but I think it’s better to dictate the market and trends
Spot on. That is our role here (with some assistance from Envato to a point). A good portion of buyers don’t know what they want until you offer, and shine a spotlight on it.
There are truckloads of Mac users who still think Photoshop is the goto tool, because that’s all they have known, and been sold.
I agree with digitalscience, where he mentions about the design being ‘well thought out ideas’. It’s a lot more than just making things look pretty. It has to engage the user, and provide a great experience, past all the fluff.
ThemeForest is rife with designs that, yes, visually, they look amazing at first glance, and scream “gotta kiss myself i’m so pretty”. But the majority are just ‘cut & paste’ jobs, with no coherence when it comes to the actual user experience.
guuthemes saidExcept when 90% of the buyers ask, “Can I get the PSD files for this?” I’ve sold a few themes on here over the years and something I’ve discovered is that a majority of buyers are on PC’s and they want the PSD included.
RelativeGraphics saidYou’re one of the smart guys. You won’t regret it for a second.
Now I’m planning to use Sketch for my first template on Themeforest.
They want the .psd files as well as the theme all for around $50.00? Doesn’t cheapen our industry much then.
As an author would know, exposure is key to selling on Envato. The more your item is visible to buyers, the more chance you have of making a sale. But is the Envato platform providing enough exposure for your work? You might notice your item does well in the first few weeks from upload after being on the home page, but then it will significantly decrease once off the home page, if you get on the popular page then of course you’ll have more extended exposure. So if buyers can see your work, more chance of them buying it – it’s as simple as that.
Currently there are popular pages for each category which shows weekly best sellers – this is a great way for authors to get extended exposure and for buyers to find the best weekly sellers in a category.
But down the right hand side there is column to show the all time best selling authors. This is not relevant to the buyer since he’s already chosen to be in a category, and those top authors might not even have items in that category. And this is not useful to the author either in that category and is not going to help them get further sales.
To make these category popular pages more useful to buyers and authors, a solution would be to rather display the monthly top selling items for that category. This will give authors a months extended exposure and will help buyers find more relevant best sellers. A win win for authors and buyers.
Top authors get a huge amount of exposure on this site and their sales show, as the sites grow it’s going to get harder and harder for authors to get noticed, so we need to create new exposure channels to create more opportunities for all authors.+1 this post if you want more exposure. If we don’t ask for improvements, we won’t get them. And the more authors respond, the more chance Envato will listen.
+100 and then some.
My MacBook mobo failed around a month out of the warranty, but the folks at the Genius Bar were cool, and replaced all the failed parts for free. Then they took a chip out of the lid by accident themselves, so replaced the whole lid/screen for me. So I basically got a new MacBook (minus the lower half casing).
As long as you don’t storm in there ranting, and raving. Nice and calm, and a bit of a sob story will get you a pass with the geniuses.
Do you have an Apple Store nearby at all?