Company, App, or Individual - How Do You Represent Yourself?
🕓 Dec 2nd 2011
Company, App, or Individual - How do you represent yourself when entering the iOS Market and communicating? This is a short entry outlining what I think some of the pros and cons of each scenario are and I welcome your contribution in the comments. But first, a short anecdote on my personal experience so far.
My own indecision
When I first released my game Pixel Fighters last January I was very conflicted about how to represent myself and, as a result, I did a little bit of all of them. In retrospect, I wish I'd been a bit more organized and consistent in my communications. Let's take a look at what I did:
- App Store Display Name : Pixel Fighters
- App Store Display Company : BitWit Games
- App Store Details Company Name : Kyle Newsome
- Game email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website : www.pixelfightersgame.com
- Facebook Page : www.facebook.com/pixelfighters
- Twitter : @pixelfighersgm
- Touch Arcade: pixelfightersgame
- Personal Twitter: @bitwitdotca
- Cocos2d Forums Acct Name : spadict
All in all, I think I could have benefitted from a better consistency and it is something I will be improving upon in the future. Notice also, I mentioned a couple of development related usernames - It's relevant how you represent yourself between customer and fellow developers alike.
Pros and Cons
With that said, let's take a look at what I believe to be some of the pros and cons of each approach.
Represent yourself as an App/Game
Pro: It is to the point and there is no confusion for people about what they are interacting with. There's no navigation necessary on websites from the homepage, or issue of multiple topics on various types of threads e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Support Email...
Pro: Popular apps can benefit from single focus if their threads are very active
Con: Smaller scale apps will probably have pretty stale and low activity
Con: Communicating to your entire fan base across all apps present and future is going to be more work if you've filtered them across different channels
Represent yourself as you
Pro: It has the benefit of a personal touch that all other representation lacks
Pro(/Con?): It can make it clear that you are small/indie
Con: Not all usernames can be your name (too long, taken already etc..), which may force you to be inconsistent for some accounts
Con: Not all personal names are catchy or different enough to be iconic
Represent yourself as a company
Pro: You get a unique name
Pro: You can make an icon/logo for your company
Pro: Filter all of your followers to one place across Facebook, Twitter, Website etc..
Con: For those of us who like to blog and participate in the community, you are combining your developer communications with your fan base communications
In my opinion, it makes the most sense for an individual to medium size company to go with company representation and large companies might choose to start dividing communications by app. Representing yourself as an individual isn't wrong, but I question its long-term benefits if you are growing.
I also think it is a mistake as an individual or small company to start by communicating as a game, which is admittedly a fault of my own. I think it is shortsighted and irrelevant in its benefits when you are small.
I welcome you to share your thoughts on advantages/disadvantages of different types of representation.