Educational App - Parent Resources?

02-19-2013, 09:03 PM
#1
Educational App - Parent Resources?

Hello all!

I've been working on an educational app with my boyfriend and we're getting to the stage where we're going to start some pretty intensive kid testing and begin our marketing buzz.

We've got our website, are setting up FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest sites so we can do an official launch of the site soon (it's nearly done - would love your input on that as well. URL is in my signature).

I've started a parent-facing blog (we figured, since that's our audience, we should write to them, not necessarily to developers). We've also got kid testing set up and have everything prepared for that, but my kids haven't been young in a long time so I'm out of the loop as far as parenting websites, the parent blogosphere, etc.

Are any of you parents of younger kids (we're looking at ages 2-4)? If so, would you mind sharing the websites you go to for advice, sanity, news, information, reviews, etc.?

Thanks so much in advance!

Squink Games
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02-20-2013, 08:47 AM
#2
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Originally Posted by raekess View Post
Hello all!

I've been working on an educational app with my boyfriend and we're getting to the stage where we're going to start some pretty intensive kid testing and begin our marketing buzz.

We've got our website, are setting up FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest sites so we can do an official launch of the site soon (it's nearly done - would love your input on that as well. URL is in my signature).

I've started a parent-facing blog (we figured, since that's our audience, we should write to them, not necessarily to developers). We've also got kid testing set up and have everything prepared for that, but my kids haven't been young in a long time so I'm out of the loop as far as parenting websites, the parent blogosphere, etc.

Are any of you parents of younger kids (we're looking at ages 2-4)? If so, would you mind sharing the websites you go to for advice, sanity, news, information, reviews, etc.?

Thanks so much in advance!
I've got a 1 and a 3 year old but mostly the only site I use is Google. Potty training, bottle weaning and all other tips come from there. I'd suggest Adwords would be the best marketing dollars spent on a parent like myself.

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Last edited by Blackharon; 02-20-2013 at 09:28 AM.

02-21-2013, 09:21 AM
#3
Thanks Blackharon! I appreciate it!

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02-21-2013, 10:25 PM
#4
I have a 4 and 7 year old, and I'm a fan of Smart Apps for Kids.

Good luck with your app
02-21-2013, 10:40 PM
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Originally Posted by ColeyWoley View Post
I have a 4 and 7 year old, and I'm a fan of Smart Apps for Kids.

Good luck with your app
Great link! I am always looking for more educational apps for my toddler.
02-21-2013, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by ColeyWoley View Post
I have a 4 and 7 year old, and I'm a fan of Smart Apps for Kids.

Good luck with your app
Thanks ColeyWoley! I'll make sure to check this site out!

Squink Games
Fun, educational entertainment for kids!
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02-24-2013, 12:30 AM
#7
Moms with Apps is the #1 source edu apps. Also, you can check out

[url]http://www.bestkidsapps.com[/url]
[url]http://top-kids-apps.com[/url]
[url]http://www.appleiphoneschool.com[/url]
[url]http://www.theimum.com[/url]
[url]http://www.theiphonemom.com[/url]

Check out my Math runner game Meerkat Math @ meerkatmath.com. In our new app we are trying to put together a community of teachers, parents and developers via facebook and a monthly email list. Any suggestions on how to go about this?
02-24-2013, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by afriday11 View Post
Thanks afriday11! I've added the ones I didn't have to my list... it's getting kind of huge. LOL.

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Originally Posted by afriday11 View Post
Check out my Math runner game Meerkat Math @ meerkatmath.com. In our new app we are trying to put together a community of teachers, parents and developers via facebook and a monthly email list. Any suggestions on how to go about this?
What would be the purpose of this group? Sharing of information amongst professionals and game developers? Posting information about educational indie games? Building a community? Making a Facebook page is relatively easy - the hard part is getting the word out so people will join and maintaining the content pace. I looked at your site and John is your marketer (is that you?) Marketing is a more than full-time job (I know, that's what I'm doing for Squink Games). However, based on everything I've read about marketing an indie game, building the community is the most important part (if you don't have a big name behind you and lots of cash), and this group would be a great way to do that if there's a clear vision behind it and well-planned and delivered content. We should talk.

Squink Games
Fun, educational entertainment for kids!
~ Email ~ Twitter ~ FB ~ G+ ~
02-28-2013, 08:06 AM
#9
Here is a list of over 70 review sites with alexa ranking specializing in kid games or edu games:
http://www.reviewfordev.com/list-of-...s-for-kids.php

Last edited by artcue; 02-28-2013 at 08:08 AM.
02-28-2013, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by artcue View Post
Here is a list of over 70 review sites with alexa ranking specializing in kid games or edu games:
http://www.reviewfordev.com/list-of-...s-for-kids.php
Useful link for my forthcoming maths game, thank you!