This is one of my preferred theories for early adopters of innovations.
“Innovators 2.5% – These are the ground-breakers, the risk-takers, the creative thinkers and entrepreneurs whom by nature are designed to change the world.
Early Adopters 13.5% – In this category are the individuals that believe in the product, the ones that buy the story out of an emotional decision – an inner drive to identify oneself with something of similar value and purpose.
The Chasm – Between the Early Adopters and the Early Majority exists The Chasm, the tipping point before a product is accepted by the mass market (68%, Early and Late Majority). When looking at a new business conversion rate, if your figure has not reached the 12-15% mark, your product has not entered the mass market.
Early Majority 34% – These people will not try something until someone else has tried and tested the product.
Late Majority 34% – This group will only welcome the idea and product long after the majority acceptance. These are the skeptics.
Laggards 16% – This final group essentially has no choice but to accept the product. Either tradition or ignorance defines this category.”