Fall Festivals and Football Season are Here… Is Your Business Ready?

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Is your business ready for Fall events?

It’s time (at least on the east coast) for long sleeves, blankets, crisp, cooler days and turning leaves.  It’s also a very happy time of year… for fall festivals, craft shows, trick or treat and football and other team sports.

What do festivals, craft shows, Halloween and sporting events have in common? Refreshments, teamwork, games and prizes. Fall events and activities are focused on bring groups of people together.  Families will gather more during the period between now and the end of the year than during any other time of the year.  Is your business ready?

If your company is looking for ways to gain easy exposure, think about how you can make the most of these events.  Between now and the end of the year there will be many opportunities to present your products and services.

Think of your customers, and where they like to hang out. What games, festivals, fundraising walks, occasions, and other activities will they participate in this year.  Will your company be represented at these events? Gatherings are great opportunities for your business, so lets look at a few ways to expose your advertising message.

  1. Fundraising. If your organization is running a concession stand or providing refreshments for one of these events, why not purchase cups, bags, t-shirts, blankets and other items that can be used for fundraising.  For sporting events, what fan wouldn’t want an item with the name of their school and mascot to take home after the game? Are you selling popcorn, fountain drinks, coffee or hot chocolate?
    custom printed megaphones

    Custom Megaphones Make Great Souvenirs

    Custom stadium cups, hot/cold beverage cups and sleeves, stuffed animals, rah phones (megaphones), can/bottle coolers make great souvenirs and serve well for fundraising.  For example, megaphones turned upside down are great popcorn containers and come with lids as well.  Plastic stadium cups serve well as souvenir cups.  If you’re already selling refreshments, why not take it to the next level?  Offer free refills when fans buy the souvenir item (like a cup) and sell even more

  2. Sponsor an Event. If your community has a sports team, upcoming festival or craft event, why not partner with your favorite group or cause to sponsor the event? Donating useful items with the name of the event or your favorite group or charity along with your company name and contact information will give your company exposure and be will greatly appreciated in the community. Contact the group you’re interested in helping to see what items are most needed and what their requirements are for donations.  Some groups may require that you include their logo on items, and some may not.  Make sure the organization you’re interested in will take the items and that you offer is viewed as a mutually beneficial exchange.

    Pump up Concession Sales!

    The emphasis should always be in helping an organization in meeting it’s goals.  Items like cups, personal grooming items, blankets, mugs, and other items related to the event can be donated, helping the organization and providing positive exposure for your company.

  3. Co-Op Advertising.  Team up with another company in your area (one that compliments yours) to advertise at these events and save even more while gaining exposure.  You could for example share the cost of printing and distributing promotional items during an event.  Make sure to reach an agreement  with key decision makers on how the advertising will look and how the items will be distributed, as well as who will be responsible for what before you have items printed.

  4. Motivate and Reward. Plaques, awards, and gift items are great ways to motivate teams, recognize and say thank you to employees, volunteers, customers and others who contribute to your success.  If you’re on a tight budget, make a list that contains employees, volunteers, customers, suppliers, prospects and other important groups.  Prioritize your lists and pick times during the year that you can say thank you to these groups.Timing is everything, so figure out the best time or times each year to recognize these groups.  Check with us throughout the year for ideas deals and items in our Windjammer catalog that will be useful and appreciated.  There are also custom items that can be combined with other items or used alone that make wonderful raffle items and prizes. Don’t be afraid to use your creativity.

There are just a few ideas but there are many more that will fit your needs.   As fall approaches and people are supporting their favorite teams, participating in walks and other awareness events, getting ready for the holidays and enjoying the changing seasons, there are many ways to spread the word and build your brand without the hard sell.  Make use of these opportunities with the “silent salesmen” that work, even when you’re not around.

Deadline Approaching? 24 Hour Cups are the Answer!

24 Hour Custom Stadium Cups

24 Hour Custom Stadium Cups

These custom stadium cups are made in the USA and available for free 24 hour service.  Exact quantity shipped… no overruns or underruns.  No extra charge to print on the back side…
 These cups make an excellent addition to events all year long.
Custom printed plastic cups are reusable and come in a variety of sizes including 12, 16, 22 and 32 oz sizes. With lids and straws available, they’re a hit at parties and outdoor activities.  Add a name, reunion, wedding, anniversary. birth date, advertising message, or unique design to make your party a huge hit.
Imprinted, reusable stadium cups make great promotional items for corporate events, parties, weddings, bat-mitzvahs, bar-mitzvahs, and get togethers.   Recipients keep them and reuse them year round, constantly being reminded of the great time they had at the event.
Schools and youth organizations use them as fundraisers at football, basketball and baseball games, or at any event. Offering a discounted or free refills is a great way to raise funds to sports programs and it reminds everyone of the great time they had at games.
Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs offer their customers free or discounted refills in their printed souvenir cups, and their customers keep coming back! Give your cups away at carnivals, festivals, sporting events, picnics, or anywhere people might be drinking cool beverages. Reusable lids and translucent straws make your cup extra special. We have lots of colors and styles of reusable printed plastic cups available too.
Contact us today to shop for stadium cups in a variety of minimum quantities, a variety of sizes, made in the U.S.A. and 24 hour service.

What Customers Are Saying

Custom Birthday Cups

Today we’re featuring a unique idea that one of our customers had for a birthday party.   She planned a milestone birthday party with a movie theme.  The festivities included renting a movie theater where the guests celebrated by viewing a new take on the beloved 1984 classic film, “Footloose.”

For the movie-goer’s beverages, she ordered50 of the 16 oz. plastic stadium cups in the party’s theme colors, with flyer lids and straws.  The imprint read “Sue is 40 and Footloose” with a gym shoe graphic.  The cups added to the theme of the party and provided a great keepsake for the guests and guest of honor.

Our customer was very happy with the cups and her overall buying experience.  She sent a picture and shared “The party was a lot of fun! My sister has a few friends that are graphic designers/floral designers/landscape designers…all were VERY impressed with the cups! Thank you for all of your help!”

We appreciate the comments and feedback from our customers.  If you have success stories, tips and ideas, please feel free to share them. We want to share your ideas, and are interested in how you’re using promotional items.   Thank you for sharing!

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Idea of the Day: A Novel Way to Say Thanks

Novel Ways to Say Thank You

Novel Ways to Say Thank You

Wedding mints are a great addition to showers, rehearsal dinners, parties, the reception, etc. However, one customer thought of using them in a novel way that made us take “note”.

Their idea included using the individually wrapped mints after the wedding, including them with the thank you note to show their appreciation.

A handwritten thank you note that contains a personalized message, coupled with a wedding mint that has “Thanks for Sharing Our Special Day” imprinted on the wrapper is a thoughtful, and memorable way to recognize those who made your day perfect.

Hospitality mints can be used for business and social applications. Say thank you for any reason and for any occasion.

The mints are available in a variety of flavors and the packaging that comes in a number of popular colors, can be custom printed with your logo and message and distributed as part of your next direct mail package. Include them in your next campaign and send us your success story.

Stay tuned for more ideas. Contact us to place an order.

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Sale Pricing on Low Minimum Custom Stadium Cups Expires Soon!

Hurry, the lowest sale pricing on low minimum stadium cups expires on 9/30/11. This means your order must be submitted to the factory and all artwork approved on the 30th to receive sale pricing.

Don’t miss out on the best pricing on 12, 16, and 22 ounce cups for your fall and winter events. You can order as few a 50 cups for parties, outdoor picnics, fall festivals and more!

The price includes a one color, one location imprint on one or both sides in a variety of cup colors. We also have napkins, cup holders and so much more.

If you need help with artwork, we can help you with a wide variety of stock images, or we can create graphic images for you with your special messages.

Contact us today to get started.

Fund Raising Idea of the Day

Fund Raising Ideas

A high school sports team sells full color custom stadium cups, apparel, and other items at concession stands to raise money for equipment, the year end banquet and awards.

The school utilizes local business sponsors for the items to help off set the cost, offering local companies and stores the ability to place their logos on the items.  On game nights, they offer free refills on soft drinks purchased in the stadium cups. The cups also serve as a reusable souvenir that goes home with the crowd providing extended exposure for the advertising sponsors.

Let us know how we can help with your next fund raising event! Get other fund raising ideas

Plan Now for the Busiest Time of the Year

Full Color Custom Plastic Cups

Full Color Custom Cups 12, 17, 20 and 32 Oz. Sizes Avail

Need a low cost way to build your business and gain exposure?  Fall will arrive soon with about 85 days until Halloween.   This is an excellent time to plan a fall event (or several) to promote a company, a person, or an event.  Did you know that Halloween is the second largest retail shopping season, surpassed only by Christmas?  After Halloween, the selling (and printing) season gets really busy, with Thanksgiving and then Christmas.  That doesn’t include the other national observances like National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The last quarter of the year is packed full of opportunities to reach out to existing customers and attract new ones.  It would be easy to skip attending or hosting as many of these opportunities as possible if this has been a particularly hard year for your organization.  The economy has been a challenge on multiple fronts.  However when you’re experiencing a slump, it would be a mistake to skip these opportunities because they will set the tone for the rest of this year and the beginning of next year.

Planning is key to the success of any event or promotion on your schedule from now until the end of the year.  Promotional items can be the key to your marketing success because they are very affordable, and they go a long way toward keeping your name in front of customers, prospects and associates over the long term.  If you’re not sure how well they can work for you, consider these books, available on our Amazon bookstore:  The Silent Salesmen: Guaranteed Strategies for Increasing Sales and Profits Using Promotional ProductsThe Power of Promotional Products.  Ordering promotional (custom printed) items early,  is key to obtaining quality items and taking advantage of sales and discounts to meet your needs.   Ordering early also allows you to avoid frustration from additional fees for expedited production and shipment, limited selection,  and the holiday rush that occurs each year.

Take a look at your planner today and make a list of the events, advertising promotions, conferences and workshops you plan to host or attend through the rest of the year.  Decide which promotional items you’ll need to purchase and make plans to purchase them long before the holiday rush sets in.   Contact us for quality promotional items for budgets of all sizes and manufacturer’s specials for popular, name brand items.

If your planner looks a little empty, look at the business building tip below:

If you’re a small business, consider contacting a community group, church, school etc. and sponsoring or co-sponsoring an event and donating custom printed items Halloween trick or treat bags, t-shirts, cups, balloons  and more with the event logo or theme (and your sponsor message on a portion of the item) for souvenirs.   It’s a great way to make your message highly visible to the public, and family related holidays and observances can provide opportunities to reach children as well as their parents, while promoting goodwill in the community.

Other custom printed items like ribbons, buttons and awards can be used for prizes, raffles and give away items during fall festivals, parades and more.   Contact us or visit our Halloween Headquarters ad for ideas covering the next major holiday.  Then get ready for events scheduled through the rest of the year.  Be prepared to take advantage of the additional opportunities you’ll be presented with during the last quarter.

Promotional Items and Custom Printed T-Shirts.