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It was a bit confusing, BUT, that was the power and light district. Where the cop was splitting us up was right at the power and light district, Some went left and others went straight. Find a parking ramp and have dinner somewhere. That was the plan.
For people who had never been in the area before, we didn't know that... I nearly got hit when I went though a red light because I thought the parade was still going on... And it wasn't. It would have been nice to have a better end point or points.
 

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For people who had never been in the area before, we didn't know that... I nearly got hit when I went though a red light because I thought the parade was still going on... And it wasn't. It would have been nice to have a better end point or points.
Some cars were directed to turn left, and the rest were directed to go straight. The end was quite confusing. Especially when we saw 2 police officers parking and heading into a bar/resturant....
 

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If we had given everyone a sheet of detailed info about the parade in their registration pack, would it have been read? I am in favor of explaining things so there is no question, but it takes a lot of words. I wonder if folks would have balked at multiple pages of info for the weekends' events.

Don't misconstrue this to mean "It's not our fault!" It IS our fault! We did not fully communicate the plan. FYI, part of the reason for that is due to the parade being an enormous IF until THURSDAY when the city finally consented. Joe sweated bullets making it happen. We almost didn't HAVE a parade, let alone a plan!

Still, we should have figured out there needed to be a "then what happens?" explanation provided somewhere. Sorry SmartJoeMN! I'm thankful you weren't in an accident!

This may be crucial to future planners. OVER communicate, don't under communicate!
 

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I agree this event was under communicated, I didn't even know about the Smart sponsored Brunch and missed it. Alot of people were wondering where I was. I feel it's important to communicate to the dealer reps, sales and service. No one made an effort to keep me up to date with the plans from day one, I was more than happy to participate. The other thing that bugged me was that the supporting dealer that participated still needed to pay their dues. I had felt that since our dealership invested so much to the event, we should be allowed at least a couple of entry fees. At least in my experience, Mercedes, Porsche, Corvette, etc. didn't charge the supporting dealer for participation. I was there Friday at the hotel for the registration and someone had the nerve to say to me, "Your eating our Food", after I was invited by another member to have some food. That just tells me the left hand is not talking to the "Right Hand".
 

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I agree this event was under communicated, I didn't even know about the Smart sponsored Brunch and missed it. Alot of people were wondering where I was. I feel it's important to communicate to the dealer reps, sales and service. No one made an effort to keep me up to date with the plans from day one, I was more than happy to participate. The other thing that bugged me was that the supporting dealer that participated still needed to pay their dues. I had felt that since our dealership invested so much to the event, we should be allowed at least a couple of entry fees. At least in my experience, Mercedes, Porsche, Corvette, etc. didn't charge the supporting dealer for participation. I was there Friday at the hotel for the registration and someone had the nerve to say to me, "Your eating our Food", after I was invited by another member to have some food. That just tells me the left hand is not talking to the "Right Hand".
Clint, that is interesting and I'd have to agree-- sounds like some things were dis-jointed. Sorry you missed the brunch and that the dealership was not fully welcomed.

Thanks for sharing.
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One thing I learned from the Midwest rally was folks don't take the time to read the info you give them.

Jeff Made packets with everything you would need to know, including times for everything as well as directions. These were sent to everyone who registered via e-mail to be printed out. With 100 cars I would say maybe 20 people had taken the time to print them out.

Just follow the flock, Baaaaa. Problem is, you may just follow the flock through a red light. BTW, even when we were still within the police escorted area, the back of the pack had folks driving though the parade including a Bus.

OK, As the OP of this thread, I want this to get back to WHAT DID WORK

If you have comments on what you liked about the event so they can be duplicated and not forgotten please post them here. Its easy Monday morning Quarterback, but I don't want the good stuff to be forgotten.
 

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I agree this event was under communicated, I didn't even know about the Smart sponsored Brunch and missed it. Alot of people were wondering where I was. I feel it's important to communicate to the dealer reps, sales and service. No one made an effort to keep me up to date with the plans from day one, I was more than happy to participate. The other thing that bugged me was that the supporting dealer that participated still needed to pay their dues. I had felt that since our dealership invested so much to the event, we should be allowed at least a couple of entry fees. At least in my experience, Mercedes, Porsche, Corvette, etc. didn't charge the supporting dealer for participation. I was there Friday at the hotel for the registration and someone had the nerve to say to me, "Your eating our Food", after I was invited by another member to have some food. That just tells me the left hand is not talking to the "Right Hand".
C,Why weren't you at the brunch Sunday, Melinda, and Joe were there, from the dealer. Another one of you service staff was there too. I was talking to him at the brunch. I don't know his name. He's always taking photo's. The brunch was on the web agenda, for months, after the photo shoot Sorry you miss it. Smart USA hosted it. You were more then welcome!!!!!!!!:)
 

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Here's thought...We live in a world where most people have cell phones, why not make that a part of the registration/information line. TEXTING!! Have everyone add their cell phone number and cell phone provider during registration. And that way they can get updates on whats going on when and where and what's required. All this can be sent via computer to cell. (140 characters) and add pass it on (PIO), So others w/o cells can stay informed. This would work even for the regional clubs because many don't just hang out online waiting for something to happen...
Just a thought...
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C,Why weren't you at the brunch Sunday, Melinda, and Joe were there, from the dealer. Another one of you service staff was there too. I was talking to him at the brunch. I don't know his name. He's always taking photo's. The brunch was on the web agenda, for months, after the photo shoot Sorry you miss it. Smart USA hosted it. You were more then welcome!!!!!!!!:)
One of your team mates said, if I didn't register and paid, I wasn't allowed to come and participate in the events. But Since Smart sponsored this I would have come.
 

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Here's thought...We live in a world where most people have cell phones, why not make that a part of the registration/information line. TEXTING!! Have everyone add their cell phone number and cell phone provider during registration. And that way they can get updates on whats going on when and where and what's required. All this can be sent via computer to cell. (140 characters) and add pass it on (PIO), So others w/o cells can stay informed. This would work even for the regional clubs because many don't just hang out online waiting for something to happen...
It would be great if there was some way to notify attendees of updates or additions on the fly. There were a couple impromptu events that happened that would have been nice to attend if I'd known they were happening.

But, with respect to the OP, that's not the intent of this thread. However, I do have a question for the organizers, or whoever cares, about where to send constructive criticism for the same purpose - helping future event planners. I hesitate to do it in a thread as I don't want to take away from the hard work that went into the event or to give any detractors a place to vent.
 
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