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You successfully identified a need for a social app to unite people who have something in common, be it a career, a hobby, or an interest. After a long stint of hard work designing, building, and testing your app, you finally have version 1.0 ready. 

Congratulations! That’s a big accomplishment, but now it’s time to take it up a level.

Your app needs traction - get it in front of audiences to create a lasting and positive impression. In this article, we’ll help you get the traction you need by introducing you to three strategies to successfully market and popularize your social media app.

1. Identify, Find, and Connect with Your Target Audience (TA) Via Social Media

Connect with an audience and gather a fanbase by using multiple social media platforms. Leverage each of the following social media platforms in different ways: 

  • Instagram: It’s all about the pictures and videos. Making it the most aesthetically focused social media app out there. If you’re building a wellness social app, make sure to post pictures and videos of people undertaking wellness-promoting activities, like running, meditating or even taking part in a Sound Bath. Follow people who are into similar activities, comment on their posts and make connections. 
  • X (Twitter): X is a unique platform because it’s text-focused and allows for live meetings. Use X to post articles, news, and other interesting updates relating to your app. You can also host live Q&A sessions by using the Spaces feature. This will allow you to connect and meet with users of your app, answer their questions, and build your app community.   
  • Facebook: Facebook functions like a business directory. Post about business-related topics and connect with businesses and organizations that will find your app useful.  
  • LinkedIn: Use LinkedIn to connect with professionals and other thought leaders within your app’s niche. For instance, if your app creates a social network for gamers, connect with professionals in the industry and ask them to try out your app. Professionals with extensive networks who can help to amplify your social media app’s popularity.

Make your app visible to all those who have access to your profile by setting up your app’s thumbnail as your profile picture in each social media account. Make sure that your profile picture is consistent and appears the same across all accounts. By doing this, you will confirm that your app exists, that you can be trusted and that you’re not a scammer.

Provide links to your app’s location, on app stores and across all your social media accounts, providing easy access to intrigued users. 

Unleash the Power of Social Media Ads

After your social media accounts are up and running, you’ll want to get even more exposure by running social media ads. Social media ads are a great way to expose your business to a massive audience. 

Plus, you don’t need a huge budget, campaigns can cost under $500. So you can start running ad campaigns on each of the social media platforms mentioned above in no time. 

Follow these steps to launch an effective social media ad campaign: 

  1. Start by setting the location of people who will see your ad. Location might not be a limiting factor, so you can focus on areas of the world where people are most likely to use your app - like Colorado for a skiing app.
  2. Find people with hobbies, interests, and careers that align with your app. For instance, you might find that people from different careers, like servers, chefs, sommeliers, and heart surgeons, all enjoy using your social media wine app. 
  3. After the campaign ends, you’ll receive a detailed analytics report. Read this report carefully, and determine the strengths and weaknesses of your campaign. Use these insights to guide your next campaign. 

It’s a good idea to run campaigns every couple of months to get consistent exposure.

2. Promote Your App With a One Page Site

While social media is great for connecting with people and presenting your app's features, you’ll need a website to fully showcase your app. A one-page site is perfect for this. 

You guessed it, a one-page site is limited to one page only. While you’ll be able to post a few videos of your app’s functions, writing a blog to share your expertise and featuring any other pages is off-limits. 

But you can build a one-page site at a blistering rate. Building a one-page site requires no coding or tech knowledge, as one-page site builders feature a drag-and-drop interface. 

Here are some great one-page site builders: 

  1. Carrd lets you quickly produce a one-page site by selecting a minimalistic and sleek template from their large template library. 
  2. Zyro leverages AI for site building. Enter a prompt describing your site’s appearance and get a design in seconds. Add and remove the features you want. It’s as easy as that.  
  3. Strikingly works similarly to Carrd but contains a larger library of more sophisticated templates. 
  4. Adalo uses simple building tools to construct a one-page site. It also provides features to enhance the look of your one-page site.

Although a one-page site comes with limitations, it’s the perfect tool for promoting your app. A one-page site will give you just enough spaceto showcase your app’s functions and let site visitors know where to get your app.

3. Optimize Your App Store Listing

To successfully market your app, you need to provide all the information required by Google and Apple before putting your app in their stores. Doing this will help your app appear at the top of searches in each app store. Both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store use similar methods for listing your app. 

Remember these pointers when uploading your app: 

  • Use Keywords Wisely: Place keywords, or specific words that sum up your app’s function, in the title and subtitle field. 
  • Write a Powerful App Description: Try to sum up your app’s features and functions eloquently. The words you use in the description will play a major role in determining where it ranks when people search for it. 
  • Update and Debug Your App: Regularly update your app to add new functions and debug issues. The Apple App Store and Google Play Store will appreciate hosting a well-maintained app.
  • Provide High-Quality Screenshots and Videos: The pictures and videos you include will give users a clear idea of how your app will appear when they use it. Providing high-quality photos of your app at work will communicate this to people. 
  • Encourage Reviews: The more reviews you get, the higher you’ll rank on the app store - and positive reviews will help even more. Keep your app up to date and running well to get positive reviews. 

You’ll most likely get a few bad reviews. Some will be from people who have unrealistic expectations or are just not your biggest fans. Do your best to ignore these! 

Other bad reviews will be insightful, pointing out improvements you can make to enhance your app. Take reviews that rightly criticize your app as feedback for improvement.

Supercharge Your App - and Build Your Next One - With Adalo

Do you want to develop your own social media app but aren’t sure how to implement features like push notifications or referral bonuses?

Adalo is a no-code mobile app builder that allows you to build native mobile and web apps without any coding knowledge. You can seamlessly integrate features like push notifications and geolocation and can seamlessly drag-and-drop others with ease.

If you want your app to reach a wider audience, it’s crucial that you respond to your users’ changing demands rapidly and plug in the features they want. This will keep them loyal to your app and away from your competitors’ apps. 

Adalo is adaptable and customizable to your needs. With Adalo, you can cobble together new features and functions by the end of the day, not the end of the week.

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