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Thread: Q1 Candidates - Encouraging new GAGB members

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    Question Q1 Candidates - Encouraging new GAGB members

    Dear candidates
    There has been a lot of effort put in during the last year, to encourage people to register as members with GAGB.

    How do you feel you can further encourage new members to join?

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    Heth

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    Personally I believe the GAGB has to reach out to the community in a variety of ways.

    Via Social Media
    At events
    Flyers explaining what the GAGB is and does
    Make it clear that unlike Listing Site, the GAGB Core roll is to provide Support and Advice, not only to the Geocaching Community, but also those interested in Geocaching, Landowners and also the Police.

    As part of this program, the GAGB needs to Host it's own Events, around the UK.

    Also carrying the GAGB Logo not only Committee Members Profiles, but encuraging Members to do the same.

    Also to encurage Members to have a Tag Line on their Logs which links back to the GAGB [unfortunatly Banners in Cache Descriptions, are not allowed by the Largest Listing Site, as that is a fantastic way to get peoples attentions]

    Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mancunian View Post
    Personally I believe the GAGB has to reach out to the community in a variety of ways.

    Via Social Media
    At events
    Flyers explaining what the GAGB is and does
    Make it clear that unlike Listing Site, the GAGB Core roll is to provide Support and Advice, not only to the Geocaching Community, but also those interested in Geocaching, Landowners and also the Police.

    As part of this program, the GAGB needs to Host it's own Events, around the UK.

    Also carrying the GAGB Logo not only Committee Members Profiles, but encuraging Members to do the same.

    Also to encurage Members to have a Tag Line on their Logs which links back to the GAGB [unfortunatly Banners in Cache Descriptions, are not allowed by the Largest Listing Site, as that is a fantastic way to get peoples attentions]

    Dave

    Thank you for your reply Dave
    I think it is important to get the message out to people the Core Role of GAGB.
    It does seem difficult, apart from face to face to convey this message.
    With social media, unfortunately, some Geocaching groups on Facebook will not allow any posts about GAGB.

    I would like to ask you about your last comment Dave re Banners on the cache descriptions.

    I have a GAGB banner which links to GAGB on all of my caches, and was also sent the HTML to add this to the GAGB CITO events I held - can you clarify / do you know if this is allowed with Groundspeak please or should I remove them?
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    In my opinion and experience, face to face is the most productive way of encouraging new members and that inevitably means at events. As part of one of my duties this year I have had visibility of new member requests and it has been clear there has been spikes in requests following certain events. It has also been great to see names that have come following my events/CITO/events I have attended and spoken to people.

    By the year end I will have attended well over 50 events and I have been able to promote the GAGB at them all. We were given the opportunity to purchase a named GAGB polo shirt, which I now wear at all events as a means of breaking the ice and the Romer cards which were produced were really successful, requiring a second print run.

    Given a second year in the committee, I would like to progress the idea of a GAGB camping event, which I feel would be a very successful means of gaining new members.

    Social media is important too but the difficulty appears to be converting numbers of "likes" or "follows" into an engaged member of the association. Given the disparity of numbers on the facebook group (for example) and the number of voters at last year's election, we have some way to go there. We still have much to do to give people a reason to feel engaged. We need to progress member benefits this year and be much more active in social events, to get people to want to belong.

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    Heather my understanding which is no longer Up to Date, is that Groundspeak will not allow Banners on new cache submissions, they will not even allow Banners for Mega Events any more.

    So as already Published caches, I would leave the banners, unless requested to remove tthem.

    Dave
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    I believe it is very important for the GAGB to reach out to geocachers by all methods possible such as: posting on social media, flyers at events, the committee wearing polo shirts, and personalized cards to drop off in caches such as those that the Essex Mega 2015 have produced.

    Face to face contact is also important to encourage new members. We really need to improve the image of the GAGB as I don't think enough people are aware of the GAGB let alone what the GAGB is there for. So we as committee members need to promote the image of the GAGB not just to geocachers but also people such as landowners, the police and other important organisations. The unfavorable image of the GAGB that a few cachers have in their mind also needs to be turned around.

    If Mega events can attract such a large fanbase then so can the GAGB!

    I'm curious to know why some Facebook groups do not allow any postings from the GAGB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by abiherts View Post

    I'm curious to know why some Facebook groups do not allow any postings from the GAGB?
    Generally due to a personality clash between the administrator of the group and the person asking the question.

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    We need to encourage more members and this year at events face to face I have been promoting the GAGB and handing out the romer cards. I have had positive feedback from cachers at events and we need to show and explain the role of the GAGB at our local events as well as all the Mega's. The GAGB hosting more events, not just our annual CITO weekend in my view is a must, one of the GAGB core aims is to promote geocaching and holding events is a fantastic way to achieve this. Getting out and meeting cachers will be the best way to encourage new members.
    Social media is also important as well as our monthly seeker in helping cachers and to promote geocaching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mancunian View Post
    Heather my understanding which is no longer Up to Date, is that Groundspeak will not allow Banners on new cache submissions, they will not even allow Banners for Mega Events any more.

    So as already Published caches, I would leave the banners, unless requested to remove tthem.

    Dave
    As far as I know OC UK allow them
    I haven't been told otherwise and I am one of the Management team so I think I should know

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    Events are the best way of getting information to newer cachers, the GAGB weekend of events/CITOs and attendance at mega events has really increased awareness.

    Social media can be an invaluable tool too, as more and more cachers discover their first geocaches using an app rather than a GPS.

    Perhaps we should look at doing a free app with lots of info for the new cacher.
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    Like many other have said events and social media are both important.

    Gagb hosting some introduction or tutorial session for new or curious people to learn and start caching would be good.

    A greater presence at megas etc could be good where we are involved in q&a sessions.


    We have seeker. Perhaps more in that or an email bulletin highlighting any new actions of updates to glad etc. perhaps that can be automated to send a social update when there is a change?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackieC View Post
    Events are the best way of getting information to newer cachers, the GAGB weekend of events/CITOs and attendance at mega events has really increased awareness.



    Social media can be an invaluable tool too, as more and more cachers discover their first geocaches using an app rather than a GPS.



    Perhaps we should look at doing a free app with lots of info for the new cacher.

    A free App with information for new and existing cachers would be fantastic there are many existing cachers who are still unaware of some elements of caching eg pocket queries and trackable items.

    Heth
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    I also think the idea of a free app is a great suggestion. I would be happy to help write one up, I just don't know how you create and code an app? Perhaps this is something that the webmaster would be knowledgeable about!

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    An app sounds great, especially for advice on trackables, swag, events, CITOs, Earthcache etc. I have never created an app, is it more tricky than a wherigo I wonder

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    Sure there'll be a manual or Apps for Dummies

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