Most people don't know about the
Planet-Friendly. Many have no idea about all the great
stuff that's going on each week, where to get started,
how to participate. So please, take a few moments to say
something to a friend, or pass something along.
Nine Ways To
Spread The Word
(1) Tell your friends
Tell your friends about People- &
Planet-Friendly! Tell them what you like about us.
Encourage them to subscribe to our e-mail newsletter, the GoodWork list, browse the Calendar or the Directory. Tell them they can find them
all at planetfriendly.net
If you see an item of interest to someone you
know, send it to them. Give
it a short but clear subject line to catch their
attention. At the top of your message, mention
where you got it from, e.g. "from People- &
the whole McKoy
Forward the whole newsletter to your friends or
e-mail list. This can be a great way to introduce people
to People- & Planet-Friendly. Write a few words at
the top, explaining that it's a sample copy and that to
receive future editions they must subscribe. If you
operate or participate in another e-mail list, consider
fowarding each edition as it comes out. This will give
people some time to notice and get familiar with it (many
will like it, even if they won't take the trouble to
subscribe themselves). If you stop forwarding at some
point, it's a good idea to send one last message inviting
them to subscribe themselves.
(4) Flyers & posters
Print, post or pass around our flyer or poster. Give them to your friends, or
put some up on bulletin boards at your school,
workplace, church, health food store, community centre or
library. Pass them around at a meeting or party. We can
provide flyers and posters, printed on coloured paper, on
request. Here are links to more flyers
for specific themes within People- & Planet-Friendly.
Print the e-mail newsletter or some pages from
the Planet-Friendly Directory.
Post it on a bulletin board or pass it around. You can
print it from your e-mail software, or from here: www.planetfriendly.net/latestnewsletter.php
To make it a bit more eye-catching, use a highlighter or
print out our cover page (poster.doc
or poster.html) and staple it
(6) Take a
Invite a friend, neighbour or acquaintance to an
event with you. Tell them they can read all about it at
planetfriendly.net. Even if they can't go, tell them they
can find lots of other great events, films, activities,
courses, outings, etc., at planetfriendly.net ask
them to suggest an event of interest to you both.
us at events
If you go to various events, consider representing us.
This can be a lot of fun and is a great way to meet new
people and make new contacts. It takes very little time
and effort. There are various ways this can be done:
passing out flyers; standing behind a table; making an
announcement. Training can be provided, including
coaching in improving your self confidence, networking
and communication skills. Please give us a call if you're
interested: (613) 744-3392.
Newsletters & Community Newspapers
Do you publish a newsletter, magazine or
newspaper, or know somebody else who does? Our listings
can add interesting, empowering and ever-changing content
to your publication. Editors love them because they put
empty space to good use and can easily be edited to fit
pretty well any shape or size. Tell us your deadlines: we
can send you customized listings, when you need them. If
possible, please mention
you got the listings from us, e.g. "for more events,
courses and opportunities, see www.planetfriendly.net".
Create a link
Do you have a website (or homepage) or know
someone else who does? Please create a link to People-
& Planet-Friendly! Such as: People- &
Planet-Friendly Events, Resources & Opportunities www.planetfriendly.net Here is other text
you could use.
Why and how to forward
Forwarding (the whole newsletter and/or individual
listings) is by far the most effective approach. People
won't generally subscribe to a list unless they are very
interested. If you forward several editions, at least a
few will become interested enough to subscribe
themselves. Many others will appreciate the forwards, but
not bother to subscribe.
Better yet, consider forwarding on an ongoing basis.
This is even more effective, especially if you do it
fairly consistently. It takes very little time or effort
on your part. However, it's important that you forward
each message within a day or two so the events are
not out of date when people receive them.
It's a good idea to include the first few lines of the
message (the "from", "subject" and
"date" lines) so that it's clear where the
message came from. You could also insert a line at the
top: "forwarded by ____".
Occasionally somebody complains about receiving
duplicate copies (you are forwarding to them, plus they
are already subscribed directly). If you are forwarding
on an on-going basis, the person who's receiving
duplicates can simply delete the second copy, or
unsubscribe from our list.
If you stop forwarding at some point, please send one
last message telling people that they must go to
planetfriendly.net to subscribe themselves directly.
If you would like to help out for even
just a few hours each month, please let us know. We need
both skilled and unskilled help. Some specific
skills we need: graphic design; website
development; fundraising; bookkeeping & accounting;
publicity; media liaison. Unskilled help/will
contributors; handing out flyers at events; writing
& editing; list moderation; data entry; office help;
more. Send us
an e-mail or call the editor at (613)
744-3392. Or click here for more detailed descriptions
your group or organization help?
Do you have a display table or
bulletin board? Please display some of our flyers or posters.
If you'd prefer, we can mail you as many copies as you
wish, printed on coloured paper. (contact)
you have a website? Please link to People- &
Planet-Friendly www.planetfriendly.net Here is some text
you could use.
you have a newsletter? Why not add an events
section? Event listings can add interest and value; they
help create community; and they can help fill that unused
space on a page. More great content can be found in the Planet-Friendly Directory. (If possible, please mention that you got the
listings from us, e.g. "for more events, films,
courses and jobs, see www.planetfriendly.net").
For more ideas on how we can help provide listings and
other content, send us an e-mail. Let us know your deadlines
e-mail you advance listings when you need them.
Do you organize (or hear about)
events, meetings, courses, films or broadcasts?
Please let us know: Submissions
Page. Also, we are seeking people to serve as regional contributors to submit listings from their
region or area of interest.
Thanks for being part of the
People- & Planet-Friendly community!
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