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NWOGEO "Welcome Wagon" Greeting idea for new cache

Postby GizmoGuy411 » Tue 2008-04-22, 14:13:54

Here is a suggestion that normally would have been posted to the Steering Committee Forums for discussion. However in light of the current status of the SC, I am posting this here for everyone to comment on.

The SC had previously discussed the idea of forming a "Welcome Wagon" for new cachers. Several of us mentioned that we already did that on our own when a new cacher finds our cache. The SC did not develop the idea any further. One problem was (from a technical standpoint) how would NWOGEO as a group know when someone new found a cache.

So now after discussion elsewhere, and the interest of such an idea being mentioned independently by several NWOGEO members, I think I have an idea that may work.

Similar to our "SQ - Spirit Quest" program, what if we developed a standardized text welcome message that each of us would voluntarily use to send to new cachers that find each of our own caches?

Like BBDs said they use, the message could contain some basic info about NWOGEO, and welcome them to visit the website and attend our Meet & Eats, plus mention that more events are posted on the home page of our website.

Of course each member could then append their own custom message pertaining to the specific cache or personalized to the specific new cacher if desired.

A menu item could be created here on the website (like Spirit Quest) where members could grab the text from, to use in their emails to new cachers.

While I have sent out welcome messages in the past, lately I have not done so. Part of the problem is that I don't want to take the time to think about what I want to say. If I had pre-written message, I'm sure I would be much more likely to send them regularly.

So if you like this idea, how about suggesting the first draft?
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Re: NWOGEO "Welcome Wagon" Greeting idea for new c

Postby Cachemeister » Tue 2008-04-22, 20:35:55

Reading this Welcome Wagon thread, I wondered if it is possible to:

1) Have a way to query GC.com for the NW Ohio area for first logs posted. This query could run once a week and notify the committee of a newbie in our specific area. A Welcome Wagon approach can then be used.

2) Again, query GC.com stats against a list of all current NWOGEO members to notify the committee that "one of our own" has hit a milestone; such as number of finds. A shout out could then be sent for any defined milestone.

Something like this would involve all members, not just the one time newbie…
Just a thought… if even possible.

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Re: NWOGEO "Welcome Wagon" Greeting idea for new c

Postby Mighty_Mo » Tue 2008-04-22, 22:45:19

I'm not sure of the mechanics required, but the Welcome Wagon idea is a good one. Recognition of member's achievements is also a great idea. Everyone likes a "pat on the back"

As the "New Guy" on the forum, I understand that there are many more experienced people out there so please understand that some of my "assumptions" may be invalid. (btw I take corrective criticism quite well.)

I assume most, if not all members that hide caches, have them on their "watch list" and know when someone visits it. I also assume the local newbie will find a NWOGEO member's cache. Therefore the member that hid the cache will know when the newbie finds his cache. I also assume if you are a NWOGEO member that hides caches, you are fairly "active" and would know that someone is a newbie. Therefore when an unfamiliar person finds a member's cache a "Welcome" email, with an explanation of NWOGEO and the meet & eat events, could be sent. If the newbie responds, a reply from the member enforcing the invitation to the "meet & eat" with a personal invitation.

If every member sends a "Welcome" email to someone that has found only a few local caches and follows up any response with a personal invitation, we might get more people to be active.

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Re: NWOGEO "Welcome Wagon" Greeting idea for new c

Postby schwnman99 » Thu 2008-04-24, 04:06:48

I think these ideas are great, it will also allow a new cacher a chance at interacting with a more seasoned cacher. That way if there are any questions from a new cacher we can help them. Almost like a mentor.

I remember when I first started I was a bit intimidated going to a meet & eat, If I had been contacted first I may have started going sooner. We are a great group, and I think people would enjoy a nice welcome to NWOgeo and geocaching.

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Re: NWOGEO "Welcome Wagon" Greeting idea for new c

Postby Cachemeister » Thu 2008-04-24, 17:39:09

To get the ball rolling, I think it’s a great idea to request that owners volunteer their effort to have dialogue with a First Finder.

Unfortunately, not all cachers are NWOGEO members; not all owners will want to participate; there are “owners� out there with a cache that they don’t even care about anymore – like somebody with 10 finds and 1 hide, that hasn’t been involved for some time.

If a First Finder were to hunt down one of the above caches, they might miss out on the opportunity of being “Welcomed� to the sport and introduced to NWOGEO. This is why I suggest to segue to a queried result (again, if even possible).

Even if it were possible to generate a Welcome letter (or Shout out for a milestone), this shouldn’t completely replace involvement from other area cachers. After the birth of my caching career, a handful of other cachers would drop e-mails, or even post notes to caches that I’ve found after reading my log. The likes of Cheech and B Bear would do so frequently, which made me feel that my presence in the caching community was noticed.

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Postby Mighty_Mo » Thu 2008-04-24, 21:49:36

Why should the welcome be limited to the First Find someone makes? I think it should be the first few finds or at least a personal note to someone who is new to the sport.

Didn't jslagle say he could keep the site up indefinitely? At least I thought I read that quite early in the other conversation or maybe it was in his email.

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Postby Stumpy75 » Sat 2008-04-26, 11:45:56

Here's what I have been sending to newer people. If someone reading this has actually got one of these from me, it really is not a true form letter, as I do personallize it as needed!



Hi:

I see you found my "xxxxx" cache. Thanks for the nice log, and welcome to the hobby!

Not sure if you know about this group, but check it out. http://www.nwogeo.com It's a loose group of people who get together once a month to trade stories about caching, and also have a web page up. No dues, no joining. Just stop by and see what is happening on the caching scene in NW Ohio. All are welcome.

Have Fun with caching. It's addicting!

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Postby Stumpy75 » Mon 2008-04-28, 03:22:40

I tend to send that one out to someone who has less than 50 finds. Nothing special about that number though, and I've sent them out to people who have had a lot more. I do personallize the greeting, based on what is on their profile page and what they wrote on my cache, but this was the basic thing I have sent, with a lot of mods...

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