Branch Communication

As a DOC member living in Cambridgeshire my pleasure at seeing a large number of Ducatis out together for a run last Sunday heading from Waresley to Gamlingay was only outweighed by my disappointment that I wasn’t amongst them.

I’m assuming this was a Cambridgeshire Branch run out that was (I assume) probably organised via Facebook?

The big problem with those people that use Facebook is that they incorrectly assume that everyone else uses Facebook. We don’t, for various reasons including security.

Maybe it’d be a good idea to use this website as a means of communication rather than depending on the whims of social media?

We used to have a branch section, each branch had their own but saw very little use.
If you contact the branch organiser most also have a what’s ap group to keep people up to date.

So it’s all been outsourced to Meta, I didn’t realise that Mark Zuckerberg was a member? :wink:

Seriously though, I always thought the benefit of an Owners Club was to belong to something that had Identity & purpose, that gave something a little more tangible than just signing up to a Facebook page? We all know about ephemeral Facebook Motorcycle Clubs.

Ha ha, not quite, the forum was not being used for branches so messages were not being read, we had a system that messaged members when new posts arrived but it is just not as efficient.

Lots of advantages of being a member of the club, branch details and meets are on the website along with branch organiser details.

To be honest, unless one is a member of Facebook & has a what’s up account, I really don’t see any advantages.

It depends what you want and expect, Branch meets are on website and in magazine, all events in the calendar on the website with a remind functionality, rallies and social events through thought the year, discounts from dealers, discounted merchandise from club shop, 6 magazines per year, usually 50% off WDW tickets, free entry to museum and factory in Bologna.

So as well as joining The DOC I have to also join Facebook? …

… not very hospitable eh?

No, you do not have to, the branch organiser communicates via e mail, are you on the website as a member, registered etc.

The FB pages are of course private, shared bike pics and ride routes that we do not want just everybody to see, the reason forums are no good is it takes someone to log in and find information where as FB notifies and is much easier to use, it is not though compulsory.

God forbid that we run the risk of showing what a good thing riding a Ducati is eh? :wink:

Maybe the answer here is to have a good look at THIS forum?
Certainly on my mobile 'phone I can chose to connect to a forum just by clicking on an icon.

It’s my humble opinion that by choosing to sub contract “Forum Life” out to Facebook is not the right way to go.
How many other casual riding groups are there on FB?
What is the real benefit of choosing to join The DOC rather than joining any of the plethora of other casual riding groups, or indeed just frequenting the local boozer or café?
Where is the “value added”, the cachet of being a member of The DOC?

It could be the answer but there is so little traffic on the forum and on many other forums, they were all the thing but quickly got replaced. We had all the branches on the forum but it was not used so it was decided to keep it but have it as more of a technical go to place rather than for a what’s on.

Have you seen the website, details of branch meets, a calendar of events. If you do not have Facebook then a lot of branches e mail out also, there are lots of options.