Next Steps for SaveThanksgiving.net
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First and foremost, thank you to everyone that helped share our message and get our message out to a much broader audience! In under two weeks, we went well over 1,000 page views going into Thanksgiving 2013! That’s awesome … and it is just the beginning!
We got off to a late start this year – basically being “forced” into this idea due to local radio stations switching to holiday music on 11/15 and then hearing more and more about retailers opening on Thanksgiving Day. I’m incredibly happy with our early efforts and to see the message resonate with so many others. So what is next for SaveThanksgiving.net?
There are a few major items that we want to continue to build throughout the coming weeks and months in order to increase our audience and awareness of the #SaveThanksgiving message. First, we are going to leave the petition up and running. There were a number of petitions going around during Thanksgiving and thousands of signatures across those petitions. I want to leave this open as others continue to hear about SaveThanksgiving.net.
Second, we want to continue to make this more interactive for fans and readers through the Thanksgiving Moments page. While we have a few stories there now, let’s continue to build this with more stories of love, laughter, dedication, and anything else YOU want it to be. You will see that I have added a bit to my story this weekend and the exciting announcement that we delivered to our families!
Over the coming months, I will be reaching out to various organizations to see if they would be interested in running a Thanksgiving Food Drive with us. Whether that is through a local Salvation Army, Robin Hood Foundation, Red Cross, or another organization, I would really like to hold a fundraising event for others leading up to Thanksgiving 2014.
Separately, we want to build our Partners page and build the widget for brands and companies that support the #SaveThanksgiving idea. At the same time, we are thinking about building a “badge” for those that would like to include a similar widget/icon on their own web sites, blogs, etc. If you or your company would be interested in either, please do reach out to me.
Finally, we want to hear from you! What would you like to see on the site moving forward and into next year’s Thanksgiving holiday? One item that we received a few questions on was a list of retailers that were opening on Thanksgiving. We decided against this for one simple reason: we wanted to keep our message on the positive angle towards the holiday and in good spirits.
As we shared several times on Twitter over the past few weeks, I want to give one final “shout out” / “thank you” to the following brands/retailers that closed their doors on Thanksgiving and were incredibly receptive to our notes and messages (links below are to their respective Twitter feeds): PC Richard and Son, Nordstrom, Radio Shack, & Sport Chalet.
Thank you again! We are already looking forward to continuing these efforts into 2014!