After every post for Broadsheet’s App of the Day, there are a few emails about other apps to review. This is a guide for people who don’t have PR departments and are wondering what’s needed to get their app reviewed. I do look at every review request that comes in so don’t worry about it not being seen.
Submitting an App
All app submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll get them from there.
Tell me about it. What does it do? Why is it great? Who’s the audience? What devices/OS does it support? How much is it?
Include a link to it on the relevant app stores! Don’t make me search it out.
I have a selection of devices test on (iPhone 4s/5/5s, Samsung S3, Nexus 4) and I do test every app before review so if your app doesn’t work on one of these I’m afraid you’re out of luck.
If there’s particular screenshots that really show off your app, send them with your mail. If you don’t, I’ll first look at what you have on the app stores and possibly pick out something myself that captures my fancy.
The screenshots should have a max width of 400px (if they’re bigger we’ll resize them down ourselves).
A video of your app is a great way explaining how your app works. The stand out in previous reviews is Soundwave.
If you’re submitting a paid app, a nice thing to do for the readers is to provided a few free versions. For iOS apps, I recommend Tokens to manage this.
Usually any codes put up are gone within minutes of the posts. On the downside, I’ve found the conversion rate for an unsuccessful redemption to a paying customer is practically nil.
Let me stress that this is completely optional and I don’t use any meant for the readers myself.
Canvassing Will Disqualify
As is always said at the bottom of the reviews, no favours, cuddles, or pints are given (or expected) for a review. If your app doesn’t make it, we probably just feel it doesn’t suit the content of the site.
The Broadsheet collective can be somewhat harsh. ParkYa got a bit of a savaging when they looked for beta testers but there’s usually a few nice people in the mix.