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People don't like free stuff anymore?

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by WebDeveloperSahil, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. Rado_ch

    Rado_ch Well-Known Member

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    #21
    Being in the Sales and Customer Support fields in hosting for a number of years, I find it quite funny how free hosts are constantly neglected by people who want reliability in a paid host, and the mails and Live Chats of paid hosts are flooded with requests from sales prospects on a daily basis who want to get everything for free if possible. We should really think of a crossroad, where we can meet and exchange customers :D
    SEMrush
     
    Rado_ch, Dec 26, 2013 IP
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  2. ChrisBa

    ChrisBa Well-Known Member

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    #22
    The other thing to keep in mind is the web hosting industry is extremely saturated as well, to even get the word out could be difficult
     
    ChrisBa, Dec 26, 2013 IP
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    TIEro Active Member

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    #23
    That's the wrong way round. I was saying that a low price is not an important factor, you're saying that it is (because people want to pay very little). As Waqar said, above, low price does not always equal low quality, but people will always start with the assumption that it does, so if you're offering something cheap (or free), you need to overcome that assumption. Show them either that the free service is (almost) as good as a paid alternative or - in your case - that your product is worth more money.

    Hosting is a total mess, even compared to freelance writing. There are SO many people offering it and SO many of them are just resellers/affiliates that it's really hard to find out who is best. The problem is compounded by fake reviews, paid 5-star ratings and everything else. IMHO, that's why so many people simply opt for a big name they recognise - I know I did. It may cost a little more or offer a little less for the same money, but I didn't have to spend 12 hours comparing and collating information.

    Oh, and by the way, DP is notorious for insultingly low offers for stuff, especially for writing gigs - anyone can tell you that. :)
     
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    WebDeveloperSahil Active Member

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    #24
    thank you
     
    WebDeveloperSahil, Dec 27, 2013 IP
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    sirjorgeofculver Well-Known Member

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    #25
    Yeah, after all these years of pounding the pavement, it may be time to just get back to a regular job.
     
    sirjorgeofculver, Dec 27, 2013 IP
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    averyz Well-Known Member

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    #26
    Many people are scared of cheap or free hosting for good reason. A lot of hosts go broke then you cannot contact them, they are slow or do not work half the time, the server might have bugs,

    I used to use all sorts of hosting that clients had then after wasting so many hours on hosting problems I won't do it anymore. Good hosting is nice put files on it and done.. My time is valuable.

    I do always see people on this forum asking about cheaper or free hosting, so you should be able to find some clients.
     
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    LeadMaster Peon

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    Yes, "free" makes one wonder about quality and trustworthiness of service being offered. If there is a problem will you have the capital to fix it or provide customer service to help solve the problem? It is ideal to show that you are an expert in your field.
     
    LeadMaster, Dec 27, 2013 IP
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    #28
    How did you advertise or present it to the potential prospects? There is a fine line between free stuff and crappy + free stuff.
     
    Chad Eztraffic, Jan 3, 2014 IP
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    #29
    Free web hosting? Don't do it. It's a headache and always attracts the wrong "customer"...
     
    NetStar, Jan 3, 2014 IP