Using the Internet and Social Media to Leverage Your Fundraiser

30 Oct

Technology has changed the fundraising landscape. You used to think you were doing pretty good with marketing if you posted a couple of dozen flyers and ran an ad in your local newspaper about this year’s gourmet popcorn fundraiser for the school football team.

Not anymore. Today, effective marketing of a fundraiser largely revolves around digital media. Sure you want to have some color glossy brochures of your products to show your customers, but virtually all the rest of your marketing activities today are online. You need to set up a website and fill it with top quality, focused content. SEO isn’t really an issue, as most visitors are going to get to you via a link. Then after your website is set up you can get serious about your social media marketing campaign.

The Power of Social Media

Facebook is about more than Likes and Twitter can also give your fundraising campaign a big boost. Step one in your social media marketing campaign is prominently featuring the fundraising campaign on your Facebook page, and getting your friends and family members to do the same. If it’s a major fundraiser, you might consider putting in the effort to give the fundraiser its own Facebook Cause page.

You should also take advantage of other social media tools such as Twitter and YouTube.  You don’t want to bombard your network with over-frequent tweets on the subject, but a tweet announcing the start of the fundraising campaign and an update every few days on progress, goals met, etc. is appropriate. Sending out a mass email with a link to the fundraiser website to all of the contacts on your mailing list is another tried and true marketing method.

Popcorn Palace Can Help with Fundraiser Marketing

Popcorn Palace is a premier provider of gourmet popcorn for all kinds of fundraisers. We offer over a dozen varieties of delicious popcorn in a range of sizes and packages. Best of all, with Popcorn Palace there are no upfront costs and you make 50% profit on each item sold. All products are delivered by UPS and are presorted by participant.

You can also get useful tips on organizing your fundraiser from Popcorn Palace.  Our useful Fundraising Information Kit can be ordered online from our website, and this handy guide tells you everything you need to know to run a successful popcorn fundraiser.

Popcorn Palace Testimonial – Bethany the baseball mom

27 Oct

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Bethany Valle holds many titles. One of those included baseball mom – a “job” she held when first working with Popcorn Palace.

“The first organization that I used Popcorn Palace for fundraising was my sons little league team,” Bethany said. “We were trying to raise funds for an end of the year celebration and a gift for the coach. We succeeded in raising close to $300.”

Because of the success with the baseball team, Bethany started using Popcorn Palace to raise funds for a yearly one-week trip to Kennedy Space Center Space Camp for gifted students. Now that she has been using Popcorn Palace for years, she boasts having return customers that look forward to “that time of year”: Popcorn season.

“I will continue to use Popcorn Palace as long as there is a need for a fundraiser,” Bethany said. “I always find something to order! Everything is so good!”

The best thing about Popcorn Palace, Bethany said, is that it is easy to sell a product that is good.

“The product received is always in good condition,” Bethany said. “Nothing has ever been bad. The entire process is very easy and fast. With Popcorn Palace, there always seems to be a flavor that people like.”

With Popcorn Palace also providing samples, Bethany also swears that this is what makes selling with Popcorn Palace so easy. She received them her first year and then requested them again for the second-time around with the next fundraiser.

“I set up a table at my job with the sample bags and made more sales that afternoon in 10 minutes than I had the previous 3 days because now, they could taste how good it was,” Bethany said.

In the end, Bethany and her fundraising opportunity achieved its goals and made for a satisfied repeat customer.

“I believe it is priced just right,” Bethany said. “We are able to make a little extra money to help with the trips and everyone is asking for more in the end. It could almost be a second job for me!”

Don’t delay your fundraising any longer. Start fundraising with Popcorn Palace today.

Popcorn Palace Testimonial – Keith and the school supplies drive

20 Oct

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Keith Jefferson and his lodge members used Popcorn Palace fundraising to help provide children heading back-to-school with school supplies for the new school year. They had such enormous success, they even donated extra funds to Breast Cancer Awareness.

 

“I’m a Prince Hall Mason and my lodge used this fundraiser to raise funds for school supplies for local children in our area as well as donate a portion to Breast Cancer Awareness. Popcorn Palace has helped us achieve our goals through this fantastic fundraiser.

We like the 50/50 concept, we will use this fundraiser over and over and over again.

Every time we let people in the community know that we are about to do our fundraiser again with Popcorn Palace, we get a massive response.

The variety of popcorn that is offered is perfect; you can even make your own tin – customized with up to three different types of popcorn.

This fundraiser was the best of all fundraisers that we have done because you see the profits right away – no waiting, no cashing a check, no hassle with the company and everything works out for the best. All I can say is keep up the good work and keep making people happy [Popcorn Palace].”

 

Take your fundraising to the next level. Start fundraising with Popcorn Palace today.

Fall Football Fundraisers

17 Oct

Fall is both the start of football season and the beginning of a new school year, which also makes it the perfect time to put together a fall football fundraiser. Everybody wants to support their school football team, and it’s common knowledge that the expenses of organizing a football team continue to increase every year.

Schools of all types and sizes (including middle schools, high schools and community colleges) can put on a successful fall football fundraiser. Perhaps the most important decision in holding a successful fundraiser is picking the right fundraiser. Do you want to sell a product, hold an event, or offer some type of service like a car wash?

Events frequently mean high upfront costs, which you might or might not recoup. However, they can be fun, raise significant donations, and boost awareness of your team. Services mean significantly less upfront costs than events, but you do have to juggle date scheduling and find volunteers willing to donate a large amount of time and energy. A product based fundraiser can raise significant amount of money, and you can pick the right product and company to work with, so you avoid upfront costs or a minimum obligation.

If you decide that a product-based fundraiser is the right fundraiser for you, you still face a bewildering array of fundraising product choices – candy, fruit, meats and cheeses, gourmet popcorn, magazine subscriptions, clothing, toys and games — so how do you choose the right product for your fundraiser?

Popcorn Is the Perfect Choice

Gourmet popcorn is an ideal choice for a football fundraiser. Almost everybody loves popcorn, so it’s a great seller. Popcorn also ships and stores well, and best of all, it’s healthy and tastes great! You can buy the products for your popcorn fundraiser from a number of different manufacturers, but Popcorn Palace has years of experience making fundraising easy, profitable, and tasty.

If you want to schedule your fundraiser around a fall holiday, Popcorn Palace has got you covered with delicious flavors, savory and sweet, to help you celebrate.

Low Cost, High Profit, Guaranteed Delivery

Popcorn Palace’s fundraising program allows you to organize a no upfront cost, high profit football fundraiser for your organization, and provides guaranteed delivery of your gourmet popcorn via UPS. Note that there is no minimum order and your organization makes 50% profit on every sale. You can even track your shipment online as soon as it leaves our Illinois production facility.

You can learn more about our fundraising program on the Popcorn Palace website, and order your free fundraising information kit to learn how to get started today.

Popcorn Palace Testimonial – Jackie the sports mom

13 Oct

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Jackie Cunningham wore many hats: mom, baseball fan, football fanatic, and involved parent for her children’s school PTA. When looking for a fundraiser, she found Popcorn Palace and had so much success with them one time that she kept on going back. Here is her story:

 

“I worked with Popcorn Palace on three separate occasions – all for the same school. Once was for our little league baseball team, another our middle school, and finally our little league football team. In each fundraiser, we raised about $4,000.

Each team posed a different problem requiring a different solution. For instance, we were raising funds for the baseball team to go to Cooperstown to play the final game of the season while the football team was in need of new equipment. What worked well for us was the popcorn could cover each of our unique teams fundraising needs while practically selling itself. We were able to take our baseball team to Cooperstown and buy all new shoulder pads for the boys football team of 136 players.

What was great about a fundraiser like Popcorn Palace was you didn’t have to beg people to buy it. People will actually ask me when will our teams be selling popcorn again. That was nice, and people wanted it. So you knew it would continue to be profitable in years to come.

The people at Popcorn Palace made working with them an even easier decision in our hunt for a fundraising opportunity. They were very personal even when I had to call about several order issues. They would fix it right away without an issue. If I had to add an extra order, not a problem. If I had an issue in my online ordering, it would be fixed as soon as possible. You want that kind of customer service with a company. I always talked to a real person who helped me every step of the way.

Plus, Popcorn Palace saves you time. Everything comes boxed individually, which is a big bonus for working moms. It takes the guesswork out of everything. When everyone sold fundraising items in the past, we would have had to sort out orders for hundred of kids. Popcorn Palace makes it really simple by doing all of this for you before it gets to the school

Fundraising with Popcorn Palace is a great opportunity. They give 50 percent for your fundraiser proceeds to your organization; it is a no brainer. I don’t understand why you wouldn’t choose to do it! That is amazing. And that it comes fast, they give you everything you need – from envelope to boxes. They even give you samples. Kids love it, parents love it… it’s awesome.”

 

Take advantage of the opportunity to start raising funds for your organization. Start fundraising with Popcorn Palace today.

Popcorn Palace Testimonial – Sharon the Fine Arts supporter

6 Oct

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Sharon wanted to reach out to her local community, but first she needed the funds. After using Popcorn Palace for two years, she has become a repeat and satisfied customer.

 

“My name is Sharon. My position is Director of Community Outreach at Catalyst Circle Rock – a Kindergarten through 8th grade charter school in Chicago, IL.

I needed funds to help support our Fine Arts activities at the school and also to give our scholars incentive parties and treats. I also wanted to use the funds raised to help with parent incentives and parties.

I heard about Popcorn Palace from my daughter who works at one of our campuses. She read about the organization and thought that she might use it because it sounded like a good deal. So I tried it…

What I liked best about Popcorn Palace is the delivery is on time and the order comes back individually packaged with each students name on the box and what is in the box; this makes for very easy distribution. This feature is the reason that I would choose Popcorn Palace again and again. I don’t have to get extra help in sorting the items – you can’t always get enough help because parents are either working or busy with other children.

It was relatively easy for me to sell the popcorn to my parents and students. I also give incentive prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place top sellers and that is a big hit with my families.

I have used Popcorn Palace for two years now and both times I have met my goals of $4,000.00. I would most certainly use Popcorn Palace in the future, as it is an easy way to make money for my school. The pictures on the brochures and forms make you really hungry and you can taste the popcorn before you get it. The scholars, parents, and customers love it!”

 

Interested in funding your next project through the help of a fun and creative fundraiser? Start fundraising today with Popcorn Palace.

More Fun Popcorn Facts

3 Oct

More Fun Popcorn Facts

Popcorn is not just a delicious healthy food that is consumed by millions of Americans every day, popcorn as a food and as a story is deeply woven into the American cultural psyche. Native Americans have been eating roasted corn and popcorn for thousands of years, and within a couple of generations many European-origin Americans also adopted the tradition. That said, popcorn didn’t really become a full-fledged public craze and reach significant levels of commercial production until after the Civil War.

Odd Facts About Popcorn

  1. The 17 billion quarts of popcorn consumed by Americans every year would fill an empty Empire State Building 18 times.
  2. Popcorn is the official snack of Illinois. The state even has an annual “Popcorn Day”.
  3. Popcorn kernels have been known to pop more than three feet high in the air.
  4. There are nearly 1,600 kernels in 1 unpopped cup of popcorn.
  5. Unpopped popcorn should not be stored in the refrigerator. The refrigerator will dry out the moisture in the kernels. Without the moisture, popcorn will not pop. The ideal place to store popcorn is in a cool, dry cupboard.
  6. The Guinness World’s Record largest popcorn ball was more than 12 feet in diameter and weighed over 5,000 pounds. The giant popcorn ball included 2,000 pounds of corn, 40,000 pounds of sugar, 280 gallons of corn syrup and 400 gallons of water.
  7. One ancient method for popping corn involved heating sand in a fire and then stirring kernels of popcorn on top of the hot sand.
  8. Two tablespoons of unpopped kernels produce around quart of popcorn for a cost of around 25 cents.
  9. Nebraska produces more than 250 million pounds of popcorn per year—the most of any U.S. state. That represents over 25% of all the popcorn produced in the U.S. every year.
  10. Unpopped popcorn kernels are often called “spinsters” or “old maids.” Good quality, fresh popcorn should result in 98% popped kernels with less than 2% spinsters
  11. Orville Redenbacher is the best-selling popcorn in the U.S. and the world. Orville R. began growing popping corn in 1919 at the tender age of 12.
  12. One cup of plain popcorn only has 31 calories.
  13. The oldest known popcorn popper is a shallow bowl with a handle and hole on top was designed around A.D. 300. The first commercial popcorn-making machine (steam-driven) showed up 1,500 years later at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.
  14. American businessman Charles Cretors created a commercial popcorn machine in 1893. He developed an automated machine that could pop popcorn and apply flavorings/seasonings uniformly.
  15. Perry Spencer, an American electronics researcher, invented microwave popcorn in 1945. When he stopped briefly in front of a device called a magnetron tube in his lab, he noticed that the tube had half-melted a chocolate candy bar he had in his pocket. A few additional experiments showed the microwaves emitted from the magnetron tube were ideal for heating up the water.

Popcorn has quite a history and is still a favorite of kids and adults today. If you’d like to look into popcorn as a fundraising item. Click here.  Every flavor of our premium popcorn is guaranteed fresh and delectable, time after time, bite after bite.  You make 50% profit on each item with no up-front costs.

Popcorn Palace Testimonial – Tonya, the first-time Fundraiser

29 Sep

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Tonya Sikes was a member of an organization in Memphis focused on keeping youth active and focused. Through the organization of the Memphis Wildcats, a pee-wee basketball group for boys and girls ages 8 to 12, her organization was able to achieve these goals.

Some of the kids who participated in the program were under-privileged, unable to afford uniforms or even the group trip to a local amusement park. Tonya decided a fundraiser would be a great opportunity for these kids to get to participate with the group without having to pay anything out of pocket.

Tonya needed something that was hassle-free, easy and efficient to work with, and had a high profit margin for those participating. After some research, Tonya decided Popcorn Palace was a good fit for her organization’s fundraising opportunity.

One feature that Tonya raves about with Popcorn Palace is the customer service. “It was great and very quick in response,” Tonya said. “The staff is friendly and the service is quick.”

She also said that the popcorn was fresh, a big reason why she said she would use Popcorn Palace again.

“It was great. I have ordered popcorn from other people who did fundraisers from other companies and the popcorn was stale,” Tonya said. “We raised a lot of money and we were able to take the team to a fun event,” Tonya said.

 

Are you looking for a fundraising to benefit your sports team? Popcorn Palace has the solution you have been looking for. Start fundraising with Popcorn Palace today.

Popcorn Palace Testimonial – Michelle and the last-minute fundraiser

22 Sep
This picture was taken when Michelle (treasurer), Johana (president) and Jerri (secretary) presented the middle school principal with a check for the funds raised with the Popcorn Palace fundraiser.

This picture was taken when Michelle (treasurer), Johana (president) and Jerri (secretary) presented the middle school principal with a check for the funds raised with the Popcorn Palace fundraiser.

Michelle Cavazos and the PTSO of Potomac Middle School had a goal: to raise funds for the middle school’s annual end-of-the-year activities. Activities included Field Day, a carnival hosted on campus, and the 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony. She needed something that required little effort, worked within her time frame, and would be a big seller.

Michelle chose Popcorn Palace at the last minute. Even though it was on a whim, she said the process was incredibly easy and the staff was great to work with on her time crunch. With little effort on their part and free sorting options, it took the guesswork out of fundraising organizing and made it easy for Michelle and her fellow board members to work with students to make the fundraiser beneficial to them.

In addition, Michelle really loves the popcorn.

“The popcorn was delicious,” Michelle said. “The gourmet popcorn was different from the typical fundraisers. Popcorn Palace had a great variety of flavors as well!”

Lastly, Michelle states that the 50 percent profit made the decision easy, along with some other factors.

“There was no start-up fee… I think everything they offer to benefit fundraising organizations is awesome. It’s stress free – especially since there was no minimum amount in sales required to participate,” Michelle said.

 

Have a success story like Michelle’s become yours today. Start fundraising with Popcorn Palace today. 

Popcorn Palace Testimonial – Lindsay the Cheer Mom

15 Sep

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Lindsay Wehmer was a cheer mom looking to help build funds for her daughter’s high school cheer team at Parkway North High School. Funds were tight for boosters who were looking to fund uniforms and cheer camp for the members on team. Ms. Wehmer and the other boosters stumbled upon Popcorn Palace as a fundraising option for cheer team members if they were looking to participate to help pay for some of the costs on the team.

“Those who did participate raised at least $100 each. It was phenomenal,” Ms. Wehmer said. “One girl was able to pay (in full for her uniform and camp).”

When asked if she would use Popcorn Palace in the future, Ms. Wehmer replied yes. Her compliments were that the fundraiser was easy to do and that the customer service was on point.

“When we had questions, we were always able to reach a customer service representative. All of our questions were answered right away,” Ms. Wehmer said.

Some things she highlighted about what she liked most about working with Popcorn Palace were the company’s flexibility, promptness, spreadsheet ordering system and the easy uploading process. She explained that the process was made very easy by being extremely efficient and self-explanatory.

What stood out to Ms. Wehmer the most?

“The timeliness and care of the customer service representatives,” Ms. Wehmer said. “And the popcorn is delicious, too!”

 

Host a delicious and profitable fundraiser for you and your school. Start fundraising with Popcorn Palace today.

 

 

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