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The benefit of an AdDuplex campaign

I recently had the opportunity to give 11 lucky winners $200 in AdDuplex credits. They are allowed to use these credits for anything they want. I wanted to highlight the benefits of using those credits for a campaign.

Last year I wanted to boost the downloads of my app 1:Clock. I decided to try a campaign through AdDuplex. I invested in a campaign for about three weeks. During that time I stopped and started the campaign. I targeted different country options and varied the amount of impressions. Overall I was very happy with the number of downloads I got during this period.


The timelines are as follows

  1. Started the campaign
  2. US market focus only
  3. Worldwide market focus
  4. Lower impression amount
  5. Raise impression amount
  6. Campaign ended

After the campaign ended my downloads were a little higher than before but did not maintain the download count I saw during the campaign. I did get quite a few reviews during this time which really helped out the app going forward! If you have some marketing budget, I would suggest trying out AdDuplex.

Enabling and tracking location in Windows Apps

Not much has changed with location in Windows Apps. You still use a Geolocator and still subscribe to the PositionChanged event or get one time location with the GetPositionAsync method. However I had problems getting started with a new Windows 10 project. I subscribed to the PositionChanged event, but it never fired. I subscribed to the StatusChanged event and found location was disabled. I was originally testing on the phone emulator and found that phone apps accessing location will now prompt the user.

So the phone prompted me for access, why is location disabled? Turns out you still need to add the location capability to your manifest file. There is not yet a GUI editor for the manifest file, so you must edit it manually. In the Capabilities element, add the following:

<DeviceCapability Name="location" />
Now run the app and you will have location data streaming in!

If you are running your app on a desktop or tablet, you will NOT be prompted for location access within the device capability. This removes some of the confusion. Hopefully this behavior will be consistent come RTM.