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SDK support for monetization?

asked 2014-09-16 10:12:06 +0300

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updated 2014-11-26 10:53:06 +0300

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Do you have any plan to provide support for monetization - first in-app advertisement - in SDK?

E.g. something on-top of Vserv solutions: Or getting support for their AddWrapper for Sailfish?

Vserv is (especially) strong in Asian markets where Jolla is heading to...

For IAP something like this would be great, too:

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Cruft. Only cruft. (the last 2 words needed to save this comment).

utkiek ( 2014-09-16 22:14:15 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-09-16 22:08:26 +0300

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I certainly hope not. Having advertizing inside apps is ugly, frustrating, demeaning and rude to your customers.

If you want to have paid apps, okay, those can on occasion be useful, and I confess to having once or twice bought an application that has something extra not available in open source applications.

BUT advertizing is evil, and I cannot imagine using that kind of stuff.

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Agreed, although I can see the use of in app purchases.

2Ti ( 2014-09-16 22:28:34 +0300 )edit

While I hate that ads and stuff too, unfortunately that is what motivates most of developers: money. So far we have got a lot out of everyone's good will and interest, but how far can we really go if we want Jolla and Sailfish OS continue to exists and prosper as an ecosystem? (If you have any other ideas how to do the business, please tell us)

Acce ( 2014-09-16 22:44:21 +0300 )edit

It depends how you place ads. It can be done in "ugly, frustrating, demeaning and rude" way and in convenient way, too. I'm also fed up with solutions when ads are everywhere in the app, refreshed in 10-20 seconds - that is ugly and unprofessional. But believe me, there are other ways to do it.. ;-)

Advertizing is not evil at all. Doing it wrong makes it annoying but still not evil. Millions of users of our applications do not complain against our advertisement placement and solutions...

zlutor ( 2014-09-16 23:00:20 +0300 )edit

Of course, IAP is much better solution in any aspect but it is not The Holly Grail either. Not to mention it requires much more work from developers and cannot be applied to all kind of applications either...

Having pure paid apps is a simple no-go for many reasons. Mainly because that model just simple does not work in general.

Believe me, users tolerate advertisements much-much more than than you think. And are not willing to pay for apps at all...

And please, accept the fact some developers wants to earn some money for their work. Even though it is mainly a hobby for me&my friends, too - but some (small) reward is needed to justify 'stealing' time from our beloved family members... ;-)

zlutor ( 2014-09-16 23:01:38 +0300 )edit

Yes, there is possibility of doing advertizing unobstructively, yet mostly it is seen in blazing neon banners that annoy the user to no end. I'd say the majority is that kind, hence the bad reaction.

I disagree on the premise on people not wanting to pay for apps, and rather get revenue thru ads: If the application is important enough and there is no alternative, people will gladly pay.

juiceme ( 2014-09-16 23:24:11 +0300 )edit
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