Our idea mixes social with ecommerce, and we work with retailers to introduce social throughout the buying process. However, we're not seeing adoption because -- and we guess -- people just don't want to shop that way. But we don't know for sure, as we don't know if it's a "marketing" problem.
We are in public Beta, but it's been one month. We have an okay number of sign-ups but actual adoption and usage have been very poor. We have repositioned and reiterated the product multiple times and have not seen much improvement.
I was wondering if anyone has a pivot suggestion for us. We don't know if this idea has legs, but our experience so far has been discouraging. Any feedback/quick thoughts would be tremendously helpful.
Edit: we have also been playing around with mini-pivot ideas, basically positioning ideas targeted at our end-users (online shoppers). Do provide your feedback on these ideas: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y2C9H5J
I don't think you should pivot yet. I tried out what you are doing and I think the concept is awesome.
But... there are two things you can tweak before thinking about pivoting.
The site is clean and the information in it is clear and sufficient. However, I also didn't know about your site until today, I learned about it because of this question. How are you getting people to sign-up? are you using Ads, Twitter, Facebook?
Be patient, one month is nothing, it will take a lot more time and effort to get more users to sign-up. The key is to keep at it, focus on getting more users, create more videos, talk to as many people as you can about your product and work in your SEO. I searched for the term "Social Commerce" and did not find a link to your site in the first 5 pages of results.
Also, I recommend you read this article, the title says it all:
DONT PIVOT YET. You just got started!
its an interesting idea...but its VERY difficult to be B2B + B2C at same time. You're selling to two very different audiences when getting adoption / use on one of them will be difficult.
My suggestion would be to pick one market to start with (that will be your channel to the other) and do an amazing job on that.
Also - why limit to FB? everyone's on email, mobiles, etc...so let them pick which delivery mechanism they want to send with.