Promoting

As an organization, we need to become better at marketing ourselves, creating better environments for new dancers, and making sure we do the right things to retain our current dancers. Often we have more questions than answers. Obviously we need to locally deliver classes and dances that meet the needs of our participants.  And we can learn from what others have done to be more inviting.



Marketing

But, how about marketing? Should we be focused on marketing club by club?  Or should we market at a higher level with the ability to drop down to the club level. For example if I google "zumba frankenmuth", the first two hits take me to zumba.com where I can search for Frankenmuth. I'm not immediately directed to a local resource.

Options for marketing might include:
  • marketing club by club- each club is an island onto itself
  • marketing squaredance-michigan.com and it's related email, phone with expectation of needed info being available and timely communicated to interested folks
  • partnering with a national resource - where's the dance?  you2candance?  other? 

Mini-Squares

We also have opportunities to do some individual promotion through the use of mini-squares by inviting another couple to dance with us in our homes.  At the 2015 state convention ceremonies we had a chance to try these and learned while they start slow and easy, they can be quite challenging as the speed and complexity increases.  We had fun.  We hope you choose to try these.  If you do, please let the webmaster know how things went and we'll share your experiences with the Mini-Squares developers.  

Details for obtaining and using Mini-Squares can be found at this link.

Facebook

  • Scot Byars write up on using facebook as a promotional tool.

MeetUp

  • Meetup is a group meeting place to find shared interests.  A number of square dance clubs have posted their groups here.

Successes to Share

Flutterbyes

Judy Magnuson tells us Flutterbyes has procured banners for display at events, yard signs, magnetic signs to affix to cars, business cards to promote a local contact number to get involved in square dancing.  They just began using the yard signs in spring 2015, and they've seen increased attendance at their Intro Dances.  After they've had a bit more time to learn how this is working for them, we look forward to learning more.




Country Twirlers

Pam German tells us...
Country Twirlers has tried a variety of advertising ideas.
• Our most successful strategy was to incorporate a version of Dale Bennett's Nest Program into our weekly workshop. This program allowed us to accept new dancers at any of our workshops. More information can be found at ctsquaredance.com/lessons.html
• We created a Google Voice Phone number to use on all of our advertising. This is a free number which you can set to ring on your personal phone. If you choose you can have the Google number ring multiple phones, such as all the club officers. It will ring all phones, the call will only go to the phone that answers first. 
• Our club has a website at ctsquaredance.com.
• We are on FACEBOOK at https://www.facebook.com/CTSquareDance. This is a public page. You do not need to be a member of FACEBOOK to access the material that is posted.
• We run a weekly ad in the area newspaper. 
• We use wheresthedance.com to promote our dances and workshops.

All of the above are FREE methods of advertising!

• Our club held a FREE Ice Cream Social Fun Level Dance to recruit new dancers. We supplied the local newspaper with pictures and information about the activity and club. The local paper published a half page article with a large picture for FREE! The club bought the ice cream and members donated the toppings.

We have also used the following:
• Flyers
• Yard Signs
• Magnetic Bumper Stickers
• Rack Cards

We have not found one method that works better than another method. Most of our new dancers have come from other members, found us on the internet or in the newspaper. My advertising advice would be to make the print as large as possible and to saturate the area with a variety of methods. Again, the one thing that has helped the most in growing our club is to allow new dancers to join on any workshop day throughout the year!

Village Squares


Greg & Char Cook tell us...

Sources for Promotional Materials 

(MI council is not recommending but rather just noting sources you might consider).