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Who will see this event?

Young Professionals (57% of our audience is 18-44) who are:

  • Smart. 60% have an associate’s degree or higher or attended some college.
  • Educated. 42,788 college students attend our region’s higher education institutions.
  • Balanced. 51% female and 49% male.

How does it work?

Event Postings cost $50, $150 or $400—depending on the length of placement. Weekly postings for $50 are live on our Events webpage for seven (7) days, appear one (1) time in FIRST & 42, and receive one (1) social media shout-out. Monthly postings for $150 are live for thirty (30) days, appear two (2) times in FIRST & 42, and receive two (2) social media shout-outs. Want more? For $400, postings will be live for ninety 90 days, appear (1) time per month in our digital newsletter for a total of three (3) appearances, appear in our weekly event listings, and receive multiple social media shout-outs.

From the time of your submittal, please expect your placement to be at least two (2) business days in the future, unless you indicate a later date. Afterwards, they will remain on our Your Stories page.

Event Postings must be appropriate for our audience. Event Postings may not be hurtful to anyone. Event Postings must be federally legal. Yes, those three musts still leave some businesses caught in shades of gray. We agree: We are in complicated and changing times—a time when the “rules” are always changing.  If we cannot serve your request to the best of our ability, we will refund your money.

Questions?

Contact Trisha or check out our FAQ below.

Need to modify your Event Post? Please allow up to 48 hours for all requests to be completed.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of an Event Post?
  • $50: Weekly postings are live on our Events webpage for seven (7) days, appear one (1) time in FIRST & 42, and receive one (1) social media shout-out. M
  • $150: Monthly postings are live for thirty (30) days, appear two (2) times in FIRST & 42, and receive two (2) social media shout-outs.
  • $400: Postings are live for ninety 90 days, appear (1) time per month in our digital newsletter for a total of three (3) appearances, appear in our weekly event listings, and receive multiple social media shout-outs.
What is included in an Event Post?

Promotions include a tile on the Event Board plus digital newsletter and social media shout-outs. (See above for available packages.)

Will I get a receipt?

Yes. Once you submit your Event information online you will receive a confirmation email with your receipt. If you contact our team for a larger package, you will be emailed a receipt directly from them.

How long does it take for my Event to be on the Event Board after I submit?

We will do our best to work with the date you indicated on our Event Posting Form. Beyond that, we will control the placement of the content. For your planning purposes, in general, you should allow for two (2) business days for us to process your request.

What if my Event Posting is not considered appropriate for the audience?

Event Postings must be appropriate for our audience. Event Postings may not be hurtful to anyone. Event Postings must be federally legal. Yes, those three musts still leave some businesses caught in shades of gray. We agree: We are in complicated and changing times—a time when the "rules" are always changing. If we cannot serve your request to the best of our ability, we will respectfully refund your money. Please be respectful in return when we do.

What if my event goes beyond the purchased time?

Your event is good for the time period that you made for your initial purchase. You cannot beg or barter for extra time just because "we are friends." To extend your event time, you must purchase a new block of time for promotion.

Can I purchase additional promotions?

Yes. Events are live on the board for the time period you selected. If you would like to extend your post beyond your commitment, you can contact Trisha for details on how to do so.

Can I make edits to my Event Post after I submit?

Yes. Email Trisha with any changes.

What images are best to use?

All images will be cropped to fit our formatting, so it is best to submit feature images that are horizontal. Please note that images with text on them will not be accepted as featured images. Event logos can be your company/organization logo or event-specific.

Special Note: If you get an error message on submitting your form, it is most likely the result of a non-compatible file format. If you do not understand our requirements, contact Trisha.

Can I get simple statistics of how my Event performed?

Yes. Email Trisha for a simple report on how your Event performed.

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