Honestly Tim McMorris and Soundroll should be all over the frontpage because they have great product that customers obviously want.
Use their sought after products as leverage to help everyone get exposure. A buyer comes to the MP to get the latest item by XXX , but (is forced to acknowledge) other “interesting items” (by little guys) along their way to their target. This is what makes little guys go big. Use the big guys as attraction, but push the little guys once you have the users attention.
Putting the big guys up front is what makes the “middle man” the most money. The middle man really don’t care who or what is selling, as long as profit is churning. Meanwhile, the little guys are discouraged because they big guys get all the exposure, so the little guys says F-it. So then the middle man is left banking on the big guys alone. As soon as the big guys “coolness” is gone, everyone is broke trying to come up the next best scam/marketing ploy.
If the middle man balances, or slightly favors the little guy, the little guys get big, and the big guys stay big. There is no “oh shit what happened” when the big guys “coolness” wears off because as they are phasing out, the little guys have picked up the slack and turned big. Thus the life cycle continues – healthily.
The only exception to this is when a little guy “gets lucky” and has a product that launches them to stardom.
Its a bridge between microeconomics and macroeconomics.
Maybe you should look for a way to boost sales on the best selling products. There is a reason why the top releases are front page on itunes and top selling products are on end caps and eye level in stores. It is easier to sell something that is already selling well than try to sell something no one wants. Maybe more energy should be put into selling popular items.
I have to respectively disagree. (Are you a politician? lol) This type of marketing is what keeps the big guys big, and the little guys little and end users pissed off. Typically, the little guys are usually better than the big guys because they value every single sale and will go the extra mile to make customers happy – when the big guys usually “back shelve you” because they know they have more customers on the way – to replace the dissatisfied customers. In the real world, My company is one of the big guys (with the little guy attitude). Here on Envato, I’m one of the little guys (with the little guy attitude). So I can speak evenly from both sides of the fence.
Personally, when I have an item that is not selling so well, I put more into marketing it, than I do an item that is already selling well. Why waste time/money on something that is working itself, when there are other items that are near death.
Envato has almost 1.6 million members and it seems only a “dozen” of us were aware of the BB. Perhaps its “effectiveness” was reduced by the fact that no one knows what it is, or it’s poorly chosen name? So, it would be a breeze to spin this stigma into a profitable feature. Its not like 1.6M users would be like “Oh that’s the BB renamed.” But instead, they’d be like “Oh! hey, check this out, a new feature ‘Special Spotlight’ ” or whatever.
I think you’ve been bitten by the Google bug – irrationalization! Those clowns are doing off the wall stuff as well!
You did an in-depth analysis – coming to the conclusion that it is not being utilized – fair enough. You naturally have two options. Remove it, or spin it and make it profitable.
Beings as a number of posters here are asking what is BB, my suggestion would be better marketing!
Your biggest pitfall to the Bargain Basement is the name itself. I tend to think of items in the BB as “garage/yard/rummage sale” items. Crap nobody else wants, second rate, low class, not worth normal market prices. Call it a stigma. And beings as the BB is “hidden”, I think Envato also thinks it’s a stigma. I don’t mean disrespect to anyone whose items are in there, or purchased items from there. I’ve got an item or two I could toss in there as well – as I’m about to remove them from the MP anyways.
Give the BB a more positive name, apply minimal marketing (ie: stop hiding it and treating it as a stigma) – everyone comes out ahead.
I don’t understand why reviewers are needed in the process. If the item is already active, why does it need to be reviewed again? Obviously authors want to make every penny they can for their work, so I imagine, it’s with sorrow, that an author places the item in the bin. You could easily build an algorithm that will accept/reject BB items based on a ratio of longevity and sales; but instead, the dev team is beating the crap out of the market place style sheets – more proof of the Google Bug!
c’est la vie
p.s. Does this mean the review times will speed up for new marketplace items beings as the reviewers have less workload? Just curious.
While your taking requested features; allow us to shut the bloody things off via our Dashboard Settings!! Every time I click Live Preview, my next click is to remove the iframe!! I guess I should also include the fact that I always right click >> “new tab” the live preview button – always! I’ve never used the “Buy Now” nor “purchase this item” to buy items in that iframe.
Beings as I’m already registered on Envato, no one makes any money by me clicking a referral link in the iframe bar.
I find that ifram a major inconvenience and have toyed around with the idea of writing a greasemonkey script to take care of the Envaot Iframe for me.
@Aaran – Would you mind sharing your 11” screen resolution. I should be able to replicate and fix it. I’ve checked the layout on my Droid Razr Maxx and Xoom both portrait and landscape, as well as my 17, 19, 21, and 30 inch screens and all looked good.
@downv – I’ve got some ideas on how I can simplify the front page of the forms. Is that what your overwhelmed by?
The way FF has been pushing updates lately I’ve been calling it Opera!! Every time I turn around there’s another friggen update.
Updating the Envato bowers list would be a full time job they way these browsers are pushing numbers lately!
Envato API meets phpBB with perfect … … wait for it … … Code Fusion!!
I’ve spent the last few months (as time permitted) building my support center, so I wanted to show it off and get peoples opinion of it. I wanted a centralize place to handle all Envato customer communications as well as my items documentation. I needed something with a search feature. I want to provide support to paying customers while encouraging people with pirated version to purchase a license to “unlock” my help/patches/fixes, but the purchase verification had to be 100% automated and instantaneous.
Envato API & phpBBThe entire Support Center is built around the Envato API . Or maybe the API is fully integrated into the Support Center? Either way, all item information (images, names, rating, etc.) are pulled from the API on a 12 hour cache. When I get a new item approved on Envato (no matter which marketplace) all I have to do is enter the item number into my Support Centers admin panel and the system will create the category, forums, documentation posts, jquery sliders, advertising, and all other related “stuff” for me – 100% automated!
Bot AutomationI also built three “Bots” that hold the fort down for me. Auth Bot handles the registration, Verification Bot does the purchase code verification and EnvatoRoboto is for my advertising. The forum is open to everyone – no forum is locked. Registered users and guests alike can read all you want – except for fixes and patches. You must verify the purchase of that item before you are able to read the solutions for that item. Have a look at this post to see it in action. Being in beta mode, I don’t have any posts.
In the near future, verified purchasers will also have the ability to download Item updates before they have cleared the Envato update que.
I’d like to get your ideas and opinion on the overall system.
What you think of the Auth Bot. When you send me a message via my CodeCanyon profile, the Auth Bot will instantly pick it up the message and determine what to do with it. It’s live now if you want to give it a shot – message me via My Profile
If you do not have an account on my Support Center, the Auth Bot will create an account for you using your Envato Name, Avatar, and email address. It will issue you a temporary password that you will have to change at first logon. If you do not login within 3 days of the account creation, the account will self-destruct leaving no trace behind. You can always manually register as well.
If you already have an account, it will forward your message to my private email address, and send you a reminder that you are registered on the Support Center and you should seek help there.
What do you think of the automatic registration? Do you appreciate that you don’t have to fill out another registration form?
My goal with the Auth Bot is to make it convenient for people to use the forums. I, for one, hate having to register at yet another websites. And I despise websites that force you to register to ready anything more than the “welcome” message.
AnonymityAnother things is once your registered you can anonymously, so no one knows “you” are asking for help! Something I thought people may find grateful! You can read about that and more here
Well? What do you think?There are other features that are in the plans, but I wanted to see what my peers thought of what’s been done thus far.
Don’t put too much weight in my opinion. I’m an O.C.D, A.D.H.D. Perfectionist with a sharp eye for detail – in other words – I can find faults in perfection
I LOVE your background! Not over-powerful – not underwhelming – just smooth!!
After activating the account and logging in, it says I need to fill in more info (Options page). There are too many submit buttons on the page. While the layout is clean, it’s also a bit overwhelming to someone looking at it the first time. Might want to consider combining the Company info and Account Info into one form. I started filling in the Account Info and Company Info at the same time only to find out that I could only submit one of them.
All required fields should be groups together. I ended up submitting the “Account info” and sacrificed the “Company Info” – only to find out that the Company name is a required field – meaning I have to submit the other form now as well.
Also, you should use the “value” attribute on your submit buttons so they don’t say the browsers default text. In Opera/Chrome/Safari they say “Submit”, but in FF/IE they say “Submit Query” – something I find undesirable.
On the Members List Page: There are too many different blue colors. The Industry tag background, the blue links, the blue alert-info box and the blue submit buttons do not flow with each other. Maybe make the submit buttons closer to your alert-info box. Speaking of which, its sentence is improper: You have “Here you can browse our members and hire or get some job!” could/should be “Here you may browse or hire our members, or apply for a job.”
“Create new blog! Still dont have your own blog? Create it and share your knowledge with others!!”
“Create [a] new blog! Still dont have your own blog? Create [
it one] and share your knowledge with others!!”
Blogs Page Popup: The textarea box you have “Blog text(more than 500 symbols)” I’m not sure what that means. I thought you where trying trying to say “500 Character Limit”, but I entered 1242 characters and it went through just fine. So I’m still not sure what that means. Also there should be a space between “Blog Text” and the parentheses.
You should probably put some instructions on the Chat Page. I’m not sure what to do there other than randomly click stuff.
Jobs page: I assume the fist blue box is a search box, if so, should be labeled as such. ie: Search Tag and Search By Location. Is the All/Full time/Part time/freelance part of the search query as well? Popup box – Job type should preferably be multiselect or check-boxes as I often see both part time and full time positions available.
How do we edit and/or delete the Blogs and Job listings?
Again, please don’t take my opinion harshly as I’m just trying to help. Feel free to tell me to stuff-it and I wont be offended