Tuesday, May 3, 2011

So, What's Up?

A lot really. That's why I decided to do this blog post. The last couple of weeks have been a little crazy and I'm running short on hours this week. You may have noticed that we didn't do a contest Monday. Well, there are a couple of reasons for that. One, we don't want to beat it to death even though I enjoy them. Two, time, time, time. There just isn't enough of it.

Last week we spent close to twenty hours all told pulling out the inventory, laying out that giant domino pattern, filming the great fall and then cleaning everything up. On top of that we put up another video review and, for the most part, kept up with the blogging, forums, facebook, etc. There are only so many things I can work on personally at a time. So, I have to be very careful about how I choose to spend the time that I've got.

Right now I am working on Console Classix number one problem. No one has ever heard of us. Now, I know you have, but look to your right. Now up just a tad. You see that number of blog subscribers? It's eleven guys. You can feel as if I'm talking to you all personally, because I DO talk to you all personally. The truth is that as AWESOME as our product is for the most part we are unknown. The thing is that we have got to fix that. How can we?

Well, I'll start by telling you what doesn't work:
Adding more games! Believe me, we've tried. The difference between offering 1,000 games and over 3,500 really matters to people who already know. However, It doesn't do anything for people that have never heard of us.
Adding more systems! For the longest time I thought this was going to be the fix. We have added system after system and everybody around here loves it. Here again, however, it doesn't do anything for people that haven't heard of us.
Adding more features! No seriously guys... It just doesn't work. I still think that it will in the long run, but it doesn't now. Why? Well, because we offer so much for $5.99 that very few people are saying to themselves “I'd signup if they offered _______”. Most people who are going to be interested ARE as soon as they find us. The problem is that very few people manage to find us.

So, what does work? Well, we're working on that. You may have noticed that we've started to take an interest in videos. Why? Well, because they are a very viral way of sharing information. The dominoes video really has nothing to do with what Console Classix does, but it gets our name out there. So far it is working. Believe it or not our number of “Likes” on the homepage has started going up a lot faster since we started regularly posting videos. It's a way for us to get word of mouth advertising.

Anyways, the point of all that rambling is that I am spending a lot of my time doing video editing. Now we get to the ways you can help:

First, tell everyone you know about what we're doing.
Second, share our videos all over.
Third, if you like us “Like” us.
Forth, feel free to click the subscribe button on this blog if you haven't already. It encourages me, lol.

What Console Classix really needs is more traffic. We are working hard to get it. Once we have it we will be able to add more games, more systems and more features. It's all tied together guys!

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  1. Well thanks for your continual writing just for us!

    Since you brought it up, I think I will take the time to critique your promo video.

    Basically it was too slow. It takes 2 seconds to recognize a game, and then 3 more to see that it plays well. This will give you more time to display other games. Show off that you have thousands of games!

    You could also do quick flashes of many of your screenshots.

    I really like your video reviews though!

    Good luck with editing!

    PS I was seriously considering making my own promo for you. Make it a contest and I will! or just ask nicely ;)

  2. I have been with you guys for a while. I just think the concept is great! I think you have done a lot recently that shows that updates are being made. For a while, about two years ago, updates were few and far between. Social media, at this point is the way to go. I also heard you a while ago mention a mobile app, which I think would be successful.( I realize, easier said then done.)
    The key is to market to your audience. Unfortunately the audience for Console Classix has a cheaper way to play these games. Now if you could provide something that these people couldn't obtain on their own.......

  3. Coolsonh – I e-mailed you to say “Make my day!” lol. If you want to put together a promo video for us I'll be glad to take a look at it. We are still very new at the whole video scene. I would do a contest, but there are just too few of you who are actually paying attention right now. Maybe in a few months.

    Chas – Thanks! We are trying to let people know that we are working. For the longest time I was working silently. I still got a lot done, but no one knew it, lol. Anyways, I see your point about people getting what we offer for free, but that's not the real problem. Our visitor to upgrade ratio is CRAZY. I mean that in a GREAT way. The percentage of visitors that actually become paying customers is off the chain, the hook, the charts... you get the idea. Our real problem is that we don't get as many visitors as we want.

    All that having been said we want to offer features that separate us from pirate sites. Multi-player support and video game playoffs spring instantly to mind. For that I am going to need developer help. Which means more dough, which means more traffic. I'm sure you follow me :)

  4. Aaron, I didn't get your email but I will assume you sent it! It shouldn't take me more than a week to get it done.

    Also, multi-player support would be huge! Even the Wii Virtual Console, PSOne, etc. do not have it.