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July 14th, 2009

10:23 am - Tokyo in Tulsa roundup

Net connection at home still down. Tech scheduled to come by Wednesday, provided it doesn't spontaneously fix itself by then. Naturally, it happened right after I'd written out a giant To-Do list which mostly contained stuff I needed a net connection to do.

Overall report on Tokyo in Tulsa: sloooooooooooooooow. cut for longer reportCollapse )

11:24 am - Breaking News: Cats Manipulate Humans

In other news, water is wet and the Pope is Catholic. Cats have special purr they use to manipulate humans.

Growing up, at dinner my cat Dakota would, if she smelled something she wanted, jump onto the empty chair next to me, look at the table, and start to purr.

If she felt we hadn't noticed her, she'd purr louder.

12:17 pm - Hmmm...

The comments for the Get Rich Slowly post on the spending habits of the average American are, naturally, full of people appalled at the $118 figure for books that the stats have, plus people who explain that they're avid readers and yet spend very little on books because of libraries, ILL, used bookstores, trading books, etc.

So far, there's only one person being snarky about those who read a lot, but I've seen other blogs and other comments where other commenters get extremely snarky about people who don't use the library for most or all of their reading, and who spend large amounts of money on books.

That sparked a thought - while I'm not entirely sure where the hatred in the posts I remember comes from (surely book-buyers haven't killed their dogs?) - I do have to wonder: do they think one book is much like another? In other words: do they think that they will always be able to find what they want at the library? Do they not have particular tastes in books? How do they think publishers decide what will be published? Are they OK with best-sellers being the primary form of books available, and small-press books shouldn't be available if they can't somehow find enough market share to publish?

I'm not being especially coherent about this, because I haven't worked out the thoughts fully and I'm starving, as it's lunchtime. :D I thought I'd open it for comment, in order to work out better what I think.

12:50 pm

Just testing the crossposting footer on LJ. I should really go eat something, shouldn't I?

Crossposted to my Dreamwidth account at http://telophase.dreamwidth.org/1556734.html. You can comment here or there.

02:29 pm

Today's lunch reading (and probably tonight's reading as well, if my net access is still out) is Paco Underhill's* Why We Buy,

Just opening the book and reading random pages gave me ideas about artist alley tables - there's a section where he talks about how people don't like to bend over to get items from shelves, which illustrates why I think so many AA people are now getting elaborate setups at their tables which raise their products to eye level, and there's also info about how people don't like what he calls the butt-brush: if the display is in an area where people are jostled or bumped, they'll shorten their browsing and buying time.

Which made me think ... what about if I created a questionnaire/survey sheet/whatever to be filled out at AAs by various people? If you're an AA artist would you be willing, for a free look at the data generated, to fill out forms that ask you to do things like make tick marks for the number of people who browse at your table, and then for the number of people who buy things? And whatever other quantitative data I can come up with? I can't do a thing about qualitative data, like how good your art is or whether you've hit the sweet spot for series to draw fanart of, and so on, but I think there's good info to be found in the quantitative range, like how much sells in the $1-3 price range versus how much sells in the $8-10 range, etc. All identifying info would be removed, obviously, and I wouldn't ask things like how much profit you made. (I see perhaps, eventually, crunching the numbers and putting it into a PDF that I could sell for download at $1-2/pop to cover bandwidth etc., but all participants would get free versions and would have access to the anonymized data.)

Not sure if I'd get off my duff and do the forms, but it's a possible project. The more buy-in I get, the more I'd be likely to do it. :D Thoughts? I am VERY MUCH not a statistician or professional marketing analyst, just have a bit of background in anthropological and sociological fieldwork, but I think some broad conclusions might be able to be made.


* He's not a hobbit, but a marketing anthropologist. :D

Crossposted to my Dreamwidth account at http://telophase.dreamwidth.org/1556821.html. You can comment here or there.
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