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Why You Need a Mobile App Business Plan (And How to Make a Good One)

It’s not cheap to build an app. One source says that building a simple functions app like a timer or a tip calculator costs upwards of $10,000. A more complicated app is much more expensive — think a quarter of a million dollars. So to build an app without sinking your finances, you need to create a mobile app business plan.

Before we dive into what that plan should look like, let’s figure out why your brand should develop an app in the first place.

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How to Sell App Ideas: A Must-Have Guide

If you’ve decided to step into the app developing game, congratulations! You’ve just started a business. And like any other business, you’ll have to find backers or buyers to sell app ideas to.

Maybe you’ve got a brilliant app planned and you want to sell it to someone else to produce. Or maybe you want to dive into the process yourself and see where the journey leads. Either way, you’ll have to:

  • Validate your idea
  • Define your target audience
  • Test a prototype to your target audience

This guide on how to sell app ideas will tell you everything you need to know about selling your app idea to financial backers or potential idea buyers.

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How to Choose an Online Panel

Traditional market research methods such as telephone calls and in-person focus groups are cost-prohibitive and too time-consuming for many businesses. With an online panel, surveys can be completed quickly and easily, helping you collect a lot of data in relatively little time.

Before you get started, consider these factors in choosing a panel provider and start harnessing the wisdom of a crowd.

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The 5 Best Tools for App Store Optimization

You’ve just released your newest app, which you worked on for months. You made sure that it focused on providing one unique benefit to the world. But now, you’re not sure how to make it easy for the world to find it. This is where app store optimization (ASO) comes in.

Put simply, app store optimization has one goal: to get people to download your app. But there are several sub-goals that ASO addresses. Let’s talk about those first.

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Amazon A/B Testing: What to test for the highest impact

Editor’s note: Thanks to Danny Carlson for this guest post on Amazon A/B testing.

As Amazon grows more and more competitive, a seller’s need for an edge gets greater every month. What if there was a strategy you could implement that made Amazon Ads cheaper, product launches more effective, and click-through and conversion rates higher? There is! It’s Amazon A/B testing.

Unlike your own e-commerce website, Amazon’s platform doesn’t allow you to install split testing plugins or tools. And messing with a listing too much can make the Amazon algorithm go haywire, putting your existing ranking at risk.

So how do we do it? In this article, I’ll dive into how to split test your listing, what to test, and how to gather the best data without messing up your Amazon indexing or ranking.

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How to Get Back Into Writing: 8 Tips

There’s a saying among writers that writing is indeed an art: the art of getting your butt in the chair, staying there without checking Facebook, and writing.

Even before laptops and iPhones, this was true. Short story master Flannery O’Conner famously said, “I don’t know if the muse is going to show up on any given day, but by golly, I’m going to be at my desk every day from 8 to 12 every morning in case she does.”

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The E-Commerce Marketing Strategy You Didn’t Know You Needed

Introduction

If you’re new to e-commerce, you might feel overwhelmed by the idea of building a successful e-commerce marketing strategy. Maybe you’re at the beginning of your journey, where you’re still deciding whether to set up your own site or create an Etsy or Amazon page.

Or maybe you started your business a few months ago with high hopes, but nothing’s happening. The water is quiet and no one’s biting. What can you do to keep your brand from flopping?

It all starts with having a strong e-commerce marketing plan. Without marketing, your business goes nowhere.

This guide will take you on an overview of steps you can take to solidify your e-commerce marketing strategy and make your brand thrive.

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5 App Store Ranking Factors and How to Optimize Them

The key to success in the App Store is to optimize, optimize, optimize. In this article, we’ll introduce five key App Store ranking factors and how to master them.

5 App Store ranking factors

1. App name

Coming up with a short, memorable app name is hard. A great name is a crucial factor that decides whether or not your app is going to get love from users. Of course, you want to try to include keywords in your app name. But beyond that, you want a name that clicks with people. Think about app names that people talk about with their friends: Waze. Candy Crush Saga. Words with Friends. Then emulate them by listing memorable, brandable ideas for your app.

How do you know when you’ve found the right app name? Create a poll on PickFu to test your app name and see what real consumers think. PickFu enables you to get specific about the target customer you want to poll, such as cat owners, mobile gamers, or people with iOS devices.

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