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Mark Whitmore

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    Mark Whitmore got a reaction from Alejandro in Ways to encourage reviews - let's discuss!   
    Hello Alejandro and fellow JReviewers!
    I hope this in the correct area. 
    I think we all agree that Alejandro is a genius and I've said as much in a review on the JED. He's given us the tools to create our own directory sites and for that I will be extremely grateful. However, I'd imagine many JReviewers over the past decade or so have had an idea about how their own sites should look and operate. I don't have the facts but I'm guessing here that many JReviews sites do not make it into the production stage and, the few that actually do, will not last the distance. This is certainly an issue I've discovered over the years. I've had at least 2 variations of my current site. Initially, it was created under JReviews about 8-9 years ago. This didn't last long as I struggled to promote and encourage interaction from users. The second attempt was using a mixture of plugins on the Wordpress framework which, again, didn't last too long. I fell out of love with the design and ended up burning myself out with too many listings and directories. 
    The idea for this thread is to encourage debate between fellow administrators about how they garnered user interaction. I think it will be beneficial for this JReviews family to share tips and advice on how to grow their directories.
    A tip I'll share is on my listing detail page I've included the following module just above the review form:
    We want your opinion on {listingtitle}! Why not write a review below and tell us what you think... I'm hoping this will encourage more interaction. Another tip I will share is that people generally need prompting to carry out an action. Have you ever watched a popular YouTube video and wondered how the channel managed to hit millions of subscribers? Sure, content is extremely important. Notice that most of the videos will prompt people to click a "Subscribe" button. Most videos will end with an audible prompt asking people to "subscribe for more content", too. This is a very effective marketing technique.
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    Mark Whitmore got a reaction from Alejandro in Ways to encourage reviews - let's discuss!   
    Hello Alejandro and fellow JReviewers!
    I hope this in the correct area. 
    I think we all agree that Alejandro is a genius and I've said as much in a review on the JED. He's given us the tools to create our own directory sites and for that I will be extremely grateful. However, I'd imagine many JReviewers over the past decade or so have had an idea about how their own sites should look and operate. I don't have the facts but I'm guessing here that many JReviews sites do not make it into the production stage and, the few that actually do, will not last the distance. This is certainly an issue I've discovered over the years. I've had at least 2 variations of my current site. Initially, it was created under JReviews about 8-9 years ago. This didn't last long as I struggled to promote and encourage interaction from users. The second attempt was using a mixture of plugins on the Wordpress framework which, again, didn't last too long. I fell out of love with the design and ended up burning myself out with too many listings and directories. 
    The idea for this thread is to encourage debate between fellow administrators about how they garnered user interaction. I think it will be beneficial for this JReviews family to share tips and advice on how to grow their directories.
    A tip I'll share is on my listing detail page I've included the following module just above the review form:
    We want your opinion on {listingtitle}! Why not write a review below and tell us what you think... I'm hoping this will encourage more interaction. Another tip I will share is that people generally need prompting to carry out an action. Have you ever watched a popular YouTube video and wondered how the channel managed to hit millions of subscribers? Sure, content is extremely important. Notice that most of the videos will prompt people to click a "Subscribe" button. Most videos will end with an audible prompt asking people to "subscribe for more content", too. This is a very effective marketing technique.
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    Mark Whitmore got a reaction from Alejandro in Integration with AltaUserPoints   
    Yes Alejandro, works perfectly from my initial testing. Good job.
    See for yourself: https://footballrated.com/wingers/686-mohamed-salah
    The activity stream from Alta is on the left sidebar. Activity menu item working well. Plugin for CB working well, too. All working.
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    Mark Whitmore got a reaction from Marcel Malíček in Default values in text field   
    I have a big text area field and I want it to display a message if no data is entered such as, "No description available just yet"... how would I accomplish this?
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