Archive for April, 2010

Using Media for Your Raffle

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

I know I’ve talked about advertising being essential to any raffle on here before.  However, I thought that I would give you some tips about what kind of advertising you can do that will really help out your raffle.  Think about what you do doing the day to find out what news is going on in your community.  You read the paper, watch the news on television, or look up the news online right?

Well, the rest of the people in your community do that as well.  Just think, while they are getting their news they could hear about your raffle as well.  If you have the funds to advertise in this way, I highly suggest that you do it.  Using the media to your advantage, you will be able to reach a lot more people about your raffle than just by word of mouth or flyers.

If you have to choose one media outlet, I would suggest a television ad.  It is the most universal advertising outlet out there.  The older generation who don’t know how to use computers well aren’t going to be able to find your add on-line, but chances are they are watching the morning news.  The younger generation of people will be watching television as well.  While this is probably the more expensive route, I would say that it’s also the most beneficial.  Good luck!

Get Healthy and Win a Raffle!

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

So I’ve recently picked up a couple gym clients and have come up with a great idea for a raffle that they can do.  It’s not only a good way for them to raise money, but it is also a great way for them to get to know their members.  What is also a cool part of this raffle is that the gym can use some of the money they raise to go towards giving people or families in need discounted memberships.

The idea is for current members of the gym to get healthy.  The employees of the gym would be in charge of collecting information from the members on different aspects of their health.  Of course the members would be in charge of reporting the employees to give them their information.  For a month, the gym would track how much weight members have lost, and for each pound lost they are entered into a raffle for some great gym supplies.

The prize would include some sort of i pod, free weights, a gift certificate to a health food store, and a gift certificate to a local running shoe store.  The gym can come up with more to raffle, but I think that this prize basket is a great start.  This will encourage members to be showing up to the gym regularly, and may even bring in some new members.  I think it will be great!

Raffling Off Services

Friday, April 9th, 2010

It can sometimes be hard to find a prize to raffle off when you are organizing a raffle.  Either you can’t get anyone to donate anything to your cause or you can’t afford to buy a prize worth raffling off.  This definitely presents a challenge in your fund raising, but not an insurmountable one.  A good option for a raffle prize is to raffle off your services.

For example, if you are a school you can raffle off some students coming over to do a day or two of yard work.  Or, if you are a business you can raffle off a free consultation of your services.  People want service more than you might realize.  I would definitely participate in a raffle where someone was raffling off a free nutrition consultation.

So look to your team of people you are fund raising with and see what skills you consider valuable that you would be able to raffle off.  Whether its a free guitar lesson or free yoga lessons, people will be interested in what you have to offer.  Don’t just limit yourself to offering one service.  You could also raffle off a package of services, which seems even more valuable to a buyer.  Good luck!

A Raffle for The Bride and Groom

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

I attended a bridal shower last night and it was a lot of fun.  It actually gave me a really good idea for a raffle.  I think with most weddings, the expense of it is the biggest burden on the bride and groom.  Either they have to pay for it themselves or their parents are helping them pay for it.  Nevertheless, most weddings end up costing tens of thousands of dollars.  I think that if there was a way to help them with this expense, that bridal showers could take a new twist.

I recently got a lot of Twilight memorabilia donated to me and I have a bridal shower that I have to throw soon for my cousin.  I think it would be cool idea to hold a raffle at the shower with all of the proceeds going to the bride and groom to help them pay for the wedding or the honeymoon.  The Twilight stuff is really, really nice stuff that any Twilight fan would love to have.  The shower I’m throwing for my cousin is actually Twilight themed because she loves the book series so much.

I figure if I include info about the raffle on the invitation then people could bring two dollars, along with whatever present they buy her, to buy a raffle ticket.  Two dollars is not much at all to pay for a raffle ticket, so I think people would be willing to do that.  My cousin was so excited for this idea, so I think it will go really well.