Treasure Coast Seafood Festival

Post for my locals!

This Saturday was the Treasure Coast Seafood Festival at the Civic Center, which was really more like a gathering. Usually I’m not so “candid” about city events, but after seeing the turn out, I felt I should voice post my opinion.

This area is not as dull as it used to be. Every week there are a variety of events taking place. A lot of the people coordinating these events don’t want to or maybe can’t afford to invest in advertising, just little banners on some streets that most people don’t notice (I do because collecting info is my hobby, lol). After visiting a few of the latest unsuccessful events, I decided no longer will I stop myself from writing what I really thought. Maybe one of the planners or those in charge of “freeing up the budget” would read this and make some changes. Now, here are my ideas:

  1. Send the information to me in advance (pretty much, as soon as you decide you’re going to have it), not two days prior. We offer FREE event and business listings, use it!
  2. For a nominal fee, I will advertise your event. I will post it on the websites I am affiliated with, on my website, newsletters, etc.
  3. Create a Facebook event about it. As much as you may dislike Facebook, it’s pretty helpful in getting the word out. Someone will read it and likely tag me or another local listing website in it!
  4. No one is saying you have to purchase billboard space, but as you can see, lawn signs aren’t really helping the cause! There are already a lot of people in this area who barely notice when the yellow school light is blinking and it’s time to drive 20 MPH, what makes you think people are focusing on a small sign on the ground? Unless it says “yard sale”, don’t expect to grab a lot of attention!
  5. There are a lot more, but most importantly…consider other events taking place the same day! This is not the first time I’ve mentioned this! One of the biggest complaints I get is “why are they having this event on that day?” I have to remind people that my website it privately owned and I do not work with or for the city. Therefore, I cannot control when they decide to host an event!

Simply changing the date of an event can save planners the embarrassment and vendors from disappointment. For every 100 invites, expect maybe 20 – 50 of those people to show up…divide that by 2 – 4 if your event is schedule the same day as many others! It’s not a wedding, people don’t need to RSVP, nor do they have any responsibility to show up. If you choose a day when there’s not much else going on, you’ll have one heck of a festival!

I was sooooo looking forward to having some delicious seafood, but I ended up just spending less than 20 minutes there. ūüė¶ The band was great though!

I wasn’t going to add pictures, but they prove my point, so click and check them out!!!

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Hi, do you barter?

Starting out a with a small business, I needed products to promote myself that could be made quickly and within my “newborn” budget. Yes, my main goal is to support local businesses exclusively, but as much as I would like to, it’s not always realistic. Everyone is out to make a buck, understandable…we all have to eat. But when the cost to purchase local items result in double the price compared to other areas, and a longer turnaround time, it leaves someone with a small budget and no time to spare no choice but to look for products elsewhere.

I did online quotes at bigger printing companies as well as small businesses throughout South FL, getting the average price for promotional cups, tees, buttons, etc. Just so I can have a price to compare. There’s a show taking place this weekend and three weeks ago (sort of last minute) I made the decision to participate. I asked for referrals and shopped around at local printing companies trying to find someplace in my county that offered items I needed quickly and reasonably priced. They were great, items looked very professional and they had terrific remarks from former and present customers. The problem was that in order to receive the products in time, I would have to spend even more money and they were already charging 2x the amounts of my online quotes. So my total cost would be 3x the average. Sorry!

My question to small business owners: With so many small businesses struggling and closing its doors, even companies that have been around for decades…how can we succeed? We need money to pay bills, but when we can benefit from each other’s services, are you willing to barter?

St Lucie & Martin County, what gives?

I started¬†my website a few months ago as a hub, for people who think there’s never anything going on. I did my research and found there were 66 other sites with basically the same idea…yet people didn’t know events were happening in this area. I wanted to peer up with someone already in the biz, but some people HATE the idea of someone else being interested in the same thing, so that proved to be a wasted effort and I ventured out on my own. After a month I was asked by business owners with events at their location,¬†to include Martin County.

I’m on my web site daily. Uploading events for people to enjoy. Working hard to gather information directly from the source or social engines, yet other site owners just copy.

P.S.¬†we know they were copied from us because we’ve added fake events briefly to prove it and saw them on other sites soon after (as expected). Do your own damn work! hahaha!

Can you believe out of 66 sites, I have met¬†four site owners but only 1(one) other site owner didn’t have a nasty attitude. Unfortunately for her, because she works hard, others are jealous and behave like politicians on a smear campaign, but it only makes them look disgusting foolish. As a result of my rant here, I¬†may become a target too, but all I will say is I do believe in a higher power and I definitely believe in “what goes around, comes around”…so choose your battles with me, wisely! ūüėČ

Back to my blog subject! Whether its something for teens, adults, kids or seniors…there is usually something going on for everyone. The problem is, no matter how many people access the site, and how many are interested and even RSVP on Facebook…the day of the event comes and no one shows up. So why are people still complaining?

To the residents:

Don’t complain that there’s nothing to do, when people like me have websites proving otherwise. Don’t complain when promoters, etc. make sure their events are made public. They spend money advertising on the web, radio, print ads and with huge banners all over the place, and you¬†don’t attend.

Promoters, Businesses:

Don’t complain that no one showed up to your event when there are 16 other events taking place in our small area on the same day. It is sometimes better to suck it up and change the date of your event, to ensure you’re not competing with so many others. This city is not heavily populated. So be easy on the¬†few people who actually leave their homes. Understand that they will choose¬†the event most appealing to them. You can’t blame anyone for the thousands of dollars you wasted by still having to pay for a venue, entertainment, food, etc. when you would’ve¬†wasted just a few hundred instead, by switching the date. Pay attention to what’s going on around you. There is really no need for people to be so competitive, because as you’ve realized now, communicating with your so-called competition and coordinating to make sure your event has an opportunity to be successful comes from sharing information. There actually is room for everyone to do well!

That’s all for now. But I’d definitely appreciate feedback on my post. What do you think St Lucie and Martin County needs to make it more fun? What events will you support? Keep the money here and support your local businesses, event coordinators and me, lol!