Earlier today we rolled out a small improvement to how sales and ad reports are exported. You can now export reports into two new format: CSV, which opens in Excel, and JSON, which is programmer-friendly. In addition to the newer format, exported reports can now be broken down by product as well as by date or country.
FYI – We’re keeping the old format for exported report (TSV) for legacy support but intend to remove it in the near future.
Apple is getting serious about kids in the app store. This summer, additions to COPPA led to policy changes and a new top-level kids category.
Earlier this week we started tracking the new Kids category and all age groups. Top 200 ranks are tracked hourly.
If you’re developing games for kids, you may want to read this article from our friends at momswithapps: How are kids’ app developers communicating to parents?
Making a website beautiful on screen is an art form. Most websites however tend to overlook what their pages might look like when printed out. Navigational elements like menus and notifications are important for a good user interface, but turn into clutter on printed paper.Print layouts solve this problem by instructing the browser to print a report differently from how it is displayed on the screen.
We now have a print layout for every report on the site so printed reports only show the elements you’d want on a page. Simple, clean, and beautiful.
Apple has recently added two new data sets to iTunes Connect, monthly and yearly. As you may have already noticed, we’ve added support for both new datasets so now we have support for the daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and financial datasets across all sales reports.
Monthly reports are available for the last 12 months and all yearly reports are available from the beginning of time (2008).
You can easily switch to the new reports by selecting monthly or yearly from the report set menu at the top of your sales reports.
A note on financial reports: Up until this update the Monthly/Financial report set contained financial reports for iOS and Mac apps. Since the financial reports don’t align with monthly reports we’ve separated the combo dataset into two sets: monthly and Financial.
We’ve been hard at work the past few months adding new reports and more data sources to the platform. The more we add though, the more there is a need for a simple way to navigate between reports while retaining the chosen filters, selected apps, graph toggles, etc.
We put a lot of thought into creating a simple solution, and today I’m happy to introduce the result: pinned views.
A view is made up of all of the options and filters a report has to offer (such as the selected apps, dates, type of graph, etc.). Once a view is pinned it becomes available from every report, making it easy to jump between views with a single click.
When pinning a view you’ll be able to share it with everyone in your account. This can be a great time saver if you have a lot of sub-users.
You can use pinned views on every report on the site: simply open the pinned views menu (), click the button, and name the view.
We quietly rolled this out a couple of weeks ago and today, after thorough testing, we’re making it official. If you’re interested in reading more about the nuts and bolts check out the FAQ.
This is another feature that’s a direct result of user suggestions, so please keep them coming.
Believe it or not most developers have no clue if their apps are featured. Unless you’ve just had a huge sales spike you’re probably not in the mood to go looking through every featured section of every store and country. And when you are in the mood there is just no easy way to do it.
That’s why we’ve spent the past several months perfecting the new featured report. It’s one of the coolest report we’ve ever built and you can give it a try right now.
How we made it
Much like a delicious sandwich, a great report starts with the best ingredients. First we set out to create a system to collect as much juicy featured data from the app stores as possible. Like most prototypes it took more than a few iterations to get right, but we wound up with a robust engine that scans all the featured areas from iTunes, iPhone, and iPad stores.
When first looking at all the data we gathered, we were surprised at just how much featured data is out there. We found that being featured isn’t uncommon and that even an unknown app is likely to get featured somewhere.
Making it look right
We quickly realized that featured data is unlike any other in our system and decided to come up with a fresh idea to visualize it. After what felt like an endless amount of iterations here’s what we came up with:
Am I featured right now?
Our primary goal was to immediately answer the question “Am I featured right now?”, so when you open the report that’s the first thing you see.
We automatically search through all the apps in your account instead of asking you to pick specific ones. We believe that being featured is special enough that you’d want to know if any of your apps are in the spotlight. This also keeps interaction simple and the UI light. If as time goes on we see a real need for picking specific apps we will add that functionality.
Viewing historic data
Some may say it only really matters where your apps are featured right now, but there are good reasons to check out where they were featured in the past (finding trends, showing off, etc.). To make this task a bit easier we automatically look up and display historic data, grouped by week, immediately underneath today’s data.
Because data gaps aren’t uncommon when it comes to being featured we automatically collapse empty time spans.
That frees your from playing the date guess-and-check game to figure out which date ranges contain data. For this very reason we were able to do away with the standard date range picker and the complexities it adds.
Traversing the past with style
If you want to know more about the featured history of your apps, but you’re not looking for any particular date, you can just scroll to the bottom of the timeline and press “Load earlier weeks”. Alternatively, If you have a specific time period in mind you can change the starting date of the timeline from today (the default) to any other date in the past.
As you can see this isn’t a traditional date picker. It’s a simple yet powerful new way to pick dates that we’re introducing with this report. Instead of asking you to choose a date on the calendar grid it lets you type it in plain English.
To make this work well we built our own natural language parser for dates. It understands organic and relative dates like “first week in april” and “last week” as well as formal formats like “11/4/12″ and “Oct 4″. When first testing it out we fell in love with how easy it was to communicate dates to the machine that we decided to completely do away with the calendar. We include some examples of acceptable input in the report, though they only scratch the surface. We invite you to play with it and try different things.
Drilling down to the details
To save you some time when looking through the timeline we aggregate the number of lists an app is featured in and place it in a badge by the app’s icon. Clicking an app fills the right side of the screen with details about where exactly the app was featured.
If the app was featured in more than one country or category you’re given the option to group the lists accordingly.
To drill down further, each section can be expanded to show the exact locations at which the app was featured.
More to come
We’re currently tracking featured data for iOS and Mac apps, and are working to download data for Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
Also coming up is an indicator in your email report to let you know when your apps are featured.
What do you think?
We quietly rolled out this report several days ago, and have already gotten some great feedback. Please share your comments with us by suggesting features, sending an email, tweeting, or just leaving a comment on the blog.
As some of you may have noticed we recently changed the ‘iAds’ button to ‘Ads’. If you guessed that we did so to accommodate more ad networks you are correct! Today we’re happy to announce support for AdMob.
We’re importing everything that matters so you can easily view data from both iAd and Admob in the same place. The new ads reports let you combine networks as well as viewing each one independently. Also, AdMob revenue will be available in your daily and weekly email reports.
To link your AdMob account head over to the Linked accounts tab of your Account settings page and click the “Link Account” button. All of your available AdMob data will be synced automatically within the hour.
As always, contact us directly if you have any questions or need help getting your Admob account linked.
Apple has enabled App Store sales in 32 new countries recently. Today we’ve implemented support for each and every one of those stores!
The countries include:
|Palau||Papua New Guinea||Sao Tome e Principe|
|Seychelles||Sierra Leone||Solomon Islands|
FYI: Apple has updated the paid iOS and Mac applications contract and you’ll need to agree to it before you can start seeing sales from the new countries. The contract does not prevent syncing sales data from your iTunes Connect account though, so take your time and read it carefully.
It looks like March turned out to be the month of Android! Earlier this month we rolled out support for developers outside of the U.S, we started tracking hourly Android ranks from 16 new countries, and added support for sub-user access to Google Play. To close the month, we have even more good news for Android developers.
Google recently overhauled its reporting system for free Android apps. Included in those changes were exportable CSV reports–something we’ve been waiting a long time for.
Today we’re happy to announce improved reports for free Android apps:
- Downloads by country, making the By Country report fully functional for all Android apps.
- Updates, just like iOS and Mac apps.
- Accessible historic data. That’s right, we can now get daily downloads data.
* We discovered that Google won’t return daily data before 11/27/2011, even for apps that have been on the store for longer.
So, if your Google Play account is currently linked and you have auto import activated we’ve already got all of your available data imported and ready to go. If you haven’t linked your Google Play account yet, now is a good time do just that.
As you know we started tracking apps from the Android Market (now Google Play) about 3 months ago. Shortly after, we began finding out that some of our members from outside the U.S. were having trouble syncing their market accounts with appFigures.
It turns out that when our servers, which are located in the U.S., attempt to extract data from Google accounts originating from outside the U.S., Google tends to ask for extra verification to prevent unauthorized access. The problem is that we don’t know exactly what sort of extra information will be required ahead of time, and we don’t want to ask you for any more information about your account than the bare minimum required (the account credentials).
This turned out to be a pretty challenging issue to solve. Sure, we could find some hacky work around, but we wanted to do it right. We put a lot of time into creating a secure and reliable solution. Here’s how it works:
Next time you add a Google account to appFigures and our servers recognize that Google is asking for further verification, a verification window will pop up. There you’ll be able to complete the verification step with Google directly, after which we’ll attempt to import your data.
If you add a Google account and no further verification is required, you’ll never see that popup and everything will work as usual. Easy.
So if you’re outside the U.S. and have been having issues connecting your Google account with your appFigures account, now is a good time to try again.
Although we’ve been testing the new verification system rigorously, there are certainly a few more rough edges left to smooth out. So for now we slapped a ‘beta’ label on it. Please contact us if you experience any issues or have questions.