When Clutch MOV first launched in 2014, we knew that we could not do this alone. Every year, we are more amazed by the kind messages we received and the unfailing support of our readers. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Clutch MOV is truly a labor of love. Here are six ways you can help make sure we stick around for years to come.
Read the Stories, Share the Stories
The more you read and share the stories we publish, the more you help spread positive, local content across the Mid-Ohio Valley. As a volunteer staff, we do not have a marketing budget – we rely on social media, our weekly emails, and our readers to distribute our content each week. Every time you explore our site or share a link to one of our stories, you help us grow! The best way to make sure you see all of our content is to sign up for our weekly email newsletter. There are no algorithms determining which emails you receive – so you can count on receiving new content every single week. Have a friend who could use some positivity in their life, or who is looking for a way to find information on local events? Encourage them to sign up, too!
Follow Along on Social Media
We use social media not only to share our stories, but to showcase the culture, community and creativity happening all around us in the Mid-Ohio Valley. We use #livelovemov to share the moments that best capture what we love most about living in the MOV, and we ask our followers to use it, too. We share these moments primarily on Instagram and Facebook. Follow along and share your favorite moments of local life to contribute to the narrative!
Advertise With Us & Advertise Local
We love promoting our local businesses. Unlike others, we don’t view advertising as a necessary evil that pays the bills – we embrace it. Why? Our readers want to hear from and support local business. We believe in the power of shopping local, and we encourage our local businesses to spend their advertising dollars locally, too. This is why we’ve redesigned our website to better integrate our content with attractive, local advertising. You can learn more about our advertising options here, or contact us for more information.
Become a Member
To make it even easier for our members to directly support our work, we’ve launched a yearly membership program. For $75 per year, you can support local storytelling and invest in your community through Clutch MOV. In addition to being listed on our website, you’ll also get a nifty mug, designed just for members!
Shop Clutch Products
Did you know that we have a product line of locally-designed goods and apparel that uplift the Mid-Ohio Valley? You can find our t-shirts, mugs, felt pennants, keychains, postcards, stickers and more at Wit & Whimzy in Downtown Marietta. All of our products are designed by local graphic designer, Alex Jones, or one of our staff members. When you shop our products, you help support our content, too.
Help Us Write the Stories
Since our launch in 2014, we have published more than 500 original stories on our website, all of which are written and photographed by our passionate volunteer staff. If you would like to help us share positive stories about the Mid-Ohio Valley, or simply share your interests with others, let us know! Professional journalism experience not required. You can read more about our submission process, or contact us for more information.
For every story read, post shared, photo liked, or kind word spoken – thank you. Thank you for all of the love you have given to Clutch MOV over the past three years. We hope we can continue to serve you and uplift our community for years to come!