What is Mobile
App Marketing?

Mobile marketing can be a pretty broad term, referring to mobile ads, apps, mobile websites–just about any kind of marketing that happens on a mobile device. But mobile app marketing? That’s focused on app promotion, and even more importantly, the engagement and retention of users who have already downloaded your app.

Your mobile audience has a whole different set of needs and desires than audiences in other channels–and add in that that they’re using different devices, too, and you have another set of parameters to consider.


There’s Two Major Types of
Mobile App Marketing

Increase Downloads | App User Acquisition

App user acquisition marketing is how app developers find their audience. With over 2 million apps in the Apple App Store and almost 3 million in Google Play, it can be tough for potential users to discover your app. That means the right kind of app marketing campaign can make a huge difference when it comes to helping your app build an audience.

Most app user acquisition campaigns focus on the digital space. (Although it’s becoming much more common for apps to advertise in public spaces like billboards, subways, and even airports.)

App Store Optimization (ASO)

App Store Optimization helps make your app more visible in Apple’s App Store. By optimizing indexed copy like title and keywords and carefully choosing your app’s category, you can help the right users find your app in a crowded market.


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Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Ads

The great thing about advertising on popular social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Facebook? Not only can you reach more potential users, you can target your ads to the right kind of audience for your mobile app. If you have limited ad spend, highly targeted social media ads are more likely to offer the kind of value you need, like more downloads.


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Engage Users + Increase Retention
Mobile Engagement Marketing

Push Notifications

Push notifications are alerts or banners that appear on a user’s mobile device home screen or lock screen. They’re similar to a text message, but a user has to have downloaded your app to receive them. Push notifications serve to:

  • Give a status update or alert (think shipping confirmations or flight updates).
  • Notify users about special offers, major new features, or a highly relevant app update.
  • Use location to give users highly personalized messages.


What’s the benefit of using push notifications?
  • They can increase user engagement with your app–up to 88%.
  • 65% of users with push notification enabled return to your app within 60 days. Only 19% of users who don’t do.
  • 50% of users opt in to push notifications, and say they find them useful.

Want to know more? See how users really feel about push notifications, and how mobile marketers can make them better.

Rich Push Notifications

Rich push notifications are just like push notifications, but include an image, video, or sound files. This kind of rich content helps your message stand out in the din even more, and the stats prove it: users who received a rich push notification were 30% more engaged in an app.


In-App Messages

In-app messages appear when your users are currently active in your mobile app. Apps use them to:

  • Show off product updates.
  • Confirm a purchase.
  • Give a personalized recommendation or suggestion.
  • Request a review or rating in an app store.


What’s the benefit of using in-app messages?


How do you know your mobile app marketing works?

The best kind of marketing is built on thorough, accessible data. But what are the metrics that truly measure how your app is stacking up against the goals you set?
It’s not just about the number of downloads anymore–although that number definitely matters when you’re launching a new app. You want to look at:

  • Retention rate. The number of users who return to your app after the first visit.
  • Daily/monthly active users. Your most important users are the ones who are actively using your app–not just letting it sit on their mobile devices.
  • Session length. How much time do your users spend in your app? (Keep in mind for this one that the right amount of time depends on the goal you want users to accomplish.)
  • Time in app. What’s the amount of time users tend to spend in your app daily? Weekly? Monthly?
  • Acquisitions. The number of users who download your app through a particular source–say, Instagram ads.
  • Screen flow. The paths users take through your app.
  • Lifetime value (LTV). What kind of value do your users represent throughout their time as users?


Take a closer look at the metrics that make a difference for mobile marketers.

The 8 Mobile Metrics That Matter

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