The culmination of months of fund raising, 2013's Bartow County Relay for Life, event during which participants will honor cancer victims and survivors and raise awareness and money for a cure, is set for Sept. 6, at Dellinger Park in Cartersville.
Thirty-two local teams, with a total of 96 participants, have already raised nearly $13,000, according to the American Cancer Society's event website. They include teams of volunteers from local groups and organizations, schools, churches and businesses.
Relay teams (and any other local group or organization) can use Cartersville Patch for FREE to promote their efforts, potentially reaching tens of thousands of local residents, including many outside their existing networks.
Here are 10 ways you and your team or organization should use Patch for FREE:
Your event will post to our website immediately, and will show up under the date of the event when readers search for things to do in the community. Include a photo, logo or flyer with your calendar listing, and your event may be promoted on Cartersville Patch’s homepage, in our daily newsletter and/or via social media—Facebook and Twitter.
This is especially helpful if attendees need to purchase tickets in advance or RSVP. It also makes your upcoming event more visible to readers and increases the likelihood of it being featured on the site and in our newsletters. Like events, announcements posted by users also show up on the site immediately.
3. Seeking more team members, vendors for your event, corporate donations, silent auction items or anything else from the public?
You should post these in the Announcements section as well, and we'll help get the word out.
4. Share your team’s successes in the Announcements section.
Did your team raise money at a fundraiser last weekend? Share your details and photos and we may promote your post on the site, bringing your team even more exposure.
Share with the community why you started your team, how long you’ve been taking part in Relay, who is a part of your team and more, and keep us and our users updated throughout the Relay season. Again, adding photos increases the likelihood of your posting being featured on the homepage and in our newsletters, which reach thousands of email subscribers.
6. Tell us the story of whom you’re Relaying in memory.
This helps people attach a face (and hopefully, many faces) to the cause and will help lead them to take part in Relay for Life and/or donate to your team.
8. Upload photos and videos to our Gallery. A picture says a thousand words, no?
We value your contributions, so there's a good chance your photo or video will be featured, and we'll do our best to draw eyes to it. Be sure to include a caption with at least the basic information!
9. Anything else you'd like to share on Cartersville Patch, but unsure how to do it?
Check some of our most frequently asked questions or email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Once you place any of the aforementioned posts on Patch, be sure to share the link on various social media accounts, including your own and those of others' on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.
We're glad to provide you a platform and will help spread the word as much as we can, but your sharing of the link to your announcement, event or blog on Patch also will help get your message in front of others.
Again, these 10 ways to use Patch don’t just apply to Relay for Life teams. If you’re involved with any other nonprofit, group, church, school, etc., you can use them for FREE as well.
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Browse our "Patch 101" series for more on how groups and businesses can benefit from using Cartersville Patch.