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Old Fashion Candy
April 5, 2016
Fundraising is a great way for schools, sports teams, or church groups to raise money for themselves or their causes. Often, fundraisers start out strong with lots of sales and enthusiasm from youth sellers, but then the stamina wears down, and kids/sellers become uninterested and don’t end up earning as much money as they ultimately could have. To circumvent that fundraising lull, we’ve made this list of tips to keep sellers motivated until the full sale ends, making your group more money for your cause and giving your kids a self-esteem boost!
- Incentives and Prizes: Give sellers a good reason to continue selling by offering prizes, goodies, and other treats when they meet their selling goal, or if they sell the most in the group. Positive reinforcement is an excellent way to keep kids involved. If they feel like they are doing well, they will continue! We offer a variety of prizes. Be sure to check them out for your group!
- Friendly competition: It makes sales a little more fun when there is an element of competition to them. By giving the top sellers a small prize, it will motivate everyone to try and sell the most they can, in hopes of “winning”.
- Record Progress: It can be helpful to have your sellers record their daily sales and progress in some benchmark way. That way they can see how they are doing from day to day. When they look at their sales as a daily reminder, they are more likely to sell every day, so that they can raise their benchmark scores.
- Parents: It can be very beneficial for kids to have parents helping them. If they feel like they are selling alone, they are more likely to get bored, and sell less towards the end. Whereas parents can be a great motivator, and keep their children selling until the end of the fundraiser to teach them how to follow through on a commitment.
- Importance: Before sales begin, it can be helpful to explain just how important fundraisers are, and why they are selling. If you account for the importance of the sales, as well as what you are raising money for, kids will be more likely to keep that in mind as they try to reach their sales goals.
- Make note of your cause: As previously stated, telling kids what they are raising money for is a great way of keeping them motivated. Especially if it is for a cause that means a lot to them, it can significantly encourage them to put effort into their fundraiser.
- Ask for the Sale: It is important to teach your sellers how to ask customers properly to make a purchase. Sellers should concisely explain what they are fundraising for and what group/organization they represent. Then follow up with what items they are selling, the cost, and ask if this customer would like contribute. When the seller(s) feel confident about what they are saying, they are more likely to keep at it, even if some customers don’t make a purchase.
- Set goals: It would be a great plan to have each seller set a personal sales goal, as well as have the entire group set an overall sales goal. This way, each child can set a goal and work towards it. Then the group goal will most likely be met as well. Try offering an incentive if the group goal is met, such as a party, or treat for everyone as a bonus motivation.
Fundraising and sales can be involved with a group. Hopefully, this list of ideas and motivators can help you and your group with your next fundraiser! Keep them in mind, and sell sell sell!
March 15, 2016
It's PROM TIME! That means it's time to break out the decorations, formal attire, and some fundraising. Maybe you're head of the prom committee or need to do some springtime fundraising for a class trip or something, using prom as a basis for your fundraiser can really pay off. Here's a handy idea that can help boost your spring school fundraising:
ASK ME TO PROM ROSES
- Download our printable sheet here of "will you go to prom with me" cards.
- Print out and cut apart cards (6 cards per 8.5x11 sheet so you have no waste!). You can use any color paper but if you have card stock or a thicker paper your cards will hold up better.
- Hole punch each card in the middle at the top and using ribbon, tie one card onto each rose. If you choose to, you can punch two holes close to each other so your card will sit more centered on the candy stick.
- The giver can write their potential prom date's name at the top and sign their name at the bottom on the dotted lines.
Now, you/your group can either pre-tie on all cards and ribbons to the rose or if you have a table setup, leave them loose and only tie them on as they are purchased. This way makes it easier for people to write their names on the cards. If you have a table set up, having pens on hand will also be helpful for purchasers to write their names on the tags.
If you use curling ribbon you can curl the ends of the ribbons after they are tied to add some fun or simply tie it into a classic bow. Use your school colors, prom colors or just a bright and fun variety! Either way, your fundraiser is sure to be the hit of the school and not only bring in money for your cause but also spread some prom cheer!
February 16, 2016
Spring is just around the corner. With the blooming of flowers and the bright colors peeking through after winter, you can quickly brighten up your fundraiser to get your customers into the festive springtime mood.
Add more sunny cheer to your fundraising products with our new, free printable spring candy wraps! We have three cheerful designs available for you to print out and use to boost your sales and make more profit. Each design has a version for our $1 Chocolate Lover’s Bars and our $2 Chocolate Lover’s Bar. We also have tags that can be attached to our lollipops or tied to any product you want, like chocolate pretzel rods!
In addition, you can quickly make sweet candy bouquets. Using our variety of lollipops and chocolate roses, select one or more lollipops or chocolate roses (we used three), and stack them in a fan-like shape. Cut a length of ribbon that is long enough to wrap around the lollipops and be tied in a bow, we recommend no shorter than 12 inches. Wrap the ribbon twice around the lollipop bouquet where all the sticks meet in the middle, then tie a bow to create a beautifully festive candy bouquet. The possibilities are endless this spring!
Whether you want to set up a table and sell your spring themed items, or incorporate them into your cases to sell, there is an easy way to add flair to your products. If you are setting up a table, you can separate the products and add different wraps on each group to differentiate between them. Or you can set out products and have customers choose which design they want and put it on their purchase themselves. It doesn’t have only to be chocolate bars either! With our tag designs, you can attach them to our lollipop sticks, or punch a hole in the tag and tie it with ribbon or yarn to any item you want! If you decide to promote spring without the use of a table setup, you can wrap the bars or lollipops yourself and still sell them out of your case for spring fundraising on the go!
A new addition to the designs this year is a festive springtime stand for your lollipops. These stands are shaped like your favorite springtime animals, with holes you can punch out and attach to your fundraising lollipop flavors. You can download and print them free here! They are a perfect way to add cute flair to your candy this spring!
Don’t forget to add our new chocolate bunnies to your sale. These solid milk chocolate bunnies are wrapped in cellophane and gift boxed. They are the perfect companion to the bar wraps and lollis.