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< Akademy‎ | 2013

Monday 15 July, 14:00‒18:00

Your project is going well. But you're not satisfied with how many people use it or have even heard of it. What can you do?

Getting the word out about your project isn't hard, but it's important to know the right steps to take. This workshop will look at many different aspects of project promotion, from writing release announcements and formulating your message to working with the press to get your project's message out. We will also cover website content, cultivating members of the press, concisely describing your project in all of your communications, and more.

Jake Edge is an editor for LWN.net, an online news weekly covering Linux and free software development. He has been doing that full time since 2007. Before that he did 20+ years of software development, much of that on Linux. He is based in the US, in western Colorado, at least when he isn't flying all over the place to attend conferences.

Please add questions or topics that you want to have addressed in this workshop.
1. My project is one of the best available of its kind. But there is so much noise bombarding users. How do you cut through the clutter and many people saying their thing is the best?
2. What is the preferred content for giving the press -- and when should they have it given a certain release date, and in what format?
3. How do you make your press release stand out?
4. What should I do ahead of announcing a release?
5. My project is fun and easy to work with, but unfortunately I'm left almost alone in maintaining and working on it. How do you get casual visitors and users to get more actively involved?