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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by AmigoJack » Mon May 15, 2017 6:51 am

hypersaw wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 8:14 pm
fb or/and G+
I as a customer wouldn't use these. On top: BBSes (like phpBB) can be used without registration (if allowed).

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by Bullseye! » Wed May 17, 2017 7:05 pm

hypersaw wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 8:14 pm
I recently started a business. Have a main website with e-shop (on prestashop). Have a blog (on wordpress) and now considering to launch a forum with phpbb.
But....
Sometimes I feel that the forum era has gone for good. Nova days there are new age sh?t like facebook groups, G+ and so on... :?
In my niche there are some big forums from 2009 with thousands of members. Some of these forums are death (because last posts where on 2013) some of these are still active. I definitely like to have my own forum because forum users are potential buyers.
So, my question: do I need a new forum or forget it and use fb or/and G+?
There is always a need for a forum, I thought my one was dead, but as long as you post announcements & have people set up their notifications, there will always be a need for one, apart from anything else questions asked on FB ect... can get bumped down easily & people end up getting ignored, this is less likely with a forum however...

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by w106mng » Tue May 23, 2017 2:03 pm

It is the same principle as trying to attract a following on Facebook or Twitter.

You need to offer something that keeps them coming back time and time again. For instance, one thing we do to keep interest on our company facebook page is we run a weekly comic that strikes the humor of our audience. It not only keeps them coming back, but also keeps them engaged and allows us to promote new products to them. We also facilitate asking questions not only specific to our product, but also about the industry in general.

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Post by BFishY » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:12 pm

Anon wrote:
Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:34 am
By not posting support questions in the wrong fourms 8)
lol

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by Kuznec » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:26 pm

Forums in spite of their semi-living existence, still remain the most convenient way to gather like-minded people.

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by liennguyen » Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:42 am

Big-Jim wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:17 pm
lord.nitos wrote:When we all want a new users, we must make our site for users, not for us!

They must feel at our site like in home! :D
I disagree completely with that concept. Now obviously, since this is a forum to discuss forum software, this presupposes the website I create would be a forum. If I spend my time and my money in order to create a website/forum, I would want the website/forum to reflect the ideals that I feel are important and not what others think it should be. If others want to create a website/forum, they have every right to do so and they can set it up and run it any way they choose. But as for myself, I would want my website/forum to be what I want it to be. So if I want it made clear there will be no foul language or pornography posted on the forum, I would post that as one of the main rules. If someone doesn't like that rule, they can leave the site and go elsewhere.

The only time that I believe having a website/forum catered specifically for others would be a good idea, is if it is a paid site. If a paid site is what you have, then by all means, you definitely need to cater specifically to the users because the users are who is paying the bills and making you money. So by all means, do what you need to do to keep the paid members coming back. If that means bending over and kissing their foot, then I guess maybe you will have to do it.

But for most people who have a website/forum, it is not a paid site and the admin is under no obligation to cater to anybody. So to my way of thinking, as long as the website has material/content that is appealing to a large number of people, the website/forum will have a sizable following. In my opinion, CONTENT is the real ticket to getting new members and keeping them, not catering to the whims of others. If a member has a good idea, you may want to implement it, but only if you feel it really IS a good idea and something you would like to do for your forum. But the real key to success is content and as long as you have content that people want and enjoy, they will be back and they will bring their friends with them.

Now obviously, you need to make the site as user friendly as possible. But doing that doesn't mean you have to do whatever a few of the members want. It's your site, set it up and run it the way you want it to be run. I mean, look at your forum like it's your home. In our case, the wife and I don't smoke and because of that we have a rule, we don't allow smoking in our home. If you are a guest in our home, we expect you to NOT smoke in our home. If you wish to smoke, go outside and smoke. As long as you follow the rules, you are more than welcome to come visit us. If you refuse to follow the rules, we will ask you to leave. By the same token, your forum has rules. These are the rules you want followed. Member can stay as long as they follow the rules. If they refuse to do so, ask them to leave. You don't have to cater to their every whim. It's your forum, you created it and you are paying for it. Therefore, you have every right to run it the way you feel is best.

Anyway, that is my opinion for what it is worth. You may agree with me, or you may disagree, but in any case I don't want to start a big debate about it. An opinion is what it is, an opinion.
exactly. I couldn't agree more

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by open-your-eyes » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:27 am

I think the best way is to spam other boards. You search for forums similar to yours, you register and then start sending PMs like crazy. Is the best way.

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by david63 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:57 am

open-your-eyes wrote:
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:27 am
Is the best way.
... to get you banned

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by open-your-eyes » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:10 am

You do not send spam to staff members. They will not know. And if they find out, you just create another account and continue.

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by Holger » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:13 am

Woah! Woah!

No!

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by canonknipser » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:27 am

Breaking other boards rules and bad behavior is a no go - as a board admin, it would inform other boards with similar topics about you ...

And i would have "honeypot" users to catch someone like you ...

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by Holger » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:29 am

Yes, board owners being around long enough have such things in place ...

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by david63 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:42 am

And do you not think that experienced board Admins cannot spot duplicate accounts a mile off.

If this is your attitude to "social media" then you seriously need to have a re-think

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by Holger » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:43 am

Troll?

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Re: The hardest question of all... how do you get new users?

Post by open-your-eyes » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:55 am

I just tried to help. For me, spamming gived me good results.

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