Jason Feffer, 3rd employee at MySpace
- 2 kinds of MySpace page creators: exhibitionists and marketers
- People like to be exhibitionists
- MySpace provided tools for these exhibitionists to bring other people in
- People would invite others to check out their MySpace page
- Only 1 year after launch did they think to give people their own URL
- 1 exhibitionist brings 5K-10K voyeurs
- Other type of creator: marketer
- Bands started to market themselves using MySpace
- MySpace became a tool for people to brand themselves
- It wasn't "come look at MySpace." It was "come look at me."
- They didn't stress MySpace--users infected others with themselves.
- "MySpace became a utility for people to infect others, and then we branded that utility."
- Brand was really important to MySpace--turned down opportunity to be promoted by a party in Vegas ("If we throw a party, it's our brand, it's our party, not someone else's"). Stayed in LA to project the brand of being media/entertainment company (not tech).
- MySpace was totally user focused. They hired people who used MySpace, who were part of the MySpace crowd.
- Jason's new venture: Sodahead. Way for people to create polls and embed rich media (videos, photos, etc.). It becomes a way for people to express themselves in polls.
- Created a polling widget that you can put on MySpace. Users can register for Sodahead directly from within MySpace.
- Marketing strategy--attach the poll to celebrities, leaders.
- Celebrity creates a poll, fans embed it within their MySpace pages
- Other MySpace marketing learnings: demi-celebrities were early users, they brought many other users with them. Get the hardcore users that attract others.
- YouTube, Photobucket were successful widget examples--people saw them at MySpace, wanted to use as well.
- Niche vertical targeting at MySpace--focus on vertical ("inch wide, mile deep")
Rock You is all about self-expression widgets
~14% penetration on MySpace, ~25% penetration on Facebook
43M uniques, 450K widgets/day; slideshows (100K/day)
14 people--never did any marketing
- The premise: you don't want to look like everyone else; you want to stand out, look cool
- Leverages people's desire to accessorize
- Self-expression (earrings, sticker on backpack)
- Rock You's first widget, slideshow, was created because there was no easy slideshow app created for the average user
- Existing method was very cumbersome, required some technical knowledge
- Know demographic (for Rock You, it's young non-technical female who wants to accessorize)
- Do market research (get magazines, hang out online [MySpace], see how people talk and interact)
- Do user studies--interview high school students every day
What's the use case
- Replace something existing (slideshow replaced existing marquee HTML process)
- Benefit of replacing something existing--users "totally get it"
- Study the MySpace page: 3 components
- About, interests, comments
- About--something really personalized, people spend average of 30 min creating slideshows
- Interests--not going to spend a lot of time, quickly create items (Flixster, quizzes)
- Comments--quick creation, have to be small (Rock You's "glitter text"--5-sec creation process)
- User bulletins
- In page profile: "That looks cool, how do I get my own?" Make the call to action obvious to the user. Users embedded a slideshow--was really cool, other users could create their own.
- Minifeed: in-profile experience less important; little icon must look really good. Call to action should be in the mini-feed.
- Invite: send to people who will actually convert over.