Marketing your side project means you're not coding, instead you're walking around the interwebs with your pants down trying your hardest to get people to not only try your little project but to also get beyond that by tweeting about it, Facebook status update about it, blog about it or use whatever devices inside it to help the viral spread. Now that! ...is freckin hard.
I'm struggling to even get my best friends and my wife to even try my side projects. I can't blame them, unlike a lemonade stand at a farmers market it's very impersonal. When I tried to get my buddies to try Around The World several did but only very briefly and granted some few did give me feedback but it's really not much to go by.
So, today I'm launching the start of my new web marketing strategy: Begging
Or rather, politely asking people to help me. Instead of using the usual "we" or "our" language I'm referring to it in first person instead. The platform for this strategy experiment is on HUGEpic and it looks like this: hugepic.io/yourhelp/
I'm recently built a feature into HUGEpic that once a month emails everyone who uploaded a picture a little summary of their upload and the number of hits and comments and boldly in the footer of this email there's a link to the
/yourhelp/ page (see screenshot above).
Let's see how this works out. Mostly likely it'll be just another noise in the highways of peoples' internet lifes but perhaps it can become successful too.
Mind you, the motives of all of this is for my "insert-sideproject-name-here" to become successful. And by successful I mean popular and lots of traffic. None of my side projects make me any money which makes it easier to beg. However, none of them make any money for the people I'm asking for help. Perhaps that's what could be the version 2.0 of my web marketing strategy.