Thursday, July 31, 2014

Drive About Awarded CTR Editor's Choice!
Well, it's suddenly turned into an award-winning summer for Drive About: Number Neighborhood.

We were positively thrilled to receive the news that Drive About scored 96/100 and received the coveted Editor's Choice stamp of approval from the esteemed Children's Technology Review (October issue).

Some kind words lifted from the review...
 "The perfect "back to school" app for any preschooler headed for Kindergarten."
Check out their comprehensive (and most excellent) video overview:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Drive About Wins Parents' Choice Award!

We woke to some good news today.

Drive About: Number Neighborhood is a Parents' Choice Silver Award Winner in the 2014 Fall Mobile Apps category.

It sounds like they really like the sea pickles.

Here's some info from the official announcement:

Established in 1978, Parents’ Choice Foundation is the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer guide to quality children’s media. As a Parents’ Choice Award® winner, you’re a member of a very select group. Fewer than 25% of the products submitted receive any level of commendation. It’s an honor that doesn’t come easily; you should be very proud of your achievement.

Check out the complete list of Winners here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

All You Need is (Apple) Love - One Month in the App Store...

It's been about a month since we launched our latest kids app, Drive About: Number Neighborhood, and we were fortunate enough to hang around the App Store features the entire time. It's always good when your launch day looks like this:  

 Even France showed us some "amour."

You never know how long the love will last though, so the Thursday App Store refresh becomes a major focal point of the week. The last app we released, Mystery Math Museum, was also featured at launch but was quickly moved to the back of the shelves. Drive About did double the business of Mystery Math Museum in the same sample time period.

Mystery Math Museum Launch October 2013 (iPad only) - 11/15 free promo
Drive About launch June 2014 (Universal iPad & iPhone)
It's really good to see our localization efforts pay off with substantial downloads in Russia, accounting for a little over 11% of total sales.

Tragically, the French "amour" did not translate to significant downloads - just over 1% of total sales. And our efforts to appeal to Brazil with a Portuguese version of the app fell flat - it's almost as though the entire nation was preoccupied by something else over the last month (we are investigating...)

Overall, I have to say I'm happy with the launch.

I was concerned about releasing the app in early June when most U.S. parents are transitioning from school to summer routines, but the results clearly demonstrate that all you need is (Apple) love.

Now, how to bundle that love for iOS 8...