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    So I'm at a forum conference

    I'm currently in NorCal attending a forum conference. Anyway, I'm having fun learning about what others are doing as well as the future of forums and I met one of the head guys from Internet Brands who makes the Vbulletin software we use here.

    I start talking to him and he really has no idea how I'm doing what I'm doing. I mean he's a very nice guy and it was great to chat but I realized how far out of the scope of the standard software I really am. So I explain how I have multiple domains but all sharing a database which he didn't know existed as it isn't a default feature and I stated some of the problems in working outside the scope so far (like with new software updates that don't take it into account and break it, like the recent one did) and wondered if I could talk to the developers.

    Essentially he said I'm competition for Internet Brands as their main business is automotive forums (they have something like 150 of them) so I wouldn't be possible. It's cool, I understand it's business, but it was also cool to see how I could be taken as a threat by a huge company like them.

    What I realized is I'm already ahead of a whole ton of people in the forum game and it's kind of cool. I also realized there are no hot chicks who own forums.

    I also did meet some cool developers so I should be able to take this to the next level. I want to really change things and show you guys how much better this can get.

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    NERD!!!! haha jk

    Looks like it worked in your favor. You should start charging people to make their websites. You have this one setup really well. You could make a some good money out of this stuff. Plus you're already one step ahead of the game.
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    My experience with IB is they are complete idiots and spend and invest as little as possible. Anyone with a head on their shoulders should be able to take business away. But what do I know.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Essentially he said I'm competition for Internet Brands as their main business is automotive forums (they have something like 150 of them) so I wouldn't be possible. It's cool, I understand it's business, but it was also cool to see how I could be taken as a threat by a huge company like them.

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    It sounds like the man you talked to doesn't fully understand the limits of his software haha.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DFM Click here to enlarge
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    It sounds like the man you talked to doesn't fully understand the limits of his software haha.
    Don't the sales team usually attend conferences?
    Eppur si muove.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajm8127 Click here to enlarge
    Don't the sales team usually attend conferences?
    I met one of the head guys from Internet Brands who makes the Vbulletin software we use here.
    Did I read this wrong?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajm8127 Click here to enlarge
    Don't the sales team usually attend conferences?
    Yep that's the problem IB sent the wrong people.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DFM Click here to enlarge
    Did I read this wrong?
    Yes. The company makes the software he handles more of the business side not development.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Yes. The company makes the software he handles more of the business side not development.
    Gotcha. Thanks for clarifying.

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    That's awesome, if they were smart they would've made you a job offer.

    Since you're customizing their software, you could become a consultant to other forum admins.

    Out of all the vBulletin flavors I've seen out there, GB is easily the most sophisticated implementation. With that said, the question is, if you build it (which you have), will they come?

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    They're here.

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    @Sticky You need to make a heavy push to the f80/f82 crowd and new m5,m6, etc.... Heavy advertising, ad words etc. Bimmerboost will work bc all bmw's are becoming boosted and even though you don't mean it, I think many people pass on this board bc thier BMW is NA. Plus, with a new platform comes new followers and many times a forum like e90post will not capture that new crowd...especially with that name.

    Also, if I were you, I'd sponsor events like Bimmerfest, roll on events, etc to get the name out..
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
    @Sticky You need to make a heavy push to the f80/f82 crowd and new m5,m6, etc.... Heavy advertising, ad words etc. Bimmerboost will work bc all bmw's are becoming boosted and even though you don't mean it, I think many people pass on this board bc thier BMW is NA. Plus, with a new platform comes new followers and many times a forum like e90post will not capture that new crowd...especially with that name.

    Also, if I were you, I'd sponsor events like Bimmerfest, roll on events, etc to get the name out..
    You're absolutely correct Bob I need to go after the F30 gen. Watch me work starting next week when I get back. No more playing around.

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    Good....I think thats your best bet

    btw, imo you already missed a great opportunity to sponsor a roll event that will get a lot of internet coverage...actually it hasnt' happened yet so you didnt miss it, there is still time. I'll be there, i'm going to run the car even though my new turbo's wont' be installed yet....
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    Nah I don't have money to waste on that too much money for too little return. $5k to sponsor? No thanks.

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    Did they say anything about chatrooms?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Scorpion Click here to enlarge
    Did they say anything about chatrooms?
    Not really.

    My main thing is chatrooms is that they remove activity from the forum itself.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Not really.

    My main thing is chatrooms is that they remove activity from the forum itself.
    That's true, but they seem to make more interaction between people, right?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Scorpion Click here to enlarge
    That's true, but they seem to make more interaction between people, right?
    Yep.

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