Monday, February 8, 2016

2016 HG: HELP: 3RG new Welcome Center rework and upgrade. HGProjects

3RG new Welcome Center rework and upgrade
Zinnia Frenzy has reworked the newcomer Welcome Center for 3rd Rock Grid.  Although I reported on the previous version last fall, there has been enough improvement that it calls for a new report especially with the growing focus on a Hypergrid Welcome Center.
Who ya gonna call?
  • (More after the break)
  • Where is Arcadia?

          • Zinnia asked hypergridders passing through what they wanted.
          • Her conclusions:
          • A personal greeting is nice, but hypergridders are familiar with virtual worlds
          • What they really want is:
          • a good starter avatar.
          • directions to a sandpit. 
          • directions for things to do.
          • instructions on how to look for land.

          The new 3RG Welcome Center with comments

          The help sign above suggests (and I hope):

          • They intend to have live welcomers at the site part of the time.
          • The red buttons can, on click, summon a person who is on line.
          • Immediate personal contact is a valuable feature 
          • Product differentiation
          Panels with landmarks and needed instructions
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          Join the community chat

          • Open Chat History (Ctrl+H), then click on JOIN button! 3RG.
          • Isn't it time we had an easier way to join groups?
          • Can't we have automatic join to grid chat on registration?
          • Or maybe a  chat box on the web site connected to the grid chat.
          • "Type here to chat with live people on the grid."

          How to get land
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          • Starter price is really low

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          • "Please do not hesitate to ask."
          • Tell them how.
          • Join the community chat group and type your question.
          • That is the way to get a wide audience.

          • Smart instructions: "click the switch on the side."
          • Switches on both sides--user need not remember the correct side.
          • And gates don't replace landmarks. Landmarks are more reliable.
          • Besides, landmarks go with the avatar.  
          Sandboxes with building supplies
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          • People come in from other virtual worlds.
          • They know how to build.   They want to try it here.  
          • They will feel more welcome with a sandbox and building supplies.
          • Maybe with web-based instruction, newcomers could try building when they arrive.
          • Simple starter instructions on the Grid's web page.
          • Maybe a video of somebody learning to build at the welcome sandbox.
          • Nothing fancy.  Just a simple straight-backed chair.  
          • Maybe a selling point for the grid.  A bit of product differentiation.
          Attraction and community
          Regular events
          • Not where is everbody?   It is when is everybody?
          • Come to the regular events.  Meet people.  Make friends.  Join communities.
          Lots of places to visit
          • The welcome center is only the beginning.
          • Show people what lies ahead.
          • Does the newcomer know how to get back to the welcome center?
          Lots of avatars
          • Does the newcomer know how to put them on?
          • Could the newcomer select an avatar in a web page, before entering the grid?
          • Maybe the grid would need a grid-customized viewer to do that.
          • Product differentiation.


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