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Gate Keeper 27th June 2018 12:26 PM

Re: The reality is that the e-group needs your help
 
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Originally Posted by Ian (Post 449844)
That's great guys!

I am now able to plan ahead to spend more time on making improvements to the site :)

I can report that we have now had over a dozen donations.

Ian

Thanks Ian for posting up about the finances. Transparency seems to be way ahead. I noticed earlier on there were 212 guests visiting the site and thought if most of them donated £10, it would make a big difference. Positive thoughts.

OM USer 27th June 2018 04:34 PM

Re: The reality is that the e-group needs your help
 
We are greatful for the support that Olympus have given us in the past. Do they still recognise the forum as a useful tool to guage opinion of Olympus camera products?

Ian 27th June 2018 04:42 PM

Re: The reality is that the e-group needs your help
 
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Originally Posted by OM USer (Post 449880)
We are greatful for the support that Olympus have given us in the past. Do they still recognise the forum as a useful tool to guage opinion of Olympus camera products?

Our original benefactor was Mark Thackara. He has now moved to a different role in Olympus and spends most of his time in Hamburg working on marketing the Pen in Europe. Olympus is very much focused on more trendy social media channels. There have also been many personnel changes in the UK and I am not as connected as I was in the past with Olympus UK. In fact I have closer contacts with other staff at Olympus Europe. So in answer to your question, I don't know.

Ian

shenstone 27th June 2018 05:34 PM

Re: The reality is that the e-group needs your help
 
Given Ian's last comment I think that there is something else we can all do

We all know that the membership here has far outgrown the original UK remit

Whenever we are interacting with Olympus we can commend on how valuable this site is to us and how much we consider it one of the best advertisements for Olympus camera systems WORLDWIDE and we would love to find that they can once again support us

Regards
Andy

Phill D 27th June 2018 06:52 PM

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Just catching up with this having been away and pretty busy recently. Happy to provide a donation in support of the forum and agree with the earlier comment on additional support from the buy and sell posts that result in sales. A couple of additional thoughts, could there be some sort of user privileges given to financial supporters of the forum? also maybe Olympus could be persuaded to match the donated funds? and give forum supporters discounts off kit or organise specific experience days?

danellis 27th June 2018 07:18 PM

Re: The reality is that the e-group needs your help
 
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Originally Posted by Ian (Post 449831)
As I mentioned earlier, we are an Amazon affiliate so if you purchase anything on Amazon you could earn us a small commission (but of course they add up!).

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If you are considering an Amazon purchase and would like the commission-enabled link so that you can help the site, please let me know!

Ian

Is this the same as Amazon Smile? (I ask because I use that to donate to Prostate Cancer UK, which my father has).

I'll be making a (probably modest) donation come payday over the weekend, and trying to involve myself here more too (in the past it's mainly been when I'm looking to buy something!!)

dJE

Ian 27th June 2018 08:24 PM

Re: The reality is that the e-group needs your help
 
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Originally Posted by danellis (Post 449893)
Is this the same as Amazon Smile? (I ask because I use that to donate to Prostate Cancer UK, which my father has).

I'll be making a (probably modest) donation come payday over the weekend, and trying to involve myself here more too (in the past it's mainly been when I'm looking to buy something!!)

dJE

Amazon Smile is, essentially a clone of the Amazon website and purchases there will result in charitable donations from Amazon itself.

The Amazon Associates affiliate scheme doesn't operate on Amazon Smile as far as I know, so if you prefer the beneficiary of your purchase to be a bona-fide charity, please continue to use Amazon Smile - it's a great idea from Amazon :)

The nice thing is that you can make some purchases through Amazon Smile and some via our links on the main Amazon website so you can spread the benefits you generate.

Ian

danellis 27th June 2018 08:32 PM

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Thanks for the clarification, Ian :)

dJE

Ian 27th June 2018 08:37 PM

Re: The reality is that the e-group needs your help
 
Thank you again for all the donors; around 15 so far :)

Some of you have left notes and identified yourselves - I will be emailing you all personally to express my gratitude in due course.

Ian

Eclairewilliams 27th June 2018 08:41 PM

Re: The reality is that the e-group needs your help
 
Done. I may not visit often but I value this group.

Ian 27th June 2018 08:46 PM

Re: The reality is that the e-group needs your help
 
One thing I did not mention is that PayPal offers you the option of setting up a regular payment. So you could nominate a smaller amount, repeated monthly. I've just noticed one donor doing exactly that - well done! :)

Ian

drmarkf 27th June 2018 09:08 PM

Re: The reality is that the e-group needs your help
 
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Originally Posted by Ian (Post 449911)
One thing I did not mention is that PayPal offers you the option of setting up a regular payment. So you could nominate a smaller amount, repeated monthly. I've just noticed one donor doing exactly that - well done! :)

Ian

Iíve stuck to a manual process, but made a diary note to lob in some dosh annually.

RobEW 27th June 2018 10:18 PM

Re: The reality is that the e-group needs your help
 
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Originally Posted by Ian (Post 449767)
... I estimate the site is costing ME a couple of hundred pounds a month and that's not including much value in terms if my time spent, so mainly just hosting, software licences, etc. I'd like to treat my trusty (and free!) moderator team every now and again! :)

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That's an amazing and wonderful commitment (and one that many of us could never afford). Very grateful.

DerekW 28th June 2018 07:49 AM

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I view this site as a good substitute for reading AP (ie better than) so it is at least worth cost of buying a magazine every week/month. This site has the advantage of keeping all the articles online (instead of travelling out with the trash) and being more relevant to the type of camera I have.

Ian - what would you view as being a relevant monthly subscription to the site?

Ian 28th June 2018 07:55 AM

Re: The reality is that the e-group needs your help
 
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Originally Posted by DerekW (Post 449939)
I view this site as a good substitute for reading AP (ie better than) so it is at least worth cost of buying a magazine every week/month. This site has the advantage of keeping all the articles online (instead of travelling out with the trash) and being more relevant to the type of camera I have.

Ian - what would you view as being a relevant monthly subscription to the site?

We can by all means discuss this but I'm not keen in the idea of a mandatory subscription.

I physical magazine does have much more costs. If all our regular users contributed a pound a month, that would go a long way to making the site self-sustaining, but that's not going to happen.

This whole exercise is stressing my brain (in a good way) :D

Ian


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