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Re: Let's talk about booth and goodies

From: Jean-Paul Argudo <jean-paul(at)postgresqlfr(dot)org>
To: pgeu-general(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Let's talk about booth and goodies
Date: 2012-08-27 16:25:22
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Hi there,

First, it's a WOW, David reads in my mind and already understood the
proposals I'd do before I actualy post it :-)

Now I wear Magneto's metal helmet. I hope that's sufficient? :-)

Le 27/08/2012 18:07, David Fetter a écrit :
> On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 05:55:08PM +0200, Jean-Paul Argudo wrote:
>> Dear members,
>> Each year, thanks to many volunteers (including you I hope), 
>> PostgreSQL Europe is now present on many events, where there are 
>> booths most of the time.
>> Those booths are generaly full of smart people talking about 
>> PostgreSQL to visitors and also, selling goodies.
>> As today's revenues of PostgreSQL Europe mostly comes from 
>> sponsorship, specialy from the PostgreSQL Europe Conference.
>> I was just wondering if we could do that different about goodies
>> on booths, because, IMHO, selling goodies on booths have
>> advantages but also disadvantages.
>> Now that I have told about the general statment I want us to
>> discuss about, I'll write another email with what I think we
>> could do.
>> PS: This e-mail and the next one only reflects my own toughts, as
>> a member. (drop role board_member;)
> I'm a big fan of booth goodies people purchase, as it brings
> revenue, i.e. makes it possible to do more things,

Yes. But sponsorship brings much more revenues. Let's say something
between x10 and x100 times. :-)

If you tell me the argument like "hey, not all PUGs organize events
that could be sponsored at", my answer is "they should do" :-)

... and also "tell them to contact us, we'll help them do something".

Once upon a time, I asked guys at the PostgreSQL Advocacy like "hey
could I get some money from you for the 1st PostgreSQL booth in
France, we need to print tshirt, buy goodies, etc..." they answered me
something like "just do things on you own to grab your own money".

At first, I felt disapointed and somewhat felt that this was a
offencing reply made to me.

But, I finally contributed with others here to manage our own money.

So, basically, advocacy people at that time couldn't be more
persuasive... and efficient ! Thank you guys ;-)

> and it doesn't generally have the problem described below.

Let's read.

> I am much less of a fan of free booth goodies with the possible 
> exception of really useful things like USB sticks because such
> free goodies tend to enter the waste stream within seconds or
> minutes of leaving the booth.

For sure if you give intentionaly the item to the visitor, (s)he won't
object, and take it because you gave it. In the scenario, yes, the
final destination is waste/rubbish.

I hope that if you let some of the free items as give away, if one
takes it it's not to trash it on the fly.

> Cheers, David.

I listed some advantages/disavandtages on the other mail, hope to read
from you on it too.


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