Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Imprinted T-Shirt Specials Make Great Chrismas Gifts

If you want a really neat unique gift for that special someone this holiday season, then make it yourself! But seriously we can help you make it yourself if you have an idea of what you want.

Here is the concept. Click the google checkout image below. This will take you to the screen to purchase a white shirt, with whatever size you need. Find an image you want and email me the image at shirts@buxmontawards.com. Your shirt gets shipped to your door with the imprint you emailed me. Full color. 16.50. Free shipping. Imprinted shirts that are custom and have your own personalized imprint on it.

You could even start your own apparel line if you want to. Let us do the hard work for you, while you concentrate on doing what you like to do.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Christmas means gifts; personalized gifts

Personalized Gift Specials!

We are adding an incentive to the readers of this blog, and we hope it will be a good one. We are offering a free gift with the purchase of a personalized mug or t-shirt now through the holidays.

The next couple of blog posts will be featuring the products that we are talking about and give you a chance to take advantage of these great deals. You will have to purchase through google check out and this deal is exclusive through the Bux-Mont Awards blog.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Youth Sports Fundraising

Looking for some tips on improving your youth sports fundraising? Every youth sports league must fundraise to cover expenses and keep fees low. So, how do you raise more funds? Focus on these seven factors and you can easily double your results.

Product Selection

In youth sports fundraising, it's so important to select the right products to sell. The right selection is one that has mass appeal, an above average price point, and good profit margins.

Don't sell what's always been sold every year. Consider choosing items that meet the criteria below.

Product Price Point

Your product offering should be at an attractive price point. This means it should be neither high nor low, but rather right in the comfort zone that encourages people to open their wallets.

If you're selling a low-priced product, you are at a disadvantage because you aren't maximizing your revenue from each prospect. In this situation, try bundling a small quantity together and ask for more dollars.

For example, if candy bars are being sold for $1 each, put together variety three-packs or a family ten-pack. Get your prospect thinking bigger numbers. Many of them will step up to the bundle.

Product Profitability

It's important that your fundraising product has a high profit margin. Ideally, you'd like to make 80% or more if you can. This would be products like discount cards for two-for-one deals at fast food places.

Many standard items have a profit margin of 50% and that's OK. It just means that you'll have to pump up the volume to make the same net that you would with higher profit items.

If the product chosen is one with a lower profit range of say 40%, then it needs to either be a higher-priced item or it needs to be likely to inspire quantity orders from each prospect. For example, cookie dough is often in this range, but price points are $10 & up. Many families will buy two or three units.

Sales Script

Don't send your sellers out unprepared. Part of youth sports is teaching and helping kids with their sales skills goes a long way toward building self confidence.

Here's what to tell them:

1 - Make eye contact, smile and introduce yourself.

2 - Say one sentence about why you are raising funds.

3 - Say second sentence that asks for their help.

4 - Make sure that sentence includes the word "because".

5 - Extend sample item, catalog, or order sheet.

6 - Suggest a personal favorite item or bundle.

7 - Always ask for the order.

Prospect, Prospect, Prospect

Now that your kids know what to say, they have to have prospects for their sales pitch. You can't set sales records without having a large supply of prospective customers.

Have everyone make a list of their potential customers. Have them do it as a team exercise and make sure they write them down. It's very important to do this and to have each seller commit publicly to doing their part.

Have each seller stand up in front of their teammates and state how many prospects they have. Then have them make a commitment to raising a certain financial amount. Set minimum amounts and encourage competition by offering prizes for various achievement levels.

Location, Location, Location

Another way to boost your youth sports fundraising is by going where the prospects are. Your group can reach incredible numbers of people just by setting up fundraiser sales tables at entrances to high-traffic retail locations.

Grocery stores, home improvement stores, and mass merchandisers are all places where hundreds of prospects are available. Get permission well in advance from the store manager.

Set up a small table to display your fundraising product items. Staff your spot with two adults and two kids for each 90-minute shift.

Decorate the area with league banners and large-lettered signs explaining your offer. Your signs must inform them well in advance of reaching your display and sales table. That way, those interested in helping your sports team will be primed to stop and will be more receptive to hearing each youth's sales pitch.


"New Uniform Fundraiser"

"Tasty 3 lb. Cookie Dough - $10"

Imagine how many potential prospects there are at those locations who are completely outside your normal range of contacts. Now, go out there and sell them something!

Have Fun

Always make raising funds fun for the kids. Their emotions are subconsciously communicated to each potential prospect.

If they are smiling while cheerfully communicating your team's need and asking for help, then chances are good they'll get a favorable response.

If they're looking down and mumbling some garbled sales spiel, then chances are more people will pass on the offer. The way to get them involved is to have some competition going, have some fun activities built around the process, and have some rewards waiting for success.

For example, post a list at each team practice of the top sellers. Everybody loves to be recognized!

Do a fun activity just for those who help out by working the retail location sales table. Take the participants bowling or to a batting cage or a golf driving range. It'll bond fathers and sons and encourage increased participation.

Have a rewards party after the fundraiser wraps up. A simple pizza party or group picnic is sufficient. Just make sure that everyone gets recognized for pitching in.

Allow the kids time to run around and enjoy themselves. After all, isn't youth sports all about having fun?

Follow these seven tips and your team's fundraising effort will be a big success.

Kimberly Reynolds writes for national publications about school fundraisers, youth sports fundraising and nonprofit fundraiser events. Find more school fundraising ideas on her website, FundraiserHelp.com

Monday, November 12, 2007

So you have made it through the club's tournament season. You did well but not as well as you would like. So how do you get your game in shape for the 2008 tournament season? Your tournaments will not have grand stands and TV cameras but do not think you will not feel the pressure. With a little thought and preparation, you can give yourself the needed confidence to beat your archrival, win the Club Championship or Match Play tournament in 2008.

Granted with your tournament nerves, you are probably not going to be swinging as smooth as Ernie Els when the big day arrives. Now is NOT the time to start messing with your golf swing. I repeat. It is NOT the time to make any major golf swing changes. First of all this is supposed to be fun. You know, better than anyone, your own tendencies. Depending on how much time you have before your golf tournament, chances are you are going to have to find a way to play with what you got. This is fine. Most of these types of tournaments are flighted. This means players with similar handicaps are pitted against each other. What you can do is check your basics. Review your posture, grip, alignment, and ball position and insure they are in the best shape they can be for your game. Hitting balls is fine but do not go overboard on making changes. The most effective thing you can work on is your swing tempo and insuring that your golf swing is in balance. You can do this by simply counting to three once you finish your golf swing.

Since the average of greens hit in regulation on the PGA Tour is only twelve, you will miss some greens during your round. Set up a practice schedule for your short game up until the golf tournament. You can go out in the evenings when the course is quiet. Go from green to green hitting multiple pitch and chip shots from all around the green. In addition, choose a couple of "nasty" lies just in case you hit a good shot that ends up in a bad place. Although the ultimate goal is to hole the ball, sometime you may need to play away from the hole to be able to make the next shot easier.

Spend most of your time on the practice green working on short putts, very short putts. Hit as many two to three foot putts as you can. This does a couple of things for you. First it gives you confidence to see the ball go in the hole over and over again. Second, you will be able to see if you are starting the golf ball on the correct line.

Do not forget to take a look at your equipment. Are your grips in good shape? Do they need replaced? If your grips do not need to be replaced, scrub them vigorously with a stiff brush. Use a solution of warm water and dishwashing soap with a degreaser to clean your grips. The degreaser will help remove the oil and dirt buildup that accumulates from your hands over a period of time. Rinse your grips well and pat dry with a towel.

Tournament day is here! Go through your normal warm up. Hit a few pitches, and make sure before you leave the practice green you make about five or ten two footers in a row. Seeing and hearing the ball go in the hole will give you great confidence as you head to the golf course.

foregolftips.com is a great place to get video golf tips to improve your game!

What trophies are

Trophies are mementos to be treasured forever. They could be awarded for certain accomplishments, or a memento of membership, or a souvenir from an event.

Trophies as awards are especially common for scholastic, sporting and office achievements. Academic awards are given in the form of trophies for different classes and subject proficiencies. Trophies for sporting achievements are the most popular. Games like tennis, football, basketball, cricket and golf all have coveted trophies. No one can forget the pictures of sportsmen weeping with joy and clutching their hard-earned trophies.

Trophies are sometimes given for achieving business targets or for attending training programs. They are also given to members of elite clubs and organizations.

Trophies can be different in make and design. Some companies offer custom trophies, which are exclusively designed trophies for particular events, people and occasions. For example, the Oscar is custom-made for the Oscar awards.

Materials to choose from include glass and crystal, plastic, acrylic, resin, enamel, and metals like pewter, gold or silver. The design is left to the imagination of the client. Traditional trophies offer a cup-based design. Some rare designs include bobble heads, resin sports jerseys or Rolls-Royce grilles.

A baseball trophy has a ball or a player pitching the ball, all in metal, or a sports jersey or a baseball-player bobble-head with custom-made engravings. Golf trophies have the figure of a golfer teeing away, or a golf ball, or a golf kit. Soccer trophies have soccer balls with customized engravings, or a goalie or player in action.

Customization enables one to make a trophy unique and valuable. Often it is not the cost that is important, but the ingenuity of the design. The trophy with the shape of a Rolls Royce grille was custom-made for the Rolls Royce owner’s club. There are many such models of custom trophies of all shapes, sizes and designs to win your heart.

Awardsreward.com provides Award Trophies, Baseball Trophies, Custom Trophies, Football Trophies and more. Awardsreward.com is affiliated with Bux-Mont Awards

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Wrestling Trophies

The sport of wrestling has ancient roots. From Greco-Roman times to the World Wrestling Federation matches televised regularly, wrestling has kept viewers entertained and amused for centuries.

Wrestling is admired for many reasons. It can be a fun game or a serious win-or-lose competition, a commercial profit-making interest or a way to gain status. This is a weapon-free game, and the human body is used as weapon of combat.

There are different styles of wrestling. The main division is between amateur and professional wrestling. Amateur is widespread worldwide and has two types in the Olympic Games—Greco-Roman and freestyle. Freestyle evolved from the English Lancashire form. A similar style is called collegiate or folk style, and practiced in high schools and colleges in the U.S.A.

In amateur, freestyle and Greco-Roman differ in what holds are permitted. In Greco-Roman wrestling, wrestlers are permitted to hold and attack only above the waist. But points can be scored in both by following actions-takedowns, reversals, escapes, exposure, lifting and penalty points. A match can be won by period format, win by fall, win by technical fall, win by decision, win by major decision, and also win by injury. Illegal moves in amateur wrestling include biting, pinching and poking with the fingers, strikes, joint attacks, chokes, strangulations, suffocating, spiking, and attacking the genitals.

The most coveted wrestling trophies are those of the Olympic Games. The countries with leading wrestlers in the Olympic Games are Iran, U.S., Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, Turkey and the former Soviet states. In the United States, collegiate or scholastic wrestling is practiced as a school sport. The Dan Hodge Trophy is awarded to the outstanding College Wrestler of the Year. It was first awarded to T. J. Jaworsky of the University of North Carolina in 1995. The trophy is named after Danny Hodge, an outstanding wrestler from the University of Oklahoma from 1951-1954.

Professional wrestling is any tourney where wrestlers receive payments for participating. Historically, professional wrestling has involved matches with predetermined results. American professional wrestling is a performance art in which the wrestlers create an entertainment show by simulating a combat sport. Though it started as a sporting event, it dropped all pretensions of such and declared itself to be a purely entertaining starting with the World Wrestling Federation in the 1990s. It eventually changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment.

Whether to entertain or amuse, wrestling trophies are sought after as they represent awards for fitness, agility and strength.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Promotions Launch - retail store

Once your retail store is up and running, it can be all too easy to slip into a mundane routine of your regular end of season merchandise clear-out sales. You need to take charge and keep your retail business from becoming a stagnant lag of the same old sales. People are drawn to excitement. Shoppers are drawn to promotions and enticing events. If you've fallen victim to the marketing mundane, read on for tips to take advantage of every promotional opportunity that is available to you.

The first step is to create a calendar of events for your store's year. Research your area and find out what's going on around town. Is there a special concert, festival or athletic event? Charity events and holidays, races and local celebrations, the possibilities are endless. Schedule your promotional launches well in advance so that you can have a successful presentation. You'll need to order special promotional materials such as signage, store displays, store fixtures and maybe even lighting for your store front windows. Figure out how many events you want to plan for the year and set a budget for each.

A promotional event is different than a regular sale. The idea is to have a theme. Promote the items that relate to the theme during each event. Flyers are a cheap and easy way to start spreading the buzz about your promotion. Stock up on items that you expect to sell the most of. Decorate, put signs outside of the store and dress up your window displays to draw a crowd. If your store has regular events, then you keep the attention of existing and new customers. If things are always the same, people tend to lose interest very quickly.

Keep track of all of your information. Think about making a special file for each event on your calendar. Note what items you ordered more of, which promotional materials you used and even what items you used in your window displays. Write down your projections of sales and customer traffic. When the promotion is over, take note of what worked. Compare your projected sales with your actual sales. Take down which promotional items seemed to work the best and draw the most attention. With each event that you hold, you can refer back to past events to determine how much you think you will sell, which promotional products to order and which items you should stock up on.

Check for new events that may be happening in your area three to four months in advance and take advantage of each opportunity that presents itself. When the year is over, go back over the findings, successes and failures of each event and plan your calendar for the next year. Each year should get cheaper if you keep your store displays and left-over promotional materials from each event in storage. You should waste less and gain more from year to year. Fine tune your promotional marketing plan to best suit your needs. You'll keep the public interested in your store and reap the benefits year round.

About the Author: Ron Maier is the Vice President of S & L Store Fixtures, a leading provider of retail store displays and store fixtures, including slatwall accessories, mannequins and more. For more information, please visit http://www.slstoredisplays.com .

Monday, November 5, 2007

Promotional Tradeshow Products - Boost Your Stall Traffic

Every business today witnesses events on a regular basis. There are several events like conferences, seminars, product launches, luncheons, trade shows and many more. Trade shows make for a very important event these days. They give a platform for various products to be on display at the same time and allow for comparison. Trade shows are an important avenue to make business contacts, entice prospective interest groups and take your business forward. Trade shows can open up you to lucrative business opportunities. Thus considering the importance that trade shows have in the life cycle of a business one should put their best foot forward and make the very best out of it.

At trade shows you'll find free handouts being distributed by various organizations. This is more of a strategy than being a part and parcel of trade shows itself. If you distribute free giveaways at trade shows chances are that you are making the most out of the event. Distributing promotional products at trade shows is an all win-win situation for your business.

Every one likes to receive a gift. The concept of getting something for doing nothing entices everyone. Promotional products work as a reason for people to visit your stall. They might just not be interested in your product or service otherwise but a free gift can bring them to your stall. And once they are at your stall half the job is already done. Bringing customers or people to your stall is the most difficult task at a trade show and once they are there you can obviously entice them if you have good PR skills. And promotional products do the challenging part for you.

You need not distribute an extravagant item at trade shows to increase stall traffic. A simple promotional product like a pen, notepad, or a key chain can serve the purpose. Distributing promotional products at trade shows will not only boost your stall traffic but also help you create brand awareness as the promotional products you distribute as free giveaways carry your brand name and logo that will popularize your business.

So do not go empty handed to your next trade show. A small promotional product can get you huge gains. These days you can find several online suppliers for promotional products but go for the one that offers you the best deal.

Gareth Parkin is the co-founder of Ideasbynet, the UK's leading online promotional products and promotional gifts company based in the north of England. Established in 2001, he has taken the UK gift market by storm by the application of modern business thinking and the latest search engine marketing techniques. For more details visit promopros.com

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Personalized Engraved Gifts

Personalized gifts are more attractive than ordinary gifts. They make a personal statement on behalf of the givers and are an ideal way to convey respect and sentiment towards parents, relatives, friends, or colleagues. Personalized gifts are made for every occasion or celebration. Among such gifts are engraved personalized gifts that have the names of the recipients engraved on them with beautiful quotations accompanying them. Among the items that can be engraved are sterling silver jewelry, flasks made of stainless steel, and jewelry boxes.

There are various articles available in gift stores that have beautiful designs and engravings. They may include antique cups, mementos, lamps, and pen stands. Generally, gift stores offer customized services for engraving the names and phrases for the recipients. Other items that make nice engraved gifts are clocks, pens or pen holders, photo frames, and albums.

There are personalized gifts available for all occasions, whether there are birthdays, anniversaries, corporate gatherings, graduation ceremonies, or baby showers. People tend to retain fond memories each time they see their engraved personalized gifts. They are popular, unique, beautiful, and practical gifts. A couple's wedding day is extremely special and can be doubly memorable when presented with an engraved gift.

A set of embroidered sheets or towels with the couple's name, a pair of personalized throw pillows, scrapbooks with the couple's names on the cover (along with scrapbooking supplies) are ideal for memorializing the couple's first year of married life. Manufacturers of personalized gifts that can be engraved frequently introduce innovative ideas. People can choose from a variety of products that are economical and make ideal graduation gifts.

There are many companies that have online ordering services for engraved or embroidered graduation gifts. They offer customized services with each of the gifts such as providing generous amounts of free personalization. They provide ways to create truly memorable gifts along with various styling of letters that can be chosen by the customers.

Personalized Gifts provides detailed information on Personalized Gifts, Personalized Baby Gifts, Personalized Wedding Gifts, Personalized Business Gifts and more. Personalized Gifts is affiliated with Corporate Business Gifts.