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Subscription Model Update and New Direction

 
December 31st, 2007 by David Heller

On behalf of our small team, ShareCG would like to wish you and your family a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!  I would also like to take a minute to bring you up to date on the Subscription model, and the future direction of ShareCG.com.

Our initial idea that we institute a subscription model to eliminate banner ads was well received by those members who have been uploading to the site.  However, for the majority of site members who have not contributed to the site, the reaction was mixed to poor. After evaluating this disparity we realized that not only would this solution be unfair to site contributors, but it wouldn’t generate the revenue needed to make the site enhancements that are needed to deliver a better experience to all ShareCG members in 2013.

In parallel to this evaluation we began moving forward with a business model on another of our sites (Mechspot.com) that will not have banner ads but derives its income with tightly regulated corporate participation in the community, with restrictions and stringent rules.  Among these rules is that there will be no advertising messaging from any member on this site. Companies will be allowed to upload material that teaches visitors about their product and how to use it, and can also announce and describe their new software and hardware products.  But, again, they will not be allowed to do any “retail” advertising on the site.

Mechspot.com is built on the same platform and has the same infrastructure as ShareCG, and all enhancements made to Mechspot.com are easily transferable to ShareCG.   Over the past two months we have focused on building this model which will launch on January 28th, and after it launches we will evaluate this model to ensure that it will work for ShareCG, and if so, we will institute it on ShareCG.
One of the first enhancements was our recent release ofa Grouping capability that allows members to consolidate disparate uploads for appearance on ‘one’ View page.  For example, with Grouping you can present a Video Tutorial that shows how to use a specific software tool while also showing the resultant model, work of art, etc. that was produced using this tool.   You could also use it to show a series of lessons allowing users to traverse up to 9 lessons on what appears to be one page.  (You can watch a video explaining Grouping here:  http://www.sharecg.com/v/65711/gallery/3/Video-Tutorial/ShareCGs-Grouping-Feature-Explained

A basic social network to allow you to make Friends (or not) is being added to the site in March, and collaborative social interaction which revolves around the Grouping feature is being added in Q2.  This will allow members to present collaborative projects from all project members.

We are now also building a new home page that will feature the best (highest rated, most viewed and positively commented) uploads to the homepage; a Shout Out! Moderated Blog that will allow any member to present his or her views; editorial that will address all member’s work and projects, new ideas and trends, new product releases, forum topics, free trial software downloads, News, Jobs, and much more, all designed to give all members a stronger voice and higher recognition.

These are just some highlights of things to come in 2013 and the bottom line, and what we want to see, is a free site with no ads and no corporate ‘retail advertising’  that supports an interactive and collaborative social community to enhance your experience and that of all site visitors.

We have a lot of challenges to overcome before our vision is achieved, and I really appreciate your understanding as we do the best we can, with the limited resources we have, to get to a balanced site with no ads that works for everyone.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, we will keep you updated in the Forum and Blog, and we look forward to working with you in the new year to make a better ShareCG a reality.

In the meantime have a Happy New Year and enjoy ShareCG!

The ShareCG Team

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3 Responses to “Subscription Model Update and New Direction”

  1. DarkRider says:

    Thank you for letting us know what is happening.

  2. Shane says:

    It sounds like a very interesting model.

    I honestly don’t mind the advertising, and tend to click on ads from time to time (I know how rough the revenue can be at times).

    I appreciate this site a lot, and visit it daily. Thank you for letting us know about the future direction you are taking it.

  3. Spacebones says:

    Great News!
    Thank you for keeping us on track… :-))

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