Still Partyin' After All These YearsIn 2012, right after LessonPix really took off, I was delighted to work with some of the best vendors in the speech and language area. They were all active on Twitter, engaged with the #SLPeeps group and generally were loved and valued by their customers.
A couple of blog posts (and lots of Tweets) later, we had a group of 16 vendors that you could feel proud to patronize (and in our case partner with).
Lori and I generated Bingo Cards complete with QR Codes and Pediastaff made their #SLPeeps booth headquarters for "Party With The #SLPeeps!"
It was an amazing thing to walk in our first ASHA convention and have a dozen people in the empty exhibit hall that you already "knew", who were happy you were there, interested in your product and happy to send (non-competing) traffic to your booth. It was one of the best experiences I've had since starting LessonPix.
We didn't do that at ASHA 2013, mainly because it was a ton of work (and I'm not good at recruiting or delegating!) and it was really missed. I'm pretty sure we'll do it this year, especially since ASHA is in our neighborhood and we'll be hosting an off-site.
LessonPix and Tactus Therapy Solutions have teamed up to create Soundable™: a sound-based social word game, much like Scrabble® or Words With Friends®, but using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). It will be released over the next week or two as our gift to the SLP community for Better Speech and Hearing Month (#BHSM).
This is a great way to learn the IPA, and it's a lot of fun! In fact, my 15 year old daughter has completely taught herself the IPA using this game (she uses it for her Italian opera practice). It's amazing!
More importantly for those same great #SLPVendors, it's a great way to get your products put in front of hundreds (if not thousands) of SLPs and other Speech Professionals. You see, the app is 100% free, supported by ads, and we're choosing to set aside dedicated space in the rotation for SLP vendors we know and love.
Sure, you'll see lots of ads for LessonPix and Tactus Therapy Solutions: that's the primary driver for the game--to get our names associated with a) Great IPA-Based tools like the Soundfinder and b) Great apps like the whole Tactus Therapy suite. But there's plenty of room for more ads and they will be much more compelling if there's a selection of ads from vendors they know and trust!
At this point, we're prepping for launch, and we're ready to start setting up the ads. We've got room for banner ads at the bottom and interstitial ads that fill the screen when you start and leave the game.
So, if you were a part of that great #SLPVendors group, you can expect to hear from me soon! And if you're working with a great vendor who takes care of their customers and would like to put their products in front of an engaged set of current and future speech professionals, please reach out to me (quickly) at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org