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Promoting Asha apps on Nokia store with AppsBeacon
This article talks about promotion of your Asha & Series40 apps on the Nokia store using the new [AppsBeacon http://console.appsbeacon.com/] service and SDK.
Nokia Asha Platform 1.0
Series 40 DP 2.0
Series 40 DP 1.1
AppsBeacon is a new free discovery & cross-promotion service designed for app developers to help them spreading their app and reach mass users within the Nokia store. It is composed of the web console where you register and enter data about your app and a SDK (currently only for Java apps) that you integrate into your app with a single line of code.
The amount of Apps that exists is huge and even if you have a great app you still need to reach new users to know about your app, so how can you reach new users and have them download your app?
Well you can try send the apps to blogs and news sites hoping they will write about you, you can buy expensive advertising or you can count on luck to be featured by the Nokia store. With AppsBeacon you can reach new users with the power of free fully automated cross-promotion with other developers and app owners so your app is constantly exposed to new users that otherwise would never know it exists.
How does it work?
AppsBeacon offers developers a complete platform for app cross-promotion between your apps and other developers apps. You add your app data on the web console and gets an app ID back, you integrate the AppsBeacon SDK into your app and call the SDK with the app ID you got from what console (you can call the sdk from anywhere within the app for instance in a "more apps" button or at the end of the app run). When you call the SDK it connects to the AppsBeacon service and retrieve apps and banners to show to the users and your app earn credits, those credits are used to show that app and its banner on other apps call to the SDK. For every 10 credits your app earn 8 credits will be used to show your app banner and 2 will be reserved for use by AppsBeacon.
How to use AppsBeacon
Step 1: Register
Register a user name on the web console at http://console.appsbeacon.com/Account/Register.aspx and verify your email in the verification email that will be sent to you.
Step 2: Add App
In the Apps section click the New App button and in the following screen enter your app nokia store url to create it automatically or create it manually.
You can then find the App ID in the app information screen
Step 3: Integrate the SDK
Download the [SDK http://console.appsbeacon.com/Actions/Sdk.aspx] from the SDK section and call to its one line of code from a place within your app SDK.showBannersSync(MIDlet, APP_ID, TRANSITION_TYPE, RUN_IN_NEW_THREAD);
You can watch how many credits your app earn and how many clicks your app received in the reports section of the web console.
The more apps and calls to the SDK you integrate with the service the more new users will be exposed to your apps that wont know of them otherwise. This service is brand new to the Nokia store and it one-of-a-kind to the Nokia store, such service are available on other apps stores and are helping developers increase their downloads and get new users. It is a win-win situation for developers to use it.