Intention: Measuring Interest
Don't laugh, but I've been having fun trying to predict the actions of the investors on Shark Tank, a show where people pitch their business ideas. Despite its seemingly mass-media appeal, I think I've gleaned something useful
Below are the things that seem to matter most for negotiating a deal with or impacting the behavior of an investor.
When I turned on the tracking for http://liederboard.com, I was surprised at the high amount of traffic. At the time of this writing, we're nearing 10k hits in a little over a month's time. Taking a tip from Dropbox's story in Eric Ries's "The Lean Startup", I decided that a more substantial metric could be obtained through beta signups.
Around July 11th, a beta signup page was implemented in my project. Here are the figures around the beta signups today.
- 6 signups total
- 1 was a test entry from me
- 5 were from individuals that I directly asked to sign up if they wanted to show their interest
Conclusion: there is a strong indication that users are not willing to use forms to sign up for something of interest, regardless of whether interest exists. A conclusion cannot be made about actual interest.
Social Media Buttons
Observing the failure in the strategy, I implemented social media buttons on the website. On its first day, the measurable "interest" matched and exceeded the figures portrayed through the beta signup -- don't get too excited as not even double digits were required to accomplish that.
With no announcement, post, or any real attempts to propagate the feature beyond natural interaction and testing, the social media buttons stand with these figures.
There were over 1,000 hits on that first day, but that may have been due to repetitive testing and iteration.
Okay, So How Do I Do It?
Here are the pages I used.
LinkedIn ButtonNote that if you want to point to a company page, you have to have a company page on LinkedIn. That deterred me from implementing the LinkedIn button, but the page below has a "share" button that I might also incorporate later.
Pinterest ButtonScroll past the useless information at the top which will otherwise make you mistake it for an FAQ.
Share the Wealth!
Hope that helps you gauge effectively. Don't forget to +1/Like/Tweet/etc. my project! If you're a redditor (boo to 9gag), imagine all the karma you'll get by submitting my project to a subreddit like music, musicians, or sheetmusicexchange!