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Old 17 October 2005, 04:40   #1
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John, just putting my marketing and commercial hat on for a mo

i think it would be possible to make a few bob and please your customers on ribnet. i would recommend changing your charging structure as the membership at the lowest level is more like a charity donation. which does not really work for people as they are not getting much back for it

here is what i propose

silver level 1 150 msgs 10 quid
silver level 2 200 msgs 20 quid
silver level 3 250 msgs 30 quid

student silver level 2 10 quid
student silver levle 3 20 quid

gold 300 msgs and same as current

level 2 and above would give you buy and sell capabilities

i have noticed that some who sign up only do for a year, this way you can capture more money and people can buy functionality at a modest price giving you more funds for the site.

i for one would sign up for a silver level as identified above as it is less of a charity and more about buying service and capabilities.

pm me if you want any more ideas

i would guarantee you would get more funds so i want 10% commission,
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Old 17 October 2005, 06:59   #2
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Thanks for not putting up our membership fees Chris!

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I'm intrigued by the idea of this "Student Rate". I think I'm up for renewal soonish, and if I'm ever going to afford the rib of my dreams, I think charity begins on RibNet!
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if you are a non paying member and would consider becoming a paying member or even upgrading your membership then reply here so that john can see what impact chaging the fee structure would have


i for one would go to the silver level 2 if it was an option
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I was a silver member, but when I asked JK about the posibilty of a student discount he said no :-(

I havn't renewed it becasue us poor and lowly student types dont have much money and the little we do has to go on essentials like drinking and replacing things we keep breaking in our flats (broke my phone today).

But yes back to the point, I would certainly take out a level 2 student thing if it was avalible at that price.
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Old 17 October 2005, 13:07   #6
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I'd go for the student levels even if they were a fiver more than chris suggested.
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I'm sure JK will be most appreciative of these suggestions on how to run his site.
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I'm sure JK will be most appreciative of these suggestions on how to run his site.
not quite how to run it, i think more along the lines of suggestions on how to come up with a flexible membership plan that might capture more revenue/funds while returning some useful services to the ribnet member base

what is better....sit here and say nothing and carry on or make improvement suggestions? personally i think the latter....
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I'm sure JK will be most appreciative of these suggestions on how to run his site.
I am actually

Suggestions are always welcome. Some of them may even be implemented!

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OK, I've considered Hugh's suggestions and listened to the pleas of the poor impoverished students. I've decided that Hugh's scheme is too complex, and that students don't deserve any special deals!

But I have made a few changes which I hope will fill the gaps . . .

First of all, the astute amongst you may have noticed that subscriptions started at Silver which cunningly left an obvious space for a Bronze subscription.

For a mere tenner you can now "go bronze" which will double your PM mail box quota. I've also upped the Silver quota to 150, and the Gold quota to 250. More details here http://www.rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=4920

What do you reckon?

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Excellent means I don't have to worry about emptying messages out every week, however I expect those sutdents will still max out there limits on the Gold Accounts.

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I expect those sutdents will still max out their limits on the Gold Accounts.
You leave my credit card debt out of this!
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You leave my credit card debt out of this!
actually I was thinking of your Ribnet Gold Account
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actually I was thinking of your Ribnet Gold Account
It is but a dream for me to aspire to...
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Ok you got me - I've signed up!

Great site, you deserve everything you get from it

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You tight lot!

Probably in danger of making myself unpopular here, but I do notice those who seem to use the site most and therefore I assume gain most benefit or pleasure from it seem to pay least or nothing.

If you want to see what I mean, go to the membership list and sort it by posts - very interesting result!

The site is giving everyone a huge amount of value - I wouldnt have thought it would kill anyone to pay a tenner for the pleasure - if you work at the cost per message post, its nothing!

Either that or maybe to have the ability to make more than say 100 MESSAGE posts in any one year then you pay 10

I suspect if I now recieve a lot of hate mail its because I've hit a raw nerve - I am sure I can take it!

I do think there should be one exception - Codders - I don't know him, but he really does seem to be into some sort of self abuse and apparently offers a lot of fun to the members and it would therefore seem cruel to punish him any further by charging him for our pleasure.

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I don't agree with charging people by the post as its the posts them selves that make a Forum what it is - without them RIBnet would not be the fountain of all boating knowledge that it is.

I am perfectly happy to contribute but charging per post would only discourage people from parting with their knowledge and experience.

Here's a suggestion that seems to work on another Forum I use www.xda-developers.com They use a system of donations and for every 10 you donate you get a little gold * next to your name when you post.

I don't actually know how much revenue they generate from this system but they have managed to keep the site going with out resorting to banner adds for years now...
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Amazing......

... how everyone is avoiding this one!
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There could be a "tin" level for the students!
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Any benefits (pm -wise ) for being a Platinum Supporter?

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