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Should Apple be featuring best-seller apps?

11-10-2010, 08:22 PM
#1
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Should Apple be featuring best-seller apps?

I had a discussion with my team about this. In the last couple weeks they featured Angry Birds, Doodle Jump, and Fruit Ninja on their New and Noteworthy section. As many of you know these apps have sold millions of copies and just about every app store customer already knows about them. If they don't, well, just tap on the Top 25 Paid apps tab and there they are.

Exposure for the aforementioned titles is not something they lack; however, for many other well designed apps, exposure is practically non-existent.

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New and Noteworthy!
11-10-2010, 08:43 PM
#2
Joined: Dec 2009
Location: Berlin, Germany
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bravetarget;
I had a discussion with my team about this. In the last couple weeks they featured Angry Birds, Doodle Jump, and Fruit Ninja on their New and Noteworthy section. As many of you know these apps have sold millions of copies and just about every app store customer already knows about them. If they don't, well, just tap on the Top 25 Paid apps tab and there they are.

Exposure for the aforementioned titles is not something they lack; however, for many other well designed apps, exposure is practically non-existent.

Possible they are in the top 25 because they whete featured? Hehe just kidding.

Featuring is not only about featuring its also about earning money for apple.
I know that fruit ninja got an bigger update and that may have triggered the feature.

At the end even apples highlight section is a very crowded place with multiple subcategories etc. So what gives if there is some popular game in the spotlight.

Apple even features crap games like a tic tac toe game or a simon clone so what? Its like the lotterie even a rich guy can win and if the promoted the halloween edition of angry birds the money is going to rovio directly so more power to them!

11-11-2010, 09:03 AM
#3
Apple likes to promote what makes them the most. I guess that week they didn't see anything all that appealing
11-11-2010, 12:31 PM
#4
Joined: May 2010
Location: Lincoln, UK
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The massive sales figures of the top games brings great exposure to Apple and the App Store. They would be mad not to help push up those numbers.
11-11-2010, 01:19 PM
#5
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I always assumed that the feature spots were a way for Apple to "stir things up" and help newer apps that might otherwise be overlooked overcome the momentum that comes from objective rankings in the top lists.

So I find this puzzling. The top 25 games already have massive visibility.

What possible motivation is there for Apple to advertise these same apps under New and Noteworthy? Will this really drive more sales of those apps? I can't imagine that it will give them much more visibility than they already have. Maybe it's just an experiment on their part. Apple's done a lot of odd things with their feature spots in the past.

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Originally Posted by Moonjump View Post
The massive sales figures of the top games brings great exposure to Apple and the App Store. They would be mad not to help push up those numbers.
11-11-2010, 06:18 PM
#6
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Originally Posted by Stroffolino View Post
I always assumed that the feature spots were a way for Apple to "stir things up" and help newer apps that might otherwise be overlooked overcome the momentum that comes from objective rankings in the top lists.

So I find this puzzling. The top 25 games already have massive visibility.

What possible motivation is there for Apple to advertise these same apps under New and Noteworthy? Will this really drive more sales of those apps? I can't imagine that it will give them much more visibility than they already have. Maybe it's just an experiment on their part. Apple's done a lot of odd things with their feature spots in the past.
New people are coming to the iOS family all the time. Many of these titles have little recognition outside the App Store. Apple are helping to make sure they make some good purchases early on, so that they become repeat customers. They are noteworthy, hence their inclusion. This and my last post were looking at it from Apple's point of view.

As an indie developer I wish they would give more slots to interesting but overlooked titles. There are good games falling by the wayside because of too little exposure, not because of lack of quality. But we all know that here.
11-11-2010, 06:40 PM
#7
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earning your stripes

All the games you see on the top slots , where once just dreamers like you and me . But over time and a little luck , they made it to the top. Once you make it there , Apple rewards you by promoting your brand. Its hard for the little guys like us to accept , but its the truth.
11-11-2010, 07:03 PM
#8
Joined: Jul 2009
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Frustrating ain't it?

Apple will also promote apps that use their systems like iAds, In-App, and Gamecenter. So we can play along or go without their help Fruit Ninja does a good job using Gamecenter and ..there's no point talking about Angry Birds or Cut the rope.

It seems to me that Android is padding their store with any apps they can get to get their numbers up as well. Different issue but same line of thought. They're businesses!

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Last edited by TWilson; 11-11-2010 at 07:08 PM. Reason: rethunk it
11-13-2010, 05:04 AM
#9
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: London, England
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I can understand why Apple would want to keep promoting the popular titles in certain features. But putting games that aren't new in the New and Noteworthy section seems a little wrong.
11-13-2010, 11:18 AM
#10
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Originally Posted by amroc View Post
I can understand why Apple would want to keep promoting the popular titles in certain features. But putting games that aren't new in the New and Noteworthy section seems a little wrong.
Note the "and Noteworthy" in the section name. The word '"and" doesn't always mean "&&", for example "ladies and gentlemen". But it would be nice if there was a section exclusively for new apps.