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Five Ways to Make a Viral Android App

Five Ways to Make a Viral Android App

There is no single formula that every business could use to make their Android App go viral. Although identifying the coefficient of these could be the closest you could get to a formula, it remains to be a potential but not an absolute solution. Perhaps the best thing about not having one formula to make an Android App viral, is that it keeps the door open for new ways to make it happen through various Android app development training. Some Apps have tried using the methods that have been tested through time, while others are in search for ways on how to make a strategy work to their advantage.

What does it mean, really?

Virality, in truth, can be completely unpredictable. There is no such thing as a step by step process to be followed in order to achieve virality of an App. There are techniques and some might have worked for others, but there’s no assurance that it could work for you too. Before you pull all your hair out trying to figure out which techniques could work for you, here are five ways to make a viral Android App.

The acronym VIRAL that stands for Value, Intuitive, Reward, Ability and Likable will be your reminder as to what it takes for you to spell out success in building and promoting Android applications.

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Value

You may think that the application you are making hits the target audience right on the spot. You assume that your app has got everything they could ever need. And you know what they say about assuming.

Look critically. You have to make sure that your app and everything in it is exactly what your audience needs. How do you make this happen? Consumer testing is the key.

At every stage of your app development, integrate the feedback that you are getting from the audience who’s testing it. Come release time, you are sure that your target clients will be satisfied of the app that you just made for them.

You have released your app, but don’t sit down just yet. Constantly tweak your app to make your clients have second thoughts about deleting it. Remember that the goal should always be longevity and relevance.  Make it an app that they simply could not live without and you don’t have to worry about anything else.

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Intuitive

Your app should have an intuitive design and action flow. You don’t want your target clients to get frustrated because you made it so hard to sign-up.

You can do this by developing an app that allows them to sign in through their social media accounts. You don’t want to add up to the mountain of passwords and usernames that they have yet to remember.

Make it easy for them to share the knowledge they got from your app through social media. Don’t hide this.

Reward

Encourage your users to show and share your app to their friends. Incentives and other promotions would surely make this a hit.

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Give them back something as a gesture of appreciation for what they did for you. Perhaps a $20 money-back guarantee would make this work out. Any form of reward can go a long way.

Awesome

Your app is already good, valuable and useful, but it can’t be released unless it’s already awesome. Your target users are cool, so your app should be too.

Don’t think about what is quantifiable about your app. Just think about the many other developers out there developing an app that’s very similar to yours. How will you make your app standout?

It is not enough that you develop an app that will help them put their pictures up online. You have got to offer them more than just that. Instagram rose to success while other photo-sharing apps have failed repeatedly, simply because it has made things simpler for people. And also because it is awesome as it is.

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Likable

This is one of the factors that you simply could not ignore. Your app should be likable both by its users and across social media for those who are not yet using it.

Look into what your target audience likes and shares in their social media accounts. Observe their habits and mold your brand out of it. Remember that your app should not only be something that they need. They have to want it so bad that they will want their friends and other contacts to download it too.

Featured photo credit: Apps For Android Users via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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