We started 7 Generation Games a few years ago with very little money - a Small Business Innovation Research grant, a Kickstarter campaign. As with any prototype, our first game was buggy and rough. Over the last couple of years, we have made MAJOR improvements as we had the time, and money.
For example, Fish Lake
We've had a couple of people stream our games on Twitch.
We have a website.
Between our personal accounts and the company account we have over 20,000 twitter followers and over 30,000 instagram followers.
We just filmed (recorded) whatever the word is - a reality TV show pilot and while waiting for it to be edited we create a youtube channel of the raw footage.
We have had people tell us if we only had games that ran on Chromebooks
So, we have Forgotten Trail and Making Camp - and Making Camp is even free !
We have people tell us if we only had data to document math scores improved. So, we provided multiple studies.
If you only had games that could run on an iPad or Android devices -- so we brought you the mobile versions of Making Camp.
Part of the problem is rising above the noise. There are millions of apps to download, literally. There are tens of thousands of really bad educational games.
Please don't try to sell me any magic SEO tricks. I get enough offers for those in my spam folder and I suspect if those tricks worked so well they wouldn't need to be sending me spam.
I've also had offers from people to do marketing consulting for me for $80- $100,000 a year.
The main thing that has worked for selling our games, or even getting people to try them, has been, and you will laugh when you read this - just asking random people on the Internet.
Yes, it's true.
What is related to our sales or free downloads going up is just putting up blog posts or Facebook posts and asking people like you to try out our games. Tomorrow is International Women's Day and I am trying to get 1,000 downloads just because I think that is a nice round number and it would show support for a business co-founded by two women in an industry that is very often not women-friendly. (Just read the tech news if you don't believe me.)
So, I'm asking three things.
First, please head over here and download a game. Buy one, download a free one or play Making Camp online. Check us out. If you like us, give us a nice review on Google Play or iTunes.
Second, subscribe to our youtube channel. We're interested in your comments on that, too.
Third, any suggestions that you have for getting the word out on our games, I'm truly interested, just as long as they don't involve porn or SEO.
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Over on Facebook, two people suggested we should sell t-shirts. Not letting any grass grow under my feet, here you go:
By popular demand - many fans of 7 Generation Games' Native American story lines, success in raising student math scores and merging math and history have wanted to support our work but they don't have children at home or work in schools. We've received requests for our staff t-shirts from people who might be great staff members but they live a thousand miles away. Here is your chance! Get the most popular shirt in the 7 Generation Games office, as rocked by Luis and AnnMaria and our youtube channel and soon to be reality TV show.You can now buy the shirts here.