So, the vote all went well! I’m officially now Head of Promotion and Recruitment for the Dolly Rockit Rollers. To mark this occasion I’ve developed a few pointers to help other roller derby leagues out there to get more fans and recruit more skaters. Here we go…
Review all social profiles: make them sound more fun, give them some personality and include links to your website.
Create a twitter background that includes your logo and URL for your website and/or blog.
Add signatures to all league emails with links to your website, facebook and twitter.
Put calls to action on everything (e.g. FOLLOW US! JOIN US! CONTACT US!)
Attract people to follow you
Post pictures, tag them and ask for comments or captions. Pictures are highly likable and shareable.
Post videos and ask for comments and shares. Videos are compelling!
Share yourself across the web
Guest post on bigger blogs (Rollergirls.org, derbylife.com, etc.). Whenever you guest blog this should be tweeted AND be sure to search it on Twitter and respond to every person who replied or retweeted it.
Guest post on podcasts – Derby Deeds and 4th Whistle both have answer phones and will read out match reports if you send them.
Comment on blogs where your customers are spending their time. Not just derby community but local community too!
Post Bout/Event/Product reviews on your website.
Look for interview opportunities or guest post requests.
Interview other skaters/coaches from bigger leagues and post them on your website.
Collaborate with others
Look for organisations you can partner with (Other American sport teams in your local area, Women’s groups, Roller discos).
Get your followers to promote you
Have a pay-what-you-can day on old merch items. Post it everywhere and ask that people share your link.
Hold a contest. Offer a tshirt in exchange for people blogging/tweeting/facebooking how much they love your league. Tell people they get bonus points for sharing your contest on their social networks.
Make it a conversation
Start commenting on other blogs/facebooks/twitter/tumblrs (and leave your main website URL in the Website field).
I love this welcome table that I found via OMG I’m getting married. It’s not the styling I would go for but typewriters? Vintage suitcases? Sweetie jars? Floral initials? Wild flowers in jam jars? Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! YES!
I’ve been a huge No Doubt fan since my teens and these past few weeks they’ve been tweeting all about adding the finishing touches to their new album. Apart from the fact it has been far too long since hearing new music from the band I cannot wait to see what Gwen will produce because I know everyone will be trying to recreate whatever she does – such a trend setter.
So, here’s the last single that they released back in 2003.
I’ve been browsing through the archives of Etsy’s wedding category on their blog. This week I found this gorgeous tutorial on how to make little paper topiary center pieces – such a cute and chic effect, especially with the initials. I love initials on things!
Last weekend my mum and I took a trip to the local garden centre for Mothering Sunday and to pick up a batch of seeds. We’re going to grow all of the flowers for the wedding and cut them to sit in little jars on the tables as well as for the hand tied bouquets. My favourite are the Shirley Poppies, I just love a wild mix of florals.
My mum is president of her local gardening club and lots of her fellow members have volunteered to grow the flowers in their gardens. I’ll also have as many as possible growing in my own garden (front and back). I’ve just got to prepare the soil in the next few weeks.
We chose lots of bright pink and white shades of plants that will flower in August/September – just in time for the big day!
Decor8 have done this fab round up of Martha Stewart’s paper flower tutorials.
The genius of having paper flowers is that you can make them months in advance of your event and you can just make them while you watch TV. Maybe mix them with real flowers too for fuller floral arrangements?