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Posting on EpicSki increasing your business?

post #1 of 15
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To the instructors who post frequently: Have you had an increase in your private lesson requests specifically b/c of being a regular on EpicSki? ie Do you get clients from EpicSki or clients who got your name from someone who is on Epicski?

Before the flaming starts, I know that the pros who post regularly do so out of a love for the sport and an enjoyment of sharing their passion with others of like mind. I am by no way suggesting that there are pros who post solely for the intent of drumming up business and have no reason to believe that there are any pros who do so. In general, I think the non-instructors who are regulars here are a pretty sophisticated, well educated bunch and would be able to sniff out one who's motives were purely capitalistic. I'm just curious if it's been a side benefit to those who have demonstrated their passion and expertise for their trade and what kind of an effect an online forum can have to bolster one's bottom line.
post #2 of 15
Nup! I don't even reveal where I teach (due to some internet trouble a few years back). but when I did, I got lots of enquiries regarding lessons at hills I used to teach at (from the old instructors' directory). It was hard to get it updated so I deleted it in the end. So, from that, I'd say that a regularly updated instructors' directory, featured in a more prominent place on the site, would probably be worthwhile and I imagine people would pay to be on it.
post #3 of 15
From a student's perspective, there are instructors that post here that I would seek out and request for lessons, either private or group. There are also some non-instructors who have tickled me with their knowledge, humor, and kindness that I would actively seek out to ski with.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by ant
Nup! I don't even reveal where I teach (due to some internet trouble a few years back). but when I did, I got lots of enquiries regarding lessons at hills I used to teach at (from the old instructors' directory). It was hard to get it updated so I deleted it in the end. So, from that, I'd say that a regularly updated instructors' directory, featured in a more prominent place on the site, would probably be worthwhile and I imagine people would pay to be on it.
Side note - I would pay for such a feature.
Sorry for hijacking the thread, now back to the actual subject.
post #5 of 15
Are you talking about this? http://www.epicski.com/Content/Train...ructorList.htm

More info about getting on the list: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=9311

Thanks for bringing it up--I fully agree that we need to give these non-forum areas more pizzazz.
post #6 of 15
No lessons booked but thats OK also (busy enough). With all the debate about under the table lessons I am sure there have been some bookings even though not sanctioned by an accredited ski school. Not trying to open that stinky mess again and am not in favor of pirate lessons. Just wondering if this forum is being used as a place for this activity.
post #7 of 15
To answer the question, no, I have not gotten a single lesson through EpicSki, not counting ESA. I have corresponded with many people here about skiing, trips, equipment, references, etc., and I'm happy to serve as a resource, because I consider everyone here virtual friends who I might meet someday in person and enjoy skiing and visiting with, under any circumstances. I am not here to gain business, because I already have enough. I've done the gig long enough to know it's not about making money, but sharing your wealth.
post #8 of 15
I'm not an instructor, but I do notice that whenever I rave about an instructor on the forum, other people end up taking lessons with them. Mark says that my five years on Epicski have served as internship for my new current part-time career- copywriting for commercial websites.

While I say this in jest, the one thing I've learned from the company I freelance with is that on the Internet, Informative copy is more effective than clever slogans. So somebody writing enthusiastically and intelligently about why they enjoyed a lesson with a particular instructor may be the best form of publicity.
post #9 of 15
actually, I have hooked up with some nice people to ski with via epicski, heaps of them, as I think about it! All over the US. I like how the internet has made it so easy for people to hook up with others to do stuff.
post #10 of 15
I've spent more freebie time with Bears than paid lesson time, which is fine with me. Most folks skiing in the Midwest are trying to save for their big trip to the mountains. I'm out skiing if I'm not working and I enjoy providing any help I can to anyone who asks.
post #11 of 15
I do not solicit business here, nor do I see anyone else doing so. I see a lot more sharing and refining of ideas and presentation methods. The exposure to more people certainly could drive more business but it seems secondary to the multi level learning environment.
post #12 of 15
God I pray the boss isn't reading this.
I have extended discussions from here to on hill lessons on three occasions.
They were scheduled for a weekday when I was not scheduled to work.
The student did indeed pay for their lift ticket and a one hour private lesson.
We skied together most of the day 4+ hours.
Did I collect an "under the table" fee for the "overtime hours"? NO!
Do I feel I "cheated" the mountain out of lesson revenue? NO!
Do I feel I created a lift ticket and lesson sale they would not have had otherwise? Absolutely!
Most importantly, did I help improve somebody's love for the sport and their desire to ski more often? That's why I did it. That's why I do it everyday.
post #13 of 15
Actually the opposite was true for me. I discovered Epicski because a customer told me he had learned of me through this sight and out of curiosity I looked it up and became involved through invitation from nolo. I have stuck around because I enjoy reading and learning with everybody here!

I think most ski teachers enjoy learning more than they enjoy teaching and this is why so many frequent these forums to share what they know and learn what they can from others. Monitary gain is not the motivator. Money is probably a key factor in why I got out of teaching....I wanted to make some! but I still love learning and skiing with ya all!
post #14 of 15
Nope,
Other instructors at my area have commented on liking my posts though.
RW

PS: Haven't been a member very long though.
post #15 of 15
If I had money for a private, you can bet your bottom dollar I would pick somebody I'm familiar with from Epic.

I wish I could pick you guys for my cheapo group lessons!
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