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#1 jbadams   Senior Staff   -  Reputation: 18211

Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:59 PM

Hey guys!

 

We're currently trying to improve our email newsletter, GDNet Direct, and we'd love your feedback so we can make the best newsletter possible.

 

 

What do you want to see in a newsletter, and how regularly (if at all) would you like to receive it?

 

 

If you don't mind, it would also really help us out if you could provide some information along with your responses so we know what sort of people are asking for certain things:

  • Do you currently receive the newsletter?
  • Do you always read it?  If not, how often do you read it?
  • How often do you visit the site?

 

Thanks so much for any feedback you're able to offer! smile.png



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#2 Icebone1000   Members   -  Reputation: 1063

Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:05 AM

news what? =x

I almost always have a gamedev tab open..

 

Id like to receive hottest topics and articles(including journals posts) of the week...just to be sure I didnt lost any good information.



#3 Michael Tanczos   Senior Staff   -  Reputation: 5191

Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:50 AM

If you go to the frontpage there is a button you can click to sign up for the newsletter on the right hand side of the screen (it's inside a block).

 

It looks like this and we are sending it out twice a week starting next week on Tuesday and Thursdays:

http://www.gamedev.net/page/info/newsletter/newsletter.html



#4 Krohm   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3065

Posted 22 June 2013 - 02:23 AM


Do you currently receive the newsletter?
Nope. Signed up now.

#5 jbadams   Senior Staff   -  Reputation: 18211

Posted 22 June 2013 - 04:00 AM

Any other feedback?

 

Even if you're not a subscriber, we'd love to hear what you might like to see in a newsletter -- or even why you would never consider signing up!



#6 weymiensn   Members   -  Reputation: 180

Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:33 AM

I was not subscribed (just did), but then again I just joined this community just recently and as such I cannot critique the current newsletter that you are providing. However, I can share my input on newsletter in general. Most often I sign up for newsletters, but after the first few I regretfully unsubscribe, because they are nothing more of cheap content such as links to hot posts on the forums and most often something like "Screenshot of the Month" depending on the kind of site your are... there is/was no added value to be subscribed to those newsletters.

 

While it is always fun and nice to have those allerts telling you: "Hey, some cool discussion is/was going on here. Check it out." I want something extra in my newsletter. Unique content that is unique to the newsletter, a unique selling point. Thus that is what I hope to find in a newsletter that little bit extra unique to a newsletter, though I cannot say what that would/should be.

 

I hope this was helpful in anyway whatsoever.

 

weymiensN

 

PS: If I remember, I shall share my opinion on the newsletter once I have received and read one.


Edited by weymiensn, 28 June 2013 - 08:35 AM.


#7 Stormynature   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3279

Posted 28 June 2013 - 09:24 AM

Have been signed up for the newsletter for so long that it surprised the crap out of me when I started receiving it. Things I would like to see but am patient enough to accept that some may not happen and others may take time.

 

1) Individualised newsletters that bring news to you from the forums for which you select to be advised on...for example being told about an XNA article holds no desire for me but might be completely relevant to another member.

2) Some of the juicier rss feeds for colouration

3) a comics section

4) an editorial / or perhaps meet the staff/moderators series of pieces - this might extend to a "meet the gd-net member" along the road.

5) A design the next GD-NET logo competition.....'cause lets face it, you know its going to happen someday...the history proves it :)

6) But mostly we should present the newsletter in the old black format for those cantankerous aged ones who bemoan the loss of the old style thus salving their wounds :D



#8 jbadams   Senior Staff   -  Reputation: 18211

Posted 29 June 2013 - 07:19 PM

Great feedback guys -- I'll respond to some specific points in more detail either later today or tomorrow.

 

Just to re-iterate, any and all feedback is welcome -- you don't have to be a subscriber!



#9 jbadams   Senior Staff   -  Reputation: 18211

Posted 30 June 2013 - 04:27 AM


Unique content that is unique to the newsletter, a unique selling point. Thus that is what I hope to find in a newsletter that little bit extra unique to a newsletter, though I cannot say what that would/should be.

Does anyone else have further feedback on this?  What might make a good additional inclusion?  Some of Stormynature's suggestions could potentially be workable.

 

 


1) Individualised newsletters that bring news to you from the forums for which you select to be advised on...for example being told about an XNA article holds no desire for me but might be completely relevant to another member.

That's something we would like to be able to do in future.  To do this we need to be able to correctly identify the content that interests a particular members, and we need to have enough of that content to present something new/interesting.  These are both problems we're working on solving, but it may take us some time.

 

 


3) a comics section
4) an editorial / or perhaps meet the staff/moderators series of pieces - this might extend to a "meet the gd-net member" along the road.

These are interesting ideas that we might be able to do -- it'd be a fair amount of work, and we might not be able to manage it for every newsletter depending on how often we're publishing, but it may be something we can do sometimes.  Similar ideas might be short opinion or editorial pieces (either written by staff/mods, or contributed), or even industry relevant jokes.

 

 

 

We'd still love more feedback!



#10 Alpha_ProgDes   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4688

Posted 30 June 2013 - 04:33 AM

I remember on the old site there was a section for Game Dev for certain geographical locations. So on the newsletter is there a way to have a section like: Game Dev Events Happening in Your Location/Area.


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#11 weymiensn   Members   -  Reputation: 180

Posted 30 June 2013 - 10:40 AM


3) a comics section
4) an editorial / or perhaps meet the staff/moderators series of pieces - this might extend to a "meet the gd-net member" along the road.

 

These are interesting ideas that we might be able to do -- it'd be a fair amount of work, and we might not be able to manage it for every newsletter depending on how often we're publishing, but it may be something we can do sometimes.  Similar ideas might be short opinion or editorial pieces (either written by staff/mods, or contributed), or even industry relevant jokes.

 

Depending on the frequency of the newsletter you could perhaps have the unique content do round-robin type of thing: Week 1 - A; Week 2 -B; Week 3 - C and Week 4 D. This would give you the editiors a month time for each specific unique content, because each content type would only be recurring once a month only. This should give ample time to prepare for each topic, though it would, of course, still be a lot of work.

 

Though it is not quantity that matters here, but the quality. A short funny bone added to the newsletter to lighten up the mood, would be pleasant to read every week, no?



#12 Memories are Better   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 769

Posted 28 July 2013 - 05:59 PM

I am not subscribed to the newsletter BUT you could always do a "voting" mail or software politics, it's what the SharpDX team do, send mail when there is something important to vote for, for example a mail explaining a brief idea of what to vote for then the link, see http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/4233646-allow-net-games-on-xbox-one for an idea of how it can be worked

 

I would sub to mail like that, perhaps GD want peoples votes on something important too and something as large as GD would generate enough noise politically?

 

I think thanks to feeds / blogs newsletters are somewhat dying tbh

 

E- Screwed up the wording, would have removed the link as it might feel like a thread hijack haha but history makes that pointless


Edited by Dynamo_Maestro, 28 July 2013 - 06:02 PM.


#13 mike656   Members   -  Reputation: 152

Posted 11 September 2013 - 03:32 PM

Despite some beliefs, I disagree that newsletters are dieing. They are a special niche for certain groups at certain times. For instance... there are times when I don't have time to scour my favorite websites for headlines & content. I'd rather receive an email, which because of my type of work, I check multiple times a day -- sometimes dozens of times. I may not have the time to jump into a given site and wander off into a tangent (which is what happens when I surf a site), I'll spend a minute reading a quick newsletter and more importantly... I'll save that newsletter for a later time or I will delete it if there's nothing of interest. More often than not, I will save the email for later and come back to it when I have the time and review it in more detail and/or click through to the website. Having the newsletter is way more productive for me and gives me something to come back to on my own time. With it being in my inbox it becomes a mental note and with my type of behavior will generate more hits to a given site over time. 

 

I guess I'm a newsletter junky. I receive dozens of newsletters and actively go through each one. I won't always check a favorite website on a daily basis though. Of course, not everyone has the time that I do and I can remember times when I just let my newsletters pile up unread only to later delete them when the content became old.

 

I do read the current newsletter and would actually like to see them in my inbox more often. Once a week would be good and would keep me active. More than that becomes troublesome and I doubt I'd be able to keep up. I've signed up for a few newsletters in the past that ended up blasting me with stuff to read every few days and I quickly became overwhelmed and ended up unsubscribing from them. I honestly don't know how often you have been sending them out...but I always look through them. 

 

What type of user am I?

 

I consider myself an older member, but was rarely ever active in the past... although I'm trying to improve that. I'm currently here every day and just leave my browser window open in the forums for roughly 10-12 hours of the day. Of course, its often competing with the other windows I have open and the other things I'm doing. 

 

I currently receive the newsletter but notice I go long periods where I don't receive anything and often forget I'm subscribed.

 

When I do receive an issue I often read it within the first 72 hours. I always open them and read them.

 

What would I like to see?

 

I like the suggestion about comics or a single fun cartoon per issue. That would make it fun and entertaining. I'd like to see game art from real members, just for fun, or other member contributed content. Fun stuff -- not highly opinionated content though. More article highlights from the article sections and contributions from the staff. Definitely need to include UNIQUE content like suggested above - not just stuff from the site. Maybe have staff members write a unique article in each newsletter that is on a more personal level -- not just promoting things on the site but get more personal. What is the owner of the site doing? Tell us about the people behind the scenes. Let's hear about the people who run gamedev.net . Let's hear about the moderators of the forums. I don't remember if this has been tried before in the past, but I think it's a good idea and something that makes the newsletter stand out from just a mirror of what's already on the site. I don't want to just be blasted with highlights from the site. That's useful but you can do so much more.

 

Highlight someone's Indie game project each month. Highlight a new member.

 

I like the more colorful newsletters, among all the ones that I receive. You don't need to use tons of imagery but the idea of a black & white newsletter just doesn't seem appealing to me. If someone wants black and white they can just receive the text version LoL.

 

Competitions are a great idea, although I'm not sure how many people would participate. Some of us are busy but if the competitions were simple that would make it more doable for a larger crowd.

 

I think there's plenty of room to get creative with newsletters if you put your minds to it. I guess you have to find the right balance though, so that it doesn't become cumbersome or a drag to put together periodically. Either way, I look forward to your newsletters and will continue to do so. cool.png






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