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Promo Postcard Scares Up Interest

A Florida-based marketing company with a soft spot for direct mail carried out a two-part Halloween campaign that consisted of a postcard, a YouTube video and a bit of mystery.

First, the company mailed a personalized postcard with their website and these five words: "They are coming for you, (Name)". They also added a "creepy" YouTube video on the landing page. "We wanted to come up with a cool Halloween campaign," says the firm's marketing director. "It's important that we come up with something innovative rather than just offer a money-off discount to drive sales. We want to impress the pants off of our customers."

Over 5,900 personalized postcards were sent to top current clients who had ordered from the company within the last six weeks, and over 97,000 e-mails were sent to their entire client database promoting the campaign. Ultimately, they received over 2,570 visits to the landing page, and new order numbers from the campaign totaled $137,748. "With this campaign, we really wanted to leave the impression with current clients that we're a fun and creative marketing company," says the marketing director. "This plays an important part in improving the affinity they feel for us, and that will hopefully translate into long-lasting client relationships for us."

If you want to scare up your own business this Halloween, follow these tips from this campaign's marketing director: "Have fun and connect with your clients. Write a fun e-mail and send out pictures of your staff dressed up, or hold a themed contest for your clients with a great prize."

Unique Teambuilding Programs

Want to take your teambuilding programs up a notch? Here are six unique programs along with sample destinations and promotional products to enhance your teambuilding experiences.

Go Underground: Groups can enjoy the spelunker experience by navigating through cave complexes using maps to reach designated destinations. In typical exploration sessions, each team member is assigned a role. Leaders are responsible for group well-being. Learning sessions promote communication skills and show how strategies can be improved as participants gain insights that can be integrated into work environments. Participants assist each other in unfamiliar situations that challenge comfort zones and bring cohesiveness into play to overcome fears. While the guides' main roles are to ensure safety, they're also on hand to interpret the cave's natural history.

Promotional Gifts: logoed headlamps and flashlights, glow sticks, gloves and whistles.

Sample Destination: Moaning Cavern Park, Vallecito, CA, www.caverntours.com

 

Fly Through The Air: Flying trapeze teambuilding programs engender feelings of involvement and team spirit as your group reaches for the heights. Programs start with safety training before anyone sets foot on the trapeze. These activities produce aerial dynamics that bolster cooperation, efficiency and courage. The objective is to build team spirit and create new bonds to face the challenges of demanding business environments. Sessions usually rotate through challenge stations with increasing levels of difficulty and can be tailored to the groups' time and budget.

Promotional Gifts: trapeze-shaped belt buckles, workout monitors, exercise clothes and headbands.

Sample Destination: Trapeze School New York, six U.S. locations, www.trapezeschool.com

 

Climb A Mountain: Rock climbing and rappelling programs are fantastic ways to create strong bonds and improve communication skills while setting and achieving goals. Courses teach the simplest forms of outdoor rock climbing and rappelling, emphasizing the skills of climbing knots, belaying, anchors and movement. These programs present teamwork as a natural solution to overcoming intense mental and physical challenges.

Promotional Gifts: carabineers, binoculars, climbing vests and hats.

Sample Destination: Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School, multiple Southeast locations,
www.foxmountainguides.com

 

Race A Yacht: These waterborne regattas are designed for sailors and non-sailors alike and physical condition is never an issue; it's about fostering teamwork through a desire to win. Team members begin by practicing crew positions and learn to work together as a cohesive team; skills that will later prove valuable in business environments. Rating systems allow for handicapping so that all boats are judged equal at the finish. There's plenty of action, tacking upwind, rounding the marks and running downwind. Before returning to the dock for the awards celebration, each team will have the duration of the regatta to pleasure sail and explore the waterway.

Promotional Gifts: boat bags, compasses, binoculars and nautical jewelry.

Sample Destination: Schooner Woodwind, Annapolis, MD, www.schoonerwoodwind.com

 

Build A House: Your team will learn building skills that improve communications and develop cooperation and camaraderie through interacting with coworkers from all levels of your corporate hierarchy. These efforts work to build morale and team spirit and forge bonds by working toward a common goal. In addition, the program fees provided to Habitat For Humanity are fully tax deductible. Habitat For Humanity can also provide access to their branding so that your company logo can be combined with Habitat's to use as a powerful marketing tool. Best of all, it's for a great cause.

Promotional Gifts: tape measures, calculators, tool kits, gloves, T-shirts and hats.

Sample Destination: Contact Habitat For Humanity to locate programs www.habitat.org

 

Join A Cattle Drive: Your group will learn cowboy management techniques when you send them on a cattle drive. Most cattle ranches are located in areas of natural beauty that offer scenic cattle work accompanied by spectacular vistas, including pine forests, alpine meadows and mountain lakes. Your teambuilding group will learn the organizational skills required to trail cattle and move herds across water and up and down hills; skills that will come in handy when it's time for your staff to round up new customers.

Promotional Gifts: Western gear including logoed cowboy hats, jewelry and belt buckles.

Sample Destination: The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch, Shell, WY, www.thehideout.com

Jefferson PTA Builds With Bricks

Newton, Iowa’s Thomas Jefferson Grade School faced a big back-to-school dilemma. The school had just undergone a reorganization that tripled the number of young, lower grade students. Because of that, Jefferson was badly in need of a new playground, but the question was where to get the money to fund it. 

In the past, the Jefferson PTA had taken the lead in efforts of this type and they again stepped up to the plate, organizing a joint fundraising effort in partnership with the teachers, the students and the school district. With $25,000 being the fundraising goal, the effort kicked off with a highly publicized commemorative brick sale.


The commemorative bricks were engraved with the name of the donors, offering community contributors a chance for school immortality. The bricks sold for $75 each, with the idea that they would eventually be integrated into the project. After a successful brick sale combined with a "Pennies for the Playground" fundraiser, two fun runs and assistance from TJ teachers who donated funds from the annual school carnival, the bulk of the $25,000 goal had been reached, so the playground equipment was put on order. The school district added the finishing touches by tiling the playground area and prepping the areas where the equipment was to be installed.


Now the question was where to put the commemorative bricks. It was felt that if they were placed in the playground soil, ground shift might occur. The PTA came up with a better solution – use the bricks to build playground benches. This solution proved to be a win-win for Jefferson by adding an additional playground component while providing a lasting memorial for the donors. 


Do you have a need for funds? Want a special commemorative gift to give donors? Contact your distributor partner for the best items to fulfill all your promotional needs. 
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