In order to post in our social media groups, it requires a listing on DiscoverJBLM.com.
This is not a new concept. If you join your local chamber of commerce or any other business networking group, you can't join or post in their groups unless you are a member.
If you join a multi-level marketing company, you can't post in their groups unless you are a part of the company.
Every single member who joins our groups has specifically agreed to our group rules and membership.
Ultimately, it us unfair to our members to have non-members post in our groups. Our rules are clearly stated when requested to join and are agreed to upon requesting entry. Anyone removed for violating the rules are notified and given the opportunity to join again as a business member.
This limits the amount of people posting businesses in our groups and allows for more interaction as well. This limits the spammers and others who try and scam individuals from their hard earned dollars. You will notice the difference while being a member in our groups. We meticulously prune our groups removing fake accounts, accounts no longer active and those from suspicious countries. No one else does this which leaves them open to scams. This also gives you the most true numbers to active members. Above all, we don't have time for drama in our groups and work to make our groups a respectful place to be.
Every large facebook group around JBLM has a business background to it. Whether it's photography, real estate, food delivery, etc... EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. Occasionally some of these groups or their members are upset that we don't allow them to join and post their business and they may state their disagreement under the guise of "unfair."
DiscoverJBLM.com was created by MSG(R) Dave Maestas. He is a retired Airborne Ranger (2/75 Ranger Regiment) and Special Forces "Green Beret" (1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), member the US Army Ranger Association and Special Forces Association with over 21 years living in the JBLM area with 15 years stationed at JBLM. Both of our young children were born at Madigan.
He built this affordable platform and over 150,000 people in JBLM area Facebook groups so that people had an option to advertise. We charge a lifetime flat fee for military/spouses as a discount to help them further. Compare this to the local newspaper for military which generally is around $400 per month for the smallest ad 2"x2" or even the MWR which charges thousands of dollars more to be able to be on base and advertise to the military.
We wanted to stand up for others and offer them this service. It can't be free, we have overhead and costs to run this and we are nationwide with sites across military bases and social media groups. Our revenue rarely pays for any of our efforts month to month and in fact, most of the time to manage it all with software costs comes out of Dave's retirement check.
We understand that some do not understand the scope of what we do. It's easy to say, "It's unfair." Truthfully, you can't get a better deal to advertise than this anywhere else. Ultimately it has taken over six years of hard work to build. No one should ever have to give away their efforts for free. That's unAmerican. Every single person is given the option to join or or not when they first visit our site or social media groups. Every 6 months or so we get someone upset that we won't allow them to advertise their business for free. It's shameful to make that demand on false pretenses for personal gain and we are forced to ban them from our groups. Those are the people you don't want to do business with anyways.
We don't demand anyone's products and services for free.