While working on the first release of Poker Copilot, I frequently added “nice-to-have” features to my to-do list. I had a two-part process to decide which features from that list to implement: first, is it easy to implement? second, it is useful to me as an online poker player?
Now that a few weeks have passed since I initially released Poker Copilot, the process of prioritising features has become easier. The most requested features are what I implement next. No longer am I guessing what my users want. The most vocal of them tell me directly, either through e-mail or comments on this blog.
The top feature request is, by a enormous margin, support for PokerStars. Which is why I’m currently implementing PokerStars support. Not everything is getting easier for my Poker Copilot endeavour as time passes. But prioritisation certainly is.
BTW: PokerStars support is almost complete, a task made easier thanks to Thrynn’s generous donation of almost 50,000 hands worth of PokerStars hand history files. All that remains is comprehensive, systematic testing.
I’m a programmer, not a marketeer. Peddling Poker Copilot, however, has forced me to learn something about marketing really quick. Luckily the web is awash in information on “how to sell”, some of it even a little useful.
For now, my main marketing aim is to get people to download Poker Copilot. Downloads have come mainly from three sources:
from the Two Plus Two poker forums. This seems to be the biggest and best online forums for everything poker-related. I trawl the forums daily looking for the oft-recurring question, “Is there any poker tracking software for Mac OS X?” Then I politely but tersely answer, as non-spam-like as possible.
from people finding this blog using Google, who then click through to the main site. The Poker Copilot site itself receives few direct hits from Google, so search engine optimisation is a good candidate for stage 2 of my marketing
from the Apple downloads site. My download numbers are consistently dominated by referrals from Apple.
I suspect that referrals from Two Plus Two are by far the most valuable of these sources, although I have no data to support this. Just a gut feeling.
What about Google AdWords? Good question. I tried using AdWords, but Google refused my ads. They don’t accept ads for online poker sites. Although Poker Copilot is not an online poker site per se, I decided to save the appeal for later. Strangely, ads for some alleged poker bot software – the domain of scum and villainy – are carried by Google. Go figure.
So when are you going to come out with some numbers? Come on then!
I’m running a business, and there’s competitors appearing in the “poker tracking for Mac OS X” category. So I’m going to keep it discreet. What I will reveal is this: my sales are greater than zero, and I’ve met my arbitrary – albeit realistic – goals so far.
I can give some download figures, at least. Here’s downloads per day for August (so far):
Here’s a feature in Poker Copilot that is not immediately obvious: you can save and print the charts, as well as zoom in and zoom out. To do this, right-click or ctrl-click on any chart. You’ll see something like this:
I can’t claim credit for this. It’s a feature built into JFreeChart, the Java charting library Poker Copilot uses.
I’m now sorting out priorities for the next version of Poker Copilot. What are the features you want to see? Now’s the chance to make suggestions. Either post a comment or e-mail me at steve at pokercopilot dot com.
The main feature on the list is PokerStars support. I’m also planning a “Position” chart or table showing your style and results by position.