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Were headed for a tough spot in MOP.

We didn't seem to get the "bounce back" of returning raiders with this new expansion - and despite some new recruits we barely have a single 10 man raid (last expansion we had two active successful 10 mans).

We have been keeping a post on both the Alleria realm recruitment and general forums, and profiles on the major rank sites like GuildOx and wowProgress, as well as posting in trade on a regular basis.
But we have had very little uptake. One tank did join us but didnt hang around. Consequently our raid is teetering on the edge of viability - if a tank or healer fails to show up we pretty much cant run a raid and its almost as bad for DPS.

We are a late night guild, offering a stable leadership and history going back to the opening of the server, we arer willing to provide a home to social players and also to raiders who want to play as part of a positive social community. We cant rely on topping the charts on server progression to pull members.

So how can we promote ourselves effectively - any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Calaban.
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Posted Nov 22, 12 · OP
Hey Calaban,

That's very disappointing to hear. We had a similar issue with the guild I'm in and didn't have a massive amount of apps until we started putting rankings on the board ( then everyone wanted to jump on the bandwagon).

I have been doing guild recruitment for years now (side note: I also do it in my professional career and know a lot of the psychology behind it) and sometimes you need to go out and provoke people to apply. I have found that using the Wow recruitment forums are the most effective based on applicant responses (I had posted our advert on mmo and paid for an EJ ad which didn't work). Post on people that put something up. Additionally, check what your title line is when the ad is being shown on the forums...put the classes you are specifically looking for (so they can spot that) and write it short and sweet. I look at a lot of adverts all over and just too much crap makes people tired of reading...

I hope this helps.

GG
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Posted Nov 23, 12
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Those are good suggestions - I appreciate your taking the time to write them.
Could be my post is too long - trying to be complete - a hazard of my professional life :-/

Thanks.
Morality is not obedience. Morality derives from empathy and a sense of communal obligation with our fellow human beings.
- PZ Myers
Posted Nov 23, 12 · OP
No worries. It was really interesting to see recruitment pick up with rankings. It makes me think about how google gets 25 applications a second, but a smaller company doing something similar will hardly get any. But that's life..we are very brand focused. :sick:

I will usually take advantage of HTML and white spaces on an advert. You can add more when they are about to apply on your site, but just make it short for easy posting on seeker ads ( some peon are just lazy...it's fun to watch sometimes).

You also might want to take advantage of fun recruitment YouTube videos like vodka does. It will give applicants a glimpse. Into who you guys are as well.
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Posted Nov 23, 12
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I'm just brainstorming here...

Current Normal-mode raids can't be done cross-realm, but they can be in Warlords of Draenor (and will be called "Heroic").

Perhaps getting into the habit of doing Flex via Openraid and letting it be known you are looking for reliablie raiders come WoD?

Kurn is writing a guide for guild leaders and I think she has a section on recruitment, but I can't vouch for it since I haven't read it or tried its recommendations.

Click on the "sneak peak" links under recruiting.

http://kurn.info/sneakpeeks.html

http://kurn.apotheosis-now.com/?p=2551
https://twitter.com/potatoeWoW
http://reddit.com/user/potatoeWoW
http://www.guildox.com/go/g.aspx?search=potatoedecay&w=S
Posted Nov 29, 13
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Very nice see some replies to this thread.
Thank you to all who are contributing to the discussion.
Morality is not obedience. Morality derives from empathy and a sense of communal obligation with our fellow human beings.
- PZ Myers
Posted Nov 29, 13 · OP
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That's good i appreciate your information.
Posted Jan 27, 14
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