At our March leaders’ group meeting, we brainstormed about what kind of advertising policy would best serve our membership – not only for those who have a business they’d like to promote but also for other members who would prefer to avoid excessive sales pitches in our shared online spaces.
After much discussion we’ve come up with the following policy, effective immediately:
1. Members are asked NOT to post business promotions in the member Facebook groups. We would like to keep those spaces ad free.
2. We DO encourage those members with businesses to promote to use the following tools:
- Sponsor the next Annual Charity Event
This is one of the best ways to get your name in front of other members AND to support our fundraising efforts to boot. Donate your services for the event or a gift certificate for the raffle and your sponsorship will be promoted at the event and on our website.
- Share your expertise in a Community or Gathering
If your business involves a special skill set that you might be willing to teach to other members at a Gathering, we are happy to have you do so with your promotional materials on hand to share at the end. For example, if you are a photographer, maybe volunteer to give the Sharp Shooters group a seminar about taking photos at night. Or if you make cakes, perhaps offer to host an afternoon showing interested members how to make a specific kind of frosting. What is not allowed (due to our by laws) is any kind of direct sales event, nor are we allowed to pay you for sharing your expertise.
- Include your business on our Member Business List
Sandra will be creating a document to be posted in the monthly newsletter and in the members’ Facebook group (as a file) that includes your business information for members to refer to as needed. Contact Sandra using the form below if you would like to be included!