Tips on Promoting a Poetry Out Loud Webcast Viewing Party

#POL17

  • Customize the sample press release, post it in your website newsroom, send it via email to your target audience. If it is a public event, send the release to your local newspaper, broadcast, online media and post it on your social media channels. Make a follow up call to the assignment editor to make sure they received it and ask if they will share the news.
  • Announce the upcoming viewing party on your school's closed circuit television. 
  • Post a “save-the-date” notice on the school calendar and on bulletin boards throughout the school.
  • Promote the viewing party during your school's daily public address.
  • Two weeks before the event, use your Twitter account to post 'tweets' about the viewing party to your followers. Tweet a link to your press release so people get the event details.
  • Use social media channels to share the Poetry Out Loud 10th Anniversary Sizzle Reel to generate awareness and interest in Poetry Out Loud, the webcast, and your viewing party.
  • Post photos of your viewing party on Twitter or post them on the Poetry Out Loud Facebook page. The NEA may collect them in a Facebook album.
  • #iampoetryoutloud - Share your solidarity with #POL17.  The NEA is encouraging online audiences, POL state champions, POL state coordinators, and other audiences to post #iampoetryoutloud/ #POL16 selfies to Instagram. You can regram your selfies to the NEA Facebook page or share your #iampoetryoutloud/ #POL17 selfies on Twitter @PoetryOutLoud and @NEAarts.
  • Live-tweet about your pre-event or the live webcast. Follow the Poetry Out Loud National Finals online on Twitter at @PoetryOutLoud and @NEAarts.  Use the #POL17 hashtag so everyone can follow conversation. Remember to take the high road! 
  • Use this downloadable Poetry Out Loud logo ((please add link)) to create a flyer or online notice about your viewing party.
  • Post a blog, email, or newsletter article about your successful event. Share on the Poetry Out Loud Facebook page.

Poetry Out Loud webcast viewing parties are intended solely as educational events to help foster dialogue about poetry, and about the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. Poetry Out Loud webcast viewing parties must be free of charge, no purchase requirements of any kind.