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Likes and Likes with a heart

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landcruising
Posted on
23-08-2011
by landcruising

Likes and Likes with a heart

Okay, so I wrote my idea for an app on sea turtle watching in French Guiana. Promoted it on Facebook. People 'liked' it. But then those likes don't count because they haven't signed in on this website. I can see how you'd like to increase readership/ membership on this website, but is this the way to do it? I personally don't like asking people to register at a website that they are not interested in – even though they may like my app idea, and 'liked' it. I know I am not interested in signing up for a website, just to 'like' something.
I like the idea of needing a number of 'likes' before moving on, but not the request of signing up here.

How do others feel about this? How do you go about promoting without asking people to sign up here.
Daniel, any suggestions?

Furthermore I'd like to add that now that I can't move on with my app, I don't feel I have a reason to come here. Can't work on it, those don't have questions. Can't work on it thus can't get experience thus can and can't help others. So not really any interest in connecting here right now because I feel I don't have anything to add.

How to get moving again? Any suggestions, anybody?

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mazelv
Posted on
25-10-2011
by mazelv

Daniel,

Thank you for making the changes. It will be so much easier to get started. The new page listing all articles is great. Makes it so much easier to keep track of what I've already written, ensure that I've selected the photo for iPhone and have plotted the site on the map. This is so helpful now that I've begun final editing of my guide.

Thanks for listening to us.
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landcruising
Posted on
25-10-2011
by landcruising

Hi Daniel,

Thanks, I think this will help more people get started.
I haven't started yet, but the app is reaching the top of my to-do list. And yes, I'll be back with more questions / comments but I'll start another thread on it when time comes.

happy travels,
Karin-Marijke
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Daniel
Posted on
23-10-2011
by Daniel

Hi everybody,

Thanks for the feedback. We have now adjusted the publishing process and removed the necessity to get early feedback via the Like button. As such, you can now start writing and entering your content right away. Please take a look at the redesigned steps at http://www.guidegecko.com/userhome.

We have also created a new page with all articles you have written, so you can keep better track of your progress. That page is linked from the page above.

Thanks again for your feedback, please let me know if there are other ways we can improve!

Best,
Daniel
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dzosoyoos
Posted on
22-10-2011
by dzosoyoos

I have had several people say they would like to respond but had trouble filling out the request for information. Apparently a link was sent to their email to confirm their sign in, and then they could hit "love", but when they did so the link just kept asking for the same form information over and over again, and they could not click on the heart.
Also, the procedure is a bit intimidating for some who just want to click on it and register a like for you and not feel that they are committing to a long-term relationship. I understand that there has to be a way of gauging interest, but asking for sign-ups discourages people in many ways.
Dzosoyoos
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landcruising
Posted on
14-09-2011
by landcruising

thanks Daniel, sending you a PM right now.

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Daniel
Posted on
07-09-2011
by Daniel

Hi,

This announcement on Travelwriters means that if you have a website with 500+ daily visitors, we will even enter the content for you, so you don't need to do anything to get your own app. The 'likes' you mention earlier are a check for yourself that there is a market for your app. With 500+ daily visitors on your website, there is apparently a market for your app, and you don't need to check that anymore.

More info on how that works is here: http://www.guidegecko.com/publish

Landcruising & Mazelv: I have a small surprise for you :) Just visit your profile page at http://www.guidegecko.com/userhome.


Landcruising - I also posted on your wall.

Cheers, and happy writing!
Daniel
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mazelv
Posted on
07-09-2011
by mazelv

I saw the same posting on Travelwriters.com. However, if you continue to read the thread you'll see an exchange between Daniel and a writer who offers to send her file to Daniel for an app. Daniel then gently directs her to enter her information on the guidegecko site rather than sending a file. So it doesn't appear that there is any way around the Like with hearts issue. I'll be interested in seeing Daniel's reply.
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landcruising
Posted on
06-09-2011
by landcruising

Hi Daniel,

I'm a member of Travelwriters.com. Today I receive this email from them:


== Publish Your Own Apps - for free, and in 3 weeks! ==

++ GuideGecko makes bespoke apps for travel writers and website owners - free of charge and without any work. ++

Singapore, August 31, 2011. Travel writers and website owners can now get their own apps published and sold in Apple's App Store, free of charge and without any efforts. The app can be available for sale as quickly as in 3 weeks.

You receive an amazing 50% of all net sales proceeds for your apps. GuideGecko's best apps sell 200 and more copies every month.

All you need to do is provide GuideGecko with your content, e.g. as a Word file or directly from your website. GuideGecko enters the content into their system and publishes the bespoke app in Apple's App Store. You do not need to do anything else. Everything in the app is hand-made to ensure top quality. This limited promotion is open to blogs and websites with at least 500 daily visitors, and available for the first 10 clients only.

Writers who don't have a website with 500+ visitors can also publish their own apps for free with GuideGecko. You just write your articles and upload photos directly on GuideGecko's website. Once done, your app will be selling within a few days.

For more info and testimonials, visit http://www.guidegecko.com/publish. To publish your app, contact GuideGecko immediately at publish@guidegecko.com.

====

This phrase: "All you need to do is provide GuideGecko with your content, e.g. as a Word file or directly from your website. GuideGecko enters the content into their system and publishes the bespoke app in Apple's App Store. You do not need to do anything else." stands out.

Does this mean that if I would go through Travelwriters.com I don't have this Like with a Heart issue?
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landcruising
Posted on
04-09-2011
by landcruising

Hello Daniel,

I must agree with Karin-Marijke here. Inviting people to come to the site and click on a like is one thing, but asking them to sing-up in order to like it, is a bit too much to ask in my opinion.

Why do you feel that getting facebook likes is not an honest feedback?

Adventurous greetings,
Coen
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Daniel
Posted on
04-09-2011
by Daniel

Hi,

People DON'T have to sign up to view or purchase an app.

People have to sign up to "like" an app announcement/app idea. This is to ensure that you (the author) get honest feedback before taking up the task of creating the app.

Best,
Daniel
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mazelv
Posted on
29-08-2011
by mazelv

Even if people are willing to sign up in order to view an app (most will not) doesn't mean that they will buy it after its completed. My guess is that most apps are purchased by people who are interested in the subject not because they have a relationship with the author. If the purpose of getting reviews is for feedback to the author so changes can be made if necessary, then I'd have to ask if its reasonable to force the reviewer to do something he/she doesn't want to do.
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Daniel
Posted on
24-08-2011
by Daniel

Thanks. Let's see what other people think.

Best,
Daniel
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landcruising
Posted on
23-08-2011
by landcruising

Daniel, Yes I beleive there is a difference.

I personally would not sign up a website I am not familiar with just to 'like' something,

I would, however, be willing to sign up for a website if it offers me something I'd like to buy.

Like I said, I understand your point, about having to show that people like the idea. Having a number of likes is a great way of achieving exactly that. However, you ask them to do something else: sign up for your website, in which they have/may not have any interest. Does that make sense?

ps. Like said before: We have more likes from people who liked it after we put in on facebook. However those likes don't count here, unfortunately.

happy travels,
Karin-Marijke

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Daniel
Posted on
23-08-2011
by Daniel

Hi,

The purpose of this step is that you check that there is an interest in your app. We want to avoid that you put in a lot of effort for something that people may not be interested in. If people don't even bother to come to the site and click on 'like', do you think they would pay for the app when it is done?

I think it is not asking for too much, but I am interested to hear other people's opinion on this!

Best,
Daniel
BTW - you already have 3 likes now :-)
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