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How do you increase activity during times when people are offline, such as holidays or summer time? What activities can draw members back into the forum to post?
Contest are a great way to do this. Have a neat prize for the person that posts the most during this time.
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Christmas and summer time is a slow time on my forum where I am admin. We have special events during those times to keep members on the board posting.
Have staff post more if they can or offer a contest to promote more posts.
Ask your family if they would like to post at slow times.
Contests are a wonderful way to keep post count up during slow times.
In the past I have done things such as hiring posters to keep things active for the other members so it doesn't feel less active as well as contests with cash and other kinds of prizes that anyone can enjoy.
I think what you will need to do in this kind of situation will always be based on your niche, certain ones will only be active in certain parts of the year and others will become active/not active for different reasons at different times of the years.
My friend had a forum a few years ago and in the summer it became inactive, so he asked me to post on it for a few weeks just to keep it going through the slow parts.
Ask family to do it for you. Even if they can only post a few a day it is better than nothing.
If there is a slow period I would encourage staff and the admin to post more in this period.
Ask for contributions to your tutorial section and allow link backs to other reputable sites. This will attract writers to your forum.
When the community becomes inert, just let it be. Forcing yourself to post will only be in vain since most members are off line due to the holidays. In one local forum here, the admin and moderators take a vacation during the Holy Week, that's a 4-day weekend for a religious observation. They don't mind the lull. But on the following Monday, a beehive is expected.