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Let’s Get Consistent!

Josh, Allan, and Jared stop to take a photo in PPG Place while filming at the 2018 Rock Reggae Relief event in Pittsburgh, PA. Summer of 2018.

Let’s Get Consistent!

One thing I’ve been thinking a lot about is, our audience— people that watch Spare Change regularly and those that are excited when we release a new episode. I don’t feel that we make it very easy to be a fan of Spare Change. Don’t get me wrong, I think we have an incredible support base around us. It’s just very difficult to know when we have a new video being released. We’re going to try to make that easier for everyone as we look into 2019.

How are we going to make this easier?

The first thing we are going to focus on is a more predictable release schedule. I think it would be awesome for episodes to premiere every 2-3 weeks, to provide a standard fundraising and promotional schedule. A big part of what we do is helping nonprofits create fundraising campaigns around our videos. Chances are, being featured in Spare Change will a unique opportunity for them. In addition to telling a great story and helping people understand why this cause is worthy of being supported, we also help these charities understand how they can best use the video and the campaign to drive donations from already established donors.

This is something we definitely need to get better at. Most of these charities plan their campaigns months in advance. We are coming in and dropping  a fundraising opportunity in their laps with little to no notice. Fortunately, all of them have been more than happy to receive our support, but I think we can optimize the outcome if we plan the campaign together. This way, they can gather all of their resources to promote and share the video. We’re always hoping to create a win-win-win scenario between the bands, the nonprofit, and you.

Spare Change watch party at Yellow Bridge Brewing Company in Delmont, PA.

For an audience, it’s more convenient to plan ahead and know there’s a new video being released that they can watch. If I was a fan of a TV show but never knew when an episode was coming out, it would be hard to stay engaged. We also had many inconsistencies in the supporting content for episodes.  There was a patchwork of supporting videos on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube that varied from episode to episode. This makes it difficult to track the benefit of this supporting content because we don’t know if it was a result of the episode itself being very good or everything around it that promoted interest. Lastly, it’s not fair to the charities and bands if we have different approaches to each episode. They should know what to expect so we all can plan together.

This is just me being honest and very very critical. I think we’ve done a lot of great things with the time we have available. All of us have full-time jobs so time management is challenging, but we’re at the stage where consistency can help us move to the next level.

Long story short: you won’t see much in terms of episodes this Spring and Summer of 2019, but this is by design. We are so excited to be releasing a full season this fall in the way that it always should have been. We hope to take you further into the lives of these bands, their music, their stories, while highlighting some amazing local and national charities that really deserve your attention and your spare change.

We hope that by making these changes to become a more convenient and consistent form of media and entertainment that you will continue to be a fan and that more people will become fans as well.



Episode 10 Day 2
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Hey Crew,

 

We wrapped up filming this weekend of episode 10! A fun weekend was had by all raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Western Pennsylvania. We used Greensburg Craft Beer Week as a wonderful launching pad for our fund-raising this week-end. We started on Saturday evening by attending the bar crawl hosted by the Rotary of Westmoreland County. This is a Halloween style bar crawl and the costumes did not disappoint. There was a duo that dressed up as change, which fit very well with our style of spare change. The crawl stopped at multiple bars in the immediate vicinity, including one of our sponsors Oliver's Pourhouse. Oliver's has a wonderful selection of craft beers, a variety of food options, as well as live music on certain nights. The band played as patrons gathered for the bar crawl and we got back to our roots by playing on the street and raising money for JDRF. From busking alone, we raised $94 for JDRF. We started the next day by doing yoga at Yellow Bridge Brewing hosted by Sarah Petro of Moonglow yoga. Watching Taylor try to do some of them yoga poses was quite a site. Afterwards, we headed to our sponsor Robokyo Japanese Steakhouse in Greensburg. The steakhouse is placed in a home that was built in the year 1790. Robokyo Specializes Hibachi, Sushi, and various noodle bowls. We all had sushi and a little bit of Sake, everything was delicious and fairly priced. The outdoor patio was an amazing spot to relax while chowing down. The inside was spacious, well designed, and not too loud. Jon Reese met us there to receive the funds that we had raised the night before and that morning for JDRF. He was extremely appreciative of our efforts and all the donations that came from our business sponsors as well as strangers on the street. The crew finished the day at Tapped Brick Oven & Pour House for beer and cigar pairings from Dirty Dog Cigar Shoppe. It was nice to get a chance to relax, turn off the cameras, and enjoy the company of each other. Once again special thanks to Jess Hickey of BIA Creative on behalf of the Downtown Greensburg Project for being such a great resource and organizing our ability to fundraise at so many of the events this week. Stay tuned for episode 10 on November 1st!

Episode 10 Day 1
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Hey Crew!

 

Today we went out and started filming our 10th Episode of Spare Change. The weather was perfect and was also the first truly fall morning we had this year. We successfully filmed half of the Episode today focusing on our charity throughout the morning at the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg Campus. The University hosted a walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) which focuses on finding a cure for type I diabetes. There was a huge turnout from local families there to support the JDRF and their children diagnosed with type I diabetes. Josh's friend Jon Reese was there and highly acknowledged by the organization for his time and dedication to the cause. His daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and his daughters team for the walk was the largest there! There were also tons of volunteers from the college. The community really came together to provide food and drink to the people attending the walk. Afterwards we headed into the city to get some footage of the Greensburg Courthouse and stop for lunch at Hugo's Taproom where we enjoyed their gourmet hot dogs complimented by their always changing craft beer selection. We enjoyed a nice team meeting, officiated by Cookie the bull dog whom is a staple at Hugo's Taproom and finished the afternoon with a quick bike ride. The Flat Tire Co. Bike Shop lent us wheels and we took to the trail for a brisk ride as the day began to warm up. Special thanks to Jessica Hickey whom owns BIA Creative which organizes Greensburg Craft Beer Week through the Downtown Greensburg Project. Jessica arranged our outreach with local businesses who are helping the JDRF through sponsoring Episode 10 with T-shirt Sales to support JDRF donations! In two weeks we will be partaking in the festivities and taking out the Spare Change bucket to raise money for JDRF the old-fashioned way!