I work for a consulting firm and have planned and organized an outreach event at the suggestion of the managing partner. It will take place in a public library, in a meeting room. This is a free event for elementary-aged kids to learn some basic computer science concepts. It is worth noting that I live in a very populous, affluent area with a high proportion of citizens that place a huge amount of value on education and especially STEM education.
Due to a project that came up at work and was requiring all of my attention, I didn't get started advertising as soon as I had hoped. I was able to have a meeting with our marketing team, and they designed a flyer; however, I didn't get to hang them until last Saturday. (The event is this Saturday.)
However, I hung them in quite a few community centers and libraries in the area. These areas were full of people when I hung up the flyers, and are usually full of people, so I figured lots of people would see them. I also shared the post on social media (Facebook and LinkedIn) where it got some attention—not a lot, but not none, either.
It's been four days and still 0 signups on the Google form to which the flyer and the posts direct. I also said they could contact me by email, and I have received 0 emails. I checked the flyer and the posts to make sure the links were correct and working. They are.
I have just reached out to a contact I made while hanging flyers who seemed very supportive of the event and interested in its success to see if he has any advice. I am waiting on a response to that.
It is also worth noting that I live in the US and due to a horrific oversight, I scheduled the event for the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, which will naturally mean fewer people will be in town. Still, in an area as populous, motivated, affluent, and hypercompetitive as this one, I am perplexed that not a single person has signed up.
I am thinking it might be the case that parents are seeing this flyer and are feeling too lazy to click the link or fill out the form. It has about 7 questions, and in an area this bustling, maybe that's too much work.
The room is reserved and paid for with no opportunity for refund, so I plan to show up anyway with the materials and try to see if any kids who happen to be in the library that day are interested in coming in spontaneously and doing the activity in a less structured setting. I'm not sure what the best way to do this is as I don't think it's appropriate to "solicit" in a public library, so right now I'm planning on standing outside the door of the meeting room I have reserved with some markers in my hand and a pleasant expression, next to a sign advertising the event, and possibly gently asking passersby if they would like to learn about computers.
The reason I'm posting this here is that my social skills/people reading skills are subpar and I'm not sure if there's something unspoken going on that is glaringly obvious. I can't believe that in this area not one single person would want to sign their kid up for this. These are people who spend thousands of dollars for YEARS on SAT prep classes to guarantee their student gets a 2400.
Is there anything I can do to save this before it's too late?