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Hey everyone I need some advice. I don' t know if I'm posting this in the right place but I need to vent. I am having problems promoting my event in Philadelphia. It seems as though we are in competition with the National Lung Cancer Partnership "Free to Breathe" event that is one weekend before mine.

As you can tell they are a much bigger event than mine.... pretty much on a totally different level. It seems as though they have the attention and I can't get my little walk noticed.

Any advice???


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There are alot of "free" ways to promote it- ie, craigslist.org, facebook, twitter, community calendars of your local news stations.

Also, get other organizations to come to your event. When they come, they bring their people, advertise to their audience, etc...

I have the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Gilda's CLub, Cancer Care, two different hospitals and also small businesses come out to my event. I give them FREE space.

This works great because alot of health fairs and craft shows will charge money to people to set up an information booth...offering it for free is a great incentive to get people and businesses in the community to help.

Ask hospitals to come out, businesses, schools, churches, etc... All of it. Also, remember that there's a week in November that is "red ribbon" week that is a program in public schools telling kids about the dangers of tobacco and drugs. Use this to your advantage and see if you can get schools to pass out or post flyers to your event.


Seriously. I've been known to post in the "volunteer" section of craigslist begging people for stuff - Water, refreshment donations, bouncy house, asking for entertainers and face painters, etc... all those things can be obtained and once you have them you can post to kids sites and schools and churches and let them know that you have an event with a "kids area" or activities for kids.....

Go to some of your chain restuarants and see if they have 20% charity nights. See if they will donate a couple of hours on a certain night to give proceeds to LUNGevity...During those hours you can get the restuarant to post flyers or posters about your event. You're making money as well as advertising your event!

These are just a few ideas. I hope they help!

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Thank you!!

We have made both a facebook and twitter page. I have two local hospitals as sponsors... but with only 30 days left till the event and a lot of last minute stuff to wrap up I don' t know how much time we have to get schools and other businesses involved. I wouldn't even know how to approach it. I would contact the schools and see if we can post fliers or posters and get the kids involved in the event....

If not this is a great start for next years event

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Church bulletins?

For my golf event last year that got me 5 golfers. This year only one...but for me, I consider it a healing ministry annd so the churches are happy put the info in the bulletin.

Also, remember...who says you have to compete of "be big" Just be great and even if you raise $10...YOU WERE obedient to the call...

Also, fliers just don't cut it...I never get a single golfer from fliers...it's working the phones...tapping your network.

I don't have a lot of details about your planning, your history in doing this etc.

But last year I was scrambling and it was my first...I LEARNED what to do different...when to start things etc. Learn, know you are doing good...and good is good.

Good luck

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Thank you! This is my third year and always a month before the event I have major anxiety. Last year at this time I only had 50 people registered at 150 people showed up.... so in all honestly I don't know how the event will turn out.

I'm always putting stress on myself, trying to out-do what I did the year before.

Thank you for taking the time to write!!!

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Can ya drop us a facebook and twitter Link!??? we might be able to help cause some of us have friends up there! Hang in there!!

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Thank you! This is my third year and always a month before the event I have major anxiety.

Oh man this is ME for sure. I'm the same way and i have NO planning committee and only event day volunteers that I pray will show up. It's just me so I know what that anxiety feels like.

Last year we had probably 100 registered and on event day and after all was told we doubled our goal and 300 people came...

SO, don't dicount all the last minute folks.

For those of us doing walks, flyers and brochures are huge in getting the word out. They have gotten me ALOT of walkers and gotten the word out about the event and event details. Post them everywhere! Get volunteers to do it...have a flyer blast day and have everyone you know plaster them all over town. The Boston walk did this one year and they had SO MANY people come to the event I was at (2006) and I think they still do this every year.

Nick is right about working the phones and ask and beg and invite and in doing so, make it seem as though you're "including" them in this wonderful event for "free"

"Hello Sir/Madame. I'm Jackie from "event". Our event is next month and before we close our registration site (etc..) I wanted to invite to you (have a booth, participate, be an in kind sponsor, list us on your site, provide your constituents with flyers/brochures) etc...

Make it seem like you're being considerate in including them!

You will do great!!

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I want to thank everyone for replying.... We do have a facebook page, just search Love Your Lungs Philly

On that page you can find our Twitter page....

I'm gonna get out as much as possible in the next month to promote it.... if I can't do as great as I wanted this year... there's always next year!!!!

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