Optimizing Your App Title: Keywords vs Brand Name

Gwenaëlle Kollegger by

Last updated: 4 min read

On both the App Store and Google Play, your app title is the most important element in your metadata in terms of keyword optimization. Therefore, the app title must be written with caution and deserves thorough research and analysis.

Many app developers wonder whether they should stick to their brand name when deciding on the app title, or whether they should use this available space to add keywords. In this blog, we take a look at what the most popular apps are doing.


Should You Add Keywords to Your App Title?

From an ASO point of view, adding as many keywords as possible to the app title makes sense; by adding keywords to your app title, you increase the chances of ranking for those keywords. However, some argue that adding keywords to your app title could negatively impact conversion rates as users often associate keyword-stuffed titles with lower-quality apps.

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Today, as app competition continues to increase and companies search for the best methods to improve their app’s visibility, it is definitely worth reconsidering the question.

We have examined whether or not top apps use keywords in their app title. And guess what? Most of them do!

We looked at the top 10 apps (free and grossing) on both the App Store and Google Play in several popular categories and identified the ones that used their brand name and those that added keywords to the app title as well as used their brand name. In the following table, you can see the percentage of apps using keywords in their app title.

Percentage of apps in the Top 10 with keywords in the title

Source: AppTweak, top charts on January 28, 2019

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Our analysis shows that most of the top 10 apps in the most popular categories do use keywords on top of their brand name in the app title, with the interesting exception of the Games category.

The results suggest that apps with keywords in the app title perform better than apps that only use their brand name in the app title, as more of them show up in the top charts. Furthermore, since an app’s position in the top charts is mostly influenced by app downloads, this can also lead us to conclude that added keywords do not negatively impact conversion rates.

Therefore, we strongly advise companies to add important keywords in their app title to increase the number of keywords they rank for.

Optimize Your App Title with the Right Keywords

To identify the keywords with the most potential for your app, you will have to conduct extensive keyword research and analysis. We have already covered this in detail, so don’t worry – we won’t repeat ourselves! Feel free to check out some of our previous articles.

Learn how to optimize your keyword field on the App Store

Once you know which keywords you want to target in your app’s metadata, add the most important keywords to your title. Make sure you only choose relevant keywords and produce a title that is optimized for visibility and conversion.

Recommendations for the App Store:

The App Store allows a maximum of 30 characters for the app title. Once your brand name has been included in the app title, use all of the remaining space for as many relevant keywords as possible.

Recommendations for Google Play:

Similar to the App Store, Google Play also limits app titles to 30 characters. Use a clear and precise title and brand name for naming your app on Google Play. Remember that the new Google metadata policy (2021) does not advocate using keywords that indicate store performance, ranking, awards, or call-to-actions in the app title.

Once you have chosen which keywords you want to include and created an app title of the right length, it’s time to change your metadata and see the results. Try not to update the keywords too frequently [contrary to your subtitle/keyword field (iOS) or short description/long description (Google Play)]. Changing your app title too often can be confusing to users.


TLDR

Your app title is a crucial element of your app metadata. Using data from the iOS and Google Play top charts, we found that most top apps utilize the app title as space for important keywords. This helps boost app ranking and visibility in search results!

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Gwenaëlle Kollegger
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Gwenaëlle worked at Apptweak first as a Business Development Manager in 2019 and as a customer success representative the next year. She thinks exciting times are ahead for mobile marketers and is always looking for the next amazing app to install on her phone!