Athens FrontDor. For sharing your community experience. For ideas of local things to do, and places to go in Athens, GA.
About this project
The Social Bulletin Board for Athens
Introducing: Athens FrontDor – the community bulletin board reinvented.
With simple slideshows, Instagram feeds, and text message marketing, Athens FrontDor will connect you with your community like never before – at your favorite places around town and even on your phone.
We’ve spent the last year developing our unique FrontDor digital message board platform, and now we’re ready to launch the first FrontDor Community Network. As alumni from UGA, we are choosing to launch our first network in Athens, GA.
Any local business in Athens can host a display. Our technology makes it easy to turn any regular TV into the social bulletin board for Athens.
We plan to launch Athens FrontDor with displays in at least 15 business locations around town. By backing us on Kickstarter, you are helping change the way communities stay in the loop – with the first social display network.
Athens FrontDor for Locals
As a local, the FrontDor displays will provide you with a quick glance of what’s happening around town.
You can also stay in-the-loop by following our @AthensFrontDor Instagram feed,
Or, by text message from your phone.
Your next Instagram post…
could be re-shared by the @AthensFrontDor Instagram handle. To get your post shared by Athens FrontDor, simply:
- Include the hashtag, #AthensFrontDor, and be sure to
- Tag the location of the picture
Pictures reposted by @AthensFrontDor will not only reach our followers, but also every FrontDor display around town.
The @AthensFrontDor Instagram handle will repost pictures that showcase the Athens community – pictures posted by people like you – that show all the cool things you can do and places you can go in Athens.
Whether you are around town or on your phone, Athens FrontDor will provide you with:
- Ideas of things to do and places to go as shared by local peers
- An easier way to keep a pulse on your community
- Text message deals and reminders that interest you
- A whole new way to share your Athens experience with peers in the community
Athens FrontDor For Local Businesses
Hosting an Athens FrontDor display can generate free marketing for your business and help grow your brand presence in Athens. As a host, your business location will benefit from:
- A community wall and marketing tool all-in-one
- The opportunity to cross-advertise with peer locations
- The opportunity to promote your own Instagram presence
- A better way to reach locals with important promotions via text
- $0/month and no commitment. Buy a FrontDor MediaPlayer to join. Hosting is free.
There is no commitment, and there are no monthly fees. To become a host, all you have to do is: plug a FrontDor MediaPlayer into your TV, connect it to the internet, and let the FrontDor team do the rest.
Community Signage, LLC is a young startup company of UGA and GT alumni with backgrounds in business, engineering and communications. Our technology, FrontDor, is an easy way to turn any regular TV into a social message board – for businesses, and for communities.
FrontDor Community Networks are independent projects using FrontDor technology to create social bulletin boards for communities. Our goal is to put the community on display, and make it easier to stay in the loop with things to do and places to go nearby.
We all know how amazing, beautiful, trendy, smart, intoxicating, diverse, fun, and unique – our community is. Back us on KickStarter and let’s make Athens the home of the first social display network!
Risks and challenges
FrontDor is already being used successfully by multiple business locations in the Southeast as a social message board – so we know the software and hardware are ready for launch. However, Athens FrontDor will be the first FrontDor Community Network, and that brings some unique challenges. A key consideration is ensuring we launch with enough FrontDor locations. The more businesses we have hosting FrontDor displays, the more valuable the network is for everyone.
Part of the reason we chose to launch using Kickstarter is to ensure that we will only launch if we reach at least 15 host locations. Our Kickstarter campaign gives local businesses the opportunity (1) to get in early for a big discount, and (2) to join knowing they will be part of a network of at least 15 locations.
If you share our vision and want to help us reach more potential host locations, you can help by sharing our Kickstarter video and encouraging your favorite business locations in Athens to become a host.
Installation of the network will begin as soon as the campaign finishes. This will require communication and scheduling installation times with the host locations. Our goal is to ensure all locations (at least 15) are setup by the end of October 2016. We will do everything we can to make the launch of the network as smooth and efficient as possible. We will personally deliver and help setup FrontDor at each location.