Here at Stitch, we are putting forth our best efforts to spread our services across the globe. We hope to gather “Stitchers” in thousands of locations and help them connect with those around them. More than anything, we want to see our product help form lasting companionships everywhere.
Recently, many of you have been asking us why we have not yet made our browsing and matching features available to regions other than the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Truth is, the only thing standing between us and opening Stitch up globally is volume.
Why Stitch Isn’t Open In Your Location
While we know our services can benefit anyone, anywhere, Stitch is only useful to areas with many users. Without numerous “Stitchers” to choose from, Stitches will be highly unlikely. We want to provide our members with the best experience possible, and in order to achieve this, we need to make sure each of you can browse through many potential companions in your area. More users, more stitches, more fun!
At Stitch, you are the top priority. We strongly believe it is our responsibility to protect and provide for all our Stitchers. That being said, we do not want anyone to spend their money on our product if it is not yet useful to their area. For this exact reason, we will not open our matching feature to a region until we feel it has enough individuals signed up to provide a great user experience. For most locations, this will mean a few thousand Stitchers have signed up. For other smaller cities, we may make our services available sooner upon our team’s approval.
We want to take the time to thank ALL of our current users outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. We thank you for your patience and for your trust in our system. We regret that we cannot yet provide services to many of you at this time; however, we hope you understand that we are doing our absolute best to gain more users in your area. We are coming up with great marketing ideas each day and getting as creative as possible to make our full product available to you.
Because we are a small team here at Stitch, the best and fastest way to make our services available in your location is to help us out. We greatly appreciate and gratefully accept any assistance we can get. So if you find yourself waiting for Stitch to open in your area and are asking yourself “What can I do to help?”, we have a few recommendations for you that will make the process much faster (and our matching feature available much sooner!):
1. Email Your Friends
Try reaching out to your friends over 50 in your area. If a fellow friend recommends Stitch, they will have greater trust in our product and be more willing to give it a shot. Letting your friends know about Stitch may spark their interest and lead them to sign up. Even if you have reason to believe one or more of your friends would not be willing to try Stitch, send them an email anyways – you might be surprised at who would like to find some companionship. And who knows, they might even forward the email to their friends who they believe would be interested in our service. (Perhaps even add a line in the email suggesting that they forward the message onto their other friends!) When all’s said and done, the more Stitchers, the merrier!
2. Put up Flyers
Sometimes, the good ol’-fashioned way is the best way. People are typically quite open to reading flyers around their neighborhoods. Try putting up paper flyers around your city that advertise Stitch. The trick is finding the right locations – we recommend coffee shops, restaurants, cafes, movie theaters, or any other places people in your area tend to congregate. Other popular areas to consider are community centers, shopping malls, or retirement centers. You can staple the flyers to bulletin boards and telephone poles, tape them on walls, lay out a handful of them on a table, or even hand them out to passersby.
If you would like us to send you a copy of our flyers that you can print, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Contact Groups
Groups are a great way to get the word spread quickly! Try getting in contact with any groups you belong to or know of in your area – Community groups, retirement living communities, clubs, etc. You can look up the group’s contact information online or ask your friends for a phone number or email address to use.
Perhaps your friend belongs to a chess club, you heard about a large hiking group, or someone you know started a book club. Whatever the case, you can reach out to a member or the head organizer and ask if they will tell their group about Stitch. Maybe they can forward an email from you to all the members. You might also consider asking the organizers or your friends if you may attend a group meeting and hand out flyers.
In our experience, groups are very welcoming to fresh ideas and great services, especially one like Stitch that offers a new way to find companionship!
4. Become A Stitch Ambassador
We are currently putting together a Stitch Ambassador program in which we will award official Stitch Ambassador titles to those who actively spread the word in their area. In exchange for assisting us in gaining more users and thus helping us spread our services, these Ambassadors will become “insiders” and receive Stitch benefits. We will offer our Stitch Ambassadors free use of our site if they get a certain amount of individuals to sign up in their area.
We are still working out the details of this program and other included benefits, but if you are interested in being one of Stitch’s first ambassadors, email us at email@example.com.
Now help us spread the word: Stitch is here!
Before you know it, we will all be Stitching around the globe!
As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us at anytime.
Thank you for your trust and patience,
The Stitch Team