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 Post subject: Report Solicitation Methods
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Report Solicitation Methods
Written by Jim Flowers
December 06, 2005

One of the most difficult things for many to do in the field of bigfoot research is to solicit reports. It can be time consuming, expensive and it involves publicly exposing your name in a field considered by many to be illegitimate. There are several ways to proceed if you have reached the point where you are comfortable with any or all of that.

The first is through the use of business cards or flyers. Most of these are simple in nature, stating your name, that you are interested in bigfoot sighting reports, and how to contact you via e-mail, phone, internet or other means. These can be placed on public bulletin boards anywhere, from small gas stations in rural communities to large supermarkets in suburban shopping complexes. You can also hand them out to hunters, fishermen, campers, hikers or any persons you see fit. The costs for this method vary depending upon your own resources for printing your own business cards, or the quantity of flyers you have printed. It can be done for a modest $30-50.

The next method involves media advertising. The cost can vary greatly depending on your means of doing so. You can use radio, public access television or newspaper ads. A less expensive alternative is simply advertising on the side of your vehicle with contact information and what you're looking for. Several researchers, past and present, have used these methods with varying results.

The third method is by word-of-mouth, which is easily done and costs nothing. It usually involves simply speaking to family, friends, and co-workers by bringing the subject up as a topic of conversation. Being able to speak about the subject knowledgably is important during these types of conversations, as the parties involved usually express disbelief. You can at least convince them of your seriousness if you speak in an intelligent manner, and might potentially sway their belief in the possibility that bigfoot exists.

The final method is the internet. Several researchers and investigators of the phenomenon use sighting submission forms as a means of soliciting reports. The internet also has several forums on the subject where sightings and evidence may be posted and discussed. You can follow-up with witnesses to determine if their sighting has been investigated and offer to investigate, if not.

In closing, be prepared for the fact that for every good submission you receive for your efforts, you may get ten or more joke submissions no matter which method is used. Keeping your skepticism and your enthusiasm intact and balanced can be a challenge when this happens. It is at times like these when the support and encouragement of fellow investigators may help, because many have felt the same way themselves at one time or another.




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