Think that your hard work is over now that you’ve finally finished developing your mobile app?
If you want to your app to perform well you’re going to have to spend time actively promoting it — success doesn’t just happen by itself.
Unfortunately, a large number of developers don’t know the first thing about promoting their app. If you form part of this group, well, you’re in luck! To help you get started, we’ve put together this list of ten of the best websites to promote your app.
And best of all, they’re free.
You could think of PH as a Reddit for cool products & startups. A community of product developers, founders, tinkerers and enthusiasts votes every day on the best new products launching. Those who make it to the top usually enjoy the benefit of the attention, feedback and sometimes significant traffic. You can’t just submit your product though, someone from the community needs to “hunt” your product and you’ll need a large number of upvotes to be featured. There are many posts on how to plan for your launch on PH and these are some of the best.
If you’re trying to build up some hype for your mobile app prior to launch, consider submitting your app for review by Launching Next. You only get to say a few words about your app, but it’s well worth the couple of minutes it will take to fill out the submission form — a good number of apps accepted, there are regular updates and you get a hungry audience, all looking to find the next big thing.
Springwise won’t accept just any run of the mill app; to be considered, you need to be offering something truly groundbreaking. Tick that box and your app can get a lot of exposure to a large, tech-savvy audience. It’s not just mobile apps that get featured; any unique ideas for a new business has a place.
To get featured on The Startup Pitch, you’ll have to answer several carefully chosen questions about your app, essentially turning your submission into a pitch to encourage audience members to try out your app. This is great as it allows you not just to talk about what your app is, but why people should try it out.
Next up we have Netted, ran by the team behind the well-respected Webby awards. Only consumer-focused apps can be considered, but if you are lucky enough to be featured you’ll give your app a lot of exposure. If accepted, your app will get additional coverage by being included in their regular newsletter roundup.
The Startupli.st allows you to generate more than exposure; it helps you build a following. Only apps new to the scene are accepted, but, alongside a short description, you’re able to include links to all your social media profiles. Audience members are encouraged to follow the apps that interest them most and even engage in discussions around the app.
SuS — short for Startups using Startups — is a quirky little site where entrepreneurs are encouraged to share the apps they found most useful with other startups. The “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” is a nice twist, and as a developer you’re able to submit any apps you’ve created as well as the apps you use.
If you’re yet to launch your app, Betalist is a great place to start your promotion; only startups with a “coming soon” page are accepted. The exposure you can generate is generally impressive, with up to 500 subscribers to your mailing list commonplace — think what you could do with that! Sign-up is free, but you can pay to speed things along.
The AppStorm website is broken down into several different sections, which each one dedicated to a different mobile platform — perfect if your app is only available on a specific platform. As well as allowing you to explain what your app does, AppStorm also personally review certain apps and send out a regular roundup newsletter to their ever-growing mailing list.
Finally we have Rate My Startup, unique because after your app is featured members of the community get to vote based on how much they like your app; impress the community and your app could be permanently featured in the “top app” section of the homepage — a big incentive. Submissions can take a while to be processed but if you’re willing to pay you can speed things up substantially.