Thank God, my girlfriend doesn’t know about AJ
garethcoker saidThis would be a far better idea. +1!
A simple ‘+1’ option for a person that has purchased the track would do the trick. This has been suggested dozens of times in the last 2 years.
Being an AJ author it can be hard to really understand the approach of a customer when searching for a track they need in this marketplace. Since we are already familiar with the ins and outs of the site and the deficiencies of the star ratings we might already have a better idea and insight on how to find great tracks. If you think about it the way things are now it’s a bit of an overwhelming task to find both a track with the style and quality you would want as a new customer to the site. So where do the customers look first?
I think many probably start with either the search bar or browse one of the various music genre lists and are probably fairly overwhelmed and perhaps disappointed by the search results. Perhaps at that point they may try filtering their results by both “sales” and/or rating. At that point if your track isn’t on the first page you are probably out of luck in terms of the customer ever getting down to listen to your track if you are page 2 or beyond. I don’t think the star rating will make or break a files sales but it certainly can’t help if you once were 5 stars and then one little blip in the rating knocks you way down a list.
I think probably once a customer is tired of searching through so many tracks they probably go to either look at the portfolios of one of the top few authors on here. They also probably go to the popular files list, which would explain why that mostly the same files remain in the popular files list often for years.
To me, one of the biggest things this site can do to really help the customer experience and the author satisfaction is to do a better job of highlighting new good tracks. This would be similar to what Schwartzsound did with AudioJungle Radio where he has a list of popular new files released each month. If some list like this was highlighted on the AJ homepage it would help new quality tracks that caught the attention of the buyers in the first month of being released to help build some sales momentum as opposed to the current trend of selling well for a few weeks and then fizzling off as so many seem to do.