Saturday, 1 November 2014

Schoolswop - Dedicated Oddswop type Community

Hmm I should be writing this blog post on the Oddswop blog too.  But I suppose that one will be a bit more formal ;)

I had fun putting the page together but ended up crunching it so that I did the landing page, the video and the voice over within 48 hours.  It started with a conversation with coach Luke H via The Entourage (coaching I'm getting) where he was helping me with cold calling (bleah!) Great help but even better is his belief in the concept.  I can't tell you how much a difference it makes when someone relatively outside the ecosystem not only is supportive but actually believes in it.  And can then link things up and add real value with relevant information.  Luke gets it.  And for that I'm very thankful.

So one of the things he suggested I do is focus.  Focus on one type of Oddswop Communities opportunity rather than all the potential it has.  We can always expand out from there.  And schools it is.  I'm not so sure about the Schoolswop name.  Mainly because we don't have swapping available!  But the domain name was available... and being the GSD type of person I am... was registered.

Poor Dave!  He feels he's been critical when giving feedback about the video and the page but that's OK.  Considering I give him about 5 minutes before I need to push things live for him to review it.  What should I expect.  As long as he doesn't mind if I am selective in the advice I take then all is good.  I need that extra person providing feedback and sometimes for me having the last minute feedback is good rather than adding extra work from early on as sometimes I get frustrated with the analysis paralysis that attacks projects!!

So how did I put it all together?

The landing page is done using trusty old Kickofflabs and the video / animation was using our PowToon account. It still takes a while to put together but it is definitely less time consuming than getting an overseas person to do it.  And a fair bit cheaper too :D.  The voiceover I got the lovely Liz to record it again (she did the Lego one too).  She's a gem found on Fiverr.

The video is hosted on Vimeo and can be found on YouTube too.  Here is is via YouTube

So head on over to the landing page at if you know of someone who fund raises in schools and help me out make Oddswop a real alternative to Gumtree and eBay :)

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