Mobile Apps

Mobile app developers use PickFu to optimize app iconsapp store screenshots, and in-app UX and creatives, by polling audiences like mobile gamersiPhone users, and by app store spend.


Which One Won? Mobile app designs that appeal to players

Mobile app designs are a crucial component of user engagement. Everything from your app icon to the user interface can affect how addictive an app becomes and whether it drives revenue. In a pay-to-play game, your in-game store must be visually appealing and easy to use in order to encourage more purchases.

A mobile app developer created two mobile app designs and tested them in this PickFu poll. The two in-game shops had different color schemes. Option A had a tropical background while Option B had a plain background. The differences were fairly subtle but made a big difference in the poll results.

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Which One Won? An app icon with mass appeal

Considering images get more attention than text, creating the perfect app icon can make or break your new app. Your icon needs to be visually appealing and instantly convey the app’s usefulness and appeal. While an app icon is literally a small image, it has a big impact!

In this PickFu poll, the developers of a dating app want to see which mobile app icon is more appealing. Similar to other big-name dating apps, Singles Around Me focuses on finding singles currently near you and is intended for both men and women. 

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Which One Won? Anticipating App Icon Expectations

Viewers can draw strong conclusions from the tiny app icons in an app store. In that split second that they view the icon, they determine not only what type of app it is, but if they want to download it.

We saw this play out recently with a PickFu poll.

A company tested out two app icons and asked the panel, “Which icon is more appealing to you for a mobile strategy war game? Why?”

Option A showed a man with glowing eyes. The left half of his face is the face of a king and the right side of his face is a knight.

Which One Won? Anticipating App Icon Expectations

Option B displayed a knight looking intensely and shouting, with flames surrounding him.

Which One Won? Anticipating App Icon Expectations

Can you guess which one won?

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Which One Won? Why Target Audiences Are Crucial

When designing an ad, app, book cover, or any piece of marketing, it’s important to consider the target audience. Results from a recent PickFu poll show how filtering a target audience down to a particular age group could provide startling results that may impact product sales and downloads.

In this particular poll, a health company wanted to test two different images for its pregnancy app, Ovia.

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Differences between the App Store and Google Play — And How to Optimize for Them

Developing cross-platform mobile apps not only requires unique coding, but also an awareness of differences between the App Store and Google Play, and how to market those apps for each platform. “The two stores, while similar, differ in their outlook, details they show, and requirements they have to list your app,” said Nikolay Triffonov, who leads digital marketing for VIP Spades. “That’s why we always optimize for the specific store.”

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Avoiding Groupthink in Your Work

When you’re building a business, it’s easy to get bogged down in minutiae, jargon, and tunnel vision. You start assuming that everyone understands your product or service as well as you and your team members do. Of course, this is rarely the case. When consciously avoiding groupthink, how can you and your colleagues break out of your own bubble and address an old problem with a new perspective? What methods can you rely on to get feedback and understand your customers’ pain points and desires?

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Strategies to Get Your App Featured

What are the best ways to promote your app in news outlets and in the App Stores? I spoke with app creators to get their advice.

Timing is everything

Philippe Levieux is the creator of infiltr, a photo filter app that has been named an Editors’ Choice, Best New App, and Hot this Week in the iTunes App Store, and featured in over 150 countries. Timing is the key to his advice. “Always release your app on a Thursday,” he says, because Features also change on Thursday. Or more precisely, “We always schedule infltr to be released on Wednesday at 11 pm UK time, so if the feature team wants to feature it, it is perfect timing.” He also recommends “to leverage the new technology (both software and hardware) that Apple releases!” For example, “we were the first app allowing you to filter Live Photos back in iOS 9; we were the first allowing you to capture filtered Live Photos in iOS 10; we were the first to fully use the camera in an iMessage App! We are available on iPhone, iPad, iMessage & Apple Watch.” Being first with new features that Apple releases is an almost surefire way to endear your app to Apple’s editors. For infiltr, Levieux says, “we make extensive use of 3D-touch through the app. We have a Today Widget and a Photo/Video & Live Photos Editing Extension… Apple loves these.” … Continue reading

Improving Your App Store Screenshots

Along with optimizing your app’s name, writing an app description that sells, and choosing a memorable app icon, mobile apps also need to think about what app store screenshots will best entice users to download. I asked successful app developers for their advice on screenshots, and these common themes emerged.

Your screenshots don’t have to be actual screenshots

“The greatest misconception about app store screenshots is that they actually need to be screenshots!,” says Jonathan Kerns, co-founder of Comparakeet. Hugh Kimora of Mobile Action agrees, noting, “the biggest mistake is taking screenshots of random screens or menu screens inside the app and not highlighting a specific benefit.” Instead, he suggests, “Use a text banner to specify the exact benefit of the app that you are trying to highlight in each screenshot.” In addition, Kerns advises, “Take a look at major gaming apps and the types of things that they do for inspiration. Incorporate a mix of imagery from within the app with short marketing messages and calls to action.” One such marketing message, says Adam Davis, CMO of Thingthing, is to “have one screen showcasing any awards or press coverage you’ve had by adding their badges and logos. This can be very powerful as it adds a great deal of credibility to your app.” … Continue reading