>> How can we attract people who
>> don't usually come to meetups? I expect embarrassingly few will turn
>> up if we can't do this.
> Yes, my concern too. Thoughts on how to increase turn-out:
> == Tell them ==
> * We spam everyone in
> , all ~231 of them, via their talk page, notifying them about this
> for Wikipedians in Sydney,
This I what I was expecting we would do - once the Membership of WM-
AU have had a chance to settle on a date.
> * Put it on the Australian Wikipedian's noticeboard.
Yep. Even if they can't come because it's full or they're not in the
city, it makes them more aware of WM-AU as a real entity and
encourages them to join up in the future. So, it needn't be a "we
need more people" notice, but more of a "what your chapter is doing
for you, FYI".
> == Outreach to related communities ==
I really don't think we'll need to go beyond our immediate contacts
for this one. 20 people will fill up faster that you expect I believe.
> == Maybe add a sweetener? ==
I'm pretty sure there's enough sweetener in this already! :-) WM-AU
doesn't have any merch of its own as yet...
But did I mention that Powerhouse wants to put their marketing people
on to this and try to get this event mentioned in the papers/radio
the next day...? Sweet enough yet?
> == Exclusivity ==
This, I expect will be a major drawcard factor, and something that is
implicit in the name of the event.
> Let's assume we do the above, and that gets us 7 more people.
> == Overbooking ==
Hmm... not sure, I don't want to second guess a system that has never
been tested yet.
> So basically even if we do all of the above, we'll probably get
> about 7
> +7+6+7-7 = 20 people.
> That's my guess anyway.
> -- All the best,
In conclusion - I think we'll get our 20 quick-smart. The trick is
not so much finding 20 people who are willing to get access to
Powerhouse for free, but more a question of finding 20 people who
will repay the Powerhouse's generosity with some effort on WP.
Remember - this is not just a free-ride, we have to put back too...
*This will be the trick to making this successful and getting the
Powerhouse to recommend us to other institutions in the future.* This
is our "job interview".
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