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G2x



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    31st of Jan '18 @ 7:57 PM


Are there any incentives or idea's for us to get this site popular again? I missed this game but don't like having 10-20 players on at a time.

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    8th of Feb '18 @ 12:02 PM


@G2x I'm not sure how to accomplish this, but it would be great!

I only found this site after searching through a list of active pet sites.. If it had been advertised on other sites I frequent (Flight Rising, tumblr, facebook), I may've found it sooner!





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    9th of Feb '18 @ 11:10 AM


@G2x - I completely agree. Right now lots of our spreading is through word of mouth (or shares on the Internet).

Our social media presence is pretty small right now but the easiest is if you are on Facebook/Twitter liking and sharing our content. If you click on the "Link to Us" banner you will get your referral link so you can get some incentives to have new people sign up smile_happy.gif



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    15th of Mar '18 @ 12:57 AM


How about better rewards for referrals? Honestly the RPs don’t seem to be worth the trouble.

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    15th of Mar '18 @ 3:17 PM


As a veteran member of Icepets and one of the top referrers, I have a couple ideas...

STEP 1: REDESIGN WITH NEW USERS IN MIND
A lot of people I have talked to are quickly put off by the layout. It's hard to argue that it feels dated and the design elements are far from impressive. I have really high hopes that the layout update will bring in troves of new users.
Feel free to argue with me, but I think the hallmarks of this site is the community and the artwork. I'm in love with so much of the art here, so it's always frustrating that our layout thems usually only include one or two pet/item icons!! I think it would be worth considering commissioning a layout theme of original artwork--not just preexisting item art photoshopped behind a pattern. Not only is this a new user's first impression of the site, but it reenforces a theme on every page. That theme should be uniqueness and quality. Maybe art of different icepets having a snowball fight? (it sucks bexxy doesn't do pet art anymore..)

STEP 2: ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN
Once the update happens, it will be a pivotal moment to launch an advertising campaign. It will require an investment on Judda's part, which I know isn't ideal, but I think even a month or two of advertising could have a huge impact if we're touting a re-designed site. There was an early period where the site was advertised online many years ago, and it certainly worked. That was before the era of easy Facebook advertising, which I think now has the potential to be even cheaper and more effective. It's a relatively small investment that would return quickly.

STEP 3: REFERRAL CONTEST
Once we have an influx of users from the ads, I would recommend having another referral contest. This would require more mod work to ensure people aren't creating multis, but it is a very cheap and VERY effective way to generate online buzz. During the 2012 referral contests, we had 30-40 players online at any given time almost the entire year. Of course you could skip the advertising and do this first, but it would not be nearly as effective. In the last several years, I have noticed the userbase "settle down". We simply don't have the same diverse reach into other online communities we used to. That's why I think advertising for a little bit first could be extremely helpful to create some pathways with other potential communities.

But going back to my first point, this really isn't a great option until the layout update happens. Doing a contest now might actually end up alienating people who would be interested in joining post-update.

Just some thoughts..

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    15th of Mar '18 @ 7:15 PM


@Hamchung77 - What type of items are you thinking?

And I agree with Static, for lots of our advertising, we really need to wait until the new layout is up because the layout as it stands today is a bit of a detractor smile_sad.gif



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    15th of Mar '18 @ 10:36 PM


@Static

Wow.



@Judda

So, instead of points that we get to spend, we get certain items when we reach a certain number of referrals. It could be iP, IC, or rare-ish items like Pet Slot Keys, Streak Fixers, etc... smile_unsure.gif

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    15th of Mar '18 @ 11:49 PM


@Static, I love when you post because you are so articulate, you get your point across very well.

@Hamchung77, That's a good idea too! Like definite tier rewards..

5 referrals = Pinata Snow Jar
10 = Halloween, Christmas, Dreamworld or Toon Snow Jar.
15 = Pet Slot Key
20 = 1 month gold account
etc.

I also think the Referral shop could use a new batch of items soon..



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    16th of Mar '18 @ 6:02 PM


I am completely on board with more items added to the referral shop. xD The main reason I don't back a tier method (unless it gets added in combination with the store)...you can only get the item once. I'd like to have the option to buy something from a shop a couple times if I want more than one.

I can understand the desire to wait for any huge advertising boost until the new layout is done since it can cost money to run adds (although free speech is always handy on social media platforms).

I personally don't have many friends who play these kinds of sites so I more or less bug family when I can get them to follow along, ha.




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    16th of Mar '18 @ 7:54 PM


Posted by @IcePrincess


unless it gets added in combination with the store.


Yes!! I think both would be beneficial..

One game I play, Smite, Gives you 2 types of referral bonuses. 1 for playing with your referred friend, and 2 when they level their account up to level 15.



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    17th of Mar '18 @ 2:49 AM


@Cowpro

Yes. Great tiers prizes you thought of! smile_happy.gif

And the referral shop can still exist, maybe apart from those items you still get RPs fro, referrals :3

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    17th of Mar '18 @ 9:05 AM


@Cowpro Your idea got my wheels turning.

Is everyone here familiar with MLM companies? Where the 'leader' or recruiter gets benefits for their downline members aka people they recruited?

This may be way over the top for the site, but I want to throw it out there as an idea!

There could be different goals on the site for new members to get (some examples)

- Reach 25 posts
- Have 30 stamps in your album
- Groom your pet 50 times

etc etc

As a member reaches these goals they get a little reward as well as the person who recruited them. It can be easy goals with cheaper prizes or harder ones etc.

This could entice the recruiter to also keep an eye on those they recruited and help them be successful on the site and promote activity from both parties as well.

This could probably turn badly if someone owns a popular website and invites like 100 friends and thus they get a huge advantage...but who knows, could be something worth considering smile_happy.gif

Prizes could even just be points to spend in the shop. smile_happy.gif




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Static



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    17th of Mar '18 @ 11:27 PM


Hmm people could receive points every time a user they refer levels up their dragon statue?

But I also agree the store could use some fresh items.

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    18th of Mar '18 @ 1:51 PM


There's a Youtuber by the name of Pet Simmer Julie that has a big influence over what pet sim games her viewers watch. If we could get her to play Ice Pets, even just to try it out, then I bet some of her viewers would hop on here.



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