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Meetup Poll Question on Sponsorships

From: Brian
Sent on: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 3:45 PM
Hello Fellow Photographers,

Don't mean to bug you too much this week, but something has kind of come to a head that I need your feedback on.

I've been approaching a couple of photography-related services from the area about possible group sponsorship opportunities to off-set the cost of running the meetup group (which is not a free service for organizers.)  I know, "Cry me a river camera-boy."

What I have been talking about with these potential sponsors is twofold.  First and foremost is monetary compensation to cover the costs of running the group.  I'm not asking for the moon, just enough for us to break even. Secondly, I am trying to negotiate a mutually beneficial discount on goods and services for meetup members.

In return for their investment sponsors would most likely receive:
  • Advertising space on the Meetup site.
  • Advertising space on some of Meetup emails sent out.
  • The ability to give brief presentations (5-10 minutes) at occasional Meetup events. (I'm thinking 2 presentations per 6 month sponsorship)
The funding alternative to sponsorship is to start charging members a modest fee to cover the costs of running the group. Likely $1 to $2 per person per event.  I don't want to color the poll (please vote the way you want to) but personally I would rather keep meetups free and see if we can get some extra benefits for members.

You vote on the sponsorship question here:

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about sponsorship (beyond what you can express in a one question poll) you can them in the message baords here:

If you have any ideas on potential sponsors, please email me directly.


Brian E.

Brian T. Evans
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