Good news! mobile9 has officially launched its new Drag-and-Drop upload interface to all M9ers. The new Drag-and-Drop upload interface makes your upload process simpler and easier.
1) Premium Publishers can now publish files as Free to download or earn Credits for your original work. You can set any amount not less than 10 Credits. You will be able to cash out the credits when you reach 1000 credits in your account. Free Members still can upload apps and mobile contents for free.
2) Share your file to social network sites right away when you publish your file. Just click the on the social network button to select the social network sites that you want to share to.
Try out the new upload interface and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have had a post about the importance of app screenshots in selling your app before. (Related: Design Screenshots That Sell Your App)
So here we are to share some useful tools and tips that can help you to create simple yet beautiful screenshots without advance image editing skill.
Better get these ready before start:
1) App screenshots
2) An image editing tool, e.g. MS Paint, GNU Image Manipulation Program(GIMP), etc.
Here are the list of device frame generators that you can use for Android or iOS app screenshots:
How to use them? As simple as drag-and-drop.
1) Device Frame Generator - Android Asset Studio (Free, Android devices)
2) Device Art Generator - Android Developers (Free; Nexus devices)
3) (Android app) Device Frame Generator (US$1.99; Android devices)
4) (iOS app) Screenshot - Frame Maker (Free; iOS devices)
After you have added nice device frame to your screenshot, you might want to add short message to your screenshot to communicate your selling points or marketing messages. So you just need at least a basic image editing tool to add text.
Then you will get your final screenshot something like this for publishing in app store.
(Bonus!) Placeit (Free & Paid; Android, iOS, Desktop and Laptop frame)
You can even create realistic images easily for your product site use.
There are more resources and services out there to help you create beautiful app screenshots and images. Depends on your budget and marketing needs, you can choose to do it yourself or hire professional to do it for you.
App description is one of the important factors to convince people to download your app. Text description is as important as screenshots in selling your app even if your app is free of charge.
To have a well written app description, app developers should keep in mind of the following 4 points:
1) First 2 lines and before the “More” button
The first 2 lines are very very important to interest people in downloading your app or continue in reading your the description. Your first 2 lines should be concise. Ensure that people understand easily what your app does and why it is better than most of your competitors.
Usually app stores will set a default break-and-hide limit to long app description with a “More” button. The break-and-hide limit is different for each app store, and might also be different when switching between website and mobile site.
Example 2: doo at mobile9 App Store (mobile site version)
2) Include achievements
If your app has an achievement, people will be more confident that you app might be a good app.
If your app has been featured in Top App Charts or the like, you can tell people about it as early as possible.
If your app has achieved a significant large user base, you can tell people about that as well.
If your app has been reviewed by some famous websites or bloggers, include the best quotes from them in your app description.
Use your achievement(s) well in your description, it could do wonderful job to drive downloads.
3) Write only what is necessary to drive downloads
Sometimes, long app description is fine if it is necessary to tell that much. Most of the times you are recommended to keep your app description as simple and as short as possible, because most people could not stay focus enough to read long text description.
Include the right keywords in your app description as well because keywords help to increase the chance of your app being found via organic search.
4) Use sub-headings and bullet points
Keep your app description neat and easily to understand with sub-headings and bullet points all the time.
Allocate considerable time and effort into writing and revising your app description is recommended in order to make sure it sells your app well. You should also make sure that your app description blends nicely with your app screenshots, in order to drives the most downloads.