Honestly, an Instagram and a public Facebook is an easy first step. They can be linked so when you post on one it also posts to the other. Only thing is you need to adapt any tags (like your wing or commandant or whoever you want to show off to or thank) because they might not identical.
Facebook is useful because posts can be shared into the local news and what’s on groups for public attention.
Way to maximise is to have it public, indexed, and shareable - “hey Mr business owner, here’s what we’re up to but we need a little help for the next phase…” Or something. If this CI really wants it, it’s wasted effort to keep it private.
Mail merge would be an automated way of emailing all NoK (copy/paste email addresses works too). In SMS, you can create notifications that are pushed to Cadet and Volunteer Portal.
We thought the same as staff it’s lots of work and what’s the reward. But the cadets overwhelming voted to keep it and up running as part of their project work (bonus for DofE as well)
If you have someone who is willing to run it and willing to compromise on elements such as being electronic rather than printed to reduce the cost - what’s the harm in additionally Media? It’s obviously something they are passionate about so compromise on your side as wel
How tech savvy is this CI? I would be saying “if you want this, then we need these things first (a- as a base level PR strategy and b- to make the most of what you want to do), so if you get those set up and active then we can talk about developing our external Comms strategy further”.
Back in the day squadron newsletters were all we had, but now there are so many more options as previously mentioned. Facebook, Twitter, Instagob to name just 3. They are more in keeping with the modern cadet. I saw through the transition from paper to electronic communications and I cannot see a way back. It could be an idea on a small scale on squadron, but would be a massive effort for little or no return beyond that.
In my mind these things are short lived and 3 publications down the line and it will stop. Mainly because you need more than one person behind it to make it work. A busy Squadron, running lots of activities, will find a newsletter goes out of date the day it’s published. This causes issues with the parents as they crave information but will get grumpy when the newsletter they use is not accurate.
Don’t wish to appear negative but this is the reality.
I’m old fashioned but would prefer a newsletter to a myraid of social media posts and emails.
From the kids school we get a mass of emails and Google classroom notifications. I usually miss half the information. But every Friday we get the newsletter which contains the key information. Much easier to digest and deal with updating the calendar.
Likewise, I found the old CRO/WRO system to be a much simpler and clearer way of making sure I was up to date with what changes were happening/course deadlines were approaching than the current mix of emails (getting lost in the CoC) and IBNs that you miss if you don’t log into SharePoint at the correct moment.
But as I say, I know I’m old fashioned and need to move with the times. (Even if instant digital communication has generally had a negative impact on communication and productivity).
Back in “the day” when we did projects in anger there was once every couple of a years some eager cadets who wanted to use their IT skills and make a newsletter or similar. all the right intent and enthusiasm was there, a piece on “getting to know the staff” with an interview of Flt Lt X, or FS Y, upcoming events and how to achieve Z badge
trouble is project night was once a month and never long enough to produce a full copy so would take several evenings to get started on issue 1 - then it would fail by issue three as projects changed or due to fading enthusiasm due to the lengthy process and lack of immediate success