ASO Starter Pack: App Store Optimization, Mobile A/B Testing and Apple Search Ads

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If you’re new to the SplitMetrics blog, check out this post to equip yourself with insights into App Store Optimization (ASO), deep understanding of mobile A/B testing and the most efficient hacks to empowering your Apple Search Ads.
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The Ultimate Guide to App Store Screenshots: Sizes, Styles, Tips and ASO Best Practices

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There are constant debates about the most impactful app store product page elements that help you grow app organically. Some growth hackers do believe that description really matters, some ASO specialists are assured that mobile icons beat all page elements when it comes to significance.

The latter assumption makes a lot of sense for Apple Search Ads and store search results conversion. However, when a user gets on the product page, screenshots tend to catch the best part of attention due to its visual nature and a large proportion of page space.

After all, it’s proven that less than 2% of users tap “read more” button and some ignore app description entirely. It’s not surprising as visual communication has a better influence on people than written one. Thus, app screenshots are responsible for grabbing the attention of potential users and argue them into installing an app.
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Designing Screenshots: A Guide On How To Achieve a 32% Conversion Lift

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With our case study from Bubble Birds 4, we tried to show what exact things you can change in your efforts in designing screenshots that will convert and engage users in the best possible way.

In their test, developers wanted to check if a personal approach in designing screenshots will influence the conversion rates of their app page. The following changes have been applied and, as a result, delivered significant performance:

1) The main character overlaid on each screenshot. This way, a bird acts as a storyteller that speaks to users and represents what to expect from the game. Additionally, the character becomes the main element of the screenshot which helps in catching user attention and raises interest.

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Guide to Mobile App Engagement across Apps Life Сycle

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80% of app users churn within 3 days after a download, this sad statistics is true for most mobile apps. That’s why it’s so important to have a decent mobile app engagement strategy in place. It will help you get users that keep coming back to your app.

In this guide, we’ll review 4 phases of a user life cycle and relevant activities that can improve mobile user engagement.
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Apple App Store Guidelines: Requirements for All Product Page Elements

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Before the app finds itself on the App Store, it has to get through a review. For the process to be completed quickly and successfully, Apple provides requirements for each product page element. In this guideline, we’ve gathered all the information you need to consider before submitting your app to the App Store.
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Guide to Mobile A/B Testing: Proven Strategies, Professional Tips, and App Store Optimization Best Practices

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Mobile A/B testing has been around for quite a while and for a good reason. It can be widely used for marketing purposes: from getting data on the behavior of the target audience to user acquisition on major app stores.

If you understand the value of data-driven decisions, mobile A/B testing might become your go-to solution as it lets you get beyond the guesswork. Splitmetrics teamed up with Apptimize and created a comprehensive guide to App Store and in-app A/B testing which will help you grow your mobile business.

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Apple Search Ads Update: Aligning Keywords to Screenshots and App Previews

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A brand new feature for Apple Search Ads was announced. The essence of the update is as follows: now app publishers that run Apple Search Ads can align various keywords with different screenshots and app previews.

The main novelty introduced in Apple Search Ads are so-called Creative Sets. A Creative Set will consist of screenshots and app previews of publisher’s choice. However, mind that you can select screenshots and app previews only from the ones you have on the App Store product page.
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Facebook Pixel Integration with SplitMetrics: Benefits, Detailed How-To Guides, Custom and Lookalike Audiences

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The latest report of Social Media Examiner states that Facebook is still in the lead of ad channels for both B2C and B2B marketers. 72% of B2C companies use Facebook Ads as their primary social advertising channel. With more than 2.2 billion monthly active users, this ad platform offers incredible targeting options.

The high quality of this ad channel makes it a perfect traffic source for A/B tests. SplitMetrics decided to help publishers to extend their Facebook Ads experience even further introducing  Facebook Pixel integration which helps to increase conversion rate and lower CPI.
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Apple Enhances Screenshots Limit and SplitMetrics Supports These Changes in A/B Tests

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App publishers all over the world started February 22 with news from Apple – now store product pages can feature up to 10 app store screenshots. These screens limit increase is on a per-device basis which means you can upload sets of 10 different screenshots for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

SplitMetrics, in its turn, is excited to announce that now our platform supports product page A/B tests with 10 screenshots. This update gives marketers an opportunity to check whether it’s worth investing in the design of the 10-screenshot set.

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Ultimate Guide to Preparing Your App Store Page for Holidays

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The winter holidays are knocking at your door and every publisher writes to Santa asking for skyrocketing conversions and unprecedented revenues. It is quite an option for those who want to rely on old man’s favor.

In fact,  you can become your own Santa and be on a roll this Christmas. Wonder how it can be done? The answer is simple – thorough preparation of your app and its store product page – from icons and promo texts to app store screenshots – for the holiday season.

Apple reports that the App Store visitors made $240 million in customer purchases on New Year’s day 2017. It became the busiest day in the history of the App Store. It is also expected that this record will be topped this year.

It’s a convincing reason to put aside all your tasks and engage in the festive optimization of your app. We, in our turn, will provide you with surefire tactics of boosting mobile growth this Christmas.

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Case Study: Zimad Gets 36% Conversion Uplift by Optimizing Screenshots for Japan

People prefer visual content over text. Applying this trend to app store optimization, it becomes crystal clear that publishers should pay close attention to such product page elements as screenshots, icons, etc. After all, screenshots take a great proportion of app’s store page and get the the best part of users’ attention.

Yet, how to turn your visuals into a converting machine?

The internet offers loads of information on how you should design your icons and screenshots, but constant experiments of our clients prove that every game and app is individual.

Sure, there are some common app store screenshots patterns that you can use, but it’s important to keep in mind that every target audience will react on them in a different way, maybe even in opposite. Especially, when it comes to designing screenshots for new regions.

That’s why it’s essential to make optimization for different markets an integral element of your ASO strategy.

Valeria who leads app store optimization in Zimad shares their case study on using app A/B testing for optimization of their app product pages for the Japanese culture. 
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