Most of my ideas/projects/inventions/companies (whatever you want to call them) come from a place of wanting to solve a problem, counter something I think is wrong, address an annoyance or pet peeve I have, or stick it to “the man” or the way things are “suppose to be.” Sometimes, they’re just for fun. But, I would have to consider it the former in this case.
There are many, many digital marketplaces. But, they all have one thing in common: they’re all niche. While I love niche sites as much as the next person, and these sites won’t ever be going away and will always hold value, there’s no complete digital marketplace. Somewhere you can buy any kind of digital product. What Amazon is to tangible products, I hope Ideamark will become to digital products.
My more serious projects often have a carefully considered philosophy, even manifesto, and I think that’s true here:
“The aim of Ideamark is to become the truly complete, neutral, and democratized digital marketplace for all creative ideas. There are a lot of niche digital marketplaces that cater to very specific types of digital products, but none that allow buyers and sellers to find and sell any kind of digital product.“
And I truly mean that… of course, that is, as long as it’s legal in the United States. ;)
While we’d no doubt allow big studio, commercial products too, it’s much more about the independent creator, the musician, video game maker, etc. that just wants to sell their creations direct without too many others taking a slice of the pie.
In no way meant to disparage the following services, especially because I happily use most of them, I just want to give you an idea of the current fragmentation in digital marketplaces:
- Amazon for TV and Movies
- iTunes for Music
- Apple Store for Phone Apps
- Steam for Video Games
- MyFonts for Fonts
- Mojo, ThemeForest, and Creative Market for Themes
- iStock for Stock Photos
These kinds of services have very strict review processes, with a lot of subjective criteria, censorship, licensing contingencies, and they usually take a cut of every single sale you make (often 50%). Of course, in return you get pretty massive exposure. That’s usually the only reason creators use these services, otherwise I’m sure most would opt just to sell direct themselves.
Ideamark gives creators just the good stuff, without all the nasty compromises. And for buyers, it creates a new precedent for discovery, considering that they can find any kind of digital product in one place, not just highly specific items:
- Stock Photos
- Sounds Effects
- Movies Scripts
- Web Designers
- Graphic Designers
I think Other will become the most important category because there are kinds of digital products I surely didn’t think of or that others will come up with that were never considered viable products before nor had anywhere in which they could be promoted because there was no marketplace for it.
Currently, pricing is set up like so for the following listing types:
- Product Listing: One-time $10 Fee for a Lifetime Listing (no other fees ever)
- Service Listing: Free Lifetime Listing
- Gig Listing: List a Gig for 30 Days for $30
So, if you’re struggling in your industry or with other marketplaces or if you just want another place to promote your stuff…