Thomas this event looks amazing and I would love to do something like this here in the UK. I wonder how you managed to approach Starbucks and if indeed the Starbucks here in the UK would be interested.
I myself tend to offer openSUSE as a one stop shop software solution, with Office Productivity, Accounts, Multimedia, Serverside and Web Design, Programming and Games etc all in one box.
I talk about the lack of windows viruses and also the lack of spam getting into MSN/SKYPE/YAHOO because they are not using official clients.
My biggest concern over giving away laptop's is always the hardware specification, specifically wireless cards. I have a Toshiba Satellite Laptop here which somebody gave me and could be used in any promotion, but first I need to sort out the BCM4311 wireless (its not in the BCM43xx driver.
There is nodoubt a simple work around I haven't had time to do for it, but this sounds like a great idea. I am thinking perhaps maybe as apose to Starbucks I might use JD Wetherspoon's because they are a very community minded pub chain and always have fund raising events and promotions on so may be interested to join in.
I shall watch with interest how your promotion goes and see what impact it has, and then look how it can be adapted to the UK Market.
On Wednesday 27 Apr 2011 17:17:47 Thomas Jones wrote:
Not as of yet. I have just received the Promo Package yesterday. Big THANK YOU to Andreas for his quick work. I am working with the local starbucks managers to nail down dates. They have to go through corporate for all events---legal matters. But as soon as its finalized I will send it your way Manu.
As a side note, I have been discussing openSUSE with local community. Some people seem very interested. So we shall see where it goes. I've had 4 people just today stop to talk to me about it...while sitting in coffee shop. openSUSE is not well known in non-techie circles it seems. Well except for Germany, I imagine. The general public needs a different approach to openSUSE then say technically proficient end-users. They simply want to email and surf. They don't need apache2 or NFS.
So I am changing my brochures and flyers to directly answer those needs.
On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 11:36 AM, Manu Gupta firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you have an article to promote your fest, we would like to put it on news.opensuse.org so that your event is known all around the community.
On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 10:48 PM, Thomas Jones
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 resource...s 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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