AM: RE: Other advertising income models?
What you're actually proposing is to create a virtual community, so I
strongly suggest you take a look at a book called Net.Gain. It has lots
of (to me, anyway) insightful suggestions about how to do this most
effectively. From that book, and from my experience, I think that this
is the right time and circumstance to do something like this. The whole
idea is to get your clients to view your site as someplace they like to
visit and revisit on a regular basis. What that takes depends heavily
on what kind of clients you want to attract. One thing that I do
recommend is that you recruit from among your clients, 'evangelists'
who, through excitement about your topic focus, will add content
appealing to other clients (and which is unique to your site). You can
give such evangelists special discounts or free access or whatever.
Advertising can be added later, once you've got the critical mass of
clients. Depending on how well you do this, you can end up charging a
premium rate, and this could also be a good source of revenue.
Well, back to work. Good luck.
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> I'd like to start a thread which may be for a
> minority of list members/site publishers, but which I believe is of
> Most of the recent discussion is about banners, sponsorships,
> click-throughs, etc., but aren't there other income models under the
> heading of "advertising"? I'm developing a site offering to the
> information and other related services, but focusing on a database
> will help them select a specific type of product using their personal
> needs and preferences.
> The plan is to recruit a client base (of many hundreds) whose product
> details would be listed in the database, and who would be charged a
> monthly fee (based on quarterly billing periods). In many ways, the
> advertising model would be parallel to publishing ads in a specialty
> magazine which markets to a demographic/ interest group of consumers
> would benefit considerably by using a system which enables them to
> choose from a large number of similar product offerings using
> considerably detailed personal parameters.
> I'd appreciate input from our netpreneurs with their wide-ranging
> interests, experiences, and perspectives.
> Jeff MacConnell
> IDeal Destinations, Inc.