I write this article in the hopes of getting some support behind the idea of trying to start a baby boom in eSA. I have been doing a lot of research on ways that other nations have started baby booms in the past and I have come up with a list of ideas that I think can work for eSA.
1. Advertise on other browser based gaming websites in comment section or forums. ( ex. Grepolis, Tribal Wars, Addicting Games, Evony, etc. )
This will draw in players from games that have similarities to eRep, therefore increasing the chance that these players will enjoy the game and choose to continue playing. The only problem with this method is that there is no way to assure that these players will join eSA because they will be from around the world and may want to join their own nation. With this method we are basically casting a large net and hoping to catch a few fish.
2. YouTube videos. Video ideas
2b. Use Viewtube train in order to increase views. ViewTube train
I think this may be one of our best avenues of attack. With the creation of YouTube videos we can tailor the advertisement to be eSA'an specific and should hopefully bring in some new citizens. We would need someone who is talented enough to put together a good video though, a bad video would be horribly ineffective. A well crafted video coupled with the use of ViewTube train could be eSA's baby boom gold mine.
3. Get articles in popular South African gaming magazines such as NAG. NAG online
Advertising in RL SA magazines is probably the best way to assure that the new citizens we bring in would join eSA. obviously there is no way to be 100% positive all the players we attempt to reel in will join eSA, with this method we should be able to assume the majority of people drawn in will join eSA.
4. Get more support behing The Gaurdian's contest idea. Contest idea on eSA forum
I think this idea is great and could really spur more current citizens to start inviting people they know. Incentives are always a great way to get people moving on something.
5. Creation of websites. eIndias website
This was one of the ideas I found that I really liked. Creating a website in order to publicize the plight of eSA. This should not be hard either, considering there is many places that free websites can be created. The hardest part of this method will be getting the website in the spotlight so that people will see it. One of the ways I think that issue could be solved is with a dedicated link campaign, all it would require was a few dedicated people who were willing to put the link of the created website anywhere and everywhere they could.
6. Advertise on Stack exchange Stack exchange
This is a website I was able to find that people can use for free to discuss anything gaming related. I believe this is a viable option sense we know the site is used by people who like gaming, therefore a post on this site would certainly draw in at least a few new citizens.
7. Creation of a committee to help kick start the baby boom.
I believe that the creation of a committee to help get the ball rolling on some ideas for a baby boom is something that will really help get a baby boom kick started. Maybe a structure where one person is in charge of each individual idea and they then get people to volunteer to help them with their individual task.
Retention is the most important part of a successful baby boom. After all, why go through the trouble of starting a baby boom just to let all the new citizens die. I think some ways to increase retention of new citizens is to have a welcoming committee that is organized by the government, also increasing forum activity in certain areas of the forums such as the PP and MU sections. Those sections seem to rarely be used, any new citizen looking at those parts of the forum could mistakenly think that our forums are dead and lose interest. Now, I must say that since my last article about the NPP being unorganized was published the NPP section of the forum has been updated and reformed under the leadership of Gambit LeBeau. Congratulations to Gambit and all involved, they are doing a great job with the NPP so far.
I think if eSA makes a unified effort to start a baby boom and the whole nation gets behind the idea then we should have a legitiment chance of creating a baby boom that can really increase our influence in the world.
As always, thank you for reading eSA.
WastelandENT signing off,
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