Re: Keeping people coming through the door
Matt Titsworth <paladinmt <at> gmail.com>
2009-06-02 16:12:32 GMT
Thanks for the vid and blog. That is exactly the kind of thing I was
looking for. Wish I'd have found it ahead of time so as to keep from
presenting the same problem here over and over again. I'm going to go
sit down and run through these things, then if the list doesn't mind,
share them back here for some feedback.
It was less a matter of that than it was having a whole bunch of extra
space. The company I work for which owns Company|Dallas has had this
space sitting vacant for a year, sucking away money in rent and
utilities. We tried again and again to get it leased out, but with the
impending economic downturn, nothing ever came through. About two
months ago we had the idea to turn it into a coworking space. I guess
though, you might be able to say that, as we didn't make sure to go
ahead and get commitments ahead of time.
Part of it is also a problem that I think Dallas faces is that it is
so spread out. I've been all over just the Dallas area (And Dallas is
only half of the larger DFW area) and while I've met TONS of people
who would be interested, a big stop gap seems to be that it would be
out of the way and inconvenient (Tony, I think this gets to one of
your points mentioned). This is not just something that I face, but
that the other folks trying to get coworking started here have as
well. I guess then that tells me that I need to hump it less all over
Dallas, and get more centralized to the things going on really
locally. As far as getting people invested love-wise, the two resident
members we do have are getting there, if not so already. I guess
another thing for me to do is talk with them and get their input, let
them take some ownership to make the space better and whatnot.
Thanks once again everybody for the thoughts on these things.
On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 10:54 AM, Alex Hillman
<dangerouslyawesome <at> gmail.com> wrote:
> I've updated our "IndyHall 201" series with a post about this topic:
> If you haven't already watched, Geoff and I talk a lot about these topics in
> our FAQ videos as well:
> -Alex, IndyHall
> Alex Hillman
> im always developing something
> digital: alex <at> weknowhtml.com
> helpful: www.unstick.me
> visual: www.dangerouslyawesome.com
> local: www.indyhall.org
> On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM, Mike Pihlman <mike <at> telbitconsulting.com>
>> Ah...I opened May 1 and I mostly sit empty doing my blogs. I have a 6th
>> grader I'm tutoring, her Dad works for that hour a couple times a week.
>> BUT, the good news....I had TWO calls yesterday out of the blue. One
>> will start using the place next week, and the other said he would be
>> using it as well (we will see..).
>> So maybe all it takes is time....reading some of the comments here and
>> watching some of the videos...we are not alone. The concept is great, I
>> know out here in commuter heaven, it is also very new. I am networking
>> and a lot of the business folks out here are really helping spread the
>> Matt Titsworth wrote:
>> > So it's been almost two weeks since our launch. Buzz was good, and we
>> > had a great turn out. Since then, everything has pretty well fallen
>> > off. I don't know what I need to do to keep people coming back through
>> > the door. I've been hitting the pavement and getting our name out
>> > there - even finding out that people already knew about us. I just
>> > don't seem to know what to do to get them in. Our events have gone
>> > over well, everything about the reception has been positive. But day
>> > after day I spend sitting over here in an empty space.
>> > Anybody have any thoughts?
>> > Matthew
>> > >
>> Mike Pihlman
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