[Hpr] Hacker Public Radio booth at Northeast Linux Fest

dosman dosman at packetsniffers.org
Tue Dec 7 22:37:30 PST 2010

Hi Patrick,
The stickers look great. Prices look good for the sizes and shape you  
are having done, but could be cheaper if you go do a non die-cut shape  
(rectangle). My experience of selling stickers at conferences has been  
that you might sell a couple at best with simple designs like these,  
unless there's something universally attractive about them (I hate to  
say it but skulls and/or nekid girl silhouettes in the design draw  
attention, even among geeks). However, they do make great freebees for  
advertisement. I'd say you have to decide if you want write the cost  
off as an advertisement expense or if you want to make money. If you  
want to recoup your expense then you need a sexy sticker.

Another option is to sell something else to subsidize the expense of  
the advertisement. But that generally gets quite a bit more expensive  
than the stickers themselves and I'm not sure what else you would be  
selling (DVD's with a complete HPR archive on them might be one option).

I have never been let down with PSPrint, they are having a special  
until the 15th if you can switch up to a non-die cut shape:

Hope that helps, sorry that this probably won't help convince the wife.


On Dec 8, 2010, at 12:20 AM, Patrick Dailey wrote:

> Hi, folks. I've paid the small fee to secure a table at the  
> Northeast GNU/Linux Fest, on April 2nd 2011 in Worcester MA.  I'd  
> like to know if anybody is interested in representing HPR with me.  
> This is the inaugural NELF, and i think it would be great to say we  
> were there.
> I'd prefer not to sit there by myself, so if no one is interested,  
> I'll open the invitation to other Linux oggcasts, and podcasts. I  
> may do that anyway, depending on what you all think of that.
> I have two ideas so far, and I'm open to all suggestions (including  
> scrapping either or both ideas). The first is that I'd like to have  
> a computer or two there that we could use to show people how to  
> record and edit a podcast. I may be able to provide one laptop, but  
> I'm not sure yet if it's up to the task as it is very old. The  
> second is that I'd like to hand out oval stickers, like the ones you  
> see on cars, that say HPR on them. I've gotten a quote and a sample  
> of these from stickercafe.com (please see attachment), but I can't  
> figure out how to; a.) recoup the cost, or b.) justify the expense  
> with my wife. I probably should state here that I'm not actually  
> looking for advise on option b. :p
> Here's the relevant excerpt of what I was quoted:
> Pack of 10 3x5 Ovals ($21.95)
> Pack of 15 3x5 Ovals ($31.95)
> Pack of 20 3x5 Ovals ($38.95)
> Pack of 25 3x5 Ovals ($44.95)
> Pack of 50 3x5 Ovals ($59.95)
> Pack of 100 3x5 Ovals ($89.95)
> If anybody knows how to get this done cheaper, I'm all ears. If  
> anybody wants to contribute to stickers, please let me know, and  
> I'll be sure you get one too. The other thought I had was that maybe  
> we could sell another sticker of a more general Linux interest to  
> cover the cost of handing out the HPR stickers. My thought was the  
> same oval but with SU on it instead of HPR. I'm not married to the  
> idea of selling anything though.
> Ken Fallon has suggested that we could hand out business cards. At  
> the very least, I'll make fliers with pull tabs. But I think, as a  
> community, we can come up with something better than that. If  
> someone with talent wants to mock those up that would be great. IMHO  
> anything we use or hand out should have a human readable url, and a  
> phone readable Semacode or QR code of the rss feed.
> I'd love to hear what people think of this.
> -- 
> Thank You,
> Patrick Dailey
> DBA pokey
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