Ambassador Project Update - where2waterski.com

HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
Ok guys look at http://where2waterski.com/

The menus are still confusing but I asked Terry Winter to fix them for me.

If you click on "ADD LISTING" you can create an account and add yourself to the Ambassadors or Ski School or Ski Club directory. You will need to create an account.

The site is still all test data so feel free to not add your real info or use your real info if you like. I do not care.

What I do need is for you to try to use the site and let me know what works and what does not work.


Log out and then try to find a ski site in Orlando or Bakersfield or Newberry.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    When the web site is good enough we start asking for real ambassador listings and then start asking for donations. That is really the rub - to make this work we will need dollars for Google advertising or similar.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    For those of you who have been out of the loop for months here is some background.

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  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,031 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Now that my foot no longer faces backward and I have the appropriate hardware in my lower leg...I can be good to go as an ambassador again. Looking forward to ice out and happy to help.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    @6balls
    Please spend some time looking at the website. Except for the plethora of extra options in the menu at the top I think it's more or less done. If you find anything confusing or irritating I need to hear about it

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  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,031 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Seems ok...just need lots more sites so search function becomes more meaningful.

    Sounds dumb but in terms of the make things 8th grade readable enquiry? Maybe easier to use a word like "contact" or "contact site representative" for the link to click on?
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
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  • adamhcaldwelladamhcaldwell Posts: 544 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Trophy Lakes is on there now! Great idea! Love it.
  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 937 Crazy Baller
    edited April 2018
    Logged in and added a ski club. Then logged out and sent an inquiry to the club I just added. I didn't receive an email from the Inquiry even though the site indicated the inquiry was sent.

    Also a bit confused by the difference between a club and an ambassador as both seem to want exactly the same info. I am a member of a club at a private site. I also ski at other places where I might be able to hook people up with a pull. So what I would consider an Ambassador may have access to multiple sites.

    Does a club need to be open to new members? Ours isn't but you could be invited for a set. In my mind you'd be invited by an ambassador. So if two of us from our site sign up as ambassadors doesn't the site get listed twice?

    I'm probably confusing myself.

    Also not much on the page about the purpose of the site. Coming soon?

    Carl Addington, Lakes of Katy, Texas
    Horton
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    Carl,

    I just sent you an email from the site. If you do not get it I am going to scream.

    As to your other question. Every entry is a geographical place. You have to decide if you are adding yourself as an Ambassador or adding the club. If the club is not accepting new members I would think you would want to be listed as an Ambassador.

    If two guys from the same club sign up as Ambassadors.... that is great that means you the two of you are spitting the Ambassador duties.

    Don't over think it.

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  • JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 504 USAWS Official
    @Horton pretty easy set up overall, only thing I was confused on was if I was going to list as ambassador, what if I do not want to put a ski club, can I not do that?
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  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,050 Mega Baller
    @horton - I tried signing in this am, muffed the password, got locked out for 15 minutes after only 1 failed attempt, that needs adjusting
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    @JeffSurdej @RichardDoane both of your issues are noted. I'm trying to wrap up some loose ends and then I'm going to invite the rest of the Ballers to sign.

    if possible would everybody make sure that when they are not logged into the website that they can send themselves an email from website. If you don't see your email please double check your spam filters ( Carl)

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  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,089 Mega Baller
    "send inquiry" didn't work for me - no email received. I also tried "forgot password"(because I did). No email received. No emails in junk either.
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 504 USAWS Official
    @Horton forgive my ignorance but how do I email an ambassador if I go on site not logged in, or do we need o create a fake user account so to speak, login that way and then try and email ourselves as ambaSSADORS
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    @dchristman after I get some breakfast I'll test your account. Making sure that emails are getting through is kind of my last step besides generating some documentation before I asked call Ballers to sign up.

    @JeffSurdej when the public comes to the site there is no need for them to ever login. They will never need any kind of account. They will find an ambassador or a ski club or a school that they wish to contact. They will click the send inquiry button. They will then send a blind email to whoever the contact is. Does that make sense?

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  • JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 504 USAWS Official
    @Horton ok got it and it worked, but I didnt know to look for "send inquiry" since that will be the main call to action perhaps it should be more prominent or part of the pop up on homepage.


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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    @JeffSurdej Yea I see your point. This is the kind of thing we can address in Phase 2 - when we have some funds to pay a programer to tweak the site.

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  • JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 504 USAWS Official
    @Horton is Terri Winter said programmer? Will we be laying him ?
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    @JeffSurdej Terry is more of a graphics person. If he can do the work, he is my first choice but some customization may be out of his skill set. Until we have some revenue the site is not really going to change. I plan to soft launch it and then start looking for donations before we send money on tech.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    FYI - I tweaked the settings so if you mess up your password you get 5 tries.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    OK People I am looking for feedback. I am getting close to going public.

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  • JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 504 USAWS Official
    @Horton should we have a lot more data (clubs ambassadors etc ) in there before going public? Or you thinking we need it to go public to get that data
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    @JeffSurdej phase one is just to recruit clubs and ambassadors. When I say "going public" I mean going beyond the very limited readership that can see this thread.... inviting all the Ballers to sign up as ambassadors.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    Just so you guys know there's only about 20 people on Earth that can see this thread. I limited it so I could work out bugs share ideas and get feedback before I let the rest of the Ballers see it.

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  • MSMS Posts: 5,144 Mega Baller
    I am confidant that you will get this up and running.
    Shut up and ski
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  • santangelosantangelo Posts: 170 Solid Baller
    Looks great and functioned well for me. Thanks for pulling it all together.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    I am getting a few more listings.... PLEASE DO NOT post a listing without at least one photo and some text for the "Place Description" - This is where you write your invitation to be contacted.

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  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 929 Crazy Baller
    Picture file from my phone wouldn’t upload so wasn’t able to add pics. Listing is in there tho.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,143 Administrator
    edited May 2018
    As expected we am learning as we go. I think quality listings are at least as important as how many we have. please take a look at this one. It has great photos and well thought out text about what is being offered.

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  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 937 Crazy Baller
    The link above needs fixing.
    Carl Addington, Lakes of Katy, Texas
  • santangelosantangelo Posts: 170 Solid Baller
    edited May 2018
    The link is here. The colon was missed in the protocol so it didn't resolve.

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