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Looking to see what people are doing to get a count of visitors by car.

 

Currently I have security cameras and since the cars have to come down one street I am able to see when they pull over or run on to the side street to view my show.

 

I review the video at a faster rate each day and count the cars - as the display grows this may not be the best way to continue, so looking for ideas that others have used and find useful.

 

Looking forward to the ideas.

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I don't even try to count the cars here. I just check to make sure traffic is flowing.

 

LOL - I like to have an idea on how many people come by, still growing and inquiring minds want to know - plus I can even figure out the cost per bulb per person to run the show - :P  --- just kidding I am not THAT crazyed.

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I do the same thing, count cars by use of the security cameras.  I select a different charity each year and they like to know how many cars came by to see the display.

I'm thinking about putting some sort of light trip counter that only counts the cars going by during the hours of the display.  I may do both this year and see how the totals come out.

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How about a traffic counter like the ones that to local DOT uses on roads - the ones with the hose across the road?  eBay has some infrared traffic counters for interior retail use that might could be adapted to outdoor use.

 

I had thought of looking for something like that along with the idea of using a driveway alarm unit, i.e. put it where the cars go by so every time it buzzes you could count.

 

However, there is the idea of then having to estimate how many cars are just going by or are neighbors, should not be that many.

 

Nice to see I am going along the same paths.

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It's interesting to read that folks feel a need to count visitors. The charities I deal with would be much more focused on how much funding you have raised in the past, or in the case of a first time event plan to raise, rather than having any concerns regarding vehicle traffic that may frequent/pass by the event...

That being said I am curious Chuck - did you have to get permission to place your pneumatic sensor across the roadway, or are you able to just put it up and taken it down each evening?

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I use a trail cam they are cheap and easy to use  it snaps a pic when it senses movement i set it up a few week before we turn on our display to get a average number of nightly cars and then remove that amount to get a general amount of cars during display nights

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I dont see why people fee the need to worry about things like how many cars drove by just put up your lights and enjoy and maybe others will come by and enjoy them too its not about how many car you can squeeze down your road each night it is about christmas and that is enough to make me want to decorate not because I want to be famous

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I know they line up down the street every year.  That's good enough for me.  I dress up as Santa only 2-3 nights during the season, and that's the only time I'm outside during the show.  I kick off the show the weekend after Thanksgiving & tweak it for the next couple weeks.  Other than this it's on it's on whether anyone drives by or not.

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To each their own - I like to do it.  I can't collect for charity - too many legal issues here in Taxachussetts - and I like to know how many cars come down to show growth to help me decide to increase the size of the show or make other changes.

 

I don't have full street most of the time and that is ok, however seeing the growth year to year is nice to know.

 

So, for those who don't care - cool - I am sure you have your areas you are focused on - for those of us who do like to know - these ideas are useful and I appreicate the feedback.

 

The countdown to starting the shows have started for some of us - and too all a good year!

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i guess i don't get it so if you had 250 cars you might increase display but if you had only 200 you would say oh screw it im quitting the hobby?

 

Not quite that, but yes, if I am going to keep investing and growing, I would like to know if more people are coming by.  I would not quit, but I would not expand as much if at all either.

 

It's called results - while I do this for myself, I also want to know that people enjoy it and if you can't measure it in some way you don't know what is right or not.  I dont' get too much feedback from my website, however I do get it by going out when there are more than a few cars watching and talking to the visitors, and I also get it by seeing if I have more visitors.

 

I know I am not alone on this, many sites track visitors - I know of one in CA that because the vistiors come by on foot he uses a hand counter, as I said to each their own, it does not hold interest for you, however in my case it provides a form of feedback I would like to track. :cool:

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I don't count cars or people; but, I've heard that some folks hand out mini candy canes to each person in every car (including adults) and use that to tally visitors

 

 

I know of a few people who do that as well, I hand out a few on the nights and times I go outside, however I don't want to stand for hours each night in the cold. :o   If I move to a warmer climate that would more than likely change.

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I've always used candy canes but that is a low estimate. I like the trail can idea. I've often wondered only because we have so many people that come to see the house. And of course it is always a question we get asked. For me I'd love to know just for the fun of it if nothing else. I grow or shrink because I choose to and for our visitors. But I do it more for my own selfish reasons. Lol.

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I know of a few people who do that as well, I hand out a few on the nights and times I go outside, however I don't want to stand for hours each night in the cold. :o   If I move to a warmer climate that would more than likely change.

If you moved to a warmer climate, LOTS of things would change -- For example in some meeting somewhere I learned that some folks here have to plan their display so that they can still cut the grass -- are you kidding? Doesn't everyone have to use a hammer drill and concrete bit to get their wireframes in?? To keep it on track, I guess you could count tire tracks in the snow.
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If you moved to a warmer climate, LOTS of things would change -- For example in some meeting somewhere I learned that some folks here have to plan their display so that they can still cut the grass -- are you kidding? Doesn't everyone have to use a hammer drill and concrete bit to get their wireframes in?? To keep it on track, I guess you could count tire tracks in the snow.

 

LOL - great answer - just proves you have to be a real light geek to do this in the North East - if you don't have to de-ice your display it's too warm where you are!

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