Thursday, March 19, 2009

Would you like to be part of TOS Homeschool Crew?

The Homeschool Crew cruise ship is coming into port soon.  They'll be docking, and changing deckhands.  It's time for a new Crew.

The last item for the current Crew to review is shipping this week.  We're winding down.  I have five reviews left to write next month.  And as the Crew members are wrapping up our reviews, preparing to say goodbye to each other, and making plans for tackling projects we've put on hold (like cleaning our closets) ... the folks at The Old Schoolhouse magazine are beginning the search for the new Homeschool Crew.

This is the first portion of an email I received today:

The TOS Homeschool Crew is ready

to set sail on its 2nd adventure!


Would you like to join us?


Last summer, TOS launched what would become one of our most exciting adventures to date--the Homeschool Crew. The Crew set sail for a year of fun and hard work, reviewing products from fifty different homeschool vendors. If you haven't seen our blog, check it out now--it's like a "convention in a blog", with information about many homeschool products (including websites, pictures, and plenty of reviews)!


Maybe you've heard about the Crew and wondered how you could become a part of it. Would you like to become a part of our exclusive group of reviewers--sharing your opinion on hot homeschool products via your blog, online support group, or homeschool newsletter? Do you have what it takes to be selected as the "cream of the crop" for this year? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this e-mail is for you!


The Homeschool Crew = Focus Group


The Internet is busy with homeschoolers talking, sharing, and networking. It is natural to recommend our favorite homeschool resources, products, books, and more. We love to share!

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, is embarking on our second exclusive "whisper campaign" with up to seventy-five ofour magazine advertisers. You can help us start out as a whisper and end in a roar, known as "viral marketing." Are you game to be part of it? defines viral marketing as: The effective way of advertising or producing brand exposure through social networks. The technique spreads throughout the network rapidly by word of mouth or by Internet resources like e-mail, blogs, or other services. Like a virus, it replicates and spreads quickly.


I want to join--how do I sign up?


TOS is looking for 100 blogging, emailing, cyber talking, home educating parents for this exclusive group and will begin the screening process for the top 100 very soon.


We are inviting 75 of our best advertisers to take part in this special viral marketing program. These exclusive advertisers are going to send you a selection of their hottest products to try.


Your job as a Crew member is to thoroughly use the products in your homeschool. Then, blog about them, email, tell your online groups, and get the information out, helping us go viral. Not only do you get to use the product but it is a free gift, for being part of the focus group!


If you are a support group leader, then you should send out information about some of the focus group items to your support groups. Additionally, support group leaders are asked to take some of these exclusive products with them to physical meetings, and do a "Show and Tell," sharing their experiences with the items they are reviewing with their groups. The more you write, blog, and share about the items, the more fun you have, and the more viral this campaign goes!


If you'd like more information on HOW to apply for the Crew, then email me. (Click on the fourth link down in my sidebar!)  I'll forward the email with the application steps to you. 

It's been a hectic year, but a year full of blessings.  I didn't expect to become friends with the other Crew members, but we've enjoyed sweet fellowship while we took our cruise on the Maiden Voyage of the TOS Homeschool Crew.

Let me know (remember that email link on the sidebar) if you're interested in joining the 2nd voyage of the TOS Homeschool Crew!

Trusting in Him,

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