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    I have my first app in the app store now, but it is almost invisible with all the apps out there. I've tried all the social networking, sent a brief notice to some gadget/tech blogs that cover things like this, but so far nothing much. What do you other developers do to market your apps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prospectus View Post
    I have my first app in the app store now, but it is almost invisible with all the apps out there. I've tried all the social networking, sent a brief notice to some gadget/tech blogs that cover things like this, but so far nothing much. What do you other developers do to market your apps?
    Social Networks is the best free method.

    Put out vids on YouTube of the app being used. Like a 'screenshot' of sorts, except a video. Start a twitter page for your app. Follow as many iphone/app products as possible, request to follow their followers. Tweet regularly. Start a facebook fan page for your app. Ask all your friends to 'like' the app.

    You can't just have it visible on social networks, you have to actively tweet and post comments.

    Perhaps it would help to tell us what your app is named so we can check it out ;-)

    Also, why not put out a free version with advertisements and paid version without advertisements.
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    That's a good idea to make it's own facebook page. I haven't wanted to annoy my friends by announcing it all the time.

    It is a free app, with an in app upgrade for more features. Everyone I talk to in person or show the app to loves it. I think it just needs to get some exposure somehow, and finding that big breakthrough is the hard part.

    Since you asked, it's called "MoonJump".
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    Hi,

    In fact web review + social network seems to be the good solution.

    Search "9 Places To Publicize Your iPhone App" in Google for good website to get review of your app.

    Don't forget to share with us any useful link
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    Thanks for that link - I've always struggled to get my products reviewed on sites like these. Maybe I'll send out some more requests this week...

    Quote Originally Posted by njin View Post
    Hi,

    In fact web review + social network seems to be the good solution.

    Search "9 Places To Publicize Your iPhone App" in Google for good website to get review of your app.

    Don't forget to share with us any useful link
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    Quote Originally Posted by SyGem View Post
    Thanks for that link - I've always struggled to get my products reviewed on sites like these. Maybe I'll send out some more requests this week...
    Sounds like you're in the same boat we are. We have our first game out (Mad Pig Klondike Solitaire), and everyone that plays it finds it fun and addicting. The hard thing is getting it in front of lots of people.

    What other people have suggested is what we're doing, but it will likely take time to gain traction (at least ours will). We're just 2 guys, both with full-time day-jobs, so it's hard to find time to devote to PR and Marketing.

    Keep at it! If it's a good app/game, people will notice and it'll do well. *fingers crossed*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Pig Games View Post
    Sounds like you're in the same boat we are. We have our first game out (Mad Pig Klondike Solitaire), and everyone that plays it finds it fun and addicting. The hard thing is getting it in front of lots of people.

    What other people have suggested is what we're doing, but it will likely take time to gain traction (at least ours will). We're just 2 guys, both with full-time day-jobs, so it's hard to find time to devote to PR and Marketing.

    Keep at it! If it's a good app/game, people will notice and it'll do well. *fingers crossed*
    2 guys? Then you're twice the company I am I'm going to splash out on getting a press release written by prmac.com for the paid version of my next game. I'll try to report back here with any conclusions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SyGem View Post
    2 guys? Then you're twice the company I am I'm going to splash out on getting a press release written by prmac.com for the paid version of my next game. I'll try to report back here with any conclusions.
    lol Yes, 2 of us. Good luck! Keep us all posted how it goes.
    Games from the crazy pig:
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    Default Put it on my site

    If you want to you can write a little bit about it and put it up on my website. Im starting to get some decent traffic. The website is free iphone 4 apps dot com. No charge to you. Im just trying to get more content. thanks Todd
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    heres a link to a google doc I use. It has a bunch of sites listed in order of who gets the most traffic. Also has email addresses you can contact or weblinks to the appropriate site to share your app

    https:// docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?authkey=CLWGyl4&key=0AgFOHSGtWeVxdFJ5dnh1N0RSM y15QlREclVWSVhjVVE&hl=sv&authkey=CLWGyl4#gid=0

    be sure to delete the space before "docs.go......."
    I had to add the space to post the link-not enough posts yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corey Sauve View Post
    heres a link to a google doc I use. It has a bunch of sites listed in order of who gets the most traffic. Also has email addresses you can contact or weblinks to the appropriate site to share your app

    https:// docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?authkey=CLWGyl4&key=0AgFOHSGtWeVxdFJ5dnh1N0RSM y15QlREclVWSVhjVVE&hl=sv&authkey=CLWGyl4#gid=0

    be sure to delete the space before "docs.go......."
    I had to add the space to post the link-not enough posts yet
    You are my new hero for 2011, my friend.

    I just wanted you to know it!

    Thank you so much for sharing this treasure with all of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SyGem View Post
    2 guys? Then you're twice the company I am I'm going to splash out on getting a press release written by prmac.com for the paid version of my next game. I'll try to report back here with any conclusions.
    Never get discouraged by feeling too little... even Google itself started with two 17 year old kids who had a brilliant idea!
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    Corey ... WOW!!!

    This spreadsheet is amazing. My partner and I have been working on something similar.

    Thanks!!
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    Default Nice Spreadsheet!

    Looks similar to mine :-).

    @Prospectus: You should also make sure your links are working - Your link to the company website in iTunes is empty, and the support website links to your weblog without any hint of your app. Small things, but you should get them right.
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    I too am a 1 man shop (OK my wife designed some of the screens so I guess it's a 1 couple shop)

    I've done most of the "standard wisdom" ideas except for the prmac.com press release. I'd *really* like to hear back from other devs on whether they saw enough bump from this to justify the cost! I've been waiting for both versions of my App, Puffer's Train Challenge (Full & Lite), to get enough rating in the App Store and they have now. I'll be holding off on prmac for a day or two in hopes of hearing some real world experiences from other "indie" devs as to whether it made a real difference.

    Thanks!

    DoodleDudeDan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corey Sauve View Post
    heres a link to a google doc I use. It has a bunch of sites listed in order of who gets the most traffic. Also has email addresses you can contact or weblinks to the appropriate site to share your app

    https:// docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?authkey=CLWGyl4&key=0AgFOHSGtWeVxdFJ5dnh1N0RSM y15QlREclVWSVhjVVE&hl=sv&authkey=CLWGyl4#gid=0

    be sure to delete the space before "docs.go......."
    I had to add the space to post the link-not enough posts yet
    Thanks very much! I've been struggling through a lot of the review sites to find the right contact details. You have just saved me loads of time! ^.^
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    Everyone I talk to in person or show the app to loves it.
    We have the same problem...although probably every new iPhone game company does. It was weird reading this thread, as I said the exact same thing to someone today.
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    Thanks a lot Corey for your document!

    We also have the same issue to get noticed on the AppStore. We are trying a lot of options, including paid banners, getting reviews and a few other social marketing options (twitter, Facebook, forums where allowed).

    If you are into twitter, you should try the IDRTG group.(wwwDOTinnovattyDOTcom /twitter/IDRTG ) Lot of devs are there to help each other.

    Btw, if you wanna give a shot at our app, it is called The Movie searchOmeter and it is free
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prospectus View Post
    I have my first app in the app store now, but it is almost invisible with all the apps out there. I've tried all the social networking, sent a brief notice to some gadget/tech blogs that cover things like this, but so far nothing much. What do you other developers do to market your apps?
    1. Brainstorm where people who would use your app are and basically who they are. If you can't answer these questions you would really have a hard time to come up with a promotional plan
    2. It's impossible to market an app for free, you need certain budget
    3. Re-think your app's keyword list, make sure you use only relevant keywords. Use Google Adwords Keywords Tool to come up with new ideas
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    i think post to forum app announcement is another good way
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    there is some society who do marketing for iphone app?
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    I think it is going harder to marketing your app that store reachs a huge app pond. more apps more difficult
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    Most people put too much emphasis on online marketing, and skim over the app store.
    Seeing how users mostly look for apps on iTunes, that's kindof unfortunate.

    A good way to increase your downloads and get some more attention is to have positive customer reviews and star ratings - it builds confidence in your app.
    These guys offer pretty cheap app store reviews for all iTunes countries: Services.

    Should be worth a try for you!
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    +1 to facebook & twitter
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    Social networking is one, forum commenting is another. You may also try writing articles about your app, and submit them to writing directories.
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