Josh Lehman: ‘Stop Using the Cup of Coffee vs. $0.99 App Analogy’

Josh Lehman:

When you walk up to the counter of your local coffee shop you are not asked, β€œwould you like a cup of our free coffee, or would you like to select from our paid options?”. If Starbucks gave out free coffee every day there would be mile-long lines at the drive thru. If the free coffee was anywhere close to as good as their paid stuff people would abandon the paid en masse. Some would pay maybe because they felt bad, as a freeloader. Others would pay because they preferred the options available to them in the paid column vs. the free. Now imagine the free selection at starbucks was nearly as large, or larger, than the paid selection: Welcome to the App Store.

(Thanks to Joe Clark.)

β˜… Monday, 20 August 2012

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