2011 proved to be one of the most successful years in the history of Agriya. We know many companies make claims about having the best year ever but in our case we really mean it and have the success stories to back it up! We have added thousands of new customers over the last 12 months so we thought we’d start 2012 by taking a look back at where we’ve come from.
We kicked off the year with the launch of Nabit, a Yoink clone script where you can run an environmentally aware classified ads website with the unique selling point of everything is free. There are no transactions, it’s all about encouraging people to recycle or take advantage of things people no longer need.
There was also a problem with PayPal that stopped many websites in their tracks that were trying to build a fixed price jobs portal and after our open letter to PayPal things got moving again and they removed the restrictions. We’re very happy that we could make PayPal see sense on this matter.
In February we launched the niche classified ads script, Exposure. This product lets you run a classified ads type website focused on a single industry, for example wedding photographers, dentists, dog groomers, chimney sweepers or anything else for that matter. Exposure makes you money because you have a laser targeted focus and local businesses are willing to pay you money to be visible to such targeted visitors.
An entire industry has been built around providing entertainment to people after the sun goes down and Nocturnal is the portal software a nightlife company needs to help grown their business. With built in tools for venue and event management, fantastic social networking tools as well as the option for photos, videos and blogs, Nocturnal can become the destination website for all the nightlife and entertainment options for your city, state or even country. One website that has taken full advantage of Nocturnal is Cayman Islands website Party Surfers who rely on Nocturnal to drive their events and business.
March also saw the beta release of our new project incubation website. Named FundProjectsWith.me it was the first website dedicated to helping people fund web based projects and share in the profits. The concept has proven to be so popular that late last year we integrated the website in to our main Customers Site and can be found at Agriya Ideas.
The fourth product of the year that we launched was CoupReseller and is designed to capitalize on the massive coupons and group buying markets. Inspired by sites like Lifesta, CoupReseller is a Lifesta clone script which lets people sell their unwanted coupons. Some surveys have suggested that as much as 20% of group deals purchased by people go unused because they forget about them or have to go somewhere urgently which is a huge percentage of unused deals which people could sell on your website.
Continuing to help people capitalize on the group buying, daily deal and coupon mania, we launched Couponator, the software that will literally terminate the coupon competition. This site is designed to run on autopilot where users can upload, search, rate and view coupons for any online website you can think of. Working a lot like a RetailMeNot clone, it can automatically feed coupons from affiliate networks like Commission Junction and others to grow your site automatically and let you earn commissions when people make a purchase after clicking on the coupon code.
The product launches kept on rolling with the announcement of Burrow, the first Airbnb clone script on the market. With the rise of person to person networks and social networking breaking down the trust barriers, Burrow lets you take it to a whole new level by allowing people to rent out their spare rooms, apartments, treehouses or even an airbed on the living room floor. This disruptive concept has raised Airbnb over $150m in funding and spawned a number of clones around the world. Burrow is also flexible enough to allow people to rent out anything from office space, car, car parking, power tools or anything else you can think of.
After 6 straight months of product launches we gave the team a breather to focus on updating the software with all the customer feedback as well as move over to a new support desk integrated in our newly launched customers area.
We got back in to the swing of things with the launch of BuySell in August. BuySell is an Etsy clone script where you create a platform where merchants can create mini shops to sell their products. You provide the infrastructure and promotion, the merchants supply the products. It’s perfect if you have ever wanted to create an ecommerce website but don’t have the storage space or can’t afford the wholesale costs to bulk buy products.
Smartphone usage has exploded in the last couple of years and Agriya were once again ahead of the curve with the launch and successful acceptance of our GroupDeal apps in to the Apple iTunes store and the Android Marketplace. Getting apps accepted is a long process and they have to be QA’ed by several independent people before they are accepted. Being accepted and listed in these marketplaces means Agriya has met the highest levels of quality and can compete with any other software company on a global stage.
What happens when you mix social networks with group buying with speed dating? A GrubWithUs clone script that’s ready to knock the socks off anyone who sees it. GroupWithUs allows you to run a website where you can organize dinner events in various restaurants in the city, arrange a discount based on bulk buying principles, have people pay upfront and then let chaos ensue – or hopefully just the good times. Group dining where you can meet new people who share your interests is a great way to make new friends if you are new to a city without the stigma of speed dating. This concept is still very new and ripe for the taking.
October marked the end of our product launch bonanza as we looked to consolidate and improve on the product range we already had. One great opportunity that happened was our joint venture with a web development company in Japan to offer all our products and services to the Japanese market. Our partner in Japan has been hard at work translating all the scripts to create http://www.agriya.jp which opens up Agriya to a whole new market and brings exciting opportunities for travel.
Continuing our new found taste for the orient, we won our first customer from mainland China (we have already been serving multiple companies in Hong Kong) and the project flourished in to a full blown partnership with Agriya sending over a delegation of programmers and senior managers to Beijing to discuss working together on more projects in the future. We’re looking to establish an Agriya brand in China with all our products translated in to Chinese a lot like our recently established Japanese partnership.
Agriya are no strangers to sending our employees out to work onsite and in December we signed our second contract with a Dubai based company to have several programmers and a designer work onsite for the new few months. We’re really excited about what the new onsite projects can deliver and have asked all our 200 staff to apply for passports in the expectation that we’ll be getting a lot more projects like this in the future.
There is an old saying that’s often rolled out whenever something goes wrong or doesn’t happen in the way you want it to. It goes a little something like this:
Failure to plan is planning to fail
When it comes to building your online business using one of Agriya’s clone scripts like our Etsy clone or Airbnb clone then not having a clear plan of action, or a business plan, is just the same as planning to fail. Can you think of any other business in the world where you can just ‘wing it’ and see how it goes? We can’t!
The beauty of the Internet is that it is such a controlled environment compared to a bricks and mortar business. You can buy visitors to your website and calculate the conversion, you can change the entire layout of your website and track the impact it has, you can network directly with tens of thousands of potential customers, you can contact your past customers at a click of a button and so much more.
However, don’t mistake this opportunity as being the easy path to success, your online business needs as much planning and thought as any regular offline business. Before you even buy one of Agriya’s scripts you should have a business plan in place and know exactly what you are going to do and when.
So without further ado, here are Agriya’s 4 top steps to success when you use one of our products.
Do Your Market Research
Agriya has been telling our customers to focus on niches since day one. Every website started out focusing on a niche and grew from there, you’ll never be able to stock the range of products Amazon do from day one, so don’t even think about becoming the next Amazon, instead, find a specific type of product to sell and become the go to online shop for it.
If you are planning to use our Groupon clone script then you need to mix it up with some offline research. If you don’t already have good connections with local business owners then it’s time to step outside and start knocking on business doors. Find out what their needs are, find out if they have used coupon sites before, what were the positives, what were the negatives, how can you build something that creates a win-win for everyone?
Doing research online is about judging consumer demand. Use Google’s Keyword Tool to judge interest in your niche by seeing how many searches are being done each month, then check out forums and blogs to find what people are discussing, what problems are they facing, how will your new website overcome these problems?
Have A Business Plan
Saying you need a business plan is all very well but if you’ve never written one before then you need to research how to write one. It’s not that you will be submitting it the banks to get a business loan, but it’s important to get the plan on paper so that there are no surprises or you are not sat infront of the computer one day wondering what to do.
Your business plan needs to comprise the results of your market research along with how you plan to actually make money. You need to do competition analysis to see who you will be competing against and find out what they do well and what they do badly.
A business plan will also try to estimate the cash flow in to out and of your business. A brand new website with no prior community to back it up is going to take several months to be generating a good income so ensure that you have the time, money and determination to keep growing the business, even if it’s not making anything to begin with.
Have A Unique Selling Point
By the time you have completed your market research and business plan you should have a good idea of what your visitors are looking for and where your competitors are failing. This is where you come up with your unique selling point to differentiate your business from everyone else.
Woot do a great job of building a USP in the daily deals industry because their website is fun, quirky and they have a particular way of writing to make their deals sound irrevent and awesome at the same time. From their constant engagement with their customers they have built up such a loyal following that even their “mystery boxes” achieve millions of dollars of sales – and the customers don’t even know what they are buying!
A USP can be anything from targeting a certain niche to out of this world customer service to awesome social media engagement to content marketing. SEOMoz are an SEO software company but their USP is the fantastic content they add to their blog for free everyday that keeps people coming back for more.
Focus, Commitment, Determination
Building your online business is going to take time and determination, whether it’s speaking to people in the real world or trying to drive traffic to your website through various Internet marketing efforts. If you have the funds (which should have been identified in the business plan) you can outsource a lot of the work or hire someone to do it for you, other wise you will need to invest your own time in to making your website success.
The key to building a successful online business using one of Agriya’s products is consistency. Nothing will happen without your involvement so ensure that every day you are doing something that is growing your busines, whether it is networking, content writing, SEO, seeking out new opportunities, talking to business owners or something else. If you can spare at least an hour a day to build up your website then you will achieve success in the long term.
If you want help, advice and consultation on how to build a successful online business using one of Agriya’s clone scripts please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to assist you. If you’ve got any other suggestions on how to make your online business succeed then add them in the comments below!
At Agriya we love to hear about the success stories from our clients, whether it’s winning a start up of the year award like Cinkue or launching a new group deal site with over 1,400 customers on the first day like MySuperDeal, we want to shout to the world about our clients achievements.
Launched back in May, the owners put hundreds, if not thousands of hours in to promoting the site and making it the second most popular micro-jobs platform after Fiverr itself. To back up all their hard work, Zeerk.com needed to run on a stable platform that was scalable and reliable enough to grow at the incredible rate they experience – probably why Agriya’s software, which is built on the proven Cake PHP framework, was the only ready made piece of software up to the job!
Fast forward several months and the hard work of the owners had paid off and they had built a site with a huge amount of value, so valuable in fact that they were able to sell it recently on Flippa for an incredible $60,000! By our reckoning, we worked it out to be a 3,000% return on investment in just a few months – not a bad return at all!
But it’s not just Zeerk.com who have seen some great success, another site which uses Agriya’s powerful software, GigBucks.com was also sold on Flippa for over $5,500.
Naturally this kind of success doesn’t come easy and the amount of time and effort both owners had to put in to build up and promote the site is all a factor in the final selling value but it goes to show how much money you can generate in such a short space of time.
Agriya congratulates the owners of both sites and hopes that our other clients can enjoy similar levels of success. We’d love to hear about your success stories from using Agriya’s software, please get in touch with us if you want us to showcase your site.
Everyone wants to expand their business rapidly, and most people look for the right person for a partner. They can provide you with all the effective marketing tools you need to succeed in business, as well as proven effective solutions to drive more sales in order to increase the overall profitability of your business.
Remember choosing a business partner is not an easy task. If you select the wrong one, you can be sure your business is not going to go the way you want it to. You should find a partner who complements your strengths; this will allow you to deliver amazing results.
Here are some benefits that you can gain from a right partnership.
• Sharing responsibilities: Two for one
“Two halves can make more than a whole”. By sharing job responsibilities, you can maintain quality and prevent errors. There is a simple strategy; two people know more than one so it is sure to double your creative skills, experience, contacts etc while working together. There is also a possibility to increase commitment and loyalty.
• Sharing capital:
If you share financial commitments with business partners, rate of investment and profit will be increased simultaneously and burden will decrease.
• Partners can work on specific things that each of them specializes in. One partner might be good at marketing work, while another is better at bookkeeping. Responsibility is well shared when looked at this way.
• Partnerships give better administration systems than sole traders.
• It provides moral support.
There are also some disadvantages of having business partner:
• What happens when your partner may quit or die? You’re stuck.
• There are chances of unequal commitment in terms of finance and time.
• You cannot transfer your share to outsiders, without the permission of other the partner. This will create an inconvenience for partner who wants to sell part of his share to others.
• There may also be personal disputes while working together.
Here are some thing you could consider while looking for your partner:
• Choose a partner who can offer resources and credibility
• Look for a partner without various personal problems.
• Select partners who are practicing good business ethics.
• Find a partner who is financially stable.
Make sure you make the right choice, and double your chance of success.
“Team work divides a task and doubles the success”
Coming together, sharing together, working together and succeeding together are what team work is all about. The essence of this statement is that success can be achieved as a team, when everybody on the team works towards it. Team work is a new concept that is being adopted by many companies to achieve their target quickly.
An organization can consist of different teams like top management team, focused task team, products/ services development team, product launch team, quality improvement team, and so on. However not all teams are successful because of fuzzy vision, lack of leadership skills, discouraging culture, lack of initiatives, poor vertical communication, poor idea and knowledge management, and so on.
Here are some effective team building ideas you can implement to manage a team effectively:
1. Make sure that the team’s goals are very clear and understood by each member of your team. Apart from this, team members have to know their roles and responsibilities to achieve targets on time.
2. Be active, not dormant. Each member is responsible for the team’s success. Try to learn the latest technology and see how you can implement it in your project, ask your team members questions, provide feedbacks and information, interact and discuss with others and so on.
3. Share your ideas and your experience, and make sure you complete designated jobs on time.
4. Use effective communication channels between one another. Emails, viral communication, group meetings and so on will enable team members of the group to work together and achieve the team’s purpose and goals.
5. Listen other people’s opinions.
6. Try to be patient. If any problems occur while working, use that as an opportunity to learn and try to overcome the problem rather than blaming others.
7. Treat others with respect, and support their ideas.
8. Keep timelines in mind while working on the project.
9. As a team leader you have to encourage creative thinking and reward your team mates for any innovative ideas they come up with.
10. Conduct training programs like knowledge improvement, personality development and leadership quality improvement, and offer recreation programs on a regular basis, to keep team members active and fresh at all times.
Benefits of teamwork:
1. Team members may come from different areas such as marketing, design, service, purchasing and so on. So more ideas and more creative solutions can be created, leading to better results.
2. Ultimate goals can be achieved faster.
3. Workload can be distributed.
4. Deliver extraordinary results using a wide range of skills.
5. Self confidence can be created.
Remember there is no ‘I’ in teamwork. Understand how it really works, and realize all its benefits, to be able to give it your best.
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