Facebook and Myspace Campaign Begins

Ian I want to introduce to you Ian who is going to be our Captain Facebook in the army that we are assembling – mission objective? January 22nd and The Oscars 2009 Nomination for Best Short Film. And yes, that's Ian making a characteristic leap of faith!

So over to Ian…

Hi everyone and thanks for offering to help with the online promotion of Gone Fishing. In order to help publicise the film on facebook, would you mind helping us with a number of tasks? The whole thing should take about as long as it takes to watch Gone Fishing!

1. Become A Fan
On facebook, goto http://www.new.facebook.com/pages/Gone-Fishing/68634785374 and click "Become A Fan"
2. Write On The Wall
Post a message on the wall saying why you like Gone Fishing, and what the production blog has taught you about film making.
3. Join The Group
Goto http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21115279481&ref=mf and click the join link.
4. Tell Your Friends
Invite your friends to join the facebook group. To do thisgo to http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21115279481&ref=mf
Under the column on the right, headed "Invite Friends"click the tick box next to each of your friends (this takes a whilebut it is worth it!).
Write a short message to your friends explaining why you are inviting them – doesn't need to be long. When I invited my friends I just wrote:
"Hello! Please, please, please support independent film making in Britain – Gone Fishing deserves a shot at getting the Oscar for best short film. Please show your support by joining this group. Thanks, Ian."
You may want to let people know they can view a trailer here…
Facebook only allows you to invite 100 people at a time, so you may have to do it in batches. Don't worry, you can't invite someone more than once, so if you forget who you did / didn't invite, it won't result in multiple invites! Don't worry about pestering your friends – if they have been on Facebook for more than 5 minutesthey will be used to it 🙂
5. Comment Again
Post another positive message on the group page (http://WWW.new.facebook.Com/group.php?gid=21115279481&ref=mf).
6. Post To Your Profile
Post a note on your facebook profile relating to one of the blog posts. Go to http://www.facebook.com/posted.php and enter a Gone Fishing related URL into the box under "Post a link" then click "Post". On the next page, select the most eye-catching thumbnail image (clicking the arrows under "Choose a thumbnail" lets you cycle through the options).
You are now initiated into our little secret society! To complete your initiation, join our private Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=22902109333 – we will use this for sharing as much information as possible so we all learn how to promote our films online in the future.
If you have any problems understanding what I have written above, do not hestiate to contact me – I  am usually available on the Internet somewhere (skype: readikusmsn, ihr69@hotmail.com, facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505016383) so will try my best to help!
Thanks againand we will be in touch soon…

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author

One Response to Facebook and Myspace Campaign Begins

  1. Raman Morarjee September 19, 2008 at 9:34 am #

    Excellent effort and I wish all the success.I will certainly join the group to promote the film for the oscar.

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