Early stage innovators often gravitate to horizontal solutions. This can drag down their pricing power as they end up pricing to the lowest common denominator. Build value and pricing power by delivering a business solution to a targeted segment (a real segment gets value in the same way and buys in the same way).
The freemium revenue model is the go-to-market strategy for many web-based software solutions. Unfortunately, it can turn into a costly trap for the service provider. We saw this happen in June of this year with the Photobucket freemium to fee-based service migration debacle. Let's delve into what went wrong with Photobucket's fee introduction and contrast this with the lessons to be learned from Meetup's successful migration to a paid subscription model.