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Post by Phil on Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:17 am

So the forum is now just over a year old (we all missed the birthday! Oops! Laughing)

I think its come a long way. We've got lots of dedicated members and everyone I've met so far is very friendly and an asset to the forum. So a personal thank you for this to all of you!

However, going forward, there's obviously more BMW nuts in the northwest so we need to spread the word.

Regular meets are a good start to keep the momentum, and I'm going to speak to some local BMW related businesses to try and raise the profile of the forum, while at the same time, helping them to promote their business and hopefully get our members discounts and benefits too.

Has anyone got any more suggestions?

Feeback is welcomed. What do you like? What would you change?

Don't be shy! This forum is for everybody so we need to make sure we keep everyone happy where possible.

Once again, a massive thank you for getting us over the one year point. Here's to many more to come cheers


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Post by jpick on Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:20 am

here here Very Happy
i'm welling up! (sniff)
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Post by damo2008 on Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:57 am

Facebook account is best way of promotion

Its like a double edged sword though, use it too much people don't log onto your forum they just keep up to date with the goings on through the facebook page but use it to little and your missing out on a vast crowd to promote. To think the NM account is on about 2.5k members so advertising things through it gets quite a bit of attention.

In the early days of the NM facebook account after the meets i would upload pictures of the meets and would end up validating 5-10 new members the following day just from adding pictures from the meets.

All though forums seem to be going through a quiet patch, don't know if its cos of summer or forums are just being phased out by facebook but as long as you keep active doing things people will stick around.

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Post by Phil on Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:00 am

We do have a facebook page but its not used to it's full potential. I think as we get more meets we can start to use it more.

Good idea about loading pics up onto it. I suppose by tagging the pics you increase your audience too


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Post by damo2008 on Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:06 am

yeh i have a thread where members add pics of there cars ever so often will add the pictures to the facebook adding the new members cars every few months

upload the pics from the photoshoot shows the site has done something recently

also a good trick is to watermark every picture with the site name means when people get tagged the site name gets seen on that picture by other people photoshop is a good tool for watermarking as you can allocate a key to watermark a picture for you so open your picture press shift f2 and it will add the watermark and save the updated picture for you ready to upload

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Post by Phil on Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:19 am

Good shout. I've asked if people are ok with doing this on the piccies thread


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Post by Red Leader on Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:08 am

Do you think by stopping guests being able to freely browse the forum (i.e. making it so they have to log in to be able to view threads) it would increase the number of posts being made?

I just checked now and it says online are 3 members - 1 hidden (usually Lee as far as i can tell Laughing ) - and 8 guests!

Just trying to think of ways to liven this place up a bit.


Also, i find it a little strange that guests are able to view the members journal section. I know they can't see the for sale section without signing in (and quite rightly so) but i would think that information contained within the members journal section should be treated the same in terms of privacy? You don't know who's looking.
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Post by Phil on Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:43 am

Will look into it...


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Post by Red Leader on Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:34 am

Cheers. Also, are the companies listed in the Traders section still relevant? I only ask because the Cheshire Auto Detailing guy JamesE34 hasn't signed in or posted anything since Sept 2010. If the 10% discount they offer is still valid then fair enough but i doubt anyone has actually made use of it. Have they? You'd think they could at least post up a cleaning/detailing write-up now and again of cars they have done. Show willing, you know?

Then there's Gaskell Motor Bodies. No evidence of anyone from them ever having registered and no posts in that section for a whole year later this month.

F1 helmets. I'll be honest i've thought this one thoroughly wierd right from the start. It just doesn't have any relevance. I'm not the only one either. The first two posts in that section say it all;

Phil wrote:Who's site is this?

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Lee wrote:wtf?

For me, Lee sums it up perfectly Laughing

I just think that when new members are browsing the forum and see that the traders section hasn't had any posts or updates for a year it kinda sets the tone, i.e. that this place is dead! Maybe someone from the admin/mods could work towards contacting some other companies that members might more readily benifit from. OpieOils? bmminiparts.com?




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Post by Red Leader on Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:17 am

5 more members and we're 300 strong!

Tried getting some more interest from over on Zroadster.net (BMW Z owners forum). But my request to start a thread advertising our forum was denied?!? And they wonder why they have a rep for being ignorant/ghey/hairdressers/general wankers etc.

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I can only assume they think we're some sort of chavtastic krooze based forum Laughing
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Post by Phil on Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:35 am

That's exactly the reason I don't bother with most forums. This is the only one I use now!


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Post by Peet on Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:22 am

Red Leader wrote:5 more members and we're 300 strong!

Tried getting some more interest from over on Zroadster.net (BMW Z owners forum). But my request to start a thread advertising our forum was denied?!? And they wonder why they have a rep for being ignorant/ghey/hairdressers/general wankers etc.

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I can only assume they think we're some sort of chavtastic krooze based forum Laughing

Since the major outage before christmas its gone a bit backwards on zroadster in my opinion someone set another site up and it seems alot of the members have moved over. http://zroadster.org/forum/

Haha don't be groupin all us Z'd owners as the same

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Post by Lee on Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:25 am

Go on Rob, don't mince your words. To be honest I have always been of the opinion that the traders section has had no relevance to this forum from the start. It may have been an idea to get more people onto the forum etc but appears to be of no interest/use to anyone as it stands.

If you remember this forum was set up by Lorenzo alongside him was Joe. Now neither of these own bmws anymore. Joe is still down as a moderator and obviously Lorenzo is still admin. Lorenzo was the man behind creating this place and setting up these sections. Now this is basically handed over to Phil to deal with which I think was a smart move.

I think we may need a bit of a rejig of certain sections and things with more relevance to the members. I think we need to get our thinking caps on guys.
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Post by Red Leader on Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:54 am

Peet wrote:
Since the major outage before christmas its gone a bit backwards on zroadster in my opinion someone set another site up and it seems alot of the members have moved over. http://zroadster.org/forum/

Haha don't be groupin all us Z'd owners as the same
Yeah, sorry Peet. Yours is a Coupe though so you're ok Cool
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Post by Red Leader on Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:16 am

Lee wrote:Go on Rob, don't mince your words. To be honest I have always been of the opinion that the traders section has had no relevance to this forum from the start. It may have been an idea to get more people onto the forum etc but appears to be of no interest/use to anyone as it stands.

If you remember this forum was set up by Lorenzo alongside him was Joe. Now neither of these own bmws anymore. Joe is still down as a moderator and obviously Lorenzo is still admin. Lorenzo was the man behind creating this place and setting up these sections. Now this is basically handed over to Phil to deal with which I think was a smart move.

I think we may need a bit of a rejig of certain sections and things with more relevance to the members. I think we need to get our thinking caps on guys.
Definately. No posts in the Traders section for over a year. To say it's stagnant is an understatement. The F1 Helmet section is comedy. I still have no idea what sort of communication took place between Lorenzo and whoever to end up with that. Because we all need airbrushed helmets don't we! Laughing Like you say Lee; zero relevance.

Here's a few suggestions for the traders section;

Opieoils
bmminiparts
GSF/ECP or similar motorfactors
Maybe the tyre supplier gaz works for? (supposed to be best prices around)

Basically ones that members will actually get benifit from.
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Post by Lee on Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:20 am

My point exactly mate. I know a guy for wheel refurbs and any powdercoating needs, basically anything usefull for parts and specialist work would make a huge improvement to this section.
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Post by Red Leader on Sun May 20, 2012 5:03 am

300 registered users! cheers

Sounds good, but of those, only 149 have ever posted pale

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Post by Phil on Sun May 20, 2012 6:42 am

lol! we do seem to have a lot of inactive members. Hopefully they still get something out of the forum cos that's what its all about!


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Post by e36JAY on Sun May 20, 2012 8:58 am

Think we've got a good site here tho maybe a couple more meets are in order this summer Smile
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Post by Lee on Mon May 21, 2012 4:02 am

Yeah we need more regular meets if/when the weather is ok.
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