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Rewarding the faithful - an idea

Posted by frank January 25, 2008 in the Group General Discussion .

It occurred to me this morning that we have members in this community that are almost as much a part of the ChinesePod experience as any of the folks who are officially on the payroll. We come to expect them to be here -- to educate, to entertain, to share the journey -- and we notice when they're not here doing their thing.

Why not reward folks who are in it for the long haul? To borrow a term from the MMORPG, City of Heroes, why not institute a policy of Veteran Rewards? To whit: after a member has passed a certain length of time as a Premium subscriber, the member would automatically receive certain benefits, or gifts, as a thank you.

Here's an example:

After 6 months of Premium Membership: A free Practice Plan session.

After 12 months of Premium Membership: An nice cap or hooded sweatshirt with the CPod logo embroidered on it.

After 18 months of Premium Membership: A gift certificate for a free month of Premium membership that you can either use to extend your own time, or gift to someone else. (All about viral marketing.)

After 24 months of Premium Membership: You get recognized on a "Hall of Fame" page on the website and a free week of Practice Plan sessions.

After 36 months of Premium Membership: A full-sized autographed color calendar of "The Girls of ChinesePod -- The Swimsuit Edition."

And so on. What do you think?

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