In 2017 Phiture and Incipia got together to write the first edition of our Advanced ASO book, which is now in its second edition. Back then, we had already been working in the field of App Store Optimization for a good number of years and our thinking about ASO as a marketing field had evolved in three phases.

In the very early days, a commonly heard phrase was that “ASO is SEO for the app stores” and the talk would focus purely or mainly on keyword optimization. Soon after, practitioners started to realize that in order to succeed in the app stores, Conversion Rate Optimization of your existing assets in the store was just as important or perhaps even more important. The third phase we entered into was that of considering ASO as a holistic to succeed in ASO, one needs to think about it as a complex and interconnected system of anything that might influence the two main goals of ASO, namely visibility and conversion. When we introduced the framework back in 2017, we identified for example that building good relationships with Apple/Google and in return gaining visibility via featuring, might for some developers be as fruitful as keyword optimization is for others. Or that your ratings & reviews not only have an impact on your conversion but also on your ability to rank highly for certain keywords.

We felt it was time for a revisit of our initial framework, as since we initially published it, the ASO game has changed a lot. First off, the interest in the field has increased significantly. We’re seeing similar interest in our ASO Stack Slack community, which has now more than 5,000 members who exchanged over 150.000+ messages. This has led to a lot more knowledge sharing and helped the team at Phiture gain additional insights on how to do ASO. Secondly, just as the community is becoming more advanced, so are the various ASO tools that cater to the increasing need for supporting insights such as detecting algorithm changes. Finally, the stores themselves have undergone changes.

ASO stack framework