#GOSF – The Great Online Shopping Failure

GOSF – What is not right about it!

The Great Google Online Shopping Festival (GOSF) is all over my timeline. To be honest, I also had my share of fun.

 

What went wrong with GOSF: 

1. GOSF was down.
The Official Site was down – gosf.in. That is ok, but just that we didn’t (No one did) expect this from Google. .

2. Everyone Got Invited to the Party.
Over 225+ partners were listed on GOSF.in. It looked like a directory of ecommerce sites. It should have been exclusive, invite only and curated.

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3. Selection of Partners

What were Automobile sites, Property sites doing on Online Shopping. Some ridiculous offers included Rs. 10,000 off on your Dream Home (Really?)

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4. Quality of Deals
Everything can be excused but not the quality of deals.
- Many partners (if not all) ran their regular promotions under GOSF.
- Deep discounting on Chinese & Unbranded products continued. Up to 90% off on such products.

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5. Efforts by Partners
- The participating partners (many of them) are marketing it just like any other event (Rakhi, Diwali, etc).
- Existing products & offers that were run for centuries got labelled under GOSF.
- Few sites had bugs (I reported couple of them – down side of knowing too many people).
- Many partners have not made any efforts to even put up even the GOSF banner on their sites or even deals.
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GOSF will be still reported as Great Success. Why?

Post end of event, many Ecommerce partners will claim impressive numbers. I am sceptical of any numbers around the same attributed to GOSF or their own internal marketing efforts.

Because – This is how my inbox looks today:

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Because – This is how my SEO & SEM looks today:

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Because – This is how on-site Marketing looks today:

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Concluding Notes:

I am not against GOSF or Google or its Partners (Personally and also because I know too many friends / acquaintances who are associated with the industry). Its a great concept and if it manages to get ‘New People To Shop Online’ (those who never did it before) its a great win for everyone (all professionals) who has anything to do online.

I don’t want to end this note on post as a critic, so here are some suggestions for the next #GOSF:

  • Limit Partners under every category – Max 10 to 15. Limit Categories to 10.
  • Curated by Partners, Approved by Google – Real offers, real deals.
  • Limit number of products / offers by every partner to 100. Again real deals; feature them on GOSF.in
  • Instead making partners spend online (SEM) – It should direct all that traffic to GOSF.in and lets users choose what they want to buy. (Google did the same for Gmail launch).

Signing off. I was just being practical. And, One more thing…

  • Jose Felix

    On your Point #1 , The IPL-1 feed in youtube went down for every 10 minutes during its first edition . Site crash is not new for Google , especially in India

    • http://www.beingpractical.com/ Pravin J

      Thanks for pointing it out Jose. Missed that completely, possibly bcoz I don’t follow Cricket.

  • shubha

    More importantly, this is a result of estimation going wrong. I guess Google underestimated the number of users who will leverage this platform.

    And what is more disappointing is the amount of time gosf.in is taking to start working again.

  • Anonymous

    Over 225+ partners were listed on GOSF.in. It looked like a directory of ecommerce sites. It should have been exclusive, invite only and curated – IT WAS!!

    • http://www.beingpractical.com/ Pravin J

      If every known site makes it to GOSF, how can it be curated?