[OSGeo-Conf] Invitation to hear your wisdom about FOSS4G 2015

Gert-Jan van der Weijden - Stichting OSGeo.nl gert-jan at osgeo.nl
Tue Sep 22 12:06:35 PDT 2015

Three more thoughts: 
1. For SME's (and larger companies) it might be useful to make 1 or more
non-personal reservations. 
A lot of SME's know long in advance that they will send 1, 2 or even 3 three
participants to FOSS4G, but will decide just shortly before the conference
who exactly these 1,2, 3 lucky ones are.

2. Explain to the audience why we use the early bird discount principle.
That might persuade people to register early. Not because of the discount
itself, but because of the "kickstarter-like" idea behind it.

3. Let participant explain (on the registration form) how they heard about
FOSS4G. That's during the registration months already valuable for
FOSS4G-2016 itself, and of course also for next FOSS4Gs. 



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Onderwerp: Re: [OSGeo-Conf] Invitation to hear your wisdom about FOSS4G 2015

Same goes for the BaseCamp hostel: a lot of peeple seem very enthousiast
about this wonderful place to stay, and the number of places (120) here is
limited as well (although I realize it's a bit complicated to make a package
deal of the FOSS4G registration and the BaseCamp registration)

I also like Steven's suggestion to do a "buy 2, get 1 extra for half price"
discount (or similar "enterprise-discounts").



Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com> schreef:

> Good idea
> ______
> Steven
>> On 22 Sep 2015, at 12:58, b.j.kobben at utwente.nl wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Seeing that workshops are usually popular, and place is actually 
>> limited, this seems to me an obvious candidate for getting people in
>> Something like "discounted workshops if booking before date x", or 
>> "popular workshop y only available for early bookers"...
>> Barend
>> --
>> Barend Köbben
>> Senior Lecturer ­ ITC-University of Twente PO Box 217, 7500 AE 
>> Enschede (Netherlands) @barendkobben http://www.itc.nl/geoinformatics
>> On 22-09-15 13:33, "till.adams at fossgis.de" <till.adams at fossgis.de> wrote:
>>> Hi Steven,
>>> your thoughts were exact ours ;-)
>>> The idea with the special benefit is the one that also came to my mind.
>>> We'll think about that - I think we are planning lots of 
>>> side-activities, so thism ight be a suitable way.
>>> Regards, Till
>>> Am 2015-09-22 13:10, schrieb Steven Feldman:
>>>> The challenge is to provide some real incentives for early 
>>>> registration - price seems the obvious one but it creates 2 
>>>> problems either you discount price levels to such a low level that 
>>>> you might lose money on early bird delegates or you artificially 
>>>> increase the price of non early birds to create the differential 
>>>> and discourage late bookers. Neither is ideal.
>>>> One lesson from both past FOSS4Gs and other events is not to extend 
>>>> the early bird deadline, this results in a loss of confidence in 
>>>> any limited offers and encourages the expectation that there will 
>>>> be further extensions so there is no need to book early. If an 
>>>> event needs to offer an incentive after the early bird has expired 
>>>> there are several other ways to offer a similar (but slightly 
>>>> smaller discount) e.g. book for 2 or more delegates and get x% 
>>>> discount off second delegate
>>>> Maybe a better option is to offer some other benefits to early birds?
>>>> Limited t-shirt? A free day of workshops? Privileged access to 
>>>> something?
>>>> ______
>>>> Steven

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