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Paid Subscription Extras - What will you offer to Supporters?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by ArnyVee, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. ArnyVee

    ArnyVee Well-Known Member

    With vBulletin, I was able to offer various 'upgrades' such as additional PM space, less restriction on signature space or custom user title, etc.

    What will all of you offer supporters to your sites for their purchase of a paid subscription?
     
  2. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    I increase the PM limit and add site supporter below their username.
    It gives members a warm and fuzzy feeling.
    Also give them a sense of ownership
    And if they request, I mail them some site decals.

    I also have a donation progress bar with a goal of $100/month.
     
  3. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    The site I'm on that's still vB offers a subscription that allows you:
    • Custom Avatar (our site uses avatar galleries [of Pokemon, lol] by default; you have to be in certain usergroups to have a custom avatar)
    • Album Access
    • Blog Access
    • PM box storage expanded to 1,000 messages
    • No ads
    • Enhanced Reputation options (can give negative rep points, which was disabled for those not in secondary usergroups [i.e. those that just registered])
    • Ability to post in the For Sale Forum (which is for buying/selling stuff...not that anyone uses it :/)

    The new site we're working on (internet radio site with user influence on what's played) would allow users greater power in determining the playlist, though the finer details have yet to be worked out. :)
     
  4. ArnyVee

    ArnyVee Well-Known Member

    So far I've added the following for supporters at TeeVeeTown...
    • No ads
    • Username markup (color)
    • Usergroup image (star for supporters)
    • Listed on "Town Officials" page
    ....anything else that I can add with the 'default' options we have with xenForo?
     

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  5. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    Oh yes, Username markup.
    I don't limit ads. Ads provide some additional content.
    In my 6.5 years using adsense, no one has ever mentioned to get rid of them.
    They all understand it funds the site, including those who donate money.
    If ads really bother then, they probably would install an ad blocker.
     
  6. Floris

    Floris Guest

    At http://xenfans.com we offer whatever product/service we have listed in the client-area as a download for the period their premium account is valid. Additionally we give sneak peaks of work in progress. And xenforo stylers who have plans to list paid styles get permission to then list their styles in a thread in the resources area. We also take away certain restrictions and limits, such as flood time between posts, etc. And it's simply a status thing. Long time posting members might get the account upgrade automatically, but those who can't wait and skip that process can get an account upgrade. And this can be used by advertisers as well as members who donate.
     
  7. Handyman

    Handyman Member

    On my VB forum I don't allow users to have an avatar until they have made 40 posts, for some reason people love avatars and this encourages posting.
    However, I have a premium subscription that over rides the 40 posts so that users can have an avatar, as well as this they get...

    I also have adsense running, these combined more than pay for my dedicated box.
     
  8. boatswife

    boatswife Active Member

    I use a lot of what's been already posted.
    I routinely prune inactive members (support forum) but my 6 month and yearly subscribers are exempt from being deleted.
     
  9. mjp

    mjp Well-Known Member

    30 days free of mocking or ridicule. I think that's worth 10 or 20 bucks, isn't it?

    And a cheese platter. I'll throw that in.
     
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  10. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    Any sample of how it's implemented? I'm interested in seeing how people use username markup and usergroup image around the avatars so it gives significance to those paid users.

    There are some mods around here that I can't find.
     
  11. ArnyVee

    ArnyVee Well-Known Member

    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/usergroup-markup.5506/
     
  12. ArnyVee

    ArnyVee Well-Known Member

    Anything new in the way of 'paid' or 'supporter' privileges that have been offered to your members?
     
  13. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    Thinking about what I want to offer to supporters/donors for my forum (suggestions welcome):

    • Usergroup markup
    • Option to include an affiliate link in the sidebar block on the homepage
    • T-shirts? (thinking about using CafePress)
    • Something integrated with the radio station (probably more influence on what's played...haven't decided on that yet since the add-on I'm having done isn't finished yet)
     
  14. shawn

    shawn Well-Known Member

    Upload attachments directly to the forum (although I'm considering making this available to everyone)
    Ability to have an avatar
    Custom user title
    Upgraded PM box
    More characters and URL BB codes in signatures
    Search the forum every 10 seconds (instead of 30s interval for standard members)
    Access to several unmoderated/premium content subforums
    ... and a few other random odds and ends.

    Also... FYI... you'll get much better pricing on t-shirts by doing it through a screen printer local to you. We get short sleeve tees for roughly $7.50-10.50/ea (2x and bigger sizes cost more) once any taxes, setup fees, shipping/packaging, paypal charges, etc are out of the way. Tees ship USPS for about $3/ea. Only downside is that you have to buy them up front, so anticipating demand becomes a problem. Unrelated to the OP, I know... only brought it up b/c Trombones mentioned using a turnkey service.
     
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  15. Floris

    Floris Guest

    When I was doing the mugs for xenfans, I offered it half the cost of what it would be for me, and more discounts to staff and premium members. The reason why? It's cheap offline and online advertising, it's giving back to the community, and it's building great community feeling between registered members. I rather spend some money on giving back to the community - than on 10,000 impressions on some site that gives me 1 member that is probably a spammer.
     
  16. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    So, did you buy them all and ship them out yourself? I was researching this some more last night and there's no way to offer your own coupon codes, but I could add a "hidden section" with discounted prices that only supporters/premium members would get a link to.
     
  17. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

    It's very difficult with a "naked" Xenforo to do a paid subscription...with VB and VBCredits+VBShop you can offer some premium "rights":
    More PM Space
    More Signature Space
    Username Color
    Change Username
    More downloadable files
    etc. etc.

    I hope to see soon a serious credits/shop mod with Xenforo...
     
  18. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Yes, we bought them in one go, quality inspected them before shipping them with track/trace to the provided address by those who paid a bit for one or more.
     
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  19. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I had a ton of options with vBulletin 4 but with Xenforo this is all I've cooked up so far:

    Paid Subscriptions $10 a year non-recurring using Xenforo's built-in account upgrades system.

    Features List:

    Usergroup Markup
    Disable advertisements
    Delete your own threads
    Change your own screen name (every 88 days)
    View members who have read a thread
    View and post threads in a private, mostly unmoderated subforum
    Use Arrowchat which is a Facebook-Like chat bar with one-on-one video chat
    Rule of Four: Down-Vote System (from Jaxel'x XenUtililes mod)

    There are probably more privileges that VIP members have on my site that I can't think of at the moment.
     
  20. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    I'm bringing this back, as I'm considering memberships - my primary concern is that members who contribute start behaving differently in the forums? asking for different moderation treatment etc?
     

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