Victus Spiritus


Vectors that lead to web app adoption

14 Mar 2010

Growth, Retention, and Traction

The metrics that signal developers to early adoption are fuzzy. In addition to low cost analytics tools, we can monitor web page heat maps that track activity for different content areas. While this can teach us which parts of a page draw the eyes of a large group of browsers it's less intimate then the tried and true method of Q&A. The alternative is my preferred approach: talk with folks who are generous enough to try out the software we build*. Web programmers have a good understanding of their own preferences and interests. For one we like hacking on new stuff (admittedly I'm a noob). But determining how a new application best translates into a sustainable market, takes more than hacking, it takes marketing intelligence, trial and error discovery, and copious truckloads of luck! When the stars align, and the market begins moving towards the hard earned tools you've crafted you've struck value gold.

Satisfy Existing Needs, or Conjure Novel Behavior

There's a couple of primary methods for growing an application to meet the needs of a consumer market.

Businesses can grow to leverage both methods to satisfy user and customer needs, but for starters it's a smart bet to focus on one or the other. The focus will empower you to trail blaze a bright future for your community that others are sure to follow.

* special thanks to Vladimir Vukicevic, Bostjan & Andraz, Shana Carp, Fred Wilson, Dave Pinsen, Mahendra Palsule, David Semeria, Jim DwulitArnold Waldstein and Howard Lindzon for all their superb feedback, brilliant suggestions, and incredible support.