Lately I’ve been experimenting with promoting out app 'Friend Focus (for Facebook)' by ‘turning out the vote’ - ie getting our existing users to help us promote Focus. Once I’ve found a formula that works well we’ll implement the scheme in app and figure out a way to reward users for helping us, but for now I’ve been using house ads. House ads are our own ads placed in our app using the ad network we’re integrated with. Admob in this case. This is a great way to try out ad copy and experiment with different promotions because its all done with no code updates to our app, all I have to make is a simple HTML landing page for each ad. A recent campaign we’ve been running is ‘Tweet your support for Focus’, which asks people to tweet saying that Focus is great:
Naturally the tweet has to be pre-filled, which lets me use a bit.ly link so I can track the effectiveness of the campaign. A ‘tweet me’ link is pretty easy on the web, but this is on people’s iphone. Twitter users with lots of followers (ie the people we want to tweet) aren’t using the twitter website on their iPhone, they’re using a twitter app, of which there are many to choose from! So how do we turn a click on my ad into a pre-filled tweet right inside someone’s pre-logged in twitter app of choice? The solution is to use custom URL schemes. Several iPhone twitter apps have custom url schemes that allow you to launch them and pre-fill a tweet using their custom url. This works just as well from the landing page of an admob, in code in a native app, in a web page in mobile safari, or a link in an email.
Tweet Focus Support