We are now only 40 days away from FanQuest and the organizing committee couldn’t be more excited about it! We have been working feverishly to finalize details for the con, including vendor and artist tables in our bazaar, performances in the theatre and courtyard areas, and (of course!) booking guests. These, along with the DnD Improv, Star Wars social and live Beer & Board Games evening events have been keeping us very busy.
We appreciate everything you have done to help us in creating this awesome event, but we still need your help in promoting it. Skip down to the end of this post for more info on that.
So, in case you’ve missed our posts on social media, or simply haven’t been following us there, here’s an update on all things FanQuest:
We have unfortunately had a few setbacks in this area over the past several weeks. Our committee members were working very hard to secure a particular guest for FanQuest, one who has touched upon many fandoms, but in the end we could not sign this guest for an appearance this year. However, we are confident that we will be able to bring this person to Winnipeg in 2018. The negotiation process with this guest took longer than anticipated, so we are a bit behind schedule for our marketing campaign. But we are still looking for a replacement guest and hope to have an exciting announcement for you this week! We also had film director Steven Kostanski and YouTubers Phylol and Huzzy cancel their appearances at FanQuest due to scheduling and travel conflicts, however Mr. Kostanski has assured us that he would love to come in 2018, and we are working on having Phy & Huz Skype in to a session on League of Legends at this year’s convention.
Not the greatest news overall, however we’re still very excited about our current guest lineup, and we think you’ll love the final guest announcement we’ll have for you later this week.
Our FanQuest bazaar is nearly sold out, thanks to everyone who bought tables during the Kickstarter campaign and afterward. You can find a detailed floor plan showing all the vendors and artists taking part. If you or anyone you know is interested in selling merchandise at FanQuest, please email email@example.com.
We are waiting to sign our final guest before we release our programming schedule, however due to overwhelming submissions we have added two more venues for panels, workshops and programming. We have booked a classroom at the U of W for additional sessions, and we are also going to use the outside courtyard space for performances and demonstrations. Even more awesome stuff for you to do at FanQuest!
Anyone wishing to stay close to all the action at FanQuest may book a room at the Holiday Inn & Suites at a special discounted rate. Just call 204-786-7011 and ask for the FanQuest rate.
5. Star Wars social & evening events
We have booked Music Vibe DJ services to play the social, and they have promised an amazing light show, along with plenty of Star Wars-themed music. We are also working on themed drinks, snacks and decorations to help transport you to a galaxy far, far away. The Mandalorian Mercs will be on site collecting their bounties (all proceeds to go to charity) and Foamtastic Creations will have awesome Star Wars prop replicas there for you to check out and take photos with.
The DnD Improv and Beer & Board Games shows are still a go, and should prove to be highly entertaining. It is absolutely possible to go to both DnD Improv and the social or Beer & Board Games in the same night. We want you to be able to experience all things FanQuest!
We have received offers from many awesome people to help run FanQuest, but we do still need volunteers in key areas of FanQuest, such as guest liaisons, crowd management, information, and the photo booth. If you know anyone who is interested in volunteering for FanQuest, have them email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I said earlier, we are behind schedule on our marketing campaign, simply because we are waiting to secure our final guest. We want this person to be featured on our posters, Facebook and YouTube ads, flyers and other marketing materials. We think this person will be a big draw for several fandoms, and there’s no point in paying for a guest to come to a convention if we can’t advertise that they’re coming.
We are bypassing traditional media advertising in favor of those tactics above. We think our money is better spent on guaranteed views & impressions rather than perceived ones.
But we do very much need your help in promoting this event. We are going to start posting more frequently on Facebook and Twitter about the various things happening at FanQuest, most often with a call to action to buy tickets. We would very much appreciate it if all of you could share those posts, with your own comments or thoughts when possible, to your followers. This is how we really get the word out about FanQuest. It’s true that a lot of awesome people like yourselves have come forward and supported FanQuest through Kickstarter, but I know that there are many more people out there who don’t yet know about FanQuest. Help us let them know about it. Even sharing just once or twice a week will help us immensely.
Thank you in advance for all your support, we couldn’t do this without you. If you have any questions about any of this, feel free to email me at email@example.com
See you at FanQuest!