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Tips for Developer: Rating

An app needs good rating for better place in store (App Store, Play Store, ...),. So as a developer, you should use some tricks to increase rating. Here's some short tips for that;

Tip 1: Good App With Great UI/UX

First thing first, app should have to be useful and understandable for users. Besides it should have a modern UI and a simple but functional UX.

For example there are a lot of Note taking apps. They all do same simple thing. But some note apps used by millions and some only dream about it :) Different factors impress usage. But personally, I want a note taking or tasker app to be simple as a paper and help me like an assistant.

Tip 2: Do Not Force To Rate

It is a mistake. When users open an app, definitely they want to use it for something. Instead, if app shows a dialog for rate like "Hey, do you like my app, go to store an give me 5 start.", users hate it. In most case, (s)he will delete it, because app is supposed to do thier main objectives, not asking for something from users.

In classic scenario, When (s)he likes your app, gives a feedback with a lot of stars. There's no harm to add a button for your store link. Or you can always use a non-intrusive method like this;

Nicolas Pomepuy's open source library which i contribute let you to ask rate in simple and elegant way.

Tip 3: Reduce Poor Review

If a user give you a bad review with one star, it shows you need to change something. For to prevent bad reviews, you should put a button for feedback button like all Google Apps has. In that way an unhappy user can comminucate with you before ruining your store rating.
In Play Store, you should reply that bad reviews after you fix a problem or add some features. Users always happy to see a working developer :)

Tip 4: Take Advantage Of Happy Users

If a user happy with your app, you should provide a way to share their experience in the social media. Use Twitter, Google plus, Facebook or others to reach more potential users.
There is a difference between a developer says "Check out my awesome app" and a user says "Check out this awesome app". Try to use power of social medias but not to much.

Creating an apps is a easy thing to do but creating great apps needs more time and effort.


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