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4.5: Invites and Referrals

Invision Community has supported member referrals via the Commerce app since Commerce was called Nexus all those years ago.

Community owners have been able to see at a glance who is spreading the word and members have received the kudos associated with a growing referral count in return. 

When planning Invision Community 4.5 we saw that this feature had the potential to be so much more… So what have we done to improve it?

See Who Was Referred

In addition to seeing a count of referrals, it’s now possible for both admins and members to see who they referred. If Commerce is enabled admins can also see how much commission (if any) was earned. 

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The new referral settings page shows links, code snippets and who you've referred

Member Promotion

Seeing a rising count of who has been referred gives members a great feeling of community involvement but wouldn’t it be great if you could reward your members in other ways too? 

Referral counts now work as a member filter when using the group promotion feature.

You can now automatically promote members that have referred more than a specific number of members to another user group and give them access to exclusive content. This still works alongside paid subscriptions so be another method for members not willing or able to pay for subscriptions to get access.

Integration With Sharing

If the feature is enabled, any time a link is shared via the built-in share links, referrals will be tracked. This occurs automatically without the member needing to think about it. It’s now easier than ever to see who your superfans are and who is bringing new people to the community.

Blocks

As well as the default share links we have added a new sidebar block that can be added anywhere across your community. This prominent call to action can be added on pages you think are most likely to result in recommendations.

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The new "Invite a friend" widget

Given that referral capabilities have been expanded into many more areas outside of Commerce we decided that this should now be available as a core feature. Earning commission on sales as a result of referrals will still, of course, require Commerce to be installed.

We hope that these are welcome improvements and they help you encourage more members to participate in your community.


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As well as the default share links we have added a new sidebar block that can be added anywhere across your community. This prominent call to action can be added on pages you think are most likely to result in recommendations.

That means we will be able to share any page on 4.5 and not only content item pages? Or it will share board URL only?

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1 hour ago, Adriano Faria said:

That means we will be able to share any page on 4.5 and not only content item pages? Or it will share board URL only?

The content share links work the same as they do now by linking to specific content items but the difference is referrals will now be tracked when people follow the links.

You can then also add the share block to any page as a block. When using the block the link will be to the default homepage of your community.

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This looks great! I really like automatic promotions to other user groups based on things such as content and now referrals but if you run subscriptions to pay your way to get to that usergroup, I really wish they worked together something like...

 

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Out of topic but Invision in my opinion should focus a bit more on scaling as forums are getting bigger and bigger every day...

Hope to get native support for cloud providers that are bandwidth partners with Cloudflare:

https://www.cloudflare.com/bandwidth-alliance/

For example we can use Wasabi as it is compatible with S3 but i would love to get native support for Backblaze for example....

So forums can benefit from huge amount of storage for very low price and free transfer from the Cloud storage to Cloudflare and then back to users....

Thank you

 

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I would recommend posting your requests and suggestions in the appropriate feedback forum. They're bound to be overlooked when they're added to random blog entries completely unrelated to what you are suggesting. 🙂

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1 minute ago, beats23 said:

Example better layout for commerce shop. 

bigger item image, with left and right arrows to switch through the item images when open in Lightbox.

commerce needs an overall to be more modern looking store.

Cosmetic stuff isn't more important than the functionality itself. Everyone has their own important things to request and wait.

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On 12/12/2019 at 2:55 PM, bfarber said:

I would recommend posting your requests and suggestions in the appropriate feedback forum. They're bound to be overlooked when they're added to random blog entries completely unrelated to what you are suggesting. 🙂

That's why I tagged him, and what makes you think that it's completely unrelated? It doesn't seem that way to me, and it's a passing comment. 😕 

Or am I missing something?

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On 12/14/2019 at 2:37 AM, Tripp★ said:

That's why I tagged him, and what makes you think that it's completely unrelated? It doesn't seem that way to me, and it's a passing comment. 😕 

Or am I missing something?

I believe Brandon was speaking generally regarding the comments not your comment specifically.

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8 hours ago, Andy Millne said:

I believe Brandon was speaking generally regarding the comments not your comment specifically.

Yes, this. I wasn't addressing any one person (and in fact @Tripp★ I wasn't addressing your comment at all), just speaking generally. I've noticed a lot of people replying to our blog entries lately with all of their wonderful ideas, and I just don't want all of those suggestions to be lost and forgotten.

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Honestly, improvements are almost always nice and appreciated but I can see the points made about there being more useful and priority improvements.

The Commerce store front end is boring and bland in particular if you only use Subscriptions, all you can do with it is add a widget to your available subscriptions, terms and conditions or change the currency in this one place.

So yes, this one really feels more like it could have been suggested as a third party Marketplace mod.

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On 12/16/2019 at 6:43 PM, bfarber said:

Yes, this. I wasn't addressing any one person (and in fact @Tripp★ I wasn't addressing your comment at all), just speaking generally. I've noticed a lot of people replying to our blog entries lately with all of their wonderful ideas, and I just don't want all of those suggestions to be lost and forgotten.

Oh. Then I apologise completely, I just assumed as it seemed to fall directly after mine which was a suggestion, which in hindsight, wasn't exactly smart to do.

Apologies @bfarber.

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