New: Join the conversation feature for every Rise board

We’ve added a small new feature to every Rise board – it’s called “Join the conversation“.

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Any Rise Board manager can now add a social platform section to the About page explaining how and where to join the online conversation about the board.

The conversation channel could be something as simple as a Twitter hashtag to use when discussing the board, a what’s app group invite URL or a dedicated Facebook Group.

One of the perennial issues with any new network like Rise is deciding what parts of the overall experience happen on our site (platform features) and what happens elsewhere (application features).

This feature represents a clear step in the application direction. While Rise lets you build a social graph around success tracking, we won’t be offering further community features for your 4C discussions (cheering, celebrating, commiserating and calibrating) – we’ll leave that to the dedicated social  apps that do that better.

In this update, we’ve provided integration initially for Twitter hashtags, Facebook groups and raw URLs which we show on your board’s about page. Over time we’ll surface the choice of social platform and channel elsewhere in the audience and player experience.

If there’s another social platform you’d like to see deeper support for then let us know.

 

Automate your life with the Rise.global Zapier app

Automation is one of those things that makes life a little bit easier.

I’m certainly someone who likes to automate wherever I can, and nowhere more so in my digital notifications.

As a Rise.global regular I look out for updates to my score on Twitter Followers Club and Twitter Activity Club. I am actively trying to improve my use of Twitter at the moment so I find both boards provide helpful analytics for me to optimise with.

However, the updates come via email and I’m also someone who gets a deluge of email so the updates are sometimes missed.

risezapierThis is where Zapier comes in for me – Zapier is a kind of bridge between different software systems. If something happens on one system, it can then trigger activity on another.

Wonderful” I thought, “perhaps Zapier can help me get notifications direct to my mobile phone?

Adn Indeed it does, Zapier supports “Pushover” a dedicated notifications service for my mobile.

So all I needed to do was to get Zapier to look out for releases of the boards I’m interested in and then get Pushover to notify me of my latest score directly onto my phone.

Here’s the result:

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Now you can see, alongside my other phone notifications I get my latest Twitter Followers Club score.

Because this is Zapier, I could have done this for a whole host of others services too such as adding a new to do item to Asana or a new card on Trello. I can even configure it to post out to Twitter on my behalf, letting my followers know my awesome new score.

Automation made that bit easier with Zapier.

If you’d like to use the Rise.Global Zapier app then follow this link to gain access to the beta. You’ll then be able to use Rise as an app on your own Zapier account.

 

How I did it

If you’re interested in copying me and setting up a notification for yourself then here’s how I did it, step by step. You’ll of course need your own Zapier.com account to do it.

  1. Sign up with Zapier.com
  2. Add the Rise.global app
  3. On Rise.global, sign in, go to Edit Profile then API key and click the button to generate your api key (you’ll need this later on)
  4. On Zapier create a zap
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  5. Choose Rise as the Trigger
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  6. In the options you’ll need to use your API key to connect Zapier to your Rise.global account
  7. Now choose which Rise Board you want to be the trigger for activity each time it releases (typically weekly for most Rise Boards).
  8. Now set up the Action. I chose to use Pushover but you could use a different app you’re more familiar with.
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  9. Now inside your notification, and this is the fiddly bit, you need to define the message that you want to send, each time the release occurs.

    Here you can see I am using Board Name, the name of the release, my score and my rank as the merge fields.
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  10.  That’s it, test your zap and then turn it on. Now sit back and wait for your personal analytics news to come to you!

 

How to use your Rise profile when requesting a Twitter verified account

Twitter verified accounts are all the rage, especially for senior influencers across the web: using your Rise.global profile will help you justify verification.

Now Twitter has opened up the verification program to allow self nominations, it’s time for you to request verified status for yourself.

As part of verification, Twitter requires you to provide site URLs that:

“help express the account holder’s newsworthiness or relevancy in their field.” – Twitter verification guidance

An excellent URL for doing exactly this is your Rise profile.

Your Rise profile shows the fields you are influential in, and your current score or ranking within those fields. Because your score is regularly being updated, the team at Twitter can be assured that it is an accurate and up to date reflection of your influential status across one or more fields.

Copy the URL from your profile and include it on your twitter verification form, as I’ve done below:

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Here’s my current Rise profile that will be seen by the team at Twitter.

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For each Rise Board you are participating in, you can configure how your score / rank is displayed to the world at large using the Settings for each board:

Getting Going as a Blogger

If you haven’t got a Rise profile yet then it’s easy to get one. Simply sign up to Rise and connect your social media accounts. Then, if you haven’t been added to any boards yet, search the Public Boards to find relevant communities, then use the Join button to request inclusion on the board.

If you’re looking for inspiration, why not visit the profiles of some other senior influencers who’ve also set up their Rise profiles e.g.  Justin Matthew:

Justin Matthew

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Gary Arndt

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Siddharth Chatterjee

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UPDATE – 19/Sep/2016

Please note that Twitter alone is responsible for grading whether your account is suitable for verification. Your use of a Rise profile as a submission URL should accompany other materials showing you to be a figure of public interest.

 

 

Rise launches monetization features for boards

In case you were wondering, Rise’s network model is akin to meetup.com. We charge managers a fee but crucially we let managers monetize their boards in whatever way they like.

To support this we’ve added a major new monetization feature this week that you can see in action on the ENERTOR Sports Journalist 100.
The three key features are:

  1. adding ads around your leaderboard (above, to the right and intersticially
  2. capturing emails for your marketing campaign
  3. adding ads on your email notifications in 3 different sections

I recommend “following” the ENERTOR board to see it all in action

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Travel1k Email Advert Example

Announcing “On the Move”

Today marks the launch of our new feature for Rise boards called “On the Move”.

On the move reports those players who are the key movers and shakers on any Rise board.

This is an additional rise report, included with every release of a Rise board. On the move has three sections:

  • On the Rise – those players who have climbed the highest this week
  • New arrivals – new players joining the board this week
  • Slip sliding away – those players who have fallen down the rankings

For anyone following the Rise board this is vital information – it’s often the changes that are most interesting on a week by week basis.

The On the Move section is provided in three formats:

  • On rise.global – for followers to browse the report on the web
  • Web widget – for board managers to embed on their own sites if they wish
  • Twitter show content – for managers to include in their Twitter show

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Understanding the Rise business model

A new social utility like Rise can be confusing, particularly when it comes to understanding the business model. The following post explains our thinking when it comes to offering the Rise service.

 

Social Networks broadly break down into three different types of business model:

  1. “Free” – the network acts like a freesheet newspaper often giving you the service and content for free but charging advertisers to include their commercial messages. This is how Facebook, Twitter and Google make their money.
  2. SaaS (software as a service) – the network acts like an app where you pay an or ongoing fee to use the service – this is the Slack, Yammer, What’s App model where each user pays a set fee. This subscription avoids the need to run advertising.
  3. Hybrid – different users get different services either on a Free or SaaS basis. For example Meetup.com charges organisers a quarterly fee (SaaS) but participants are generally Free. Here, the organiser can charge sponsors to advertise to the participants.

Rise is a social utility that uses a hybrid business model very similar to meetup.com. Different participants in the network are monetised differently.

In Rise, the manager of a board is charged a monthly fee, based on the volume of data, frequency of publishing updates and number of players (SaaS) but for players and followers the service is Free.

Rise expects managers to monetise their own boards in order to recoup their investment (we think the sky is the limit on what they can make). Rise offers managers the opportunity to monetise their players as follows:

  • selling advertising/sponsorship on the boards and email communications
  • restricting access to the board and scores
  • charging players to be on the board
  • charging followers to receive board updates
  • reusing Rise data for themselves (for example publishing the leaderboard as a widget on their site)
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SustMeme’s Circular Economy Rise board is sponsored by enevo

In the case of private internal boards, the company is paying for the service on behalf of the players on the board, making it akin to an internal HR tool, albeit an unusual one with the ability of an opt-out for employees, and the ability of non-employees to be part of the board.

Throughout this process, Rise protects the privacy of player data by:

  • providing players an opt-out from any or all boards
  • transparently showing what data is being shared
  • restricting the use of email and twitter notifications to releases only (a manager cannot use the email address for a non-Rise release related message).
  • restricting the use of any social network permissions granted to transparent score collection only
  • providing opt-outs to various notifications

The role of ‘Boards’ in our business model

In Rise, each board is the atomic unit for subscriptions, much like a Meetup Group. A company can have multiple boards but since each board can be different, in terms of data, players and usage, each board is paid for separately. Each board has a sliding scale in terms of cost – the more players on the board, the lower cost per player.

Our future together

Our intention is to provide a transparent, multi-stakeholder environment for publishing scores and leaderboards which is self sustaining long into the future.

Join us and you will Rise. That’s a promise!