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What sort of advertising would you find acceptable on the forum?

CTC related services only (eg CDF)
17
13%
General cycling related adverts, as might be found in Cycle magazine.
37
28%
None, leave the forum as is.
76
58%
 
Total votes: 130

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Forum advert banner

Postby Si » 2 May 2013, 2:25pm

The possibility of adding an advert banner to the forum has been tabled.
Below is a mock-up of what it might look like.
Your views on such a move are invited by the CTC (please keep it clean: "the facts ma'am, just the facts" :lol: )


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Why would we want adverts?
I guess that there are two answers: to tell people about the other services that the CTC offers, such as the CDF for example.
To bring in money to the CTC, thus possibly reducing the need for future subs increases.

Don't ask me what the numbers are though 'cos I don't know.

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Re: Forum advert banner

Postby Mark1978 » 2 May 2013, 2:41pm

As long as it's as depicted I wouldn't have a problem. Money has to come from somewhere...

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Re: Forum advert banner

Postby Mick F » 2 May 2013, 2:48pm

I don't like it and I don't want it.
I don't like adverts generally and I reckon that once we have this one on the top, we'll have ones down the side as well. Thin end of the wedge?

We keep this forum clean and it's all the better forum for it. Adverts are clutter and pointless. We come on here for the chat and the information and to swap yarns, not to see adverts.

The very presence of this forum - and it's name - is advert enough. There are already links at the top of the page to CTC, and from CTC back to here.
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Re: Forum advert banner

Postby gaz » 2 May 2013, 2:59pm

Hmm, seems to be room for one of those on the CTC home page.

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I wouldn't take issue with one on the forum as well.
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Re: Forum advert banner

Postby Mr. Viking » 2 May 2013, 3:01pm

I think it is better if a forum is kept free of advertisement

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Postby rualexander » 2 May 2013, 3:33pm

Mick F wrote:I don't like it and I don't want it.
I don't like adverts generally and I reckon that once we have this one on the top, we'll have ones down the side as well. Thin end of the wedge?

We keep this forum clean and it's all the better forum for it. Adverts are clutter and pointless. We come on here for the chat and the information and to swap yarns, not to see adverts.

The very presence of this forum - and it's name - is advert enough. There are already links at the top of the page to CTC, and from CTC back to here.


+1

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Re: Forum advert banner

Postby cjchambers » 2 May 2013, 5:58pm

^^ What MickF said.

I actively avoid messy, cluttered forums.

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Re: Forum advert banner

Postby ferrit worrier » 2 May 2013, 6:50pm

Agree with Mick, CJ and others keep the forum clear of adverts, we get enough rubbish through the letter box with junk mail, adverts on the telly etc. please keep it clear. I'm going before I get on my soap box :evil:
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Re: Forum advert banner

Postby Vantage » 2 May 2013, 7:37pm

+1 against adverts.
I enjoy the clean look of this forum and would hate to see it "cheapened" by ads.
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Re: Forum advert banner

Postby Vorpal » 2 May 2013, 8:02pm

Lots of people ask here what to do about potholes and smidsy. Could we consider those two items (and only those two)? Is there a benefit to making more users of the forum aware of 'Stop Smidsy' & 'Fill That Hole'?

Are they really adverts? Or more along the lines of a public service announcement?
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Re: Forum advert banner

Postby JohnW » 2 May 2013, 8:49pm

Mick F wrote:I don't like it and I don't want it.
I don't like adverts generally and I reckon that once we have this one on the top, we'll have ones down the side as well. Thin end of the wedge?

We keep this forum clean and it's all the better forum for it. Adverts are clutter and pointless. We come on here for the chat and the information and to swap yarns, not to see adverts.

The very presence of this forum - and it's name - is advert enough. There are already links at the top of the page to CTC, and from CTC back to here.


+1

I am definitely with Mick on this.

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Re: Forum advert banner

Postby meic » 2 May 2013, 9:34pm

I would rather not have it but I bet I would cease to even see it after a week.

Would it be possible to turn it "off" in your control panel, for those who dont like it?

Is this an idea for promoting CTC-related endeavours or the opening up for commercial advertising?
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Re: Forum advert banner

Postby al_yrpal » 2 May 2013, 10:50pm

Personally don't mind, I find most adverts don't have any impact on me.

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Re: Forum advert banner

Postby Si » 3 May 2013, 8:35am

meic wrote:
Is this an idea for promoting CTC-related endeavours or the opening up for commercial advertising?


Can't answer that one at the moment - I shall ask a man who can. However, the adverts will be remotely controlled by CTC N.O., thus the forum staff will have no control in what appears there (i.e. don't blame us :lol: ).

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Re: Forum advert banner

Postby jonathan.pontet » 3 May 2013, 9:23am

Thanks to you all for posting your thoughts on this proposal. Just to clarify- yes the intention is to offer this space to external companies for banner advertising.

Many of you receive Cycle magazine and it is the type of adverting that you see there that you can expect to see used in the ads here in the forum i.e. something very much of interest to cyclists.

We don't have an advertiser lined up for now- so we would run ads for CTC's services (Fill That Hole, Stop SMIDSY etc) in the interim.
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