[Marketing] No cost FOSS4G registration with sponsorship?
tmitchell at osgeo.org
Tue Mar 1 00:29:33 EST 2011
Thanks for the note Eli, these are good questions. I've tossed the idea around a couple times - ultimately it's a board a decision since it affects the sponsorship program in general. You bring up many of the same points that have been kicked around too.
You asked if it was a possibility for this year - I would suspect not. However, have we got a deal for you! Become a Bronze level FOSS4G sponsor for $1,500 and get a free pass, a $500 value (or go for silver at $7,500 and get 2 passes a $1,000 value). Even if we had a foundation sponsorship free deal it would start only as low as our $3000 sponsorship level - so grab a Bronze level to get the best deal right now - and enjoy P.R. as long as possible, along with a reduced cost to attend.
I've always pitched it from the OSGeo Foundation Sponsorship angle only. With the way that the Project level sponsorships are arranged, they are free to use it the way the project steering committees see fit - as long as it is inline with the objectives of the foundation of course, not for purposes that the IRS won't like, I mean.
I don't think the board would want to change how projects spend their sponsorship funds, but I think there is some general support for the broader foundation sponsorship idea. I'll forward your note onto the board for further discussion at the board meeting later this week.
Hope that makes some sense,
On 2011-02-28, at 1:13 PM, Eli Adam wrote:
> I think that in the past, the idea of a complimentary FOSS4G pass for OSGEO sponsors has been considered. I think that is a great idea and would be highly successful in that it could bring in funds and even if not a great fundraiser (it could be a wash since putting on a conference is not without expense); increase conference attendance and thus let more people learn about OSGEO.
> More directly to my potential benefit, will that be an option this year? About how much would be the amount required? Does sponsorship have to be to OSGEO or can it be to an OSGEO project?
> At some point (when I have more available time), I would like to join the marketing committee since I have a few fundraising ideas. However, copyediting the journal seems to keep me plenty busy currently.
> Thanks, Eli
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