Halloween #Heresjohnny Contest!

Halloween is nearly upon us and we need you to help us make this a SPOOKtacular halloween! Jay Productions is hosting its first #Heresjohnny contest! From Friday 28th through next Friday November 4th we will be on the hunt for the best and funniest photo.

Add your best photo in Here’s Johnny new Halloween collage in our app Collage Collection – beautiful frames and collages.

Rules to enter the contest?

Please use original, non-edited photos in the collage tagged with @jayproductions.se and with the hashtag #Heresjohnny to enter the contest!

Where to find the Collage?

Choose the Halloween And Horror collage then the last Here’s Johnny! collage and add your photo.

 

What will happen after the contest?

When the contest is over we will pick our favorite picture that perfectly fit Here’s Johnny collage.

What is the reward?

The winner will get an ITunes gift card for $30 and we will share the photo on Jay Productions social channels.

Collage Collection – Tutorial For Halloween Templates

Watch the video tutorial here

Step 1

Choose the halloween collage.

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Step 2

Choose one of the five templates by clicking on the chosen template.

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Step 3

Click on Add to insert an image inside the template.  You can upload a photo from Camera or Select form Library.

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Step 4

For the Moon template click on Filter at the bottom of the screen and choose the Ball filter. You can pinch to resize your image.

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Step 5

For the Pumpkin template click on Filter at the bottom of the screen and choose the Color filter and adjust color accordingly.

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Step 6

For the Bloody Frame template when you choose your photo, it gets adjusted automatically to fit the size of the frame.

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Step 7

To insert text click on Text at the bottom of the screen. Write your text in the text box then click on the Tick Symbol on the upper right. Once done choose the desired Font and Size. You can also resize the text by moving the white arrow.

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Step 9

Share your picture on your social media accounts or save it on your phone’s library.

Step 10

If you need more help click on the Info Icon and click on How to use for more instructions.

Have A Spooktacular Halloween With Collage Collection!

Optimizing YouTube and Google’s search algorithm

People use videos to take advantage of the traffic to attract attention to their product. Usually ranking your videos highly on YouTube is quite challenging. So what are the steps to increase your YouTube ranking? How can you get more subscribers?

Although I am still a YouTuber newbie, I would like to share some of the highly advised tips I came across online after hours of researching about the big question “How to optimize my YouTube channel?”

So YouTuber! Let’s jump right in!

Just like ASO – App Store Optimization, YouTube revolves around KEYWORDS! Search volume is important. Optimizing your video around a video keyword that is sensible and describes the content of your video, and not merely a keyword that is used to get you traffic from within YouTube, but also an extra traffic from Google is important. Apparently, that’s how YouTube algorithm works.

YouTube also pays great attention to the repetition of keywords so make sure you use the same words in your Tags! In other words, be specific with tags just add your main keywords and channel name if you had to. Some even suggest uploading the video and making sure that the file name includes nothing but those keywords. For instance, using playlist main keywords and adding the same keywords in your video description will prompt YouTube to give a little more weight to that video. In addition, uploading a transcript of your video audio word by word and repeating those keywords there is recommended. So now that you know that? What are the right keywords to use beside those that describe your content?

Google AdWords is a Keyword Tool that you can use to find the most popular keywords. It usually advised to use phrases more than words. After searching the word in Google, copy and paste it into Google AdWords and click on Broad Match Types. Check the global monthly searches between the two options of Local and Global to know which of those keywords rank locally or globally. Also, you can scroll down and find other keyword ideas depending on popularity and use those constantly to elevate your metadata. You can take Google AdWords one step further, and get more analytic by right clicking on the popular keywords and clicking n Google Insight for Search, this could tell you about the demographics from where your searches are coming from. You can also get more of a clear overview by filtering the results and limiting your search to the last 90 days.

YouTube usually rank longer video that are 5 mins or longer high on searchers. This could mean that YouTube pays a very close attention to user-experience signal and retention meaning how much of the video people watch. Therefore, uploading good quality video that is no less than 5 mins long is a very important tip to consider. How can you get people to stay long? Be precis, let our video match what you describe. A smart hack, is to add titles and time of the different parts of the videos especially if they are tutorial, so if the user clicked on the different times they can jump to that point in the video. This way you can increase efficiency for your users and in turn have them visit your channel more often

Another important tip is maximizing the amount of social indicator from one video like, Facebook likes and twitter shares. Adding annotations that drive views to complete a certain task such as following your social media account are becoming an important ranking factor for videos based on the changing Google algorithm.

Some even advice, showcasing your video and putting your subscribing button and link at the end of every video in your channel. Like shown below!

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Have call to action on the top of the description at this will appear in google and make sure that the key phrase in the description is at the top or little in the middle. Try to make your description seem a lot like a blog post to attract viewer’s attention towards watching your video.

Additionally, add URL to your landing page, it is advised for that URL to beat the top of the description, and at the bottom of the description add the video URL and Channel URL. Bottom line! Always add your links in your youtube channel like shown below:

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Finally, Jay Productions channel is now testing those hacks and will keep you guys posted with the progress. So please share any innovative uses of YouTube optimization that have worked for you or questions you might have in the comments below!

 

 

Hacking Instagram exponential growth code by using #Hashtages!

Instagram allow users to use 30 hashtags per post so having a good amount of #Hashtags can possibly drive traffic to one’s Instagram page. However, is there a right strategy to use #Hashtags? Is using too many hashtags desperate as some say? And if not, what #Hashtags to use to stay on the top of your Instagram game?

There are different sources out there that speak about different Instagram #Hashtag tips and hacks, so I thought of sharing my own experience. Although no one knows the actual algorithms but the more interaction your posts get the more likely you are going to get exposure.

The way that Instagram uses hashtags is by linking them to the date and time of the post. So with time your post will no longer be visible at the “Top or Recent Posts.” One strategy that I recommend is not to relay on #Hashtages that die quicker! Especially if you are at the first stages of getting the exposure you want.

One strategy recommended, is by targeting a specific niche. If you find difficulty finding a specific niche go to top influencer’s profile in your niche and check the hashtag they are using and how many likes the top rated posts are getting. If they are in your range use them, if they are getting way more likes than your posts are getting in the moment don’t just focus on using them in the early stages but rather mix your #Hashtags. The reason why, is that as soon as you use that popular #Hashtag your photo will be seen by a wide range of people but also that means it will get lost down the feed a lot quicker. While with a less popular hashtag, your post could be discovered as long as it could be in the top posts.

Therefore, one can argue that as a new creator you cannot compete with photos that get 3000 likes or more. If you see a photo with 300 likes and made it to the top posts then that could be your “Epic win!” Clearly this section won’t get as much tractions but it’s all about finding those less popular hashtags that allow you to pop up in the top posts section.

For instance, for a recent post on Instagram I used #photomaps but I also used popular hashtags like #Appstore or #iOS. By using a less popular hashtag like #photomaps the Instagram post made it to the top posts and is now visible for that niche market for a longer period. Nevertheless, when used a #Hashtag like #Sketchers with more popularity the picture was only in the recent posts for a short while. Once you have consistently ranked on those niche with less or medium popularity #Hashtags for a while and been receiving a decent number of likes then you can “upgrade” to the bigger #Hashtag and see if you will rank in those #Hashtag. Although it might be a smaller audience that your posts are broadcasted to but this strategy might give you more and longer exposure.

In addition, it might be that some consider that #Hashtags like #Likeforlike #followforfollow that are not related to your post or industry get you a low quality followers and likes because they are not finding you based on what you have to offer but waiting for you to turn on the favor. Nevertheless, there is a chance that those followers might actually become a loyal follower? So why miss on that chance? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

For more interesting read, check Instagram’s useful tips about using hashtags which revolves around being relevant and observant. Click on link below:

http://blog.instagram.com/tagged/Instagram-Tips

 

 

Appstore ratings

Getting appstore ratings are hard. I will try this approach and see how it works:

View story at Medium.com

Some times it hard to understand what apple is doing.

Why remove the bookmark row? Gives me one extra click I DON’T want! Luckily you can change it back.

”The result is a minimalist look that feels like it was taken right out of Safari on iOS 7: One bar, very little text, and everything else is the webpage itself. On a phone, minimizing the stuff around the webpage is desperately necessary. On a tablet it’s a good idea. On a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro or a 27-inch iMac it feels a little pointless.”

”The centering of bookmarks in the Favorites Bar is also a mistake, because now when you resize a window or add or remove an item from the bar, every other item in the bar slides around. It’s easy to build up muscle memory, knowing exactly where in the browser window you can find your favorite bookmarks—but in Yosemite the Favorites Bar is all shifting sands.”

Citations from:
http://www.macworld.com/article/2450066/hands-on-with-os-x-yosemite-safari-slims-down.html

Too hard to rate on apple appstore!

Im currently developing my own apps as a independent iOS developer. Having released two apps, one of which is both on appstore and google play, i found that android makes it so much easier for people to rate your app.

I currently have 215 ratings on my app ”Collage Collection” for android. On my apps on appstore. I have maybe 20… And I think almost all of them are either friends or collected from the site https://appreview.me Where you gain ”1 karma” points if you rate an other developers app.

But its shitty, that they make it soo hard to rate. I will list things they should fix on Appstore:

– REMOVE LOGIN – Everytime when you rate an app you need to login. Its so annoying to add the password. I’m asking myself, do you really need to add a password TO RATE?!

– As soon as you release a new version of the app the old votes goes to a place, a touch away. Which most people probably wont bother to check.

Your rating doesnt count – As I said earlier, I’m using ”App review me” to get some reviews for my app. It works like this:

– You download someones app.

– You test it and give it a review.

– You gain a ”karma point” and someone will rate your app and you will decrease 1 in karma.

The thing is, you will download the app, test it and then probably remove it straight away, cause either you don’t like it or you don’t have enough space. But I heard that you have to keep the app on the device for a week for the appreview to count and be shown as rated in ”the current version” …

Make it easier to rate the apps, Apple!

New version of Collage collection

I just uploaded a new version of my iOS app Collage collection. I added 10 new frames and it now has support for iPad aswell! I also made some nicer photos for the app store. Hope that will bring on some more downloads.

Get it soon at: https://itunes.apple.com/se/app/collage-collection/id739772922?mt=8

Pexture with iPad support just got released.

I just released Pexture ver 1.1. New in this version is support for iPad. Its kind of a big process to adapt the iPad. It went fairly easy with Pexture, took me about 5 working days. But im working on Collage collection for iPad now and thats a big hustle. I will be greatful when its done. I’ve been working without autolayout… Will learn autolayout to my next app.

it looks exactly like a clown!

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Look at this picture it looks exactly like a clown!