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04 February 2009 @ 08:36 am
SPN Postcard Campaign?  
I've posted about this in a few comms now, but never took the time to post about it in my own LJ. Tsk. Bad Jess :P lol

Jared recently (as in a few days ago) did an interview. He said he wasn't sure if the show was going to get a 5th season. For quite a while now, we've been hearing that Kripke has plans to do the show for 5 seasons. Then at the Chicago con, Jensen revealed that Kripke was going to stop at season 4 but then saw the ratings and thought they could go on for another season. But the way Jared was talking in this interview, it was as if they didn't know what they were going to do with this season - if they were going to try wrapping everything up at the end (for this to be the last season), or throw some kind of cliffhanger there at the end to head into another season.

Which brings me to my idea. A friend and I were talking the other day and saying that it's high time the CW renewed the show. I know most shows don't learn until around May if they're being renewed, but there have been early renewals. From what I've heard, filming is going to end around late March on this season. It would be nice if they knew before then whether the show would be renewed. The ratings this year have been great. It would be extremely stupid not to renew. We thought it would be a good idea for everyone to send in postcards to the CW in support of the show.

Then I got to thinking, maybe it would be great if we made it a campaign. Yes the ratings are great but that's no reason to get complacent. The CW have shown that they don't always make the wisest decisions. *cough*understatement*cough* I think some encouragement certainly wouldn't hurt, and would maybe help a little.

Here are my preliminary ideas:
  1. If they wish to get involved, people can send their postcards in support of the show/renewing it to me. I'll gather them all up into a package and send them to the CW (which would not be a problem for me postage-wise as I live here in the US). This plan looks quite good in terms of organization, IMHO. But it's totally up to you guys.
  2. People can send their postcards individually to the CW. I will provide you with the address. It might be easier for people, but not sure if it still carries on the appearance of one big campaign. Those are just my first thoughts, though.
  3. I can make up some postcard designs that people can print out and use if they like; or they could make their own or use any old postcard they like.
  4. If you're stuck on what to say, I can give you some hints/tips/ideas. And of course some basic rules of etiquette for writing to the network if it's the first time you're doing so.

I really want this to be a group effort, and want you guys to have as much input as possible. This will be all for you. So I have a couple of polls ...

Poll #1343402 SPN Postcard Campaign

How would you prefer to send these postcards?

to me (I live in NY, USA), and I will gather them all into one big package to send to the CW
individually to the CW network, but mention they are part of this campaign
Either one is fine (I'd like to have a choice)

I've got some ideas for the name of this campaign. Which do you like the best (if any)?

Unfinished Business
Rock the Salt (as a take-off on "Rock the Vote")
Neither, I have an idea I'd like to share (leave in a comment on this post)

I can either make up postcard designs for you to print out, you can make your own, or send any old postcard. Which do you prefer?

make (print) a postcard with your designs
make my own postcard with my own ideas
send any old postcard I can find
Any of the above (I'd like a choice)

If you'd rather not take the poll but want to share some thoughts, ideas, etc. with me, you can leave me some comments below. Either way, I'd appreciate as much input on this as possible. I really want the CW to know how we support this show, and, again, even though the ratings are great, we shouldn't take anything for granted. I'd also like the SPN crew to know we are doing this (I am debating over whether I should say something during EyeCon, at least to Jared, about it).

Thanks in advance, guys. :)
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ilaria84ilaria84 on February 4th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
this is a great idea dear-I'd like to send the stuff to you if it's ok-we must have a season 5,I couldn't ask more-I would be a happy woman in that case:)
if you're going to a con telling this to jared would be great!
jessm78jessm78 on February 4th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much hon! I appreciate your thoughts and input :) *nods* We certainly do need a season 5!

I will see Jared at Comic Con but I don't think I'll have time to tell him. I would like to tell him at EyeCon next month, during the autograph session hopefully!
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jessm78jessm78 on February 4th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your interest, hon. :) I'm glad you like the idea.

I understand what you mean. That sounds like a good idea. I believe there was a campaign to send rock salt one year, but I don't remember what happened.
Sway_Shaypinkoceantides on February 4th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'm in!
jessm78jessm78 on February 4th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Awesome!! :D
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Jessiedarkscarab on February 4th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I really hope that they go for a season 5.....I just feel like there's so much left to work out you know?
jessm78jessm78 on February 4th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Exactly! Everything is just getting so involved now, I don't see them being able to wrap it all up at the end of this season (and I wouldn't want them to, lol).
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wyntertwilight: (spn) winchesterswyntertwilight on February 4th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
There's a few ways this could be done, bear with me while I ramble and try and sort my thoughts out!

On the one hand, I like the idea of everyone sending you their cards, and you then sending a massive package to the CW, because that's a good way of making a statement, especially if lots of people send in cards.

On the other hand, I saw that in your previous post someone mentioned sending a card everyday, and I was thought that might be a really good idea. You could start a campaign, using one of the names above (I personally like Unfinished Business the best ;-D), and I thought that, for a certain period, say after the hiatus to the finale, or May or something, all of us could send an individual card in everyday, straight to the network. That way they get a constant, ongoing barrage of cards, which is harder to ignore than just one bundle at one time. Maybe someone arty could come up with 2 or 3 designs that we could all print off and use for the cards? And if we had a slogan that we all wrote on the back of the card, that might be really cool. I think if they all had a similar layout then it would showcase our fan unity more and just look better, and more professional, like more of a movement? I don't know though, just thinking out loud here!

But I don't know, like I said, that's all a ramble! Someone else might have a better suggestion :-)
jessm78jessm78 on February 4th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Aw, I love your suggestions! Honestly, it's very helpful. :)

To be honest, I think I'm leaning more toward the other idea myself (the one-card-a-day idea). It might garner more attention if they get this constant ongoing barrage of cards (they might end up using the package itself as a paperweight or something ;D).

Those really are some great ideas to start with! I've started thinking of a few slogans. One I just came up with was "Because we [or maybe "they"... think I like "they" better] still have work to do." I don't know if that's been used before for a renewal campaign. I think it would be great if someone came up with 2 or 3 designs that could be printed off for the cards. I'm going to try making a few myself and I'll leave it open to anyone else who is interested in creating some designs. Maybe we could have everyone vote on the ones they think are the best? Or maybe that would all take up too much time, lol. But I agree, a similar layout would showcase our fan unity and make it look more like an organized movement.

I do like the idea of doing it from the hiatus to the finale. I think the sooner it's done, the better. They wrap filming around the end of March, and I think it would be great if they could find out about renewal before then. Not that I'm saying this would succeed in the news arriving faster, but it might be good to get a jump start. Right now I'm thinking starting it around mid or late February and having it go on until maybe the finale?

You can see I've just joined you in thinking out loud here. ;) But I really appreciate your input! I think this is all starting to come together in my mind a little more.
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Tanja: Brotherlyloveangels_cordy on February 4th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
I am definitely up for anything honey!!!
Tell me if I can help you somehow!
jessm78: Sam/Dean hug from Mystery Spotjessm78 on February 4th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Awesome, hon!! I'm so glad you want to help! Thanks so much :D

Do you have any ideas for postcard designs? I am not thinking of anything very fancy, but if anyone has ideas that would be greatly appreciated :) *huggles*
blackbirdj2: bigbrolittlebrofeetblackbirdj2 on February 4th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Good idea. What would have to be on the postcard? I mean the picture?
jessm78jessm78 on February 4th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)

Now I'm thinking of having 2 or 3 designs that people can print out. I might try to make 1 or 2 myself and ask if anyone else would like to contribute any. Then have people vote on which ones they like the best. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. If you want to make your own that would be nice too, as long as it has the title/slogan on it (like "Unfinished Business" ... "Because they still have work to do").

I might try a simple layout of the boys with the Impala to start with.
Carolinedawnintheforest on February 4th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Voted as well. Personally I think the "Rock the Salt" slogan is hilarious, and so that's what I voted for. I think the most important thing is that the majority (if not all) of the postcards all clearly identify themselves as being a part of the same campaign. As in, the slogan. Whether everybody uses the same designs or not, that I think is less important.

Question: How do I go about making my own postcard? For example, say I print out one of your designs. Then what? Do I have to print it out on special paper or do I paste it onto a postcard or...?
jessm78jessm78 on February 4th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your input! :D I have to say "Rock the Salt" was a spur-of-the-moment type of thing. *g* And yes, that's exactly what I want to aim for ... to have them all clearly show they're part of the same campaign. That's the most important thing imo... whatever design people want to use is fine with me (as long as it isn't something like Dean and Sam holding a sign that says "The CW Sucks!").

You could print it out on card stock paper. I think you can find that sort of thing in an office supply type of store (there are different sizes like business card size, and I believe postcard size like 4x6" or 5x7"). I think you could also have them printed at someplace like Kinkos (just bring the image file on a CD or memory stick or whatever and they could print it up for you). Or if you want I guess you could just print it on regular paper, then glue/tape it to the front of a postcard.
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littlefairy78littlefairy78 on February 4th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love the idea, and I'll certainly add more than just one postcard from Germany to the campaign.
I love the slogan "Because they still have work to do" - it's to the point and absolutely relates to the show.
As for the designs, I can't offer much graphic talent to help. But I think it should be something simple insofar that it's easy to print out and stay recognizable even if it's printed out on a black and white printer. Something like the slogan - to the point and directly relating to the show.
I can't wait to get started, because we need that fifth season!
jessm78jessm78 on February 4th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really appreciate your interest, and I'm glad that you like the slogan. :)

I definitely want to keep the graphics as simple as possible. I realize everyone has different resources available to them for printing, some possibly more limited than others. Don't want to make things too complicated.

We can't let that fifth season slip away! I'm glad there is so much interest in this.
__hor__hor on February 4th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
Unfinished Business ftw!
Just keep me/us updated (cuz my memory is horrible) and i'll be good to go! XD
jessm78jessm78 on February 4th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Yay! Another vote for Unfinished Business!

Will do! :D I should be close to getting something all put together after this weekend or so. Once I do, I'll make another post in the comm with some more details.
oh these heroes come and go;: [dcook glory note]micheleeeex on February 4th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
i love this idea!
jessm78jessm78 on February 4th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
*g* Thanks!
paradee on February 5th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Postcard Campaign
While I like the idea of sending the postcards to one place and having them sent on together, having been involved in other fan campaigns, volume is what we're looking for. If everyone writing in a postcard sends one in from their hometown (be it in the states or around the world) it lets the powers that be know who's watching and where they're from. The more mail they open up for a single show, the bigger the impression so having the individuals send in where possible is key.
jessm78jessm78 on February 5th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Postcard Campaign
Thanks for the input. I've received quite a few other votes of confidence on this method, and I've decided it would probably be more viable than having everything sent in from one place.

If for some reason anyone can't or won't send it to the network and would rather send it to me, I'll leave that open, but everyone sending them in individually is the better option so that will be the main focus.