I am writing to inform you of an event currently within the planning
phase in the North America/United States/Kentucky region. It is the
first openSUSE event in the area so this should be an exciting
endeavor for myself and the local community. I am developing the
presentations as we speak(or write). These presentations are focused
on a general introduction to openSUSE, with an emphasis on digital
viral resistance. I have received a donation of a free laptop by a
local community member and intend on giving this device away at the
completion of the event --- loaded with openSUSE 11.4 of course. I
requested promotional resources from openSUSE and hope to hear back
soon about availability.
I have partnered with Starbucks coffee shops in the immediate area and
will be posting Large posters in all shops in the area regarding the
event; as soon as a definitive date is set. Starbucks will iform their
employees to provide word-of-mouth advertisement of the event leading
up to the event date; so as to gain further customers in the local
shops. Each starbucks customer will be capable of placing their
starbucks purchase ticket in the Laptop Giveaway for each and every
ticket. The more they purchase from Starbucks; the more chance that
they have to win the giveaway. This is a win-win situation. openSUSE
achieves a relationship with the local community and Starbucks gains
increased traffic due to the event. It is possible that I may be
required to move the event to the local Barnes and Noble bookstore due
to event size. As i stated previously, the event is still in the
planning phase so this factor has not been decided as of yet.
Obviously customers must be present at the event to win.
I have developed a brochure highlighting openSUSE as a virus-resistant
product and intend to provide these to Starbucks leading up to the
event. These brochures are printed; and currently in transit to my
location from the West Coast. I will be forwarding the brochure
sources(svg) to opensuse-marketing for the openSUSE community to use
in the next few days when I get a chance. Also developed by myself are
flyers that may be handed out in the local area. I haven't yet nailed
down how I want to handle printing of these yet. So the flyers are on
hold until I either receive donations regarding printing or financing
of the flyers, or alternately I allocate personal finances for such.
After careful consideration, I am also going to giveaway another
laptop of my own in the next event. I think it will go far to present
the face of openSUSE as a positive influence in the local community
and the lives of our neighbors.
I do have one request regarding this event though: What resources do
we have in the community regarding Press Kits for events? I would like
to develop/receive an informational packet(press kit) that I may
forward to the local news stations and radio stations regarding this
event. I have searched and came up with no resources available.
Ideas? Comments? Suggestions?
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