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Install Base celebrates its 2nd anniversary - Thanks everyone, and the best is yet to come !

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Hello everyone!

I hope you are all having a great day.

As you may know, Install Base is getting exceedingly close to its second anniversary. There's no point of retelling the story behind the forum's creation but it is important to remember that the forum was created as a place where healthy Sales discussion could live and thrive. Two years ago, on October 7th to be precise, we surprised by opening the forum earlier than planned so that we could all enjoy this first weekly Media Create thread together. Let's hope that after two years we are still able to surprise and delight ;)

This Saturday will mark two years since the day we opened the forum and restored our beloved routine of reading weekly Media Create thread, NPD reports as well as charts from the EMEAA regions. We also successfully expanded into Manga and Box Office to provide new grounds for sales nerds to play in.
Thanks @Chris1964, @Welfare, @MarcoP90, @acezam, @mazi, @Necroxid, @sebbbbe, @Astral_lion02, @kamaitachi, @Oscar, @Rouk' @JC317, @Terrell, @enpleinjour, @AshenOne, the whole Nintendo eshop team and the others on your continuous work, you are the backbone of the community. You are the best ❤️


Where we are right now

Two years later, Install Base is in a good spot: it maintained its forum activity while expanding massively the number of lurkers of the forum. A year ago I told you about three main goals we had, so let's take a look to see whether we are in the right path, or not.

Increasing the reach of Install Base

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Pardon my French !

The forum has been experiencing significant growth in terms of users since the start of the year. When we compare 2023 and 2022 in YTD, we witnessed a growth of 63% in users, a significant amount of new users(80K). Despite the big growth in users, the averaged session time per user remains extremely high at 30 minutes.

This increased reach also comes from all over the world, which cements Install Base as a global forum:

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Overall, Install Base users came from over 170 different countries in 2023 so far !

Improving the quality and variety of discussions

One metric I like to track to gauge the quality of discussions is to compare the number of posts to the number of Thanks! given. The higher the ratio Thanks/post is, the more insightful the average post is.

If we look back at the evolution of the metric over the past two calendar years, we get this:

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We can see that this indicator has witnessed a significant growth over the April-July 2023 period with a record peak in June 2023. This is thanks to the Mario movie (April), Tears of the Kingdom (May) and Final Fantasy (June) releases which drove tons of interest and insightful graphs, comparisons and data driven discussions.

Congrats to everyone and let's get that metric back on track in October which will be very busy in terms of exciting releases ;)

Making original and high-quality content for our members and readers

-> We have things to announce, below ! :D


The HIDE feature makes its debut !

A few of you might have already seen the feature being used over the past days. It is an additional tool to protect some posts from unwanted intention. There are two filters at your disposal :
  • Standard one, which will hide your post from non-members
  • A stricter one, which will hide your post from non-full members (so members below the 100 Thanks treshold).

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Use this feature when it is necessary, no need to abuse it, moderators could enforce sanctions if that's the case.


A writing team is assembling !

After the success of initiatives like the "A Sales Story" format and @Ishaan's wonderful gazette, we decided to structure more the effort going into these essays. As such, we decided to create a strong writing team, which can write and offer feedbacks on potential pieces.

The team is currently composed of previous "A Sales Story" contributers and is looking for anyone with the background and/or qualities to provide interesting pieces :D

If members have an expertise on an industry other tha gaming, feel free to reach out to the staff as we lack this kind of profile currently !

You can also read the recently Sales Story on Donkey Konga over here:

Expect several more stories in the coming months ;)


We are recruiting !

As part of the continued effort to bring fresh blood into the forum's organization, we are looking for anyone interested in the following positions ;)

- Moderators
- Writers
- potentially one Admin

You can apply by contacting me or another moderator via DMs. For the Admin position, it is of course preferable if you have a relevant experience (and lots of motivation of course!)


More themed graphical content !

Thanks to the forum's expanding reach and our members' donations, we were able to comission some great designs from @P.Scoop over the past months. You do remember, the Zelda theme logo we had around May ? :D

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Well we are currently dressed to celebrate Starfield. What could be next ? Won't tell you today even if my senses are tingling me ! Unveiling on the Anniversary day, maybe ?


A Glossary to explain sales-oriented terms

We are building a comprehensive thread that would list every sales related acronyms and terms with a proper definition. We look forward to your thoughts and help on this, as we aim to have the one additional tool to help newcommers get up to speed, but also refresh the memories of the regulars.



To conclude, thank you everyone for another great year on Install Base. There's a lot to be excited forward in the short-term (October is going to be nuts !) and longer term (new consoles launch in 2024 ?). I am glad of all the improvements we already made, but I also look forward to what we could develop, through our community, to elevate Sales discussions and IB even higher.

Love you all and thanks again ! 🥳 ❤️
 
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Thanks everyone in this forum, a special to all the staff to that made this a very very special place to discuss the market too
(and BRAZIL we're here)
 
Dang, I had no idea the current logo was supposed to resemble the Starfield one lol. Anyway, happy 2nd birthday Install Base.
 
Didn't know about the Starfield logo connection either.

Happy Birthday IB. Praise be to the staff for allowing the site to thrive. Cheers to another solid year.
 
Thank you so much! Thank you to everyone who puts in the effort to give us insightful reports and needed context. Thank you to everyone who chooses to debate on good faith and keeps good humor.
 
I'm very new to the forum, even though I'm almost at 300 posts.
I want to say that I'm very happy that not once(so far) did I have a too negative interaction with anyone and no one has personally attacked me during this time for something I've written.

I'm very conflict averse. Getting into arguments very quickly gives me social anxiety if the tone turns into something more aggressive and this has prevented me from really interacting on many forums and other social media over the years.

Basically, I want to say that the purposeful nature of the ambience being cultivated here is very appreciated.
This is a very cool place 👍
 
Wow, two years already? Well massive congratulations to the staff and users that keep this happening.
 
Great to see the forum is doing well. Thank you all for providing us with a place to discuss about video-game related sales.

I think the glossary it's a good idea.
 
Congrats on the anniversary! This is a great community. I wish we had more concrete numbers at times but we take what we can get, right?
 
It's been a long time coming since I started lurking in sale threads back in like 2017-2018. So it's great that we have this place for dedicated sale discussions now.


Dang, I had no idea the current logo was supposed to resemble the Starfield one lol.
Didn't know about the Starfield logo connection either.
Can't exactly blame you guys here lol. The Starfield logo's circle design was simply not fit with this website's horizontal logo style. So I have to made do with what I can.

The next logo should be a little more clear what it is supposed be at least.
 
I’m so glad I found Install Base, life was never going to be same without the sales threads and the regulars. Love y’all.
 
Congrats IB!

Only statistic I feel is missing is "reports per posting" (🤷‍♀️😂).

Great job and I hope by this time next year IB will be deep into analyzing Switch 2 sales.
 
Incredible work from everybody who built this site! The beginning, the spontaneity to create this site because of what happend somewhere else...how fluid everything worked, how transparent everything is handeled (as promised), how great the forum and the culture of arguing is driven by great mods....man, so thankfull, that this here exists!!
 
Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary!

I honestly can’t believe it’s been that long, I remember when I first got here when everything started and seeing it grow has been pretty fun. Pretty much the only gaming forum I actually use now.

Hope you guys experience greater success in the future! I do wish to be more active here, so I’ll do my best to contribute more! I do have a few long-gestating ideas that I should really work on.
 
Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary!

I honestly can’t believe it’s been that long, I remember when I first got here when everything started and seeing it grow has been pretty fun. Pretty much the only gaming forum I actually use now.

Hope you guys experience greater success in the future! I do wish to be more active here, so I’ll do my best to contribute more! I do have a few long-gestating ideas that I should really work on.
Thanks ! We are all ears about your gestating ideas, don't hesitate to reach out of we can help 😉
 
I rarely post but I am happy to be here. At first, I thought I would be more useful, but family life prevented that.
And as Koni said "Pretty much the only gaming forum I actually use now" - me too.
Congratulations!
 
Glad to see this forum alive and kicking 2 years later. After throwing out the name suggestion, I never expected this forum to be a source of various news sites and YouTube videos! It’s also great to have the box office being discussed as well, so here’s hoping we continue to grow and diversify.
 
Great logo! I think adding perhaps a cobweb or two between the letters would make it even better, this is just imo though since it took me a bit of effort (when I saw this on my phone) to perceive the cobwebs on the left. Still great though, don't mind me :cool:
 
This Saturday will mark two years since the day we opened the forum and restored our beloved routine of reading weekly Media Create thread, NPD reports as well as charts from the EMEAA regions. We also successfully expanded into Manga and Box Office to provide new grounds for sales nerds to play in.
Thanks @Chris1964, @Welfare, @MarcoP90, @acezam, @mazi, [B]@Necroxid[/B], @sebbbbe, @Astral_lion02, @kamaitachi, @Oscar, @Rouk' @JC317, @Terrell, @enpleinjour, @AshenOne, the whole Nintendo eshop team and the others on your continuous work, you are the backbone of the community. You are the best ❤️
Happy Birthday and congrats!
Thanks for including me! Even tho alas I'm basically a lurker due to the italian charts being a underwhelming only top 3 on twitter (and also due to my allergy for forums)...

A Glossary to explain sales-oriented terms

We are building a comprehensive thread that would list every sales related acronyms and terms with a proper definition. We look forward to your thoughts and help on this, as we aim to have the one additional tool to help newcommers get up to speed, but also refresh the memories of the regulars.
This is really a GREAT idea, oft people confuse profit and income (inluding myself) so it's a very welcome feature
 
Great logo! I think adding perhaps a cobweb or two between the letters would make it even better, this is just imo though since it took me a bit of effort (when I saw this on my phone) to perceive the cobwebs on the left. Still great though, don't mind me :cool:
The logo was based on the Isomniac game logo, which had simple color on the texts. I also personally tend to not add too much details on the texts for readability.

Appreciate your feedbacks, though!
 
Very cool that you guys are celebrating the 17th anniversary of PlayStation 3. I agree, that font was incredibly groundbreaking!
 
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I knew IB was a paid Sony operation.

The new logo makes it abundantly clear !!!!!!!
 
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