Since I sell grills at Home Depot, I send people here all the time and have been for some time now. I know some people have told me they've been on the site but I have yet to see anyone I've sent become a board member.
I often tell people the board is the best part of the site and write down the address for them.
Info, maybe we could come up with some Seth Godin style marketing ideas to get more participation?
Since BBQ-U has started airing in the Atlanta area, I've been seeing more and more people who have seen the show and a few people who have a book or 2 of Steven's.
Personally, this message board has made as much difference in my grilling as the books, and the show. When you put it all together though, its even more potent.
From a business perspective, it makes sense too. I've bought a second book and recomended Steven's books to more people than I can count. I intend to keep getting more books too which is good for Workman. I sell a lot more Weber grills than I used to which is great for Weber and I buy Johnsonville brats and plan on trying Woodbridge wines as well.
Info, Since the TV show promotes bbqu.net could a message board link be put on bbqu.net?
I know there's already a link to barbecuebible.com but a link straight to the message board would be even better. Obviously, you want to promote the books on the website but if you promote the message board, we'll in turn promote more books and a customer will probably buy more books down the road than they would have otherwise.