What I’m Watching: When Advertising Isn’t Enough

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Revenue diversification focused on the customer experience is key. Connie Chan (a16z) does a nice job showing how companies can be inspired by how China is innovating content consumption and business models (e.g. books, podcast, video, music).

A few (top level) points I found intriguing:

  1. WeChat Moments (Tencent) caps the number of ads to 2 per day = better customer experience.
  2. Do not sleep on the power of tipping/gifting.
  3. Giving customers more information up front and then giving the choice to abandon or pay for the content is always a good idea.
  4. Turn average fans into superfans by giving access and opportunities to win big (e.g. raffle, etc.).
  5. If my Uber/Lyft ride was subsidized due to me watching an ad (especially a relevant and/or educational ad), I would always choose that option.

Connie did a detailed write-up on the topic as well — Outgrowing Advertising: Multimodal Business Models as a Product Strategy