How to create an app marketing plan

How to create an app marketing plan

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Creating a thorough marketing plan is essential to a successful app launch. Building an app takes a lot of time, money and energy, and it could all go to waste if nobody is aware that your app exists.The best app marketing plans are divided into three stages: the pre-launch marketing efforts, the post-launch campaign, and the efforts designed to maintain interest in the app. Let’s take a look at these stages.

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1. The Pre-Launch Campaign

The purpose of this stage of the campaign is to create buzz around your app and prepare the ground for your app to reach top spot in the app stores. This is also the stage where you prepare most of your marketing materials.

First off, you want to develop a cohesive style and tone for your promotional materials. Everything from the text of the landing pages and articles, to the banner ad designs, should follow a style guide. You can also give your campaign more oomph by developing a screenplay and producing an ad video.

Next, you want to prepare the media kits, which are to be delivered on launch day across targeted publications. This is also where you prepare your advertising efforts for social media channels. In order to ensure that you have as many early adopters as possible, put up a demo of your app on the TestFlight service.

Have all the email addresses you have gathered in preparation for the launch ready, and make sure that the app’s marketplace description, keywords and screenshots are in place. Finally, set up all the analytics systems and get ready for launch day.

2. The Post-Launch Campaign

Once it’s go time, you want to ensure that you get your app to the top spots of the app stores and secure maximum visibility. There are three main efforts to keep in mind here:

  • Set up you social network banner campaign.
  • Purchase paid installs.
  • Ensure that you open the proper avenues to receive rave reviews from blogs, YouTube channels and other media.

During this stage, you convert all of your marketing efforts into traffic for your app. The point of this stage is to get your app into a position where it starts generating organic installs.

You will also start to actively generate buzz, by using the materials you have prepared in the previous stage. Send out your press releases, get in touch with blogs and relevant YouTube channels, set up and test your ads through the relevant mobile ad networks, and fine tune your landing pages and ASO based on their effectiveness.


What are the Pre and Post Launch Mobile App Marketing Pitfalls to Avoid?

It’s easy to say that app developers want their apps to be successful. However, this doesn’t happen without strategic planning and focus.
Do the work, both before and after the launch of your app to ensure its success.


3. Efforts to maintain interest in the app

This third stage is comprised of long term efforts designed to maintain user retention and a top spot on the app store charts. Keeping users engaged is, for the most part, something that is designed within the app, but the marketing department can help out here by using push notifications effectively and in-app advertisement agreements set up with other developers. You can also keep users engaged by organizing contests, and offering gifts and discounts based on loyalty.

Maintain general interest by uploading YouTube videos, and contacting famous YouTubers who would be willing to do the same. Get in touch with journalists, and use your own media materials to promote news about your app’s success and upcoming updates.

Extra Efforts

These efforts fall into a category of their own, and they mainly revolve around information gathering and making connections within the app industry.

The first effort revolves around the legwork done at conferences, conventions and other events, where you can build a list of contacts that will help you market your app throughout its lifetime. We’re talking about other developers, influential experts, bloggers, journalists and anyone who might be able to help you promote your app.
You want to have a list of names and details, preferably in an Excel spreadsheet. Presuming that you will build a big enough list, you want to also keep track of the relationships you have with your contacts. For example, adding a tab that specifies the likelihood of the contact being willing to help with promotion can do wonders for your organizational efforts.

Similarly, you can keep a list on the type of social media platforms you plan on using. Positive results should be tracked and noted down for each platform, along with any other details about successful procedures and best practices. If you do this over a long enough period of time, you can develop highly effective social media campaigns much easier.

Conclusion

When creating a marketing plan, you are trying to do three things: create buzz, rocket your app to the top of the app store listings, and retain users over the long term. If you keep these three elements in mind, you can get creative with how you want to achieve your objectives.

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