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As valued users of the site, we want to keep you appraised of some planned enhancements at BRFCS and share with you all the context and rationale for what is proposed…

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New Development... BRFCS Ad Free

Throughout 2022 we have sought to optimise our advertising revenue to provide greater confidence that our income will continue to cover our running costs. BRFCS handicaps itself to a degree however, because we refuse to accept advertising for gambling, adult, alcohol and tobacco. 

The challenge we face therefore, is to earn as much as we can from what remains. This has meant that ad positioning and frequency are elements over which we have diminished direct control.

Following these changes, we have had a reasonable amount of feedback from some users, who have commented that the ads are becoming increasingly intrusive and that this is impacting adversely upon the user experience - especially on mobile devices.

With that in mind therefore we have introduced an *option* to subscribe to an ad-free* experience.

*It's important to clarify that the sponsor mentions on the magazine and forum threads will remain; as noted above, sponsorship income is a vital component of our overall revenue streams. 

All other non-sponsor ads are removed as part of this package.

 

What does that mean for current users ? 

It can mean absolutely nothing. If you are not interested in an ad-free experience, just carry on using the site as you were - nothing will change for you.

However, if you wish to benefit from an ad-free experience*, then by subscribing, you will remove the (non-sponsor) advertising from the site on whatever device you use - please note, you have to be logged in to remove the ads.

 

How much is this going to cost ? 

In our own tribute to Steve Waggott, we will offer an early-bird discount to allow users the opportunity to trial the option at a discounted rate.

The initial subscription plan will therefore cost £1.99 for one trial month, reverting to £3.99 per month thereafter. 

Monthly subscriptions can be cancelled at any point should circumstances change for whatever reason.

Platinum membership of £39.99 for a full year will also be offered. 

This can also be cancelled before the ANNUAL renewal date. 

 

As an aside - if you are canny enough to take the £1.99 initial offer; cancel after one payment, then renew for 12 months - this brings the effective monthly charge down to £3.23 for a period of 13 months #NorthernThrift 😉

In a spirit of transparency, we have no idea how many people will be attracted by this offer and equally, we can only guess at the impact it will have on our overall revenue, but clearly, if the subscription revenue received proves to be consistently less than the advertising revenue lost, we will have to put our thinking caps on and come up with another plan.

 

What if all this is a raging success…presumably the site owners be able to continue to operate BRFCS albeit now as tax exiles based in Monaco ? 

Well quite…the spirit of BRFCS always has been "by the fans, for the fans" - it has never been operated as a hard-nosed, capitalist venture. This philosophy will not change. The free option (served with advertisements) will remain. 

This is simply our attempt to offer a service that many have indicated they would welcome but without threatening overall viability of the site.

 

How does BRFCS incur running costs? 

The site has overheads, principally these relate to IT costs; although as we add new features, these are increasingly including additional subscription fees for services, as many more providers are moving towards that kind of a pricing model. 
For instance, even Google is now charging for its basic business suite of email addresses and shared storage.

As the site is owned and operated via a limited company, there are also fees associated with running a company, including statutory Companies House returns, accountant's fees, bank/payments charges and so on.

 

How is BRFCS funded? 

Historically, the site was funded purely from Google ad revenue, but the returns were a bit thin and somewhat unpredictable. Consequently, different options have been pursued to provide a more stable income and eliminate over-reliance on Google. 

These include sponsorship of different aspects of the site - it was this type of funding that enabled the site revamp last year for instance, when BRFCS evolved from being purely a forum, into the comprehensive package of features you see today; including the magazine elements, the 4000 Holes archive, podcast hosting and of course the excellent Match Centre feature.

 

Anything else you wish to share with us? 

Well...just to summarise - the purpose of sharing this background is to provide the context as to why/how we aim to address legitimate concerns raised by users; the purpose of sharing the rationale of our approach with you all, is to be transparent as to our thinking.

 

Essentially, the owners and contributors provide (considerable amounts of) their time & expertise for free because they enjoy doing it. When the pleasure is no longer there, then we will no doubt look to pass on the mantle. 

For the avoidance of doubt...we are ALL currently enjoying it !

 

Many thanks for your time and for visiting BRFCS.com...the best Rovers site out there, since 1996 [citation needed] 😉

The BRFCS Team

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Just now, Miller11 said:

Ad free is marvellous! Subscription will be rolling over. 👍👍

Well thank you…a LOT of work into setting it up so it’s nice to have a positive testimonial so soon…👍🏻

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Great news! 

I'll be signing up. Further to what Sparks said I was wondering if there was a super duper  dog's wotsits membership which allowed you to pull up the content of specified contributors without getting banned! 🙄

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In all seriousness, well done and will be subscribing.

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53 minutes ago, RevidgeBlue said:

Further to what Sparks said I was wondering if there was a super duper  dog's wotsits membership which allowed you to pull up the content of specified contributors without getting banned! 🙄

🤣

 

Technically yes, but it involves buying the site off us then you do what the hell you like... 😉

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Just now, Armchair supporter supremo said:

good to now have another option at least 👍

Exactly that…no compulsion, but if you think the ads are intrusive at least you can choose to do something about it…

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1 hour ago, Herbie6590 said:

Exactly that…no compulsion, but if you think the ads are intrusive at least you can choose to do something about it…

Yeah i totally agree and get ya👍

 

That said I'm still to cheap to pay for it 😂 😂 😂 sorry🙈

Similar with LT website and the how that works on my mobiles browser 

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This looks to be a good option and one that I will take up. 

Although only a sporadic poster, I visit the forum every day (often several times a day). 

You are all doing a magnificent job, thank you and well done!

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7 hours ago, Nuttall is lost said:

In honour of the club why dont you sell off the best posters on here and not replace them?

It’d be more like the club recently if we just let them go to other forums for free … 

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Welcome newly joined subscribers - its great to have you on board, I hope the adfree experience is all you ever dreamed of! 

I come with a perk! I have 2x tickets for the highly anticipated Rovers vs. Hartlepool Carabao Cup game at Ewood on Wednesday 10th August. If you’d like to enter the raffle for these tickets, please send me a direct message on the forum before 09:00 tomorrow (Thursday 28th). The winner will be contacted directly. 

Good luck! 

*raffle is also open to any new subscribers between now and the submission deadline
 
@oldjamfan1 @Proudtobeblue&white @Sparks Rover @JohnD @Miller11

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15 hours ago, J*B said:

Welcome newly joined subscribers - its great to have you on board, I hope the adfree experience is all you ever dreamed of! 

I come with a perk! I have 2x tickets for the highly anticipated Rovers vs. Hartlepool Carabao Cup game at Ewood on Wednesday 10th August. If you’d like to enter the raffle for these tickets, please send me a direct message on the forum before 09:00 tomorrow (Thursday 28th). The winner will be contacted directly. 

Good luck! 

*raffle is also open to any new subscribers between now and the submission deadline
 
@oldjamfan1 @Proudtobeblue&white @Sparks Rover @JohnD @Miller11

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@Miller11 I'll send you a PM!

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20 hours ago, J*B said:

Welcome newly joined subscribers - its great to have you on board, I hope the adfree experience is all you ever dreamed of! 

I come with a perk! I have 2x tickets for the highly anticipated Rovers vs. Hartlepool Carabao Cup game at Ewood on Wednesday 10th August. If you’d like to enter the raffle for these tickets, please send me a direct message on the forum before 09:00 tomorrow (Thursday 28th). The winner will be contacted directly. 

Good luck! 

*raffle is also open to any new subscribers between now and the submission deadline
 
@oldjamfan1 @Proudtobeblue&white @Sparks Rover @JohnD @Miller11

I missed your post and have missed the deadline!!

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4 hours ago, Proudtobeblue&white said:

I missed your post and have missed the deadline!!

We plan to have more subscriber-only offers...the deadline on this was imposed on us by Carabao in reality.

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On 25/08/2022 at 12:30, J*B said:

Subscribers! 

After giving away tickets to the Hartlepool match, we’re now giving away a Terrace mug to one very lucky subscriber!

LIKE this message by 29th September to be entered into a raffle to win a mug. Easy. 

Subscribers only. UK delivery only - unless you’re paying delivery!

Not a subscriber? Subscribe here: https://www.brfcs.com/magazine/premium

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@Revidge Blue

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@Sparks Rover

@JohnD

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