Our News - Making it Easy to Share your News

Our News - Making it Easy to Share your News

Here at The Rabbit Patch Ltd we’re always working on Visit Fylde Coast, to keep it your favourite source of information, events and news from the seaside towns and the people who live here.

Our News – Which Bits do you Like Best?

We’re kicking off with 2019 by asking which of the current features of Visit Fylde Coast do you use and enjoy?

It would be a really big help if you could fill in this quick survey. It’s just yes/no questions and will only taken you literally a minute. It’s completely anonymous.

Here at The Rabbit Patch we’ve got lots of exciting ideas and plans for this year but what REALLY matters is what you think! We want to do more of what you like, and what you like will also shape our new developments too. Thank you so much!

Our News – Making it Easy to Share your News

Published 19 November 2018

Our news: Making it easy to include your news on Visit Fylde Coast

Visit Fylde Coast is independently published by the people here at The Rabbit Patch. We’ve spent almost 10 years searching out interesting information and things to share, showcasing our beautiful patch of coastline to residents and visitors.

In that time we’ve brought together an amazing community of like-minded people who love the place as much as we do. Across the websites, social media pages and the email newsletter, our readers total a mightily impressive number of people (get in touch for current stats).

Talk to your customers through Visit Fylde Coast

We know that you’ve got interesting news and information to share in your business too, so we’ve created ways for you to talk to people through Visit Fylde Coast.

Not only is it a great place to share your own message it also helps us to help all of the community groups and organisations which we support, entirely free of charge.

And we prefer things to be easy and simple to use too, because after all, you’re busy. We’ve made it as easy as possible to include your news and you can now pay for your listing or advert online.

As easy as 1, 2, 3…

Whether you choose a simple event listing or a fully managed package of annual advertising, we’ve got something to suit your needs.

  1. Take a look at the different ways to include your business or news with Visit Fylde Coast
  2. Decide which of the options would suit your needs (always ask if you need advice!)
  3. Pay for your advert online and follow the instructions to submit content.

Jane’s your editor and says “I never dreamed that Visit Fylde Coast would grow to become what it is today. I just love my job and it’s so rewarding to be able to share what we love about where we live. It’s a great place to share what’s happening in your business and I look forward to helping many more of you as our product continues to grow.”

The Dreaded GDPR…

Published May 2018

You’ll already have had dozens of emails telling you about the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which are coming into force from 25 May 2018.

Well here’s another notice to add to your collection!

In a nutshell, GDPR aims to make businesses tell you what data they are collecting, why and how long they’ll keep it for, and what they are going to use it for. And you should be told in plain and simple English that you can understand. So here goes with our version…

  • We are The Rabbit Patch Ltd and we publish Visit Fylde Coast.
  • We are registered with the Information Commissioner under the current Data Protection Regulations.
  • People subscribe with their email address in order to receive our email newsletter which is full of interesting information about the Fylde Coast.
  • We store your email address to enable us to do that.
  • Your email address is stored by us until you unsubscribe or tell us that you no longer wish to receive communication.
  • Our data is safely stored in secure systems.
  • We never pass your data on to any companies outside The Rabbit Patch Ltd.

That’s about it. Because we have been sending you our newsletter for some time we will continue to do so UNLESS you tell us that you don’t want to receive it.

If you don’t want to receive the Visit Fylde Coast enewsletter please unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of the email newsletter. You can do this at any time.

You can also send an email to jane@therabbitpatch.co.uk requesting that your email address is deleted from our system.

Our Big Upgrade

Published 14.4.18

Phew, our news update is that normal service is slowly being resumed!

Some of you will know that we’ve been working on a ma-hoo-sive revamp of the Visit Fylde Coast websites. It’s an enormous job that we’ve been planning since before Christmas 2017. Now, the bulk of it is finally done – thank goodness! The switch was made early in the morning of Friday April 13th… (maybe not the best day to pick!)

I realise that other people get excited about new cars, holidays and going shopping, But I can’t begin to tell you how excited (and relieved) I am to be able to finally get this underway.

What’s happened

Initially we’ve carried out a lift and shift from the current format to the new one. It looks different but the content and function is very similar throughout. We’ve had a tidy up and taken the opportunity to move pages to more appropriate places, and delete redundant content. While everything settles down you might find that you get a ‘Page Not Found’ message. Try using the search box, there’s every chance that it’s probably still there somewhere.

Things like the Events calendar and Chrissie’s Blog etc all live on Visit Fylde Coast, so the individual place-based websites redirect you to there. We’re also sharing the content for our business sponsors to all of the sites.

Webcams are back online – weather forecasts/tide table etc will reappear very shortly. Don’t worry, all the popular features are coming back!

A note about advertising

We don’t get any funding to publish Visit Fylde Coast and rely on advertising revenue to do what we do.

We have a range of advertising options available now, and additional ones will be added in due course. Not only is advertising beneficial to your business, it is what enables us to:

  • offer the Visit Fylde Coast service to readers, which I’m sure you’d miss if it were to cease,
  • promote the Fylde Coast far and wide. We do much more to champion the Fylde and promote it to visitors, beyond what you might see online,
  • support local tourism and drive visitor numbers,
  • support so many community groups and promote their events free of charge.

Why don’t you join in

We love to talk to our readers and we’d love you to join us on this leg of our journey.

We’ll keep asking for your opinion as we do things, so join the Visit Fylde Coast Facebook group if you want to be part of that process. If you have any ideas or requests for things that you’d like to see on our websites please let us know.

Also, we test and check everything as much as we can, but if you find anything that looks wrong or doesn’t work please let us know. Just email jane@therabbitpatch.co.uk

Sign Up for our Weekly Enews

We send it out every Tuesday morning, bright and early. It’s full of the previous weeks updates and what’s coming in the next week. There’s a full event list linked to our calendar and lots more.

SIGN UP for your Visit Fylde Coast Enews here – tell everyone!

Advertising helps us to help you

We love living on the Fylde Coast and we love publishing Visit Fylde Coast, to share the wonders of this place with people who live here and visit. It’s a pleasure to share information from the community and ‘seaside’ news too. Whether that’s the latest big event or showcasing a particular stretch of beach or park.

We know that our readers love what we do too. That’s demonstrated by the number of people who visit our websites and who we reach each month through our Facebook pages. In the number of subscribers and readers of our newsletter, and the number of people who follow us on our many social media pages.

But we don’t just have big numbers of followers. The statistics tell us what truly matters – that people really engage with our information. That’s supported by the many emails which we get and feedback from word of mouth.

We always aim to provide good, accurate information and have worked hard to earn our place as a source which can be trusted.

Publishing this product takes an enormous amount of time, effort and expense and we wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of our advertisers.

Effective advertising that works

Entirely funded as we are by advertising revenue, it’s important that our advertising works effectively for companies who choose Visit Fylde Coast as a way of telling people about their goods and services. So if you really want to support the area, advertise with us and also use the businesses who do.

Visit Fylde Coast is published entirely independently by us here at The Rabbit Patch Ltd, we’re a creative company based in sunny Cleveleys. Get in touch – just email jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk

Our mission is:

To share the wonders of this coast through a positive and enthusiastic product, with all the other like minded people out there.

While you’re here…

Have a look at the Visit Fylde Coast website homepage for more of the latest updates.

If you love the Fylde Coast you ought to sign up for our weekly email newsletter. It’s packed full of interesting things and will arrive in your inbox all 52 weeks of the year.

Join us on Facebook at our Visit Fylde Coast Facebook Group

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @visitFyldeCoast

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