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Offer promo codes and still no reviews!

05-08-2012, 04:48 AM
#1
Joined: Sep 2011
Location: London
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Offer promo codes and still no reviews!

Hi

Is it worth offering promo codes on TA? I gave away a set of promo codes for my new app in the promo code section. All I asked was for a simple review to be left on the app store, not a single one was left.

Is this what usually happens? I just want to get enough reviews so that Itunes will actually show the star rating.

Thanks

Oliver

Last edited by IconicDigital; 05-08-2012 at 04:58 AM.
05-08-2012, 05:46 AM
#2
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Belfast N Ireland
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Not a developer but I do remember someone posted a script here before to grab promo codes and put them straight into itunes, so the odds are probably it's the same people getting them all each time. You might be better asking people to private message you for a code as then you are at least likely to get people who will actually try your app out and have shown an interest in what it does.

It's also possible maybe Apple is blocking reviews from going through, I won't pretend to understand their system but they sometimes do pull stunts like that.

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out

05-08-2012, 07:04 AM
#3
Joined: Aug 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 71
Apple currently does not allow promo code users leave review.

But it just happened in U.S Store.If you redeem code in other country,you can write anything you want.

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05-08-2012, 07:17 AM
#4
Joined: Jul 2011
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Lots of times if you post promo codes in the forum they will be taken by people who aren't regulars and, as such, have no obligation to anyone. (Not that members do, but they are more likely to have some decency)


Looking at your app specifically, the first problem that I see is that it's an app. Games are more likely to gain exposure here.

Second thing is, it does have somewhat limited appeal - the TouchArcade audience might not be the best target market.




Just as an aside, I have no idea whether your app will work in my country - whether it works in any country, etc. At a cursory glance, I dismissed it as another service only available to those in the US (Why can't we have nice things!?). Maybe it's because I don't know what foursquare is/does, but I thought you might find the feedback useful.



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05-08-2012, 10:06 AM
#5
Joined: Mar 2010
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Teknikal View Post
Not a developer but I do remember someone posted a script here before to grab promo codes and put them straight into itunes, so the odds are probably it's the same people getting them all each time.
Wait, really? That's messed up.


Does Hodapp know about this?

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05-08-2012, 10:40 AM
#6
Joined: Aug 2008
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Originally Posted by subdeath View Post
Apple currently does not allow promo code users leave review.
That doesn't appear to be true. I've gotten promo codes (and I mean somewhat recently - several weeks back), used them, and posted a review. No problem. I'm in the US.
05-08-2012, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by crunc View Post
That doesn't appear to be true. I've gotten promo codes (and I mean somewhat recently - several weeks back), used them, and posted a review. No problem. I'm in the US.
There's an hour gap in which you can leave reviews freely.

Could've been changed since though.



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05-08-2012, 05:35 PM
#8
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I don't understand why there's an hour gap. Shouldn't you be able to spend more time with the app to give a more accurate review?

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05-08-2012, 05:43 PM
#9
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I think the gap might be a side-effect of some background workings of the App Store. The no-review might be a default, but while it takes an hour to cement just where you got the app from, you are able to leave a review.

My perspective, of course. Who knows what the heck is actually going on.



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05-08-2012, 05:43 PM
#10
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Originally Posted by The Bat Outta Hell View Post
I don't understand why there's an hour gap. Shouldn't you be able to spend more time with the app to give a more accurate review?
One would think so.