December 31, 2019

Featured in Apple Retail Stores over the Holidays!

Nick @nickdaniels

Back in September we received an email from Apple asking if we were interested in submitting a retail demo of the app for use in Apple Retail and Partner stores. We obviously jumped at the opportunity but things went quiet and we started to lose hope that it would actually happen...until a friend texted last week to say they'd seen the app in a UK Apple Retail store!

We've now had reports it's been spotted in stores in the UK, US, Australia, NZ, South Africa, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines and parts of Europe!

It's still too early to see what the full impact will be on downloads but there's definitely been an uptick and it's an incredible piece of "social proof" we can now use. I also posted it on Reddit over the weekend which brought in a big uptick in sales https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/egr46y/i_just_found_out_apples_been_using_my_indie_app/ as well as lots of valuable feedback.

We still can't really believe it's happened but it's definitely given us a real high to end the year on as part of the indie hacker roller coaster :)

  1. 3

    Dangggg this is super awesome Nick! We got contacted by Apple too, but we didn't really know if it has been featured yet :(

    I love the way you used it to post on r/Apple. 5k upvotes mean you will have at least 5k visits to your site. Am I close?

    1. 1

      Thanks :) Ah that's awesome, yeh we've never been told ahead of time if a feature's happening and it often takes months after the requests come in, but so far they've always come through eventually so fingers crossed the same happens to you guys!

      Pretty close, I just looked at the analytics and the post led to 6k product page views and around 700 sales with some really awesome new users who've reached out with feedback.

  2. 2

    Nice job!

  3. 2

    Congrats! It's hard to think of better validation.

  4. 2

    This is great. What an awesome thing to happen. Good luck guys!

  5. 2

    Congrats! Well deserved, that app looks slick!

  6. 2

    That’s awesome! Next time when I will visit the Apple Store in Vienna I will check if I can find Portal 🙌

    1. 1

      Thanks so much! Avocation looks great btw. If you haven't already it's definitely worth submitting to http://appstore.com/promote when you do major updates to the app. It's not actually a black hole and definitely helped lead to some of our features.

  7. 2

    Your app looks really cool!
    Unfortunately, only on iOS, right?

    The screenshots you have featured on the AppStore are looking beautiful as well. Really like the design :)

    1. 1

      Thanks so much :) Yes iOS only at this stage, I'm sure we'll eventually make it to Android but it's helped to keep it focused on one platform so far with our limited resources!

  8. 2

    Well done! That's huge! Hopefully it gets portal heaps more exposure :)

    1. 1

      Thank so much! Kampsite looks great btw and congrats on the #1 on Product Hunt! I've actually been looking for options for managing and prioritising feedback with the app so will definitely try it out in the New Year (just need to get our V2 out of the door first!)

      1. 1

        Thanks! Looking forward to seeing the new version 🎉

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