Branch Publicity & Promotion
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PUBLICITY TIPS FOR ESU BRANCHES
Promote the Program to Local Teachers/Schools:
- Post Competition information on your Branch's website (and keep it up-to-date).
- Visit schools and talk about the program at school/department meetings.
- Attend teacher conferences in your local area and distribute Competition materials.
- Identify educator and arts organizations in your area. Encourage them to forward Competition information to their teacher contacts.
- Encourage schools to post Competition information on their website as well as in their newsletters and school papers.
Promote the Program to Your Community:
- Suggest schools announce their school competition winner(s) on their school website, newsletter and/or TV show.
- Ask the local Board of Education to include details of the Branch Competition on their website, newsletter, etc. Encourage them to announce the program at local meetings.
- Contact your local newspaper and/or radio and invite a reporter (usually in the Life/Style, Arts and City/Metro divisions) to attend the Branch competition.
- Post flyers at various locations in the community (libraries, bookstores, art centers, etc.)
Celebrate Your ESU Branch Competition:
- Send a press release and photos to local media outlets (radio, newspaper, television, etc.) Highlight any stories unique to your Branch Competition.
- Post results, photos and videos of the Competition on your own ESU Branch website.
- Encourage members and participating students and teachers to post about the Competition on social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, their blogs, etc.).
- Invite contestants to perform for members/donors at other ESU events.
- Encourage Branch winner to perform winning selections at other community events/locations (such as Shakespeare festivals, libraries, public spaces, etc.).
- Send any coverage as well as photos and videos to ESU National Headquarters (for posting online).
Celebrate Your National Contestant:
- Send the national press release about your Branch winner (compiled by ESU National Headquarters) to their school and any local media outlets (radio, newspaper, television, etc.)
- Post this press release and any accompanying photos and videos on your Branch's own website.
- Encourage this student to write a brief essay about their experience in New York City. Post it on your Branch's website.
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