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Topic: FCM Website for Performance Seekers
Message: Posted by: stempleton (Mar 26, 2009 02:52PM)
I'm not sure why, but I've been getting solicitation calls from people like Gigmasters, PartyPop, etc. (didn't know they did this.) After talking with them, my immediate thought was, why is the FCM website not promoted as finding performers for those (churches, private preschools and schools, home school associations) that want gospel-based or Christian performers?

Would this not be a good incentive for increasing membership, as well as an extra benefit for current members? It is certainly a niche market, and it would be great if a VBS director, for example, knew of the FCM website as a great resource.

Just a thought.
Message: Posted by: phill (Mar 27, 2009 10:06AM)
Steve -
Excellent idea! How difficult would it be to get something like this up and running?

Message: Posted by: Terry Owens (Apr 4, 2009 06:48AM)
You would probably need to add additional help and you would have to design a site for that. The fact that someone can go and look up our websites from the FCM site in my opinion is enough.
Message: Posted by: stempleton (Apr 4, 2009 08:34AM)
Yes, the fact that the websites are available is great, although it's not as effective as listing by state. My original post was more along the lines of promoting it more to the general public than to magicians, as it is now.
Message: Posted by: Terry Owens (Apr 4, 2009 04:11PM)
Going back to what I originally said, you would have to design a seperate site because the current site as is all official sites of organizations of IBM, SAM and FCM are designed for current members or potential members.

The dues they currently charge us in the FCM would not cover the costs of such a program.

This could be something you may want to consider designing and putting it on the net. You could charge a fee for a listing and would provide a small income stream for you, but you would have to stay on top of it to make sure everything is current...
Message: Posted by: Kif Anderson (Apr 7, 2009 01:34PM)
I concur with what Terry has suggested.

The biggest expense for this would not be the creating of the website, but advertising cost of promoting that it is there. That is where most of the money goes to on thing like Clean Comedians, etc. Then they tend to book through bureau, which means people who do that...and it gets into business...and not the non-profit organization that is the FCM.

Search for professional speakers, and you will find there are lots of bureaus for them, but that is because there is a lot of money to make off guys like Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfeld (Chicken Soup for the Soul co-authors). They book out at around $20,000 a speech (last I heard)...and make that and more at their back of the room sales of their products. So a fourth of $20,000 is a worth the effort, but a fourth of what gospel performers get, well, you can see it would be a tough business to make a profit in I'm afraid. It could be a ministry for someone who felt called to do it and not worried about making a living from their efforts. But not something FCM as an organization would likely want to get involved in as a "benefit of membership."
Message: Posted by: Bryan Drake Show (Apr 20, 2009 06:13PM)
I would love that. April and May are slow months for me, so any way that I can help out, let me know, I'd be more than happy.
Message: Posted by: pastorclyde (May 15, 2009 06:41PM)
Actually I have received a couple of leads when people asked for Christian performers in my area. As to starting an FCM associated website, I could help. Let me know.