I also really enjoyed the “Think Tank Dialogs”.
** SUGGESTION **
Just add a staff forum for this sort of think tank dialog. Right there with the other forums. Give it a catchy name and see what happens. Was the private forum from a couple of years back such a dismal failure?
** QUESTION **
Did people not view TTD out of lack of interest - or was it actually site design or lack of awareness of the feature?
** OBSERVATION **
It takes 5 “page downs” (I’ll call this a “page” for my purposes) at my current screen resolution just to look at the T-Nation home page. And it’s a DAMN BUSY page. I’m not saying it isn’t PRETTY, but I for one think that some of the information/features available gets lost in there. Yes, it is a fully featured T-Nation portal, but –
Look at the top portals: Yahoo - approximately 1 page. MSN - approximately 1 page. Commercial websites? Amazon is about 2 pages. And at the extreme end look at Google: 1/2 page.
[Most Recent Articles - 1/2 page ]
[Special Reports - 1/2 page ]
[Products - 1+ pages ]
[Library - 1 page ]
[Forums - 1 page ]
Maybe I’m blind but I didn’t even NOTICE the new audio feature until someone mentioned it in the forums. My eyes just filtered it out as another fancy t-nation graphic.
** THINKING OUT LOUD **
I wish I knew the profiles of who used the feature and who didn’t. For example, maybe it was the least popular feature, but it was used by the people who buy the most supplements!
It would be good business to track data like that! If the most popular features are used by the leeches and the least popular by the top customers, would that effect things?