I am not actually advocating what I am about to suggest here. If you have ever been involved in brainstorming activities you know sometimes its good to just say dumbshit and see what happens. This is that dumbshit.
Also this is in no way desperate... I am a marketer and this is what I think about all day every day for lots of different business. How to be more effective at marketing. Bitshares will be a billion dollar valuation soon enough, but how do we make it sooner?
The vast majority of businesses dedicate over 30% of their revenues to customer acquisition and marketing... When pricing a product this is thought of in advance. When banks set interest rates and fees they leave fat in their to make it attractive enough to for mortgage brokers to make a career out of selling them.
When big pharma prices drugs they leave enough fat in their for sales people to get stupendously wealthy pushing their poison. Same goes for recreational variety.
From girl scout cookies to vacuum cleaners the majority of products are priced with a marketing budget in mind. Done correctly an army of sales people are out their selling them.
A vacuum cleaner that costs $20 to produce would retail for $39.99. We have priced our product at the cost of production.
Perhaps bitshares could increase its fees, use the referal method discussed elsewhere and operate that way?
edit: Not that I can enforce this, but in brainstorming its often best to give even the dumbest ideas 15 minutes of assuming it could work... And if it did how could it. So perhaps if you agree lets leave the first page or two for positive comments before the negatives come. If this were a good idea... why would it be a good idea?