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11 Must-Follow Groups and Forums for Mobile Game (or app) Developers

November 28, 2017 7:04 PM

Mobile game development is one of the most dynamic fields out there. New technologies, tools and methods keep emerging and keeping updated is a big challenge. Not surprisingly, you don’t have to struggle alone. You don’t need to deal with obstacles by yourself, or wrestle with mobile game development challenges on your own.

Instead, you can consult with the top talent and search for solutions that you might never have thought of just by tapping the goldmine of social groups and forums. By interacting with the best social groups and forums in your specific field, you can benefit from free advice from real industry players whenever you need it. Online communities are one of the fastest routes to overcoming hurdles in your path and a great way to keep updated on the most innovative and agile tools to use.

This is why you should seriously consider following professional online communities as part of your regular work. Don’t fall into that trap of thinking that you have to solve every issue by yourself. Social groups and forums are excellent tools that you should be using.

Although online forums might seem old-fashioned sometimes, but they remain one of the best sources of trouble-shooting and inspiration for those of us who work in the technical industries. I have chosen to share my selection of great social groups as well as the top online forums for mobile game developers today, hoping they will help you with the next challenge you have to face.

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12 Awards in the Mobile App Industry You Should Check Out

September 13, 2017 11:48 AM

Winning industry awards is fun. Makes sense. Business or pleasure, we all love to win. It may not always be world fame, but a small token of appreciation and some recognition is always nice. However usually in business, that small token of appreciation isn’t something to write home about. Don’t get me wrong – some awards have a nice monetary reward that can give your business an even nicer cash infusion. But that would be the exception, not the rule.

The recognition, on the other hand, that’s why you should enter the competition in the first place. It’s the enormous potential and what you can do with it that’s worth all the effort.

Industry awards are an opportunity to show the best that you’ve got, and that might just be what you, the mobile app entrepreneur, need to get the word out there, or at least to get your engines started.

It’s alright if you’re still hesitant. ‘Is it worth putting so much effort into awards submission?’ is an important question. And all I can tell you is – it depends.

Exposure and brand awareness can be big in an industry with a lot of competition, where mobile apps continue to roll off the production line non-stop. Wining an industry award is a way to differentiate yourself in a world of endless competition, not only in the face of BizDev partners, but also in the face of consumers. I will later share a concrete example.

FYI, not winning isn’t the worst either. Simply submitting and being nominated as one of the top finalists can generate great buzz all on its own, depending on the award. You may gain exposure and recognition through press, reviews, and social media. Of course, winning has plenty of added values and perks too :).

So what can you do with an industry award? A lot!

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*** News Update *** SafeDK Named a Cool Vendor 2017 by Gartner

By SafeDK
June 16, 2017 3:41 PM

Vendors selected for the “Cool Vendors” report are recognized as innovative, impactful and intriguing

SafeDK has been named a “Cool Vendor” 2017 in the “Cool Vendors in Endpoint, Mobile, Network and Gateway Security, 2017” [1] report by the world’s leading research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc.

Founded in 2014, SafeDK is the world’s first end-to-end mobile SDKs management solution. SafeDK covers the entire span of the app development cycle, from finding the top​ rated SDKs in the SafeDK Marketplace to ongoing SDK monitoring and real-time control as well as ad quality assurance.

Most mobile apps use 3rd party SDKs to add functionalities for advertising, analytics, social and more. These SDKs often lead to certain malfunctions such as app slowdown, crashes and excessive battery consumption, as well as introduce malicious behavior. To safeguard their apps and their users, app publishers integrate SafeDK’s solution into their development environment. SafeDK automatically identifies their SDKs and from that point onward, publishers gain full visibility and control over these SDKs’ real-time behavior including the abilities to view live issues and statistics, uncover which ads users see, turn SDK privacy permissions on and off, or remotely deactivate an entire problematic SDK.

“We are honored to be named a ”Cool Vendor” 2017 by Gartner”, said Orly Shoavi, SafeDK’s Co-founder and CEO, “Providing a deep-tech solution for our customers, mobile app publishers, to manage their 3rd party SDKs and make their apps better and safer has been our mission from day 1 at SafeDK. We’re excited to get such an important recognition for this”.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

[1] Gartner, Cool Vendors in Endpoint, Mobile, Network and Gateway Security, 2017 by John Girard, Lawrence Orans, Ruggero Contu, Manjunath Bhat, Dionisio Zumerle

Mobile Apps Competitive Analysis Done Right

May 2, 2017 1:05 PM

Our 2 cents about how to run a successful app-marketing competitive analysis. Includes recommended free or almost free app marketing tools to use.

Reading time: 10 minutes (the actual work is a different story…)

In today’s world, doing competitive analysis is like doing opposition research: it’s just simply a given. It’s a method everybody must follow.

Yet knowing that you must run competitive analysis is one thing. Doing it right is another.

Since we started helping app developers & marketers learning which tools (SDKs) are used by their competitors, just by using our free App X-Ray tool, we received many requests for our advice on how to properly run a mobile app competitive analysis. So, we’ve decided to roll out our sleeves and help.

Mobile app professionals are a part of a very competitive industry. It is therefore no surprise that they always need to be vigilant and adaptive. As many developers have smaller budgets than established companies, they must get extra creative when it comes to their business and marketing efforts. That’s why some app developers I know (and very much respect) are not just checking items off their to-do list. They are constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to learn from their competitors’ activities and methods and utilize that information to grow their own business. Moreover, they are constantly looking for faults. Things that their competitors aren’t doing, or aren’t doing well.

I personally think that the “me too” strategy is legit and shouldn’t be instantly rejected, just because of an oversized ego. Running a smart competitive analysis will help you add more hacks and tactics to your list and gain a good understanding of the important tactics or strategies being used. It’ll also uncover which tactics your competitors aren’t using so you can leverage them for your use.

Many app developers focus almost their entire efforts on keywords research (on ASO tactics), and they tend to neglect other vital areas such as high level business data, partnerships, content strategy, PR, and social media strategies etc.  In turn they get to see and understand only a small part of the picture.

To cut a long story short, here is a more comprehensive list of competitive analysis areas, that aims to cover all aspects of mobile app business and marketing, or at least most of them. You are probably familiar with some of the items on the list and I hope to introduce you to some more which might generate news ideas.

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Why Developers Must Analyze their Apps’ Store Reviews & How It’s Done

October 31, 2016 4:35 PM

During the course of my career, I’ve worked with app founders, app developers, product teams and marketers, and many times I have turned to store reviews to find answers. Eventually, I developed a method.

I’m assuming you’ve been in the industry for quite a while by now. I know it’s pretty hard to surprise you with tricks that you haven’t heard of or tried before. But let me try nonetheless.

Apparently, professionals in our industry follow a method, a way to qualitatively analyze their users’ inner thoughts. Using that they fine-tune their product efforts around what is specifically required in order to reach the results they are after.

First thing’s first: Let’s agree that you must find out what doesn’t work in your app, what your users don’t like, what they are struggling with and the issues many of them experience.  You can never guess what your users think of your app. You can never win this business unless you collect feedback methodically.


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Now, let’s talk about ‘the how’.

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Make Your Mobile App’s K Factor Count: Concrete Use Cases of Great Viral Loops

May 5, 2016 1:34 PM

In today’s digital age, being connected is as apparent as breathing (‘I’m connected, therefore I am’). I’ve once read that if you have over 500 LinkedIn connections, you are practically 3 steps away from approaching anyone in your industry, in the entire world!

Popular apps like Candy Crush or Dropbox have realized that a long time ago and have built their apps to become super viral.  Their epic success is considered to be greatly related to the viral loops they have managed to build. Through viral loops, existing users are becoming the product ambassadors and bringing new users in, organically (with no premium media costs).

Impressive mobile app virality K-factor value helps top apps differentiate, and sky rocket. Your K factor is your virality indicator.

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Your App Never Gets Featured? Here Are Some Possible Reasons

March 3, 2016 3:03 PM

A lot has been said about getting featured in Google Play or iTunes and, indeed, it’s a well-justified reputation. Being featured is a blast. True. You get a lot of high-quality users. However, the road to paradise is paved with all kinds of actions that need to be taken and some requirements that need to be met, that many developers are unaware of.

Do you match the standards of quality? Are you being a good developer?

Do you match the standards of quality? Are you being a good developer?

Once upon a time, being featured was almost a commodity. New apps were automatically featured, and just asking the app stores internal teams to feature your app was many times all you needed to do… but those days are over.

Today, there’s a hidden UX and performance standard you just have to meet, if you want your app to be featured in Google Play or in iTunes store. The top developers know it: if you meet with the app stores representatives they will provide some hints, but most app developers aren’t aware of the bits and bytes.  Battery consumption matters, crashes, and so forth, are side effects all app developers encounter. Where are you on the quality score graph? You better be somewhere high or ‘no soup for you!’. Don’t expect Google or Apple to let major performance issues slide. They know it all, and their stores teams are instructed to consider the users interests prior to everything else.

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