Book your Freshers’ Fair Stall and then start thinking of ways you and your society can stand out from the crowd and, most importantly, nab those lovely new members!
We’ve come up with some tips for your stall to get you started…
Make it eye-catching – stick to a colour scheme relevant to your society, and make all your materials that colour so you stand out from a distance.
Make it clear – Make sure the name of your society is very clear and obvious on your stall, whether that be a big banner or cut out letters or poster. I’m sure you know yourself there is nothing more awkward than looking all over a stall wondering what it’s meant to be?
Freebies – Everyone loves freebies, and that will encourage people to come over to your stall and find out more about your wonderful society. Try to make your freebies relevant to your society, for example, last Freshers’ Fair our Baking Society gave out home baked cakes and biscuits to sweeten up the crowd.
Mingle with other societies – The Fair is the perfect opportunity to make contacts in other societies, because everyone is in high spirits and keen to promote and grow their society. Later on you might be able to collaborate with these societies and put on a joint event! This year ArabSoc joined Greek Society to host a huge culture night, FilmSoc and LGBT+ collaborated for a film screening and RaG (Raise and Give) helped fellow societies fundraise for charity at events.
Social media social media social media – Tweet it, Snap it, put it on Facebook, post it on as many Fresher’s pages as you can find, and tell people exactly where to find your stall!
Make a rota for your stall helpers – it’s tough being on a stall for 6 hours straight, so break it down into 1-2 hour shifts if you can, with about 2 -3 people on at one time. That way everyone will be refreshed and still have lots of energy. Although some societies do it every year, it’s ridiculous to overcrowd your stall with helpers because it will make your stall hard to physically reach as well as intimidate potential new members.
Have FUN! – Enjoy the hustle and bustle, meeting new faces, the high fives, the team effort and most of all the signs-ups of people wanting to spend their time with your society – these are the people who'll fill your next year at uni with fun and friendship and help make your society a success!