Ultra aims to revolutionise game distribution with blockchain

Former executives from Xbox, Atari, Dell, Unity, Uber, and Time Warner have joined forces to create Ultra, a blockchain platform aiming to revolutionise game distribution.

Game distribution is monopolised with leading players take advantage of their position to take large cuts from developers’ work.

Nicolas Gilot, Co-CEO of Ultra. says:

“The success of Steam, Google, and Apple’s app stores over the last decade means that users have grown to expect and demand...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: App Stores, Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation, Platforms.

App monetisation: Choosing the right ad placements that work for you

Once you have decided which types of ad to integrate into your app for monetisation, the work then begins to figure out where in your app to place them. Here, publishers can fall into two major traps: 1) overloading the placement of ads in hopes of raising revenue; or 2) presenting the same ad strategy to every user. Both tactics can negatively impact the overall user experience as well as depress revenue potential.

Too many ads, too little time

To increase revenues, many developers mistakenly integrate too...

By StartApp, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation.

Freemium model favoured by majority of app developers for monetisation

The “freemium” model has outpaced all other monetisation strategies when it came to mobile app monetisation. This was revealed by Clutch in a survey, which showed that more than 61% of app developers recommend a “freemium” model for mobile app monetisation.

The survey also found that the most successful mobile apps do not only need expert recommendations for monetisation strategies but also a holistic approach that extends beyond development. It is suggested that firms need to...

By Developer, 27 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation.

Comply with COPPA or risk a lawsuit like Disney

If you build apps that are intended for children, make sure you comply with COPPA or risk a lawsuit similar to Disney.

The Walt Disney Company is facing a lawsuit for allegedly failing to protect the personal information of children using its apps. Amanda Rushing, the complainant, filed the lawsuit on Thursday in the San Francisco/Oakland division of the United States District Court.

Four other affiliated defendants will join The Walt Disney Company including Disney Electronic Content, marketing platform...

By Ryan Daws, 08 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Ethics, Industry, Marketing, Platforms.

Data is important in the app - but don’t forget the user experience

As app publishers and brands continue to leverage various forms of data to better understand user behavior, they would be advised to remember the second half to that equation: the user experience.

What brands say to the user and how they say it can be as important as knowing whom they’re saying it to.

Gary Eastwood, an advisor to CIO, writes in the...

By StartApp, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Marketing, Quality.

Why iOS 10.3 gives developers new customer service resources

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With the new iOS 10.3 release from Apple, the headline for developers is clear: You finally have a voice.

The new release finally allows developers to chime in on customer reviews. Developers have been able to do his on Android for a while, but the iOS move is new.

TechCrunch reports that “Apple’s ratings and reviews system has felt antiquated, and has been a source of...

By StartApp, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, iOS, Marketing.

How ‘intrapreneurs’ can flourish in the age of innovation

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There is perhaps no sexier profession in the world right now than that of tech startup founder or executive. TV shows like HBO’s Silicon Valley and SyFy’s Bazillion Dollar Club glorify, parody and evangelise an industry in which an astounding nine out of ten companies fail.

In recent years, that ‘entrepreneurial itch’ has made its way to the enterprise, propelling corporations to shift their focus away from mergers and acquisitions and towards accelerating innovation projects in-house. To do so, many...

By Geoff Wilson, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Marketing.

There’s still room for apps: Three tips for independent developers

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Global app downloads are on the decline, even for the most popular in Apple’s App Store. Out of established apps in the U.S., only Uber and Snapchat saw download growth in recent months. So what gives? 

Reports show that 94% of the revenue generated through the App Store goes to the top 1% of publishers, turning the business into a winner-take-all type of system. Because of this,...

By Q Manning, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Marketing.

Why developer evangelism is more important than ever

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In today’s business world, there are quite a few titles that don’t make much sense. Let’s face it, some of them are just flat out ridiculous. But, in a world where there are Happiness Heroes, Chief Inspiration Officers, and Retail Jedis, there is one newer job title that has made a huge difference for technology companies and that job belongs to the developer evangelist.

To those unfamiliar with this position, it may sound like it belongs in the list of absurd...

By Joshua Margolin, 12 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Ecosystem, Marketing.

Why user retention is still the biggest struggle for app developers

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Of the over 3 million apps available on the App Store and Google Play, a very small number are actually download and opened by users. Of that small number of apps, an even smaller number become an indispensable part of the user’s day-to-day activities. A new study from Localytics finds that one in four mobile users open an app only once.

By StartApp, 05 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Marketing, Monetisation.

Twitter enables developers to embed ads into tweet streams

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A beta program is being rolled-out by Twitter which enables developers to embed advertisements into tweet streams in third-party apps on Android and iOS which utilise Twitter Kit. 

One example of a popular app which uses Twitter Kit to implement a social feed is the official NBA application. From today, developers which use Twitter Kit will be able to monetise...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Development Tools, iOS, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation, Social media.

Why the sun may still shine on TV for boosting your app

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With over two million apps on both the App Store and Google Play, it has never been harder to acquire new users. Unless you are a big developer, cutting through the noise is increasingly difficult. Added to the number of apps, expectations with apps and mobile games are increasingly high, with people expecting better experiences and more innovation, often for free.

In many ways, creating an app is the easy part. Getting people to find out about it, download and then come back is where...

By Josh Rinsky, 26 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Marketing, Monetisation.

Google debuts new universal app campaigns and performance reports

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The app industry is a huge and growing business which offers a lot of potential, but also a lot of competition. Making the most amazing piece of software won't make a difference to anyone if the app just gets lost in the depths of the vast app stores and never has a chance to gain the userbase it deserves. 

Google has debuted new tools - first announced back in May at Google I/O - for creating powerful new...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, App Stores, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation.

The zombie app escape strategy: How to get your users to drive downloads and use

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Apart from stars like Uber, Angry Birds and Facebook most apps are destined to join the ranks of the ‘living dead’, languishing unfound and unloved among over a million competitors in the Apple Store and Google Play. Even those that make it to a smartphone are often forgotten and uninstalled after a few months. In other words, they will be zombies until you finally apply the mercy blow and remove them from the App Stores.

Here are a few stats:

By Gideon Lask, 05 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: App Stores, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation.

Android developers can soon A/B test Play Store pages

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Last week, Apple released their new App Store analytics tool (albeit in limited beta) which allows developers to take a deep-dive into useful insights such as how many times your App Store page has been opened. New information suggests Google has a trick up its sleeve on how to help developers perform better in their Play Store...

It would remedy a longtime pain point for developers

Due to be announced at...

By Ryan Daws, 06 May 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Apple begins analytics roll-out for App Store

Back at WWDC, Apple promised a new analytics app which can monitor your apps performance in the App Store to help provide deeper insights about what is working and what could do with taking a second-look at what elements can be improved for better success. 

Some developers have received emails alerting them to the launch of the 'App Analytics Beta' app which fulfils Apple's promise. It shows how many (potential) customers have opened an app's listing in the store, check in-app purchase sales, create...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Talking Sense: Be sensible when creating apps for kids

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There's a hoax from last year making the rounds on social networks again which targets the 'Talking Angela' game and claims that a paedophile is able to watch and engage with a child from behind the virtual cat character using the device's camera and prompt children into revealing personal details and behave in questionable ways. 

Although this was...

By Ryan Daws, 31 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Ethics, Marketing.

Common app store optimisation mistakes to avoid

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One of the greatest challenges faced by app owners today is making an app easy to discover in such a highly saturated market. ASO, or app store optimization, is a crucial step in the marketing process. ASO is the process of optimizing your mobile app so it shows up higher in a user's app store search results. The higher the ranking is, the more visible your app will be to potential users. Ultimately, the end goal of ASO is...

By JT Ripton, 29 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, App Stores, Marketing.

Apple shoves its own Push notification rule

In Apple's App Store rules, it quite clearly states "Apps cannot use Push Notifications to send advertising, promotions, or direct marketing of any kind". If you've spent any time on iOS (or any major smartphone platform for that matter) you know that rule is broken all-too-often to the frustration of many customers.

Apple needs to enforce the rule somehow and at least set a good standard for developers to follow everywhere.

It's an effective tactic, however, with...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation.