All publicity is good publicity?
- There’s a garden working day, when to turn up, and that there will be cake to keep them going.
- What book to buy for the new book discussion group – as well as when it’s meeting and where!
- Who is bringing what to the open day event.
Not to forget our business meetings of course… where people need to know where and when to turn up, how to prepare, what to bring and if there will be cake.
Ensuring that there is collective understanding leads to greater engagement with the task at hand.
- can discover you as a group or organisation
- determine if you are open to newcomers or a closed shop
- Are able to find trustworthy information so they know what you are and how you work/worship/interact with the outside world.
- Work out how they can access what you’re offering them.
- Decide to attend an event, or contact you.
Even ensuring your accounts are filed on time means that someone looking for you won’t see that rather off putting, ‘late filing’ notice. Definitely negative publicity!
Planning to promote
Whatever you do will effect people’s knowledge about you – so planning to ensure it’s positive is a good idea.
Some points to ponder:
- Who are you expecting/wanting to turn up? Are your messages aimed at them?
- Do you actively tell people what you do, why you do it and why it impacts them?
- Have you asked them what they would like and why they’ve not turned up?
- Are your meetings accessible – in timing, but also with technology and child care? I’m old enough to remember when portable hearing loops were a thing that were carefully carried to each meeting house to ensure they were available. These days it would be portable zoom technology!
- If you have regular meetings – are the recorded on a digital calendar? Do you let people subscribe to it so the meetings just turn up in their calendars? Are they on your website? And on any associated groups websites? So for Quakers – on the AM website, but also on all LM websites and calendars.
- Are the papers linked to those calendar events? Easily accessible and readable?
- Are the meetings and events talked about regularly and mentioned to newcomers? Or are they kept on a need-to-know basis?