StayBillety Supporter Update - Nov/Dec 2016 - CONFIDENTIAL
Hello StayBillety supporters! Here is your quick (almost) monthly update as holiday season arrives...
StayBillety was recently featured in Skift (travel industry news source) 5 New Travel Startups Defining Short-Term Rental Challenges in 2016 (Nov 14/16)
Several Affiliates have renewed for multi-year contracts: Canoe Kayak Canada, Run Ottawa/Ottawa Marathon, Sail Canada,
New MAJOR Affiliate: Ryerson University (Toronto) [we signed today!]
Pending Contracts: I can't say just yet, but there are a good number resulting from meetings at the StayBillety booth/table at the Sports Leadership Sportif conference in Vancouver, and subsequent follow up meetings in November.
Month over month % increase:
Oct - Nov >> 20%
Nov - Dec >> 19%
Canoe Kayak Canada - renewed 3 year agreement
Run Ottawa/Ottawa Marathon - renewed 3 year agreement
Ryerson University - NEW affiliate (signing tomorrow)
Saill Canada - renewed 3 year agreement
There has been substantial interest in affiliate agreements from multiple sports and community groups since we participated in the Petro-Canada Sports Leadership Sportif conference) early in November. Four contracts are pending signature; I anticipate additional contracts being negotiated in December.
On the CAO front, we have narrowed it down. I spent a full day with our leading candidate last Friday. I will make an announcement when we finalize an agreement.
I'm literally about to get on a call with an interested investor...
We're actively seeking angel/seed financing to:
- increase marketing (supporting the large affiliation agreements)
- bring on the tech lead for the business
- begin development of the evolution from MVP to 2.0
- have a reasonable runway for the next 12-18 months
- increase and refine affiliate and investor relations efforts
MARKETING & TECH
Social Media and PR team members are preparing to support the pending affiliate agreements. A lot of noise will be made supporting each announcement using traditional PR (media & influencer outreach) and social media (media & consumer targets).
Those are our recent highlights... it has been a very active period since my last update. I suspect there will be more news by the time my January update hits your in-box.
Meanwhile, have a safe and happy holiday season! My best to you and your families...
WHERE YOU CAN, AS ALWAYS, HELP...
1. Register! Become a Guest if traveling; list your space as a Host
3. Leads/introductions for seed &/or angel investors/financing/funding sources are always welcome
4. Spread the word to your friends, family, colleagues… encourage them to be HOSTS (check out our current 'requests'). We'll here to help set them up on the site, should they have any concerns.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if any of this message requires additional clarification.
Thanks for your continued support of StayBillety.
Shared Interests. Shared Roof.
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Launched in March 2016 and based in Cambridge, Ontario (Waterloo Region), StayBillety is an international affordable, online accommodation service connecting like-minded guests and hosts. Celebrating community with its unique affinity-based affiliate model, StayBillety is also a social enterprise whose business supports charitable organizations. With StayBillety, guests traveling for concerts, commencements or competitions connect with enterprising hosts who share their common interests. Click here for press kit and media page. Visit StayBillety’s Facebook and follow @StayBillety #ComeOnIn