How to structure an indie influencer campaign

Over the last few years, influencers have radically changed the marketing space for video games. Although traditional gaming media is far from obsolete, the power of influencers has proven to be a dominant force in an industry that continues to grow year on year. If you’re marketing a game in 2019 it’s certainly recommended you considered the impact and implementation of influencers in your strategy.

That’s not to suggest that every game needs to be supported by an influencer marketing campaign. For some games, this approach might not be suitable. But any robust marketing plan should be taking influencer marketing into account – even to simply analyse the impact of user-generated coverage, which you might have no control over. read more

Journalist? Blogger? Streamer or YouTuber? We want your insight!

Are you a games journalist, blogger, streamer or YouTuber? We’re looking for people who fall into that category – whether professionally or as a hobby – who can spare ten or fifteen minutes to complete a quick survey for us.

The survey – which can be completed anonymously – is about your experiences of interacting with game developers and PR people, as well as what sorts of things you’re looking to cover in 2019. We’ll use it to help improve the ways we work with you folks, and we’re also planning to use the data to help us compile a report, which we’ll release publicly (we won’t include any personally identifying information in the report unless you expressly give us permission to do so). read more

Why journalists ignore your PR emails

One of the hardest parts of indie marketing is getting your game into the hands of the right people. You might know who those people are: games journalists. But, getting in touch with them is no easy task and even when you do, getting a response might be even harder. Journalists are very busy and their inboxes are filling up every day with a never-ending tide of PR emails from indie devs asking them to look at their game. It’s hard to know how to stand out in that crowd. PR agencies take great care in building the kind of reputation that gets their emails at least opened by journalists, but even that doesn’t guarantee coverage. read more

The most important metrics for indie game marketing

Tracking the success of your indie game launch can be a complicated and daunting task. For a start, there’s not a lot of information out there as to what numbers indicate success. That’s, in part, due to the fact that a game’s success could be viewed in a variety of different ways depending on the desired outcome. In this blog post, we’re going to assume that the desired outcome is for the game to make a small profit.

Which numbers should you care about?

To figure out which numbers you should care about it’s best to start with your sales metrics. What sales are you hoping to achieve for the game to make a small profit? This will be different for every game depending on your costs. There are a lot of variables here, from the amount of time the game takes to develop to the number of developers working on it and, of course, how much you are planning to invest in marketing. In this blog post, we assume an overall cost of $40k for a solo developer across a year’s development, which is quite a modest sum to develop a game, but the figures can be scaled to adjust to your project. Let’s assume this means it’d take 4,000 sales to break even, and – say – 5,000 to make a small profit. read more

Why nobody cares about your indie game

We sometimes have clients come to us who have been running their own marketing for a while, but have hit a brick wall: they simply cannot get more than a handful of people interested in their game. Often, these clients are stumped, and at their wits’ end. They’ve tried everything, but nothing seems to work.

When you work on enough marketing projects (and I’d estimate I’ve publicised upwards of 200 games in some capacity over the years), you start to spot trends that make these issues a lot easier to diagnose and treat. Here are the top five reasons we find indies aren’t getting the attention their developers were hoping for – and how to steer things back on track for your game! read more

How to Navigate Steam Sales as an Indie Dev

We’ve reached a point in the digital distribution of video games now where there is always a sale of some kind, somewhere online. These never-ending discounts have reshaped the PC market and dictate how a large majority of customers now engage with and purchase games. With this change, we’ve seen tools such as Wishlists become ever more important. Interested players might prefer to follow the titles they’re interested in and await their inevitable discount in the next sale, instead of buying them full price day one. It’s particularly important indie devs understand this digital landscape and how it functions to better take advantage of it in a period of stiff competition for visibility and success. read more

2018/19 trends in indie game marketing & PR

In many ways, 2018 has been a phenomenal year for indie games – with the likes of Return of the Obra Dinn, Guacamelee 2 and today’s GRIS rightly enthralling players. But it’s also been a very challenging year for a large number of indie developers, who have increasingly found it difficult to stand out from the crowd.

Over the year we’ve worked with around 20 different indie studios on more than 50 individual PR and marketing campaigns, and we’ve spotted some trends we think you should be aware of as we wrap up 2018 and head into the New Year. read more

How to get influencers to play your indie game

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, influencer marketing is becoming a powerful force in the games industry and more and more developers are considering the way their audience consumes content. Indie game sensations have been created overnight with the power big-name influencers can bring to a project, but we’re not going to be discussing those fascinatingly rare instances here. Although it’s inspiring to read about how a combination of miraculous luck and fortunate timing has made games blow up on YouTube it’s probably not going to help you market your indie game. read more

Developing your PR standing as a game developer

A common source of disappointment we see among indie developers is the erroneous assumption that a PR campaign will instantly convert into top-tier coverage. The reality, however, is that being namechecked by the biggest outlet involves a complex and multi-staged process that takes time, energy, and an element of trial and error.

When an editor, journalist or influencer is deciding what to cover on a given day, there are two prerequisites that need to be hit. Number one: they need to know that product or company exists. Number two: they need to be confident that it will be of interest to their audience. read more

Indie Game Marketing: Creating the best trailer for your indie game

One of the most important things you can do in your indie game marketing efforts to promote your game is a make or commission a professional quality trailer. Often referred to in indie game PR as one of the most important marketing tools, an amazing trailer can give your game the edge it needs to stand out amongst the crowd.

Gone are the days where customers could look at the back of the box to get a visual sense of a game – the rise in digital storefronts means trailers are often people’s first exposure to your game and first impressions count. You’ll want to capture the imagination of your audience, retain their attention and sell them on the appeal of your game all in a matter of seconds. That’s no easy task in today’s fast-moving world of digital content, but we’ve compiled a few key pointers to set you on the right track to create a trailer that will captivate your audience and give your game every chance of success. read more