I’m sure many of you are already doing this but if not I wanted to encourage you to give it a try for your facebook fanpage. If you’ve setup a community page for your youth group or younglife area you can build a base of students and leaders by posting pics, links, questions, and posts.

By making sure you’ve added the address and info you can add a check-in deal for your students. When a student checks in thru their smartphone they will be presented with the deal to redeem. A deal can be anything like a discount off camp, a free snack or drink at the snack shop (if you have one) or as in this case a two week devotional book.

I run a community fanpage called heart sweat. It’s not affiliated with a group or church but is instead a simple way to gather students for service projects or events where there is opportunity. We also gather at a place. On their app heart sweat will show up with a distance to venue. When they arrive they can check in. When they check in a deal is presented. The first deal I ran was a two week devotional book. They showed me their check in and I either sent them the pdf or gave it to them.

Step 1 – Click the “edit page” link.
Step 2 – Click the “deals” link.
Step 3 – Create the deal.
Step 4 – Determine deal, length of offer, and frequency.
Step 5 – Wait. It takes about 48 hours for a deal to be approved and you may be asked to change wording or means to redeem.
Step 6 – The most important step is informing your community about the deal so they check in.

Students checking in is a visible way to market to their friends what they got, where they are, and what they are missing out on. If you’re in younglife setup community pages for each club or school. Make sure when your club location changes you update the address on your page. If you’re in youth ministry and have multiple locations it might be better to decentralize your fan pages as well.

Here’s a few screenshots. (click to enlarge)

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  1. Mike November 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    I am pretty sure this is legit information…

  2. chadswanzy November 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    The community pages seem to be retaining the check in. I’m going to milk it as long as I can.

  3. Mike November 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Good call Chad. Thanks for sharing the idea!

    We have a cafe/snack/horrible food for your body shop at our student enviornment and for a while, we offered a coupon for a discount to stuff at the snack area. Just another thought…

  4. chadswanzy November 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    when i first read your comment i didn’t see the link. thnx!

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