One of the most difficult parts of a school fundraiser is generating buzz and promoting the fundraiser effectively. Send out an email, post fliers but ultimately you want your community to interact with the product! Samples are key in this school fundraiser promotion strategy.
Just like free samples at a grocery store, a great way to promote your fundraiser is by letting potential customer try out the project. Product sampling can be a great source for word-of-mouth buzz (“Have you seen that cute grocery bag?”) and it gets people imagining themselves owning the product. A key way to get the bags noticed is by giving teachers or school administration some of your samples and have them use them and carry them around before you kick off your fundraiser.
Set up a display in the front hallway of your school where parents drop off students more often. Preschools and elementary school fundraisers may find it beneficial to have teachers wear the bags out as they are escorting students to the car. You can also host a mini fashion show with parents and take pictures of them trying on the bags, then post them to your school’s Facebook page or website.
Last week, PTO Today posted a short blog announcing their partnership with mobile payment device PayAnywhere. PayAnywhere is a mobile credit card processing app that attaches to a mobile smartphone and allows users to read and accept credit card payments with a swipe. For a small transaction fee (2.69%), PayAnywhere takes the check out of the equation and let’s people pay up front and automatically, forgoing the hassles of counting checks and organizing cash & coins. The funds go directly into your specified organization’s bank account.
Reusable bags are great for adding some style to your errands with the added plus that they’re good for the environment! The one thing every consumer should be aware of with reusable bags is how to properly take care and clean them. Reusable bags can be home to a lot of unwelcome bacteria – stuff you definitely don’t want near your produce or recent shopping splurges! Not too worry – it’s an easy fix. Just use these simple tricks to keep your reusable bags clean and ready when you are for your next farmers market!
1. Meat in one bag – produce in the other! Separate your meat and produce and designate a particular bag for each use. Tote a smaller bag to put into your larger reusable grocery bag for small produce or a package of meat. You can add a label to your bags so baggers at your local market will know which bag you use for which items.
2. Laundry, look elsewhere. Try to avoid using your reusable grocery bags as a bag for laundry or gym clothes – those should have their own spot in your car – preferably in a machine-washable bag.
3. Clean and store them properly. When you get home, or at the end of the week, wash your reusable bags with soap and warm water. Wipe them dry and let them air out to ensure all the moisture has evaporated. Some people recommend hanging a small clothesline or hooks in your mud room or near your back door so the bags can air out properly.
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Mixed Bag Designs is on Instagram and our design and marketing team is constantly updating photos from our workshop and design studio – plus in and around town! All bag ladies and fundraising photo lovers welcome! See our Instagram at instagram.com/mixedbagdesigns.
In our new series of fundraiser tips, Mixed Bag Designs’ account reps and past fundraiser chairs hope to provide some fundraiser ideas that will help maximize your profits and minimize your stress levels (fingers crossed!). For this post we’re concentrating on the “bread and butter” of a school fundraiser: the funds! Read on to get ideas and learn the best practices of handling the money and funds during your fundraiser.
Today is International Women’s Day, where we take a moment to reflect on the achievements women have made over the past 100 years. Mixed Bag Designs has its own Women’s Day moment as a new start-up business in a sea of male-dominated fundraiser companies. How did it all start?
In early 2008, two mothers in the San Francisco Bay Area were starting a business designing and manufacturing stylish reusable bags that would spruce up errands and grocery runs. Their philosophy was to create a great product with fantastic designs and maintain a commitment to environmental responsibility. Every year over 100 billion disposable plastic bags are used in the U.S. and fewer than 10% get recycled. A Mixed Bag Designs Grocery Bag holds almost twice as much as a standard plastic bag, and they last for years.