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Free for few days: how/where to advertise.

09-02-2011, 03:06 AM
#1
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Morestel, France
Posts: 572
Free for few days: how/where to advertise.

Hi,

Ok, I know that I can make my game for free for few days and some automatic stuff will catch it and advertise it. But is there any other way to increase the free campaign (other than paying FAAD). Is there any list of website to warn about free promotion? I mean website that are interested about this info...

thanks

JC
09-02-2011, 04:19 AM
#2
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 32
I know of freeappreport.com

Developer of Zombie Resistance

09-02-2011, 06:33 AM
#3
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: ailartsua (zdrawkcab daer) XD
Posts: 495
as far as i know, you dont need to pay for your game to be on FAAD as long as there are many requests on the "My wish" section inside the faad app maybe you can request it yourself or ask others.
09-02-2011, 06:52 AM
#4
Joined: Jul 2011
Location: The red Skittle
Posts: 5,765
Well posting here on TA is always an option. As far as I know of, there are a few sites that advertise freebies, though admittedly, I don't know how they work. I'll list the ones in my daily rotation:

FAAD, obviously. FreeAppCalendar. Decentfreeapp. Dailyappdream.

The Game Trail does the occasional video highlighting some freebies, at freegamesdaily. com



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09-02-2011, 11:36 AM
#5
The real magic happens when you stagger the free game announcements/promotions out over a couple days across multiple free app websites. I've been watching when savvy devs do this, and it skyrockets their free app up in the charts. However, if you don't plan on staying free after that, it will drop like a stone... so use that tactic wisely.

No idea how much it costs either... probably a hefty chunk o' change.
09-05-2011, 12:44 AM
#6
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 286
There is also Gizmodo that runs the iApp Deal of the Day.

Shoot an email with details over to Chris Beidelman (dealzmodo@gizmodo.com).

Make sure your app is free when you send the email, otherwise you might have to wait till the next day.
09-05-2011, 05:09 AM
#7
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ovogame View Post
Hi,

Ok, I know that I can make my game for free for few days and some automatic stuff will catch it and advertise it. But is there any other way to increase the free campaign (other than paying FAAD). Is there any list of website to warn about free promotion? I mean website that are interested about this info...

thanks

JC
Hi JC
We're now holding some campaign in our app.We can start with clicks exchange,pls contact me for details if u're interested:edyta@snsgame.com
09-06-2011, 06:20 AM
#8
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Hollywood, CA
Posts: 1,869
it's tough. Honestly you can probably just post on TA and get about the most coverage you're gonna get that way. Do some research and send out a PR (prmac.com) will likely still pop up in a few places..

if you've been doing development for some time and haven't built up a decent list of sites/media to contact at all, "you're doing it wrong!" At the risk of sounding a bit snarky, it's not bad form to email guys like destructoid.com, appera, 148apps, etc (and anyone who you can dig up on twitter who is following you) to pass along your PR as well. No guarantees, but it's not impossible you might get a mention if someone at one of those sites digs your app.
09-06-2011, 07:52 AM
#9
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,005
Just to put things in perspective, a post on TA forums announcing a giveaway is lucky to land a few hundred unique views. Exception would be if the game gets a front page mention or is already hugely popular.

Just switching from pay to free without any sort of announcement can easily land over 10,000 downloads if your app has an attractive icon, enough to leap into good visibility in most category listings in the AppStore.

Getting listed on a site like FAAD can easily result in over 100,000 downloads, enough to get listed high in "all games."

Once listed, your app will typically rise or fall based on user reviews and word of mouth.

Sweet spot for a temporary giveaway is usually about five days. Rankings are based on a weighted window favoring more recent download activity, and a few days of bigger downloads can help drive your app higher in the charts.




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Originally Posted by headcaseGames View Post
it's tough. Honestly you can probably just post on TA and get about the most coverage you're gonna get that way. Do some research and send out a PR (prmac.com) will likely still pop up in a few places..
09-07-2011, 02:52 AM
#10
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 286
Great info, no wonder they charge so much for FAAD sites!