Archive | March, 2011

Radio Popcorn!

25 Mar

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Popcorn Palace team member, Fran Cockrell, recently made two stops to promote our gourmet popcorn on the radio. 

On Heartbeat Radio For Women, Fran explained the different kinds of popcorn and when asked about the origin of the Popcorn Palace concept, said, “We know that popcorn is an excellent, wholesome treat that we wanted to make better and kick it up a notch!” 


Fran also explains the Popcorn Palace fundraising program “We’re helping organizations around the nation raise funds for their trips or computers or what ever it is. We do fundraisers for all sorts of organizations.


On the Joan Hamburg ShowFran explains that, “We’re able to satisfy so many different people’s snack needs and have expanded our flavor line to 33 flavors.” Fran also notes that Cheddar Cheese continues to be the consumer favorite.


When asked about the production facility in Illinoise, Fran tells Joan how Popcorn Palace hand-makes each order as it comes in, eliminating the need for the standard storage facilities and conveyer belts you would expect to see in a snack production plant.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F12481929 JoanHamburg Audio by Popcorn Palace

Share Your Story and We’ll Share Our Popcorn

21 Mar

Hundreds of people have achieved incredible fundraising success by selling Popcorn Palace popcorn. 


Through our blog we share some of these inspirational fundraising success stories. In the past, we’ve highlighted people who’ve sold our popcorn to raise funds for missionary trips, pug rescue, sports equipment, cancer research and much, much more. 

You’ve read their stories, now we want to read yours! Submit your best Popcorn Palace fundraising stories, photos and/or videos through our facebook wall or email and we will reward the top 10 entries with a blog post and a bag of free popcorn of their choice.  Don’t wait, The contest expires on Friday, April, 15.

The Popcorn Palace fundraising program requires no investment and fundraisers keep 50% of the profits for the cause of their choice. For more information, click here.

Rules and Regulations
  • No purchase necessary to enter
  • Entries must be submitted by Friday, April, 15, 2011.
  • Prizes will be awarded to ten entrants selected by Popcorn Palace.
  • Only residents of the U.S.A. are eligible.
  • We will contact the winners via Facebook message or tweet.
  • Winners are responsible for responding with their postal addresses, email addresses and phone numbers (for our shipper).
  • Postal addresses must be submitted within two weeks (fourteen days) of notification.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Popcorn Palace and not to Facebook or Twitter.
  • Judges decision is final.

The Muppets do "Popcorn"

7 Mar

We’re posting this for no other reason than that we love both popcorn and the Muppets.


Enjoy!

Fundraising 101: Finding the Right Company

4 Mar

Coordinating a fundraising is a very generous commitment that demands time and energy. To get the most out of the experience and to maximize your success, choose a company that best matches your organization’s needs and goals.

There are many wonderful fundraising programs available to organizations, and the key is determining what type of product your group wishes to sell and how you will approach selling those products. You might want to begin by taking inventory so you can determine your group’s objectives and how much money you would like to raise. The number of participants in your organization and the number of helpers may influence the type of fundraiser you wish to pursue. Also important is whether your group has the funds to use a program that requires money up front or would rather pursue a program with no up-front costs.

A great place to start your research is the internet, which is an easy way to search for fundraising ideas and programs. When you find some that interest you and seem to be good matches for your group, you can contact the companies directly for more information regarding their specific programs. Many companies will even send samples or information kits that you can present to other member’s of your group.

Here are some questions to consider while you are researching fundraising programs and contacting companies:

  1. What is the profit margin?
  2. Is this program a direct sales, order form or online sales opportunity?
  3. Are there ordering minimums?
  4. Are there any up-front costs?
  5. Does the company provide incentive programs?
  6. Will the company charge for order forms or samples?
  7. Are there any discounts based upon group or order size?
  8. Does the product require refrigeration?
  9. How does the product ship and are there shipping costs?
  10. How is the company’s customer service? Did you have a good experience with the initial conversation?
  11. Does the fundraising company provide attractive and useful marketing materials?
  12. Does this product appeal to a specific type of customer or is there a broad range of possible clients?

Once you have collected information about possible fundraising options, consider your experience with the companies you contacted. This initial contact could be a clue as to what working with this company will be like later on. In the end, select the program that best suits your organization and its goals, which will make for a profitable and enjoyable experience.