What do top apps have in common?

It’s a question that’s probably crossed your mind as you design and publish your own apps. Well, we were curious, too. Recently the Marketplace team spent time crunching download stats and doing side-by-side comparisons of the top 50 apps in each Marketplace category looking for clues.

The result? While there’s certainly no magic formula for instant success, the analysis showed that best-selling apps do have things in common—lessons you can apply to your own apps to help boost downloads and revenue.

Here are the first five tips gleaned from these top performers.

1. Turn on trial mode

2. Hook up Live Tiles

3. Use push notifications

4. Make ads location-aware

5. Embrace Windows Phone design

 

Read more on the Windows Phone Blog!

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