Guest post: AppRever plugin offers cross-promotion and real-world testing

Guest post: AppRever plugin offers cross-promotion and real-world testing

Earl Mincer is the Co-Founder of AppRever and has been involved in software engineering for over twenty five years. Prior to founding AppRever, Earl held a role at the International Space Station Program. As the holder of three patents, Earl was on the committee that formed the MPEG standard, and helped pioneer the foundations of all Internet streaming video in use today. Over the last several years Earl has focused on the app market, bringing his experience in development, marketing, and start-up strategy to AppRever.

AppRever is the latest addition to the Corona Plugin family, and is available for Corona SDK Pro developers. For more information on integrating AppRever’s services into your Corona apps, please see AppRever’s plugin documentation.

AppRever LogoAppRever started out as indie developers looking for something better. We didn’t feel that the existing ad networks worked for our needs and along the way, learned that before we could expect to monetize our apps through ad revenue or in-app purchases, it was critical to expand our user base. We knew that cross-promotion worked and that industry leaders agreed. From those conversations, AppRever was born – an ad network for Corona developer, written by Corona developers, that is focused on getting developers more app downloads.

We were careful to build in the features that Corona developers need, including cached ads for immediate ad availability and no real-time bidding system causing fill rate problems. We were also committed to creating a service that is easy to use, easy to sign up for, and that works well in the Corona simulator.

At AppRever, our network is growing, serving up to 1,000,000 ads per day. As our network grows with the Corona community, we will all grow our apps together. We currently serve all ads equally but we will soon roll out tiers so that apps with similar traffic are grouped together to keep it fair. Other than that, it’s pretty simple. We serve banner ads and interstitials. You serve ads for others and they serve yours.

Integration is simple, just require apprever in your main.lua, call initAppRever, and finally call either requestInterstitial or requestBannerAds. For a complete list of instructions, check out AppRever’s documentation.

AppRever is also here to help you grow. As you expand your user base, we want to help you monetize. We are currently beta testing some new monetization techniques that earn up to $80 ECPM in early tests. We are also developing relationships with promotion companies that have resulted in over 120,000 new downloads for some of our test apps in a single day.

And there’s more! We are most excited about an affordable new program to get developers real-world feedback on their apps. The Android marketplace is particularly demanding. Device fragmentation is a real issue, with bug fixes often required for specific devices. These issues don’t show up until your app gets widespread usage and a massive variety of devices. We offer very affordable packages of real-world testing, with unbiased real users all over the world that will tell you if your app works on their device, if they like the app, and if it’s useful (or fun!). In today’s marketplace, it is not enough to have family and a few friends test your app – getting your app tested by a large base of people will give you valuable insight into everything from device compatibility to gameplay.

All of our cross-promotion services are free. We will soon be offering real-time analytics such as geolocation, usage alerts, the path users take through your app and more. We have learned through our own experience, as well as research and interviews with top developers, that the little things you polish can make the difference between a somewhat successful app and a major hit. Our app testing service is already in place, so if you’re serious about improving your app and polishing it to perfection, contact us today. You’ll be surprised how affordable the service is and how large of an impact it can have on the success of your apps.

To experience AppRever, just follow the instructions in AppRever plugin documentation, sign up on, upload your ad, and use our plugin. There’s no obligation to use our other services, but either way, let’s get your app revving! Come join the ad network created for Corona developers by Corona developers.

  • Gustavo Cisneiros
    Posted at 10:21h, 18 July

    Hi everyone,

    We can use AppRever and other tools in the same scene?

    I have had problems trying to do this with other tools.

    • AppRever
      Posted at 15:18h, 18 July

      Yes Gustavo, no problem. We don’t do anything that should make it incompatible with other plug ins.

  • Gustavo Cisneiros
    Posted at 11:03h, 18 July

    I tested the the Interstitial AppRever and it worked perfectly!
    I recommend that other developers to test too.

  • Chevol
    Posted at 15:15h, 18 July

    Is it COPPA compliant? If not, are there any plans for COPPA?

    • AppRever
      Posted at 15:24h, 18 July

      Hi Chevol,

      We believe we are COPPA compliant because we do not collect anything personally identifying. We do not collect names, addresses, phone numbers etc. We DO use Corona’s system.getInfo( “deviceID” ) but that also appears to be COPPA compliant if you read the rules because we do not track or make that data public in any way. It’s something we will continue to look at but at the moment we do believe we are COPPA compliant. Great question though!

  • ed69
    Posted at 13:21h, 19 July

    What is the difference in compare to the Tap for Tap network – as I know they have this functionality also and plus also monetization options?

    • AppRever
      Posted at 13:56h, 20 July

      The main similarity is that we both offer cross promotion, though we don’t take 20% of the impressions. Beyond that we think the similarities end there. AppRever will soon offer other services for developers, including real world testing and monetization techniques that are new and unique to this industry.

      There are other features where we excel such as the speed for serving ads, animated banner ads, ease of use, compatibility with the Corona simulator and a great deal of data coming soon that will give you insight into your userbase. Cross promotion services are a great place to start but AppRever will soon offer developer services beyond that. Give us a try and compare!

  • Damir
    Posted at 14:00h, 19 July

    Does it need any specific (minimal) daily build ?

    Seems I can’t download it with 1135…

    • AppRever
      Posted at 15:23h, 19 July

      Hi Damir,

      The plugin is currently set up for build 1145 and later. Is there a reason you can’t use build 1145? Let us know, maybe we can do something. Though it would be preferable if you could update.

      • Damir
        Posted at 07:20h, 22 July

        It is OK now, have downloaded the latest daily build.

        Maybe you could add an onAdNotReturned event so we can replace it with an ad from another provider in that case.

  • Lauren King
    Posted at 11:26h, 05 April

    We want to move our server from our current equipment set-up to cloud-based. What is the difference between the 2013 and 2016 cloud-based server versions that AppRever offers? Can someone contact me to discuss options so we can make an educated decision? Thank you!

    • Rob Miracle
      Posted at 11:39h, 05 April

      Hi Lauren, you will likely need to talk to AppRever directly. Contact them on their website.