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Discussion in 'Jollies Bar' started by Steph, May 11, 2019.

  1. Steph

    Steph New Member

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    I know there are lots of guest visitors, people who view the site, find the answer to their query, but don't contribute as this is such a brilliant resource. The parent and partner section is, I understand, quite busy and very supportive, but is it just me or is the forum quieter than ever before.
     
  2. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    It does seem slightly quieter on the main forum and as you point out the P&Ps are quite busy, due mainly to them seeing their sons/partners off after leave and two new Troops starting.

    We also do not now receive the results of the PRMC, which used to generate quite a bit of discussion.

    The answer? You'll have to post more Steph!

    Alan
     
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  3. westy

    westy Well-Known Member

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    I’m not sure it’s recovered from when it was closed a few months ago, I don’t know if there’s any way of advertising it better to bring people back?
     
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  4. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    It fluctuates. I believe that forum usage often peaks if a TV show about Recruit Training is aired. Also, during the Op Herrick years forum usage was high.

    As referenced by @Caversham the Partner & Parent sub-forum completely flatlines when CTCRM is on leave for obvious reasons.

    Not so long ago I spoke with the marketing director of an organisation which sells military kit because a query had arisen on the forum about a specific product. I mentioned the forum and while we spoke he clicked through to the home page and viewed the numbers about users. His gulp was audible when he realised the potential reach of this forum. It's niche but nothing compares, as Sinead O'Connor once crooned.
     
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  5. Steph

    Steph New Member

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    I will do my best :)
     
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  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Admin

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    Having a perusal at our stats on Google analytics, we had about half a million visitors over the last year and average about 1500 unique visits a day. The average visitor uses a mobile device and only stays online just under four minutes.

    There tends to be a cyclic number of visitors over the academic year - quiet at the moment (exam season), busy in August/Sept (results), quiet in December, picks up again in Jan (resolutions?).

    The time spent on the site has reduced over the last year as have contributions, by about 8%. Arguably most questions have been asked before and the irony is that despite users saying "use the search function", people are clearly getting the answers to their Googled questions without having to ask.

    Having visited CTC this last week, we have full support and may well see an interest in site activity if we come under their guardianship over the coming months. From our perspective, nothing changes. But hopefully the slight change in tack, with CTC endorsing the forum for those yet to join and indeed the parents and partners of those in training may well see an upsurge in future contributions.
     
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  7. 03092014

    03092014 Royal Marines Commando

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    I think its also a reflection on the current state of recruitment across the Corps and wider armed forces. Everyone is down on numbers.
     
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