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    Questions To Hosts...

    I'm pondering a few ideas - and i have a question to ask the hosts of WHT.

    When you launched your company or wrote your business plan, did you select a target market, such as "automobile sites" to host? If you did, what did you choose and why?

    Thanks,
    Darren

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    anyone?

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    I had played with the idea of a very narrow-focused niche such as what you suggested. But after some research and looking at the startup costs, I found it would be a bit too hard to make a profit for quite a while. While finding a niche and marketing towards that is an excellent idea, just be careful you don't get TOO focused and put yourself in a bind due to lack of new signups all the time.

    So study the need in your respective market, see how much of a demand there is for a targeted hosting company, then try to project how many will actually use you rather than someone else, and see what you come up with.

    I'm still working on an idea of a spinoff company to market a small group for hosting and design.. but I am waiting until my main company is stable and I'm making enough money to cover the spinoff as well, so I can see what it may take me.

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    Gotcha - i'm pondering one as well

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    Re: Questions To Hosts...

    Originally posted by dherman76
    When you launched your company or wrote your business plan, did you select a target market
    Yes. Folks with websites. ;-)

    Gary

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    cute answer wanna be more specific?

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    No, we're really just after folks who have websites. Oh, and folks who are thinking of having a website.

    In my spare time, I must admit that I specialise in taking forum posts off topic though. Please forgive me.

    Gary

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    gary,

    wow! you are really good at it too, can you teach me how? =]
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    It will cost you...

    Gary

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    back to 'on topic' ...

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    Finding the effective niche market is the one million dollar question. I doubt many hosts will share this information with you.

    But good luck nonetheless.

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    What more are you offering?

    It comes down to a matter of industry knowledge, IMHO. If you know something about a specific niche and can provide a solution that "many" in that industry can use, then you might want to consider focusing on them.

    But my question to you is, are you going to offer them more than just "hosting?" Are you going to offer customized applications or services to automate or systematize their business to work with others in their industry?

    If it's just hosting, then why specialize?

    If you are going after local bands, realtors, auto dealerships, schools, manufacturers, etc. and offer them something to make their life easier, increase their exposure or decrease costs, then you have a reason to target. And if you can convince a few of them that your way is better, then it becomes easier to build traction.

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