Re: [pcgen] PR Proposal
- A quick note . . .
The BoD is currently considering this proposal and would like the
PCGen communities comments.
On Nov 28, 2007, at 8:25 AM, Eric C Smith wrote:
> Greetings Folks!
> In the interest of providing greater support for the publishers that
> have provided PCGen with permissions to include datasets based upon
> their material, I put forward the following proposal:
> Item 1, Part A - PCGen shall approach all publishers who currently
> have sources, in the form of PCGen datasets, distributed by PCGen
> with an offer to include Cover Art/Company Logo with the datasets
> based upon their source material. This artwork shall be displayed in
> the Source Info Panel.
> Item 1, Part B - The message will also include a summary of
> additional advertising features which we are currently working on and
> will, with the publishers permissions, be added as soon as the
> capability has been implemented within PCGen. These additional
> features will include active hyperlinks, to the publisher's website,
> a PCGen Customer Survey, Amazon.Com's Associate Program, and
> OneBookShelf.Com (DriveThruRPG and RPGNow) Affiliate Program, and a
> product description (DESC tag in the PCC file), all to be displayed
> in the Source Info Panel. Specific wording within PCGen concerning
> hyperlinks to commerce sites will be clearly identified as such.
> Note: The e-commerce links will require that additional information
> be included in the hyperlink text. In the case of DruveThruRPG, it is
> a name-value pair for the Affiliate_ID number. (see additional info
> below for a link to the site for this program.)
> Item 1, Roadmap - PCGen 5.14
> Item 2 - The Source Tab GUI redesign to allow the Source Info Pane a
> more prominent location to accommodate new advertising features.
> Item 2, Roadmap - PCGen 6.0
> Item 3 - That PCGen sign-up for the Amazon Associate Program and the
> DriveThruRPG Affiliate Programs in order to evelop an income stream
> that will provide operation funds. (i.e. website costs, PR Materials,
> etc.) Beyond the potential income stream, these programs will give us
> direct feedback on how many sources were bought based upon the source
> being available in PCGen, or at least close enough to it. These
> accounts would be maintained by the Admin Silverback.
> Item 3, Roadmap - 5.14
> Item 4 - As each capability is added, our publishers and user
> communities will be notified by regular Press Release and the
> appropriate publisher requests will be incorporated into the
> Publisher Liaison Templates.
> Item 4, Roadmap - As each capability is added.
> Additional Information:
> Amazon.Com Associate Program: Basic info on the Amazon Associate
> Program can be found here: <http://affiliate-program.amazon.com:80/gp/
> associates/join>. Depending which type of Associate Membership we
> sign up for we would get a percentage of each order sent to PCGen.
> The linking requirements and overhead are greater that what DriveThru
> DriveThruRPG/RPGNow/OneBookShelf Affiliate program: You can get the
> basic information here; <http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/
> affiliate_faq.php.>, but the jist of the program is that if you have
> an account with DriveThruRPG you can post a link to any source they
> carry with your account number encoded. If someone follow that link
> and then buys that source with a limited amount of time, your account
> will be given 'Store Credit' which, if you have a PayPal account, can
> in turn be cashed in for cash. One final note; the affiliate program
> at DriveThruRPG will survive the current merger with RPGNow.
> Eric Smith
> PR Silverback