I always get asked about scouting, it is the one thing at HDA most people find to be a challenge, but it is still a crucial part of HDA life, it helps us grow and bring in new people to our fantastic agency, so with that, I decided to start a new series - Scouting Advice!
Every so often I'll post interviews with successful scouters in HDA and ask them a whole bunch of questions about their scouting technique. Since I consider myself to be quite a badass scouter, I thought I'd interview myself first (no this does not make me crazy, I am typing my answers, not talking to myself!)
If you consider yourself a badass scouter, get in touch with me, Vibrational, and I'll interview you.
Walk us through your general scouting method.
Well, I have a lot, I cycle through different methods depending on how successful one is, if the first method doesn't work I move onto the next and so on. My methods are as follows:
The Awkward Barge in
This is always fun because you can accidentally walk in on all sorts of awkward situations. Go to the navigator and scroll to the bottom of the room list, with 2- 4 people in them. Walk in and post an ad, for example I use:
Hello, I'm lana & I'm looking for people to work at a high paid job, earn 4+Creds/Day. Anyone Interested?
This then prompts people to respond. If they say yes, great, I take them to base. If they say no, I ask why. I push them to explain why they don't want to do it and argue why that doesn't matter.
The Spam Whisper
Instead of spamming busy rooms and risk getting muted, I whisper to people in the room, something like:
HI! I'm just telling people about this amazing job opportunity, if you are interested, add me!
This prompts people to add you if they are interested. I then message them after they add me.
I get my pixel tits out and flirt, sometimes its the "oh I don't date anyone that doesn't work at HDA!" or maybe "HDA Men are sexier!" this is probably the least effective in getting people in, but if you drop "I only find people who have HC sexy" and then say "Oh I know how you can get HC for free.. Join HDA and get Free credits!" then you usually get some pretty solid recruits in that way.
The Random Add
Randomly add people in rooms, tell them how great HDA is, they join, they get credits and promos and all the things, you get a few points to the bonus pay badge, win win! There isn't too much else to this one...
What rooms do you prefer to scout in?
I like rooms that already have a role play element to it but don't pay its members, for example: the hospital, schools, cafes and restaurants. I also like smaller rooms with 2-4 people in it as I said above. Giveaways are also a good one because you can approach people and say "I know how you can get reliable income of credits for free!" and people are usually interested in giving it a go.
What kind of people do you tend to approach to advertise to?
I approach everyone except for the HC Hipsters, the ones that dress kinda differently and think they are too cool for school, I know none of those will even bother with it and will be totally dismissive of you, cause I was one of them, so yeah I steer clear of those types of people.
How do you deal with trolls or hate when scouting?
I tend to ignore most of them. If i'm in a room with 2 people I will call them out, "no need to be rude I'm trying to help people!" but yeah, i just ignore them. They just don't know what they are missing out on!
Which features of HDA do you advertise the most? (Pay, friends, events etc?)
All of the above. If pay doesn't appeal to people, which it doesn't for a lot of people, I tell them how many great events, giveaways and parties we host and how many new friends they will make!
Were you always a good scout?
NO WAY! I had to practice a lot with scouting. I kept at it and it and found techniques that work for me.
Share a funny scouting story you have experienced while scouting.
I HAVE SO MANY!!! I always run into people who are having cybersex which is pretty funny, like this one:
Or i'll awkwardly run into people I know!
I won't tell you what I caught these three doing in the bathroom ;)
There you go! I hope this helped you future scouting technique. Keep working at it, and I could be interviewing you as a 'badass scout'!
Lana is a Founder of HDA and is editor of this blog, there are many contributors on this blog, if you would like to be a contributor please contact me!
Edited by: Vibrational