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Postby Damien » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:11 pm

Ive noticed that the frequency of posts/users has diminished. Why is irrelevant but to curb the downturn we need to come up with some ideas to keep the current members and to promote conversation/posting.

What about a newsletter? Ian would need to clear it with his ISP but these boards have a mass mailer function in the Admin settings. People could nominate to receive the newsletter by emailing say newsletter@gardenexpress.com.au with "add me" in the title. Could then have contributing articles from members, specials from the GE shop, current happenings on the forums, picture of the month, upcoming competitions, a random musings section that people comment on via the forums etc.

The site i co-own has a newsletter. When i took it over we re-instated the newsletter and had an issue that basically said "check us out!" Ended up with numerous members saying "hey the newsletter mentioned...." ;) Unfortunately the other owner uses a third party company called Aweber that mass mails all the subscribers. It does cost though.

Our newsletter is just plain text, it doesnt need to be fancy (but hey a colour logo here and there cant hurt!) and sent out once a month. It doesnt have to be once a month, it can be quarterly if you want to jam pack it. Also, you may have customers to the site via the shop that dont actually use the forums. Have at the checkout a tickbox saying "Subscribe to the monthly newsletter" If they tick it, this becomes free advertising for the site, they will see "goings on" for the forums and may be inclined to check it out.

Just a thought.

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Re: GE newsletter

Postby Luzy » Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:27 pm

So Damien, are you thinking a special newsletter for forum members, or for any GE customer?

(Sometimes the frequency drop-off has been seasonal - spring might see the forum happening a bit more??)
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Re: GE newsletter

Postby taffyman » Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:00 pm

Oooh Luzy - I do hope so, it's been very quiet lately. Gets very lonely when you're the only one here for hours on end :shock:
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Re: GE newsletter

Postby Damien » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:58 pm

Can be for both. All nominated to receive the newsletter of course. Not all forum members would want to sign up to it, same with new customers.

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Re: GE newsletter

Postby Sam » Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:51 am

I think it is a great idea, Damien? When will you have time to compile it??? :D :D
“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian, wine and tarragon
make it French, sour cream makes it Russian, lemon and
cinnamon make it Greek, soya sauce makes it Chinese, Garlic
makes it good.” Alice May Brock, Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook.
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Re: GE newsletter

Postby Damien » Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:11 pm

LOL I have no time, just the idea. :D

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Re: GE newsletter

Postby Sam » Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:51 pm

Seriously, though, Damien - I do think it is a great idea.

Especially to give info about planting times and all that sort of thing - and new releases.
“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian, wine and tarragon
make it French, sour cream makes it Russian, lemon and
cinnamon make it Greek, soya sauce makes it Chinese, Garlic
makes it good.” Alice May Brock, Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook.
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Re: GE newsletter

Postby Damien » Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:06 pm

Hopefully Ian reads the feedback forum lol

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