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Transcript for the 9/15/13 #storyappchat: Reviewer Back-to-School Special

Transcript for the 9/15/13 #storyappchat: Reviewers Back-to-School Special

Transcript for the September 15 installment of #storyappchat, a weekly Twitter party where we gather to discuss all things related to creating storybook apps for kids. This week was a reviewer special, with Deanne and Alison from the iMums and our own Carisa Kluver from Digital Storytime. Remember, if you are a developer who wants the ladies at the iMums to review your app, visit their special developer page at http://www.theimum.com/developers/

Transcript for the 5/26/13 #storyappchat: Developing for Android

Wow, I am really sorry I had to miss this discussion, because it was full of great links, resources, stats and opinions on creating apps for Android, from people who have been there. Luckily for me, though, I have access to this transcript (just like you) which contains a rather plain but complete capture of the entire thing. So I can benefit from last night’s wisdom, almost as if I was there in person!

Don’t miss the next #storyappchat on June 2, when we’ll discuss the pros and cons of skeuomorphic interfaces. Details later, but plan to join us at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific!

Transcript for the 5/19/13 #storyappchat: iTunes Descriptions

Quiet little chat last night, but still filled with good information, thought-provoking questions, and valuable opinions from the #storyappchat community. Peruse the chat in its entirety via the transcript above, and be sure to join us every Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT for high-quality discussion every week about storybook apps and ebooks for kids!

Transcript for the 4/14/13 #storyappchat: App Review and Curation Sites

Apparently the #storyappchat faithful are pretty passionate about this topic, because we had several of our regulars weighing in last night about the pros and cons of both app review sites and app curation sites. In fact, we probably could’ve kept going for another entire hour, which means we’ll probably revisit this topic in a few months.

Couldn’t join us? It’s all there in the transcript above for your reading enjoyment. Make plans to stop by next Sunday, April 21 for the next chat. We’ll kick things off at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific!

Topic for the 4/14/13 #storyappchat: App Review and Curation Sites

#storyappchat topic badgeWe’re all familiar with app review sites. These are the places, usually run by parents as a labor of love, where you can (hopefully) get the owners to post a short review of your storybook app, helping to spread the word. Getting a favorable mention on one or more of these is essential to any app’s marketing and PR plan. Two of our favorites are (of course) Digital Storytime and The iMums, although there are many others.

But what about sites designed to curate apps? These are similar, but different in that instead of an actual review, usually your app is mentioned in a larger list of related apps, or placed in a category alongside similar, recommended apps. One example of this is the Appolicious site, where you can find reader-curated lists of all types, such as “Best iPad Apps for Teachers” and many more. In addition, sites like Pinterest aren’t exclusively focused on apps, but can serve as curation sites just the same.

Let’s talk about app review sites and app curation sites during the next #storyappchat this Sunday, April 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. It’s easy to take part in the chat: just start tweeting and include the #storyappchat hashtag! We’ll keep the lights on for you.

Transcript for the 9/9/12 #storyappchat: App Review Sites

Last night’s chat was just great–and we were fortunate to have several representatives from the world of app review sites sitting in and sharing tips for getting your app reviewed. Here is just a sampling of what was mentioned:

  • Familiarize yourself with the sort of apps the review site specializes in, and be sure your app fits their market
  • Check the site’s submission guidelines and follow them to the letter–fill out the form if the site has one
  • Plan ahead and expect reviews to take months, not weeks–the app market is flooded with new apps and many of the review sites are backed up
  • If you are lucky enough to get some constructive criticism, be open to it and don’t take it personally
  • Reach out to reviewers on social media, and help them by retweeting/reposting their reviews
  • Realize that most review sites are run by real parents like you, and their site may or may not be profitable yet

Soak up all the wisdom in the complete 18-page transcript above, and don’t forget to stop by next Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. We’ll be talking about the feasibility of using Kickstarter to fund your next app project!

Topic For the 9/9/12 #storyappchat: Review Sites: Where Art Thou?

#storyappchat topic badgeSo you’ve finally got your story app live in the App Store. Great! Now it’s time to get the word out, so you visit a dozen or so of the top app review sites, promo codes in hand. “I’ll just pass out all these codes, and within a couple of weeks I’ll have oodles of good reviews I can quote, not to mention the web traffic that’ll come off all these sites. Hello, sales!” Right?

Wrong.  Many of the top review sites are backed up for months–they may have literally hundreds of apps ahead of you in their review queue. The sad fact is: there aren’t nearly enough review sites out there to handle the explosion of new apps–yes, story apps too–that have inundated the App Store. And many of these review sites are family-run operations that aren’t yet self-sustaining. Check out this illuminating post from the folks at Digital Storytime: The Dirty Little Secret About App Review Sites.

So what’s an app developer to do? There are some ways–best practices if you will–that may increase your chances of getting a review and getting it quickly. We’ll discuss these during the next #storyappchat this Sunday evening (September 9) at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. We look forward to seeing you then!