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  • Holiday Chocolate Bar Wraps & Tags

    Holiday Fundraising Wraps

    The holidays are here! With a chill in the air and that warm festive winter feeling, it’s the perfect time of year to jumpstart holiday sales and make a better profit with your fundraising.

    Add holiday cheer to your products and create more profit opportunity with our free printable holiday wraps! We’ve created three new designs for you to download and use on your winter items that are sure to boost sales. Each design includes a $1 chocolate bar design, $2 chocolate bar design, and a tag design that can be tied to any item with just a little ribbon or even some tape. Get creative and use the tags for more than just lollipops, some examples would be using ribbon or yarn to tie the tags to crackers, pretzel rods, or even jerky.

    There are many ways to create a better profit, or make a better buying experience for your customers with the bar wraps for the winter months. Make a festive fundraising table with each of your bars wrapped in a different design. Set up a spot with pens and markers and allow customers to write their messages on the “to and from” section on the back of the bars, and then wrap the candies themselves. Or even personally wrap each item in your cases for holiday themed sales on the go! If you decide to have a table setup, try to organize the products well so that customers can make easy choices. Clearly list prices so there is no confusion. Try to have a variety of product on the table to have more buying options.  Make signs to promote the holidays, or decorate your table with holiday cheer!

    If you decide to make sales easier for on the go, decorate bags or boxes in holiday themes to carry your products in, or organize different candy varieties by using a different holiday wrap design for each new product. You can download our holiday sales sign here as a quick way to add some cheer and information.

    Great selling points also come with this time of year. Promote sales and products by advertising cheerful ways to use them. Use the decorated candy to sell for holiday candy grams for schools or sports teams, decorate candy to sell for stocking stuffers, or even just for a small personalized gift to show someone you are thinking about them this holiday season. There are lots of ways to show appreciation for someone this time of year.  See what you can come up with by getting creative!

    If you're looking for a cheerful and festive fundraiser this winter, call 1-800-500-1234 and one of out friendly fundraising experts would be glad to assist you with selecting a sweet and cheerful profit maker before the end of this year!

  • How to Select the Best Fundraiser

    How do you select the best fundraiser for your group? Do you base your decision on profit percentage, the type of item to sell, what cause you are working for, how many sellers you have, or simply base it off what you like? There are so many ways to go about selecting a fundraiser it can seem overwhelming or even difficult to choose what item to sell. We’ve gone through and outlined all the high points on how to select the best fundraiser for you.

    PROFIT PERCENTAGE
    Choosing a fundraiser based on the profit margin is probably the first thing that comes to mind when fundraiser shopping. We stock a variety of profit points for you to choose from, all at varying selling price points. While higher profit is always a good thing, be sure to consider everything else about a particular fundraiser. You can quickly determine how much each seller needs to raise with this simple formula: “Your profit amount” divided by “number of sellers” = “amount each student needs to make.”
    From there, you can take a look at each cases’ profit and determine your course of action for the type of fundraiser and the quantity.

    • Determine your profit goal so as to figure out how much each seller needs to make in profit.
    • $2 fundraisers bring you more profit in fewer sales than typical $1 fundraisers.
    • Take your timeline into consideration. How quickly do sales need to be made?

    CAUSE & LOCATION
    Considering where you will be selling and even what your group is might play a part in your decision-making process. If your primary source of sales will be a table or stand, you might consider having several case varieties for the optimum section. If youth sellers are in charge of selling a case each, you can order the same fundraising variety for everyone since you will have a wider market spread.

    • No minimum order makes it easy to order a few cases of several fundraisers for maximum sales variety.
    • All varieties come in convenient and sturdy carry cases.
    • If possible, make individual sales as well as a larger group table set up at an event or busy location to maximize exposure and sales.

    COMPETITION BASED
    No matter what group/organization you are with, chances are you will not be the only one fundraising. If you cannot schedule your fundraiser so as not to be competing for sales with other groups, there are several ways to help you stand out and ensure you make as many sales as possible. Select products that your competition is not selling, that way you do not oversaturate your selling market with the same items and risk losing out on sales.

    • Try to coordinate your fundraiser not to overlap with other fundraisers.
    • If there are other fundraisers at the same time as yours, choose a fundraising product different from what others are selling.
    • Provide variety in pricing. With no minimum order, you could sell items at several price points to increase your sales and profit opportunity

    PAST EXPERIENCE
    Relying on previous fundraising experience is always a good thing to do, or at least keep in mind. Maybe you’ve consistently sold the same item, and it is always done phenomenal, or maybe you want to try something new.

    • Draw on what has been successful for you in past fundraisers. Keep what has worked and try something new for things that didn’t work as well as you would have liked.
    • If you’ve typically done $1 fundraisers, change it up and try a $2 or premium fundraiser.
    • Don’t be afraid of new. You can apply your experience to new situations or products and be extremely successful.

    There’s no right or wrong way to determine what fundraiser to go with, but doing a little research can go a long way in reaching your profit goal. Whether you are an experienced fundraising manager or brand new to running one, our experts are here to answer questions, help you select a fundraiser based on your situation, or take orders 800-500-1234.

  • Get the Most Out of A Last Minute Fundraiser

    Maybe it is the end of the school year for you, your group trip is fast approaching, or you need that last little push of profit. Whatever the reason, you may be in a rush to get in that last minute fundraiser. Have no fear! Not only do our orders ship out within 24 hours of ordering but we've got years of experience helping fundraising coordinators like yourself plan and get the most out of their last minute sales. Here are a few of our best tips for getting the most out of your last minute fundraiser:

    Choose a Fundraiser With the Highest Profit

    Going for the highest profit can be a good starting point to get the most out of each sale when you are in a time crunch. We have a large selection of items with up to 50% profit or higher, some of which are listed below, but also be sure to take the selling price into consideration. For example, our LED Flashlights are at 50% profit as are our $1 Chocolate Lover's Bars, but you make more per individual sale on the flashlights. Knowing how much profit you need to make within your time frame can help you to determine what price point would work best.
    Donation Dots® 87% profit 
    Large Chocolate Lover's Bars 60% profit
    LED Pocket Flashlights 50% profit 

    Choose A Top Seller

    Selecting a known top selling fundraiser is another great way to make fast sales and quick profit. If you've had fundraisers in the past, you may have an idea of what you've had the most success with. If you are new to fundraising or not sure where to start, we've listed some of our top selling varieties below as a starting point. Do a little scouting around to see if there are any other fundraisers happening at the same time you will be holding yours. See what those groups are/will be selling, that way you do not inadvertently put yourself in a sales competition and oversaturate your customer base with the same items.
    Supreme Selection® 
    $1 Chocolate Bars 
    Monster Variety 

    Advertise

    Making your fundraiser known to as many people as possible can only lead to more sales. Put up flyers at your organization/school/church, etc. You can also put sales flyers on the outside of your sellers' boxes, which you can download and print for free from our Tools section here. If you have a stationary setup at an event, make large poster signs to put up around you to attract customers and passersby.

    Broaden Your Customer Base

    Supplement your individual sales with a group sale at an event. School/group sporting events, recitals, competitions, anything where there are spectators is a great opportunity to tap into for sales. If you plan to be set up all day or multiple days, have sellers sign up for time slots and rotate out. You can also contact local businesses and see if you can set up a table outside during weekend or prime traffic hours.

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