We have just released an update for AppStretch with a couple new features available to developers in a new Plus plan.
AppStretch Plus customers can now view and analyze activity stats for their apps, feature requests and campaigns. You can see visitors, unique users, usage by countries, pledges by type and amount and more.
Pledge type controls
Some developers want all types of signals from their users. Some only want to hear from those ready to put their money where their mouth is. Others don’t care about collecting money for features at all and, possibly, actively don’t want to be associated with crowdfunding their features.
Now you can control what types of pledges are accepted for feature requests on your apps.
How much is AppStretch Plus?
The price ranges from FREE to $8.25/month (when paid yearly) to $9.99/month (when paid monthly). You decide whether you want to pay for the Plus plan (switch by visiting your profile page) or satisfy a simple eligibility criteria (requires login) and get it free of charge.
More than two months ago AppStretch launched “Funding and an ultimate developer laptop for your ideas” contest. And now it is time to announce the winner.
From all the developers that verified the ownership of their apps and games on AppStretch until 1st of July we randomly picked one lucky winner. So congratulations go to Moath Othman who chose to get a MacBook Pro! Your prize is on the way. Hope it will help you create more cool apps and games!
And a reminder to all other devs who verified their apps until 1st of June – your first crowdfunding campaign on AppStretch will be commission free. Maybe it’s time to launch one?
Moath added his puzzle game PuzzPic on AppStretch. You can get it from the App Store and share some feature requests on AppStretch if you feel that you miss any. Moreover, you might get a chance to win great prize too.
To encourage app and game users to share their feature ideas for any app or game, AppStretch launched “App Feature Wish List” publication on Medium and is giving away iPhone 6S, Samsung Galaxy S7 or Lumia 950. Check it out and add your story!
The idea of AppStretch is to help developers collect feature requests from their true app and game fans and enable them to support the realization of the features the users want through crowdfunding and crowdpromotion.
To encourages app and game users (and developers) to share their favorite app feature ideas, AppStretch launched a publication on Medium “App Feature Wish List”. This publication is a set of articles published by actual app users, explaining why the particular app or game is cool and what features, in their opinion, would make it even better.
Moreover, everyone who publish their article to “App Feature Wish List” publication until August 31st, 2016, will get a chance to win Microsoft Lumia 950, iPhone 6S or Samsung Galaxy S7!
Is there any app features that you miss? Share your story — tell your ideas and help the developers realize it.
The main information that your story should include to participate the sweepstakes is:
- What do you like about the particular app and how do you use it on your daily bases?
- What features do you miss and why do you think it would make the app even more effective and useful?
- Share your feature requests on AppStretch and link it in the story.
More information about the “App Feature Wish List” publication and official contest rules are here.
From the first day AppStretch went live we have been getting your requests to support web apps, and other apps and games that are distributed by other means than one of the app stores. Today I’m happy to announce that you can start collecting feature ideas for your web and other apps, and run crowdfunding campaigns to fund the development of these ideas.
Add your app today. Make sure that your app’s site has relevant contact information (preferably email address). We will use it to verify your ownership of the app. Once that process is complete you’ll be able to start taking your app to the next level with the help of your loyal users.
Additionally, there’s just a little bit more than a week left to verify your app and participate in sweepstakes to win an ultimate developer laptop. So, don’t wait up. Add your app now!
Any ideas on how we can improve AppStretch itself? You can now request AppStretch features on AppStretch. A little meta, I know.
We’ve made it easy to automatically verify your ownership of the app by adding a short string to the description in one of the supported app stores. However, if this was not something you are willing or able to do, you were out of luck.
Now you can apply your app for manual ownership verification by submitting a request via the same form. Just make sure that the app store listing includes contact your information (email, Twitter, Facebook, or an official website with contact information). We will send instructions to complete verification via one of those channels and you will be one step closer to running your first campaign.
And, by the way, you can still win a MacBook Pro or a Surface Book by verifying your app until the end of June. And there are no more excuses not to. Add your app or game now.
We have just added a bunch of features and improvements to AppStretch. Here are the most notable…
New ways to login
In addition to Facebook, Twitter and a local login, you can now use Google, Microsoft Account and Steam. This should make it easier for your users coming from these platforms to vote on feature requests and campaigns.
Feature request sorting and filtering
The more active and outspoken app’s community gets, the harder it becomes to track all the feature requests. We’ve added a way to sort feature requests either by date or popularity (votes). Additionally you can filter requests by status – by default you will only see feature requests that are open (neither implemented, nor declined). You can always toggle an option to see declined and/or implemented requests.
We have also renamed the “Under review” status, which confused a couple of users and developers, to “Under consideration”. A new “Implementing” request status was added to signal that the feature is in development.
Markdown support for campaign descriptions
Structure and emphasize important information in your crowdfunding campaigns by formatting the description using markdown.
I hope you like how AppStretch is progressing. More updates are underway. Let us know if there’s something specific you’d like to see in the comments below.
AppStretch is ready for feature requests and crowdfunding campaigns for your Steam games now. Start using it today, verify your ownership of the Steam published game before the end of June and you will be eligible to win a Surface Book or a MacBook Pro.
Let us know what you think and where do you want us to expand next in the comments below.
It took a little longer than we initially expected, but app users can pledge their support for feature requests and campaigns for your apps and games with Facebook starting now.
Due to Facebook rules we cannot prefill the text that is shared and it will be up to users to provide the copy, but hopefully it results in even better and authentic recommendations to their Facebook friends. If this proves to be the case, we will consider reworking the Twitter pledges accordingly.
What other social networks do your users frequent? What type of social pledges should we add next? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via email.
And don’t forget to verify your app on AppStretch before the end of June to be eligible to win a great prize.
AppStretch was conceived on the idea of helping developers separate signal from noise by asking customers to put their money where their mouth is when requesting new features. That’s why the only way to vote on a feature requests was through pledging support with either money or promotion on social networks. This is what we want to encourage, but in a couple of weeks of real life use it became apparent that there’s one flaw in this model that we can’t ignore.
We have received several emails from developers complaining that users who don’t want to support the ideas in a way we envisioned it, still send them feature request emails instead of backing the request on AppStretch.
That’s why we’ve added an option to express “moral support” without pledging money or tweeting about it:
Note “I just want to express moral support” button at the bottom.
We still want to encourage users to pledge support with something more substantial. That’s why the button is understated compared to other ways of support. But at least you can see a signal from those users using the same system you use for all of your feature requests.
We realize that this addition is based on a number of requests from our developer community and it could be the opposite to what you want for your apps. If this is the case, please, let us know in the comments below or via email at email@example.com and we will evaluate ways to make this optional.
Thank you for using AppStretch!
Few days ago AppStretch went live! This new innovative platform enables developers to improve and monetize their apps and games with the help of users.
The greatness of AppStretch is that it will help you collect feature requests from true fans of your apps and enable them to help you deliver the features they want through crowdfunding and crowdpromotion support (you can read more about it here).
MacBook Pro or Surface Book to give away!
Another good news is that if you add your app or game to AppStretch and verify ownership before July 1st, you will participate in the drawing to get one of the super developer devices listed above!
And if you verify your app before June 1st your first crowdfunding campaign will be commission free.
Contest details and official rules are available here.
Let your loyal fans help you grow your app business now and win an ultimate developer laptop!