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  Post #31 (permalink)   11-01-2013, 08:58 AM
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I have just yesterday started to offer new signups the first month for $0.01. But after reading this thread am not so sure its a good idea, didn't even think of the paypal fee's. It is hard to get customers as a new host, even if you are genuine and not overselling, theres no way of proving this apart from having client's that can prove it.
 
 
 


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  Post #32 (permalink)   11-01-2013, 09:02 AM
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I have just yesterday started to offer new signups the first month for $0.01. But after reading this thread am not so sure its a good idea, didn't even think of the paypal fee's. It is hard to get customers as a new host, even if you are genuine and not overselling, theres no way of proving this apart from having client's that can prove it.
gave you tried putting a couple discounted plans on ebay, just to start you off with clients
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Offering 1st month discount is a great way to attract new clients but you have to monitor these accounts more closely. Most will continue with hosting but only afew will jump ship after the first month. I have even seen resellerhosting trials. All good for business
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  Post #34 (permalink)   11-18-2013, 03:19 AM
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Service is the best way to grow a small business and try to reduce customer churn.
 
 
 


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  Post #35 (permalink)   12-21-2013, 08:04 AM
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Not good idea at all!! You are going to atract fraud clients!
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  Post #36 (permalink)   01-05-2014, 01:36 PM
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I never liked hosts which offer $1 hosting packages. I mean c'mon, something is just not right.
 
 
 


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I personally believe in the method of having a good reasoning about your prices - normal and discounted ones. The employees should be trained and experience the company culture every day so they can defend this company willingly. Knowing your products and their value is a cornerstone to find the right approach for each person.
 
 


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  Post #38 (permalink)   01-23-2014, 04:22 PM
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I personally believe in the method of having a good reasoning about your prices - normal and discounted ones. The employees should be trained and experience the company culture every day so they can defend this company willingly. Knowing your products and their value is a cornerstone to find the right approach for each person.
+1 for that!
Never neglect the sales trainings and a vital part of those is discussing different "tricky" questions the customers may ask them. Especially about pricing! Its never good risking your sales employee to respond to such with a half-thought response like "well, those are our prices - take it or leave it". Good preparation starts from the core
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  Post #39 (permalink)   01-24-2014, 03:12 AM
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@jodihost. We came to the conclusion others have. It cannot be free the first month, otherwise there is no payment involved, and in the checkout process, no payment means no fraud check, means possible fraudster, means bad business.

I realise you were just pointing out other hosts offer this, but I'm just explaining our theory.

We've run First Quarter for the price of 1 month etc, before and found that to work quite well.
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The problem is that people looking for free or 1 cent hosting usually aren't going to convert into paying customers later on. That's why I'm wary of offering any trial services, unless a client specifically requests it.
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We actually considered doing this before, however the conclusion was that there was just too much potential for spammers to enter the network. Moreover, there is a high chance that in the subsequent month, the client would simply cancel his account and this would have simply risked the quality of our network for other existing clients for no purpose at all.
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I seen allot of hosts do that and their out term was always spam, spam, and spam. For me i did it for dedicated servers, but i blocked SMPT for the first month for verification issues. It was pretty successful. Spammers are so eager though that i did have customer wait couple months to spam.
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I firmly believe that customers nowadays, the real ones, do not look for cheap hosting packages, they just need a solid home to found their ventures online. Instead of lowering the monthly hosting price tags, which may sometimes seem rather odd, try offering better, more solid web hosting products to your clients who will turn into loyal customers in the future, think long term and work on uptime.

If you sell a hosting shared hosting product for twenty dollars a month but works like a charm for companies, many of them spending thousands on their monthly advertising campaigns, you will manage to establish a brand, or a solid memorable name among them, and they will spread the word about your business soon. Offering hosting for cents is like shouting to everyone not to buy services.
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1cent hosting was a older promo by Host gator.
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All serious players know good hosting cannot be free by definition. Customers do not seek low prices, they seek stability and good service and are ready to pay a considerable price for this. They understand you should also have profit, so choosing the right price (sufficient to pay your expenses yet not too high, affordable for your clients) is the key.

Would you buy a log of bread for 1 cent? I would not...
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