The Shire Mums GroupFacebook Group is very active, with 960 members who ask and answer questions, find support, and connect with other The Shire mums.
It requires a lot of time and effort to run a Facebook group of this size, and we appreciate the support of our business sponsors who make it possible.
Sponsors also receive many perks which enable them to effectively promote their business. Sign up here to become a sponsor.
Sponsor benefits include:
Include a short business signature at the end of your group comments
There are many discussions every day in the group on all kinds of topics. Sponsors are able to promote their business by positively contributing to these discussions and placing a short signature with their business details at the end of their comments.
For example, for a post asking for the best child friendly cafe in an area, you could give your advice on the best cafe and then at the end of your comment put: Sponsor - ABC Cleaners
Sponsor recommendation reply
This is great marketing for your business if you contribute to discussions in a positive way with useful advice. This is especially so for discussion topics on which you may be considered an expert. For instance a breastfeeding consultant could contribute helpfully to requests for advice on breastfeeding. When the other discussion participants see how knowledgeable you are on the topic they are more likely to seek out your services.
Signatures must be kept short and start with the word Sponsor.
For instance Sponsor - ABC Cleaning would be fine. Something like Sponsor - ABC Cleaning, the best cleaners in The Shire would be too long.
The word Sponsor must be present at the start of your signature, otherwise the comment will be deleted by a moderator.
We also recommend that sponsors do not comment on controversial posts, and limit their comments that contain a signature to a maximum of 10 a day.
Each comment that contains a sponsor signature should also make a positive contribution to a discussion and not just be placed for the sake of promotion. Placing short comments with signatures will annoy other members and reflect badly upon the business you are trying to promote.
Up to 20 times per month
Promote your business by commenting in response to recommendation requests
Many of the questions asked in the group are for recommendations for different The Shire businesses and services. It could be anything from a good place to buy a birthday cake, to the best local GP.
Being a sponsor allows you to answer these recommendation requests with the details of your own business.
Always place Sponsor at the end of any comment promoting your business, otherwise your comment may be removed by a moderator.
Any two per month
Post directly to the group promoting your business
Use this as a regular advert, run a competition, post a poll, ask questions for marketing research, promote a deal or sale, anything you like.
Be sure to include ** Sponsor ** at the top of each post so that it's not deleted as spam by a moderator.
Conduct a Question & Answer session
Sponsors may host Question & Answer sessions for the group on topics on which they are expert. This is a great way to display your knowledge and attract more customers.
Post a survey
Ask members to answer a survey for market research.
Note that these posts are only made on groups with 5 or more sponsors.
Post or share events
Post or share one event per month to the group. This is perfect for promoting any events your business may be running.