Moving from hunch-based to data-driven decisions
The “monetization” plan for Healthica is two-fold: targeted advertising and premium client services. This post describes the initial vision for market analytics — a service which will only be available to premium clients.
It seems certain that sellers, in particular, are going to want to know what sectors (and more specifically, items), are in demand. As an example, in our own testbed project MRICTPETPARTS.COM, we track every parts request we receive. When we consider buying a single part (or a group), we can pull results on each SKU, and we consider the demand for the part, average quoted and sales prices, and how the “Cost of Goods Sold” (COGS). This is how we evaluate every purchase we make.
The plan is for Healthica to supply the relevant part of this sort of analysis to our premium clients on demand. We can report the most popular requests in any category, track this over time, and show you (in charts as well as tables) what the market is asking for in any sector, and over any timeframe.
It's important to point out, again, that we do not provide any sort of user tracking. Have a look at the backend table for metadata.
What you don't see there is any provision for user tracking. There are two reasons for this:
For the first version, we are going to focus on statistical marketplace trends as discussed above. In a somewhat related effort, we are also going to track “likes” for both healthica pages — useful to help us understand what's working for the audience, and parts records — to show what's considered helpful. These statistics will be published on the areas > trending page for all users to see.
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