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Suggestions for Writing a Great Classified Ad
The reasons people look into cohousing are varied and personalized but are usually a mixture of the following factors:
location (and proximity to other ammenities in the city),
community and social connections,
common hobbies and values within the group,
layout/floor plans of the homes and common facilities,
size of the group, etc.
They can get a lot of this information from your website, but your ad needs to get them interested enough to click on that link.
Information about the specific units available is great, however, don't forget that many people are moving to COHOUSING to find COMMUNITY. The more you can communicate about what daily life is or hopes to be like, the more you will have serious prospectors contacting you. Spend some time brainstorming with your members to come up with some unique or defining aspects of your cohousing group.
Here are some questions to guide you:
The Cohousing Association of the US (Coho/US) is continuing to look for new board members. The Board has recently added three new members, and now has nine members, from New England, the Pacific Northwest, N.M., CO, and VA. We would welcome a few more applicants, particularly representation from California, the Midwest, and mid-Atlantic.
Coho/US is a volunteer organization – our board members are expected to be big picture thinkers but also have the ability to roll-up their sleeves and get the work done. We look for people to serve three year terms , including monthly conference call and face-to-face meetings twice a year.
You can find the application and the full set of expectations in Microsoft Word format here: http://www.cohousing.org/docs/board_application.doc. If interested, please send a completed application to davidentin [at] comcast [dot] net and megludlum at granny [at] duwamish [dot] net. Thank you for your interest.
Past 2011 Tours
Saturday, April 9: San Francisco Bay Area, California - East Bay Edition
Saturday, June 4: Portland, Oregon
Saturday, June 4: San Francisco Area, California
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 15-19, Washington DC - Tours of the Mid-Atlantic communities (2011 National Cohousing Conference)
Past 2010 Tours...
Smiling Heart Coaching
Come as you are. Leave Different.
Neil Planchon CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach)
email: neil [at] swansway [dot] com
Oakland CA 94607
We have the following FREE Marketing options available to Cohousing Groups and organizations on cohousing.org.
- Events Calendar - You can post your cohousing related Public event on our Events calendar.
- Cohousing Community Directory listing. Directory listings are SELF EDITED and maintained and must meet our minimum requirements in order to be listed. Instructions on adding a new directory listing are listed at the top of the directory page.
- Cohousing Brochures You will find trifold cohousing marketing brochures in PDF format. Two versions: targeted toward general cohousing groups and Adult focused cohousing groups. You can imprint your groups contact information on the brochure to personalize it before distribution.
You are invited to join us June 17-19, 2011 in our nation’s capital for the Annual Conference of the Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US). We have an exciting program planned with something for everyone in the place to raise awareness of cohousing among national thought leaders and policymakers.
At our annual conferences, cohousing residents connect, learn and share their experiences, cohousing seekers get help and support in finding or creating the neighborhood they yearn for, and the curious get all of their questions about cohousing answered by those farther along in the process, and by experienced professionals. We fully expect that every attendee at the conference will walk away inspired, energized, excited and full of new useful information and ideas.
The Cohousing Association has the most comprehensive list of people interested in Cohousing. Would you like to reach them using email?
If you are running an enhanced classified ad, you can include a link to that ad in our monthly email broadcast to over 6,000 members for an additional $25 per month.
Please note: Email broadcasting service is only available to groups in the Cohousing Directory and professionals in the Featured Professionals Directory(and groups working with them).