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1 Year Option Removed, 3 Month Option into 2 Month Option, Preparing for Expansion
July 4, 2012 - 16:44
I made the following announcement on the premium membership 3 month order page:
"July 4th, 2012 - The 3 month option has been turned into a 2 month option. We are adjusting the format of the membership of the site in early fall 2012, to accomodate more content with a greater focus on individual member needs. Announcements will follow in August officially on the main page. Until the fall, we will continue the same format, with the same amount of content (10-13 standard videos, and another 10-13 premium videos each month). Beginning in the fall, we will be adding more content with a new format that better serves our member's needs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions."
Details are not finalized, but we're basically changing formats to better serve the various needs of members. With the addition of hyper turbos and the further segregation of player pools in various countries (France, Italy, USA and more), our customers are as diverse as ever. Not only do the needs of our customers differ more than at any other time since our opening, but we also have access to even more content than ever before. However, in order to best serve members and make the site run most efficiently and effectively, we need to alter our format. Beginning this fall, you'll see more videos, and a new and improved format.
Just to be clear, we're not getting into anything like 6 max cash or 45 man sngs. We're a heads up poker site and always will be as far as my eyes can see. I'll announce more details in August, and we'll be changing formats sometimes in September, perhaps October, after the 3 month premium members from June expire.
1 year premium users will be compensated very generously (and will have the option of just pro rate refund if they so choose, but I'll make sure that they have the option of receiving even more content for the value of their remaining memberships, so that the choice is win-win for them).
Things like rakeback/vip deals will stay the same. Costs will vary as they do now, but we'll see both an expansion in entry level material and options as well as some more premium level options. Again, more details next month, until then, let me know if you have any questions about the info above.
July 5, 2012 - 04:36#1
Looking forward to hear more
Looking forward to hear more about this :-)
IMO, a better structure for the site would be really great - something like putting videos into categories (format, stakes, etc.), maybe have some kind of "video channels" where you could subscribe to specific kinds of content like for instance hypers at higher buy-in levels. That would make it a lot more easy to quickly find specific content.
For instance, one big problem with the site's current structure is that if you're a long-term customer, but only visit the site every couple of weeks, then it's kinda hard to quickly see what you missed.
I would also prefer having more content and less pictures per page - for instance, at the moment there are only two videos on the front page and http://www.husng.com/node?page=1 has four. Of these 6 videos, 5 don't really need a preview picture (people know how a poker table looks like), coffee's with the power point being the exception. The next page only has 3 videos - so the 10 most recent videos are scattered over 4 pages.IMO, this could really be compressed a little bit - get rid of all preview pictures that only show a single poker table on the front page, instead have a little bit more text about the video. This would also allow you to have more videos on the front page and having it load a lot faster at the same time.
It would also be great to have a text-only list of new videos - like the recent forum posts, blog entries, etc. at the bottom of the page. - especially on mobile devices. How about simply replacing that "Recent comments" section at the bottom with "Recent videos", for instance ?
Visiting the site on a mobile device is really horrible at the moment - the front page takes forever to load due to all these pictures and the search is close to impossible to use on these devices. I have a very fast mobile connection, but it still took about 15 seconds to load. After enabling wifi, it only took 4 seconds, which is still too slow (takes a bit less than a second on my laptop, which is ok).
Another feature that I'd love to see is the ability to bookmark videos and mark those that you've already seen.
July 5, 2012 - 14:27#3
Oh, I didn't know about that
Oh, I didn't know about that search engine thing. Well, I didn't want to get rid of the previews anyways - I really love them - just move them from the front page to the individual video pages.
That http://www.husng.com/videolist should really remember the selected options and maybe the defaults should be tweaked a little bit (for instance, I miss chadders and coffee in that list). And that selection is very cumbersome to use on a mobile device.
Instead of selecting individual instructors, how about putting things into category and provide some pre-defined, text-only lists for these categories ? For instance have one category grouped by month, another one by format (hyper, etc.) and a third one by target audience (beginner, etc.).
And yeah, the search really sucks badly.
July 5, 2012 - 04:59#5
Please, work on the video
Please, work on the video search engine. Every time I use the advanced text search, it breaks my heart when I see the results. First there is a video from april 2012.......second video is from 2011.....then there is may 2012 just so that a video from june 2011 can follow....I seriously have on idea, what I have to do if wish to find ALL hyper videos available for the standard membership filtered by the date they are released. Of course, once I have found the video I download it and have it on the computer but if - by any chance - I close the tab I will not go back search it again, just to put a rateing / comment up, which kinda pains me - sometimes.
Other than that I appreciate that you stay with HU.
July 6, 2012 - 06:11#7
maybe i'm a retarted but one
maybe i'm a retarted but one point is not clear to me: you want to remove the 1 year membership option for premium members? if answer is yes, why? at this point premium members should buy 6 2-months membership to cover all the year. i'm not happy about this thing, i think you should encourage long-term users rather than make the membership more short/expensive.
August 23, 2012 - 20:17#11
How does the new format affect VIP deals?
In the old format, if I rake $250 in a month I can get one month Premium.
How does the new format affect VIP deals?
August 24, 2012 - 02:45#13
what about the 600 existing
what about the 600 existing videos stored on the site? who will have the chance to warch those?
August 24, 2012 - 08:08#14
existing premium videos
I'm curious about the current premium videos as well. Will they still be available for a membership fee as well or will they be grouped into packages for the newer/October format?