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Following the comments in the other WM online post I would appreciate your votes and comments on this...
You buy a bunch of WM tokens on the website
One token will allow you access to one article
Once you have read an article it will be stored in your personal area so you can refer back to it without paying again
One token would also allow you to email the article to a friend
You could possibly earn tokens on the website (maybe for posting in the forum or submitting a tasting note)
You would maybe get a bunch of tokens for being a subscriber
But... Tokens for submitted tatsing notes? Are we going to be direct concurrents? I might have to start adding a forum then
Jeroen Kloppenburg wrote:But... Tokens for submitted tatsing notes? Are we going to be direct concurrents? I might have to start adding a forum then
Or you could pass on all your submitted tasting notes and get lots of tokens. Then you could sell them on Ebay
It would probably be more of a score and comment (for whiskies, articles, retailers, cocktails etc), rather than a complete tasting note. Kind of like the general 'Add a comment to this information'
But they, if I open a forum, you can post on it with a giant banner under each post spamming this site! Haha!
But without kidding, I would love to see WM implementing soemthing like this. I think it would be an excellent way of making use of modern technology to offer an alternative to the paper version of the mag, and also reaching a new audience this way who would not want to subscribe to the paper version.
However, surely this could be free of charge, put a banner ad at the bottom of the posting/article - free advertising - more revenue for your company! Also by sending 'clippings' or articles to friends are we not just advertising your magazine for you. therefore more revenue.
I have one friend who has taken up his own subscription based on the articles I passed on to him.
Not sure I like the idea of purchasing tokens - too fussy and complicated, If I am sending to a friend why should I pay?
but then I buy the Mag so I'm not sure if that arguement holds.
anyway there is my dribble for you to ponder any dates for Whisky live London?
We can't use that "coin of the Realm" over here. So I guess we should just double it and toss an $ on the front. Our cousins to the south like Mr. Tattieheid would have to use a 1.6 calculation and put a $US on the front, eh? (note: "eh" is a Canadianism that is like a vocal question mark in this usage) Not to be confused with "Take off - Eh?"
Seriously, it is an interesting concept however as I'm a subscriber I prefer to have the preprinted hard copy in my hands that I can read at my leisure and not have to log on and then juggle electronic tokens. I use my copies not only for reference but to interest other parties in the benefits of whisky in the hopes that they will succumb to purchasing their own and invite me over to sample.
It's rather difficult to email someone an article and have them email you back a dram as thanks. So I vote no, eh?
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