The Business of Android Apps Development: Making and Marketing Apps that Succeed on Google Play, Amazon Appstore and More

The Business of Android Apps Development: Making and Marketing Apps that Succeed on Google Play, Amazon Appstore and More

Mark Rollins, Roy Sandberg

Language: English

Pages: 170

ISBN: 2:00173946

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The growing but still evolving success of the Android platform has ushered in a second mobile technology “gold rush” for app developers.  Google Play and Amazon Appstore for Android apps has become the second go-to apps eco for today's app developers.  While not yet as large in terms of number of apps as iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Appstore have so many apps that it has become increasingly difficult for new apps to stand out in the crowd. Achieving consumer awareness and sales longevity for your Android app requires a lot of organization and some strategic planning.

Written for today's Android apps developer or apps development shop, this new and improved book from Apress, The Business of Android Apps Development, Second Edition, tells you today's story on how to make money on Android apps.  This book shows you how to take your app from idea to design to development to distribution and marketing your app on Google Play or Amazon Appstore.

This book takes you step-by-step through cost-effective marketing, public relations and sales techniques that have proven successful for professional Android app creators and indie shops—perfect for independent developers on shoestring budgets.  It even shows you how to get interest from venture capitalists and how they view a successful app vs. the majority of so-so to unsuccessful apps in Android.  No prior business knowledge is required. This is the book you wish you had read before you launched your first app!

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establish a company presence on LinkedIn here: http://marketing.linkedin.com/sites/default/files/attachment/LinkedInCompanyPages_5Steps.pdf . If you have attended a lot of business seminars or conventions, you have probably amassed a large stack of business cards. We highly suggest going to LinkedIn and running a search on contacts from every business card; then send them an Invite to your network on LinkedIn. If you gain more than 500 connections on LinkedIn, you become a part of the 500+ club

market your app in Chapter 8 when we talked about promoting your app in an app marketplace. But a video is a useful tool outside of the app marketplace as well. Video-sharing sites are a lot like social networks, and viral videos are one of the best marketing tools. Plan to do some editing on your video to make it good enough to post online. You can probably get away with putting an Android device on a clean table and showing people what the app can do. As we discussed in Chapter 8, some phones

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