The Business of iPhone and iPad App Development: Making and Marketing Apps that Succeed

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The phenomenal success of the iPhone, iPad and the iPod touch has ushered in a “gold rush” for developers, but with well over 300,000 apps in the highly competitive App Store, it has become increasingly difficult for new apps to stand out in the crowd. Achieving consumer awareness and sales longevity for your iOS app requires a lot of organization and some strategic planning. Updated and expanded for iOS 4, this bestselling book will show you how to incorporate marketing and business savvy into every aspect of ...

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Overview

The phenomenal success of the iPhone, iPad and the iPod touch has ushered in a “gold rush” for developers, but with well over 300,000 apps in the highly competitive App Store, it has become increasingly difficult for new apps to stand out in the crowd. Achieving consumer awareness and sales longevity for your iOS app requires a lot of organization and some strategic planning. Updated and expanded for iOS 4, this bestselling book will show you how to incorporate marketing and business savvy into every aspect of the design and development process, giving your app the best possible chance of succeeding in the App Store.

The Business of iPhone and iPad App Development was written by experienced developers with business backgrounds, taking you step-by-step through cost effective marketing techniques that have proven successful for professional iOS app creators—perfect for independent developers on shoestring budgets. No prior business knowledge is required. This is the book you wish you had read before you launched your first app!

What you’ll learn

  • Analyze your ideas and competition, and identify your audience to evaluate sales potential.
  • Protect your business and intellectual property and avoid potential legal hassles.
  • Transform your iOS app into a powerful marketing tool.
  • Build synergy with in-app cross-promotion and social media, and Apple’s Game Center.
  • Utilize revenue-generating business models such as in-app advertising and In-App Purchase. Includes extensive coverage of the iAd framework and the Store Kit API.
  • Improve usability and implement effective testing.
  • Create a pre-release buzz online with Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and a dedicated website.
  • Successfully navigate the App Store submission process.
  • Execute a post-release marketing strategy with press releases, app reviews, promotional sales and giveaways.

Who this book is for

This book is for any developer looking to build a successful business selling iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps in Apple’s iTunes App Store. All the code examples included in this book can be downloaded from http://iphonebusinessbook.com/.

Table of Contents

  1. Seeing the Big Picture in a Crowded App Store Marketplace
  2. Doing Your Homework: Analyzing iOS App Ideas and Performing Competitive Research
  3. Protecting Your Intellectual Property
  4. Your iOS App Is Your Most Powerful Marketing Tool
  5. Social Inception: Promoting Your Apps Within Apps
  6. Money for Nothing: When It Pays to Be Free
  7. Monetizing Free Apps with iAd and Other In-App Advertising Opportunities
  8. Exploring the Freemium Model with In-App Purchase
  9. Testing and Usability: Putting Your Best Foot Forward
  10. Get the Party Started! Creating a Prerelease Buzz
  11. Keys to the Kingdom: The App Store Submission Process
  12. Increasing Awareness for Your iOS App
  13. Online Resources for App Research and Marketing
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430233008
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 3/25/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 720,620
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

As the founder of Electric Butterfly, Dave Wooldridge has been developing award-winning web sites and software for 15 years. When he's not creating Mac and iPhone apps, he can be found writing. Dave is the author of The Business of iPhone App Development: Making and Marketing Apps that Succeed and has written numerous articles for leading tech publications, including a monthly software marketing column for MacTech Magazine. Follow Dave on Twitter @ebutterfly.

At the beginning of 2009, Michael Schneider left Silicon Valley technology firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to found HiveBrain Software. HiveBrain publishes a variety of applications on the iTunes App Store, the most notable of which, TouchType, peaked at #13 in the U.S. App Store. Michael continues to practice law under the name Bitwise Legal, focusing on software and interactive media clients. Notable clients include Bungie and Innerfence. Follow Michael on Twitter @hivebrain.

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