Friday, July 22, 2011

Progress report

I've had some tiny amounts of success with my recent projects, but really only enough to frustrate me. I added the some paid features to Fan of the Week and made one sale in the first week, however it was worth $59.90 so not that shabby.

The Japanese candy subscription service Candy Japan has 40 subscribers now. I've been investigating how to comply with FDA regulations to have some peace of mind when sending to USA, but it seems that their rules are designed for people who deal with tens of thousands of products instead of just a few. I will probably be better off just marking the packages as "gifts" for now, but would really like to do it properly.

I managed to find a direct advertiser for my site MemeFace. It is a company selling Meme Stickers online. The owner is very cool.

Still everything I mentioned here put together would not be enough to support my modest Japanese lifestyle. I estimate I would need something like 1200 eur / month to pay for rent, food, taxes, health insurance etc. For now I'll be ok from what I have saved from my previous projects, but I better have some hit soon again, just for my sanity.

I took another look at my iOS game project Valley Story and am considering putting in the final touches to finish it. I got burned out mostly on memory management issues when developing it before and missed my launch date and then just started doing the above mentioned other things. Now I could run the game again and look at it with fresher eyes and it doesn't look that bad really. If I could just release it I could probably sell a few copies.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Japanese Candy Club

Today I finally made a homepage for this "candy club" I've already been running for a while. I was inspired to do this after finding that ideal domain, candyjapan.com was available. So if you'd like to join the club, click over to Candy Japan.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Fan of the Week for Facebook Pages

Fan of the Week is an add-on for Facebook Pages. It makes fans use your pages more actively, encouraging them to like your page, its posts and to post on the wall themselves if you would like to encourage that. Because of Facebook's EdgeRank, when fans interact with your pages more, your page updates will also be more likely to appear on their news feed. So in short, you should really go add it to your page right now.

Here is one example of how people are using this add-on on their pages. Club D'Ville is a nightclub in Ireland. They have been using Fan of the Week to not only pick a fan to get the honorary title, but also give them free entrance tickets to the club. Every week the app automatically picks a fan and announces them as that week's fan. The announcement is customizable, as you can see here:



Below you can see what the add-on page tab looks like. It is also completely customizable. Fans are picked based on not just random chance, but also on how much they interacted with the page. Each page interaction is like a lottery ticket that gives the fan a chance to get picked.



If you have a Facebook page and think Fan of the Week would be a nice addition to it, you can add it to your page here.