How to Promote Your iPhone App With 200+ New Apps Created Every Day, Developers Need to Rise Above the “Digital Dust” Plymouth, MI — iPhone App Marketing is the most important part of iPhone app development says Scott Lorenz, President of Westwind Communications an iPhone App marketer. “There’s no doubt that creating, developing and selling iPhone apps is one of the hottest entrepreneurial opportunities out there,” adds Lorenz, who says there are some 300,000 iPhone applications alone available for sale at Apple’s App Store since its June 2007 debut. “This is an astounding pace of 200+ new apps a day!” Lorenz believes the explosive popularity of iPhone and iPod and iPad will dramatically expand this number even more in the years to come. “For every iPhone developer who surges to success, there are thousands with their apps who do little more than gather ‘digital dust’ on Apple App shelves,” says Lorenz. “These developers need to rise above the clutter and get noticed.
To get an idea of the depth, width and height of that clutter, just go to the Apple App Store and see all the apps available there. Pay particular attention to competitor’s apps and take some time to dig into the options the App Store offers to promote your product,” says Lorenz.
Some developers rely upon word of mouth to market their apps. Word of mouth is a great tool but you need PR to fuel up word of mouth. What is really needed is a PR plan that reaches both the end users – the consumers – and the media who can reach those buyers. Lorenz says that developers of technology of any kind tend to speak to other tech people in their own world. “They trade ideas, swap insight, discuss roadblocks, and share code. But to market and ultimately sell their iPhone apps, developers must reach out to the people who talk to their end users. They need to reach non-technical journalists who can mention an app on a TV newscast, write a newspaper column that reaches a few hundred thousand readers or a syndicated radio show with 100,000-plus listeners across the U.S.” Lorenz stressed that a public relations firm or publicist has an extensive list of media contacts with whom he has developed a professional relationship and history that can be pitched.
The contacts and relationships a PR specialist has are 1000 percent more apt to gain a radio interview or inclusion in a newspaper column than the technology developer who cannot be expected to have these kinds of contacts. That’s why an iPhone app developer needs to invest time and resources with the publicist best equipped to make the app well enough known in the right places that it will become a popular seller.” iPhone App Reviews “When I work with an app developer, my beginning point is to assess what I think the media potential is for the app. Would the media even be interested? Is it a niche app or is it an app that would be of wide consumer interest?
Then I’d determine which journalists, columnists, television, bloggers, and radio and TV producers would be interested in that app and pitch them. We’ll also go beyond traditional media and include product reviewers at major media outlets as well as bloggers and those with large followings on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. We’ll start to create a buzz on the Internet and generate traffic to the developer’s website or and the iPhone App Store. If appropriate, I’d get celebrities to use my client’s app and then get a testimonial from the celebrity to talk about how great the app is and its use. With one recent iPhone app promotion for the app “ICEPICS” our YouTube views increased by 13,500 from 11pm to 6am after an interview on Wall Street Journal Radio and a couple of highly trafficked review sites.. We then got a nice mention in the Los Angeles Times for as well and that round up story went worldwide on their syndicate. Reviews matter.
PR matters,” says Lorenz iPhone App Marketing Lorenz strongly suggests that iPhone app developers use Google ad words (PPC) to drive people to their website where users can find a link to an online demo that clearly shows what the app is all about. “Developers also need to have a YouTube video that can capture consumers looking on YouTube for a new app or who stumble upon it while looking for something else. The URL to the YouTube video and the URL to the website demo link should then both be used in all promotional materials to drive sales and traffic,” says Lorenz.
One of our promotions for a California only iPhone app which early on put forth links to the developer’s website and to a YouTube video for a demo, was on a very fast download pace and in fact was ahead of the Bible for downloads on the iTunes Store.” Going Viral with Your iPhone App Westwind Communications conducted a YouTube campaign for a musician/teacher who created educational rap music to be used in the classroom. Press releases included links to where the music could be downloaded free, to YouTube videos and to his website, www.MrDuey.com “We created buzz on YouTube and other Internet hotspots that drove sales and pushed him above all other videos on TeacherTube (like YouTube but primarily for teachers and students).
At last check we were approaching 1.5 Million Views of his “Fractions” video making it the most popular video on TeacherTube,” says Lorenz. I also used my Internet marketing skills to help Angel Acres make it to the “Top 10” in a $1 Million shelter makeover contest sponsored by Zootoo.com, a website for animal and pet lovers. As part of the effort, I enlisted a talented artist, who along with being an award-winning columnist is an accomplished musician, to write and record a song to be used in an online video and for public service announcements. View it on YouTube. I believe it will become the new anthem for horse lovers in their fight to save homeless horses. iPhone App Public Relations These efforts are intended as illustrations of how a public relations professional, especially one with Internet marketing savvy, can move an App developer high above the clutter into the niche market arena that will place him in the middle of shoppers, buyers, and highly curious end users. For more ideas on promoting an iPhone app visit: www.WestWindCos.Com About Scott Lorenz and iPhone app promotion Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with individuals and entrepreneurs to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Lorenz has handled public relations and marketing for numerous authors, doctors, lawyers, inventors and entrepreneurs.
Check out Lorenz’s article “52 Ways to Promote Your iPhone App.” Learn more about Westwind Communications’ iPhone app promotion at https://www.WestWindCos.Com or contact Lorenz at [email protected] or by phone at 734-667-2090.