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Use These 3 Genius Strategies to Attract a Crowd

Use a bullhorn to attract a political crowd

Drawing a crowd is the whole objective behind presenting a position, statement, or platform. Politicians, preachers, and peddlers throughout history have needed to attract a crowd in order for people to hear their messages. And in many cases, the megaphone has been one of the most effective ways to attract a crowd. However, even with a megaphone in hand, what are some other strategies to draw a crowd?  Below are three of the most foolproof ways of bringing a crowd to your message:

Strategy One: Crowds Attract Crowds

The late evangelist, teacher and author, R.A. Torrey, once wrote:

“Get as many people to go with you as possible. Crowds draw crowds. There is great power in numbers. One man can go out on the street alone and hold a meeting; I have done it myself; but if I can get fifteen or twenty reliable men to go with me, I will get them every time.”

The famous preacher was correct. Crowds attract people, and using a voice amplification tool like a bullhorn is a great way to attract a crowd. It’s a sociological phenomenon that when people see other people gathering, their curiosity gets the best of them, and they are drawn toward the crowd to see what is happening.  People are just curious by nature and want to be in the know.

People also love to be entertained; be a part of the group and involved in a perceived conflict. Another great example to underline the power of this strategy is to think about businesses. If a restaurant is busy, it must be good and need to be tried. How about Barnes and Nobles? Half the people inside these stores aren’t buying a thing, they are just hanging out in comfortable chairs. This is a purposeful marketing strategy to attract a crowd that one day will actually buy something.

Another clever strategy for attracting crowds is to involve what are sometimes called, “rent-a-crowd.” Street preachers have used this trick for years, inviting Christian brethren to help draw crowds and invite others to participate.

Strategy Two: Turn Up the Music

Using live music to draw a crowd has been a trusty go-to strategy for more than 200 years. In fact, the famous street preachers George Whitefield and Charles Wesley were both musical prodigies and used the streets as open air chapels and musical street corner ministries. The Salvation Army picked up where Whitefield and Wesley left off, and “invaded” America with their “Six Hallelujah Lassies” in 1880. And the music doesn’t necessarily need to be professionally polished either. Hymns, ballads, dittys, duets, instrumentals – any kind of music played in the open air is great way to draw crowds.

Strategy Three: Use Trivia Questions to Pique a Crowd’s Interest

What is the largest freshwater lake in the world? Who is the Benedictine monk who invented Champaign?  How many furlongs are in a mile?

Catch you by surprise? Having trivia questions thrown at you is not only fun, it’s also a great way to draw a crowd, and keep them coming back. In fact, one of the most influential street preachers in history, Ray Comfort, is credited with being one of the first people to leverage this strategy. He would start every one of corner preaches by asking trivia questions to draw a crowd. He would also give a dollar to each person who answers correctly.

He pointed out that initially people are slow to gather because they are naturally wary of the man using a megaphone, standing on a box and giving away money. But once they realize he is giving away his own money for answers to trivia questions, their love for money takes over and they begin shouting answers. The sound of people shouting, laughing, and clapping is the kind of raucousness that lures curious people to join the crowd.

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How to Choose the Best Size Megaphone for Your Needs

ThunderPower’s line of heavy-duty bullhorn megaphones are good tools to have around in many situations. From outdoor playing fields to indoor classrooms or even as part of an emergency preparedness kit, there are many times when having a battery powered megaphone can be a real asset. The truth is that almost all outdoor settings with groups of people and background noises are an excellent place for megaphones. Of course, the question of knowing exactly what kind of megaphone to use during specific events is important and can be a little confusing.

From Compact to Military Strength

ThunderPower Megaphones are lighter and louder than most off-the-shelf brands of megaphones, and because we offer a full line of megaphones, our customers have a nice variety of options from which to choose when they want their voices to be heard.

For example, the ThunderPower 150 Megaphone has a super compact design and only weighs 2 lbs. with batteries. However, it still has 15 watts of power to be heard more than 600 yards away, making this the perfect megaphone for day care centers or guided outdoor tours.

On the total opposite end of the spectrum is the ThunderPower 1200 megaphone. This megaphone is so powerful and so loud that we often refer to it as the “earthquake maker” because it will rattle the streets and shake the windows! With a full 45-watt power supply, the ThunderPower 1200 can be heard from more than 2,000 yards away! This megaphone is a favorite for military personnel and peace officers who need to control large crowds.

There are different megaphone sizes for different purposes. Here is the ThunderPower 450 Megaphone being used by a military officer addressing his troops.

Where Would You Use a Bullhorn Megaphone?

Other popular occasions where less powerful ThunderPower Megaphones could be incorporated include school camping trips, scouting jamborees, group hikes, and beach picnics. These activities will usually include 10 – 50 people scattered over a wide area, making communication through battery powered megaphones a perfect solution to communicate with everyone no matter how far they’ve wandered.

When involving yourself in protest rallies, political gatherings, or even religious congregations, more powerful Thunderpower Megaphones would be the best strategy. Typically, these kinds of gatherings involve hundreds or thousands of people and lots of surrounding noise could present the right conditions where and amplified megaphone should be used. This of course depends on the number of attendees, and the expanse over which they will be dispersed. The more ground to be covered, the more power you need behind your voice.

Megaphones are Suitable for Use Anywhere

The truth is making yourself heard is important, and so anywhere you need to be heard is a good place to use a ThunderPower Megaphone.  but it is important that you make sure that you are not going to be breaking any laws with the words you say or how loud you get.

For more information on ThunderPower Megaphones contact us today at 866-927-7955. ThunderPower Megaphones are exclusively distributed by Discount Tw-Way Radio

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ThunderPower Megaphones Help You Exercise Your First Amendment Rights

Man using ThunderPower megaphone to express himself on the street.

ThunderPower Megaphones were created to help people better express themselves. Of course, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution explicitly protects your right to free expression with or without the amplified sound of an electronic bullhorn. But since you are going to exercise your right to speak, don’t you think people should hear you?

ThunderPower Bullhorns are designed for maximum power and volume and constructed from durable materials to withstand damage following being dropped or banged against hard surfaces. More and more people are turning to ThunderPower megaphones to incorporate into public speaking engagements, protests, or campaign rallies.

However, in addition to being armed with a ThunderPower megaphone, understanding some basic First Amendment principles and guidelines for free speech will help protect your rights while amplifying your message. That’s why ThunderPower Megaphones decided to outline a couple fundamental First Amendment principles everyone should know before hitting the streets with your message.

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Principle Number One: When Using Megaphones, It Is Your Conduct That Counts Not Your Content

In other words, it’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it. Your right to express your opinion is protected no matter what beliefs you hold. However, how you present your beliefs is what matters. This issue was at the center of an important in a 1919 Supreme Court decision that rejected a man’s defense that he could yell, “fire” in a crowded theater. Any expression or protest that causes serious disruption can be stopped by law enforcement or other government agencies. But with a few notable exceptions, nobody can restrict your rights simply because they don’t like what you say.

ThunderPower Megaphone as a symbol of free speech

Still, as long as you are not expressing “dangerous” expressions, the First Amendment protects your right to express your opinion, even if it’s unpopular. That means you can criticize the President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or even the chief of police without fear of retaliation. But again, you can’t grab your ThunderPower Megaphone to start a riot or yell “rob that store” because this is considered speech that is intended to “inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace” and you will be subject to arrest. Further, First Amendment rights doesn’t extend to slander, libel, dangerous threats or speech that incites imminent violence or law-breaking.

Principle Number Two: Free Speech is for Everyone

The one thing is crystal clear regarding free speech is that it applies to everyone. That’s right, whether you are a Mormon or Muslim; man or woman, young or old, or whether you are an evangelist or an atheist you are protected by the First Amendment. Also, it doesn’t matter if you’re a U.S. citizen, whether you speak English, or are not of voting age. ThunderPower Megaphones wants to remind you that free speech is for everyone who is physically in the United States.

Principle Number Three: It Is About When, Where and How

Consider when, where and how you use your free-speech rights. If you organize a rally that causes violence or unnecessary disruption, your event may be disbanded. Every municipality has regulations and it’s your responsibility to understand them. You must observe reasonable regulations on time, place, and manner when you exercise your rights to demonstrate and protest.

This brings us to two additional points as well:

  1. Do you need a permit to march, promote, or advocate?

Whether you’re marching on city hall, holding a candlelight vigil, or rallying outside the statehouse or a private business, you should check your local municipal codes before pulling out the megaphone.

In general, the government can’t prohibit marches or rallies. However, it can make you get a permit in order to avoid competing uses of an area, and you don’t abuse the amount of time you use occupying the space or vandalizing the area.

In general, lawyers advise people to double check the specific rules and guidelines for the city you will be speaking in.

  • How much noise can you make?

This area specifically addresses how you use your Thunderpower Megaphone, and like many municipal ordinances, the answer depends on what city you are in.  However, in general this very important principle applies: You may use amplification devices as long as your intent is to communicate your message, not to disturb the peace. The government may require permits for music, drums and megaphones, most city ordinances are narrowly tailored so that they prevent excessive noise without interfering with your free-speech rights. Check your local regulations. You may not need a permit to use your ThunderPower bullhorn or megaphone, but the government may ban noisy parties without a purpose, or sound that is “amplified to a loud and raucous volume.”