So, I was checking out @neiled’s http://www.simplymeetings.com/ site and noticed he has the Mixpanel badge on the bottom. If you’re not familiar, Mixpanel will give you 175,000 data points (tracked events) for adding this badge to your homepage. You already have to be a subscriber though for $150/month min which gets you 500,000.
So, it seems like a rather small upside for the downside of putting an ad on your site. Obviously, Dropbox used this same technique to huge success, however, they’re B2C and it’s sharing amongst friends which is a little different than a general ad on your homepage for another product/service.
So, is free just so powerful that people will do nearly anything for free stuff? Those who’ve placed this badge why did you do it? Have people seen other programs like this that seemed to work well?
For instance, New Relic gives you a tshirt for signing up for a trial. I wear mine all the time though I never became a customer. Does this work beyond clothing people? Thoughts? Data?