This post is going to be a little out of the ordinary and I’m going to be asking for feedback, I don’t think my readership is all that large but I’ll be mentioning it in my notecards to the update list etc…
I have a sincere question about in world groups…. Group slots have generally always been an issue in SL. When they raised the limit of groups from 15 to 25 (yes, omg can you believe it when I joined it was only 15 I think) people thought their problems were over. They have yet again raised the limit to 42 with the caveat that they may reduce that count IF lag and/or other issues becomes too much of a problem with people having that many groups. With the problems of keeping groups between rentals, vip groups, friends, family, land… you get the idea, the update subscribe list became mine and most merchants friend.
With the limit raised I have been considering giving the in world group a few more benefits assuming that folks may be more willing to keep a store in a slot.
Fast forward to now… you have a choice, what kind of group do you think is most appealing?
Option 1: The group is open enrollment, kept that way in general. Group discounts may be applied, the odd freebie every once in awhile or perhaps group only type announcement or benefit is thrown out there… if a special group only event occurs it may be closed during to make it more ‘special’.
Option 2: The group has a nominal fee to join, say… 200-500L but you are guaranteed some special compensation for paying into the group. Special freebies available only to groupies, sales, and other things on a rather regular basis… this group could also on occasion be closed during more special offer event type deals if they occur.
Option 3: Closed group by invitation only. Can only join if given an invitation, also has guaranteed specials, sales, and events announced available only to them.
I have seen all three options used… because I know group space is generally dear and hard to come by along with the fact most people really –don’t- need extra spam I am wanting to ask you folks what do you think works best or would draw your attention from a consumers point of view and give you the most benefit.
Now with all that said… I GREATLY appreciate feedback on all levels, good… bad… or indifferent, so to prove that I’m willing to send a gift to everyone who responds either in world on a notecard to me, Searlait Nitschke, (please title it something like… “Data Mining for Roawenwood [date here]” or commenting here on the blog. Please let me know your SL name if you comment here and it is not the same as in world. Thanks very much, till next time!