Poker Friends Blog

An inside look into our work on social Poker app Poker Friends.


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Hey, Mr. App Review Man, Stop Asking Money From Me!

This is a real steamer.

One of the first things you find when you search for “Promote your iOS App” (It’s ok, we’ve all done it) is article 1/2/5 (depending on the company trying to promote itself by writing a blog) – “Get your app reviewed by bloggers and app review sites”.

You think to yourself “Hey, that’s great! I have a good app, I’ll write to them and if they’ll like it, they’ll review it. Basically, they’re app news sites, right?”. AHHHH, wrong.

These sites all have the exact same reply:

“Thanks for submitting to us. We’d love to review your app, but we’re just overly swamped with tons of requests because our site is really really really popular. The good news is, you can ensure a review for X dollars! of course, you can choose not to pay, and we will still review your app. in about 5-10 years.”

So, our advice is – if you were fortunate enough to land here before wasting countless hours on meaningless submissions, direct your marketing efforts elsewhere. For example, you can write a blog about what it’s like to develop an app and hope it will catch on.

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Previously on Poker Friends (Or: Intro Post)

Hello fellow developers seeking for magic solutions to make their app successful,

Since you’re just joining us (Which makes sense, since this is our first post), we thought it would be a good idea to bring you up to speed and let you know what we’ve been doing these past few months. Since nobody reads these days, we’ll keep it short, sweet and in bullets:

– Our app is called Poker Friends. It’s a social poker app that tries to create the vibe of poker night with your friends, on your phone. It allows groups of friends to play poker together without having to be online at the same time (Turn-based), and now also offers live tables for killing time.

– We Launched Worldwide for iOS & Android on November 27th, 2012. So far we’ve got 49,000 downloads on Google Play, 31,000 downloads on iOS, 4115 downloads on SlideMe, 1,201 downloads on Samsung Apps, 440 downloads on Amazon, 207 downloads on Opera and 3 downloads on Apptoide. Man, we love those 3 downloads.

– We created a really awesome, unique video ad. We worked our butts off to make that ad happen, stayed days and nights, wrote and re-wrote, edited and re-edited, bought views, received worldwide praise and gained about 10 new downloads. Man, we love those 10 downloads.

– We created a one-of-a-kind invitation system. Super clever, you won’t find something like this in any other game. We increased virallity by hundreds of percents. That actually works great, thanks for asking. We’ll talk about it some more later.

So, here we are today, right on the verge becoming too rich and too busy to write a stupid blog, to share a bit about what goes on in our everyday lives. We’ll try to give some useful tips from our experience, and maybe help you guys to do better. Just don’t forget us when you’re on the cover of “Awesome App Magazine”!