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#1 Salubrai

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 07:20 AM

It's been years since RPGMP3's slashdotting, and while we are faithful listeners, it seems that membership is down a bit, or rather -- while the boards are active it tends to be the same people. Not that that's a problem, but I think there's no reason there can't be MORE interest. That's why I wanted to elicit suggestions on HOW to promote this site individually. What ideas do you all have? Do you have contacts with sites with big readership or listenership that might consider doing a profile? Do you know a good board with related membership that might enjoy this site's content. I really think that if we all work together a bit, we might be able to promote the HECK out of this site. There's already a TON of online content, and while a new "slashdotting" might shoot up the bandwidth, I think our minor effort might snag a few good new listeners, a few good new members and hopefully a few more patrons willing to help sponsor the site. So why not? Post suggestions here, and not just that! Go out to your favourite sites and pimp! Know a popular podcast host that'll profile RPGMP3? Ask him/her! :) Why not, eh?
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#2 swj719

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 08:23 AM

Press gangs... Always been a fan of press gangs...
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Posted 23 October 2006 - 10:05 AM

I have been thinking about running a recruitment competition for a while now :D To see who could recruit the most new and active members but I have never really had time to sit down and figure out a format :D

I have also been hacking around the idea of knocking together a poster for you lot to print out and take to your local games emporia to draw some attention to the site :D

It is all good but you are right. It has been a while since the Slashdotting incident. Although we do still get between 2 and 4 new members a day on average a lot of these are lurkers (which is all well and good)

Cheers
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Posted 23 October 2006 - 10:52 AM

I actually have been pimping out rpgmp3.

Though everyone I know usually constitutes dungeons and dragons (i.e roleplaying in general) to something that was obscurely referenced in Futurama once or twice.

Can I get a free cookie? >_>
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#5 Salubrai

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 11:02 AM

I think the best idea would be to not only mention it often, but try to think individually of our "maximum exposure" contact and try to pimp it out THERE.

ie: if you know Adam Curry of the Podfinder podcast, tell him about it. :D
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Posted 23 October 2006 - 11:25 AM

So we are trying to maximise the exposure surface to not only bring in targeted potential subscribers, but we should seek to increase the eyeball count on potential secondary and tertiary marketable segments with a broad spectrum approach thereby generating site traffic in an increasing and sustainable manner.

On it.
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Posted 23 October 2006 - 11:47 AM

So we are trying to maximise the exposure surface to not only bring in targeted potential subscribers, but we should seek to increase the eyeball count on potential secondary and tertiary marketable segments with a broad spectrum approach thereby generating site traffic in an increasing and sustainable manner.

On it.


Not only necessarily this, but also aside from voiceless traffic it'd be nice to get a few new posters and possible patrons.
After all, I wasn't necessarily even part of this site's "target audience" when I discovered and rediscovered it.
The more eyes on a site, the greater chance for the converts you suggest.
But do you have any ideas? :)
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Posted 23 October 2006 - 02:09 PM

Here's a good idea, don't pimp out to people I know.

Other than that, I'm guessing good a idea would be to make more ways for people to 'interact' with the site. Hal, if I recall correctly did say he's going to put up a section for all the various art/fanart so I'm happy for that.
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#9 greenguy

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 01:09 AM

I have been wondering why you guys don't try to get something going with Kenzzer co, the people who put out Knights of the Dinner Table. They have an fairly large audience, most of whom are into rpgs. Maybe take out an add in an issue, or if that is too expensize try and hook up a podcast agreement you run a game of hackmaster, they pimp the website.

Although the poster for your local game store has potential.
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#10 Salubrai

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 07:29 AM

Well, seeing as this is a not-for-profit site, there's really no benefit in promoting it in ways that'll COST.
This is all about pimping for free. :D
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Posted 25 October 2006 - 07:32 AM

I've tried pimping the site in a number of ways but apparently, they are not considered legal, and I have been advised to stop

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 03:06 PM

[quote]I've tried pimping the site in a number of ways but apparently, they are not considered legal, and I have been advised to stop [/quote]

At least you didn't get onto Fark ;)

And I apologize for using the phrase pimp, I should have used the less suggestable phrase promote. [/quote]
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#13 Salubrai

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 03:59 PM

Pimping is quite a common word here, not to worry.
However, we're letting the thread drift to jokes and unrelated things.

Might we get back to valid, practical ways to promote the site (that we and others can DO today), and reports of where you might have promoted the site?
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Posted 25 October 2006 - 04:35 PM

Doesn't Paul "run" the Goblin network? Maybe he could have the 'casters plug a bit?

Or just ask the 'casters directly?

I'm gonna wander to Fear the Boot's site some day soon, and you can bet I'll be pimp this like crazy...

...

There are comments and jokes there, but I'll be good, and not speculate over what we might get offered for some members...

Especially Hal, that sexy sexy man...

*runs off*
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Posted 26 November 2006 - 08:47 AM

Speaking seriously, however, seeing as the danger this move may put the site into - we all as forum readers and fans NEED to promote this site in all areas we can, know and are able to. The site has seen a major falloff in traffic and interest - and to be fair a lot of the people here ARE here because of the slashdotting they had YEARS ago. I myself most likely found my way here due to this.

So if you like this site and want to see it continue, it's time to do something. I don't really know many sites but I will put the word out wherever I can. I recommend being creative - finding places that have heavy traffic and POSTING. Make sure to mention the site address as often as possible. Contact friends you know in big sites and get them to feature the site on their page. Don't give anyone a reason to give up the site. This place is a wonderful community effort that's resulted in months of fun for dedicated listeners - and it shouldn't just disappear.
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Posted 26 November 2006 - 12:28 PM

I don't think the site is in any trouble but it never hurts to promote (Unless you really annoy people posting promotional stuff where it isn't allowed).

A lot of sites experience traffic slowdowns from mid november to the new year when peoples attentions urn towards holiday preparations. I know i am a bit more quiet right now as I am working a couple of contracts while I job search.
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 12:46 PM

Don't know what this 'Slashdotting' is (sounds vaguely illegal), but I thing the poster idea is a good one. The art for World's Largest Dungeon was excellent, and as this both completed and very long I think this is what you should promote the site with.




If anyone here belongs to other vaguely roleplaying related forums (Rpg.net, Criticalmiss.com) they could add a link to this site in their signature.

Competitions might be worth thinking about, but that would cost money.

Badges are something I've always liked the sound of, after finding out by accident that someone I've sat in the same class with for a whole year (and never learnt the name of) is a fellow roleplayer just when the class finished and woldn't be seinge him again.

Other than carrying dice everywhere and OVERTLY playing with them all the time, a badge could equally allow us to recognize each other.

I'm imagining a small (1" diameter) badge with a striking central image and text above and below (or encircling it).

e.g.;

Dungeon On!
(The image of Feylin with sword raised)
RPGMP3.COM


or


I lost my sanity to Cthulhu and goblins ate my polyhedrals
(The image of a d20 with a chunk bitten out of it)
RPGMP3.COM





Just a thought!

*edited for spelling*
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:39 PM

Don't know what this 'Slashdotting'

Slashdotting is getting a post on Slash Dot a News for Nerds web site.
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:44 PM

Wow! A whole site written in technical jargon. Makes me feel a right dunce.


Another suggestion - customized dice with RPGMP3.com on one of the faces.
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 06:35 PM

I think they were slashdotted about 18 months ago? Or perhaps I've been eating cheese again... :roll:
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