[ubuntu-uk] Fun day event was Leaflets

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Fri Aug 17 11:58:01 BST 2007

Quoting Chris Rowson <christopherrowson at gmail.com>:

>> I'll post feedback on how it goes on Saturday evening/Sunday morning.
>> Rob
> Cool, good luck mate :-)
> Chris

Just wanted to give some feedback on the event I was arranging in Exeter.

Didn't go as well as hoped but it was a good experience.  We went to  
the event with a whole load of copies of The OpenCD (about 75 discs!)  
and a few Ubuntu CDs (we had a variety of Ubuntu 7.04, Kubuntu 6.10  
and Ubuntu/Kubuntu 6.06).

The stand we had was outside which caused a bit of a problem.  I had  
two PCs and a laptop although due to the sunny weather we couldn't see  
the screens or show what Ubuntu was like.

We had a variety of leaflets, both the text only versions (Alan Cock's  
FOSS leaflets) and the Had Enough beta leaflet.

We managed to give out a few leaflets, and sold ONE copy of The  
OpenCD.  We couldn't sell any Ubuntu discs.  We also gave out a load  
of Tux stickers.  Paul (one of the guys who was with me from the Devon  
& Cornwall LUG) had the idea of printing Tux on some round Avery  
labels which was popular.

Next year I'm hoping we can have more stickers, a big banner (I  
printed Tux on a A3 page) and a whole load of Ubuntu CDs to give away  
free from Ship-IT (rather than burning and CD-Rs myself), a marquee  
(to keep the sun off) and maybe some tux balloons and professional  
printed leaflets (which will be cheaper than printing them on a colour  
laser, and more professional looking).

Something that was popular with the kids was a printed picture of a  
penguin to colour in.  I found two pengun pictures (not tux, but  
penguins) which I printed off (2 on an A4 sheet) which kids could then  
colour in.

I do wonder actually with regards to professional printed leaflets and  
balloons if we could get a whole lot printed (say 5000 of each) to  
keep the cost down and split the order amongst a few of us?

Anyway, if I think of anything else from the day I'll let you all know.

Our next event in the South West will be hopefully two events for  
Software Freedom Day 2007 on 15th Sept.  One will hopefully be in  
Plymouth, and the other hopefully in Exeter.



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