Hey guys and gals,
First of all: this post is by no means a complain or accusation of any kind, but just a simple query on something that involves us all. It’s been more than 4 months since the implementation of Elements, a platform that as you know has resulted in a pretty serious blow for us, the non-invited marketplace exclusive authors. It’s also known by all that the whole fairytale of aiming the suscription platform at a new target of costumers was a lie, or at least failed big time as a strategy, so they are now fiercely trying to migrate the marketplace costumer base to Elements, which will lastly be our final nail in the coffin. All this said, what I really wanted to know (and probably many colleagues from the community) is if this massacre has at least been of any significant benefit for those who are taking part in.
So to sum up, my questions are:
- After the implementation of Elements and the ultra aggressive mailing campaigns, banners and pop-ups everywhere, did you experienced a drop in your average sales from the marketplace?
- If so, do the revenues you are obtaining from Elements compensate that same drop?
- Did the revenues you get from Elements significantly boosted your incomes?
If the answer to this last question is a categorical “yes”, then truly, from my heart, my sincere congratulations. It’s more than understandable that you stick to the new model and the rest of us will just have to find a way to move forward. But if the improvements in your incomes were not as significant as you expected, I encourage you to re-think and re-consider your participation in this model that is undervaluing our craft so badly.
If you, like some top authors are already doing, remove your items (or at least most of them) from the subscription catalog, the costumers will progressively start to return to the market, we will all improve our sales, and promote a much healthier ecosystem for everyone. Of course, this has to be a united move of most of the authors involved.
Well, sorry about the long post and sharing such a naive point of view. I eagerly await to hear your feedback on the outcomes of Elements so far, but of course, you don’t need to answer if you don’t want to.
Thanks friends! All the best!