Funneling Mobile Marketers to apply Funnel Marketing--for Apps

Post By Janet Arvia

Between Android Pay, QuickPass and other Microsoft Wallet updates, consumers must be on their toes when it comes to the mobile device in their hand. But they are not alone—mobile app marketers must also have their fingers on the pulse of the industry’s latest updates.

Take funnel marketing. The methods that proved effective for desktop targets don’t necessarily translate to mobile app users. Sure, the main steps of the traditional funnel journey (which travels from Awareness and Interest to Consideration to Conversion to Loyalty) still hold true, but alternative approaches within each of these phases define the new Mobile App Marketing Funnel.

Phase 1: Awareness and Interest

In order for brands to stand out amid 1.5 million competitive apps, today’s marketers must drive awareness by employing organic tactics which consist of public relations, press, promotions, social media, partnered links, email blasts, WOM (Word Of Mouth) referrals, ASO (App Store Optimization) and App install ads.

Phase 2: Consideration

High app ratings are essential to establish trust between a brand and its potential customers. In fact, recent research suggests more than 80 percent of consumers won’t consider an app with two or fewer stars. As such, highlight glowing customer ratings as well as positive press reviews to optimize your app store page.

Phase 3: Conversion

Examining the behavior of mobile users is key for brands—whether the conversion metrics focus on when a user sets up an app account, downloads an app, signs up for an in-app subscription or makes an in-app purchase. Oplytic empowers marketers with the data needed to calculate strategies that play off campaign strengths and combat any weaknesses such as an overly complicated onboarding process or poor user interface.

Stage 4: Loyalty

All the resources it took to acquire new customers may be for naught if brands don’t build solid relationships by connecting with them in a wise and considerate manner. Reach out to customers with personalized messages that reflect their tastes and respect their time. And since a true conversation works two ways, encourage feedback. Studies show 98% of app users are likely to offer feedback when asked. So ask, then read the replies and respond to them!

Phase 5: Retention

Brands that practice the methods mentioned in the first four phases of this new funnel should gain customers with retention. This is the holy grail of mobile app marketing since it’s five times more costly to replace a customer than to retain one. But don’t rest on your laurels to do so. Make sure your customers return by communicating with them, send Push notifications, provide fresh content, implement loyalty programs, and offer app updates. As you know, app users like updates.

Cheers to App Engagement and User Retention

Post By Janet Arvia

No doubt you’re the toast of the town when your brand’s apps are found, downloaded and flying off the App Store’s virtual shelves. Yet before you pop the bubbly or pat yourself on the back for a job well done, you may realize your job isn’t done because reaching users is one thing, retaining them is another.

In a study conducted by Google, 38% of app users surveyed said they may download an app if it's required to complete a purchase, but half will uninstall it soon after. Other research shows app retention falls 60% one month after download, and 80% three months after download. With these statistics afoot, it’s no wonder competitive mobile marketers have all hands on deck to create app engagement strategies that include:

Easy Onboarding

To avoid app abandonment at the get-go, go with quick and simple onboarding options. Instead of overwhelming users with too many details at the start, provide a seamless introduction that saves facts on features and functionality for later.

Customized Content

Brands will connect with their customers by creating a personalized and positive atmosphere that promotes sharing, caring and loyalty—so long as it’s done in an organic way. Rather than bombarding users with irrelevant messaging, reinforce their experience with custom content via deferred deep linking.

Inventive Incentives

According to The Effects of Rewarding User Engagement, a scholarly case study following apps on Facebook, social media channels can be effectively steered through incentive systems. Such push notifications may deliver special offers, loyalty discounts and other usage-based rewards which keep customers happy—and engaged.

App Analytics

Accurately tracking user behavior with Oplytic: Mobile Marketing and Engagement arms mobile marketers with the data needed to successfully drive user retention through app engagement. Of course, when it comes to selecting celebratory champagne, you’re on your own.

Ramp Up App Engagement and Customer Retention

Post By Janet Arvia

Getting discovered in the App Store and getting a user to download your App is only half of the battle. Maybe less than half! Once you've acquire a new user, it's critical that you keep them engaged from the start. We suggest providing a seamless user journey that is reinforced with some custom content when your new user opens the app. At Oplytic we call this Deferred Deep Linking. Check out this article for more information and reach out if you'd like more information about how to get the most from all of your App users.

This feature and other analytics data is available to brands that partner with Oplytic. To learn more, contact sales@oplytic.com.