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Google Play’s Try Now demos are boosting retention and monetisation by more than 29%

Google Play’s Try Now demos are boosting retention and monetisation by more than 29%

Coinciding with Google's annual Playtime event in Berlin and San Francisco, US outfit AppOnboard has released some data about how its instant demo technology has been performing on Google Play over the past weeks.

Triggered by a ‘Try Now’ button next to the ‘Install’ option for supported games on the Google Play store, the company says the ability to play a short game demo has caught on, particularly in emerging markets such as Brazil and India where users struggle with data connections and their associated costs.

AppOnboard’s CEO Jonathan Zweig reckons the ability to instantly experience gameplay is becoming the default behaviour in these countries, ensuring users only download content they enjoy.

“The appetite for the ‘Try Now’ button on Google Play rivals anything I have seen in mobile since the launch of the app stores,” said Zweig.

This argument appears to be born out by released retention and monetisation data too.

AppOnboard said those users who engage with a demo before going on to install the app or game have a 32 per cent higher Day One retention rate compared to those who immediately download without playing the demo. The Day Seven retention rate is 29 per cent higher.

The appetite for the Try Now button on Google Play rivals anything I have seen in mobile.
Jonathan Zweig

This translates to a 44 per cent higher probability demo players become a paying user on Day One and 37 per cent higher probability by Day Seven.

All aboard

Companies currently taking advantage of what AppOnboard calls its App Store Demo service include Game Insight, Jam City, Scopely, FoxNext and Huuuge Games, while Superheart Studios has used the tech to drive pre-registrations for its Ocean Reef Life game.

The technology works by having AppOnboard’s engineering team collaborate with the content developer to create a custom demo to best show off the game. The system also includes a real-time analytics engine and aggregated user heat maps.

AppOnboard is currently offering a 30-day free trial for developers via its website.


Contributing Editor

A Pocket Gamer co-founder, Jon is Contributing Editor at PG.biz which means he acts like a slightly confused uncle who's forgotten where he's left his glasses. As well as letters and cameras, he likes imaginary numbers and legumes.

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