In this post, I asked 4 Developers of Top Grossing Apps to let me in on their secrets for making the list. There is one hidden nugget in the answers those developers gave me.
One that unveils a tactic we all know but a lot of us hardly ever use to make our app stand a chance to make it into the Top 10 lists.
Developers of “I am T-Pain” and “Chat Time” gave me these tips when I asked them to let me in on their secrets.
…”We take a lot of time on the details – the fit and finish, the overall aesthetic….”
– Jodi Ropert, Smule
…”The biggest factors that have contributed to our high ranking is the quality of the app…”
– Doug from Chat Time
This under-used tactic is design. We all know our app needs to look good to engage users.
If your app looks like a Windows desktop app with buttons all over the place, your app has no chance of being featured by Apple.
And as you know, being featured by Apple is the holy grail we indie-developers hope to get for our apps because it is synonymous with dollars in the bank account 🙂
I can bet that out of the half a million apps on the App Store, there are less than 50,000 with great design. So why aren’t we using this tactic to put our apps in the Top 10% (less than 50,000 apps)?
I know 2 reasons why and I will tell you these reasons in the next email.
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