What makes freemium pricing work?

photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/bstabler/   Should you give away your product for free? The concept of “freemium” — or providing a product offering that doesn’t cost the customer anything, and allows for the prospect of future upsell — has great success for products like Mailchimp, Dropbox, Evernote, and WordPress. The basic idea is that some number…

I’m keeping my Instagram account: here’s why.

If you opened a web browser and saw the news today, you’d see outrage at the proposed changes to the Instagram Terms of Service, a response from the Instagram team, many people on many social networks vowing to move, archive, or otherwise change their photos in response. I’m not sure what your assumption was all along when…

Provide solutions, not giveaways

Have you ever been to a trade show where you found a t-shirt, a cool robot, or other swag? Or maybe dropped your business card in a bowl for a chance at an iPad or something even better? And did you remember that company a few days later when you got home? I don’t usually…

What sells when everything wants to be free? Identity, security, and utility.

Chris Anderson’s recent book, Free (referenced on his blog), paints a vivid picture of a world where information wants to be free. Anderson’s thesis — that the underlying architecture making it possible to produce digital content is getting cheaper all of the time, making the cost of individual content “too cheap to meter” — means…