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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby AAFitz on Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:20 am

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So can I conclude from a quick look at these charts that CC activity is pretty steady overall, and that the only thing that is a problem is that we are apparently becoming worse players. (IE. the score is the only drop off.)

I would once again like to add that new players are hugely affected by the rating system, and they end up getting much lower ratings than they probably deserve. I kept playing at CC partly because of the old feedback system, and that I had a good rating. Im not sure Id have stuck around if I got all ones on my first couple games simply because I was new, and had a horrible rating. Though....im not sure all would consider that a bad thing...

I think it is the most overlooked problem on the site....unless of course its been addressed in the years Ive been mentioning it...in which case...Kudos.
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby Leehar on Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:41 am

AAFitz wrote:
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So can I conclude from a quick look at these charts that CC activity is pretty steady overall, and that the only thing that is a problem is that we are apparently becoming worse players. (IE. the score is the only drop off.)

I think thats the scoreboard you're referring to, which basically means the amount of people that have been active within the last 30 days
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby Mr Changsha on Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:50 am

Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Nope. It lacks a coherent vision. The continuous expansion of styles and maps has diluted the product. People come here to play Risk, but instead find a confusing mess of game styles that each no doubt attract a few, but in general fail to enthuse the mass.

I feel this thread of mine covers the point in much more detail...

http://www.conquerclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=138328&p=3019337#p3019337
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby BigBallinStalin on Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:53 pm

Mr Changsha wrote:Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Nope. It lacks a coherent vision. The continuous expansion of styles and maps has diluted the product. People come here to play Risk, but instead find a confusing mess of game styles that each no doubt attract a few, but in general fail to enthuse the mass.

I feel this thread of mine covers the point in much more detail...

http://www.conquerclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=138328&p=3019337#p3019337


Your contribution ties in neatly to defend the idea that this website should provide its newbies a more approachable method like http://www.chess.com's.


But coherent vision is a good reason. That's why I said that the CC big shots "don't have the professional business skills and knowledge to steer this place in the right direction. Granted that it's difficult relinquishing control, it may be best for ConquerClub to find professionals, or they should strongly consider seeking professional training; otherwise, none of the proposals will be effectively implemented."

(http://www.conquerclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=151558&start=60#p3351845).


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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby danfrank on Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:20 pm

Although i agree with many of the points discussed , hell probably all of them. We dont know what direction the ownership would to head with this site. Infact there are many aspects that we as patrons do not know. i personally do not believe the site is a cash cow at this stage and any profit that is taken is definitly not reinvested with these same issues being unresolved.
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby PLAYER57832 on Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:16 am

To begin, we all have to realize that only a very small percentage of people ever come to the forums. That means that even very "popular" ideas may not really and truly be popular or beneficial for the site.

A lot of what I have seen and heard is really grousing over "growing pains". It seems Lack always intended for the site to expand on Risk. A laudable goal. It was perhaps pushed a bit by Hasbro, but the truth is that CC long ago left that game behind. Saying CC is "Risk based", is true, but only in the way that one can say all modern plays harken back to Shakespeare. True.. but the child has long surpassed the origin. West Side Story is absolutely a copy of Romeo and Juliet, but in very, very important ways it is also quite different. Liking Romeo and Juliet does not mean one will like West Side Story or vice-versa. Risk is great, but CC is great in its own right... only needs to find a better way to describe and advertise THAT, not just be a "step child" of Risk. Sure, it will take time for people to learn what CC is, in its own right. Its a lot easier to just let people search for Risk and find CC as one of the options, but CC has grown. Its time CC leaped out of the "Risk nest" and began to fly on its own.

I get somewhat frustrated when I see a lot of complaints essentially saying "we need to get back to Risk". That path is gone, but not just gone.. it was a mistake to think this site ever SHOULD stay a "Risk only" site. Let me be clear. There is nothing wrong, at all, with having multiple maps with the "1 for 3" and basic area bonuses, on maps more or less based on "real" maps. People like them. That is great. I DO have a problem when people complain about all the other types of maps out there and map playing styles. As someone else noted, having all those maps in no way means the "standard" maps have to disappear. HOWEVER, because so much of the site is focused on just those maps (for yes, obvious reasons), I strongly feel that the site has neglected advertisement and promotion of the variety maps that really and truly make this site different and unique.

This IS about marketing, image and also training. However, I don't really see that the comments above actually address the real issues. Instead, the concentrate on what are basically surface issues... how the site "looks", etc. Those are important! However, fixing any of that without dealing with the core issue of "what this site should be" is just going to mean heading off in wrong directions.

First, regarding long-standing suggestions. The Suggs forum was a great idea, people like being able to contribute. However, when suggestions remain "ready to implement" for 2 years and still nothing.. its a waste. What about that zombie nuetral suggestion, for example? It was pretty popular for a while, but suddenly it died. Even basic things, like just letting people search based on wins/loses along with other criteria in game finder, so people can see how many times they won a particular map or against particular people, etc... No, its not map-ranking, or cross-map, just total wins and losses, but people want that information and it would be easy to change it so people can find it without having to manually count them. There are other, similar suggestions. Either these suggestions need to be implemented or the pretense of having suggestions needs to be removed. Personally, I think referring suggestions and other problems to a kind of committee would be beneficial. Right now mods sort of serve that purpose, but they simply have too many "hats". That gets to the next point.

Initially, it was fine to just label all volunteers as "moderators". They all basically were discussion moderators, but did other things, too. The color-coding has helped seperate them some, but that needs to be more formal, duties need to be more firmly assigned and divided. I would like to see a group of just plain discussion moderators for GD and particularly the Off-Topics forum that STRICTLY deal with the discussions. Other assistants will have other titles, depending on their duties. As noted, a committee could look at and work to implement suggestions. BUT, again, before those suggestions get implemented, there needs to be a bit clearer picture of what this place should be. Lack may have that vision already. He might not need to share it with everyone, but it should be shared with people working in the site, making changes, etc. And.. at least a basic idea should go out to the community, so you don't get 10,000 suggestions "why don't we become like the chess site .... [answer: that is not what CC is]" or whatever.

Sorry, got a tad off my point there (though it is related). Anyway, to get back to "is CC Risk". The time has come to just plain stop asking that and accept that CC is not and should not be "Risk". However, where should CC go? As noted, a LOT of people like what I call the "traditional" maps. A lot of other people like the variations on those themes that still keep them more or less "looking" traditional, but that have a number of variations... that is, bombardments, various spoils options, strange attack routes, auto-reinforcements, etc. BUT, there is another contingent that likes the maps that are truly unusual.. From AOR to Fuedal to Arms Race!

When I hear complaints about people "not understanding those maps" and "let's limit access", I pretty much want to scream "But a LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE THOSE MAPS!". Also, the whole idea that understanding the "traditional" maps has to come first, will in any way really help folks understand those variety maps is just plain wrong. However, because you start with saying "go to the training ground, learn this style", you basically tell people to avoid all those other maps. This means you push people into the most competetive, highly skilled forms of play right off the bat. I admit, I came here because I wanted to play Risk online. However, I stayed because I found many other maps I could play. I quickly learned that I was "in over my head" in many standard (what we now call "Classic") map games. It was by going for the more unusual maps... Crossword, Coral Cairns and then Age of Merchants, that I found my "niche" and wound up enjoying this site enough to buy a premium.

So much of the orientation of this site now specifically turns newbies away from those options.

Now, I understand that its impossible to have a comprehensive training program for all the maps and map styles. There is nothing wrong with having a place for people to learn to play the standard maps. The problem is when there is no or almost no real and true discussion about the variety of maps.. not in a way that new people would or can understand. If you go to the Training Academy, for example, you see mention of other maps and playin styles, team teaching is already there, but you just don't see anything that says "hey, we have AOR.. we have Arms Race!.. we have Oasis... try some of those, too, they are different, but you might just find you like them!".

THAT, to me is what CC being professional would mean. Someone would come in.. maybe wanting area maps, maybe not (if promos change, fewer people will associate this site with Risk at all). Anyway, they come and see maps grouped by categories. Then THEY could decide FOR THEMSELVES what types of maps they would wish to play. Its not about telling people what they can and cannot or even "should" do, its about giving them the tools to enable them to better make those decisions themselves.

I know that has been controversial. Mostly because the opinions have come from the vocal old-timers, who to a large extent, are "stuck" on the "traditional maps" and really could care less about much of anything else. In this case, looking at those old timers for advice just won't work. They will tell you what is already here, what already makes them happy. In short, many of them would prefer CC had never changed. (I admit I concur about the ratings system.. but that's another story).

Trying to determine what maps people want to play at all is just wrong. The fact is, you never really know. People themselves don't know until they actually get in an play. I went on a "quest" to play & win every map, first 5 wins, then 10 wins. I found that after playing that many times, I disliked many maps I initially liked (yes, particularly the "standard area" maps.. I frankly find them similar and just boring), but wound up liking some maps I had initially HATED. Draknor,the dungeon is a good example. Its human nature to dislike things we don't really understand, cannot do well.

I said before, but I worked up some classifications for maps. It might have been a tad too detailed, but istead of looking at things like size, which is a pretty obvious and easy to grasp difference for anyone, I looked at play style. My idea was that people could gradually pcik maps that introduced various features, picking their own way to learning the maps. Some people might want to just start with maps that have bombardments or some strange-looking attack routes. Other people (like myself), however, might be happy plunging right into maps that play very differently.. knowing in advance that they will have to read the legend, learn different methods of play, etc. To "each his own". I firmly and completely reject almost all attempts to limit maps people CAN play, because people don't need "nanies". Instead, though, I would like to see better identification so people are not plunged unkowingly into stumbling on AOR the first time they try something other than classic.. or the first map they try, not realizing that this is just one of many, many very different maps.

I suggest first seperating and labeling the maps. Overall, standard play versus unusual play, complicated versus basic. I would keep the training program, but label it as a "program to learn classic play maps", not give the impression that this is the beginning step to all maps. (it is not!). It is great for people who want to learn to play the standard play maps in traditional ways, but is absolutely not an overall learning program. That's fine. There is no way to have a full training program for ALL maps, in a practical sense. However, people need to know that from the start more clearly. When and if they get tired of the training, they need to know there are other options and be able to easily find them. THAT is how people will wind up staying.. finding options when they get tired of what they have been playing.

When I started, there were less than 30 maps. (I actually thought there were fewer, but remembe searching and finding that number). I can remember being confused even then. Heaven help new people who start out now! Again, this is not about limiting maps or changing availability in any way, its about communication and labeling.

Even the current limits.. against Assassin, the very complicated maps (Waterloo, Iraq, etc) are rather pointless. They only apply for the first 5 games, which is hardly enough to really learn much about CC at this point, with the huge variety here. AND, there really is not a lot of communication about why those maps are limited. I would prefer that someone get a kind of "do you know what you are getting into?" warning the first time they try to play any of the unusual features or maps. Actually, I would like to see that the first time people click on ANY map. For example "you have picked a 'standard play map".. bonuses are 1 for every 3, more bonuses for areas"... etc . Or, better yet, have them grouped in the listings so people know before they even pick them what is involved. Then, maybe a brief "you do realize you picked Assassin.. Nuclear spoils.. etc.".."please be sure read the instructions for how these are played" the FIRST time someone picks those options. After that.. its time to just let people play or not play, as THEY decide.

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This whole concept has rather confused me. Going by some of the criteria, I could easily be labeled a "farmer", except that my rank is rarely very high ;) , and I basically just play games I start (with few exceptions) because it confuses me to switch colors all the time. As I said above, I start multiple games on unusual maps, play a lot of newbies. etc. I know other older players who have similar patterns. Johnny Rocket was trying to play more new people than anyone else (is he still? I don't know). I have seen several people I fully enjoyed playing "sent away" on accusations of farming because they just plain liked to play unusual maps. (one I remember used to start 20-30 AOR2 maps at a time). What harm did they cause? From the outset, I find concern over the ranks and such to be a tad silly, but that is just me. I know some people take it seriously. (I find the whole idea of comparing someone who plays AOR2 to Arm RAce to teamps on Classic map a bit.. odd). However, the thing is that people who take the rank seriously ALWAYS find issues with their opponents. Its almost a sport unto itself. "Win or, if you cannot win, chew down your opponent, convince yourself they really did not deserve to win!". I see most of that as pure grousing by what I hesitate to call "bad sports" (because for most it all IS just another part of the game.. another type of game-playing), but which I will say is really as much a side event as anythig else.

Anyway, the REAL issue, now is not "does the conquerer deserve to be there".. "do high rankers deserve their ranks". (Again, those issues will be argued, debated and eventually sorted out by those "in the running"). The REAL issue is what makes people stay and what makes people leave. BUT, the REAL answer there is "many things" or "it really depends on the person". And that is the true key to CC, as I see it. The more CC tries to please one group or the other, the more they wind up angering yet more people. Too often, they wind up not really pleasing those first intended to be pleased and also angering many others.

Of course, some of the biggest and most controversial changes have not really been by choice. CC CANNOT be Risk. That is what it is, but I don't think CC has done enough to see that as a positive. (again, "intensity cubes'' come on!.. infected nuetrals, on the other hand.. THAT is the kind of move away from Risk we need!).

The Rating system sort of fits both of the above. It DID need to change. I think most of us "longer standing" players recognized that. However, the change that was made, while it started out being a community effort and so forth, wound up being well... a half designed, poorly implemented idea that really pleases no one. I DO think that issue needs to be revisited. There ARE other options and enough time has passed that I believe people are able to remove themselves from the "I just want the old system" ideas that seemed to dominate discussions way back. I think we understand we need an automated system (no mod intervention except in extreme cases), but we also need something more equitable and easier to use than what exists now.

This is already far longer than I intended (sorry). Still, I hope you will give what I say some consideration. Either way.. thank you for your continued Efforts, team.. and Andy in particular
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby whitestazn88 on Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:07 am

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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby Woodruff on Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:19 am

PLAYER57832 wrote:First, regarding long-standing suggestions. The Suggs forum was a great idea, people like being able to contribute. However, when suggestions remain "ready to implement" for 2 years and still nothing.. its a waste.


Two years...ha...that's so cute!
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby Agent 86 on Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:25 am

Woodruff wrote:
PLAYER57832 wrote:First, regarding long-standing suggestions. The Suggs forum was a great idea, people like being able to contribute. However, when suggestions remain "ready to implement" for 2 years and still nothing.. its a waste.


Two years...ha...that's so cute!


Unfortunately it's true, not cute ;)
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby chapcrap on Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:09 pm

Mr Changsha wrote:Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Nope. It lacks a coherent vision. The continuous expansion of styles and maps has diluted the product. People come here to play Risk, but instead find a confusing mess of game styles that each no doubt attract a few, but in general fail to enthuse the mass.

Perhaps there should be ready made games for newbies with the 'normal' Risk settings. Is that something that is possible? A bunch of Auto, Seq, Standard, Escalating, Chained, Sunny games? Perhaps if these ready made games were ready from the beginning, then the new players would get a feel for the site on something familiar and stick around for a little more gaming on other maps and settings too.
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby QoH on Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:21 pm

Agent 86 wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
PLAYER57832 wrote:First, regarding long-standing suggestions. The Suggs forum was a great idea, people like being able to contribute. However, when suggestions remain "ready to implement" for 2 years and still nothing.. its a waste.


Two years...ha...that's so cute!


Unfortunately it's true, not cute ;)

I think he means it's cute since it's LONGER than 2 years... if something got implements in 2 years, that'd be a record!
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby barterer2002 on Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:37 pm

danfrank wrote:Although i agree with many of the points discussed , hell probably all of them. We dont know what direction the ownership would to head with this site. Infact there are many aspects that we as patrons do not know. i personally do not believe the site is a cash cow at this stage and any profit that is taken is definitly not reinvested with these same issues being unresolved.


A couple of responses to you here Dan.

1). According to Andy's charts, the low point for players on the scoreboard over the past 12 months has been 18,000 players. If we're generous and assume that 8000 of these players are not paying for premium memberships then CC is generating-at the low end $250,000/year in revenues (10,000*$25). Obviously the major expense is hosting. Behind that there are salaries for the admins, a minimal amount of advertising and potentially some licensing fees and after all that I'd wager that lack takes home 6 figures from CC.

2). In return for that, what does lack do for CC. Maps are contributed by users. Tournaments are created by users. Clans are created and run by users. The majority of new recruits come from current users or (free) search engines.

Most of us have been members for a number of years. Over that time we've had the following improvments

2011-clickable maps (not as an add on), Tournament searching for TOs, Random map medals
2010-nuclear spoils (and medals), skip game feature, chat upgrade, viewing teammate spoils, game invites, expanded scoreboard data, tournament pages (HOF, search, ongoing/join), adjustments to freestyle games
2009-in game stats (not as add on), manual troop placement, medals (Manual, Freestyle, Fog), autokicking multis, random map, death of flame wars,
2008-BETA maps, new ratings, medals
2007, speed games, 1v1 games, 7&8 player games, card counters, assassin games

Essentially that's 24 new improvements over a 5 year period. I find that unacceptable from a site owner who is essentially not here. As pointed out there are many numerous features in suggestions that have been listed on the "to do" list for many years. Lack does not interact with the community, rarely acknowledges that the community exists and from my perspective that's the point. MOst of the improvements in CC come from the community (which I'll give Lack due credit for establishing) but there are certain things that need to be done by the webmaster that are ignored and/or put off.
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby chapcrap on Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:02 pm

barterer2002 wrote:1). According to Andy's charts, the low point for players on the scoreboard over the past 12 months has been 18,000 players. If we're generous and assume that 8000 of these players are not paying for premium memberships then CC is generating-at the low end $250,000/year in revenues (10,000*$25). Obviously the major expense is hosting. Behind that there are salaries for the admins, a minimal amount of advertising and potentially some licensing fees and after all that I'd wager that lack takes home 6 figures from CC.

10,000? Are there really that many premium players? I find that number hard to believe. It seems to me like it has to be a much lower number than that. Andy, do you know how many players are premium?
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby MrBenn on Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:43 pm

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barterer2002 wrote:1). According to Andy's charts, the low point for players on the scoreboard over the past 12 months has been 18,000 players. If we're generous and assume that 8000 of these players are not paying for premium memberships then CC is generating-at the low end $250,000/year in revenues (10,000*$25). Obviously the major expense is hosting. Behind that there are salaries for the admins, a minimal amount of advertising and potentially some licensing fees and after all that I'd wager that lack takes home 6 figures from CC.

10,000? Are there really that many premium players? I find that number hard to believe. It seems to me like it has to be a much lower number than that. Andy, do you know how many players are premium?

I'm not Andy, but I'd guess its closer to something between 6-8k.

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AAFitz wrote:
show: Various Stats Long Term


So can I conclude from a quick look at these charts that CC activity is pretty steady overall, and that the only thing that is a problem is that we are apparently becoming worse players. (IE. the score is the only drop off.)

I think thats the scoreboard you're referring to, which basically means the amount of people that have been active within the last 30 days

Yeah - I think it's active players on the scoreboard, which is currently just under 17k
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby Woodruff on Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:30 pm

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PLAYER57832 wrote:First, regarding long-standing suggestions. The Suggs forum was a great idea, people like being able to contribute. However, when suggestions remain "ready to implement" for 2 years and still nothing.. its a waste.


Two years...ha...that's so cute!


Unfortunately it's true, not cute ;)


No, it's absolutely cute...because two years isn't the half of it.

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PLAYER57832 wrote:First, regarding long-standing suggestions. The Suggs forum was a great idea, people like being able to contribute. However, when suggestions remain "ready to implement" for 2 years and still nothing.. its a waste.


Two years...ha...that's so cute!


Unfortunately it's true, not cute ;)


I think he means it's cute since it's LONGER than 2 years... if something got implements in 2 years, that'd be a record!


Bingozactly. But we do get crap like nuclear spoils quickly!
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby Army of GOD on Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:51 pm

Or 'skip-a-game'
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby BigBallinStalin on Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:06 am

AAFitz wrote:
show: Various Stats Long Term


So can I conclude from a quick look at these charts that CC activity is pretty steady overall, and that the only thing that is a problem is that we are apparently becoming worse players. (IE. the score is the only drop off.)

I would once again like to add that new players are hugely affected by the rating system, and they end up getting much lower ratings than they probably deserve. I kept playing at CC partly because of the old feedback system, and that I had a good rating. Im not sure Id have stuck around if I got all ones on my first couple games simply because I was new, and had a horrible rating. Though....im not sure all would consider that a bad thing...

I think it is the most overlooked problem on the site....unless of course its been addressed in the years Ive been mentioning it...in which case...Kudos.


The data are only plotted over one year...
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby josko.ri on Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:14 pm

AndyDufresne wrote:
show: Various Stats Long Term


it is very obvious when number of total users started to go rapidly down. it may be argument that number of users are rapidly going down during summer, but summertime is not reason for that. number of active users started to go rapidly down from March 2011, which is far away from summertime. July and August 2010 had more users than May 2011 so for sure summertime is only make it looking worse, but is not real reason for site going rapidly down.

when we consider all aspects of the site, every aspect improves by time. map foundry making more and more maps by days, some of them are really awesome and playable, they are doing excellent work. newsletter team are also bigger and bigger by time. number of active clans also grows. strategy guide forum also make more and more guides by time. number of international forums are also growing. training groups/academy is increasing. Tournament section is also increasing, TPA event come to his 2nd edition. Tech team also do their job perfect, technical support is always on top level. Entertainment team put more and more events every year. so what should go bad, if every effort in every part of the site is increasing or at least stay at the same level?

unfortunately, there is part of the site which kills fun of users, especially with nonsense decisions, which started at March/April 2011. is this acicidentally the same month when number of active users rapidly went down and never stopped, and when series of "famous" C&A team decisions started? I do not think so, who would want to be on the site where 5000-9000 wiews had C&A topics when verdicts were unlogical, without precisely defined what is and is not against the rules, or without giving accused chance to defend himself? in addition, all that was made vs users who contributed the site by years on many different useful ways, and who are known by every longer time active CC user. so, is it really weird that interest for CC radiply went down after all that C&A festival vs top CC players started?

In every organization, officials and high placed persons are what make it successfull or unsuccesfull. when whole community see nonsenses in big verdicts, not precisely defined or unfair moves or rude behaviour done by officials, it is not weird that then whole site loose interest to contribute on the site.

if officials are rude like here: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=142480&hilit=king+achilles&start=285#p3116395
king achilles wrote:If you do not agree with the verdict, go to your local police station and file a complaint.


... and made guilty decisions vs the ones who contributed the site in very useful manners, and who often reported many hardcore cheaters like here:
viewtopic.php?f=239&t=143145
viewtopic.php?f=239&t=143433

... and make different decisons in the same situations, depends who are acused person and not what is done, like here:
Game 8613461 2011-03-23 04:28:41 - lord voldemort (former member of C&A team, who commented in gamechat and later those days sitters played his turns): b) i have two of the biggest guys on my side who have already looked at this game and said there was nothing wrong

2 months later, there was guilty verdict for doing the same which "2 of the biggest guys" thought was nothing wrong in the case above, but there was one big difference, players who did it were not former C&A moderators, they were just normal players without moderator or ex moderator status. viewtopic.php?f=239&t=145859&start=255#p3229429
king achilles wrote:Account sitting is for a definite period of time and NOT for an indefinite period. You can't assign an account sitter to account sit for you for as long as his blood is running into his veins. Then you can now sleep soundly whenever or do other stuff because you know he is going to save you from missing a turn. If you are capable of taking your turn, then take it. Do not make someone be responsible for your own account or lean too much for his advise.


... and make guilty verdicts for some arguments that were clearly rebutted by accused, leaving feeling that officials did not even read rebuttal arguments, like here:
viewtopic.php?f=239&t=145859&start=255#p3229429
king achilles wrote:For this case, at some point, josko.ri could/should have simply told the other players to stop relying on him to take turns for them.

is it need to add that I did not only could/should tell them to not rely on me but I also DID it, so I was guilty for not doing something that I DID!!! it was part of my defense and may be checked here: http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/cc4 ... onmoon.jpg
"2011-05-10 21:10:56 - josko.ri [team]: if you are sure you wont be here on time to play turn, then dont be affraid to play it without me. you are both very good players so feel free to take it alone if we are not able to make live agreement"

... and make guilty verdicts without answering on accused additional rebuttal arguments, like here: viewtopic.php?f=239&t=148339&start=75#p3302405

after that try from accused to speak with rebuttal arguments, and many discussions by multiple CC users about this in later posts, C&A moderators did not put single reply with precisely clarifying what is and what is not done, or with any public response to public rebuttal arguments, leaving feeling in the air like there is not everything done properly.

after all that made from C&A team from March 2011, every of the cases followed by 5000-9000 wiews, is it really so weird that CC rapidly started going down? in my country, when something is not working well, people say that it smells bad from head, not from tail. if head is not working well, nor tail will. CC players are not guilty that rules of the site are not well defined, and C&A team is obviously too proud to admit it and try to improve the rules and make it precisely. it is easier to punish users than to admit that rules were not declared well.

so you may see where lies causes for not effective, but terrible marketing done inside of CC. if inside users are dissapointed by heads, how do you expect that they will recommend CC for new users and the site would grow? you know that in marketing recommendation works much better than any advertisement and I doubt who will recommend CC to his friend after seeing all that described above.

who play a game he hope to grow by time, and possibly become top player during years. when C&A team show how they treat top players, and which type of flaming was done to them, it is not weird that people loose will to play.

in addition, there were opened many topics like this: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=148931 about sitting issues with point to make the rules more clear but there were never any voice from admins in those threads. it is perfect way to show how much admins care about community needs and about making rules clear. again, it is easier to punish users than to admit that rules were not declared well and try to improve them.

I expect that I will probably be punished for my post because it is normal to be punished when it is told something bad about head persons. I know that my conscience is clear and for every my statement I provided linked evidence, so everyone may check if I lied or told truth and it is often bad feeling to hear truth.
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby jpcloet on Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:39 pm

The actual premium membership is estimated to be around 4000 members.
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby chapcrap on Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:56 pm

jpcloet wrote:The actual premium membership is estimated to be around 4000 members.

Much less than the 10,000 guessed above. That equals $100,000 per year instead of $250,000.
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby Dako on Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:11 am

And 100k is not a big sum to live on them + reinvest them into the site.
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Re: Does ConquerClub lack effective marketing?

Postby Fruitcake on Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:29 am

jpcloet wrote:The actual premium membership is estimated to be around 4000 members.


On what do you base this?
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