The Makings of a Facebook Contest- The Chamber of Commerce- Symone Grady

Nearly after one month of working with the  Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, specifically with the Young Professionals Program, I was made content creator of the organization’s Facebook page.  It is now my responsibility to research information about our audience including gender, when they are most active online, and what posts they enjoy, to get the most exposure when Facebook posts are made.

The Young Professionals Program was formed in response to a growing need to strengthen recruitment and retention of young talent in our region. Benefits of being part of this program include unique social and unique social and professional networking opportunities, participating in organizations and activities that contribute to community and business development, and taking active leadership roles in the community.

Moments after publishing my first Facebook post on behalf of the Young Professionals Program, I was given another exciting task. My supervisor explained to me that she is interested in raising awareness of the Young Professionals Facebook page.  The thought of a Facebook Contest really excited her, and she offered to give winner(s)  a free membership into the Greater Columbus Georgia Young Professionals Program. Ordinarily, the membership fee is $75. So, the winners(s) of the contest will obtain all of the listed benefits of being a Young Professional member for free!

After deciding on an outreach method, a Facebook contest, we needed to come up with a type of contest that would stir up the most interest in community members.  When thinking of contest ideas, I wanted to come up with something that people would enjoy doing. I also wanted to draw attention to the program’s Facebook page by involving the community somehow.

Below are my ideas:

1. Writing Prompt Contest

Participants would write one paragraph explaining why they deserved to win. These paragraphs would be posted on the YP Facebook page wall.

2. Video Contest

Participants would make  short video explaining why they should win. These videos would be posted on the YP Facebook page wall.

3. Fill in the Blank

We would post a sentence like , “Young Professionals are ____________, ______________, and _________________.” Participants would make a post including the written statement and fill in the blanks.

4. Caption Contest

We would post a photo and participants would post a creative caption to go along with the photo.

5. Q & A Contest

We would post a trivia question and the first person with the correct answer wins.

In order to get the community involved, I suggested that winners  be determined by the number of likes their post receives by other people. The person whose post receives the most likes will be the winner. Also, in order to be eligible to win the contest, I suggested that participants like / fan the Young Professionals Facebook page.

I have sent my supervisor this list of ideas and I am currently awaiting her opinions. Hopefully, one of my ideas will be used for the first Young Professionals Facebook Contest!

David Douglas – Upcoming Events

Check out this list of upcoming events you might be interested in marking on your calendar!

October 31st

The Columbus Bearcats will sponsor a “Fall Festival” from 5 pm – 7 pm at the North Columbus Boys & Girls club on 1309 29th Street. The purpose of the event is to promote Halloween safety by bringing Halloween festivities to a safe and interactive environment. There will be a number of stations set up from a photo booth, pirate walk, penny drop, and craft station.

November 6th

The Columbus Bearcats will be volunteering to cook dinner for the families of the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, GA. We are hosting a canned good drive until November 5th in effort to make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House. Players, coaches, and others will be in attendance preparing an early Thanksgiving Dinner.

November 13th

Meet & Greet our sponsors and players at CJ’s Wings off Buena Vista Road.

November 21st

Twin Cedars Youth & Family Services, Inc. Thanksgiving dinner from 6 pm – 7 pm. The Columbus Bearcats are accepting donations to help support.

Make sure you stop by any event to enter for a chance to win season tickets and a 42” Samsung TV.

David Douglas – Making Progress!

So far my internship with the Columbus Bearcats has been a great experience. I have learned how to plan sporting related events. The most exciting part about interning for a sports team is that there is never a boring moment.

Every game has a theme, a public figure from the Columbus area, and  non-profit organization. Depending on the theme of the game there will be different give-a-ways and contests. The first game of the season is November 14th against Fort Benning.

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This week is a big week for the organization, my goal is to pull-in at least two sponsors for the team. On September 18, 2013 I meet with potential  sponsors who would sponsor the team for a year.

Danielle Washington – Hometown Hero

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It is rare that you find a hometown hero that actually personifies what it means to be a great person. A hero that looks out for the greater good of the community and is often willing to go above and beyond to help someone out if they can. I had the privilege to meet such a man while I was interning with Curtis McCloud. This man is a local umpire for the little leagues of Columbus, Georgia and he has been dedicated to calling fair games in this town for over thirty years. He is definitely concerned with the well being of the children in this town and he has prided himself as a dependable umpire in this city. We had the opportunity to attend a special ceremony for Mr. Tommy because of all his hard work he one of the baseball fields in Britt David park named after him.

His ceremony was so lovely it was filled with his family members, close friends, coworkers, and of course the children that are in the little leagues. It was such a humbling experience to be a part of this story and I was intrigued at how Curtis connected to this man during the interview. I also learned some great pointers on how to shoot better angles when one is at an outside venue. The photographer Jarrod that went out with us is definitely has some great skills and he always captures some great footage when go out live.

The most beautiful part about this particular story was how appreciative Mr. Tommy was to receive such an accolade he was moved to tears by all the support and love shown to him. Due to his recent decline in health, Tommy was in a wheel chair because his MS had gotten worse but he did not allow that to hinder him from being at the ceremony and he acts as if he does even have the disease. He has the true spirit of a champion and I was so proud to meet him and be a part of this hometown hero’s ceremony. It makes me feel proud live in Columbus with such outstanding citizens that service the community. I realized as a reporter these can become the stories you live for because they elevate your skills in a befitting manner.

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