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Averith
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:01 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Since this forum has seemed like a ghost town as of late, I thought I would pose a question and see if we can't get something started in here.

The WGA has done several things to promote our group both inside and outside the geocaching community. Examples of this our the WGA trailer, WGA pencils, booth at the West Bend Ca$h Bash, our Adopt a Highway that we clean up twice a year, etc.

If elected to the WGA board what ideas do you have to promote the WGA in particular and geocaching in general?

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JimandLinda
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Joined: 2008-08-14
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:20 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I've seen this question a few times, about "promoting geocaching". Or "being a supporter of geocaching".

We tend to support our hobbies by the time commitment or belief that we have in them. I've shared the hunt with new people that just "don't get it", and others that go out and buy a GPS the next day!

The best way to promote this geocaching-thing is to find out what cachers hope to get out of it. We can promote physical fitness, the great outdoors, technology, trackables, the WGA...but different cachers have different likes.

Technology does supply a bit of geocaching knowledge through smart phone perks, but I don't believe that helps the game. The best way to promote the hunt is to be continuously asking questions of those involved, and acting on the input received; keeping the integrity of geocaching in the spotlight at all times.

I've enjoyed the posted articles and TV spots that have been shared in the Forums. A good way to promote geocaching is to drop a line to your local newspaper/ television station for human interest stories.The recent Oshkosh item was a quick print, with only about 4-5 days lag time. Our local paper did a piece for Mothers Day which was started in early April, so we don't always have control over how fast our promotional efforts are moving.

But one-on-one may be the best way to promote geocaching. By edging it into a conversation with a person you have build some trust with, you can sense their interest. Even if the WGA has an info kiosk at a gathering, the face time with a new person puts us in a good light.

I look forward to additional input from the other candidates!
 
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guidetoo
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:19 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Greeting fellow catchers
The way that I would Promote the WGA would be involve more of the members. Perhaps have some type of online conference.or perhaps a real time link to a chat room with a link for the members to express what they would like to see .perhaps a link or a place for members to say Here is what I would like to see. At the meet and greets events that are held perhaps hand outs or a form that a Broad member or two would be their their to here the concerns . Divide the state into areas with Perhaps a board member the contact for that area. place a suggestion box at the events . That any member could place ideas in. When a area would have a event , meet and greet. a class mention is made their is a state group of geo catchers. As far as logistics for a idea their is a solution. that will will work , that would make a difference. as far as promoting geo caching . think about the skills that are needed computer, problem solving map reading . math . directions . planning when doing a big day of caching . Think to about what one sees when looking for a one one or five /five. and you report what you see as being not right. you have now promoted Geo caching. or ground zero is trashed and you pick up the area. you too promoted Geo caching
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:08 pm Reply with quote Back to top

As most people know I am on a diet plan and part of my diet plan is physical activity. I go to meetings once a week and some of the things I do is go to other classes and talk about geocaching and the WGA to new people and tell them to check out the website, I also hand out pamphlets to them that have the WGA logo on it along with the website address. When I meet muggles/LEO I tell them what I am doing I also mention the WGA and the website. Just recently when I went to Illinois I went and did Beverly I dropped about 8 WGA pencils in the cache. I do talk a lot about the WGA to a lot to people and I spread the word to as many people as I can.

There are some things I think the WGA can do to help get the word out, things like there is a WGA Facebook page and maybe we can start posting more in there. Same thing with Twitter maybe we can start posting things on Twitter and Facebook like doing a question a day or event announcements. I have brought up the idea of WGA patches; this would be another idea to help promote the WGA. I also think we can get a better newsletter; these are some of the things I think we can change. I also think we can put on a couple more events like more CITOS and maybe a computer class or even learn your GPS class. I am planning along with Averith to be putting on geo101 classes at Pike Lake state park we are going to try and do it once a month and would like to have the WGA banner there to promote geocaching and the WGA.

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Joined: 2007-09-13
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:56 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Averith wrote:
If elected to the WGA board what ideas do you have to promote the WGA in particular and geocaching in general?


Ideas are a dime a dozen. Everyone has ideas. Even the best idea to promote the WGA needs some action behind it. That action usually has to come from the person that came up with the great idea. Unfortunatly, the idea people quite often don't follow through with the necessary work to turn the idea into reality.

The biggest promotional tool that the WGA has is this website. I have done, and will continue to do a lot of work to optimize the site to assure that it shows up at the top of the page for relevant searches on major search engines such as Google and Bing. I'll also continue to keep the website "clean" looking and reliable. Of course, I will do these things regardless of whether I am re-elected or not.

While Facebook and Twitter might be good ideas, they need content created also. Another great idea that has fallen to the wayside...

One big thing that the next board can do to promote the WGA is to create original content for the website. We should have short (or long) articles for upcoming events, event results, updates on the Lonely Cache game and Cache of the Month, promoting merchandise and any news from around the state that may affect geocaching and geocachers. This website needs to be the central point for any information or news pertaining to the organization.

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Averith
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I feel that the WGA's greatest asset is our people. We all come from different walks of life, have different views on all sorts of topics but this "sport" or hobby all gives us something in common.

The best way to promote the WGA and geocaching in general is for all of us as members of the WGA and the geocaching community in general to promote it in our day to day lives when the opportunity presents itself. One way I have tried to promote the WGA is to incorporate information into geocaching classes I have conducted for the BSA, especially classes I have conducted for leaders.

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lone_gunman
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Joined: 2008-04-12
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:18 am Reply with quote Back to top

When it comes to promotion, I feel that it comes down to the membership at large. We've already branded ourselves, so now it comes down to people showing the brand. We enjoy caching, we enjoy talking about caching and sharing the company of fellow cachers.
I've dragged a few people into hobbies I enjoy. As such, most of the people who know me won't tell me that they're bored unless they want to try something fun (or at least fun for me). That is some of the best promotion any group can have. Sometimes it doesn't work, but most of the time people enjoy things that their friends enjoy.

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Curly Girls
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Joined: 2007-05-05
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:55 am Reply with quote Back to top

All the examples listed are great promotional ideas and surely don’t go unnoticed, however, I think our greatest asset in promoting WGA is our members. I have brought up in passing to many people what Geocaching is – it is natural and I am sure just about everyone does it too. Some people think Geocaching is a waste of time, and others are a bit intrigued. I have taught a few that wanted the experience, the ropes of the activity and have invited them to events I planned to attend also. I do think WGA events are a great way to meet others, find out new tricks and technical tips. I think golden opportunities like the events are a great way promote the WGA and members are the advertisers. Not everyone is into Geocaching, but if members are freely promoting and inviting others along, it can only be a step in the positive direction.
 
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