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thesaintv12
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« on: February 22, 2012, 05:56:59 PM »

Does anyone here develop/sell smartphone apps? 

I have been messing with both Android and Windows Phone development (much prefer developing for Win phone at the moment) and want to put a basic app or two out there.  So with that in mind I am looking to market in the right way. 

Free with ads, paid or both?  What is the best way to make your app stand out from the crowd.  Anything really which will help me to get a good start.
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 06:19:12 PM »

Well, I don't know the android market, but if you want to rank in the iPhone store you need to pull the old directory trick on them... Incorporate and get an EIN for your keyword oriented company name. Then name your app your targeted phrase. The algorithm is heavily weighted towards keywords in the company name. Ratings have nothing to do with ranking. But downloads and conversion to download make up some of the secret sauce.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 09:29:14 PM »

Oh, and I'd spend less time writing biz requirements and much more time iterating on my mockups. I remember a thread on here about Balsamic (?) mockups and some other software to really develop the idea before developing any real code.
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 09:52:55 PM »

Thanks DB.

I am not looking at iPhone at the moment, but all being well I will do.  I take on far too many things at the moment.  18hr days seem to be the norm right now! 

As far as requirements and mockups go, they only work inside my head....which is probably why I ended up working for myself  Wink .  I can make complex things work, but I can't explain why much of the time.  Seriously though the first couple of apps will be basic apps (though still good quality), just to test the water and get learning before I get into anything bigger.

I want to get the apps connected to FB though, so I would like to pick your brains about that sometime if possible?  You know the thing, "Shirley has just used Graham's stupid app to do x, why not join her".
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012, 10:49:47 PM »

>pick your brains
If you can find anything of value in there, you can have it;). Lord knows you have your work cut out for you...

>work inside my head
I'm with you. That's how I build sites too. I guess if your coding yourself, you can go that route, but there is value in bouncing the idea among people first. Work out the kinks in presentation. But again, maybe you can draw the picture in perfect perspective, from left to right, instead of sketching it out first.

> not looking at iPhone
I'd still look closely at how to rank it before you do anything.  It may be very similar. And it could make all the difference.
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2012, 09:00:52 AM »

Well, I don't know the android market, but if you want to rank in the iPhone store you need to pull the old directory trick on them... Incorporate and get an EIN for your keyword oriented company name. Then name your app your targeted phrase. The algorithm is heavily weighted towards keywords in the company name. Ratings have nothing to do with ranking. But downloads and conversion to download make up some of the secret sauce.


http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/23/apple-app-store-relevancy/

algo update talk.

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f you’re a developer or publisher counting on a well-chosen name to help with visibility, things could get tougher from here on out. But if you’re a popular and well-reviewed app, things might be looking up.
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