August 2011 ASPects issue is Online
Our ASPects newsletter is sent to all ASP members each month, and every back issue is available for searching and downloading on the ASP members’ website; there are now over 3500 pages of news, technical articles, how-to’s, marketing, and much more in the archive.
Once each year, we publish a public issue. This year, it’s the August issue. Download it and see why you should be a member of the Association of Software Professionals.
The NEW Software Industry Conference: ISVCon
by Sue Pichotta
ASP Conference Manager With new owners, a new nickname, a new location, a new venue, and even a new website, the Software Industry Conference is being reborn!
ASP buys SIC
The Association of Software Professionals is proud to announce that it has purchased the rights to the Software Industry Conference (SIC), which took place every summer from 1991-2010. SIC has been an event where you could learn more about software marketing and other business of software issues, meet with other ISVs, and get a chance to talk to some of the businesses serving the ISV community. The ASP is honored to be able to continue making this worthwhile conference available to our industry, and give it a reboot with some new ideas… (page 1)
Trade Show Calendar
Don Waterfield appointed as Webmaster (page 3)
by Joel Diamond
An entire software industry flourishes now that has been built on top of the ASP specification of PAD. The Portable Application Distribution
changed the way the software authors and distribution sites publish product information. Before PAD, authors provided descriptions to web sites one-by-one, dealing with unique description requirements and agreements for each distribution opportunity. But software has radically changed, the methods of distribution have changed, and the needs of sites who have built their business on the PAD platform have changed.
I will use my recent appointment as PAD Chair to assist the ASP in strategically leading the efforts to update, enhance, and expand the current PAD platform… (page 4)
Beyond this Point, There be Technobabble
or: How to Write for Today’s PC Users
by Jerry Stern
Many years ago, a friend was grumbling about the things we did to configure our computers. It was mostly downloading programs that could do things with types of files that were newer than what the operating system knew about–this was in 1981, by the way, and the computers were not IBM compatible. Nothing has changed….
So, software developers, there you have the typical home user of computers, and quite a lot of business users, too. If you’re writing software for a non-expert, there are a few things you have to keep in mind when you put messages on a screen, in the help file, or on a web page… (page 5)
Optimizing Your Purchase Page (Basics)
by Jiri Novotny
Your mISV website has three main goals:
1. Attract visitors.
2. Get them to download your software.
3. Get them to purchase your software.
All these steps are vital; however, I would argue that the purchasing page is the most important part of your website… (page 8 )
3 Easy Ways to Use Twitter
by Gianfranco Berardi
You’ve joined the party! You’ve heard that Twitter is a free and easy way to promote your business, and so you’ve signed up for a Twitter account to promote your business, added a profile picture and a bio, and followed a number of interesting people. You even have people following you back. Now what?
Of course, you only have so much time in a day. Like any communications medium, Twitter could easily become a waste of time if you’re not careful. What follows are three easy ways to use Twitter to improve your business, increase your networking opportunities, and interact with your customers… (page 9)
Software Marketing and Website Artwork
by Al Harberg
There are a lot of theories about the effectiveness of photos, drawings, and other illustrations on software developers’ web sites. For example, some microISVs believe that including stock photographs is a great idea, while others believe that including these pictures would hurt their software marketing efforts.
I’d like to discuss some of the ideas of David Ogilvy, a giant in the field of advertising… (page 11)
ASP Member News
Erik M. Pelton & Associates Reaches 1,500th U.S. Trademark
Plimus Survey: More ‘Likes’ Matter (page 13)
News & Press Corner
FTC Provides Can-SPAM Video
Sixteen Individuals Arrested in the United States for Alleged Roles in Cyber Attacks (page 14)