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How do you guys feel about App review popups

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by HTMLEgg, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. HTMLEgg
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    I've noticed a number of Apps have a auto pop up that ask you to provide a review, it usually comes up after you've used the App a few times. You are provided with options to Review now, Remind again and Cancel.

    Being a developer, I wonder how users feel about this. Do you think it's reasonable to include such an add-on within an App or does it frustrate users?

    Thanks, I look forward to hearing from everyone.
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    I don't mind if it only pops up once - but gives me the option elsewhere for a review - or, remind me in 7 days.

    Tim
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    As a user, it annoys the heck out of me! I can live with one (one!) pop-up. It's bothersome, but liveable.

    It's the ones that Continue. To. Ask. For. A. Review. that annoy me. Unfortunately, I usually do like the app, so I don't delete it because of that irritation.

    It could be just me - because, as a rule, I don't do reviews. I figure me purchasing the app is review enough, especially if I go back to purchase a full-fledged app after being allowed the opportunity to try out a [free] Lite version.

    Good luck in your development project(s).

    Marilyn
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    Lose connectivity while trying to update email which is like 4 profiles! That's annoying! :) but to answer your question, no it doesn't bother me, I get it with windows updates all the time so I'm used to it!
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    Hate them and will not post a review on any app that uses this technique.
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    Meh. It depends for me really. Usually based on what I'm doing at the time. If its something important it can get kind of annoying.
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    Thanks for the feedback. What if it's not in the form of a popup, say it's more like a button in the option setting somewhere, is that more tolerable? I think I've seen this being done a few times too, although the popup is more common.
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    I quite like that idea
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    I think many users have been conditioned to hate pop-ups of any kind. (The little mouse-over pop-ups are especially annoying.) I typically do provide a review; a sort of pay-it-forward because I appreciate reading them when I'm purchasing an app. But it would be less annoying to have a prominently displayed review button than a pop-up.
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    I find it annoying honestly. if I open the app, I am intent on using the app right away, a popup offering to take me away from the app when I want to use the app is a bit aggravating...
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    Same here - I find them extremely annoying.
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    I wouldn't mind if it didn't ask me to review my apps again after every update. Some of my apps update frequently and it gets annoying. I review every app I get on Apple and Android but never on the first day.

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    Popups should be used only for important alerts, not to beg for a review. I won't mind having an icon or menu somewhere in the app saying "Review me!". This way, you can still remind the user to do a review, but you won't annoy the user by stopping what he was going to do.

    And especially with games, where you setup a game for a kid to play with. Then you hear "What should I do? It is asking me something..."

    VicoPad addict!
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    I am more than willing to write a review, but would like it to be more of an option. I like the idea of it not being a pop-up. I haven't had it ask for a review more than once, or after updates, but I would prefer to ask for review as I am exiting an application rather than when I am opening the application.
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    change a button is good

    That's a good idea,I like it.;)
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    As a developer its a tough situation.

    It used to be the only time we had a review was when an App was being deleted... Not a great time to get positive reviews.

    People tend to leave negative reviews when they hate a product, but skip leaving a review if they like a product. Some will always review Apps, but they are rare.

    Reviews drive sales if they are positive.

    How many of you will buy a $4 App with 2 star reviews, or one without enough reviews to get a rating?

    That's why you are asked to review again after a major revision update - the review system gets reset...

    -t
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    Thanks everyone. Sounds like not having a popup and instead just displaying a link/button somewhere is more acceptable for users.

    thewitt - I feel the same way. I've never liked popups but understand the developer doesn't have many options and ratings/reviews are so important for sales. So I always review for popups on Apps I liked, even tho I'm slightly irritated. hah and I'm a developer myself! Can't imagine what it's like for regular users.
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    To be honest, I have to be blown away by an app (in a good or bad way) before I will rate it... Asking me in the middle of me using it or launch, will generally lead me to give it a 1 star rating.

    It is my choice to rate, and if a popup keeps coming up, then the app is nothing more than bloatware.

    Want a good rating - create the best app in the category. Wow the users.
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    Amen brother!

    VicoPad addict!
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    Yes, it is.
    I hate them popups, I could live with them in a free app, but find it unacceptable in a paid one. I enjoy doing reviews from time to time and never uber pressure. And I prefer to write positive reviews... ;)

    Nevertheless I would like to thank to all the dev community for their efforts making things happen in our Ipad microworld.

    MacSquare&Ball

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