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Get the word out

insfireguy

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St. Louis metro east drivers lets get together and create a strategy to get the word out. It has come to mine and Mr. Dodds attention that people are not aware our service exists. SIUE starts this week. Lets brainstorm and help all of us make some $$$. Just reply to this thread.
 

Doug Marrs

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I had the business cards printed up with my Promo Code on them and I took a bunch to SIUE on Tuesday. I dropped some on tables in the student union and pinned a lot on the ad boards outside. There weren't a lot of students there at the time so I may go back again next week and drop more off. I don't know how SIUE feels about me leaving my cards laying around but the worst that could happen is that they throw them away or, if I'm seen by someone who cares, they could ask me to leave. I really think we need to get the word out to the students.

There is a Merchant Fair on Tuesday at SIUE but I don't know much about it or what it's even really about but I though I might go and check it out and casually drop some more cards.I'd love to see more ideas on how to market Uber here. I'm tired of stressing over getting even a single ride on a Saturday night so I can't make the guarantee.
 

PHXTE

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The problem with the Illinois side is the population density isn't high enough to really sustain any sort of continual business. Sitting in Wood River and having to go pick up a ride in Edwardsville isn't making you any money, for example, because those deadhead miles are killing you. Or sitting in Granite City to go pickup a fare in Collinsville.

I make my bones here in Phoenix at Arizona State University, but UberX is insanely popular here, ASU is about five times the size of SIUE, and Tempe by itself has a population of 200k.

(Before anyone challenges me on my credibility, I grew up in the Metro East, lived in Edwardsville and graduated from SIUE. I'm not some muppet from the other side of the country talking out of my ass....lol)

But yeah, if I were you guys, I'd go creep Clayton or the CWE. Somewhere where the population density, and consequently business, is more in your favor. Targetting baseball games, and here in a few weeks, football games, is a good idea too.
 

Doug Marrs

Member
The problem with the Illinois side is the population density isn't high enough to really sustain any sort of continual business. Sitting in Wood River and having to go pick up a ride in Edwardsville isn't making you any money, for example, because those deadhead miles are killing you. Or sitting in Granite City to go pickup a fare in Collinsville.

I make my bones here in Phoenix at Arizona State University, but UberX is insanely popular here, ASU is about five times the size of SIUE, and Tempe by itself has a population of 200k.

(Before anyone challenges me on my credibility, I grew up in the Metro East, lived in Edwardsville and graduated from SIUE. I'm not some muppet from the other side of the country talking out of my ass....lol)

But yeah, if I were you guys, I'd go creep Clayton or the CWE. Somewhere where the population density, and consequently business, is more in your favor. Targetting baseball games, and here in a few weeks, football games, is a good idea too.
Only one small problem with your suggestion - the Metro Taxi Commission has blocked Uberx from operating in St. Louis and the surrounding communities that it "serves". Until Uber and the MTC get things hammered out, we're limited to the Metro East. For now, we're just trying to make the most of the market that we have access to and find ways to capitalize on the customer base that is available.
 
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insfireguy

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The problem with the Illinois side is the population density isn't high enough to really sustain any sort of continual business. Sitting in Wood River and having to go pick up a ride in Edwardsville isn't making you any money, for example, because those deadhead miles are killing you. Or sitting in Granite City to go pickup a fare in Collinsville.

I make my bones here in Phoenix at Arizona State University, but UberX is insanely popular here, ASU is about five times the size of SIUE, and Tempe by itself has a population of 200k.

(Before anyone challenges me on my credibility, I grew up in the Metro East, lived in Edwardsville and graduated from SIUE. I'm not some muppet from the other side of the country talking out of my ass....lol)

But yeah, if I were you guys, I'd go creep Clayton or the CWE. Somewhere where the population density, and consequently business, is more in your favor. Targetting baseball games, and here in a few weeks, football games, is a good idea too.
Uberxis not allowed to operate in stl just yet.
 

insfireguy

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I had the business cards printed up with my Promo Code on them and I took a bunch to SIUE on Tuesday. I dropped some on tables in the student union and pinned a lot on the ad boards outside. There weren't a lot of students there at the time so I may go back again next week and drop more off. I don't know how SIUE feels about me leaving my cards laying around but the worst that could happen is that they throw them away or, if I'm seen by someone who cares, they could ask me to leave. I really think we need to get the word out to the students.

There is a Merchant Fair on Tuesday at SIUE but I don't know much about it or what it's even really about but I though I might go and check it out and casually drop some more cards.I'd love to see more ideas on how to market Uber here. I'm tired of stressing over getting even a single ride on a Saturday night so I can't make the guarantee.
I will be on after 1230 tonight you can come hang with me, i get trips out of the casino and the clubs. I sit in the parking lot of national rent to own.
 

Doug Marrs

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I'm a restaurant manager and I'm working tonight. I probably won't get out of here until 1:30 or 2. I work near the airport in STL so I may swing through the riverfront on my way home and see if anything is going on.
 

insfireguy

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I'm a restaurant manager and I'm working tonight. I probably won't get out of here until 1:30 or 2. I work near the airport in STL so I may swing through the riverfront on my way home and see if anything is going on.
I am at work until 1230 myself text me at 3144957757 and maybe we can meet up.
 

PHXTE

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Only one small problem with your suggestion - the Metro Taxi Commission has blocked Uberx from operating in St. Louis and the surrounding communities that it "serves". Until Uber and the MTC get things hammered out, we're limited to the Metro East. For now, we're just trying to make the most of the market that we have access to and find ways to capitalize on the customer base that is available.
That's fine.

I wouldn't waste my time then. The market just isn't there.
 

Doug Marrs

Member
Yeah. That was kind of the purpose of this thread. We know the market is relatively small, we are trying to find ways to maximize what we have. Thanks for your input.
 
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