As most of you know, I've been working on promoting EL&U for the past couple of weeks, and I'd love to have some help brainstorming. Here's a list of some ideas and things I've been trying out so far:
Ad space on specific sites: I'd love to get an ad on something like the AP English College Board site, but I'm not sure how feasible that is. Where else should I be looking to place an ad?
Going to conferences - I've looked into being an exhibitor at conferences put on by the NJ Education Association and the National Council of Teachers in English. It's pretty expensive to do that, so I was wondering if there are smaller-scale events that cater to a similar audience. Are English teachers a good group to target?
Sponsoring meetups and other events - book clubs, literary festivals, etc. Every time I try to find an English Language meetup it's always about ESL, so I figured book clubs might be the next best thing. Are book clubs and writers' groups related enough? What other events should I look into?
Holding a top new users competition: Would it be effective to do a giveaway to the top new users of next month? What prizes would be good for that? Maybe a new Kindle? What else?
These are just some ideas we've been tossing around at the office. Does anyone have thoughts about anything else we should try? I know we discussed doing a pirate text filter on Talk Like a Pirate Day - a lot of us thought that was a great idea but unfortunately requires too much time and effort to actually pull off. However - we do think that posting some pirate-English related questions on that day would be great, so feel free to do that! I'd love to hear your thoughts on other things we could try, so feel free to ping me in the chat room or shoot me an email whenever you want!
[Edit] New idea: what do you think of sponsoring grad student organizations/study breaks/etc? If anyone is in grad school for English or Linguistics and/or is a member of a related student organization that might like a sponsorship for a study break (or something else) let me know! Recommendations for other people to contact are also welcome.