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Not in the SF Bay but Ready to Get Stitched? Here’s How!

Not in the SF Bay but Ready to Get Stitched? Here's How!

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!

Stitch LocationsAt 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

emailingTry 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 flyers in stitch locationsrecommend 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 support@stitch.net.

 

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.

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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 support@stitch.net.

 

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

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19 Comments

  1. Deatra

    I am so excited about STITCH and the fact that you will verify members which will reduce scamming and inappropriate activity, and also the fact that you are striving diligently to make STITCH great. Best of luck in other major cities. I can hardly wait for you to arrive in Los Angeles. I would love to be an Ambassador and if you’d send a flyer I will distribute them. carpe diem, Deatra

    1. Phil Reither

      Hi Deatra,

      Wow, thanks, that is great to hear! We will be opening browsing in Los Angeles quite soon, we are getting many signups there.
      Marcie or Jackie will get in touch about being an ambassador. It is something we are putting together right now – exciting times. Thanks for being part of Stitch and carpe diem indeed!

  2. Irene

    The prospect of finding companions and friends in San Francisco is quite exciting! I am a transplant from Australia and I am hoping to find some of my fellow countrymen. I hope this gets up and running soon in San Francisco. If you would like to send me the flyer, I would be happy to post it in the 30th Sreet On Lok Senior Center.

    1. Michael from Stitch

      Hi Irene,

      Thank you very much for the comment! I am so excited that you have come across Stitch, as I believe it can really help you with what you are looking for. We are indeed up and running in the San Francisco Bay Area, and all that is needed to see complete profiles and message potential companions is a verification. This helps keep scammers and fake profiles out of the Stitch community. It is just a one-time fee of $5, and then you will be able to meet potential companions in the Bay Area!

      Also, we are currently designing and printing flyers and brochures at this moment, and we hope for them to be ready in 2-3 weeks. We would be more than happy to send you some for you to put up or hand out. If you are still interested, please email me at michael.dean@stitch.net and I will put you on our list. Thank you again very much, and also let me know if you have any questions or if I can assist you in any way moving forward!

  3. Michelle

    Soooooo sad you are not on the east coast 🙁

    1. Jackie Dion

      Hi Michelle,
      We are actually coming to the east coast very soon! We are opening local Stitch browsing in the New York Tri-State area within the next month – Stay tuned 🙂

  4. Susan

    Good morning!

    I have a friend in Oceanside, CA, a town in San Diego County where I live. When do you think you will be in our area? It looks like a great way to be safe and meet someone.

    Thanks,
    Susan

    1. Marcie Rogo

      Hi Susan,
      We are live now in all areas, and in Oceanside and San Diego we have several hundred members and growing! It’s a great time to sign up and start taking advantage of our group activities. We currently have a few up in the San Diego area right now! Happy Stitching,
      Marcie

  5. Yvette

    This seems to be a great program with lots of potential. How do we find out if Stitch is in our area? I am from the Indianapolis area. Would be great to be able to go to events with other Stitchers.

    1. Marcie Rogo

      Hi Yvette, we do have Stitchers in the Indianapolis area! It’s still quite small, but there are enough people to start getting together around group activities that you’d like to do! All you have to is suggest one, and then we’ll post it and notify anyone local. This is a great way to grow, meeting new people, who might bring friends, and potential companions!

  6. myra

    Anybody out there in the Spokane WA area looking for friendship. I am a senior and just relocated here. Please write to me if you are interested.

  7. Nicky

    Sounds like a great idea. Anything happening in the Atlanta, GA area?

    1. Andrew Dowling

      Hi Nicky,

      We’ve got a few members in the Atlanta area but I’m not sure if anyone has started suggesting events & activities in the area yet … why don’t you log in to Stitch and be the first? Even if it’s just a suggestion for now, you’ll quickly see if other people in your area want to do it too and will get the conversation started!

      Cheers,
      Andrew

  8. Melanie

    Just wondering if you’ve opened up the Minneapolis St Paul area in MN for browsing. It doesn’t look like it since there don’t seem to be any activities within 100 miles of me. However on the off chance that there are Stitchers in the Twin Cities who might want to get together for anything from book clubs to birdwatching, music making to mahjong, dancing to dodge ball, cooking to caching [Geo], I did just post an introductory activity for your review.

    I’d also be interested in being an ambassador, as suggested somewhere on your site, if it will help build your presence outside of CA and NSW! Long distance is great but I’d really love to actually DO things with people other than the standard drinks, coffee, dinner, lunch, and a movie. If it includes getting the grandchildren away from their Almighty video games, so much the better.

    Thanks for any help you can offer. This could be the next great thing beyond Facebook!!

    1. Melanie

      Not entirely sure why my Stitch photo did not show up here? Instead it is my word press photo…. But anyway my comment stands. Thx!

      1. Marcie Rogo

        Melanie, that’s because this is a wordpress blog post. If you log into Stitch and comment on a discussion forum it will show your Stitch photo. These blogs are open to the public while Stitch discussions inside of our app are not.

    2. Marcie Rogo

      Hi Melanie, thank you so much for the question. Stitch is available everywhere but some communities are much larger than others. Minneapolis is definitely a smaller group, which is why we need members to be the first to suggest an activity! It’s a great way to get things started. You can also post a discussion in our forums about people in the area and coordinate that way. We would LOVE to have you as an Ambassador, which we now call Stitch Champions! The only reason our membership is higher in CA and NSW is because those states are where our offices are, but I do know there are thousands of amazing people in MN that need to be connected! I’ll have one of our team members reach out to you directly about becoming a Champion. Best,
      Marcie

  9. Ara

    How many members in Tampa area?

    1. Marcie Rogo

      Hi Ara we’ve got plenty of people in the Tampa area to get a group together for something fun! It’s one of our smaller areas but growing every day. Thanks for asking and we hope to see you on Stitch!

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