Resellers: 10 tips to create Apple Developer accounts efficiently
Written by Christophe Spinetti on
The GoodBarber team will assist you throughout the process. We've also explained in this blog all the steps to create an Apple Developer Account and the steps to publish an app on the App Store. We remind you that each new app sent to the App Store with GoodBarber has been checked beforehand by our teams.
But when you're a Reseller, you're not the owner of the "Developer" account, your client who has to be. So you can sometimes find yourself stuck. So here are some tips to make it easier for your clients to create an account, and consequently make the process of publishing iOS apps more fluid.
Why is it important to be present on iOS for your clients?
The only way to send push notifications to iOS is to publish a native app on the App Store. These notifications are ultra-efficient weapons in building loyalty and relationship with an audience. It can be personalized, and above all, it's part of "Permission Marketing". The app user has given their consent to receive notifications. The iOS market share is not the main one in the world but it can be in some countries , even in some socio-professional categories.
When you sell an app to a client, they pay for the service you provide. But they also pay for the image the app will portray to their customers. Being on iOS is a guarantee of quality and brings notoriety to your client. They'll promote their app on all their advertising channels and show that their company is dynamic and modern. Because the App Store is the most selective store, your client will necessarily see more interest in being referenced there. And of course, their name will appear on the App Store.
Native apps are seamlessly integrated into the end user's smartphone operating system. Therefore, in native apps, it's easier to integrate geolocation functionalities (Geofencing, Maps...). Thanks to native apps, your clients will be able to offer even more personalized services to their users. And if their users are partly iPhone users, they'll have to publish their app on the App Store.
What are the best techniques to create an Apple Account when you are a Reseller?
Here are the basics:
=> AppleID: Generic Apple account . Your client must create one if they don't have one already. Only 1 Developer account can be created by AppleID.
=> Apple Developer: This is where your client must actually create their Apple Developer account. This allows them to publish apps on the App Store. From the Apple Developer account, you can manage billing and push certificate updates.
=> App Store Connect: It's from App Store Connect that you will manage the publications, updates and see the stats of the apps linked to the account. You will also be able to manage a team of users in this section. Your access to the App Store Connect will be generated automatically when your Developer account is created.
2/ Creation of an "Organization" account
3/ D-U-N-S number
If your client does not know their D-U-N-S, simply go to this link to verify: https://developer.apple.com/enroll/duns-lookup/#!/search
If the company is not known, your client can get a free listing with D&S . The process can take a few days. The client is advised to provide correct information and to keep available any administrative documents proving the existence of the company if someone from D&S contacts them and asks for clarification. It's best to take the time to follow the process, as this may cause problems in the future.
Once everything has been checked, all you have to do is pay the fee and you'll have access to the Apple Developer account from this address: https://developer.apple.com/account/
4/ Information verification
5/ Join the client's team
As mentioned above, AppStoreConnect is used to publish and update apps. As their account is an Organization account, they'll be able to add you to their Team. This way, it will be easier for you to manage publications and updates for them.
6/ Opening a Developer Account doesn't guarantee publication
7/ Think about the future
8/ Do not hesitate to ask for help
The support is very efficient and fast. You choose the category and sub-category of your request.
These experts are there to help you during the publication but also in the creation of the Apple Developer account. Do not hesitate to contact them.
9/ Help your client to create an account
10/ Maintain a dashboard to track your clients' apps.
We advise you to keep a list of published apps, with versions and publication dates in a Spreadsheet or any other tracking software. Our developers advise updating the apps at least twice a year on the Stores, even if you don't make significant changes. Indeed, platforms fix bugs and make changes constantly in their operating system. To keep your client's app within the standards of the Stores, and to avoid bugs, regular updates are essential. If the app malfunctions, your client will not be happy. This is why, thanks to your dashboard, you will avoid bad experiences.
Still no Reseller account?
1/ First, you need a Content App! Create a trial version here:
2/ Fill in the Reseller form directly in your back office by going to Add-ons > Services > Reseller then select either the Reseller Classic or Reseller Classic&Shopping plan.
3/ Login to the Reseller dashboard here : https://www.goodbarber.com/reseller/manage/