There are a few different issues being mixed here.
1) For a market to be effective it has to be natural, organic. If Kmart decided to accept a coin based on their calculations, it would create a natural market and be beneficial.
2) An artificial market, going out and soliciting companies to accept a coin, might be useful as a marketing ploy but it is not a sound strategy.
3) Positive price pressure at this point comes 99% from speculators and 1% from people who want a coin they can buy things with. Even miners would rather have cash or hold onto a coin for speculative reasons than buy something.
4) A natural market can be created sort of, based on what worked with bitcoin. That market though starts with the user and involves users who would turn the coin into cash. The benefit from that economy comes from increased awareness of the coin as well as the removal of a quantity of the coins from speculators into another economy. The previous example was paying poor people to do grunt work online. There are places where literate people will work online gladly for usd 0.5 per hour or less, without it being exploitative. That can be done with any coin, and if it is done well it will help the coin. Again that was a significant factor in spreading awareness of bitcoin and in getting socially active people, humanitarian types, "on the bandwagon".
Luposian, when you talk about a coin being useful because you can buy things online you are not being entirely accurate. There is no reason to buy anything right now with any coin, unless your purpose is to promote the coin rather than specifically to buy something. Your national currency is much better than any coin for regular purchases right now.
Tranz, you are a little more direct about the purpose of getting merchants "onboard", and more realistic about its effect, but my opinion is that it is a complete waste of effort. I have followed your work enough that I'll buy a coin because you are working on it, knowing mistakes will be made but the coin will improve for the long haul. In this case I think you are allowing yourself to be swept into the popular misbelief that phony markets benefit a coin.
However the idea of promoting a useful microeconomy, like a low income online job that pays in hbn, would be doable and helpful to the coin.
Here are the first 8 links for btc
work on yahoohttp://bittask.com/http://www.reddit.com/r/Jobs4bitcoinshttp://bitgigs.com/http://earn-bitcoins.com/http://bitcoinwork.info/earn-free-bitcoin
and so on. That is a real economy, small though it may be. It actually does help practically.
So a project to promote hbn that way would have a meaningful effect. Phony markets do not.
I'd be okay to help another person figure out how to start a business doing that but I probably am not the person to do the business.
Edited by Guyane, 05 December 2014 - 07:55 PM.