and unsupported by marketing, would likely disappoint. An integrated approach is most effective, with all components complementing and leveraging one another. A commitment to an integrated marketing plan and continued improvements to the app itself, will increase your probability of a sustained advantage in the marketplace.

  1. Get noticed in the App Store.
    Prospective customers often browse within the top apps listed in the app store via iTunes on their computer or via the iPhone App Store app. Your app’s ranking is affected by unit downloads and getting into the top 100 can dramatically impact the success of your app. Choose a unique, catchy name for your  app so that yours can be found within the app store easily and within Google searches. Include your brand name, where appropriate. Be sure to do your homework and scour the apps store to see what your competition is doing. Your app name in the app store should include keywords and be longer than the app name on the phone itself. If Apple continues to allow, you can see how renaming your app or modifying your app description copy and screen shots affects your ranking in the days that follow Apple approval. 
  2. Submit to app review sites. Submit your app for review. Provide a promo code so that the editorial staff can review your app without having to pay for it. Here are some of the leading app review sites: AppCraver148appsAppVeeiPhoneAppReviews.netiUseThisApple iPhone SchoolAppStoreApps.com, iPhoneApplicationList, TUAW and Apps Safari. Reach out to Rob, the host of the popular PodCast TODAY in iPhone. He’s been generous in the past with reviews of new apps.
  3. Public relations.
    Establish yourself as a subject matter expert and develop mutually rewarding relationships with the media. Odds of a feature story, pick-up or mention increases exponentially as your goals are aligned to that of the columnist, radio host or TV producer. Developing rapport is easier than you might think. In fact, you can respond to a daily feed of reporter requests for expert sources using HARO. Regarding pitches and press releases, don’t be ordinary. You need to stand out from the crowd to be remembered. Peter Shankman, one of the most respected names in PR drives this point home in his book, “Can We Do That?” Distribute only to media contacts known to cover your topics. Online PR distribution gives you access to newspapers, radio, TV, industry trade publications, consumer magazines and influential blogs. Reach out to editors, journalists, news directors, producers and industry analysts. Web syndication drives immediate exposure of press releases to web-channel publishers internationally. Today’s technology can monitor media mentions/pickups and provide insightful analytics about traffic sources. Be sure to bunch up your publicity when you go live to maximize your chance of top ranking by app category.
  4. Customized postage stamps.
    Customize your business postage stamps using your new app’s icon design.

    Photo Stamps

    Photo Postage Stamps

  5. Promote from ads within other apps.
    Promote your app in interactive ads contained within other iPhone apps. iPhone ads offer very high levels of engagement including click to call, click to video and click to app store. A growing number of ad networks provide in-app advertising options with audience targeting that includes age, gender, geography, category,  carrier, device and handset. Pricing models include bid per click and per engagement.  Conversion tracking and reporting are standard offerings. Check out these folks: Medialets, Quattro Wireless,  AdMob and VideoEgg.
  6. Share using AddThis.
    Where ever you promote your app online, increase your traffic and page rank using an AddThis button. It’s easy to install on your blog or website pages and it makes it easy for your visitors to share your content with their friends and colleagues who use Facebook, MySpace, Digg, Delicious, LinkedIn, TypePad, Blogger, WordPress, etc.
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  7. Select targeted advertising outlets.
    Choose your advertising targets wisely. As yourself these questions: Who are my best customers? What are their demographic and lifestyle characteristics? Where do they gather?  How do they consume media?  What do they read, listen to and watch? Should my advertising be placed where captive mobile audiences can be found (train stations, bus stops, airports, amusement parks, checkout lanes, hotels, college campuses, cafes, within other apps, on podcasts, etc.)? And, what analytical tools will measure the success of each? View MacWorld’s iPhone App Marketing Program slideshow as an example of paid sponsorship and advertising. Some of the app review websites listed in #2 above offer advertising on their sites. Your online ads can link directly to your app within the app store. Wizzard Media provides access to sponsorship/advertising opportunities within audio/video podcast content categories relevant to your target audience. Think differently: Large ad display stickers are gracing the ceilings on commuter CTA trains in Chicago and oversized floor stickers are becoming commonplace at trade shows and retail establishments. Larger budgets can consider outdoor options that include wallscapes, train/bus wraps, transit stations, etc. Titan Worldwide offers outdoor advertising in many of the world’s top markets.
  8. Promote mobile app within current customer touch points.
    Promote your new app on your store receipts, packaging, shipping flyer insertions, apparel tags, shopping bags, invoices, monthly statements, envelopes, packing slips, POP displays,posters, restaurant menus & place mats, shipping containers and custom imprinted packing tape. Create attention-getting stickers for use on each, where appropriate.
  9. Q&A participation.
    Participate in targeted app topic-specific Q&A discussions at Yahoo Answers, LinkedIn Answers and WikiAnswers and provide links to learn more about you and your app. Become a trusted participant by providing answers to others.
  10. Email marketing.
    Send out a highly targeted email campaign to prospects. You’ll want your campaign to be CAN-SPAM compliant to avoid fines and/or criminal penalties. B2B and B2C email lists are available from infoUSA.com. Filter from 2 million business email contacts by industry, SIC,  size, job titles, spending, credit rating, location and more. Filter from 15 million consumer email contacts by geography, age, home value, wealth indicators, hobbies & interests, ethnicity, religion, household occupant info and more. Many publications have databases of subscriber email addresses and will send email campaigns on your behalf. They, too, allow filtered targeting of their email lists. Choose publications whose audience matches your targeted customers. A warning about buying or renting email lists, follow the rules and stay current on new developments. Email marketing platforms such as the popular Constant Contact have a no tolerance spam policy which you can read here.
  11. Pricing strategy.
    Learn from the success of Peggle. On June 11, 2009, they dropped their price from $4.99 to $0.99 for a three day promotion. The results are in…on June 16, 2009, Peggle achieved ranking atop the app store due to the popularity of the app during the promotion and it is selling at the original $4.99 price. Such a strategy requires effective publicity around the promotion. AppVee, an App review site, setup a separate AppVee Twitter “Apps Now Free” account for tweets to their followers about price drops. Promotion sees Peggle go top on App Store
  12. Create presentation walk-through of mobile app.
    Create and upload a SlideShare.net presentation that includes a slide show walk-through with screenshots of your app and a description of features and benefits. Supported upload formats include PowerPoint, OpenOffice, Apple Keynote, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, iWork Pages and PDFs. Share publicly and optimize text content (title, description, etc.) within your posting to optimize search engine placement.
  13. App launch sponsorship.
    Secure a launch sponsor and co-promote. Examples include People Magazine’s app and its launch sponsor Unilever. Within your pre-launch marketing materials, promote and provide clear instructions for those who might be interested in being a launch sponsor. Explain the benefits they’ll receive in terms of publicity exposure, placement within the app and other perks. Get creative with the extra perks. For example, let’s say you’re a celebrity speakers bureau…you can offer an opportunity for your sponsors to enjoy an evening meeting a few celebrities.
  14. Tell-a-friend in-app feature.
    Within your app, include a conspicuous “Tell a friend” feature and leverage the users’ personal iPhone’s contacts directory for text messaging or email. Pre-populate the message with friendly promotional copy that speaks highly of your app and provides a link where they can learn more.
  15. Twitter in-app feature.
    Within your app, create a Twitter update feature so that users can easily tweet about the awesomeness of your app. Suggest a few pre-canned complimentary messages and append with a TinyURL that links to your app in the app store. Twitter.com
  16. Exclusive app content.
    Include and promote exclusive content within your app that is unavailable elsewhere.
  17. Mobile Barcoding.
    Use 2D mobile barcoding in your advertisements, product packaging and other customer touchpoints. 2D barcodes can be scanned with camera phones. To get a sense for the power of this technology, try the following: 1) Create a QR Code here or here. 2) Download the Optiscan iPhone app ($4.99) or another QR barcode reader app. 3) Scan the code. Are you amazed? Here’s where it gets good…the scanned barcode information can provide a link directly to your app in the iPhone App store! The user is provided with a web link, phone number or message that’s saved directly onto the phone. This is an emerging advertising technology in the USA but has been in use in Japan for some time. Its permission-based format is attractive to consumers. Below notice a QR barcode that contains my contact info. Once scanned to the iPhone, two clicks adds a new contact record that includes my full name, phone number and email address. Note: If you use QR barcodes, better to display larger vs. smaller. Some mobile cameras cannot focus properly to get a good read if the barcode is too small.
  18. App improvements over time.
    Add new features to your app over time. Feature upgrades create new publicity opportunities and updated ranking by Apple within the app store. Along with improvements, monitor your app’s review feedback and act upon insightful new feature requests to keep customers coming back and lure new ones into the fold. When your app is developed, include mobile analytics so that your can learn about how your app is used, referring sources and app performance characteristics. Within your app, you can include a few simple features. A “Send Feedback” button can send emails to you privately.  Another button labeled “Leave a Review on iTunes” would provide easy access to app review submission.
  19. Collaboration.
    Find businesses who target similar markets to yours, but are not considered to be competitors. Reach out to influencers that specialize in the field that relates to your app. For example public speakers, book authors and other thought leaders are wonderful allies for collaboration. How can you get them talking about your app to their captive audiences? What can you offer them in exchange? Don’t forget about the media. A personal phone call or hand written note can go a long way towards building those relationships. Enthusem offers personalized greeting cards with your images and text. The cards are physically mailed on your behalf and include your return address. What’s interesting is their pickup attachment feature. A pickup code is provided to the recipient to access your uploaded file (PDF, PowerPoint, video, etc.). You are immediately notified when your recipient uses the pickup code.
  20. Social networking.
    Announce to friends, associates and connections across your social networks: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, etc. Other social networking sites are listed here.
  21. Search directory registration.
    Get listed in free online directories such as DMOZ. DMOZ powers core directory services for some of the most popular portals and search engines on the Web, including AOL Search, Netscape Search, Google, Lycos, HotBot and hundreds of others.
  22. Blog promotion.
    Post an announcement about your new app to your blog. Create a blog if you don’t already have one. WordPress or Blogger are good choices and they’re free! The analytical reporting provided reveals your referring traffic sources and an indication as to which of your blog posts are most popular. Ask Google to consider adding your blog to Google News (complete submission form here). Be sure to integrate your blog into LinkedIn (click on Applications) and Facebook (Simplaris Blogcast).
  23. Facebook fan page.
    Setup a Facebook Fan page to showcase your new app. It’s free and easy and your page can be found publicly in the search engines. When people join your Fan page, it’s published in their news feed for all their friends to read. It’s a great viral marketing tool!
  24. Create trial and paid app versions.
    Offer a free trial version with an option to have more functionality in the paid version. [note: With OS 3.0, Apple now offers in-App purchases. The new and better approach is to offer a free app with an option to up-sell within the app.]
  25. Content optimization for improved search engine rankings.
    Using Google Adwords keyword tool or Google Insights for Search, research search terms that are most relevant and popular with your target audience and populate your app description with those terms. Use the highly targeted terms consistently throughout all of your promotional efforts, including your blog and YouTube tags and app website META tags.
  26. Email signature.
    Add a description about your app below your signature line in all of your emails. Have others in your organization do the same, as appropriate. Provide a URL link directly to your app within the iPhone store (in iTunes, right click on your app name and you should see the option to “Copy iTunes Store URL”)
  27. Showcase app in new website.
    Create a new website to pre-market and showcase your app. Include screen shots and describe the features and benefits. Search optimize the website content. Reserve a custom domain name. Within your existing website, create a section to promote your app. Link to your app within the iPhone App store. Promote your app throughout your website with a button, “Available in the iPhone App Store.” Add a forum feature to solicit contributions from your customers. Moderate feature requests and customer feedback.
  28. Newsletter/email campaign.
    Mention your new app in your monthly newsletter and/or email blast to your database of customers and prospects.
  29. YouTube promotion.
    Create a YouTube video about your new app. Set up an account for free. In your video, highlight the ease of use, features and benefits. Your YouTube Channel can include a collection of your own videos and a memorable URL as well. Tag each of your videos and your channel with highly targeted terms. YouTube provides analytics insight regarding the number of views, visitors by demographic and popularity. Visitors choose to become friends and subscribers. You can choose to display visitor comments and attach your existing blog. Promote your YouTube app video with a your own sponsored ad within YouTube. Ads appear in the search results along the right side of the page. This is managed through a standard Google AdWords account.
  30. Exchange ad space within mobile apps.
    Use AdMob Download Exchange. Allows new users to discover your app from inside hundreds of other apps.
  31. LinkedIn promotion.
    On LinkedIn, join up to 50 of the 280,000+ groups that meet your target audience criteria. Within those groups, click on the News tab and post a link to your press release or blog posting about your new app. Within your LinkedIn profile “Websites” section, link to your website showcasing your app. By choosing “Other” as the website type, you can customize the name you use to identify your app.
  32. Forum participation.
    Identify forums that meet your target audience criteria. Participate in discussions and promote your new app as appropriate. Be sure to follow each forum’s protocol.
  33. Paid search marketing.
    Try paid search marketing – Examples include Yahoo Search Marketing, Google AdWords and Live Search. Your ad can point to a destination of your choice. Link to the iTunes store where the app can be purchased. To do this, open iTunes and hold your Control key down while clicking on your app’s icon. Then choose “Copy Link.” When you past the link code, it will look something like this: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zagat-to-go-09/id296428490?mt=8 You can also link your ad to your app website, SlideShare presentation or YouTube app video.
  34. Leverage existing presentations and sell sheets.
    Append your company’s PowerPoint presentations and sell sheets to include a mention of your new app. Embed your PowerPoint within your LinkedIn profile (use the Applications feature).
  35. Direct mail.
    If you’re already sending direct mail to customers and prospects, set aside some real estate on your next mailer to promote your new app. Consider a new direct mail campaign to targeted prospect lists using high quality sales leads. USADATA offers access to 14 million businesses and 132 million households. Business lists are available by industry, SIC,  size, job titles, spending, credit rating, location and more. Consumer lists can be filtered by geography, age, home value, wealth indicators, hobbies & interests, ethnicity, religion, household occupant info and more. When making your targeted list selections, it’s helpful to refer to a profile of your best customers within each targeted segment.
  36. Promotional items.
    Create branded promotional items (T-shirts, pens, mugs, cards, etc.) for your customers and prospects. Promote both your company and your new app. Do it yourself at CafePress.
  37. Word-of-mouth.
    Tell friends, relatives and colleagues. Give them a small stack of business cards whose design and sole purpose is to specifically promote your app. Include a QR barcode as described in Tip #17 above. Send out an announcement to everyone in your address book. How can you encourage them to share with their contacts, too? Announce at your community chamber events and within their new announcement opportunities on their website and in email blasts to their membership, etc. Excellent customer service with users of your app will earn their respect and recommendation.
  38. Voice mail and on-hold messaging.
    Change your outgoing voice mail message to include a mention of your new app. Change your company’s “on-hold” audio message to include a mention of your new app. Encourage associates at your company to mention the new app as they are in conversation with customers and prospects.
  39. Free-standing portable banners.
    Design a roll-up banner to promote your new app at your next trade show or within your establishment.
  40. SMS text messaging.
    Create a highly targeted opt-in SMS campaign.
  41. Digg promotion.
    Submit your app article or video online at Digg.com. Your submission will immediately appear in “Upcoming Stories,” where other members can find it and, if they like it, they’ll Digg it. Once a submission has earned a critical mass of Diggs, it becomes “popular” and jumps to the homepage in its category.
  42. Free classifieds.
    Try free classified advertising on CraigsList.
  43. Host an App Launch Party.
    Celebrate your launch with friends, associates, prospects and customers. Many bakeries now offer edible photo cakes or you can make one yourself. The cake icing can include your app icon. Order custom imprinted balloons with your app logo.
  44. Create wallpapers and backgrounds.
    Create wallpaper/background image made of columns and rows of your app’s icon and use on your profile pages in MySpace, Twitter, etc.
  45. Custom wrapping paper.
    Create promotional gift wrapping and tissue paper made of columns and rows of your new app’s icon. Find creative ways to use the wrapping and tissue paper.
  46. Branded promotional items with a mobile theme.
    Give away imprinted cell phone shaped mint tins with your company and app information.
  47. Auto-responder promotion.
    Append your email auto-responders to include a mention of your new app.
  48. Social media apps participation.
    Consider using location-based mobile social media apps that reveal people nearby with similar interests. One such app is Loopt. Within the Mix tab of the Loopt app, setup your profile to include “About me” text as well as Tags that represent your areas of interest.  Other subscribers set up Filters by age, gender and Search Tags. When appropriate, you can send a message to nearby Loopt subscribers that you think might have an interest in your app.
  49. Branded image projection.
    Use indoor and outdoor image projection to promote your app icon.
  50. Update company profile in professional directories.
    Consider creating or updating your company’s profile information across online company directories. Include a mention of your mobile app, where appropriate. Don’t forget data aggregators like InfoUSA and individual websites where your company profile can be included such as LinkedIn.


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Tim CascioTim Cascio is the author of the Mobile Marketing, Monetization and Methods blog, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of the Mobile Visionary Roundtable at the Illinois Technology Association and Sr. Digital Strategist at Bader Rutter & Associates, an award-winning integrated marketing services agency that specializes in advertising, public relations, brand asset management, relationship marketing and digital solutions. Tim is @timcascio on Twitter and can be reached in the United States at 262-938-5543.

Please reach out to me if there’s any way I can help you through my network or otherwise. Your comments below are welcome.

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94 responses to “Mobile Marketing: 50 Ways to Promote Your iPhone App

  1. What an absolute brilliant list! We have just released a new version of our JobFinder App into Apple for approval so this list is very timely for us. Thankyou.

  2. I loved your blog post on the 50 ways to promote your iPhone app – I don’t even have one, but I thought the comments were astute and focused and most could be applied beyond just iPhone apps. I scraped it and stuffed it into our ongoing digital files.

    I’m currently working on spreading the word and developing a social media game plan for a manufacturer of a narrowly-focused line of machines in a tremendously narrow segment and some of these ideas have spurred conversation internally that may help at least describe the outside of the box to the client.

    Great work and thanks.

  3. Thanks for a great article. You definitely put a lot of work into this. I am keeping this as a reference to work from when our iPhone App is ready to be sold.
    Thanks!

  4. Terrific article. And clearly a lot of work on your part. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Tmothy – This article is a concise and thorough how-to to create, market and profit from creating iPhone apps. Or, as I would subtitle it, “From Obscurity to Financial Success With Apps.” I found the article incredibly interesting and loved suggestions 17 (who knew there was such a thing as Mobile Barcoding and its’ capabilities?), 11, and 4 (a good visual). I’ve already sent it to a very good friend who is in the beginning stages of creating an app and I know he’ll greatly benefit from your thoughtful article and appreciate your generosity in sharing so much. Much appreciated.

  6. Great article, thanks for posting.

  7. I spent a whole day going through and trying most of these methods. Thanks! I will keep you posted….TAPP on

  8. Tim – I keep referring back to this article. What a terrific resource. Thanks so much for enlightening us with this valuable information! I’ve tweeted this and shared it on LinkedIn. Can’t wait for your next post. I’m also adding you to my blogroll…thanks again!

    Kathy Meyer
    http://twitter.com/2cre8
    http://2cre8productions.blogspot.com

  9. The best information i have found exactly here. Keep going Thank you

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  11. Hello. Thank you for this great info! Keep up the good job!

  12. thanks for all the tips. we are launching a new calling card application and can use the help to show the new application for http://www.Pingo.com

  13. thank you! I really liked this post!

  14. Very useful indeed, thank you.

  15. Thanks for this article! very helpful. After just putting our first UK job search in the app store, I had no idea even where to begin with the marketing of it. Thanks!

  16. AWESOME article – just what the AppDoc ordered!
    I appreciate your time in compiling this – Rock On!

    Jeff Yates

  17. The bible of mobile application marketing!

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  19. We have been working on marketing our first aid application and your tips have been helping alot! Thank you again for your help.

  20. I will follow these methods step-by-step. Thanks for sharing so much and have a great day! …

  21. Tim,

    This is a very comprehensive and informative blog. Thank you for sharing, the information is invaluable. Probably one of the better blogs I’ve read on any topic in awhile.

  22. Thank you
    I found this to help with my work we had followed a lot of your advice already but this helped me focus on the things we needed to do, it is nice to know that there are people like you who will help and share this type of information.

  23. hi,
    thanks for this impressive list. We will try the suggested methods to improve sales for our small app about fears and phobias, iFear (http://www.ifear.it)

    Thanks
    M.

    • M,

      Novel App idea! Always great to hear from our friends in Italy! My dad’s side is 100% Italian. Thank you for your feedback and best of luck with your App.

      Tim

  24. georgina sullivan

    Great info. It has been super helpful – Thanks!

  25. Fantastic! About to launch our first app :)

  26. My profession is an online marketer and this infomration you complied was really well thought out. It was very helpful and provided some new ideas for the app I just submitted and got approved via Apple. I have an app called Spuzzle (a “social puzzle” – http://www.spuzzle.com/app).

    • Hi Jeff,

      I love the name, Spuzzle. Clever concept and I like how you integrate the share on Facebook and Twitter options. Congrats on your Apple approval. I wish you much success!

      Tim

  27. thanks, helps a lot
    we are now developing our app and hopefully it will launch in 2 months

  28. Hatsoff!!!

  29. Hi Tim,

    Really impressive!!!

    Thanks a lot for all those amazing tips. We are developing a lot of different apps and all this info is really worthy for us.

    I am going to get a really big MMMM fan!

    If you come to Madrid some day, let us known please!!

    Best,

    Ramiro.

    • Hello Ramiro,

      Thank you for your kind words! I’ve been to Madrid and rented a scooter. I had a great time. The scooter was a great way to see the sites, though a few of the major intersection hubs were a bit dicey. Best of luck with your app launches!

      Tim

  30. thanx tim
    Great post.
    New iphone puzzle app submitted to app store..
    You article is very helpful for me to promote my app…once again thanx

  31. The best on the web! Worth a million.

  32. thanks for your usefull post,i allready bookmarked your blog and will come back for read future post
    keep share

  33. Thanks for the post, Tim! Very helpful and I came across it at just the right time. I’ve bookmarked your blog and I look forward to reading more. Please say hello to the folks at BR for me!

    • Hi Maureen,

      Thank you for your note! Fancy meeting you here. Next time you’re visiting BR, please stop by to say hello! All the best for a successful iPhone app launch!

      Tim

  34. Thank you so much for these information to promote app
    I am on searching best tool of promotion App!!,too much pleasure to meet these post.

  35. thanks for the great article,,, learn so much from your site.

  36. This worked for my iRipped gym application. I increased sales using this guide thanks. My app was great but no one heard of me!

  37. Excellent!

  38. Hi Tim,
    These are really amazing tips.

    I’m a young iOS developer in Vietnam and don’t know how to market my young apps.
    But your tips makes the world flatter.

    Thank you very much. I really appreciate.

    Tuan

  39. Hey Tim, great piece of work.
    As I am new in marketing of android and apple apps and this will help me a lot to overcome the issues I am facing from past few days.
    Thanks

  40. Nehemia Litterat

    Thanks a lot this kind of information is what I was looking for.
    People like you make me want to give back. Keep the good work.
    Nehemia

  41. Excellent article. I think marketing is just as important as (maybe more) application design and programming. There are so many apps now in the app store it is hard to stand out . Creating pre-launch hype and building a list is also very helpful.

    • Yes, Mark; with over 350,000 apps in the Apple App Store, it’s critical to do the pre-launch tactics and execute a well thought out plan! Thank you for your feedback!

      Tim

  42. Good Article. App marketing is very important, especially in a low barrier market as the appstore. There are many good apps and games for concept and design that can’t be found and bringing the news of a new app to a large audience is the second half of the job. The first is development. I think these 50 points are a must and sign the road for a better marketing plan.
    Thanks.

    • Well said, Francesco. Italy is one of my very favorite places for so many reasons. A few years ago, I interviewed Emanuele Vulcano from Milan. See the post here: http://bit.ly/8lLB4

      Kindest regards,

      Tim

      • Definitely right, Francesco!
        Thanks Tim for the article, I’m trying to follow your points and the presentation on SlideShare has been the most useful tip so far for my just released app about Euro coins.
        Glad to know Italy is among your favorite places. :)

        Davide

      • Hello, Davide, from the USA! Your Euro coins app looks very helpful. I’ve got an American coin collection and I’d love to have access to the kind of info you share in your helpful app. Best regards, Tim.

  43. Epic article, thank you.

  44. Thanks for an extensive idea list! This will help, do you have any content more recent or comparisons on how promoting your app has changed over time? Becoming a BIG fan!

    • Hi Daniel! Thank you for your feedback. I responded to Landing Gao above in regards to the publisher partnering idea I plan to include among the list of promotional recommendations to consider. In addition, I think there are opportunities to focus on select countries where apps can be tested for uptake. Kindest regards, Tim

  45. Great tips Tim!
    I found particularly useful the one about SlideShare.
    Glad to know Italy is one of your favorite places.
    Greetings from Lake Como. :)

    • Ciao Davide! Congrats on your Netcafé TV spot! Your SlideShare looks great, too! Hope all is well with you. My wife and I travelled through Lake Como on our honeymoon. It was breathtaking! All the best, Tim

  46. Hi Tim, Thanks for the killer info.
    We are in our late development stages, and even though we started marketing efforts long ago, I’ve been searching for something like this for a long time!
    Will definitely use most of these, and as Francesco said – its 50% (at least) Marketing.

    Thanks Again!
    Ronen.

  47. Great tips for our app launch plan! Thank you, Tim!

    By the way, is there any update or new one in these 2 years?

    • Hello! When I get around to updating this list, I’ll be sure to include a suggestion to consider the benefits of partnering with a publisher whose audience most closely aligns with the app’s target audience. Doing so would provide access to the target audience through the publisher’s touch points that include the publisher’s printed publication, website, email/newsletters, trade shows, etc. In addition, a publisher could provide exclusive editorial content to differentiate and keep visitors coming back. Best of luck with your new Password Book for iPhone app! Tim

  48. A lot of great information. I just set up my admob account and I am currently working on the blogs; thank you. We’re release our in september. I hope theres enough to spread the word :)
    http://mobubble.com

    • Hi there, Chris! Congratulations on your app launch! Your video is cleverly done. I also love the clean user interface and design of both your website and mobile app. I think your app is very timely, given the global economic slump. People are looking for ways to keep up with their bills and get ahead financially by offering their expertise! Best to you and the success of your app! Tim

  49. Now that’s a well defined list. Using it for http://AutoVolumeApp.com

  50. I have definitely reviewed and resulted in the cpa becker from Morgan to be the best pick.

  51. Hi Tim, thank you for a nice post! Love it a lot. Just in case someone wants to promote a mobile app locally, I have a list of 10 most popular portals and blogs to promote iPhone apps in Russia – http://ivanpr.com/blog/2011/09/18/10-portals-and-blogs-to-promote-your-iphone-app-in-russia/

    • Hi Roman! Thank you for your comments and helpful link to portals and blogs to promote iPhone apps in Russia. Congratulation on your launch of the Sales Phone app for lead generation and sales management! By the way, your banner image on your home page is breathtaking! Kindest regards, Tim

  52. Will consider your advices. Thank you.

  53. very nice list.but i m little confuse about bar code.plz explain it….

    • Hello there! Think of a QR Code as a shortcut to a mobile destination. You smartphone’s app store should have free QR Code reader apps to download. After doing so, launch the app and capture a random QR Code as seen here. Best of luck! Tim

  54. Great article. Came up first in my Bing search for how to promote an App. Have started to click on the links and use the resources. Many thanks

    • Hi there! I love your walking guides app idea, complimented by your helpful website! What a great concept! Your website does a great job of integrating route maps, difficulty levels, ratings, photos of what you’ll see along the walk and local weather. And, I really like the fact that you don’t need an internet connection while walking. Outstanding work! All the best, Tim

  55. Great article. There are many items on the list that I would have never thought of or have seen previously on any other app promoting website. I will be using many of these ideas to give my app (“Radio Dial Word of Day” – Radio Disney codeword) a boost in the app store. Thanks, Tim.

  56. “50 ways” thats definitely worth implementing not only for the iPhone but other parts of marketing products of the business as well.

    Just stumbled across this article and I’ve enjoyed reading it!

  57. Greetings, Ali! Thank you for stopping by my blog. Wishing you well in all of your pursuits, including your new Marketing Manager Blog! Tim

  58. great stuff!

    we just recently lauched our app and we use most of the items here.
    the main items that helped us penetrate the market were Blogs coverage of our app and using PR agency.

    another tool that we used which I didnt see here is the buzzdoes tool (http://www.buzzdoes.com) which actually generate many new users from our early adapters. it works in a risk free manner – where you don’t pay anything unless it work for you, and for us it works really great.

    a question – do you think we should use different marketing methods for the android market and the Apple app store?

    thanks and keep on writing great stuff!

    • Hi Florence! If your app is a paid app, perhaps you put more time and expense to focus on Apple app store efforts. The Apple store audience is generally more accustomed to paying for apps. According to a recent article by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Apple’s percentage of paid apps is 13.5% compared to Android’s 1.3%. In general, know your audience segmentation so you can direct your marketing efforts accordingly. Jeferson Valadares writes on the importance of this in his article on app game spending by age and gender. Best of luck with your launch! Tim

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  60. May I simply just say what a relief to find somebody who actually knows what they’re talking about online. You certainly understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More and more people have to look at this and understand this side of the story. It’s surprising you are not more popular given that you surely have the gift.

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  62. That is a very good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very accurate info… Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

  63. Great list. We just launched http://www.zummii.com. Thanks.
    Team Zummii

  64. Great article! Most of the ideas you presented are great for marketing pretty much any type of product or service.

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