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What can you expect from Gearhead Central in 2014?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Flexin, Dec 28, 2013.

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  1. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    I haven't been posting a whole lot in the last week or two. Between work and family I just haven't posted much. My mind is going 100 mph trying to think of new ideas but I just haven't posted about them. I wanted to post about what I want I want to do with Gearhead Central and what plans I have. So here it is.

    My plan is always to grow Gearhead Central. But that is like saying I want to live a long life. What is long for one person might not be long enough for the next person. So here is a list of goals I would like to reach for Gearhead Central in the 2014 calender year.

    • Hit 500 members (we have 378 as of this post). I want much more then that but that is the target for 2014
    • Have at least 5 contests (listed under the competitions tab) with a value of $50 or more.
    • Have at least 5 contests under $50 in value.
    • I want to make to at least 3 car shows this upcoming seasons. I want to show pictures and maybe video form the events as well as hand out a few items.
    • I want to get the first run of Gearhead Central tshirts printed. I will be having giveaways for these shirts as well as selling them.
    • I want to have some Gearhead Central team members. The team members would help promote Gearhead Central. This can be done in a number of ways. I will be posting a thread on that to explain. Here is the thread on that.
    • Increase the number build threads. This is something I want to see a lot more of. Everyone can help on more as well by reading and commenting on the builds if you find something interesting. Don't forget there is still a contest for the build thread section going on and there will be more to come.
    • I would like to see us grow to 5 vendors in the vendor section. Check out out that section often for specials and member only discounts. Don't forget to check out or first vendor @Rvinyl.com. They have a member online discount code for Gearhead Central members. Check them out here. This site will never be buried in ads as long as I own it. We have the one banner running, we have the vendor section and vendors can have a link in their signatures. I think this makes for a nicer looking site that is much easier on the eyes.
    That is the list of goals I have so far. Some could be added later. Let me know what you think.

    As for 2013 it was a decent year (not over just yet) I want to thank all of the members that have been a part of this site. I want to thank all the guests for stopping by and reading. I hope some or all of you decide to sign up. If you look around the site you will see some good people here, a relaxed attitude, and you will find that we are very open to suggestions. There has been some nice additions to the site that were suggested by members.

    Is there something you would like to see on Gearhead Central for 2014? Let me know in this thread.

    Thanks
    James
     
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  2. Rvinyl.com

    Rvinyl.com Member

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    Great goals James and we're excited to be a part of Gearhead Central now and into the future!
     
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  3. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Thanks. Hopefully this will be a great year.

    James
     
  4. sidney

    sidney Active Member Founding Member Top Thread

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    I agree, those are some nice goals.. Over here the local car forums have organized meet ups with their members, so I guess the US/Canada residents can benefit from organized meet-ups.
     
  5. Daimashin

    Daimashin Active Member Founding Member

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    Nice list of goals and I hope everyone of them can be achieved. For me, there's only one thing I hope for Gearhead is that the community could grow. I love seeing forums with a lot of members, makes me feel like I'm in a huge family. I hope Gearhead can have 500 members this year and exceed that number.
     
  6. Trellum

    Trellum Active Member Founding Member Top Contributor 2nd Chevy Truck Club

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    Great list of goals, James :) I really hope Gearhead central keeps growing and growing; can't wait to get more engaging members participating on the forums often :) I've seen some old members go and that makes me feel kinda down, but hopely more will join soon :)
     
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  7. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Me too. If it wasn't for a forum I was on years ago that had over 20000 members (might have been way more. I forget now) I would have started this forum years ago. There was a good group of people on there in the sections I was in so I never started my own till long after that one changed hands. My goal is much higher then 500 but that is a start for this year. Like to go much higher even this year. It will take a lot of work.

    James
    --- Double Post Merged, Jan 9, 2014 ---
    Some stop in every now and then but there are many that haven't been around for a little while. Hopefully they will drop back in to say hi.

    James
     
  8. Trellum

    Trellum Active Member Founding Member Top Contributor 2nd Chevy Truck Club

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    There is an user I really miss, she sounded like such a cool chick, I hope she is well. It's been some months since we last talked over here... I think september or october :( I hope she is ok!
     
  9. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Which one?

    James
     
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    Trellum Active Member Founding Member Top Contributor 2nd Chevy Truck Club

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    ''VelvetSongs'', I just checked and indeed; last time I ever spoke to her was back in october :(
     
  11. dannyboy

    dannyboy Member Founding Member Top Thread

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    Great list of goals, i think the forum has a lot of chances to grow and expand. I have been referring people to the forum since joined in May. I think this is a forum that drivers can really get together.
     
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    sidney Active Member Founding Member Top Thread

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    Ah yeah she seems quite chatty, I'm sure that's the 1st thing you noticed about her. She seems easy to talk to in person, because if a person is quite chatty in forums then for sure that person is quite chatty in real life or on the phone.
     
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    Well I'm expecting quite a lot from this forum. This is one of the forums I love visiting everyday except for when I'm too busy. You guys are doing a good job. I believe you'll do even better this 2014 because I know that things can only get better.
     
  14. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Members are now up to 412.

    I need to put up a new contest soon.

    James
     
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    More grease to your elbows @ Flexin, can't wait for the T-shirts {bated breath}, glad to be part and parcel of Gearhead Central...Viva Gearhead Central :happy:.
     
  16. oivas

    oivas Member Founding Member Chevy Truck Club

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    That is an awesome list of goals. You can also try to add some kind of referral link. So that members can invite their friends here and that would grow the forum. We may hit 500 or more faster. Just a suggestion.

    Also, there can be a referral contest or something which drives the referrals. What say you?
     
  17. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    I had a referral add on. It just didn't allow me to track anything for a contest. I need to look into what options are available now. Referrals is something I want and is something that can grow a forum. I'm also willing to reward members for this.

    I had a contest up for referrals and nobody showed any interest in it. http://gearheadcentral.com/index.php?threads/referral-contest.2197/#.U3o17CjHR3U

    I'm willing to do another one if there are people that are interested. If people have suggestions for rules and prizes, I'm all ears.

    I'm all for anything that grows the site. The event contest that @Ryder13 won increased traffic from search engines. That was one I liked. http://gearheadcentral.com/index.php?threads/events-contest.542/#.U3o3HyjHR3U

    Anything that members can think of for a contest that can build members, traffic and so on, I'm willing to look at for contests. It can be fun, grow the site and get free gifts for members. Win/Win/Win. :D I just started a thread on contest ideas. http://gearheadcentral.com/index.php?threads/contest-suggestions.8284/#.U3o5UCjHR3U Feel free to post any ideas you have there. Thanks for posting the suggestions.

    James
     
  18. Velvetsongs

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    Aww, how super-sweet is this:arghh::arghh::arghh::arghh::inlove::inlove::inlove:??

    My heart skipped a beat when I read my name.

    Now I feel really TERRIBLE and guilty for being gone so long from this forum :(
    I'll have to do better:)
     
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  19. Trellum

    Trellum Active Member Founding Member Top Contributor 2nd Chevy Truck Club

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    Awwww :oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops::oops: You caught me!!!! :roflmao::whistling::whistling::whistling: But yeah, you were missed! You were gone for very long, but see... you were missed ;) :happy::happy::happy::happy::happy:
     
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    Velvetsongs Active Member Founding Member

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    Ok, so this may sound like a stupid question, but hey, you don't know if you don't ask... what is the point of having over 500 members? I mean, I'm not hating on the idea, I just don't know what point it serves. Just to get the forum name out there, or... what benefit comes from having a lot of members?

    How are the goals coming along by the way??
     
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