By Anna Wright
Photo source: Pixabay.com
The Great Canadian Grid has so many amazing regions and destinations within them. We’d like to be able to find them all, explore them and appreciate the time and effort that’s gone into their creation. Maybe you have a rented space to visit within a region that you want to share. That’s noteworthy as well. One of my favourite things about this grid and the OpenSim as a whole is the creativity. Let us walk around in those dynamic ideas and marvel. That is why we're here. For those who are more of a party person and here for the social and music scene, it’s something to do when there’s nothing happening events wise. Take yourself on a mini-vacation!
How do we get news of all these destinations out to the rest of the grid? You need to put a little bit of time into promoting your spaces. At the very least, make them searchable through the standard search options.
Some of this info is pretty basic, and likely you know it, but I’m going to point it all out anyway because these things, done in combination, are successful in getting the word out about regions and destinations. Seriously, do them all!
Here are the seven key ways to effectively promote your space in the Great Canadian Grid. I’m going to borrow an alt’s profile (that's nice and blank) and use my own region as an example in a few of the pictures.
1. Profile Picks
Start by creating a pick for your profile. Describe what your place’s purpose is. Is it based on somewhere in the real world or is it a fantasy? Do you host parties and DJ? Do you have shops or offer rentals? Is it a role play or just a pretty place to unwind and take a few deep breaths? Add a nice photo in the picture spot. Draw us into your world with you.
Yes, they work here! I would strongly suggest you create a classified ad as well with the same level of detail as the pick. You can even just copy from on to the other. Then it will come up in that tab too if someone only searches classifieds. You need to check off mature content even if you don’t host any to get the ad to publish and auto renew. You can place ads for free though.
3. Join GCG Grid Groups
When you first joined the Great Canadian Grid you might have seen the signs on the Welcome region suggesting you join some groups, our forum and some of our social media options. If anyone was helping your get oriented in GCG, they would have told you to join all those as well to get started. Beginning in a new grid can be overwhelming and it’s possible you didn’t get to all of them. Join them now by going to the GCG Welcome region and clicking those signs. If you join the Flyer group you can send notices about new spaces, changes to known spaces and events within them. You can choose to have notices on or off depending how active your other groups are in terms of concerns of getting IM capped from too many.
4. The GCG Forum and Social Media
You can post information about your spaces in GCG in the forum and on social media. I highly recommend joining the forum for many reasons, promotion being only one of them.
Some folks in here do Facebook and/or Google plus as well so those are both available to you:
5. Give Roddie Macchi Your Landmarks
We have a Landmark board at the GCG Welcome region. If you give Roddie the landmarks to your spaces, residents new and old can find you that way.
6. Email Roddie Macchi your region photos
You’ll notice a slide show of grid pictures on the login page in between specific event promotions. If you give Roddie a labeled picture of your region, preferably with the GCG logo in one corner of it, your photo can end up in the slide show.
Roddie has kindly provided us with a logo to share in the resolution he would like on the pictures:
The label should include the region name for easy map searching will help folks who happen upon it while they log in. You can email those photos to:
Your finished version should be set up something like this example:
7. OpenSimWorld Directory
The larger community within the OpenSim has a directory called OpenSimWorld which is extremely well used and helpful in attracting hypergriders to your spaces, as well as finding a few cool places to hypergrid to yourself.
With these seven easy steps, your virtual spaces you wish to share on GCG can be known and loved. It’s a little bit of careful set up, but well worth the time in the end. Happy travels folks!