Award Winning App

A few weeks ago, I entered Save Gloop! into a Marketing competition on the Isle of Man. At the awards ceremony last week, I found out that I won the “Web & Multimedia” category I entered into! The competition was for “Creative Youngsters” (from the age of 16 to 30), and was very competitive. Go Gloop!

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Here are a few comments made by the judges on my entry:

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I just wanted to give the world a quick update on download figures. After the amazing placement on FreeAppADay.com, the app has now had over 1400 downloads. If you were one of those 1400 people, Thank You so much for all your support, and I hope you are enjoying the game.

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Download Save Gloop now for FREE!

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Save Gloop! is now FREE on the App Store for one day only, so download Save Gloop! now if you haven’t already.🙂

Thank you in advance for your support and I hope you enjoy the game!

– James

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One day to go…

Save Gloop! will be free from 12am tomorrow – Tuesday 5th November – in the UK (or 4pm PDT today – Monday 4th November – if you’re in America), for ONE DAY ONLY!

Don’t forget to download Save Gloop! from the App Store for FREE in just 11 hours!🙂

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Save Gloop’s going Free…..

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Yes, you read the title correctly… Save Gloop will be free on the App Store for one day only on the 4th of November thanks to FreeAppADay.com.

The 24hr campaign starts at 4pm PDT (so actually 12am on the 5th in UK time).. if you haven’t already downloaded the game which has a 4.5 star average review on iTunes and 4.5 star review on TheiPhoneAppReview.com, Tuesday 4th of November is the day to get in there whilst it’s free!

Don’t forget!

James

A Brief Sales Update

Hello all!

Number 52

I’ve just finished my iGCSE examinations (first public exams in the UK) and recently turned 16.

So far in just over 6 months I’ve sold just short of 200 copies of the app in 8 countries. Admittedly it’s not thousands, but for one man, a few flyers and a marketing budget of £0, it’s not a terrible number! Especially seeing as it’s a paid app..

On top of that, bearing in mind I’ve only even spoken about the app to people in the UK, to have sales in the most distant countries – such as Lebanon and Brazil – is actually quite mind blowing and really shows the power of the internet in the 21st century.

I’ve not given up all hope just yet though.😉 I’m working on a new way to get a few more downloads as we speak, so stay tuned in the next few months and keep your eyes pealed.

James

[ Update: August 2013: Got my GCSE results… 10A* and 1A soooooo happy😀 ]

My Success (…so far)

What an adventure I’ve had.

It’s been an amazing experience and I have learnt (and still am learning) so much from it.

Well, where to begin? Let me see, I haven’t written a post since my launch day, so we can start there. Thursday 6th December, I went to school with a whole load of flyers to give out to all my friends and colleagues at school, before going in Douglas to do a presentation to around 30 “influential business guests” as I heard on the radio. The room, sorry – “large business suite” – at my Dad’s hotel was almost full, and I had a few press there too, which was awesome. I spoke for about 10 minutes about my game with a bit of background info, and the reception I got from everyone was fantastic. Everyone said I spoke well and were very impressed with my idea and agreed with me about the potential it has. The press included Manx Radio, the Southern Chronicle and Isle of Man Newspapers, who managed to get some wonderfully embarrassing pictures of myself after my scary pitch… here’s the best one:

Manx Radio

The next day I actually went to Manchester to visit the Bentley factory on a school Business Studies trip, and in the afternoon we had some free time in the Trafford Centre. I took advantage of this, seeing as I had already done all the Christmas shopping I needed to do online, and gave out flyers for Save Gloop to the passing trade. Let me tell you now, you really get a feel for how difficult and awkward it is to try and get shoppers to stop, listen to you and take a flyer – just because BBC1 always manage to make it look impossible on Young Apprentice (you’d think in order to make good TV), but in-fact it’s just as hard in real life! Nevertheless, a fair few people did take a flyer, and I even saw people take a flyer, search it on the App Store and download it there and then, which was quite amazing to see.

Within two days, I’d already had a great response on the app’s actual App Store page – I had about 10 reviews all giving 4 and 5 stars with positive feedback/reviews to go with them. Also, on a linked in post, some guys gave me some fantastic feedback. Some that caught my eye from both include:

“Something a bit different which is refreshing to see”

“Really addictive like a newer version of doodle jump except it’s the opposite :)”

“Just downloaded the game. Tell your lad he is a genius I cannot stop playing it . . . although he may need to set up a help line for angry partners and wives!”

“Very cute game. I downloaded the game on friday and my 3 girls spent the weekend playing it. They love it. Very well done.”

Save Gloop also had a (brief, but mentionable) bit of chart success – it managed to make it to number 42 in family games on the UK store (according to App analytics site Applyzer.com). I managed to get a screenshot of it on the App Store when it was 52 late on the Thursday evening:

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I also had the amazing experience of being television interviewed for tvim (an internet tv station that covers the latest news on the Isle of Man). Here is the interview of me and my school’s principal (1:49):

As if all this wasn’t enough, a fellow Manx person that works at IT recruitment company “Mortimer Spinks” – Faye Pressly – managed to set me up an interview with the one and only Computer Weekly, which was fantastic. You can read the interview/article here.

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Computer Weekly

The Isle of Man newspaper article was printed the other day as well, features some very… “interesting” quotes from my blog and yet another flattering picture. But oh well, any news coverage is great, right?

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Finally, radio stations that covered the launch and part of an interview with me include two local radio stations Manx Radio and 3FM.

Manx Radio 3FM

The tip of the iceberg? The icing on the cake? Most definitely the fantastic review I got from The iPhone App Review.com. Save Gloop! received an average of 4.5 stars in it’s review, and they had nothing to bad to say about it. Here’s a link to the review.

The iPhone App Review

So, yeah that’s pretty much an update into the world of Save Gloop… I’ll update another post in a while with sales figures etc. so keep an eye out for that.

JA

Save Gloop is available for Download

That’s right – the wait is finally over – you can now download Save Gloop on the App Store worldwide.

Be sure to rate it 5 stars for me! Thanks. Use the link to go directly to the App Store to download it.

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Prepare for Launch

On Thursday 6th December, the world will witness the launch of Save Gloop on the App Store.

Hold onto something – you’re going to get blown away😉

Keep checking savegloop.com for the latest and greatest news on the app – there’s more to come this week detailing: promotional items at launch, how I made my promotional video, my experience with forums and sending emails, my launch party & more. Stay tuned!

JA

And Save Gloop has been submitted

Yes you read the title correct – Save Gloop has now been submitted to the App Store and will be available for download soon. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited… my app, something by me, is going to be on the App Store for the world to see soon… it’s so exciting I literally cannot wait🙂

Be sure to check back to the blog to find out exactly when the app will be released.

JA

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