Author Topic: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up  (Read 1697 times)

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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2017, 08:57:48 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestion guys.

I think a donate button is a good idea. I've resisted that for a long time since MBP is a business, but there are obviously people that would donate just because they like/use the forum, or the Etcher's Paradise. So, I'll make that happen. A small reward could be cool, too e.g. quality sticker, picks, that sort of thing. I did have those a few years ago and could certainly do it again. I'll take a look today at getting some made.

I'm dead set against charging anyone a fee for selling boards here, or charging the "sponsored" stores for their forum presence. The indirect benefit of this forum being a marketplace and a common meetup is more than enough reward and I think a fee would be a barrier that would make people go elsewhere. A donate button would provide the opportunity to allow those parts of the community to give back if they want but it is not something I would expect or ask for.

The main areas I need to focus attention on are increasing sales and actually doing some marketing. I say that every year though, haha. But, rest assured, MBP is still in good shape. The first half of 2017 was pretty concerning but the second half picked up steam and there won't be any noticeable impact from the end-user/customer side yet. Prices will not increase, and projects will still get released. I may down-size the roster a bit but mostly that would be to make room for newer stuff.

One last idea I'm considering is doing limited runs of older projects. Maybe bring back a couple of missed projects in batches of 10-25. So, I might start a thread where people can make suggestions on an old project they'd like to have and do a sign-up/pre-order type thing.
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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2017, 09:08:10 AM »
Honestly, Iíve wanted a madbean sticker on my minivan for s long time.

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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2017, 09:09:16 AM »
I second what everyone else said: I frequent this forum a lot, I'm glad it exists, it is a great community - and I have hardly built any pedal at all this year. Finishing older projects, and doing a bit of amp and guitar stuff. But I don't think I bought from Brian this year at all, I hate to admit it. So yes, a donate button is a great idea!
Also the limited release of older projects (Sparkplug V2!!)

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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2017, 09:49:34 AM »
Awesome idea for the donate button, the stickers (I love stickers!) and signup sheets for older projects!

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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2017, 10:16:54 AM »
Honestly, Iíve wanted a madbean sticker on my minivan for s long time.

Out on the road, today I saw a Madbean sticker on a Minivan.
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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2017, 10:59:10 AM »
I could t possibly add to whatís been said, other than, itís nice to see the new faces around weíve seen. This is the nicest, self policing site on teh interwebz.


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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2017, 12:09:48 PM »
 I know I don't post a lot  ( I guess I've been lucky with trouble shooting! ), but I have learned a lot from this forum. Not to
mention, everybody seems cool to get along with, as well as generous! I would have no problem with a membership fee, or
a donate button. It's worth it!

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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2017, 01:04:53 PM »
Perhaps, in 2018 we could have a slack channel for better communication. I don't mind to help get started.

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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2017, 02:49:36 PM »
Thanks for doing what you do Brian.
Whenever I get the hankering to build something MadBean is the first place I check in.

All the best in the new year.
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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2017, 06:44:57 PM »
So, 2018 will technically be the 10th anniversary of MBP (if you do inclusive counting starting from 2009). Seems like a good time to update the sticker and offer it for the donation option. I really wish I had done this a month ago when Sticker Robot was offering a ridiculous discount!




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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #25 on: December 21, 2017, 06:48:02 PM »
Itís counter productive, but will there be a limited edition  10th anniversary pcb?


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« Reply #26 on: December 21, 2017, 07:06:04 PM »
Itís counter productive, but will there be a limited edition  10th anniversary pcb?


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I'm actually thinking about that, too.
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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #27 on: December 21, 2017, 07:37:27 PM »
Itís counter productive, but will there be a limited edition  10th anniversary pcb?


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I'm actually thinking about that, too.

It should be matte black with gold plating.  Fancy.
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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #28 on: December 21, 2017, 10:09:52 PM »
Itís counter productive, but will there be a limited edition  10th anniversary pcb?


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I'm actually thinking about that, too.

It should be matte black with gold plating.  Fancy.

That sounds like when your YouTube subscriber hits 100k or something. Unfortunately, the subscriber list is still at 978 subscribers.

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Re: 2017 Year-end Wrap-Up
« Reply #29 on: December 21, 2017, 10:16:59 PM »
I really like the idea of doing small batches of older projects. There are many projects that I would have bought if I was around when they were being sold. Also I agree with the donate button as well. Iím not super prolific at building or active in the forum but this has seriously been the best hobby ever and this is by far the best place to learn.