Archive for February, 2010

Kids In Raffles

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Although I deal mostly with business, I deal with schools occasionally too.  With schools always come kids, and kids make for great raffle ticket sellers.  They are cute and friendly, which everyone loves.  Usually, if I’m working with business I’ll encourage them to get their kids to sell tickets.  They can sell tickets like nobody’s business.

However, sometimes it can be hard to get kids to be motivated.  One of the things that I have found helpful is making selling raffle tickets fun for the kids.  Tell the kids that they get one kid raffle ticket for every raffle ticket they sell.  Then they are entered into a raffle for a good kids gift.

This will get them so excited for the raffle and they will want to sell as many tickets as they possibly can.  Kids are pretty easy to please, so the prize you get for them doesn’t have to cost nearly as much as the actual raffle prize.  It can be anything from an i-Pod shuffle to a big stuffed animal.  It all depends on the age of the kids you are dealing with.  Kids are great.

Spaghetti Dinner and Raffle

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

I’ve mentioned on here before that raffle’s work well when combined with other fundraisers.  One of the popular ones that I’ve seen raffles combined with are Spaghetti Dinner fundraisers.  This is a really great idea for schools or businesses who have an immediate contact list.

Typically how people will make this work is to make the dinner a flat fee, and then charge extra if any participants want to be able to take part in the raffle.  It is really great to be able offer this when people come, especially when you advertise it well.  Not only will more people come to your dinner and pay the flat fee, but you also have the possibility of people buying the extra raffle tickets.

The only thing that I would advise in this situation is that you would not charge much for the raffle tickets if you are going to do a higher flat fee.  Some people go with a higher flat fee for the dinner just in case nobody wants to do the raffles, but then some people do a lower flat fee for the dinner to ensure that people do buy raffle tickets.  If it were my fundraiser, I would go with the latter just because you want to give the appearance of an inexpensive night to be able to advertise it well.

Pre-Sale Raffle Tickets

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

When doing raffles, you can sometimes have a hard time selling tickets.  I have a great tip for helping with that process.  The ideas is to make pre-sale tickets.  Bands do it all the time for concerts.  It’s a great way to advertise for your event and to get your name out there.

The key is to sell your pre-sale tickets at a lower price than what you would normally sell it for.  It’s important for your customers to feel like they are getting a great deal.  Technically, you will be able to sell more tickets at this lower price.  It’s a great way to kick off your raffle.

The pre-sale tickets offer should not last long.  I would say no more than a couple days to week.  If people feel like its a one-time opportunity they are more likely to buy more tickets.  So as you can see, this can big help to selling tickets for your raffle.  Good luck with your raffle!

Animal Shelter Raffle

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

I recently got a client out of our local animal shelter.  I presented the idea to them that there is a lot of money that they could be making with raffles, but they could also get their animals adopted that way as well.  A lot of people are looking for pets but don’t know that animal shelters offer really great pets.

They could use the raffle in two ways like I mentioned before.  They could do a raffle to help get funds for the animal shelter.  Its one of the hardest places to maintain actually, and they need a lot of funds to keep it going.  The unique idea of raffling off some of the animals would help them out a lot too.  Obviously it would have to be an animal that’s desirable, so that the ticket sales would meet the needs that they have.

I love animals, and I know that I would definitely participate in a raffle like that.  Its such a great deal to only pay like 10 dollars for a ticket and get a really great animal who really needs a home.  I think that this idea could really take off if they do a good job of advertising it.  People are always looking for a great pet.