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How I got 35,000 Downloads of my text messaging app & 201 sales in 45 days

I have found some secrets to making apps popular and I want all our readers who are interested to be able to see this case study and Android Market ranking tips. So here goes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Being that I am obsessed with playing with my Droid X I decided to make some apps and it has worked out well so far. I have three apps right now. I released them a few weeks ago. I am over 17,000 total downloads so far I think. Here is a link if you want to see what I am taking about.

Free Version of the “1 Touch Love You” Android SMS Texting Application

UPDATE 4/25/11: 34797 Downloads and 10998 Active Installs

UPDATE 9/02/11: 122,857 Downloads, 18,677 Active Installs, 2,465 ratings avg 4 stars, and 560 comments!

UPDATE: 11/20/11 157,838 Downloads

Old Pro Version Video of “1 Touch Love You” App

1 App. ) Just over two weeks ago I launched a social app called “1 Touch Love You.”ย  I recently added a Safe Driving feature that uses GPS speed detection to the pro version. Here is the live demo video. Itย  makes it easy for me to send my wife ‘love you’ messages when at a stop light or when in a rush.The app makes it easy for her to respond when she is busy with kids etc. I even have it so if two people register each others phone they can text “where are you” to each other and the GPS location address link will be auto texted back. There are 50 different “Love you” type of messages for each conversation library. There are now 7 full libraries so people don’t have to manually text very often. Each time someone hits the big fat “Send” button it randomly picks one and sends it. My wife’s friends seem to love it. ๐Ÿ™‚ So far it has around 14,000 downloads and 38% active rate. I got 21 sales amounting to about $60 in the last four days after launching the paid version. Here is the video to train users how to use it and shows off some features.

Here are a few tips I can share from my research and my own ideas. I contacted over 50 of the top Android developers and got awesome advice and feedback. Hope you all can learn from it and benefit as I have.

App Popularity:
Respond promptly to all complaints.

Always, always offer refunds to unhappy users.

Put your feedback options in your app to keep bug reports out of the Market comments. Make this very easy to use.

Make the app sharable. Put Facebook, Twitter, Email and Text Message sharing buttons directly in your app. Put some type of advanced feature in the app that is visibly disabled and only activates when they share your app.

NOTE: I temporary removed the disable feature for add and remove messages that didn’t work unless users shared the app and the install rate plummeted. I feel confident this strategy is sound. People will share apps if they get added features!

Put ads in your apps to your other related apps so users can download those as well. Keep them theme related.

Put notifications in your apps encouraging sharing your app with others after some measurable time and actual use of the app to make sure they are actually happy with it.

Use all of your text description to write about your apps in as much “keyword” rich detail as allowed.

List the names of other related apps in the bottom of your app description so you can rank better in the “related” apps section when users are viewing other apps. It is a good idea to actually write an original statement about the app and why it’s good or bad or similar to your app or not. Don’t just fill it with spam.

NOTE: Do not make your app web dependent for basic functions. If there is a slow data connection your phone will appear broken. Make the app as self contained as possible!

Making money with apps:

Release a paid version that is advertised in a free but limited version. Have all the sharing buttons in the free version send people to the download page of the paid version.

NOTE: I used video very effectively to encourage sharing and rating. Most people don’t even know they can rate and comment in the market. My app has a pretty high rating and commenting rate compared to other similar apps with far more downloads. This is vital for internal market ranking.

NOTE: App ranking seems to be based on a combination of download rate and viral spread mixed with app crashes, freezes and uninstalls counting against those metrics. The most important factor is positive ratings and comments along with a high active user rate.

NOTE: Bad comments, spam and sabotage comments are common in the Android Market. ๐Ÿ™ AI developers should ban together for protection. You can rate down bad comments and mark them as unhelpful and even mark them as spam. This is pretty cool because your positive comments can float to the top of the list. I got about 10 people I know to rate and comment to get my app going. If anyone needs a real app review of something they are proud of let me know. I would love to leave a positive comment and rating if the app deserves it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Not using ads at all is an option, well sort of, there are hardly any apps using CPA affiliate links in their app functionality. If you provide a cool app that is basically a service, like a calculator or finder tool, find CPA networks or companies that have click tracking capabilities and send customers to them on a revenue sharing model. The advantage is the link does not look like an ad plus the payouts are usually 20 times more profitable than click ads like AdMob and Adsense who just rip you off.

NOTE: There are some errors users are going to experience with AI apps. I strongly suggest you use AppToMarket and set your API level to at least 7. Allowing old phones to install your app will create tons of bad ratings and bad comments because they don’t have a new enough phone to handle your apps.

NOTE: Adding too much functionality and complexity will kill your active install rate. I added a ton of cool features and saw my active rate drop by 10% which was over 1,000 users at the time because I thought I was adding cool stuff. Keep it simple or get your app ranking killed in one day! The last thing you need is 10 uninstalls where the user click “Defective” as the reason. ๐Ÿ˜‰

NOTE: Amazon is selling apps so get yours in there as well!

Generally, my experience with getting into Android development has been shockingly awesome. I am so grateful to Google’s AI team and AppToMarket! My life course has been altered permanently for the better. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am more confident now then ever that moving into app dev was the right move for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not quitting my high stress high paid day job anytime soon though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I genuinely appreciate everyone in the AI forum’s insight and feedback. A special shout out to the guys who figured out the math for the GPS speed calculation. I had to add a ton of stuff to stabilize the readings but i worked out! Thank you very much in the most serious way. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope the conclusions of my research somehow provide value to you in a way that makes you more money!

Have a great day making awesome apps! Add me to your contacts and Facebook and Twitter. I love Skype video and screen sharing though! I want to stay in contact with everyone here and I will keep you up to date in my adventure from going from my current expertise to delving in the app world.ย  If I can help you in any way like you have helped me don’t hesitate to ask. Again, sincerely thank you for all the info and advice from the forums! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. Text me a link to your app in the market and we can build some real reviews and comments!

David Johnston
Skype: intelicoast

New Safe Driving Feature in the “1 Touch Love You” Android SMS Texting Application

Safe Driver App

Paid Version Download1 Touch Mobile App

Finally the safe driving feature is completed. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah!! I am sorry all of you waited so long. You can now say “I love you” with confidence that there is a high chance the safety feature in this app will read the text aloud to your loved one and auto text you back saying they are driving. Hopefully this will save some lives.

This feature was inspired by the tragic death of a young 16 year old teen in my neighborhood that died only 2 weeks after getting her license. The news said that she rolled her family’s SUV because of trying to use her phone. It really hit home since it was only a couple blocks down the street.Even now when I think about it my heart sinks. I can’t image what the family must be going through. My heart goes out to them!

I wanted to do something to contribute to safe driving. I developed this feature with the help of Google App Inventor, AppToMarket and the great guys in the AI forums who figured out the complicated math for calculating driving speed based on GPS location sensors. I had to do a ton of work to make it stable but I think it turned out great.

At the time of writing this there are over 13,000 downloads of my free “1 Touch Love You” app which has a ton of auto texting libraries designed to say “love you, miss you, love you too, miss you too, how are you, I am fine, and I am sorry” so you can just pick and send. Not having to type text messages for common stuff you save several times a day is a great benefit to many who appreciate that.

When life is busy and hectic the last thing people have time to do is say “love you” as much as they want. You should really check out this app because not only will it help you say what you feel more often it can now contribute to the safe driving of your loved one. No one wants to send a text to someone while they are driving and put them in danger. Download this app and also install it on your significant others Android Smart phone and keep them safe when you text them. ๐Ÿ™‚

One Touch “I Love You” Android Mobile Phone Application

Love Texting App
Paid Version Download1 Touch Mobile App

Make your life much easier with this “1 Touch Love You” text messaging application. You don’t have to fumble around with texting when you are in a hurry or in your car. Just open the app and click “Pick-N-Send” or “Send Random.” Making your loved ones day is as simple as that! You can earn 7 love conversation libraries with 50 or so versions of each so you don’t have to type so much.

This app will not only save you time but it will strengthen your relationship with your loved one. Making saying “I love you” as hassle free as you can will make it so you do it more often. Who couldn’t use more “I love you” text messages from you? This will improve your life if you use it enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

Set up:
You open it, add your significant others phone number and then hit the big fat button. That’s it! Every time you click “Send Random” it will randomly select one of over 50 different preset messages for the library check box you selected.

Here are some examples:
Love you!
Missing you!
Lv u! ๐Ÿ™‚
Love you, miss you! ๐Ÿ™‚
Love you. Have an nice day!
Guess who’s thinking of you? ๐Ÿ™‚

This is the free version so you have the options of earning the pro version features. You earn points when you share the app on Facebook, Twitter, via Text Message and also when you rate this app and provide feedback. Many people can’t afford a pro version or don’t have purchasing access so we thought it would be cool to create a game where you could earn the pro version. Hope you like it.

Manual Texting Mode
Random Pick Mode or Pick Message Mode
Safe Driver Mode
Speak Message Mode
Remove and Add Messages To Any Library

A great use of this app is to make it a preset app in your Car Doc configuration. Just click “Add app” and pick this application to make it a two touch process from beginning to end.

Don’t forget to put this Icon on your phones desk top. That way it is a two click process from anywhere to get your “Love You” text send quickly. Make sure you use this application a lot and share it with your friends and family.

This app is not comparable to the following apps but it is still good and we recommend these also. ๐Ÿ™‚

Silent Chimp – Text Monkey
Silent Chimp brings you the Text Monkey, the friendly little SMS delayed text … Text Monkey will let you create a SMS text message, …

DriveSafe.lyยฎ Free SMS Reader
Listen to SMS text (TXT) messages, Emails and Caller-ID while driving. … DriveSafelyยฎ reads text messages, SMS and emails aloud and lets …

Anti SMS Spam & Text Filter
Anti SMS Spam helps you prevent unwanted message from any sender. Turn it on and stay safe. Features – blacklist keywords – block number …

SMS to Text
Export your SMS as text file and save on SD card. … Want export to your email directly and more features? please install SMS to Text Pro! …

HeyWire: Free SMS Worldwide
Free Texting Worldwide, Facebook Chat, Twitter โˆš Free Texting (SMS) U.S. + Worldwide โˆš Cross Platform Messenger โˆš Facebook Chat …

Hide My SMS / Text – Lite
Yeah that’s true! As the name says, you can now hide your SMS / text messages safely! No one will ever find it out. ***You can hide messages …

Count ur Text SMS
Count your text (SMS, MMS) using a widget. – Two sizes: Large, Small – Set your monthly allowance – Monitor received and sent text …

SMS Text Jokes 2.1 OS
Now you can browse jokes and SMS Text them to your contacts with ease! Over 300 gut busting jokes, quotes and more! …

SMS BACKUP n2manager
BACKUP and RESTORE SMS messages from your device to an file stored in the SDCARD BACKUP and RESTORE all SMS text messages from your device …

DriveSafe.lyยฎ Free SMS Reader
Listen to SMS text (TXT) messages, Emails and Caller-ID while driving. Read SMS! Listen to SMS, listen to email, listen to TXT messages.

SMS Emailer Explorer 1.5
Group SMS Pro aka Group Text
Count ur Text SMS (Trial)
Text Message Hangman
Hide My SMS / Text
Vulgar SMS Text Reader
SMS to Text Pro
SMS to Text
Text-To-Speech Extended

Mass SMS Group List Textor – Android Application

Texting App
Save Time Texting To Many

With this mass texting machine you can create group lists and send them new or saved preset text messages. The textor sends each sms one at a time. There is no reply all and you don’t have to worry about a recipient knowing who else you sent that text to.

This is a great tool for any small to medium sized business that wants a cheap and effective SMS service. You can add contacts to any group as you go and be able to send them promotional messages with the touch of a few buttons.

Many businesses can afford either to use their own phone or add a line to use for their business. At the very least you can get any cheap Android phone with unlimited texting and dedicate it to your business.

When your business is slow or you have last minute specials to blast out this is the perfect tool. Have slow hours in the day? Send out text messages to your subscribers and get customers into your business during times of the day that are usually slow.

Saving time and energy is any business’s main focus. With this group texting machine you can do both. Once you use this app for a while and see its true potential you are going to want to upgrade to the paid version.

In the paid version you will be able to pre-schedule text messages to go to certain groups in the future automatically. Lets say you have a thank you email go out to a new sign up in 24 hours. In 72 hours you send another thank you with a small discount. Then you could have a 30 day message thanking them again and rewarding them with maybe a larger discount. The uses are unless and now you have an affordable SMS Group texting machine that will make you money now. Install this free app and try it for yourself.

Why Google Will Let App Inventor Apps Into The Android Market

AppInventor Market
Only A Matter Of Time

Are you kidding me! Only interested in money? AI is a commercial endeavor by Google to spark innovation in the android community.ย  Getting educators involved is just a smart way to get credibility behind the whole thing.ย  The whole project is about money, don’t be naive.

I have made some complex apps that are ready for the market. The market is the only inherently trusted installation source. When colleagues went to install my apps they rightly had serious concerns about the safety of turning off the feature that blocks installation of third party apps from non-market sources.

So the only smart thing for Google is to open it up to the market when they feel its ready. Please don’t think normal market apps are somehow better. The market is full of spam and porn and junk apps. Making the apps in AI won’t change Google Market Team’s approval procedures. If anything AI apps are safer as the code is not known to be hackable. There won’t be any malicious code for the most part.

For R&D the market is essential in getting consumer feedback. Not knowing how the public will receive your ideas will be the innovation stifling threat that could put the whole AI project at risk. Notice how many popular tools and functionality become part of the native operating systems?

Wake up and smell the inevitability of market integration!