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Indie Game Movement - The podcast about the business and marketing of indie games.

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Andrew Pappas, founder of RenGen Marketing helps take indie devs and their games to a whole new level by discussing business best practices and sharing marketing strategies and tips to better navigate the world of indie game marketing. Regardless if you’re an indie dev starting out or a veteran small team, the topic discussions apply to anyone wanting to better understand the online environment and stand out in a saturated market. A marketer since 2011, Andrew has found a passion for applying his knowledge by empowering and educating the indie dev community. Between the years of his experience and interviews with respected industry veterans, you’ll learn about online marketing, email marketing, crowdfunding, paid advertising, community development, social media, community outreach, project management, and much more. All episodes are packed with helpful information and actionable steps that can give you the confidence you need when it comes to your business and indie game marketing. Hit subscribe and get ready to become part of the indie game movement.

Andrew Pappas, founder of RenGen Marketing helps take indie devs and their games to a whole new level by discussing business best practices and sharing marketing strategies and tips to better navigate the world of indie game marketing. Regardless if you’re an indie dev starting out or a veteran small team, the topic discussions apply to anyone wanting to better understand the online environment and stand out in a saturated market. A marketer since 2011, Andrew has found a passion for applying his knowledge by empowering and educating the indie dev community. Between the years of his experience and interviews with respected industry veterans, you’ll learn about online marketing, email marketing, crowdfunding, paid advertising, community development, social media, community outreach, project management, and much more. All episodes are packed with helpful information and actionable steps that can give you the confidence you need when it comes to your business and indie game marketing. Hit subscribe and get ready to become part of the indie game movement.

Location:

Raymond, NH

Description:

Andrew Pappas, founder of RenGen Marketing helps take indie devs and their games to a whole new level by discussing business best practices and sharing marketing strategies and tips to better navigate the world of indie game marketing. Regardless if you’re an indie dev starting out or a veteran small team, the topic discussions apply to anyone wanting to better understand the online environment and stand out in a saturated market. A marketer since 2011, Andrew has found a passion for applying his knowledge by empowering and educating the indie dev community. Between the years of his experience and interviews with respected industry veterans, you’ll learn about online marketing, email marketing, crowdfunding, paid advertising, community development, social media, community outreach, project management, and much more. All episodes are packed with helpful information and actionable steps that can give you the confidence you need when it comes to your business and indie game marketing. Hit subscribe and get ready to become part of the indie game movement.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep 148 - How to Create an Engaging Player Journey with Ziv Raviv

4/13/2021
Creating a funnel isn’t necessarily a huge challenge, but creating one that isn’t mindful of your player’s journey will likely not provide you the results or the community you’re looking for. There are lots of ways to do this, but one of the best ways to develop and maintain a relationship with your fans is to understand their needs, provide value and engage with them through email marketing. That’s why today we have Ziv Raviv of Daily Cookie to share his expertise on how to build an email...

Duration:00:43:47

Ep 147 - How to Nail Publisher Negotiations with Tim Bender

3/30/2021
Depending on your goals and resources, sometimes your best bet is getting a publisher. After initial talks, once you receive an offer there can be a lot of unknowns especially when it comes to fully understanding how certain agreements can dictate your future. That's why today we have Tim Bender of Hooded Horse Games to share what to look out for and how to approach negotiations so you can be prepared and get the most out of your publishing agreement.

Duration:01:12:03

Ep 146 - Taking an Iron Strong Approach to Marketing with Joe Winters

3/16/2021
Trying to create awareness for your game is always an uphill battle for indie devs, especially when it comes to identifying your audience and how to approach them. But even when you figure those steps out, it’s a challenge to determine the best ways to build upon and improve those efforts. That’s why we’ve invited Joe Winters, creator of Song of Iron to share his insights on how he found the right audience while taking a genuine approach to his marketing, creating an amazing impact for the...

Duration:01:18:34

Ep 145 - How to Consistently Maintain Quality with Supergiant Games

3/2/2021
Supergiant Games has been praised for having a consistent and quality signature across their vast array of games. From the initial concept to communication and gameplay, we want to discuss their standard of quality, and how the ideas behind some of these games grow to become a completely immersive experience.

Duration:01:04:56

Ep 144 - Future Planning Part 2: Involving Collaborators as a Smaller Dev

2/16/2021
In a previous episode, Mustapha and I shared our own insight into the importance of future planning but we wanted to dive further into this theme from the perspective of an established developer. So in future planning part two, Chevy Ray of Happy Ray Games, the developer of Ikenfelll shares what it’s like being a smaller dev, the importance of maintaining a clear vision and how having the right collaborative team can make an impact on your project’s final result.

Duration:01:33:18

Ep 143 - Leveraging Self-Optimization as an Indie Dev

2/2/2021
We’ve finally made it to 2021 and I thought it would be fun to switch things up for this episode to share some resources and strategies we’ve used that have really helped us see things in a different light and help us with projects and all facets of life. The goal of this episode is to share some examples, experiences, and resources that can help motivate you and provide a newfound source of energy to help you grow and gain better results with your projects and beyond.

Duration:01:06:28

Ep 142 - How to Execute Killah Crowdfunding - Part 2

1/19/2021
Hindsight is always 20/20, but knowing how to look at things and apply your learnings is more important than just acknowledging them, especially when it comes to crowdfunding campaigns. That’s why in today’s episode we meet again with Mikhail of Mythallica Incorporated in part 2 of episode 137 - How to Execute a “Killah” Crowdfunding Campaign to get further insight on how to approach and apply learnings, maximize their impact, and that you should always expect….the unexpected.

Duration:01:02:30

Ep 141 - End of Year Special

12/22/2020
Not going to lie, it’s been a difficult year, but despite the turbulence and uncertainty that has impacted the industry, Mustapha and I can confidently say that Indie Games as a whole has taken this as an opportunity to shine brighter and be a beacon of hope in our creative medium. With that said, we wanted to celebrate this by putting together an end of the year special by having a relaxed structure compared to previous episodes where we put together a small panel of past guests to reflect...

Duration:01:27:44

Ep 140 - How to Leverage the Dev Community

12/8/2020
When it comes to devs supporting the indie dev community, sometimes people can feel that doing so can be counter-intuitive and be viewed as a way to support your competition. In today’s episode, our guest Chris Zukowski of Howtomarketyourgame gives their reasons why this couldn’t be further from the truth by providing great examples of how devs have leveraged their community to gain valuable insight and create powerful opportunities that they wouldn’t have been able to do alone.

Duration:00:41:57

Ep 139 - How to Market Your Game After Launch

11/24/2020
You’ve finally made it! You worked long and hard, your game is hitting the market at last and you’re getting ready for all of that public reception. But just because your game is out and the end of this journey is in sight doesn’t mean you should stop your marketing efforts. Thankfully, Tanya X Short of Kitfox Games has been in this scenario multiple times with their own titles in addition to titles they’ve published, providing valuable insight not only why you should continue to market your...

Duration:00:54:06

Ep 138 - The Importance of Future Planning

11/10/2020
For most indie devs working on a game, it’s probably safe to say that their number one priority is focusing on the game. But while it’s good to be driven to complete tasks it’s also important to dedicate some of that time to reflect and plan ahead. That’s why today Mustapha and I discuss the importance of evaluation, projection and execution so you can be better positioned to not only hit your goals but potentially exceed them and be ready for anything that gets thrown in your way.

Duration:00:54:30

Ep 137 - How to Execute a "Killa" Crowdfunding Campaign

10/27/2020
Preparation and execution are everything when it comes to running an effective crowdfunding campaign, but very rarely do we ever get the opportunity to have a first-hand account from someone who is right in the heat of the moment. Thankfully, Mikhail Sebastian of Mythallica Inc is willing to share everything with us in a two-part episode, starting with their process of planning a non-conventional crowdfunding campaign right to the moment during the middle of it all. Between sharing their...

Duration:01:29:40

Ep 136 - The Importance of Business Relationships and Partnerships

10/13/2020
We often discuss the balance of business and creativity in the indie games space, and one area that can sometimes be overlooked is the business development side of the industry. Building and maintaining relationships is essential but sometimes it can be a challenge to really know and understand how to do that, while also being comfortable with it. That’s why in today’s episode David Logan of Akupara Games shares not only the importance of building and maintaining those relationships but also...

Duration:01:04:20

Ep 135 - How to Focus on Values While Leading Others

9/29/2020
When making your game, sometimes it can be difficult to focus on anything else. But if your plan is to release your game, then you also need to focus on your business values and how those can carry over to the gaming community and beyond. That’s why our guests today, brother team Khalil and Ahmed from Decoy Games talk about how their focus of developing core values and serving others was a means that led to the success of their first game and able to lead various communities.

Duration:00:52:26

Ep 134 - How to Transition into Becoming a Publisher

9/15/2020
When indie devs decide that they want to make games, in most cases when thinking about publishing, it’s along the lines of partnering with one. However, there’s a trend going on where many developers are becoming publishers. For some that may consider this, transitioning into this role can seem daunting despite the opportunities it can provide. That’s why IGM podcast veteran Neal Lorenza, shares his history, process, and reasoning for making this transition and why for some, the benefits can...

Duration:01:09:22

Ep 133 - How to Stand Out in a Digital Landscape

9/1/2020
Since the pandemic has forced many to rely on digital events and other online formats and means of communication, in a lot of ways the indie game industry was already there. While some new trends have emerged, it still goes to show that knowing how to stand out in this digital landscape is extremely important. That’s why Chris Wulf of Those Awesome Guys is going to share his experience and insight on how to navigate this landscape, what to expect and what you always need to do to stand out...

Duration:01:06:24

Ep 132 - How to Provide Value to Your Communities and Beyond

8/18/2020
Finding ways to provide value to communities can be a challenge, especially when your attention and focus is more around the development of your game or studio. While this is important, looking outward and providing value to other communities can provide valuable insight and opportunities you never thought possible. Today, Mustapha and I will be discussing different types of communities that devs can help enrich while building the integrity and authority of their brand. Love the content?...

Duration:00:31:53

Ep 131 - How to Serve Your Audience with the Right Intent

8/4/2020
Whenever you market or promote your game, it can become a little weird. Putting yourself out there and calling attention to your game can come off self-serving. Feeling this way is normal, but you should never let it hinder you from getting the word out about your game. Today, Mustapha and I will be discussing the problems that a lot of devs face in addressing these issues by changing your mindset and understanding what you’re doing is really serving your audience. Love the content? Want to...

Duration:00:55:26

Ep 130 - How to Navigate the Publishing Landscape

7/21/2020
Eventually, the game you’re making will be released. But before you get there, you need to make some important decisions to help clarify your vision, understand what you need and areas you should focus on regardless if you plan to self-publish or partner with a publisher. That’s why our guest today is going to share how to navigate the publishing landscape so you can be on top of your game as you get ready to launch.

Duration:01:31:59

Ep 129 - How to Build Media Relationships

7/7/2020
When it comes to reaching out to the media, forming relationships is absolutely essential. Whether or not you’re able to hire a PR firm, not building relationships and understanding how your public image can impact others can make getting media coverage a greater challenge. Thankfully, Chris Compendio shares how they have established relationships with indie devs and relation figures, providing an insider’s perspective on the best ways to build relationships with the media. Want to get more...

Duration:01:28:49