I got a crazy idea earlier today about going around town to the local businesses (the smaller ones, "Mom and Pop" type stores) in an attempt to personally talk to them about accepting Bitcoins.
My two biggest fears are for them to assume two things: 1) That I'm trying to sell them something, or 2) that it is nothing more than a scam.
Key points about what I want to do:
-I don't want to charge to help people start accepting/using Bitcoin. To me, this would undermine the goal. If a business would have to pay in order to accept Bitcoin, they would be less willing to do so. (though I would accept "tips" if they want to after their first few transactions in Bitcoin)
-I DO want to look professional and be prepared.
-I am perfectly willing to help with (almost) any costs. This would include "Bitcoin accepted here" signs, and other sorts of things. I would NOT be willing to cover costs of computers/PDAs/Phones.
As of now, I'm looking for "marketing materials" that I could bring in a folder when I talk to store owners. I am also considering wearing jeans and the Bitcoin polo from cryptoanarchy.us
; a kind of, semi-casual, but still professional kind of look, that also is related to what I'm there for.
I think the real key is to not get to technical about Bitcoin; maybe explain it more like "tokens that can be exchanged for dollars, or used to buy other goods"? From a business perspective, at least right now, that would probably be the best way to sell them on it. Much like Visa and Mastercard are services that facilitate the exchange of dollars.
Any additional suggestions? Anyone have materials already made up that I could use?