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Banner ad updates?

05-29-2009, 02:49 PM
#1
Banner ad updates?

Does anyone know what day the banner ads on iTunes and the phone change? I know that the featured lists change every Monday night, but I haven't paid attention to the banner ads. Thanks!
05-29-2009, 02:49 PM
#2
They don't cost anything, Apple chooses who gets the spots.

05-29-2009, 02:51 PM
#3
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Birmingham, UK, dull corner of the world
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I always thought they changed at the same time too- Monday night.
05-29-2009, 02:59 PM
#4
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Originally Posted by jonaswills View Post
They don't cost anything, Apple chooses who gets the spots.
Change, not charge.
05-29-2009, 04:33 PM
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Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 1,151
Ya, everything changes at the same time - on Monday night / Tuesday morning. It actually changes in Europe before the US, so I usually look at the UK at about 8pm EST to get an idea of what's getting featured the next day.

Did Apple ask you for some banner art? I'll be looking out for you this Tuesday
05-29-2009, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by nattylux View Post
Ya, everything changes at the same time - on Monday night / Tuesday morning. It actually changes in Europe before the US, so I usually look at the UK at about 8pm EST to get an idea of what's getting featured the next day.

Did Apple ask you for some banner art? I'll be looking out for you this Tuesday
I've been doing the Europe check too. And yes, I was contacted late Wednesday night, with a Friday morning deadline. I wasn't given any promises, but they did use the word "love." So, with such a tight deadline and praise, I figure my odds are better than 50/50. I wonder if a banner is worth as much as New and Noteworthy...
05-29-2009, 05:21 PM
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Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 1,151
Nice - congrats!

It depends on which banner you get. Only 4 banners show up on the phone (2 in New, 2 in What's Hot), while 12 show up on iTunes (Top 3 x 2 flips each, plus 6 smaller ones). If you show up on iPhone, you're golden. Otherwise, it's not quite as good as New+Noteworthy. Good luck!
05-29-2009, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by nattylux View Post
Nice - congrats!

It depends on which banner you get. Only 4 banners show up on the phone (2 in New, 2 in What's Hot), while 12 show up on iTunes (Top 3 x 2 flips each, plus 6 smaller ones). If you show up on iPhone, you're golden. Otherwise, it's not quite as good as New+Noteworthy. Good luck!
Thanks! Looks like Apple has been taking up one of the phone spots with the tv link for a bit now, so probably less spots available even. Keeping my fingers crossed!
05-29-2009, 06:33 PM
#9
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
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Originally Posted by Little White Bear Studios View Post
I've been doing the Europe check too. And yes, I was contacted late Wednesday night, with a Friday morning deadline. I wasn't given any promises, but they did use the word "love." So, with such a tight deadline and praise, I figure my odds are better than 50/50. I wonder if a banner is worth as much as New and Noteworthy...
Awesome man, congrats. Depending on the spot, this is going to be HUGE for you. My game "The Creeps!" was featured for a week back in Feb (I got even less time to prepare my art than you did!). Mine ended up being what I think is the best possible spot (on the front page of iTunes where they only show a single featured app, also one of the huge banners at the top of the app store and a big spot on the "New" featured section in the iPhone version of the App Store. I made more sales that week than I have the rest of the year (and I was charging $4.99 at the time!!). I went from relatively unheard of (like #50 in strategy games) the #23 on top paid apps overall. If I was smart I would have dropped the price to like $2.99 and I would have hit #1 easily. But alas, I was not smart. Well, if lightning strikes again I'll know what to do

Oh, did I mention, HUGE?!!?

Good luck!
05-29-2009, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by RegularStormy View Post
Awesome man, congrats. Depending on the spot, this is going to be HUGE for you. My game "The Creeps!" was featured for a week back in Feb (I got even less time to prepare my art than you did!). Mine ended up being what I think is the best possible spot (on the front page of iTunes where they only show a single featured app, also one of the huge banners at the top of the app store and a big spot on the "New" featured section in the iPhone version of the App Store. I made more sales that week than I have the rest of the year (and I was charging $4.99 at the time!!). I went from relatively unheard of (like #50 in strategy games) the #23 on top paid apps overall. If I was smart I would have dropped the price to like $2.99 and I would have hit #1 easily. But alas, I was not smart. Well, if lightning strikes again I'll know what to do

Oh, did I mention, HUGE?!!?

Good luck!
Thanks! Hope they pick me! My first game was featured in the #1 spot in the New category on the phone back in August. At that time, the list didn't change for two weeks, so I got maximum exposure with a $2.99 game. It went as high as #12 on the top apps list. Of course, that spot is probably worth a lot more these days. I believe it was worth about 1,300 copies a day in the U.S. in August. Kinda funny considering I made that game in the hopes of covering my car's monthly gas bill.

When they contacted you about the art, did they say you were in, or potentially in?

Last edited by Little White Bear Studios; 05-29-2009 at 08:29 PM.