In Apple's app store and google play, there are a huge number of games for users to choose from. In order to capture more market share, major game makers have also adopted various approaches.
In such a competitive field, how can science fiction games seize the opportunity to achieve profitability? What kind of growth strategy is really suitable for this kind of games? Today we will share the growth case of a science fiction game, and hope to provide you with references.
Today's app is a Science-Fiction strategy game published in 2018, in which users take on the role of an AI, and their main goals are to mine, craft, and build their village while overcoming obstacles and exploring their surroundings.
This was our first time working with this game and they said they had heard about some of the services of our sister site ASO World, but had never tried them. They had recently struggled with their growth and came to communicate with us.
The name of the app remains anonymous here to protect our client's privacy. To give you a better idea of the story we're sharing about the app, we're showcasing one of its competitors in the Google Play store.
The main challenge in the growth of this game is that as a 4 year old game, it already has a certain user base, but its growth is in a bottleneck. Our marketing team analyzed that the reasons for this might include less gameplay innovation and too much competition in the market and so on.
However, we also found that the team's investment in advertising was not effective, and it was not ranking high in the App Store. This indicates that there is a problem with their advertising plan and the metadata settings in the app store need to be improved.
The problems about the development and design of the game need to be improved by itself, and as a professional team of app marketing, we created a solution for them from the point of view of Apple Search Ads. And of course we also give them some tips about app store optimization.
According to the competitor analysis, we found that the majority of traffic for this category comes from the US, and the majority of rivals acquire consumers there, according to an analysis of competitor traffic and ROAS. Thus, we made the decision to concentrate our paid and organic promotion efforts in the US.
Our professionals began executing Apple Search Ads for this market as part of the strategy, especially Discovery campaigns to gather pertinent keywords and move them to the exact match group. Additionally, our team chose to avoid using branded keywords in favor of broad and competitive search terms, but only if this app achieved a 95% ROAS.
The next step was to select a set of keywords that were particularly pertinent for ASO and attempt to increase their traffic using Apple Search Ads. We began using Apple Search Ads in August 2022, and we continue to utilize them now as a crucial component of our user acquisition and app promotion strategies. We picked keywords that were crucial for ASO and added them to campaigns for Apple Search Ads to improve their ranking.
At the same time, we also evaluated the App Store optimization that needed to be done for this game. First, by looking at the game's keyword ranking contribution on FoxData, we tracked the effectiveness of all its keywords and made improvements for some ineffective ones.
In addition to this, we have optimized the text metadata of this game as a whole. The ideographic power and search visibility of titles, sub-titles, keywords and descriptions were improved.
After launching Apple Search Ads ads, we observed that the rankings for several keywords began to rise. Users who clicked on relevant keyword advertising and downloaded the game increased the keyword's conversion, which caused the algorithm to move the keyword up in the search results.
There were only 26 keywords in the top 10 before using Apple Search Ads; currently, there are 112 keywords pertinent to this app. There were 81 keywords in the top 11–30, but there are currently 161. And the rise in keyword rankings increased the visibility of this app, which led to significant natural traffic, ultimately boosting natural traffic by roughly 120%.
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