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Category: App Localization


How to Grow a Business in 190 Markets: 4 Lessons from Airbnb

16 January 2017 Update: In 2015, we first published this case study on Airbnb’s global growth. Now, almost 2 years later, Airbnb is not slowing down anytime soon, with further expansions, acquisitions, and new products in 2016, including the much-hyped Airbnb Trips. With so much growth under its belt, we thought it’d be a good time to take another look at the tactics that first launched Airbnb to the world. We hope you enjoy the new Slideshare format and focus on


6 Game Localization Tips from BANDAI NAMCO

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BANDAI NAMCO’s Historical Global Growth It’s hard to hear that classic “waka waka” soundtrack and not immediately be taken back. PAC-MAN is the classic arcade game of the 1980s, and we’ve all found ourselves at some point running in fear from Blinky, Inky, Pinky, and Clyde. But PAC-MAN isn’t just famous because it’s great. Its founding company, Namco, used an inventive and highly successful localization strategy during a time when most other companies weren’t even thinking about the possibilities of


21 Ways to Get Your App Featured on the App Store

15 November 2016 Update: It’s been almost one year since we first launched this post. To date, it has become one of our most popular articles! Since times are always changing in our industry, we’ve decided to update some of last year’s information in the original article (below). We’ve also adapted the content for Slideshare, so it’s more accessible and useful to a wider audience.  And as always—let us know in the comments below if you’re successfully featured. Good luck!  21


Localization in Asia: How Spotify Conquered 6 Challenging Markets (Includes Japan Pre-Launch Case Study)

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Missed Part 1 of this series? Read 9 International Growth Strategies Spotify used to acquire more than 100 million users (link here.) “Everywhere in Asia” “We want to be everywhere in Asia,” said Sunita Kaur, Managing Director for Spotify Asia to Bloomberg earlier this year. 3 years since Spotify’s Asia expansion, while not yet “everywhere” in the region, the company’s in great shape. The music streaming service first launched in Asia in 2013, after 5 years and 25 million users worldwide in their global expansion.


9 International Growth Strategies from Spotify

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This article is Part 1 of our 2-part series on Spotify. Read Part 2 for a deep-dive on Spotify’s successful Asia expansion, including their pre-launch strategy for Japan.  2016 is Spotify’s year in the spotlight. Then again, since its meteoric rise in the last decade, Spotify has already spent many years on everyone’s radar. To date, Spotify has half a billion registered users, more than 100+ million active users, and 40 million paying subscribers worldwide—all streaming the 30 million songs on


Twitter’s Alline de Paula Shares 5 Pro Tips for Marketing Localization

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It takes a village to raise a child. But if your child is a product ready to go global, uniting your “village,” or team, is a major challenge—particularly when it comes to your marketing localization. The main pain point when it comes to localizing your marketing assets is deciding who gets the final say: is it your Marketing Team, the gatekeepers of your unified international messaging? Or is it your Localization Team, who knows the ins and outs of individual


Launch Everywhere—How Uber Won 450+ Markets

Update 1 August 2016  In a surprising turn of events, several sources are reporting that Uber China will be merging with its long-time rival, Didi Chuxing. Possible reasons behind Uber’s defeat could be the unique difficulties of entering the China market as well as Didi Chuxing’s local know-how and massive consumer base, following its own merger last year. Many say this strategic move may help Uber move faster towards IPO. Read the following blog post to learn more about Uber’s unstoppable


Localization in iOS 10 is Even Easier: Here’s What We Learned at WWDC

For the latest updates, read our coverage of iOS 11 and XCode 9 at WWDC 2017.  Introduction: The Worldwide Developers Conference Get a bunch of iOS developers in a room, and there’s a lot that can happen. Amazing apps. Crazy hacks. Tip trading. But, when it comes to Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), you’re also going to get silence. Because that’s when Apple rolls out their major updates, and everyone is listening carefully. You’ve most likely heard some of the


The Math Behind the App Business

Monetizing your mobile app requires understanding the math behind the app business. This understanding—of your metrics and revenue drivers—ultimately enables you to dissect your business model. It allows you to hone in on any bottlenecks that could be costing you business, and identify any areas of improvement that can be optimized to better achieve your goals. The math of the app business is neither scary nor intangible. The truth is, the entire app business can be summarized with one equation.


Introducing App Marketing Stack

We’re excited to introduce a new website of ours: App Marketing Stack. It’s a curated directory of tools and resources on app marketing and mobile growth, and you’re going to love it. “But wait,” you wonder, “I’m going to love it? I’m not even sure I need it!” In this blog post, we’ll explain the importance of mobile growth, what the Mobile Growth Stack is, and how our website enables you to use that tool to make it so much easier