Show #045 – It’s Launch Day for Quotely! Woohoo!

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The day has finally arrived… the day that seemed to always be another month away… Quotely Launch Day!! I can’t express how great it is to see this on the app store:

Quotely on the iTunes App Store

It’s been a crazy week leading up to the launch, and I just wanted to record some of my thoughts in the middle of my marketing frenzy.

Overall the day has been great!  THANK YOU to everyone who has poured out love, encouragement, compliments and support. Thanks for all the downloads, ratings, likes, posts, retweets, etc.!

Thanks also to Dave Caolo at TUAW.com for breaking the news in a big way for us by writing a glowing app review of Quotely. Here’s my favorite part:

This is a fun app that can provide a lot of sweet memories. The fact that you can turn those into adorable postcards is the icing on the quotable cake. I tried to find a flaw with Quotely but couldn’t. New parents will love it.

 If you haven’t downloaded Quotely already, please do! (it’s FREE)

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Show #044 – Quotely is ready to launch! (And why it took 2 years)

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QuotelyAfter 2 long years, Quotely is finally coming soon the the iTunes App Store!  I’m pleased to announce that Quotely will be shipping as a FREE app on Tuesday, September 16, 2014!

On today’s show I break down the milestones in my journey to produce Quotely.  From completely changing the direction of the app, to bringing on a couple of development partners.  We’ve been through a lot with this little side project!

Quotely - App Store Screenshot Quotely - App Store Screenshot
Quotely - App Store Screenshot Quotely - App Store Screenshot

 

Timeline:

  • First commit of original Quotely (similar idea to Quotebook app by Lickability) – September 1, 2012
  • Worked steadily on original Quotely until November 2012
  • First build of the original Quotely – November 2012 (Had 12 testers give it a run)
  • Focused back on consulting for a while, then I got a job that was really exciting but not the right fit.
  • Published a brochure website to test the NEW idea of Quotely as an app for kid quotes – March 2013
  • Got some interest and sought more advice from experts on Clarity. Concluded that the idea was validated - April 2013
  • Tried to get some funding or a partner, considered Kickstarter. I felt like Quotely was worth pursuing, but I  was out of time and resources. Had to place it on the back-burner again.
  • Got a new job from the employer that I left when I first went Indie – May 2013
  • Tried not to pressure myself to work on anything extra for a few months while I focused on my new job.
  • I had already done some small proof-of-concept apps, and already had some basic mockups, but I knew I needed a developer to take on the project.
  • First meeting with Alex (developer) - July 2013
  • Took a break around the holidays of 2013
  • Brought Steve on board (developer) – March 2014
  • Alex took a break – April 2014
  • Ready for beta testers – May 2014
  • Soft-launched in Canada – August 2014
  • Official worldwide launch – September 16, 2014

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Show #043 – Photo Book Flip – Justin Lee

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Justin LeeToday’s guest is Justin Lee, a listener of the show! After dabbling in iOS with some friends, Justin eventually set his mind to design and develop his first production app completely by himself.

As you might guess, there were some serious challenges along the way, but Justin was focused, determined and he pushed through the difficult parts.  Today his app, Photo Book Flip, is live on the App Store and Justin survived to tell us all about it.

 

 

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Justin’s Analysis of Photo Book Flip (Design, Development and Marketing) – PDF

 

 

Other resources from Justin:

  1. Site sponsorships and ad network I used.
  2. Resources that “really” helped me learn iOS development (for beginners)
  3. Resources that later helped me have a better understanding and provided me with more stuff needed to ship an app
  4. Resource on promoting the app (think you mentioned it on your show before)
  5. Naming Photo Book Flip – blog post

 

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Show #042 – PicCollage – Joanne Chang

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Joanne ChangToday’s guest is Joanne Chang, co-founder and designer of the photo collaging app PicCollage. Last year PicCollage secured $2.3 million in seed round funding and was part of 500 Startups. PicCollage has tens of millions of users and continues to grow.

Today Joanne tells us the back story of PicCollage and how she transitioned herself from an operations role to being a designer. We discuss a range of topics related to the product’s development, including the design process, user analytics and testing, community building and marketing. It’s been an exciting ride for their team, and I think you’ll be fascinated and encouraged to hear this story!

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Show #041 – Building a Better Inbox – Dave Baggett

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Dave BaggettToday’s guest is Dave Baggett, CEO of Inky, an app for all your email.

Dave has been coding since he was 7, and always wanted to make games. He was the first employee at Naughty Dog doing game development on the original Crash Bandicoot, one of my favorite games in the early days of the PlayStation.

Dave also co-founded ITA Software, a travel search platform that was acquired by Google for $700 million.

Rather than retire, Dave wanted to try to tackle a really huge problem that affects everyone around the world. So he set out to fix the user experience of email as we know it. That explains where Inky comes in. Find out on today’s show how hard it can be to tame your inbox.

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Show #040 – Building Award-Winning Apps – Jeremy Olson

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Jeremy OlsonToday’s guest is Jeremy Olson, founder and designer at Tapity. Jeremy has been involved in some notable app projects such as Grades, which won him an Apple Design Award, and Languages which was selected by the App Store as one of the “Best Apps of 2012″.  Recently he also co-authored The App Design Handbook with Nathan Barry.

Today Jeremy tells us his own appventure, including the ups and downs that he has experienced in this fun but challenging space.  To see the latest and greatest from Jeremy, check out his forthcoming app “Hours“!

Apps can be divided into categories by profit per user and number of downloads. - Jeremy Olson

Apps can be divided into categories by profit per user and number of downloads. – Jeremy Olson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Show #039 – Finding a Profitable Niche – Trevor McKendrick

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Trevor McKendrick

Today’s guest is Trevor McKendrick, founder of Salem Software. Trevor has a fantastic blog and today he shares his success story with La Biblia, a Spanish audio Bible app.

Find out how Trevor found a profitable niche in the app store and managed to earn more than $100k net revenue in his second year of sales.  It’s a great story!

 

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Show #038 – Novice No Longer – Dann Berg

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Dann Berg

Today’s guest is Dann Berg from Novice No Longer, a blog/podcast dedicated to helping non-technical people turn their app ideas into realities in their free time.

Today Dann is going to share his story, as well as some tips for how to pitch your app to the press.  He’s well equipped for this task given the fact that he was a staff writer for LAPTOP Magazine and a reviews editor for The Verge.  Enjoy!

Remember, feel free to email your questions to Dann (dann@novicenolonger.com) or Scotty (scott@bravebit.com), we’ll do our best to help out.

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Show #037 – Developing Apps on the Road – Technomadia

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TechnomadiaToday’s special guests are Chris Dunphy and Cherie Ve Ard from Technomadia.  They are technology nomads who live and work full time on the open road.  Both are software developers, and they have developed several niche apps for the RVing community.

Find out how they manage their business from a converted vintage bus and how their most recent app US Public Lands has performed on the iTunes App Store vs. the Google Play Store.

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Show #036 – Pitching the Press – Steve P. Young

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Steve P. Young

Today’s special guest is Steve P. Young, the host of the Mobile App Chat podcast and founder of App Masters.  Steve comes from a marketing background and today he will share some valuable tips on how to pitch your app to the press, particularly via email.

Steve is also offering an exclusive giveaway for My Appventure podcast listeners.  He has developed a series of email scripts that you can use to help you craft your message. The scripts can be downloaded for free at www.mobileappchat.com/scotty.

Thanks Steve!

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