How to optimize on reviews management for App Store & Google Play?

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How to optimize on reviews management for App Store & Google Play?

Working with customers feedback is fairly considered as an important part of the product development strategy. It helps in understanding your products' strongest & weakest part thus you can emphasize the first & improve the latter. We've covered the basics of reputation management in our awesome guide here, in case you'd like to know more.

For quite a long time when talking about customer development for mobile apps, most comments were referring to Google Play as it was the only store to provide native answers to user reviews. If you were developing an iOS app, you had to implement some extra SDKs to collect & manage customers' feedback.

Luckily this Spring Apple finally introduced to developers the ability to answer user reviews via iTunes Connect. And now they can take full advantage of this feature in both stores.

Answering app reviews can serve a lot of purposes:

  • A dialogue with your users turns them into loyal customers.
  • When you follow up negative reviews they are very likely to turn into positive ones.
Our observations show that significant number of users who received a prominent and informative answer to their negative review tend to change it to a positive one within day or two.
  • When deciding either to install the app or not, users tend to trust those apps who have developer’s answers in the Reviews section.

The only problem with answering reviews nowadays is that it’s a complicated process as you have to access two different systems simultaneously — iTunes Connect & Google Play Console, which implies the extra necessity to manage access to them if you have more than 1 person to work with your users.

It as well complicates the analysis of customer sentiment as you can’t do a cross-search or work anyhow else with both app stores at the same time.

One of the ways to optimize app store reviews management is to transmit them into the third party system which will provide some extra options which native dashboards lack.

Slack is one of the most popular systems like that as it allows us to simplify reviews management & gives access to them to everyone on the team & not only to those who have iTunes Connect or Google Play accounts.

And, of course, it’s not only convenient to track reviews in Slack but to answer them as well. And this is the case for AppFollow’s Reply bot — a convenient tool to monitor & answer reviews in Slack.

With AppFollow you can aggregate reviews for both iOS & Android apps in one feed and — by adding @appfollowbot to the same channel — answer reviews from both app stores.

To set up Reply bot you need to link your iTunes Connect or Google Play accounts with AppFollow. You’ll be able to manage reviews from their web dashboard as well (it provides few extra options like reviews tagging or export). Team plans to add these features to Slack bot in the near future.

This approach gives you several benefits:

  • No more problems with iTunes Connect or Google Play account management — instead, you manage channels in your team’s Slack.
  • You track reviews from both stores at once — this saves a lot of time so you can better understand & analyze users sentiment.
  • You manage reviews answers from one place & customer support can be easily done by anyone in the team.

So, Slack proved to be a convenient & neat team communication tool to operate external services. AppFollow has been managing integrations with Slack for two years already, allowing developers to track all kinds of data from app stores. Reply bot feels like a natural evolution for their service.

If you do want to optimize your reviews management for App Store & Google Play, set up AppFollow’s Slack Reply bot now. It’s easy! ✌️

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