[MobilePRwire.com] Mesa, AZ - LEARN2MAKE LLC, a small indie iPhone developer based in Mesa, Arizona has achieved ranking success by offering its 2 apps free of charge this weekend only. The apps are Dollar Origami 3D and Balloon Animals 3D. Dollar Origami 3D has reached the coveted #1 Free App Position in the Education category on the App Store, proving that indie developers can still achieve success in a crowed app market. Balloon Animals 3D has reached as high as the #12 Free App Ranking, also in the Education category.
Mesa, AZ - LEARN2MAKE LLC achieved a longtime goal today by reaching the #1 ranking in an App Store category. It's latest iOS App, Dollar Origami 3D reached the number 1 spot in the Free Education Apps category of the App Store just 2 days after the developer changed the price of the app to free. LEARN2MAKE also set another of it's apps to free on Wednesday, and that app, Balloon Animals 3D has reached as high as number 12 in the Free Education Apps category.
"As an indie developer, it is difficult to compete with the big name companies in the app store." Explained LEARN2MAKE's owner Emilia Queiroz, "Due to our small budget and limited resources, we can't afford to advertise like the larger companies do and this puts us at a disadvantage" continued Queiroz.
Though she does not want to reveal all of her secrets of success, Queiroz explained that besides making the apps free, another key was a creative Guerilla PR campaign. She and her husband sent out letters to prominent app reviewers and bloggers. They included some folded dollar bills in the letters to show what could be made with the Dollar Origami 3D app. One recipient of the letter, Gary Rosenzweig of MacMost tweeted on July 24th, "Have to give a shout out to @learn2make, as they sent the most creative iPhone app press release I've ever gotten. (for Dollar Origami app)". The app has been reviewed in the last week by many review sites and blogs, including AppleTell.com, AppAdvice.com, and MacObserver.com.
Another key to the success is the quality adhered to in the apps themselves. The apps feature animated 3D instructions for making Dollar Bill Origami, and Balloon Animals. While using the app, the user has the ability to rotate and zoom the 3D animations as well as slow them down and speed them up, all by using iOS touch screen controls. The animations are segmented into easy to follow steps, and the animations for each step play continuously until the user indicates readiness for the next step.
LEARN2MAKE will provide additional Dollar Origami and Balloon Animal shape instructions 1-2 times a month, so anyone who enjoys the app is advised to keep it on their iOS device and to make sure Push Notifications are enabled. Users are also advised to open the apps often to check for new shapes.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (any generation)
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.3.3 Tested)
* 25.3 MB Dollar Origami 3D
* 31.6 MB Balloon Animals 3D
Pricing and Availability:
Dollar Origami 3D 1.1 and Balloon Animals 3D 3.0 are being offered for free for a limited time. The apps are available worldwide, and is being offered exclusively through the iOS App Store in the Education category. The easiest way to find them on the App Store is to search the company name "learn2make" then look for the app titled "Dollar Origami 3D", or just navigate to the top ranked free Education apps on the App Store.
Both apps were made free on Wednesday July 27th, and will remain free for a limited time.
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