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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Apple should make promo codes for iPhone App developers

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With thousands of developers creating new applications for iPhone every day, app store shoppers rely on reviews from to evaluate a potential app to purchase. The alternative is to check Apple blogs and tech sites on a regular basis, but there's no comprehensive ranking system for customer reference.
 
Developers, App store shoppers and tech bloggers would all benefit from promo codes. Let's say you've just developed "the next great app" and it costs $5.99 to download. As the developer, you want to showcase the great product to reputable blogs and online magazines, but they're forced to fork out $5.99 to test it for a potential review.  Basically, you're asking them for two favors.

  1. Devote part of your day to review my product.
  2. Spend a few bucks just to test it.

Those create a major disadvantage for developers searching for publicity.
A perfect example is Electronic Arts, (NASDAQ: ERTS) a major developer that recently laid off 1,000 workers. EA created one of the top-five most popular apps: Monopoly, which sells for $5.99. If EA wanted to distribute the game to 100 publications, they would have to include an iTunes gift card, or ask the media to eat the cost. nascar iphone appAnother example is Nascar Live (iNascar), created by iApp Ventures LLC.The application was released last week, and no customer reviews are available yet, so there's no gauge for the shopper.

Now, I know most of you are probably thinking, what's another six dollars? Well, it's just enough to make someome hesitate about reviewing your product, because there are plenty of free apps competing for attention.

By Matt O'Hern at 09:20 AM | Comments (1)

(1) Thoughts on Apple should make promo codes for iPhone App developers

Hi Matt, You are in luck! Apple is now giving out promo codes for developers/media, etc. who want to test out new apps. Let me know if you are interested in checking out CityMint - first comprehensive (more than 1,000 restaurants and growing) food ordering app, just posted in the app store today. I will set you up with a promo code.

Comments by Andrea Cousens : Thursday, February 05, 2009 at 02:31 PM

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