As I was looking into what I need to do for my business, a few creative and wonderful people from here and in person advised me to focus on building a community... Something like 200wad.
Besides social media, I have never been a part of something like 200wad so I was curious about why this place worked so well.
Why is it that a lot of businesses are now shifting gears towards a community based model? Even on the show Shark Tank, the successful businesses are the ones that didn't waste too much money with Facebook ads or big marketing campaigns. It is the ones that had a community that is truly engaged. The popular wisdom to find your 1000 loyal fans is becoming the goal a lot of entrepreneurs are chasing.
It makes sense to tweak a product using the feedback of the few dedicated users. Like a few of us are with Basile.
So looking at what makes this site work, I distilled these features:
1) Addresses(or resolves) a need
2) Allowing audience feedback/interaction helps build a tribe
3) Adding a gamification piece (e.g. streak)
4) Provide a free and a premium version to allow for a free trial feel.
Anything I didn't capture?