Black Friday Site Suggestions
Posted Jul 14, 2005 - 9:23 am
Yes, we know it's still over 4 months until Black Friday, but considering how busy the site was last year, and that this year will be even crazier, we thought we'd start taking suggestions for the site. We know a lot of you found GD because of BF and therefore we want to do whatever we can to make this year's site better and attract more people to the site and forum. We anticipate even more competition this year, but we plan to continue our reign as "Kings of Black Friday"
For reference, here is the archived version of last year's site: http://blackfriday.g...al.com/home.php
So let us know about any features you want to see added, ways to organize things better, etc... this year's site is in it's early stages of development, so there is plenty of time to add new stuff.
One thing that I will say is that we are going to tie in your forum membership with the site (just like we do for the main GD site now) so if you have a forum membership, when you go to the BF site it will recognize you, so your personalized shopping list info will be saved unlike last year, you can be notified about new ads being posted, view your saved searches, etc... all from one personalized page.
Also give us your opinions on the BF forum. Last year we played around with requiring people to register to view that subforum (which caused 3000+ people to register, never post, and never come back after BF). What can we do to encourage more posting and more conversation?
Posted Jul 14, 2005 - 12:49 pm
Posted Jul 14, 2005 - 1:04 pm
Posted Jul 14, 2005 - 6:05 pm
I am not sure how to get more people here to post regularly. Deal hunting is a great thing but at first glance I would never think this was a friendly place or online community. I also think that other sites have an advantage because their content is formed from a hobby (scrapbooking, automobiles, computers, etc).
Over at twopeasinabucket.com, a lot of members have photobars and avatars with pictures of themselves or things that are important to them. I think that has helped people in that community form friendships because people feel they "know" other members. Maybe we could get some people to do that here?
in my avatar that is me licking the controller
Posted Jul 14, 2005 - 6:09 pm
in my avatar that is me licking the controller
I hope you sanitized it well--something that old is probably crawling with germs!! You have a very pretty jaw, but I always thought you were a guy. I'm so sorry!! beatmix just sounds like a male nick, I guess. Now that I know better, I won't make that mistake again :-)
Posted Jul 15, 2005 - 1:13 am
Posted Jul 15, 2005 - 6:55 am
Posted Jul 15, 2005 - 7:09 am
* an RSS feed is a possibility, but I'd be worried about abuse. If we had an RSS feed of all the sales, what's to stop one of our competitors from creating their own BF site that is updated directly with our information. with the deals on the site now, there isn't much people can do because you need the links from our site. but with the BF sales, it's just text - anyone could take it. we had enough sites copying and pasting our lists last year without giving credit - we wouldn't want to make it any easier. but we'll still consider it. at the very least we could have an RSS feed with "news" updates. things like "walmart sale items posted - laptop for $399, etc..." and then link it back to the site.
that's all. keep the ideas coming
That makes sense. I'm on the site enough that it doesn't really matter. I was kind of wanting the RSS feed, so I could put it on my Axim and have it handy for the B&M deals. No need to make copying all you work easier for the competition, that's for sure.
Posted Jul 15, 2005 - 7:27 am
Hello, I found this forum last year because of black Friday. I have always visited it since, just lurk more than anything.
Kinda funny, cause it is like I know a lot of you, cause I come here at least 3-5 times a week, just browsing, looking to see if anything is on sale that I could use.
I don't have any recommendations, but did like how you set it up last year. I also liked the forum too.
Thanks for putting this together, and showing us all the deals you find, and all the hard work you do around here.
You should stick around and post more.
Posted Jul 15, 2005 - 7:37 am
If that's the reason you want it, we could just add the RSS feed a few days before BF itself. That way it's too late for anyone to build a site around it, but you'll have the info.
I was kind of wanting the RSS feed, so I could put it on my Axim and have it handy for the B&M deals. No need to make copying all you work easier for the competition, that's for sure.
Posted Jul 26, 2005 - 6:06 pm
Posted Jul 26, 2005 - 6:10 pm
Posted Jul 27, 2005 - 10:38 am
Posted Jul 28, 2005 - 5:36 am
Posted Jul 28, 2005 - 7:07 am
That may be true, but keep in mind that we had well over 3,000 people register for the forum last year during BF to read or post on the Black Friday board (which was open to registered members only). If they just wanted the information about that ads, that was on the BF site and didn't require any registration, so that tells us that people like the pre-BF conversation on here as well as the actual ads.
I think a lot of BF dealhunters are just looking for good prices and not necessarily to join any sort of forum.
Posted Jul 28, 2005 - 6:10 pm
Posted Jul 28, 2005 - 6:18 pm
your post talking about your junk being licked??? I know, I'm sooooooooo funny.
Hahaha.... NO, but it looks like you took one of my suggestions with your avatar. I feel more at home already.
Edit: Oh, and twopeasinabucket.com was mentioned in a news article on yahoo the other day. I believe it was a national article. Imagine if GottaDeal got that kind of press.
Posted Jul 29, 2005 - 5:53 am
RE: your suggestion/s... don't people do that already - albeit, not with pictures of themselves, but with images that somehow represent what they like (or are like)? You, for instance - based on your avatar, I would say DigDug is probably your favorite Atari game; before that, I knew you like cats. Another example, mrn8 - I'd say he probably likes Greg Maddux and baseball; prior to that, I knew he likes Vai/guitars. beatmix01, though? It's anybody's guess... but whatever that guess may be, they're probably right.
/me looks at my post again
Tell me: how would you expect/encourage people to post a picture of themselves, when you haven't done so yourself?
And on a more personal note, please refrain from talking about/thinking about/mentioning anything about twopeasinabucket.com anymore for your own good! Trust me on this one.
Posted Oct 30, 2005 - 8:45 am
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