Have your heard about cash mobs? This is a grass roots activity with local people committed to supporting local businesses in their community who meet up and agree to spend $20 supporting a local merchant.
I love this idea and the media has caught on too. Is there a struggling merchant in your town who could use some support? Are we going to be a county of all chain stores with no local flavor? Support the mom and pop stores in your town, meet some new people and get some retail therapy for a good cause! Here is a website that I found with tips for organizing a cash mob:
Want to Start a Cash Mob?
So you want to start a Cash Mob? Here are some tips for getting started!
- Get a Cash Mob twitter handle. We recommend something like “CM_____” where “_____” is the name of your city. This makes it easier for people to find you. For example, if they want to mob in, say, San Diego, they look for @cmsandiego.
- Figure out the business you want to mob according to these handy dandy rules.
- Talk to the business owner and set that mob up.
- Talk to a bar or restaurant owner nearby and get them to sign on for the aftermob.
- Set up a Facebook invitation. Trust us. Even if you hate Facebook, this is a great way to get information out to people.
- Contact the local media and tell them what you’re doing, then see if they’ll run a piece on your mob.
- Partner with any local community or civic organizations you can find. They will help you get the word out and bring people to the event.
- Work with the city if you can. At the very least, alert the city manager (or equivalent) of what you’re doing and see if you need to get permits, etc.
- If you have any questions, email us!
At the mob, there are three rules:
- Spend $20;
- Meet three people you didn’t know before;
- HAVE FUN!
Visit the website here and read the comments of others who have done this to help you in your planning. Please let us know your experience so I can update this post. I give you permission to spend!