Why you're missing the boat if you don't use extra incentives
If utilized correctly, additional fundraising incentives will increase your sales. They’ll help to not only get more students to participate in your campaign; they can also improve the amount of sales brought in by each seller. This can have a profound effect on whether you fall short, reach, or exceed your financial goals.
Successful sponsors understand that a standard prize program commonly offered by a company as complementary may not be enough to persuade their students to sell, so they’re willing to do more.
Here are some things to consider about additional incentives:
Get Your Students Talking
If you are spending money on a top seller prize or grand prize drawing, you're going to want to heavily promote it. Your goal is to create a buzz among your students by getting them to talk amongst their fellow classmates and their parents. Once you have your students spreading the word you will be well on your way to making back your initial investment. After all, your students are the best form of advertising for your cause.
Promote Your Fundraising Incentive
You can promote your additional incentive by:
- Announcing it at your kickoff. Better yet, raise the excitement level even further by showing your students what they could win.
- Putting it in your display case for everyone to see throughout the sale. Create artwork to place behind it to describe it and remind students how they can win.
- Announcing it every day during morning announcements.
- Sending a note home to your parents about it during your sale.
- Posting a blurb and picture on Facebook.
- Making a big deal about who wins it so the next time even more students will want to win.
Make Your Incentives Worthwhile
Additional incentives are supposed to generate excitement to get your sale off to a strong start and to keep the enthusiasm high until the end. Therefore, you are better off offering something really exciting; even if you have to spend a little more money on it. You will generate much more enthusiasm than if you tried to cut corners and spend less on something mediocre. You may be wasting your money because students may not find it that interesting.
Strings Must be Attached
Everyone should realize that good things happen to those who work hard. Not everyone’s going to win. This is what makes winning special and the pursuit of it worthwhile. So stick with your plan no matter what; even if some don't like it. Be prepared for parents who don't like what you are offering because there're strings attached. For instance, to gain admission to our Big Event Magic Show students must sell at least 5 items out of their brochure. You may have parents who don’t like the fact that their child won’t get to go to the assembly if they don’t sell. Strong sponsors stick with the game plan and weather any complaints because they realize that their main objective is to raise money.
Increase Sales without Money
When it comes to incorporating additional incentives, getting a strong return on your investment is important. If you can improve fundraiser sales without using money you may do even better. There are many creative things that you can do to positively impact your bottom line. For example, you can reward students with a prize drawing incentive game using prize coupons. Among the many special privileges that students can earn are a:
- No Homework Pass
- Line Leader
- Library Pass
- Free Dress Day
You can also customize your own privileges.
Putting the extra work into promoting your sale will help ensure its success. To top it off, if your sale does well enough, you may not need to do any additional fundraising for the rest of the school year.