Monthly Archives: June 2014

15 Marketing Activities to Consider for Your App

In our last post, we discussed how to determine you app’s user demographic using Alexa and how to refine your marketing strategy based on user demographic. Now it is time to flesh out the specific marketing activities we might plan for when preparing our app for the App Store.

Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation. – Milan Kundera

Marketing Strategies for Software

When I was building my last software business, our product sold for about $700 per user per year for our Software-as-a-Service model and about $1100 per user per year for our On-Premise edition. It was not unusual for a single client sale to yield $30,000 to $50,000 because a normal sale was for 30 to 50 users of the On-Premise edition.

I had the sales and marketing side of things pretty well figured out. We would advertise with Google Adwords, sponsor trade shows, speak at events, appear in trade magazines, and perform weekly web-based demonstrations of the product to users that signed up for a trial. All of this was supported by an automated email drip system that emailed clients once they downloaded our product and a sales team that followed those emails up with a phone call to nudge the client to attend a demo and eventually purchase.

Marketing Strategies for Apps

App marketing is very different. Why? Because the price of apps normally range from 99 cents to 20 bucks. With such a low sales price, it would not be cost effective to have a sales team contact people that download the app to nudge them to buy. It would also not be feasible to try to demo the app to users weekly — it just does not fit for this type of product.

When someone starts searching for an app, they will decide in matter of seconds whether they will download the app, normally based on the look of the icon, app screen shots, short description of the app and the user reviews. So it is important to get those things right.

Additionally, the App Store is crowded with lots of apps so it is important to get your keywords right so that when someone searches for an app similar to yours, they find it. In addition to the App Store, you can also drive downloads for your app from other sources. Bloggers and journalists are normally held in high regard, so if they review and recommend your app, it is an easy gateway to gaining users.

Marketing Activities

Based on my research, here are a list of marketing activities that make sense to consider for apps.

  1. Place your product in all app stores (Apple, Google, Windows) – start with Apple first and migrate to other platforms once a platform shows success.
  2. Use Google Adwords to drive downloads. For about $100 a month you can drive more downloads. Always tweak this process and measure the conversions to ensure that the money is well spent.
  3. For those of you reading this blog, it is part of my marketing strategy.  The idea is to build a community of like-minded individuals and provide them with really useful content. When others take a journey with you, they are more likely to share your blog and product information with others — resulting in more visibility for your app.  By the way — please tell all your friends about this blog and have them subscribe to it and my Twitter feed and Facebook page (thanks!).
  4. Spend time every day gaining new Twitter users for your blog — use Just Unfollow to follow and unfollow Twitter users. I try to link to at least 50 new Twitter users per day.
  5. Create a Facebook product for your blog or product and try to gain visibility to it.
  6. Work with journalists, app review sites and bloggers to get reviews posted for the app. In only about a month, I have found about 125 blog / review / journalist sites that may review my app once it is ready for the App Store. Once my app is ready, I will email each of them asking them to review it.  If they post a review (especially if it is positive), it will generate more visibility.
  7. Implement an automatic drip email campaigns for trial users of the software to nudge them to purchase. I wrote my own automatic drip email system but you can purchase Mail Chimp or a similar program to do this.
  8. Solicit sites to link to your web site by looking at your competitor’s linkages and sending emails to the owners of the linking sites asking to link to you. You can see who links to your competitor’s site by using Alexa.
  9. Participate in discussion forums with other appreneurs to offer advice. This is good for newbie appreneurs and can also be very good for you — you will always learn something new. Never overtly pitch your products using this technique but include a link to your product’s website page and a tagline on each post. That gives visibility to your product, you will be surprised at how many people will see it and click to learn more.
  10. Work with other #appreneurs to offer a MORE section of your app where your can cross promote each other’s product. Be sure that the products you show in this section are good products and complementary to yours. As discussed in a prior blog, it is good to also include these as affiliate links, allowing you to earn money for those cross sells.
  11. Implement reminder screens that encourage your free users to upgrade to the paid version.
  12. Continuously tweak the App Store listing by changing the product title, description and keywords with each release. Test the effectiveness of the changes.
  13. Localize the app title, description, keywords and screenshots for each language you support.
  14. Create a good press package for each release that includes a good press release, videos of the product, screenshots, product overviews, and features.
  15. If all above is working and you have extra marketing funds, advertise on Facebook.

Related article: How to Build a Product Website for your App


Now that you have a better grounding for the types of marketing activities you might want to implement, prioritize the list and get started!  My next blog will be out in a couple of weeks — I will discuss how to finalize your business plan and give you the opportunity to see mine.

Shameless Plug

The app I am creating is slated for production in the App Store around July or August 2014. However, the web edition is already available at Once the app is done, it will seamlessly sync with the web version.

Download a free trial and check it out!

aMemoryJog – Web and iPhone editions

Also, if you like this blog, please share it with others to increase our following. Our twitter account is @2HourAppreneur and be sure to like my Facebook page at  Thanks for following the blog!

Using Alexa to Determine your User Demographic

In our last post, we discussed how to monetize your app for free and paid apps. We even discussed how to generate recurring revenue from your app. Once you have figured out your monetization strategy, you will need to formulate a marketing strategy. A more refined marketing strategy can be created if you understand your user demographics.

I remember auditioning for record labels and having them tell me, ‘Well, the country-radio demographic is the thirty-five-year-old female housewife. Give us a song that relates to the thirty-five-year-old female, and we’ll talk.’ – Taylor Swift

How to Determine Your App’s User Demographic

If you have really deep pockets, you can conduct user demographic studies that can better pin-point what type of “typical user” might enjoy your app.  You can look at things like male / female, age, geographical location, and education level. But who has thousands of dollars to spend on these types of studies?  Not me!

There is an another approach. Using Alexa, you can put in your competitor’s website and it will spit out the demographic. After analyzing several of your competitors, you can hone in on your demographic.

Let’s take an example. Let’s imagine you are creating an app to compete with Angry Birds (good luck with that).  You can go to and enter their website address ( and here is what it will show:

AngryBirds Demographic

User Demographics –

Based on the above, the demographic is mostly male with very little or no college education. They seem to use Angry Birds at school and home more than at work. As we can see below, it is very popular in India and the USA:

AngryBirds Demographic2

User Geographics –

You will want to do that with 4 to 5 of your competitors to hone in on the commonalities.

Related article: How to Build a Product Website for your App

Are Demographics Important?

In some cases demographics can be very important. For example, women tend to use meditation apps more than men so if I were designing a meditation app, I would want very soothing colors and would want to give my beta version to several women I trust to try it out and give me feedback on the design, look and feel and functionality.

The demographic can also play into how you market the app. In our fictional meditation app, I would scour the web for some female bloggers that are early adopters of technology, and are into meditation.  I would contact them to get them excited about writing a review for the meditation app.  Their popular blog could turn other women onto the app if they really enjoy your app, especially if they write enthusiastically about it.


Now that you know how to use Alexa, try determining your app’s demographic! My next blog will be out in a couple of weeks — I will discuss what marketing activities you might consider when planning the release of your app.

Shameless Plug

The app I am creating is slated for production in the App Store around July or August 2014. However, the web edition is already available at Once the app is done, it will seamlessly sync with the web version.

Download a free trial and check it out!

aMemoryJog – Web and iPhone editions

Also, if you like this blog, please share it with others to increase our following. Our twitter account is @2HourAppreneur and be sure to like my Facebook page at  Thanks for following the blog!

Sneak Peek at aMemoryJog Lite iPhone edition

After several months of development, the FREE edition of aMemoryJog (Lite) app is almost ready for production.  We are now making final bug fixes, preparing marketing materials, and getting ready for the Apple App Store submission.

To jog your memory (pun!), aMemoryJog is an app that tracks passwords, frequent flyer details, loyalty program information, and pretty much anything else that is easily forgotten. By having this information on your phone, it is a tap away.

The edition shown in this blog will be TOTALLY FREE for download in the Apple App Store very soon.

aMemoryJog Lite Movie

My @2HourAppreneur readers get the first sneak peek of the application.  I created a movie that shows the app in progress, click below to watch the movie:


Additionally, I thought I would include some screen shots so that you can see each screen in detail. If you have any feedback (good or bad), please provide it by commenting to this post. We still have a few more weeks to make tweaks, so your feedback is valuable.

Login Process

From here, you will be able to create a new account (if you don’t have one) or login if you do have one. If you have an account but cannot remember the password, you can have it emailed from here.


Please provide some feedback by entering comments into this blog:

  • What do you think of the logo?
  • What do you think of the colors of the application?

All Your Easily Forgotten Info in Your Pocket

Once you are logged in, it shows a list of items you have stored in aMemoryJog. To add a new item, tap the + sign in the top right of the page.


To view the details of an existing item, simply tap it and the details appear.


One of the cool features is the ability to tap the website address of a stored item and it will bring up that website and allow you to quickly log in without remembering your userid and password (you can tap those to automatically fill them in).  Here is an example of that for the Wells Fargo website:


Questions for you:

  • What do you think about how it organizes all your passwords?
  • Do you like the colors?
  • Are the navigation buttons at the bottom of the page easy to understand?
  • Do you like the website browser integration for tapping a website address to automatically fill in the userid and password?

Adjusting your Settings

The app is also configurable, you will have a number of different settings that allow it to work better for your specific needs.


Questions for you:

  • Are the settings labeled in way you can quickly understand  what they do?
  • Is the look visually appealing?

Getting Help

The Help screen allows you to watch a movie that shows how the product works, access frequently asked questions and request support.


Questions for you:

  • Is it clear how to use this screen?
  • Do you like the colors used on this screen?
  • Is it clear what the Tell A Friend section is for?


Thanks so much for supporting this effort. Your feedback is important, especially now just before getting it ready for production — so any feedback is welcome.

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Thanks again for following the blog!