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Thursday, November 8, 2012

SendDroid - no ReceiveDroid?

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One thing that really annoys me is when someone sends out an email to ask for something, an opinion or idea for example, and you take the time and effort to reply to that email, and the original party not responding to your email in any way.

This is one common problem with SendDroid. Chandler is now known to spam people's inboxes but very seldom replies to emails.

Hey Chandler, you reading this? If you can't handle the number of emails you get, I'd highly recommend an assistant!

People been complaining a lack of response from your side on the Basic4Android forums and also on www.makingmoneywithandroid.com . I Hope you start appreciating the time developers are taking to communicate with you.

SendDroid - a 1-man show?


Many people are now wondering if it is a 1-man show. Though I believe it is not so easy to run this business as a 1-man show, I do believe SendDroid is being run by 2 people (sense the sarcasm!)

Idea acquisition


One cheap, and I'd say effective way of getting ideas and opinions is to ask the people who are using your products. And we developers would have tonnes of ideas and opinions we can share with ad networks.

Chandler recently sent out an email to fellow developers on opinions and ideas for SendDroid. I don't use SendDroid in my apps, as I had horrible fill rates and eCPM performance with them at the start, and I have decided to remove aggressive ads from my apps for now.

I did reply to Chandler on this email though. As the idea of Alert Ads Pro was quite interesting.

Banner blindness is common these days in apps, thus the lower revenues potential from them. SendDroid basically brings the banners "into your face" with the pop-up banner ad. A miniature interstitial if you think about it.

My Idea


I sent an email to SendDroid, asking for a non-sdk version of this implementation. Why a non-SDK implementation. Well, the ads are basically banners that are shown in a pop-up. It is possible to show banners in webviews, like what Leadbolt has.

Also it is a matter of time before SendDroid starts showing up in all those anti-virus apps, and developers start getting 1-star ratings with comments like "It is a virus!". A non-SDK implementation would be really good in this case.

Closing...


I'd love to thank you for reading this and all the previous and future blog entries :D There, a small thank you email from Chandler would have been welcomed (pun intended!).

And if SendDroid does do this non-SDK ads... you heard it here first!


22 comments:

  1. Hello
    Sorry that i post here. I wanted to ask you about AppBrain library for B4A.
    Thank you very much for developing AppBrain library for Basic4Android.
    Can you give a direct link to this library ?

    P.S. I am not a B4A Developer for now. But I only wanted to see how you wrote this library.

    Thanks

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  2. Hi John,

    I do not have direct download of that library available out of the B4A forums for now.

    I'd probably put a direct download link if I update the library next.

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  3. Hi Bill,

    I got the same problem with Chandler. I emailed him many times but he didn't reply :(

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  4. Ok Bill . Thank you. I found interesting website about ad networks - http://topmobileadnetworks.com.

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  5. Hi susu,

    Chandler emailed me after this post, and I showed him your comment on the airpush library page.. hope he did try to communicate with you again.

    I passed him this link in particular:

    http://www.basic4ppc.com/forum/additional-libraries-classes-official-updates/11832-airpush-library-17.html

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  6. Hi John,

    Thanks for the link. The site is still pretty new, and thus so far the reviews carry little weight in terms of believability... :D

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  7. Hello Bill
    I wanted to ask you about Smaato. A know there is a time that you made it. I imported SMAATO SDK and your Library . Code:
    Sub Ads
    Dim mBanner As MESSmaatoBanner
    mBanner.initialise (pub ID, adspace id)
    mBanner.loadAd
    mBanner.autoRefresh (True)
    End Sub

    All compiled but it doesn't work on phone. App stoped.
    Maybe this is becuase SDK is new. I looked and there is no com.smaato.SOMA.SOMABanner in their SDK , i think it is changed to com.smaato.SOMA.BannerView. (Java Decompiler)
    Maybe you will update your library ?

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  8. Hello,

    I did try to contact susu on the Forum via a Private Message. This was last week.

    So far I haven't heard back from him.

    Susu, if you're reading this, please get in touch with me.

    Thanks
    Chandler

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  9. Hi Chandler,
    I replied to you already.
    Thank you and Bill so much.

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  10. Hi John,

    It's been a while since I looked at that library. Just to check, do you need to add the object to the activity (activity.addview...) before calling "loadad"?

    I'll be re-looking at the libraries soon... really short on time these days... :D

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  11. Hi Bill
    Thanks for reply. I inserted this code:

    mBanner.initialise (pub ID, adspace id)
    mBanner.loadAd
    mBanner.autoRefresh (True)

    in Activity_Create SUB just after Activity.LoadLayout function.

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  12. Hi John,

    Just what I can think of...

    You need the following line after "mBanner.initialise...":

    Activity.AddView(mBanner, 0, 0, 320dip, 50dip)

    Give the above a try.

    Also the manifest changes are in place?

    You can get a better picture of the problem from the log if you can get that.

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  13. Hi Bill
    Yes, manifest is the same as recommended in their official guide.
    I added this line so the result as i expected:

    class file for com.smaato.SOMA.SOMABanner not found
    1 error

    It is with newest Smaato SDK . SOMABanner changed to BannerView I think.

    Please if you will have time - update library.

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  14. I wanted to ask you also. Did you try showing different ads by checking what timezone is now on user's android phone ? For example if timezone belong to Europe then show MobFox / Madvertise , if Asia and Africa then Buzzcity / Inmobi and so on .

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  15. Hi Bill,

    I am facing a problem with Applovin's banner ads. When i first signed up for them, even though with little downloads i was gettin eCPM around $2.5 to $3.0, but now after 2 months, avragin 2 laks impressions over a week, the average eCPM is as low as $0.40. I wonder they gave me the higher eCPM rates coz i was new and now they r showing their true face.

    So i was wondering what banner ad network I should try? InMobi, MillenialMedia, Admob or any other suggestion.

    Waitin for ur suggestion.

    -ADi

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  16. Hi John,

    Great idea there about timezone, never really though of it that way. To answer your question, no I have not tried that strategy. Might work.

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  17. Hi ADi,

    I have received same question from a number of developers.

    My eCPM of AppLovin's Banner is (last 30 days average) $0.57... interstitial is $2.45, certainly there is a slowdown with the banners.

    I will check with AppLovin about this, might be a slow season for them, but lets get some words from them instead.

    I havent tried inMobi for a long time, MillennialMedia was good back then, and I've heard positive reviews about them from other devs too. Maybe you can try that. These are CPC networks though, so ecpm will be low overall.

    People do report ecpm of almost $1 with millenialmedia though...

    Your decision :)

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  18. And an update on Chandler / SendDroid, yet again I have not received a reply to a new email sent to them.

    VERY BAD DEVELOPER SUPPORT WITH THIS ONE!

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  19. Hi Bill
    I wanted to try with timezones. Found code to recieve GMT time on Basic4Android forum. Maybe will be useful for you also:

    Sub GetTimeZoneOffset
    Dim s, d As String
    Dim l1 As Long
    s = DateTime.DateFormat
    DateTime.DateFormat = "MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss"
    l1 = DateTime.Now
    d = DateTime.Date(l1) & " GMT"
    DateTime.DateFormat = "MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss z"
    Dim res As Int
    res = -Round((l1 - DateTime.DateParse(d))/3600000)
    DateTime.DateFormat = s
    Msgbox (res , "TIME")
    End Sub

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  20. Thanks John... would be useful :)

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  21. Hi guys,

    My eCPM of AppLovin's banner is even worse than yours. Now it's only $0.20! They said it happened because of Google Play. I hope the eCPM will be high back in next month or I need to find another ad network haizzzzz.

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  22. Hi Bill
    Made some research for ad networks:
    http://www.basic4ppc.com/forum/basic4android-updates-questions/24437-ultimate-ad-networks-decision-b4a.html#post141459

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