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What can we do to make the GCCA Classic more appealing

3 years 9 months ago #36030 by mikeg2929
Hopefully with new leadership this can be turned around,.

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3 years 9 months ago #36025 by Iku1
I think I can print a banner (but need help with some design) and need to know the size.

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3 years 9 months ago #36024 by tjudy
The GCCA is welcome to have someone up at Cataclysm to promote the Classic. I am not sure we will have table space for you on Saturday, but send a banner up with someone coming to the event and we will hang it for you. I am sure we can find a table for you on Sunday.

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3 years 9 months ago #36023 by scubadiver
I agree those items fall into the financially feasible arena -

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3 years 9 months ago #36022 by Iku1
We will have a boot at Aquatic Experience (do we?). Table at Catfish Cataclysm swap is $20. All we need is a banner.

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3 years 9 months ago #36021 by scubadiver
The club loses a fair amount of money at the classic actually more than we make for the whole year and have been using the reserves to pay for the classic over the past couple of years.

So ideas would need to be financially feasible.

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3 years 9 months ago #36020 by Iku1
My 2 cents. I think that there is lack of advertising. If we already know that next classic is on Memorial Day weekend, maybe we should have some kind of standing banner visible at every swap. Also as a Club we could reserve table at another club's swaps and venues (Aquatic Experience, Catfish Cataclysm, Green Water etc.) and have a banner behind a table.

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3 years 9 months ago #36016 by mikeg2929
Got it. So basically status quo and no changes will be made.

Head count will continue to dwindle and the classic will continue to fade to obscurity. Its a shame - it used to be a great weekend. I was looking for ward to coming again as my memorial days are no longer hung up with baseball.

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3 years 9 months ago #36013 by 1fishgeek
As I read your response, and thinking about what the Aquatic Exper. Auctions were like at the end of the day, it really peeked the interest of people.. And along with that GCCA could give out a few Free tickets to the classic. AKA Ohio for advertising at AE

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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #36012 by PhilandLeeAnn
A few things to note:

Shedd: We're working on the Shedd Aquarium behind the scenes tour. But they don't normally do more than a group of 12 at a time and we're working on a waiver for this Classic.

Expense to Conventioneers: We are always tinkering and may try a more segmented approach to allow people to be even more targeted with their money. But let's face it, $25 for pizza with entertainment and beverages, all-day speakers, bidding on silent auctions of harder to find fish, a goody bag, the fellowship, etc. - is so low that dropping it to $15 isn't likely to make much of a difference and really is a big bargain at $25 anyway. As for the Hotel, we've gone down from Wyndham prices and locale and dropped the formal banquet - used to be $40 or so, just for that. We're trying to get the best room rates, but we're approaching the floor right now.

Date: The club actually tried a different May date with a condensed and cheaper event several years ago. It did much to ruin the Classic of old where it had once been the Spring destination for fish heads across the Midwest. The Classic was bigger than the Ohio event and probably the number two event behind the ACA back in my days as Treasurer in the mid to late 90s. Ray Lucas is retired, but he isn't the only logistics reason for having a Holiday to use to still celebrate on Monday, to recuperate, and/or for traveling. If we change the date to trade some attendance from one and absence of another, we just tread water though. THAT SAID: The date is always in contention and therefore, always under review. We are committed to Memorial Day weekend for 2016, however.

Promotion: It will be better, but not perfect this year. We do need to be early and often, acting like we want everybody to know and to come. Speakers and theme and activities are just about completed right now. Expect a big announcement on the main page and then expect a lot of "mentions" - publicity wise, at meetings, at other venues, and personally one-on-one over time. If the club looks like it is playing too low key or non-committal, it can hurt.

Speakers: Lee Ann (my wife) was Speaker Chair in the late 1990s and is just about finished with the line up for 2016. She has been unable to get some of the bigger and better speakers that have limited their presentations to a couple of times a year.. Again, the Classic has lost some stature and it has been difficult to get some speakers who used to jump at the Classic. Maybe they are just wary of over saturation. Essentially, we're on the lookout for the next automatic draw, but there aren't a lot Juan Miguels, Ad Konings, or Jack Wattley's out there. We have had two major speakers do the Ohio convention and then state that they only speak in the US a couple of times a year - the other being an ACA or another prior commitment. If you come across a writer or a speaker, please let us know about them and we will look into it for a Classic or at a regular meeting. But keep in mind, it often costs a lot to bring a speaker and if they don't have "celebrity," they tend to not add to attendance even though they are very well qualified and very good.

Cost to the GCCA: Briefly, the Classic is the GCCA's largest net expenditure by far. That is even with the swap or with a major dry goods donor and with the Sunday auction. (The silent auction sometimes (often?) does not break even.) But it promotes Cichlidom.

Another Suggestion from a Concerned Member: I had one suggestion that I thought I'd pass along here. It was to try and reach out to the newer, potential enthusiasts with a second track of programs as more of a "how to" on cichlids, and fish rooms. Something to at least consider.

Over all: It's probably not one magic bullet solution, but a lot of things that we have to put our energy into on a consistent year-round basis across the years. But there are also other factors that are outside of our control, some of which are detrimental, although nobody's fault. And the changes are still coming.



Thanks for the interest.
Phil Clary
Last edit: 3 years 9 months ago by PhilandLeeAnn.

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