Why You Should Plan Now for Your iTunes Mobile App Developer Account
Information that you provide on your iTunes mobile app developer account can affect decisions about your content, your market, and your business structure. Plan for this now before you complete development.
One of the benefits of using IPS is that we help you create your iTunes mobile application developer account and upload your application to AppStore. However, we will need some specific information from you to do this correctly.
Some of the information that you must provide can affect decisions about the content in your app, the category of customer whom you want to target, or the business structure that you create.
It is best to review this information before the developer completes the application so that you can take the time to analyse your target market and make any necessary business arrangements.
The following information will help you prepare to create your iTunes developer account:
What is the best category for your mobile app?
If you want the right people to find your app, it will help to put some thought into the most relevant category under which to list your app. If you consider your choices during the development stage, you might find it easier to make decisions based on your target market.
Apple offers several options for comfortable customer browsing: books, business, education, entertainment, finance, games, healthcare and fitness, lifestyle, medical, music, navigation, news, photography, productivity, reference, social networking, sports, travel, utilities, and weather.
Under what official business name would you like to list your app?
If this will be your first app with Apple, we will need to know your Company name to activate your iTunes developer account. It is important to get this right because you cannot change it in the future. If you are considering a separate company for this project, you should consult with your accountant now to make the necessary arrangements; this is especially important if your goal is to earn money from your mobile app.
Will your app contain any sensitive or potentially offensive content?
Apple collects detailed information about the substance of the applications offered in The App Store to help customers make decisions about the content that they download or purchase. You will have to provide the information in the chart below. These are important questions to consider in your mobile app development plan.
What keywords will your target customers search for?
You will have to provide one or more keywords that describe the app you are adding. When users search the App Store, the terms they enter are matched with keywords to return more accurate results.
Keywords cannot be edited once your binary is in the review and cannot be longer than 100 bytes, or about 50 characters. Therefore, you should take the time to do market research now can ensure that you get this right.
Other Miscellaneous Information
There are a few other pieces of information that you will need to provide:
- The name of the person or entity that owns the exclusive rights to the mobile application, preceded by the year the rights were obtained (for example, "2008 Acme Inc.").
- An email address where Apple can contact you if there are problems with your mobile app. Customers will not see this address.
- A URL that provides support for the app you are adding and will be visible to clients on the App Store.
- A URL with information about the app you are adding. If provided, this will be visible to customers on the App Store.
- Additional information about your mobile app and your In-App Purchases that may assist Apple's review, such as the details of any test accounts that Apple can use to test them (including user names, passwords, access codes, etc.) Review Notes cannot be longer than 4000 bytes (approximately 500 words).
Your iTunes developer account will be easy to set up if you consider planning for the application early. Taking time to answer these questions now will help you make sure that your mobile app fits well into your business model.