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Public Relations News: Ignite Your Grange Marketing Fires
 

By Terri Fassio, CT State Public Relations Co-Director

  October 2, 2022 --

What is marketing? At  its  very  foundation, marketing is the creation and the distribution of relevant information

to your audience.

Every Grange has at least one story to tell. Most Granges have numerous stories to tell - such as community service projects, Grange events, meetings and activities, long-time members, historical accomplishments, and a vast array of interests.

An article published by Nancy E. Schwartz* compares marketing to a campfire.

“To build a successful campfire, you need to begin with ignitable tinder and gradually add more and more wood until you have a roaring fire. It’s the same with content. But before you even start that campfire, you know what your goal is – to build a fire. You’ll need to set clear goals for your marketing program, so you know where you’re trying to go with it — and the target audiences you must engage to meet that goal. Most importantly, with so many channels, formats and types of marketing options it is essential to establish a solid foundation for your marketing strategy rather than randomly gathering content and hoping it all ignites in the end.”

There are a number of sources that  you  can   regularly   utilize to  reach  your   target   audience of Grange members, potential members, Grange supporters and the general public-at-large. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Report regularly in the Connecticut Granger newspaper (mailed monthly to both Grange members and Grange supporters. Send submissions to granger@ ctstategrange.org.)
  • Send news items, calendar dates and photos to the Connecticut State Grange Public Relations team to be used in our social media and on our website. (Send your submissions to  information@ctstategrange.org  or publicrelations@ctstategrange.org .)
  • Write articles and press releases for local newspapers (for example: the Hartford  Courant has a circulation of 187,000 daily; Waterbury Republican-American has a circulation of 44,000 daily; New London Day has a circulation of 25,000 daily; and the Connecticut Post has a circulation of 76,000 daily.)
  • Develop a Facebook Page and/ or an Instagram Page for your Grange (Facebook has more than 1.968 billion monthly active users while  Instagram  has  more  than
  • billion monthly active users.)
  • Hang posters in your local library, church, grocery store, laundry mat and pizza place to promote your  upcoming Grange meetings and events.
  • It is important to produce content that is both engaging and exciting. Content that catches the attention of the reader. Speak from the heart, and always see the human aspect of your content. Think about what you as a reader or viewer likes to see. It could be something as simple as a new recipe, craft or gardening tip to share, or as important as donating dictionaries to the local elementary school and honoring a 50-plus year member.
  • The most difficult part of Marketing your Grange is finding the  time  to  create  a  variety  of
  • content to keep your marketing active, fresh and current. Having a Facebook Page for your Grange is one thing - but make sure it updated regularly or it will be forgotten and overlooked by your followers. Work together as a Grange marketing team. Share the responsibilities within your Grange, that way more members are involved and the work load is lighter per person.
  • Don’t let marketing your Grange slip through the cracks. Set clear goals and establish the foundations to tell your Grange stories. Ignite the fire of your Grange through marketing.
  • Drop us a line. We’re here to help! E-mail: publicrelations@ctstategrange.org  or information@ctstategrange.org .
  • * Source: Nancy E. Schwartz, GettingAttention.org

 

 
 
 

 
     
     
       
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