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How New & noteworthy works?

01-19-2012, 08:16 AM
#1
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 5
How New & noteworthy works?

Hi touch arcade! Let me introduce myself.

I work for a very small indie dev called PhysiczGames as game designer and we released Figaro Wig HD to the app store on november 29 2011 at a price of 0,99$

Initial sales were good, but then it just stop selling

Just four days ago, we decided to give away the game for free for a whole week to make some buzz and we have delivered 11000 downloads so far with no promotion! So as the app is climbing the charts, i was wondering what would happen if We get lucky and our app gets featured in the New & noteworthy section of the app store... If we change the price from free to 0,99$ could we lose our promotional position in the app store?

Thanks in advance
01-19-2012, 04:17 PM
#2
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: Philadelphia, Pa
Posts: 124
If you change from free to paid you would only lose any slot you had in the free rankings. I believe both New and What's Hot are a mix of paid and free so you shouldnt lose any slot you earned in those categories.

On a side note regarding the relative whimsical nature of the What's Hot lists:
I can proudly say I was the #1 What's Hot Dice app for iphone and ipad in Venezuela for several days(i've sunk to #2).

And I accomplished that with a grand total of 6 people from Venezuela downloading the app all time. Oh, and no one downloading it or looking at the website in a week before I became the Venezuelan juggernaut that I am. I figure if I get to 10 Venezuelan downloads they will probably erect a statue of me in downtown Caracas.

01-24-2012, 09:47 AM
#3
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 5
that is so funny! i hope sales in venezuela make you rich xD cause nobody buys anything in my country LOL

We posted the app for free, and see what happens... i will post the results next week.

If you want to try our game, search for it on the App Store. It's name is Figaro Wig

There is an HD version for the iPad.

Thanks for the answer!
01-25-2012, 03:47 AM
#4
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Originally Posted by Evilflipper View Post
Hi touch arcade! Let me introduce myself.

I work for a very small indie dev called PhysiczGames as game designer and we released Figaro Wig HD to the app store on november 29 2011 at a price of 0,99$

Initial sales were good, but then it just stop selling

Just four days ago, we decided to give away the game for free for a whole week to make some buzz and we have delivered 11000 downloads so far with no promotion! So as the app is climbing the charts, i was wondering what would happen if We get lucky and our app gets featured in the New & noteworthy section of the app store... If we change the price from free to 0,99$ could we lose our promotional position in the app store?

Thanks in advance
Yes, if you change from free to paid you loose the positions :/
(also you have to start from the bottom paid charts)
01-25-2012, 04:17 AM
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Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Italy, Bologna
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Could Happen but I think it will stay there

I don't believe that you will loose the new & noteworthy featuring.
I think there is an editorial staff that selects your app for featuring and they
put it in queue, with priority, when your turn comes than you get featured.
So I think that if your app disappears from New & Noteworthy it's because someone in the marketing/editorial group has decided to remove it.

You will be removed from the free chart and get into the paid.
I think also that if you do the trick paid-free-paid within a range of 4 days you will not loose a lot of positions in the paid ranking ,since it's a weighted average on at least 4 days or more.

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01-25-2012, 11:33 AM
#6
I can say that I have switched from free to paid while I was already in the top 5 of the new and noteworthy and my game stayed there for a couple weeks after that (in 3 countries; Canada, UK and Australia). I can also say that it made almost no impact on sales

My game also left and went back on the new and noteworthy as well as the what's hot lists, albeit very low on the list, several times afterwards despite very low sales. I'm really not sure what factors are used to choose the list.

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01-25-2012, 02:06 PM
#7
Are you capitalizing on the Free downloads with any IAP or are you hoping the game will catch on when you switch it to paid.

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01-27-2012, 05:14 PM
#8
Joined: Jan 2012
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Was it mere luck that you guys were mentioned in the New and Noteworthy category or is there a secret recipe or contact in Apple?
01-27-2012, 11:23 PM
#9
Joined: Dec 2010
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i have been featured new and noteworthy ONLY in my country and that got me close to 3000 downloads in the first day but after we were taken off, of course numbers have been done to 500 a day.
01-29-2012, 02:43 PM
#10
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: Philadelphia, Pa
Posts: 124
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I am trying to figure these itunes ranking related questions out using analytics.

If were to hazard a guess based on what I have seen so far, I can see two ways to increase the chances of appearing on New & Noteworthy & What's Hot.

1. Get a rash of positive reviews. Whether legitimate or not, a rash of positive reviews in a short time may be a factor in the New & Noteworthy List.

2. Have a spurt of downloads over at least a 4 day period. Having a one or two day spurt is not enough. If you can show significant and positive download growth over a minimum of 4 days, it will increase the chance of appearing on What's Hot.

Again these are guess on my part at this point, but I think they are at least educated guesses. If other developers would share their analytic findings we could probably state more conclusively what triggers the lists.

Hope this helps someone.