Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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5 Things You Can Do to Give Buyers a Great Experience

Posted: 06 Mar 2012 03:57 PM PST

Have you ever experienced last minute jitters that ended in clicking the close button instead of buying that long debated purchase?

According to our authors there are a few things you can do to help customers during the ‘hmmm maybe’ moments that will help them feel more assured.

If you are an author who needs to change ‘maybes’ into ‘more’, we’ve asked around and found the top 5 things sellers can do to improve buyer experience.

The top 5 things you can do to improve buyer experience:

1) A well-designed preview image works wonders:

If you present your file well with a good description and preview, buyers will get a better idea about what they are purchasing and feel more comfortable when purchasing your item.

Gift Box by lightzone

2) Polish your code:

Polish your code on CodeCanyon and ThemeForest.
Take the time to organize your code and comment about it. Author sevenspark was surprised to see how many customers took the time to thank him for commenting a HTML template he made.

Sevenspark suggests that

“this goes for HTML , CSS, JavaScript, PHP , or any other code. Customers want to customize their purchases, and the more you explain the code inline (a) the happier they will be and (b) the fewer support requests you'll receive. Include both a development and minified version of JS files”.

3) Make your help materials are easy to access:

Make sure your documentation is clearly labeled and easy to find. Link directly to your support guide, support forum, video tutorials and extras from the plugin/theme. This makes it easy for customers to find the answers they need immediately after encountering a problem, rather than having to go searching for your help material.

Needle in a Haystack by joebelanger

4) Showcase ways to use your items:

Creating a showcase for your item allows the buyer to see how versatile the item is. When they can see some great uses for the item they will have a better understanding of the product and feel more comfortable when they buy. An author who makes some fantastic showcases of his GraphicRiver items is ArtBees.

5) Video tutorials:

Video tutorials are awesome. Having a video tutorial to accompany your item gives customers another option in addition to your well-written, easy to find help guide. Buyers will appreciate the added effort and it speaks volumes about your dedication to the product. The added bonus? It will reduce support requests! An author who makes excellent use of video tutorials is Crozer.

Many of our Marketplace authors have realized that buyer experience is an important aspect of marketing their products and are reaping the rewards. When we improve the buyers experience, purchasing becomes easier and more enjoyable for those who might otherwise walk away.

A big thanks to PatrikL and sevenspark for helping me with this post.


This Week’s Featured Authors

Posted: 06 Mar 2012 01:33 PM PST

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

breathingFeatured ActiveDen Author: breathing

This week’s featured author is breathing, who has 10 items, including the newest from the Animated Objects category.
View breathing’s Portfolio

SaReGaMaFeatured AudioJungle Author: SaReGaMa

This week’s featured author is SaReGaMa, who has 80 items, including the newest from the Transitions & Movement category.
View SaReGaMa’s Portfolio

louisdesignFeatured ThemeForest Author: louisdesign

This week’s featured author is louisdesign, who has 5 items, including the newest from the Creative category.
View louisdesign’s Portfolio

andrenavarreFeatured VideoHive Author: andrenavarre

This week’s featured author is andrenavarre, who has 12 items, including the newest from the Cartoons category.
View andrenavarre’s Portfolio

room122Featured GraphicRiver Author: room122

This week’s featured author is room122, who has 23 items, including the newest from the Fashion category.
View room122′s Portfolio

stef3dFeatured 3DOcean Author: stef3d

This week’s featured author is stef3d, who has 10 items, including the newest from the Lamps category.
View stef3d’s Portfolio

smugl3rFeatured CodeCanyon Author: smugl3r

This week’s featured author is smugl3r, who has 13 items, including the newest from the Games category.
View smugl3r’s Portfolio

loungekatFeatured Tutorials Author: loungekat

This week’s featured author is loungekat, who has 3 items, including the newest from the Icon Design category.
View loungekat’s Portfolio

LakhesisFeatured PhotoDune Author: Lakhesis

This week’s featured author is Lakhesis, who has 1325 items.
View Lakhesis’ Portfolio


5 Tips on How to Get Approved on ThemeForest

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 10:16 PM PST

Thumbs Up by Brett Davies

If it's the first time you are making a theme for ThemeForest it might be difficult to get approved, but it's not impossible. The standards are really high these days, but if you really want to get approved you will.

Because getting approved on ThemeForest might be a bit hard, today I'm going to give you five tips on how to get approved. This article has been wrote with ThemeForest in mind, but some of this advices are also applicable to other marketplaces.

1. Value Feedback

In most of the cases the items are rejected because of their design. When it comes to design, opinions can be very subjective, but make sure you always listen to what the reviewers have to say. Even if you don't agree with the reviewer, I guarantee you that your theme will end up thousands of times better.

2. Be Presistent

Be persistent and never give up. Many authors spend months until they get their items approved. One time, I spent a whole month trying to get my theme approved. And it got approved! It might be a bit difficult, but it worths the effort.

3. Wait

Wait for the perfect time to submit your item. Don't submit your item in a rush. Take some time and review the item before submitting. I'm sure you will find some errors, that can make the difference between approval and rejection.

4. Find a Work Partner

Your item has been rejected because of the design? You aren't a designer? Find a work partner! I did, and I'm extremely happy. Now I can focus on coding, while my partner takes care of the design. You will increase the chances of being approved and receive some important feedback from your partner.

5. Understand the Market

Understand what the market is looking for and create awesome products. Don't create something that already exists, because it's more likely to be rejected.

I guess the most important tip is to never give up. Remember that most of the authors got rejected at their first try.

Good luck!


More Booty Claimed – Most Wanted GraphicRiver Authors Have Been Found

Posted: 05 Mar 2012 05:52 PM PST

$2,000 was up for grabs when we were hunting for the first forty GraphicRiver authors to upload corporate flyers. Weeks of hard work and hunting have gone by, and Scott Wills has now revealed the identities of these most-wanted authors. Read on for the details!

artnook won $50 for submitting the following item

Corporate Flyer Templates:

bagera won $50 for submitting the following item

innovation Corporate PSD Flyer Template:

beatlover won $150 for submitting the following three items

Car Insurance Corporate Flyer:

Lawyer Office Flyer / Corporate Flyer:

Health Insurance Flyer Template:

Altaf_ajju won $50 for submitting the following item

Advocate / Corporate Flyer:

CodeID won $50 for submitting the following item

Clean Corporate Flyer / Magazine Ad:

cooledition won $100 for submitting the following two items

Modern Corporate Business Flyer 2:

We Are Corporate Business Flyer:

cruzine won $100 for submitting the following two items

Corporate Business Flyer – Medial Agency:

Corporate Business Flyer – Nature Products:

deiby won $150 for submitting the following three items

Green Corporate Flyer Template:

Corporate Technology Flyer Template:

Company Info Flyer Template:

genetic96 won $50 for submitting the following item

Corporate Flyer’s Vol. 1:

getstronghold won $50 for submitting the following item

Legacy Corporate Flyer Template:

glenngoh won $150 for submitting the following three items

Business Corporate Flyer:

Clean Corporate Flyer:

Travel Corporate Flyer:

iZZymedia won $50 for submitting the following item

Minimal Corporate Flyer Template:

jacobboodrie won $50 for submitting the following item

2x A4 Corporate Flyer Template:

kinzi21 won $150 for submitting the following three items

General Purpose Corporate Flyer – Vol. 01:

General Purpose Corporate Flyer Vol. 02:

General Purpose Corporate Flyer Vol. 03:

kleonz won $50 for submitting the following item

General Purpose Corporate Flyer Vol. 03:

mikekondrat won $50 for submitting the following item

SEO Company Corporate Flyer:

mrcharlesbrown won $50 for submitting the following item

CB Corporate Flyer V2:

quickandeasy won $150 for submitting the following three items

Corporate / Business PSD Flyer Template:

Corporate Product / Service PSD Flyer Template:

Corporate / Business PSD Flyer Template Vol. 2:

saltshaker911 won $50 for submitting the following item

Corporate Real Estate Flyer:

salutovidiu won $50 for submitting the following item

Business Flyer V1:

saptarang won $100 for submitting the following two items

Luxury Sweet Homes Corporate Flyer Set:

Business Solution Corporate Flyer Template:

squizmo won $50 for submitting the following item

Modern Corporate Business Flyer:

Todik won $100 for submitting the following two items

Most Wanted Corporate Flyer Template:

Time Corporate Business Flyer Template:

Tamauro won $100 for submitting the following two items

Strata Corporate Flyer:

Tri-Tech Corporate Flyer:

vnz75 won $50 for submitting the following item

Real Estate Corporate Flaer:


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