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Advertise with rakTech Apps


Advertise with rakTech Apps

Getting the word out about your apps is one of the biggest challenges indie developers face. Competing against agencies with mega marketing budgets means our apps often get lost in the 1.8 million apps available on the App Store.

Aside from dreaming for that coveted App Store feature or tech blog write-up, we often look for free or really cheap alternatives to help spread the word.

One way I thought I could help the community as a fellow indie dev is to advertise other developer’s apps in my own apps. The community seemed to be into the idea:

“This is such a great idea, thanks for doing this!” - John P, developer of Brainversity: Brain Training

“Thank you for setting this up, it’s such a great idea 🙌” - Manuel K, developer of Zenitizer

This is such a cool idea! Thank you for your work!” - Justin F, developer of Mastowatch

Here’s how it works:

How app advertisements work in rakTech LLC apps

Today, SKOverlay serves up app ads in three rakTech apps: Hello There, Artbox, and Bento Craft.
• In these apps, indie app ads are displayed at every launch, and then every 4 views of the home/primary screen
• These popups are enabled by default for every user
• Users on the Free tier (Artbox/Hello There) cannot disable the pop ups
• Users subscribed to either Hello There+ or Artbox+ have the ability to turn these off
• Bento Craft users also may disable app ads
• You would pay a one-time $3 fee per app per target that you’d like to advertise with

Here’s an example of an app ad in Hello There:

Your app ad would go here! Along with other indies who have signed up. The app shown at any given moment is random by using SwiftUI’s randomElement() function. Again, displaying these ads is configurable for Plus users in Settings. They have the option to completely turn off these ad overlays. Free users do not (Bento Craft being the exception).

Impact

From September 1, 2022 to September 1, 2023, Hello There and Artbox have had a combined 2.5 million App Store Impressions. Both apps have been featured by Apple in various collections and promoted In-App Events.

As of Sept 20, 2023 there are over 25 participating indie apps!
As of Nov 29, 2023 there are over 30 participating indie apps!

App Name Developer
Distance Tracker All Sports Rozga Wojciech
Paku Air Quality Pitou Technologies, LLC
Remembered: Back Up Your Brain Michael Gruenthal
Braille Scanner Aaron F Stephenson
Photo Widget Sindre Sorhus
Flashtex: Learn Flashcards Mika Kruschel
Learn Japanese: Benkyō Romain Pellen
RCKit RevenueCat Dashboard Dylan Lualdi
Net Worth & Investment Tracker Fiduciary
Actions Sindre Sorhus
Sticker Drop Maker Studio Aaron F Stephenson
Brainiversity: Brain Training Red Sprite Studios
Snippits Studio Jonathan Tsistinas
SugarBot: Food Calories Counter Majid Jabrayilov
Every Word: Audiobook Player Mike Apurin
Any Text Widgets Sindre Sorhus
Favorites Widget Sindre Sorhus
Quick Launch Sindre Sorhus
AI Actions for Shortcuts Sindre Sorhus
One Task Sindre Sorhus
Memo Widgets Sindre Sorhus
Doodle Draw Sindre Sorhus
Mastowatch Justin Ferrell
Aiko Sindre Sorhus
Fast Barcode Maker Scanner Aaron F Stephenson
Hyperduck Sindre Sorhus
Zenitizer Meditation Timer Manuel Keyl
MeterStats Energy Tracker Alexander Kaessner
Söka: Bucket Lists Made Easy Roderick Munro
NumberTabs RadiumDynamics
FitWoody Cori Health & Care S.L.U.
Less is More: Daily Word Game Mechanical Animals
iStory Timelabs Ltd
Daily Planner Diary Aaron F Stephenson


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