Daily Archives: February 4, 2011

The Tablet Market Is Not A Racing Game

Q&A: Asustek chairman vows ‘secret weapon’ for iPad 2

The Chairman of Asustek Computer, Jonney Shih:

In this new era of personal cloud computing, you need to have the platform and it has to be big enough. It is already clear that the iPad-iPhone (iOS) will be one camp and Android will be another camp and Windows will be another camp. It’s not that easy to have other camps. From my observation, I think it is possible, but it will be quite difficult. This is a racing game.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Racing game? Um…. no.

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The webOS 99% Solution And More

In five days, HP/Palm will unveil its new and long-anticipated webOS goodies. Everyone expects at least two sizes of tablets to be introduced and at least one, if not two, smartphones.

The drumbeat of webOS being a loser platform has already begun, with people thinking HP/Palm is so far behind, and has so few developers, that it can’t possibly catch up.


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The Truth That Burns

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How To Price Anchor

Want to know why charging $12 / year converts higher than $9.99?

2. How did you determine the right price points for your product?

Like many companies they experimented with many pricing models. The first did a “purchase credits” model like iStockphoto where you then burn down the credits you bought. They realized for them this was dumb because people didn’t want to use up their credits so viral adoption wasn’t happening quickly enough. They switched to a flat rate model and sharing went up immediately. They tried lots of price points – $13.99, $9.99 per year – and nothing was amazing. When they increased price from $9.99 to $12 conversion went up!

Gregg says at $9.99 there was no frame of reference for the value. At $12 / year he was able to frame users with the thought, “Am I getting a dollar of value per month from JibJab? Sure, of course I am. Sign me up.” Awesome. Counter-intuitive. The kind of thing you only learn by doing and testing. My key take away – frame of reference in pricing is important.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Clever. And makes me understand why when Hulu was saying they’d be charging, I said I’d go for $12/year myself.

The trouble, of course, will be that many services will do this. Suddenly that $1/month thinking is everywhere and you’re looking at a total of $20-$40/month for services.

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