In my previous post, I listed 10 steps from conception to launch, and I’m working through them at a good rate:
1) The proof-of-concept is complete; I can code a Google Gadget and get it do what I want it to. Which is a relief
2) Taking a look, there are plenty of people offering variations on detecting people reading your email. Without knowing the full figures, it looks like people are making money in this area, and that means there should be some money for me
3) I’m still working out a proper marketing plan. So far, I’ve created the basic site with a mailing list sign-up form to gauge interest, and I’ve had a couple of people subscribe to it. On that note: if this is something you would like to see and pay money for, please also sign up; I’ll give you pre-release access, and in return I’ll find out what the demand is like
4) The technical details… well, I have a rough idea of how it should work. At some point in the next few days, I’ll sketch out the technical design.
5) I’ve decided against having a separate design for the marketing site, initially at least. For now I’ll be using the White Label theme for everything.
Steps 6-10 are for much later on, although I’m still giving lots of thought about promotions for users. Perhaps offering an extension to a free trial if the user invites 5 of their friends? If you have any experience in this area, please let me know
Next: I’ll be standing in a muddy field in Glastonbury next week, and back in the land of the living come Wednesday the 29th. Now, going through with development all very much depends on how much interest the initial site gets. If the user interest just isn’t there, it would be silly to continue. I’m hoping that when I return in 1.5 weeks there’ll be lots of people waiting for updates… and if not, oh well, time to move on to another idea