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Tue January 01 2019 / Issue #28

On Our Radar

It's been over 2 years since we sent the last Ride Reminder (Nov 2016 - Wow!) Why did we stop? We switched our focus to social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Does social media work? Yes, we think it does to a point. As time goes on, we have a bigger group of friends and are members of more groups every month which means more data to view (or miss). We know we don't spend much time on Facebook anymore. We've missed rides and events because some event coordinators only post on Facebook and we never see the posts. Unfortunately not everyone sees everyone's posts.

We understand that many of you don't use Facebook, gave it up, or are getting bored and/or overwhelmed with data on the different social medial platforms as we are.

We've also added a new section to the Ride Reminder for "Just Posted Events" which will notify you of events further in the future.

How Often will the Ride Reminder be sent? Our plan is to send it once a month and on special occasions. We may consider twice a month during the busy months as there is no shortage of Iowa Cycling information to share.

We will still post to social media, but realize most social media posts will link back to permanent posts on BIKEIOWA. We believe our Ride Reminder has excellent visibility, is full of pertinent details, and won't get lost in the "social shuffle".

Did You Know - You can always share or view old Ride Reminders at Yep - our data is always there and always easy to find!

If you have any questions or comments about the Ride Reminder, please respond to this email. We are interested in what our readers think and we read ALL feedback.
Thanks for using BikeIowa
Ride Safe!
Scott Sumpter

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Tue January 01 2019 / Issue #28