[EMS Discuss] EMS Video "commercial"?

Marie Slatton-Valle sparkleglitterglow at gmail.com
Wed Mar 5 14:29:34 PST 2014

Great idea Rick!  The EMS website would greatly benefit from a short video
showing who and what we are.  Updated front page pictures are also
definitely needed.  I've been meaning to update them with some photos from
the gallery but haven't had time.  More recent photos would be even
better!!  Also, who is managing the fb page? I haven't seen any posts
recently.  I'm also curious to see if having our logo on the back of the
Trek Theatre playbills has helped increase our spacebook presence.

One way I think we can create an "*EMS experience*" is by offering a
structured and focused Open Hack Night.  As an illustration, let's say, EMS
focuses on Woodworking for one Open Hack Night a month.  We still have the
social structure and also provide guidance for a *small group project* that
someone could finish in that time using our equipment and donated supplies.
 Having a focused night makes it easier to use equipment that otherwise
couldn't be used simultaneously in our cozy space, as well as *shows *future
and current members what can be accomplished as a member, and further
allows them to *interact *with the space.

On Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 11:59 AM, Rick Osgood <rick at richardosgood.com> wrote:

> We have discussed in the past the need to find a way to express to others
> what EMS is and how it will benefit them to become a member.  It's
> difficult to put in to words and the answer might be different for
> different people as we all have different needs.
> I just had an idea that it might be fun to make an EMS video "commercial".
>  I am thinking it should be 1-2 minutes in length and showcase all of the
> best reasons why you should join EMS.  Things like Learning, Teaching,
> Making, Hacking, Hanging out, and in general improving your quality of life
> through fun and community.
> I think it would be great to put this video on our main website so people
> instantly see what EMS has to offer them in a way that is flashy and
> intriguing.  The hope is to build something that will make people want to
> come down to EMS and make them feel like signing up will help them and
> improve their life in some way.
> Even when a newcomer drops by on an Open Hack night, it can be difficult
> to explain to them how a room full of tools can enrich their lives.  If we
> can show members working together (or alone) on various fun projects in the
> space, and perhaps talking about the project very briefly, then it may give
> people ideas about how they can use the space.
> Along with this idea, I'd like to update the EMS website main page image
> slider to include more photos of members having a good time at the space.
>  The photo on there of Team LEO tensioning their launcher is a perfect
> example.  The other pumpkin photo looks cool but in my opinion it doesn't
> do anything to express who we are.  Let's add several more photos of member
> projects and people hanging out on Open Hack Nights so viewers are aware
> that we actually do things and they can have fun with us.  These will be
> front and center on the main page, showing new people exactly what they can
> and should do with an EMS membership.
> Thoughts? Comments?
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