Sweet new Goosechase features, updates and enhancements
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One of the ways our product and design teams have gotten inspiration for new features has been to look at where Goosechase creators’ desired outcomes clash against the edges of what our platform’s current capabilities allow. Similar to how urban planners often observe “Desire Paths” formed by the organic movement patterns of crowds through unpaved areas in order to decide where actual pathways should be paved in the future, I’m interested in finding out what “desire features” creators have been enabling using their own clever workarounds, that have allowed them to “hack” features into Goosechase that we might not even have known creators have wanted to use.A few examples I’ve heard of in previous conversations with our creators: Permission collection: Using a text mission worth 0 points in order to get their participants’ permission to use submitted photos or videos for marketing purposes. Points for the fastest submissions: Including 0-point missions, and using the Dashboard
Up to this point, Goosechase experiences have only had one leaderboard configuration that ranks the players from highest to lowest score, active as soon as the experience is started. As Goosechase creators have expanded their use of the platform beyond only that of classic “scavenger hunt’ experiences, we occasionally hear of creators wanting to use other leaderboard configurations as well. I’m curious about which of the ideas we’ve heard are the most popular among our community of creators. Please respond in the poll below to tell us about the types of leaderboards you could have found useful for a previous experience you created. Then, comment to tell us about the types of experiences you would have enabled with the alternate leaderboard configuration, or suggest other leaderboard configurations not included as one of our options that you might have found useful!
Our product team has recently been diving into the ways creators set up participant team creation and experience join in their Goosechase experiences. With the choice between Teams or Solo Mode, some creators pre-create all teams/participant profiles, while others let participants create their own after they join the experience. We even see some creators do both, pre-creating some teams/participant profiles while also letting participants create their own.Taking a look at our 2022 usage data, we discovered that 22.48% of completed experiences were set up with the creator in full control of the team creation process. They pre-created all teams/participant profiles without checking the option to let participants create their own.Since about 33.62% of experiences over the same time period contained at least one pre-created team/participant profile, this shows that when creators decide to pre-create any team/participant profile, they choose to retain full control of team creation in around
Something that surprised our Product team this month was seeing our data indicate that over half of all Goosechase experiences (51.3% to be exact), contain at least 1 mission that included either an added link or an added photo attachment. In fact, about 10% of all missions created on Goosechase contain an added link, while almost 15% of missions contain an added photo attachment! In our mind, the “core” of Goosechase missions had always been the text-based title and description fields. The link and photo attachment fields were of course available to supplement when creators needed to provide additional context to participants, but we had always primarily pictured media to be incoming from participants’ submissions while completing an experience, rather than something creators were overly concerned about when creating missions in the first place. It seems like there’s actually quite a significant desire from Goosechase creators to use media beyond text to describe mission requirements
One thing that’s been on our mind recently is how many bonus points Goosechase creators are awarding to their participants’ submissions. It’s no secret that awarding bonus points is an easy way for creators to help participants feel positively recognized for their submission contributions (Hint: Participants get a notification for each one!), but what we were curious about was what quantity of points creators tended to award, relative to the original point value of the mission. Before we took a look at the data, we asked the Goosechase team to take a guess at the most common bonus point quantities awarded. (We had already completed enough data analysis at this point to know that even though creators were able to freely enter the number of points awarded using the current Experience Manager interface, the point values tended to focus on certain cleanly defined percentages)As it turns out, most of us greatly underestimated Goosechase creators’ generosity levels! Most of the time, creator
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