Cough, cough. Doppler Cinema Vinewood is back open we run some pretty cool movies! Awesome change from going to a club or bar and we have plenty of players RPing while in the cinema watching the film.
But having skimmed through this thread there are some good points about advertising I've seen. I usually get enough WPs through affiliate links per month to get gold for free so lucky me. However since the /ads update change and the change in how often you can advertise I have noticed it get much harder to let people know you're open! /bad helps even more now than ever because in the past if you didnt have bad you could at least post more ads that people would see. The way ads works now i find less people see whats being advertised and in turn what businsses are open that dont have /bad
Also I have seen people mention open venues showing on the business menu, this isnt the case that feature only works for set businesses. For example it didnt ever work for the cinema.
Another interesting note to think about is I fought hard for a 24/7 cinema blip for the Doppler Cinema years ago. I love it, dont take it away from me! But its really not that useful, unless people see a green blip they pay no attention. My 24/7 cinema icon is gray so people dont even know what it is some how until i point it out.
Although with ALL that said if i open most days at 8:30pm (used to open at that time, might be a bit later now im back on GTA W) eventually regardless of /bad or no bad people will show up, or they will check our FB page. So you can get around these things with persistence but in my opinion it has got much more difficult for non donators to start their business and advertise. Those willing to spend IRL money in turn have more ways to advertise now like that event calendar. Although most people get donator for bad so maybe the server wouldnt be able to survive without it. Im sure they would but it would lower their profit by a lot