We need members!
Welcome to Let's Fix Britain. First and foremost,
we need members who can spread the word and do the work of Fixing
So, please do all you can to attract new
Here are some ideas:
This one's almost magic. Add mention of us to the
signature file of you e-mail program. The power of this is that
- with no effort from you - our name gets out there with every e-mail
you send - and every e-mail which you sent that's forwarded. You'll
forget it's there, but it will be working for us.
Mentioning us in your SIG file may also lend you
I've been interacting with many people in setting
us up, and our web logs show that people do click that link,
and visit us. It works!
If you're e-mailing from work in an official capacity,
please do not add us to your SIG file without permission from your
What signature should you choose?
Well, whatever you feel comfortable with should
be OK, but please don't use anything which would put us in a bad
light. Pick something that suits your style and the environment
you're e-mailing from.
Here are some examples:
I'm Fixing Britain:
Don't mess, I'm connected:
Or if you run a business, or can persuade one, you can
- which is true, since this SIG file constitutes considerable
assistance to us from any business.
Notice you can use initial capitals, which improves
readability and doesn't affect the URL. Also note that our url can
end in .org, .org.uk, .com or .co.uk.
Don't forget that you can add a sig file to your
Usenet news group posts too, and these are many times more powerful
because of the huge potential audience.
Well, maybe not everyone. But certainly your friends,
family and colleagues.
Tell them when you see them or when you phone them or when you e-mail
Tell them down the pub, at the bowling green, after footie, over
coffee, and when shopping.
If you can give them our URL on paper you'll
be far more effective.
They'll pocket or purse it, they'll find it later - you get more
bites of the cherry.
You just need the URL. You could easily make up a sheet of slips
using a word processor and print them off.
If it feels comfortable, and if you're unlikely
to offend anyone, why not start a broadcast e-mail, insert your
whole address book, then remove those you don't want to send to.
Ruling out, rather than ruling in, has a way of dramatically increasing
your list size. You might rekindle some old friendships this way!
Please consider making notes now, about
who you'll tell, how, and when, and then follow through.
Send People Your LFB Newsletters
I hope they'll find it entertaining and inspiring,
and it will provide them with an opportunity to visit our website
and join us. If each member sends the newsletter to ten friends
- that's a lot of people! And if you know someone who would be interested
but they are not online - you might print & post a copy instead.
The links won't work, of course, but it may spur their interest.
Use your existing involvements
If you are involved in any existing groups, consider
mentioning us to them.
These might be news groups you contribute to, other organisations
online or offline.
Please be sensitive though; if your mentions are relevant and well-targeted
they'll go down well, but SPAMming in our name won't do us any favours.
Set up links to us from other
If you own a home page, why not add a link?
If you know someone who owns a web site, please
consider asking them to link to us. They can say they're sponsoring
us, because a link from a busy website to ours is a real asset from
which we'll derive real value in the shape of publicity and new
If you don't own a home page - why not make one?
Seriously! Your ISP almost certainly gave you free web space when
you opened your account, and this is a good way to use a tiny part
And if you find yourself signing someone's web-based
guest book, you'll often be asked to give your favourite website
address. Consider putting the LFB website address in the guest book.
Why bother? Well, one of the ways search engines
rank web sites is to count the number of links from other sites
which point to it. So if we had one additional link to us from every
member, we'd be happy bunnies. You just need to upload a single
page with a link pointing to our site.
We have a basic poster design available. Displaying
these in places where people go is a powerful way to attract interest.
- A public notice board at your place of work - maybe the canteen
- Public Libraries
- Sports centres
- Doctor's surgeries
- Local shops
- Youth clubs
- Supermarket notice boards
We have a flyer and a poster
for you to download in Microsoft Word format.
If your browser displays the document directly,
you can print as many copies as you like - and you're done.
If your browser asks you if you wan to open or
download the file, select download. Pick a place, and when it's
there, open it & print it from Word.
Please do not modify this poster, except to adjust
margins to suit your printer.
If you're a little uncomfortable approaching shops
etc. with posters, consider posting them instead, but do include
a covering letter with your contact information.
If you have other ideas, please
The trouble with most of us is that we sometimes
confuse thinking about doing something with actually doing something.
I spend much of my life thinking about eating more green vegetables,
but the poundage which actually finds its way down my gullet is
The important thing here is to actually get out
and do something, so please make a date with
yourself and your PC to send out that broadcast, tie a knot in your
hanky to remind you to tell your chums, and list the places you
can approach to display posters.
We'll get there is we work at it. Members are everything