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New Release: Word Owl’s Word Search – Kindergarten Edition

8 Sep
2013

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Word Owl’s Word Search is a neat, big, and colorful word search for children. This Kindergarten Edition of Word Owl’s Word Search features over 100 sight words for children in or around Kindergarten. These words have been gathered from numerous sight word lists provided by real Kindergarten classes in different schools. Help your kindergartener or soon to be kindergartener learn and retain several words while having fun! 

√ Over 100 different sight words 
√ 10 words to find per puzzle 
√ Customizable letter and background colors 
√ Sharp & colorful high quality graphics 

(Sight words are commonly used words that children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words when they see them without having to use any distracting strategies. Sight words account for a large percentage of the words used in literature for children. One advantage for children being able to recognize sight words automatically is that the child will be able to identify the majority of words in a book before they even attempt to read it. When the child is able to do that they’ll be able to concentrate on the meaning and comprehension as they read without having to stop to figure out the actual word.)

 

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Professor Piggy Bank 1.1 iOS Update

15 May
2013

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√ Universal build! Professor Piggy Bank is now optimized for the iPod Touch, iPhone AND the iPad! All-in-one app! 

√ Overall performance improvements.

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Results from My First Facebook Ad Campaign

12 May
2013

Shortly after the release of Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 I decided to try promoting it with ads on Facebook. After researching the possible outcomes, and analyzing the process and costs, I decided to set up three separate ads for this one app.  This was my first ad experience on Facebook, but their process was very easy for me to understand and I was able to quickly set up targeted ads.

I only spent $22.36 but my ads had a combined campaign reach of over 90,000 in 12 days. The campaign reach amount is the number of unique users that saw the ad. The total number of ad impressions was over 190,000. I wish the CTR(click-through rate) would have been better, but considering my total amount spent, I’m still satisfied with the number of clicks received. I decided on having a small budget for each campaign since I was mainly using this as an experiment to test the waters of advertising on Facebook. I know some people absolutely avoid clicking on ads even if the product or service interests them. So there’s actually a good chance some people may have checked out the app without clicking on the advertisement.

I decided to post the graphs and data below for other independent app developers and/or anybody else that might be interested in advertising on Facebook. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me. I don’t disclose downloads/sales so please don’t ask about those numbers. Overall, I’m satisfied with my results, and I will consider setting up ads on Facebook again in the future. Well, its Mothers Day and I’m about the to meet up with my awesome mom & grandma so that’s it for this post. Happy Mothers Day to all the other wonderful moms out there!

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This ad targeted 80,182,460 people:
who live in one of the countries: United States or United Kingdom
who are in the broad category iOS/Apple (All) (Mobile users)

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This ad targeted 102,620,020 people:
who live in one of the countries: United States or United Kingdom

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This ad targeted 1,106,560 people:
who live in the United States
who like #Barnes & Noble Nook

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New on the Windows Store

9 May
2013

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Gift Wrap Difference on Windows

Gift Wrap Difference passed certification last night, and it’s now available on the Windows Store!

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Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 on Windows

Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 was released for Windows on 04/16, but it’s still receiving less downloads than the original Jumbo Egg Hunt. Remember, Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 is better than the first one and it has 100% more JUMBO! Also, I just wanted to add it to this Windows release post since I didn’t make a separate one for it last month.

Go On a Jumbo Egg Hunt!

31 Mar
2013

Going on an Easter egg hunt is fun, so why limit it to once a year? With Jumbo Egg Hunt and/or Jumbo Egg Hunt 2, you can go on an egg searching adventure anytime you want! Happy Easter! Have fun!

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The first Jumbo Egg Hunt is available on the Apple, Amazon, Google Play, and Windows app stores!

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Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 is available on the Apple and Amazon App Stores!

(Barnes & Nobile shut down the Nook App Store on March 15th 2015, so these apps are no longer available there.)

Jumbo Egg Hunt – Top 100 Paid Games on Windows

21 Mar
2013

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Jumbo Egg Hunt is currently in the Top 100 paid in Games section on the Windows Store. This was my first time checking this list, so I’m not sure how long its been on there or if its been ranked higher. Regardless……awesome! 

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**03/23 Update: Two days later…..Jumbo Egg Hunt is still in the Top 100 Paid Games on the Windows 8 Store!

THANK YOU to everyone who’s downloaded it! Have fun!**

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**04/02 Update: Moved up in the rankings!

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New Release: Jumbo Egg Hunt 2

10 Mar
2013

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Jumbo Egg Hunt is back with a bigger and better egg hunting adventure! Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 features 30 new areas with high quality artwork, 2 difficulties(casual & challenge), 60 total levels, and a hint system. In Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 you’ll be egg hunting in several different areas including; parks, forests, playgrounds, zoos, a carousel, and various other areas. Find all 12 eggs in a level to obtain 1 star…….find them in under 60 seconds for 2 stars……..or achieve 3 stars by finding them in under 30 seconds!

Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 is an awesome Easter egg hidden objects game that’s fun for all ages. The eggs are hidden differently depending on which difficulty you chose.

Casual: The eggs are bigger and easier to find. The later levels become more challenging. You have two hints per level that can be used if you get stuck.

Challenge: The eggs are smaller and more well hidden. Luckily you have two hints per level if decide you need help.

√ 30 Great Locations (60 Total Levels)

√ Awesome High Quality Artwork & Fun Audio

√ Casual & Challenge Difficulty

√ Earn Up To Three Stars On Each Level

√ Simple Tap/Touch Gameplay

(Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 is currently in review for the Windows App Store. It will be available on that market as soon as its approved.)

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Nook Developer: 8-Bit Avrin

8 Mar
2013

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It’s official……..I’m now a part of the Nook(Barnes & Noble) App Store! Earlier today Professor Piggy Bank and Jumbo Egg Hunt became available for Nook tablets. They’re currently supported by the Nook Tablet, Nook Color, and Nook HD/HD+ Tablets. The Nook tablets run on an Android OS similar to other tablets that I’ve developed for. I already had an Android build of Professor Piggy Bank & Jumbo Egg Hunt ready so porting those apps over didn’t take long at all. After completing all of the meta-data I just had to change a link within the apps and they were ready. 

Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 is currently under review for the Nook App Store. I submitted it after the other apps were approved so hopefully it will be available soon as well. The process for publishing apps on the Nook App Store is set up differently than the other app stores so I wanted to go through it completely with those two apps before I submitted my newest one. All of the app stores have their own submission differences, but two of the main differences on this app store were the first initial step and the final review process.

In order to publish apps on the Nook App Store you have to first become a “Qualified Nook Developer.” In order to become one I had to fill out some specific info and answer questions that resembled those of an interview. After I was approved I went through the same steps like the other app stores in regards to adding age ratings, descriptions, screenshots & etc. Then came another new part, I had to submit the app for meta-data approval before uploading the APK app file. After the meta-data was approved I uploaded the APK for technical review. After it passed technical review it went through a business review. Then after the business review was passed the app started the publishing process for the app store itself.

However, for Jumbo Egg Hunt 2(my third submission) I didn’t have to wait for meta-data to be approved to upload the app file for review so I’m not sure if that step still exists. There’s a lot of informative information about the entire process on their website so I was never confused or stuck on anything though, plus I guess I have a good deal of experience when it comes to submitting apps and whatnot. Overall it didn’t take that long to get an app published on their app store for me. I started the process in the middle of February off & on and I didn’t run into any errors or rejections.

I like the clean presentation of their app store and the Nook devices themselves are very nice. They also seem to have a nice casual & educational market/audience overall, and several of my apps fit very well into those categories. I look forward to making more of my apps available for Nook tablets in the future. Since my final app builds for Nook are similar to those for the Kindle Fire, I’ll probably try making some if not all of my apps available on the Nook App Store concurrently with my Amazon releases. Apple, Amazon, Google Play, Windows, and now Barnes & Noble………bringing the total number of app stores I’m on to five! A big THANK YOU to all of the companies that are distributing my apps. I think those are enough for now……..time to put all of my app focused occasions back into the apps themselves.

Now Available as a Nook App

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Professor Piggy Bank: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/professor-piggy-bank-avrin-ross/1114781609?ean=2940147113417

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 Jumbo Egg Hunt: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jumbo-egg-hunt-avrin-ross/1114781613?ean=2940147113455

The link to all of my apps available for Nook tablets will be at: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/avrin-ross

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