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Is Shilling an acceptable marketing strategy

View Poll Results: Is Shilling a valid marketing tool?
Yes, it is a valid marketing tool 14 10.85%
No, I stand against this sort of marketing 96 74.42%
I don't care as long as I enjoy the game. 19 14.73%
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01-27-2010, 09:50 PM
#1
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 1,112
Is Shilling an acceptable marketing strategy

Over the week I received pms from devs or their supporters asking me to lay off on 'shillers' They asked me to understand and that it was hard enough to be a developer this days. So I want the communities input in this one : Given the competitive market and the indies lack of budget for a marketing campaign is Shilling an acceptable marketing strategy?
01-27-2010, 09:51 PM
#2
wtf this is such bullshit lol
Anyone else get PMs from indies asking them to lay off shillers?

Shilling is not acceptable though

01-27-2010, 09:51 PM
#3
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,242
No. Never.

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01-27-2010, 09:53 PM
#4
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: The Island of Berk
Posts: 1,218
Shilling=Absolute crap.

Promoting your game is a must. But giving reviews to your own game just proves that you don't have confidence in your skills as a developer.

Excuse me, sir, but you are interrupting my boredom.
01-27-2010, 09:59 PM
#5
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 1,112
Quote:
Originally Posted by da shiz wiz 19 View Post
wtf this is such bullshit lol
Anyone else get PMs from indies asking them to lay off shillers?

Shilling is not acceptable though
I got 3 pm over the week, of course I am the likely target of this pm given what I am doing

Also to give you guys an overview of shilling, Sony did a failed Viral Marketing for the PSP 3-4 xmas ago. It's a youtube video of a white guy rapping about 'how he want's a psp for xmas', someone did a research and trace the video back to marketing firm hired by sony
01-27-2010, 09:59 PM
#6
Someone answer me this: Has anyone been contacted by inde devs and their supporters asking them to lay off shillers (except Azreal, and SarcasticGamer)?

Anyone? I have never been told to. But it is obvious at times a few devs are shilling due to similar grammatical errors and style of writing.

Last edited by da shiz wiz 19; 01-27-2010 at 10:05 PM.
01-27-2010, 10:06 PM
#7
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 1,112
Quote:
Originally Posted by da shiz wiz 19 View Post
Someone answer me this: Has anyone been contacted by inde devs and their supporters asking them to lay off shillers (except Azreal, and SarcasticGamer)?
What are you uptight about son? I have but that is beside the point, a growing number of devs are shilling nowadays just look at the appstore reviews of lest know titles, you will see a game that is just release that have 5 star review already almost instantly.
01-27-2010, 10:11 PM
#8
Quote:
Originally Posted by SarcasticGamer View Post
What are you uptight about son? I have but that is beside the point, a growing number of devs are shilling nowadays just look at the appstore reviews of lest know titles, you will see a game that is just release that have 5 star review already almost instantly.
I am uptight about this because this is such bullshit. I have NEVER been contacted to lay off shillers. That would be the dumbest move by a dev ever. Yes I agree shilling is bad, but not the bullshit you're sprouting. All you're trying to do is defame indies as a whole. You've done it before.
01-27-2010, 10:12 PM
#9
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,791
i always take the first reviews as being family and friends reviews.. take it for what it is iguess.

one thing is for sure.. ill tell you what i think.. but i also try to add constructive advice too.. because pure negative feed back is really no help to anyone.. so if you just gonna slam a app.. like i see on the appstore reviews.. like

"this app sucks" well if i was the dev.. that sure would not help me figure out how to make it better. etc.

shilling fails. but im sure it goes on.

and you know i think dev's should be happy how generous die hard gamers are on here willing to beta test give there input.. thats how they can compete with the big boys.. so i think TA is great.. and i give a pat on the back to the guys who help devs try to make there games better. yeah i know some devs will not listen.. well cant please everyone.
chris.

Last edited by sid187; 01-27-2010 at 10:16 PM.
01-27-2010, 10:13 PM
#10
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 3,248
Agreed. Indie devs have never even contacted ME about shilling. Or Hodapp, or arn, or any other website, for that matter. That'd just be stupid. And who are you? You're not famous; TA isn't somewhere where ALL the indie devs are, so you're just spouting some bull-ass-shit right now.