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1 Recruiting New Members on Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:37 pm

NickVo

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Hey guys I've been in the chat a lot lately, and i've noticed that fewer and fewer unranked members are entering and staying into the chat. Don't get me wrong, i'm not overexaggerating this problem and saying that it's urgent, because it is not, but I'm just trying to say that it would be nice to add newer players into the community that would stay in the chat for a long time much like the older members we have now. I know that ever since clan chats have been released, and more older members have become inactive, this problem has been around a bit, and up until now we haven't found a solution to attract new members.

That being said, I am posting this thread to sort of get a discussion going (hopefully) about potential ways we could attract and retain new members. From thinking of it on my own, these are some potential methods we could try, with my thoughts on each.

Upkeeping a thread on the RSOF
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I know we already have one of these on the forums, but none of us visit it regularly. Other than that, from what i've seen from more recent and upkept threads on friends chats that I found on the forums, most of them have not been successful in keeping busy. I checked multiple chats that were advertised on the forums, which seemed successful with a page or two of motivated community members, and all of them were deserted. It may be pretty useless, but we could try to update our thread and keep it bumped/posted in a little bit more to see if that would help at all.
Posting an advertisement video on Youtube
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Up until now, I know that attempts to form a channel of sorts for global chat on Youtube have ended up in failure (i think we've tried two or three times now), but I do have pretty much al lthe footage from the 5th annniversary events. These recordings include the conversations that we were having in skype at the time of the events, and what I've been doing is editing out each memorable part into a video, which could possibly be inserted into a global chat advertisement. (such as something like playing a funny clip with something like 'Global chat, a fun community' and other stuff like various optional minigames and events while showing clips of us at castle wars or getting a drop at gwd or something) If anyone would have any ideas what I could do with it, you could feel free to tell me about them if I finally put it all together. I'd probably upload the final product onto my channel (with its 126(?) subscribers), and maybe others who are active on youtube like moto, dan, owen, or whoever can upload it as well. We don't really have to work too hard on upkeeping something like a global chat youtube channel, but if I were to make this video, uploading it to youtube wouldn't hurt would it?
Advertising in game
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This method has been around for ages, and from what I've seen with the current runescape community, it hardly ever works. Whenever we just mass-advertise at banks and other areas in game, it usually ends up with people just getting annoyed or mad at us. Other than that, we can try to get to know people on a more individual basis and then ask them to join, which I have found to be more successful, but of course also more work. In the past, doing something like this was probably more successful, but nowadays there are a lot more people who are either preoccupied with another community, focused too much on experience, or just stuck on being a troll to actually become a regular member of global chat.
Inviting friends to the chat
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Back in the day, I used to ask people who i'd talk to regularly in private chat to join the chat, and that often times worked and they stayed in the chat. Unfortunately, now that friends chats have been around for 5 years, I've become more withdrawn from private messaging and to be honest, most of my private friends are people I've met from global chat now. Even so, if we were to ask people from our friends lists that we've known to join the chat, and they actually do, they'd bring new life into the chat and there'd also be a much greater chance that they'd stay since they already know someone in the chat. This could then turn into them inviting one of their friends, and then that person inviting one of his friends, and so on until a whole new group of people join the chat. Impossible as that may seem, it would be worth a shot to just ask around friends lists to see if anyone is interested in joining, and who knows, it may help out the chat.

Overall, those are the main methods I can think of off the top of my head to get new people to join global chat. Feel free to discuss what I've said so far about these possible things we could do, and if you have any other ideas, feel free to post about that too. If you're a newer member to the chat, it'd be helpful if you told us how you found out about global chat and perhaps some suggestions on what we could do with the chat to make it more new-member-friendly.


TLDR: We could use some new members. What could we do to attract them?
(ignore my spelling/grammar mistakes if I made any, that was a lot of text)



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2 Re: Recruiting New Members on Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:41 pm

sharppool

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like!



3 Re: Recruiting New Members on Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:22 pm

Warillusen

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Honeslty, I've been working my brain out trying to think of a way and frankly it's impossible I feel, unless Jagex is going to straight up advertise us on their news content again then fuck me I'd take that. Every possibility I can think of would predict in failure.





4 Re: Recruiting New Members on Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:34 pm

Vanilla990

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I guess I can try to keep the forum thread on the Runescape forums more up to date and keep bumping it everyday seeing as I was the creator but I'd need some help keeping it bumped.

5 Re: Recruiting New Members on Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:51 pm

Moto

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I agree that we need new members. Heck, I completely forgot we had a thread on the RSOF. Posting an advertisement on Youtube wouldn't really work unless you're famous. The best idea for Youtube imo is to either mention at the end of each video to join the chat, or to put it in the description. I'm gonna start making more videos soon so I can definitely help out with that.




6 Re: Recruiting New Members on Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:34 pm

Owen

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Get a video on ChrisArchie. KgoNick.

I don't think the problem is with advertising. I think the issue is deeper than that, and by that I mean- the people you invite into the chat don't stay longer than about a week. So, you have to examine Why?




7 Re: Recruiting New Members on Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:16 am

Green

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Heres an idea, some of the older ranks should not be rude to unranked/newer players, I've seen this in the past many times.



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8 Re: Recruiting New Members on Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:43 am

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Green wrote:Heres an idea, some of the older ranks should not be rude to unranked/newer players, I've seen this in the past many times.

"ranks" I think you mean- older members.




9 Re: Recruiting New Members on Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:58 pm

Vanilla990

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This is the link to the current thread on the Runescape Forums:

http://services.runescape.com/m=forum/c=ZdqdGjeVvPs/sl=0/forums.ws?90,91,375,63381894

I shall have a look at updating it once I've sorted out some other stuff but it seems to be fairly up to date.

10 Re: Recruiting New Members on Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:22 pm

sky

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Every idea here has the same main principle: Get the chats name out there! Spreading the word in any way is better than not doing it at all.

The real issue is giving people a reason to come back. Being friendly, helpful (advise, not hand outs), and actively encouraging chat is a plus but it doesn't stop there. Make people feel included.

I know we do events (sadly I usually work and miss them or have other plans) but keeping these consistent and maybe things every weekend will give players a reason to come back. If we can do an event every weekend that people can get behind and follow through with, it can help improve numbers. Furthermore advertising that we are doing these things in-game while they are on may help.

Food for thought.

-sky Laughing



11 Re: Recruiting New Members on Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:26 pm

Vanilla990

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This is the thread I had posted on the RuneZone Forums:

http://runezone.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=11806

The RuneZone community seem like really nice people but the problem is that most of them are in the Runezone friends chat when they are online and therefore wont come into Global.

12 Re: Recruiting New Members on Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:20 pm

Moto

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Wow, it has gotten a few replies already. Good job. Hopefully we gain a few members from that.

13 Re: Recruiting New Members on Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:41 pm

Warillusen

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It's a very dissapointing thing have to compete with friends chat that might have lasted already five years or they'd rather hang with their friends they've known for a long time. Why we were so successful the first day of advertising was we did it everywhere and it was a new feature in the game and people wanted to try it out.





14 Re: Recruiting New Members on Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:48 am

Nimbus

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Make a facebook page which we all share and like :clown: .

On a serious note, i think mouth-to-mouth would be the easiest way.

15 Re: Recruiting New Members on Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:49 am

NickVo

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Nimbus wrote:i think mouth-to-mouth would be the easiest way.

No, I think heart-to-heart would be best.



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16 Re: Recruiting New Members on Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:50 am

Nimbus

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But my heart already belongs to you.





17 Re: Recruiting New Members on Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:53 am

Hans

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Getting more people in the chat requires getting more people to play RuneScape. Good luck.

95,565 people currently online



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18 Re: Recruiting New Members on Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:02 am

Moto

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Hans wrote:Getting more people in the chat requires getting more people to play RuneScape. Good luck.

95,565 people currently online

Oh no! Another 100k people need to play RS for us to get 10 more members..

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