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Post  brian Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:43 am

Following on from the guys display at Race Retro, we have had a few new members sign up. I was just thinking if we got some business cards printed up for the forum and send them out to people doing displays, we might get even more members.

Vistaprint do great business cards at good rates (my own ones came from there) so it wouldnt cost a whole lot, plus we now have a forum fund thanks to to the membership subscriptions.

Any thoughts on this or other ways to promote the forum?

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Post  CDM Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:20 am

Brian

Absolutely more than happy to promote the forum at any of the shows we do. I used to carry some for the old forum sent to me by Pat.

We do a lot of displays throughout the year and I also do a number of autojumbles.

Perhaps some of the traders on here could put a card/flyer into the packages they mail out?

I would suggest an A5 sort of flyer, with nice presentation, what the forum is about, photos of a variety of models (make sure they are not ALL Irish!!!), undated, contact details, costs etc....

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Post  apsrallymodels Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:28 pm

Maybe a forum model in the making,

How about actual Rally car running a event in Ireland or england carrying the website name, then build the model

Might appeal to some

Some drivers like to have models of there car done

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Post  newt5550 Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:21 pm

Good thought Alan.

Could do with someone in the BRC (front runner maybe) to have the forum logo on there car and a model made of that car as a thankyou to them.

As forum models go (especially in the last vote we had) it went to an older car that no longer runs. If it's up to date and somebody is doing well then it may be more popular.
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Post  Hampton Caught Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:56 pm

CDM wrote:Perhaps some of the traders on here could put a card/flyer into the packages they mail out?

Dear All, I think Chris' suggestions is a good one as it's been effective for me finding out that there were others interested in the same sort of things I am. I know that Andy and others routinely send a flyer out with Forum details, so that's great.

But, and it's a big butt ( jocolor  lol! ) these will only reach folks who have bouht from a dealer/ model-maker who is on the Forum. To reach a wider audience, I think the idea of 'sponsoring' a current rally (or rallycross) car would make a lot of sense.

Given that rallycross is getting an increasing amount of TV coverage and live audiences, and the Retro Rallycross series is gaining in numbers and popularity, maybe that would be one good option? After all, David (Cowley) and I are already well known to Shirley and Rob Gibson........

My penny's worth!!

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Post  brian Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:30 pm

Getting the forum name on an actual car is a great idea. Even better if it was a front runner in Ireland/UK, but I dont think the budget can be stretched that far. Admittedly, ive no idea how much it would cost but id imagine its more than we have to spend.

I think a forum model is another option, athough I dont know how popular a BRC front runner would be. From the last thread we had about it, it was clear it was the older generation of cars that were more popular. In order to attract new members, it would need to be a model that would be popular not just in Ireland/UK but further afield. Maybe an early Kris Meeke model????

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Post  Cardy Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:42 pm

how about a car running in the historic championship a mate of mine has a escort mk1 bdg in that championship, he also runs a metro 6R4 (when it doesn't break) I could ask him
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Post  newt5550 Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:45 pm

Mark Higgins MG S2000. Popular driver and a nice car. Shell is already been made by a builder for the Roy White cars so should be easy. Loads of pic's in Stobart livery. Popular livery as well. Win win situation  Very Happy   Wink 
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Post  newt5550 Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:48 pm

On a serious note, what about Mark (cowfeeder). He is running a MK2 Escort this year.

Plus there are alot of people know drivers on here. Get some stickers done and dish them out! Just a thought.
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Post  apsrallymodels Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:01 pm

Dumb, question, How many know Paul nagle on a personnel level,

I have dealt with him getting Aps24 done,


Thinking really big here,

Brian, will send you email later
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Post  Speedy Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:46 pm

Long shot but might be worth pursuing, how bout getting JOB to ask either Owen Murphy or Roy White if they would put stickers/decals on their cars....or maybe both of them
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Post  newt5550 Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:53 pm

apsrallymodels wrote:Dumb, question, How many know Paul nagle on a personnel level,

I have dealt with him getting Aps24 done,


Thinking really big here,

Brian, will send you email later


Dose Paul MCM know him?
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Post  Speedy Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:01 pm

JOB knows Paul Nagle
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Post  bmd Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:17 pm

what about a small window decal for the side of our 1:1 daily drives?  albino 
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Post  burnsy471 Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:35 pm

As a newbie, I only discovered this forum by chatting to Dave and Dave at Race Retro. Had they not been there, I'd still be unaware of our existence and I'd been looking out for Group B models for some time. Having some flyers available at shows would certainly help.

Could we also get as many model shops as possible to put us as a link from their websites, and maybe leave some flyers with them too? I can't imagine they'd be too difficult to convince as anything that builds interest in the hobby should help their business.

How about seeing if we could get a display at the Lydden round of the World Rallycross in May? Should be a really good size crowd there

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Post  Speedy Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:55 pm

How many members have their own website, be it model business, photography, motorsport products etc etc?? Maybe we could all put a link to the forum on our sites
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Post  CDM Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:06 pm

If everyone on the forum had say a round sticker with all the forum details on they could carry this sticker on their road car or on any competition car you might be involved with?

If you are going for a sticker on a rally car (say like Rally Models do) think about where the prime positions are. Look where Andy has www.rallymodels.com - on the Sun Visor, front edge of the bonnet, just below the grille. Why here...these areas don't get covered in mud and are always in most of the photographs taken. BUT how much does it cost for these prime positions.

Just need to find a car to put them on now....

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Post  Cowley Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:05 am

Rather than paying out for some cards, why not get some simple black & white flyers designed. If they appear 4, 6, or 8-up on an A4 sheet, and downloadable as a PDF, then members can print out and cut out their own stock of forum promo material - saving the forum any printing costs. I'm sure members wouldn't mind doing that, and being black only print, the cost to each member would be negligible. Wink

Just my thoughts.....
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Post  newt5550 Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:04 am

Very very good and sensible idea  cheers 
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Post  Cowley Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:45 am

I remembered that the Rover Coupe Owners Club do it Chris, and it seemed to suit our needs perfectly as well. Wink
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Post  Speedy Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:06 pm

I was messing around with a business card kit I got a few years ago in Lidl or Aldi and made up this a few nights ago
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I can edit it if anyone has any ideas and then maybe sort out a scan with a number of them on an A4 sheet to be downloaded and printed
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Post  omer yetis Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:24 am

CDM wrote:If everyone on the forum had say a round sticker with all the forum details on they could carry this sticker on their road car or on any competition car you might be involved with?

If you are going for a sticker on a rally car (say like Rally Models do) think about where the prime positions are. Look where Andy has www.rallymodels.com - on the Sun Visor, front edge of the bonnet, just below the grille. Why here...these areas don't get covered in mud and are always in most of the photographs taken. BUT how much does it cost for these prime positions.

Just need to find a car to put them on now....

Chris

Kitcar43.com from Barcelona, Spain also did this with their local heroes which competed in the World Arena earlier. here below are some examples on Xavi Pons GroupN cars competed in PWRC.
as kitcar43.com still selling the decals of these cars, I believe they build certain amount of models for Xavier Pons or the Mitsubishi Spain for promotion and in return they got their stickers on the 1/1 car. this sample is quite big and would be very costly, but a smaller sticker would work better.

A forum sticker idea like this would be interesting to see on Elfyn Evans, Kris Meeke or Craig Breen's cars.... this would give more international acknowledgement rather than local.
it should be very difficult to persuade Citroen nor M-sports. but I guess it would be easier to approach M-sports.

worth a try? anyone?


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Post  brian Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:11 pm

Just with regards to forum members printing flyers etc themselves, Id prefer to use the forum funds as i dont want anyone out of pocket. And it would end up with the same people baring the costs as not everyone puts on displays. The fees are there for this very reason, to share the costs equally amongst members

The flyers would be a better idea than the cards, but cards are very handy too. I have yet to contact a driver about getting the logo on a car, but will do in the next few days. I would love to see the logo on the world stage but dont think Citroen or M-Sport would allow it. I looked at getting the logo on Breens car for Sweden but it was very expensive for what we are looking for

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Post  omer yetis Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:55 pm

Citroen would be difficult as being french company and hard to find contact.
but I am sure some of forum members might have contacts @ M-sport and Malcolm wilson or promotion managers in the team may be interested in the idea as this is a great way to promote their brands as well...
Craig Breen should be the easiest contact as he is young and should be more flexible compared to others...

anybody in here might guide us to contact these people?



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Post  srsmodels Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:23 pm

Definitely the way to go getting the forum name on a rally car

Craig breen would be ideal as he's a privateer with his Fiesta WRC although not sure when he will use it again

How about Sam moffats Fiesta WRC?

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