Hey FedHeads! This is your beloved MFCEO, Logan here with you. Hoping everyone had a safe, happy, very productive holiday and new year. And I wanted to take a second and just write a blog post about some of the successes and stuff, looking back at what happened in 2015.
2015 was a great year for cigar Federation. We accomplished a lot, but here are just a few of the highlights.
First, if you remember in early February/March we launched our app. The launch of the app has actually grown the community itself. It provides about a 20% uplift in our traffic and members, and has made Cigar Federation exactly what we were trying to be; a mobile, on-the-go experience, wherever you are. The app is definitely not perfect, by any means, but it is something I am going to be focusing on. Updating it and making it even more user friendly in the coming year.
Second, this was actually announced in 2014, but we had our first Cigar Federation member’s trip do the Drew Estate Factory in Estelí Nicaragua. Where we had several members go down and actually get to see the process of seed to smoke. It was a great trip getting to see all of our FedHeads and seeing the back end of the cigar world. Where the cigars start out before they end up in your local cigar shop or in your hand when you're smoking, hanging on Cigar Federation. We also have a trip coming up here in 2016 which is already booked, but we have another trip coming up as well.
Third, we have a new mod. Seth “Big Tuna” Geise became a mod to Cigar Federation, shutting down his site, “Seth’s Humidor”, and coming over to Cigar Federation. Seth’s my boy and he’s been a welcome addition to the team. With that, we actually lost a mod. We lost Catfish, who had been with us since early 2013, due to some work commitments. We hate to see the guy go, but he still has no f****** palate and he can go f*** himself.
Fourth, if you remember, we had IPCPR and we absolutely crushed it this year, recording over eighty videos. I have to shout out to John & Rob, and Jerad of course, for all of the hard work of getting the videos. Doing the editing, which was John. Rob being on camera and getting all of that content for us.
Fifth, is something I’m really proud of. We had our third annual raffle, which supports different charities in the cigar community. This year though, instead of Project Mañana, we supported Techo. Every year Matt makes a comment that he thinks I’m crazy, on the amount of donations that we will actually get. Previous years we set $4,500, the next year was $6,500 and for 2015 we set a goal of $10,000. I’m not gonna lie, it was down to the wire, but we did raise $10,000 for Techo. Which is going to be used for building five houses on our Cigar Federation trip in Estelí, Nicaragua. To support the local families there in Estelí. Very, very excited about that.
Sixth, I totally forgot at this the Throwdown. Between us and Dojo. Where Cigar Federation, not to toot my own horn, was the winner. By one vote! It was a really cool project and I’m looking at doing some more cool stuff like that in the future.
Also this year, we lost one of our site shows. Stogie Geeks had been with us for a little over year. Probably a year and a half. They re-upped and revamped their site and moved back into their platform. We wish Paul and Coop the very best. They are obviously welcome on Cigar Federation anytime.
There were a lot of other things that happened. Jay came back from overseas serving our country and he was “bombed” epically which was organized by Matt and a few of the other mods. There's some other stuff too. I’d have to actually go back and read through some crazy shit that happened.
Just looking back on the year, I think it was a great year for Cigar Federation. I mean right now we sit at just a shade under 3,700 members and it seems to be growing every single day. Without our members interacting, watching shows, etc. The site would be nothing. So, what I would like you guys to is take ten seconds after reading this and tell us something you like to see us work on in 2016. Do you want us to work on the app? Or provide a dashboard for trade easiness? Or whatever you think will make Cigar Federation better, leave a comment below and tell me what you think.
With that, from the bottom of my heart, I truly appreciate everyone who takes some of their free time and spends it on Cigar Federation to interact and talk about cigars. Because, ultimately that’s what we all care about, what we love and why we are all here.