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How to forward a percentage of your Recurrency earnings to a cause or other creator #howto

 

One of the cooler but "not as visible as we'd like it to be" features of Recurrency is the ability to forward a percentage of what you're earning to another creator, cause, or organization you wish to support or help fundraise for -- I posted a little guide to how to do this and will add it to the wiki for reference as well:

https://recurrency.us/members/doctorparadox/messages/the-more-you-know

When you invoke this, a new box appears in your profile sidebar indicating that you're sharing a portion of your donations:

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s3/sh/726a00da-ed69-4894-902a-166b0a3642d6/d18734c190d4eb4d894463a3b14e94b8/deep/0/Recurrency---barb-dybwad.png

For now it's a handy way to leverage your fanbase to support a cause (or perhaps "sharing in kind" to your favorite up and coming artists in your genre), but we're thinking of adding the ability to do "regifting" more atomically such that you could forward individual incoming gifts to specific creators or orgs. If anyone has thoughts or feelings on that either way, feel free to weigh in on this thread... (or other wishlist items for "Paying It Forward," by all means)


Badges version 1 released #newfeatures

 

Our v.1 of donation badges for embedding on your site, Tumblr, blog, etc. are out -- for now you have 2 ways to customize them:

  1. Light (white) or dark (red)
  2. "Support me" or "Support us" terminology

You can access these from the main dropdown menu at the upper right -- there's a new option for Badges that will take you to this page where you can toggle those 2 options and copy the embed code:

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s3/sh/c76f87e1-ec91-46a2-8c6a-bf886422f0a3/b50d6dbf643598e831b04901eb911535/deep/0/Recurrency---Badges.png

Coming next:

  • more customization options: most notably by size for including at the ends of blog posts, in banner-like areas vs. sidebars, etc. (what else is important to you that we customize -- let us know!)
  • data display: # of supporters, $ per week, etc.
  • exploring option to allow fans to "donate inline" -- i.e.right from the badge without having to leave wherever it's embedded. Let us know if that's something that interests you...

Feedback requested:

  • Anyone have trouble with using the badges because their platform strips out <script> tags? Let us know...
  • Requests for additional / alternative badge language
  • Requests for specific sizes or aspect ratios

Thanks!!


Microphone check, 1 2 1 2 #meta

 

Hey folks!

Just wanted to say a quick hello and thanks for joining us in the Recurrency "Inner Circle" club (we're still working on the Official Secret Handshake and signature cocktail, stay tuned...). We aim to make this a useful space to share information, tips and tricks, trials and tribulations not just on the "Recurrency and how we can help" front but along the creator journey / building a business and brand path more generally.

Also want to be respectful of everyone's time (and undoubtedly jam-packed inboxes already) and I don't expect this list / group will be super high volume -- but if you ever need to "ratchet down" the emails, you can do so via the Subscription menu options:

There's a daily digest option, "special notices only," or you can turn off email notifications altogether and just drop by the group when you want to check in, ask a question, add or refer to a resource in the wiki, etc. We'll keep the Special Notices to a minimum and reserve them for product release information and mission critical announcements.

Thanks again and looking forward to canoodling with you all!

-Barb

Welcome from Mike Gray #introductions

Gray
 

Hi! I’m Mike Gray, a member of the creator team at Recurrency. I represent the Appalachian part of the company, working from a cabin in the mountains of Maryland, about an hour and a half from Washington, D.C. Before here, I was part of PenFed (a credit union), Tecca (a tech site), WoW Insider, and a few other tech startups. I’m one of the digital nomads you hear so much about.

By vocation, I’m a marketer and writer, though I’ve been on both sides of the business process and sales coin. By avocation, I’ll be launching my new serial series (Throgg & Swift) based on characters I developed (um, elsewhere) any second now. I’m sure you all know how that goes.

I’m looking forward to hearing what everyone has to share here. I think we can do great things.

Go ahead and introduce yourself as the spirit strikes you! You can put the hashtag #introductions at the end of your subject line to help organize your message for posterity.

Mike

Important creator withdrawal system update: How to connect to Stripe and receive your funds! #newfeatures

 

Hey all -- couple of important updates, one of which is "action required" if you'll indulge us in a rare spot of semi-urgent requesting:

  1. We've shifted from weekly to monthly gifting cycles. By default, the gift form suggests a $4/month donation (on par with what used to be the weekly equivalent) -- but the new actual minimum is $1/month. Coming in a future update you'll have the ability to set your own minimum threshold for monthly support -- and we also plan to add a formalized rewards / tiering system as well wherein you could set multiple levels and thresholds of giving for different levels of access. Have spoken with some of you about this already -- but if anyone has follow-up thoughts or anyone else has ideas, wishlists, or requests -- by all means let us know (feel free to weigh in on this thread or start a clean one as the spirit moves you).
  2. Withdrawal system: We've settled on Stripe as our payment provider of record on both ends, which gives us (and you) a number of benefits including "continuous payday" and international support in 18 countries (enabling international supports to donate to you, and international creators to withdraw without miles of tax and regulatory hurdles). I'm linking to a PDF (in Dropbox) of instructions below about how to connect your Recurrency account to the Stripe system to set up automagic transfers to your bank account -- there is some urgency around making this connection in a timely manner so I'm asking for a few moments of your time this week si vous plait. This should only take a few minutes, and if you run into problems please don't hesitate to reach out (either here in groups.io, or shoot us an email at creators-team@...). Thanks folks!!

How to connect to Stripe:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9pi4vwz4xt10vws/How%20to%20connect%20to%20Stripe%20and%20receive%20payments%20from%20Recurrency.pdf?dl=0

Re: Important creator withdrawal system update: How to connect to Stripe and receive your funds! #newfeatures

 

Just a quick related update that the ability to set a minimum support threshold is live in your Settings area:

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s3/sh/3e1b4885-c3ac-4bea-a49b-09f267d9a6d6/c1dfdc2e3cf35caf4143581084269470/deep/0/Recurrency---Settings---(Private-Browsing).png

Also a note about payment schedules once you connect Stripe: any new incoming gifts will push through to you right away. For those of you who have been accruing gifts already, we're going to be pushing the "back balance" through as a one-time transfer in the coming days. The proverbial "last call" for this will be on May 1 when we clear out all of the remaining funds from the pre-monthly era so we can "close the books" on the weekly gifts that were given -- there are some TL;DR regulatory reasons we can't "sit on" the money indefinitely (and some TL;DR pedantic reasons i need to "scare quotes" so frequently) and of course we would love to avoid any scenario in which we have to refund gifts back to supporters (i.e. please let us know if you aren't able to connect Stripe or won't be able to by May 1 for whatever reason).

Thanks everyone!! <3

Re: Badges version 1 released #newfeatures

 

On my end there's a CSS conflict resulting in the CSS being overridden and essentially making it render as a plain text link on my page. I hate to ask for an image-based version but that would likely be easier than monkeying with the CSS.

Re: Badges version 1 released #newfeatures

 

Actually got it sorted on my end, looks great!

Re: Badges version 1 released #newfeatures

 

Awesome, thanks Victor -- FWIW we did have image-based versions in the "possibility sphere" and could definitely prioritize that for v.2 if there's demand for it (if your platform strips out script tags or overrides CSS, etc.). I also owe you Richard a follow-up (if you're out there in email land listening... /waves) too as one of the early requesters for "Badges v.2" -- here's the basic draft list I have so far which I'll need to priortize/winnow down and spec out a few of these more fully:

Badges v.2

  1. In-post badges (for blogs, Tumblr, etc.)
    1. Header / footer style
    2. Inline square style for L or R-justified inclusion
  2. Leaderboard style — for inclusion in site header or footer
  3. Additional sidebar styles
    1. Simple image-based version w/o script tags
    2. Square-shaped
    3. Customizable colors
    4. Customizable language
    5. Dynamic: display supporter count, monthly donations, etc.
  4. Dedicated landing page or support area styles
    1. Display linked scrolling list of all your subscribers (nice promo benefit for supporters / another incentive for them to sign on)
    2. Testimonials loop — version that displays a stream of your supporter testimonials (insta-marketing!)

So that's a laundry list of sorts and probably not worth tossing into a formal poll at this point, but if anyone has votes, feedback, or additional requests to add to that list, please reply inline! Thanks!!

Re: Badges version 1 released #newfeatures

 

Lol — if you cast a vote, don’t vote by number! ;) Fun with cut and pasting lists and interpreting ordinality...

On April 29, 2015 at 2:22:49 PM, Barb D (barb@...) wrote:

Awesome, thanks Victor -- FWIW we did have image-based versions in the "possibility sphere" and could definitely prioritize that for v.2 if there's demand for it (if your platform strips out script tags or overrides CSS, etc.). I also owe you Richard a follow-up (if you're out there in email land listening... /waves) too as one of the early requesters for "Badges v.2" -- here's the basic draft list I have so far which I'll need to priortize/winnow down and spec out a few of these more fully:

Badges v.2

  1. In-post badges (for blogs, Tumblr, etc.)
    1. Header / footer style
    2. Inline square style for L or R-justified inclusion
  2. Leaderboard style — for inclusion in site header or footer
  3. Additional sidebar styles
    1. Simple image-based version w/o script tags
    2. Square-shaped
    3. Customizable colors
    4. Customizable language
    5. Dynamic: display supporter count, monthly donations, etc.
  4. Dedicated landing page or support area styles
    1. Display linked scrolling list of all your subscribers (nice promo benefit for supporters / another incentive for them to sign on)
    2. Testimonials loop — version that displays a stream of your supporter testimonials (insta-marketing!)

So that's a laundry list of sorts and probably not worth tossing into a formal poll at this point, but if anyone has votes, feedback, or additional requests to add to that list, please reply inline! Thanks!!

Re: Badges version 1 released #newfeatures

Gray
 

I somewhat have a preference for “Leaderboard style — for inclusion in site header or footer” as a priority, based on my experience that the 728x90 spot generally gets better click through rates. (When it’s at the top, anyway.) 

And leaderboards are about the most common IAB ad type on the exchanges, so if one of us got frisky and wanted to advertise our Recurrency badge, we could do so pretty easily.

(Squares often look better, but then you get in the Mortal Kombaaaaat of whether it’s a med req, large req, skyscraper, or some other size — Google’s pushing 336 right now, for some reason — and you never know what the inventory will be like. That drives costs up.)

Sooo…. leaderboard is nice and versatile, but that’s my opinion.

Mike



On April 29, 2015 at 5:25:06 PM, Barb D (barb@...) wrote:

  1. Leaderboard style — for inclusion in site header or footer

Coming soon: improvements to Message posting #upcoming

 

Hey y'all -- quick update on "what's up with Messages" because we inadvertently caused some frustration last week with a change we made to the Recurrency posting tool that we didn't communicate very well (apologies!!):

In the beginning, there was Markdown. And then Barb said unto them developers, "Behold, for there is creator demand for a WYSIWYG option and a way to preview thy posts." And lo did the devs strike down the lowly Markdown functionality and uphold the lofty WYSIWYG, but it was swaddled in the identical clothing of the text box which came before. And yea though it suffered from a lack of documentation.

Long story short

  1. We will expose the "toolbar" to the top of the New Message text box that one naturally expects to signal that you're in a WYSIWYG environment (right now you can only invoke it if you select some text first, which you are especially unlikely to do if you're expecting Markdown behavior) -- timeline: ASAP
  2. We will also reinstate the Markdown functionality and build in a toggle so you can choose between .MD and Rich Text/WYSIWYG, then set a preference to remember your choice for next time (but you can still switch back and forth anytime you like) -- timeline: later this week or top of next (let us know if this is a huge pain point & I can advocate to move this up the priority stack even further)

Coming soon

  • A way to preview your posts before you publish them
  • An "About" section for your profile to supplement "beyond the bio" information, where you can give prospective supporters more context about "what you'll be doing in this space" and why they should support you -- and editing this section + your bio + Messages will all work the same way with a toggle to set your preference for Markdown or WYSIWYG as you see fit
  • A way to upload images via the WYSIWYG (right now that's completely absent, but when we kick Markdown back in you'll be able to "hot link" them as before)

How to make a friggin' link in your post, right now

Highlight the text you want the link to be on and the hidden toolbar magically appears floating above your cursor: then click the hashtag symbol (#) to paste your link.

Thanks everyone!!

Re: Coming soon: improvements to Message posting #upcoming

 

OK whew :) Trying adding a link now!

Re: Coming soon: improvements to Message posting #upcoming

 

Thanks Victor! And in so doing you discovered a feature we just rolled out, which is the ability to "pin" a message to the top of your profile (for an important upcoming event, notice you want everyone to see, an interim "about" section for what you're doing in this space, etc.) -- there's a checkbox at the bottom of the New Message screen when you compose one and the result looks like this:

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s3/sh/dff2be79-f1dd-4c23-a9ba-7d640780b880/fa1de82b0fe014bf032411e606718fb8/deep/0/Recurrency---Angry-Dad-Gamer.png

We're going to be focusing some more fire on better documentation of existing and new features in the coming weeks -- some of which will warrant Message updates and others to live in the Wiki area which is a bit haphazard at the moment but also has some infobits perhaps worth taking a look at (or contributing your own... "power of the wiki" and all) as we get it curated / gardened into a more useful state. (And if anyone has requests on bits that are specifically unclear, let us know...)

Millennial Mom buying habits and how it affects you

Gray
 

Hello, creators, thinkers, and shadowy cabal of eliteness,

I saw this article from Newsweek, and thought it might be useful to some of you (since it has actual data, and who doesn’t love a good slice of data?). I’m as burned out on hearing about “millennials” as if they’re some kind of bizarre new species of human, but I think the info is pretty good.


Summary: 8 in 10 Milennial Moms (MM) use their phone while shopping. About half “showroom.” Their criteria in purchases is mostly (in order): Safety, Convenience, good value, good reviews, simplicity, recommendations.. What media do MMs consume? Smartphone, TV, desktop, and then streaming radio (in order.)

Impact
While none of this data is exactly new to us savvy inter-web types, it does reinforce a handful of things for me. 

- Your website should be mobile-friendly.
- Our Recurrency profile is a solid way to knock out all the criteria: Safety (secure transactions), Convenience (setup once, walk away), good value (creators are awesome), good reviews (since every gift has a review), simplicity (see convenience), and recommendations (same as good reviews). Because of the way Recurrency works — asking for the why someone is supporting — I get more “buzz” and automatic reviews than I might otherwise.
- Since Smartphones, desktop, and streaming are so popular, providing our content in accessible ways, and letting our audience know we’re easily accessible in an on-demand way, is a key to growing the audience. I guess I was surprised email didn’t score higher, but that might be because the pollers just looked at media device rather than platform/channel.

I do wish they’d used a control group for comparison (non-moms?) but the results feel like they’d be pretty much the same across the board. What do you guys think?

Mike

Re: Millennial Mom buying habits and how it affects you

Gray
 

Correction. I said Newsweek. Obviously, it’s Adweek. Not enough coffee yet.

Mike

On May 8, 2015 at 12:32:31 PM, Gray (mike@...) wrote:

Hello, creators, thinkers, and shadowy cabal of eliteness,

I saw this article from Newsweek, and thought it might be useful to some of you (since it has actual data, and who doesn’t love a good slice of data?). I’m as burned out on hearing about “millennials” as if they’re some kind of bizarre new species of human, but I think the info is pretty good.


Summary: 8 in 10 Milennial Moms (MM) use their phone while shopping. About half “showroom.” Their criteria in purchases is mostly (in order): Safety, Convenience, good value, good reviews, simplicity, recommendations.. What media do MMs consume? Smartphone, TV, desktop, and then streaming radio (in order.)

Impact
While none of this data is exactly new to us savvy inter-web types, it does reinforce a handful of things for me. 

- Your website should be mobile-friendly.
- Our Recurrency profile is a solid way to knock out all the criteria: Safety (secure transactions), Convenience (setup once, walk away), good value (creators are awesome), good reviews (since every gift has a review), simplicity (see convenience), and recommendations (same as good reviews). Because of the way Recurrency works — asking for the why someone is supporting — I get more “buzz” and automatic reviews than I might otherwise.
- Since Smartphones, desktop, and streaming are so popular, providing our content in accessible ways, and letting our audience know we’re easily accessible in an on-demand way, is a key to growing the audience. I guess I was surprised email didn’t score higher, but that might be because the pollers just looked at media device rather than platform/channel.

I do wish they’d used a control group for comparison (non-moms?) but the results feel like they’d be pretty much the same across the board.. What do you guys think?

Mike

Join us in Slack if you ever need something... or *if you dare*! #howto

 

Hey folks --

Wanted to extend an invite to anyone who has questions, issues, requests, etc. to please feel free to join us in our creators' Slack channel -- and no ulterior motives required, if you just want to drop in and say hi and/or lurk that's totes cool too! We're not around 24/7, maybe more like 23.36/7 so if you stop by in those 17 minutes when no one is online, feel free to send an @mention Bat Signal to one of us (we'll get the notifications) or leave a question/thought for later pickup.

Just input the email address you want to get the invite here: https://recurrency.us/slack and you'll get the login instructions sent to that address posthaste.

Hope to chat with some of you soon -- thanks all!

-Barb

We have a wiki! (And how to edit it) #howto

Gray
 

Did you know our shadowy cabal of elite creators has a wiki? We have a wiki. 

And we have instructions and thoughts on how to edit it, which you can find here. If you could take a few second and read over that message (and maybe check out the wiki), we’d totally love to hear your thoughts.

We kept it short because it’s Friday afternoon.

Mike

P.S. It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta Get Down on Friday!

A few shiny things: RSS sidebar modules, Website URL, and About page #newfeatures

 

Greetings and TGIF, y'all! A few quick thangs of note we've launched recently:

  1. RSS module -- displays the latest 10 headlines from a feed of your choice. Activate this from your Settings page, where there's a spot to drop the RSS URL as well as a field for modifying the header label appearing at the top of the box. Here's an example in action from David, who added his latest podcasts to the sidebar.
  2. Website URL -- Simple and long overdue, this is a way to add your blog URL or other homepage / destination of your choice; it shows up beneath your bio and before your social network links. This one's also in the Settings area, just above the 2 RSS fields I mentioned above -- and like that feature you can also change the text label associated with the link.
  3. About page -- You've been squished into that tiny little bio box for a while now, but now there's room to roam! Find this one at the bottom of your Settings page, and it'll add an "About [Yourname]" link to the right of your Website URL link beneath your bio. When clicked, it'll display your About page -- a great place to provide more context on what you're up to, what you plan to do in this space, etc.

Features on deck:

  • WYSIWYG improvements and Markdown toggle
  • A simple way to email all your Supporters
  • A way to upload a new avatar for your profile

Thanks everyone, as always -- if you have any questions about the above features or wishlist items to request, don't ever hesitate to reach out. Here in this space is always good, and feel free to come join us in Slack and shoot some chat as well.

Happy weekend!!

-Barb

P.S. If you still haven't hooked up a Stripe account yet, please do -- it's easy, and you can't actually start accepting any donations without completing this step, so also pretty critical!

happy to be here / hopeful to hear from you too / with this here haiku ... #introductions

judith
 

greetings fellow creators! 

I’m judith meskill, a consulting member of the creator team here at recurrency.us. my current locale places me in the northeastern part of the company, working in a pastoral setting in the hills of new jersey. prior to this gig, i was the coo of change.org, the coo of crowd fusion (now ceros.com), the social media officer of babycenter.com (a j&j company), and the coo of weblogsinc.com (now aol.com).

as an avid social networking practitioner, i am constantly investigating "what works" and "what doesn't work" in the evolving world of online social and knowledge building practices and tools. as a speaker, workshop leader, and team coach i guide organizations in the creation of internet communities and learning systems.

like mike, i’m looking forward to hearing what everyone has to share here.

please drop in and introduce yourself! hashtag #introductions at the end of your subject line helps to organize your message. 

cheers,

judith