Since the forum structural changes, we find ourselves getting more and more customers on our “Looking For” category who are seeking specific items to suit their projects. Some of these requests get answered, but many of them don’t. I believe there’s a great opportunity for authors to engage with customers and help them find an item that solves their needs.
Self promotion is something that we typically don’t allow on the forums (for kinda obvious “anti-spammy” reasons), however I think in principle we can should be adopt a different approach when a customer has actively asked for a recommendation, and in doing so, given permission to have author’s items presented to them.
With this in mind, with everyone’s cooperation, I would like to test an approach through which we lift the “self promotion” ban on the “Project Making, Looking For” category.
A few basic rules here, around this, just to keep things win-win…
The proposed item must exist for sale on Envato Market. Basic forum rules about linking to competitors still apply.
The proposed item must serve the specifications (if any) listed by the customer in their request. Basically, don’t try and sell someone a portfolio theme if they’ve clearly said they’re looking for a theme for a restaurant.
This kind of goes without saying, but don’t spam your items at customers.
This is an experiment, and if we get the vibe that people are doing the wrong thing we’ll roll it back, but I genuinely think folks will be pretty good.
Let me know your thoughts below!