Funeral Home Promotional Ideas

 

Religious Hand FansAfter just attending the funeral of my dear Grandmother, I saw first hand that the biggest duty of the funeral home staff is to comfort the family. The style and direction of that comfort largely depends on the overall faith and religious views of the family. If they are of a Christian religion, the funeral service is highly focused on Jesus and the comfort in knowing that the family will see their loved one again some day. These reminders of life after death can be given through means other than words though. They can be shown through promotional items promoting traditional religious beliefs. Here are just a few funeral home promotional ideas that funeral homes can give away to their clients that center their life around Christianity:

  1. Religious Hand Fans – Religious themed hand fans can be a subtle reminder that they will see their loved one again. Church hand fans with pictures of Jesus or other religious scenery or Bible verses can provide comfort to the family left behind. Also, the hand fans really come in handy at the graveside service during the hot months.
  2. Church Calendars – Calendars can be given away to family members and provide comfort all year through calming spiritual pictures and Bible verses.
  3. Religious Coloring Books  - Visitations and funerals can require family members to be at the funeral homes sometimes several hours before the official visitation time starts and the hours can be long for small children. Providing religious themed coloring books can be a great item to offer children as well as help them to learn more about Christianity.
  4. Custom Printed Tissue Boxes – With the death of a loved one, tears are a natural part of the process and much tissue is needed. Branding tissue boxes which are found all around the funeral home can be a great way to provided a necessary product while reinforcing your branding.

Now, there are many other religious themed promotional items, but these above are just a few examples that can be provided to the families which can provide comfort. The funeral home business can be a competitive business so properly marketing yourself is extremely important and one of the best ways to market yourself is to provide branded items that are both comforting and useful to your clients.

Make Some Noise with Thundersticks

 
Thunder Sticks

Thundersticks

I recently attended a football game at one of our local area schools and although there were moments that the crowd was excited, it was very short lived. Overall, the crowd was subdued and very quiet. Then looking around, I noticed that there were very few spirit items. I did see a few megaphones filled with popcorn that were sold at the concession stand, but nothing else. The other thing I noticed was how hard the metal bleachers were and yet the booster club was not selling stadium seat cushions.

Without school spirit items, the crowd is less likely to scream and yell for extended periods of time. It’s almost as if the fans come out of their shell when hiding behind pom poms or thundersticks. Stadium noisemakers is what that school needed to really get the crowd involved. Thundersticks are some of the most popular noise makers of modern-day football. Additionally, they are great for fundraising because there is a huge imprint area to advertise sponsors who have donated money to buy the thundersticks. Then, the items can be sold for $2-$3 per pair. After the sticks are inflated, you simply bang them together to produce a loud noise. When you get a stadium filled with hundreds of thundersticks, it can get very loud. Stadium horns are also a popular noisemaker for the stadium and are also another great spirit item for fundraising.

Football Shaped Stadium Seat Cushions

The biggest fundraiser of all for spirit items, though, is the stadium seat cushion. You can print up 16-20 different sponsor names and logos on one side of the stadium seat cushions and the school mascot and name on the other side, after charging each business a set amount of money for the sponsorship. Overall, the budget should work out so the school pays nothing for the seat cushions, but then turns around and sells the cushions for $5-$10 each making 100% profit. I can promise you that after sitting on those cold, hard, and sometimes wet bleachers for one game, $10 for a stadium seat cushions sounds like a bargain.

Be sure your school is equipped with plenty of options for school spirit items for not only fundraising, but also to keep the crowd happy and comfortable.

I’d Like an order of mini footballs with a side of stripes

 

vinyl mini footballs with stripes and without stripesOne of the top associations with back to school is the start of football season. It’s an exciting time of the year because it’s a time of high energy from fans of both opponents. Sometimes the energy is heated but mostly it’s just good, clean fun. It’s the job of the booster club and cheerleaders to harness that energy of the crowd and keep it going. Not only does this make the game more enjoyable to get out there and scream and yell, but it helps to energize the football team. The players thrive from the fans screaming their support.

Stripes for mini footballs

Stripes for mini footballs

So what’s the best item for the cheerleaders to throw into the crowd to get them excited? Well, there are many items that can be thrown to create a frenzy with the crowd. You can throw rolled up t-shirts; however, because of the higher expense you can’t throw too many. If you want an item that you throw in bulk and not break the bank, go with mini footballs. You also have a few choices to personalize the mini footballs such as plastic or vinyl material, multiple football colors and several imprint colors to choose from. Another option to really help your footballs look spiffy is to add stripes. Stripes are actually printed on the mini footballs, so it does add an extra expense, usually only around 25 cents per football. Additionally, with the stripes, choose from either solid stripes, paw print stripes, champs stripes, star stripes, tire tread stripes, and WIN! stripes. Check out the picture to the right to see stock stripes. If you really want to personalize your mini footballs, you can get custom stripes, such as your logo or mascot repeated around the stripes.

It’s extremely important for schools and booster clubs to have spirit items available for sales to raise money for the team. You can sell a lot of these school spirit items and you will see many fans using them to cheer on the team. However, if you really want to see the fans go crazy for spirit items, start throwing out the mini footballs to them and watch how they react. There’s just something that excites them to catch a “FREE” item. Most schools throw out a few mini footballs with each touchdown or field goal scored by their team. Even though football season has started, it’s not too late to buy your mini footballs if you order today! If you need your footballs in a rush, Perfect Imprints can do rush orders!

 

Half Price Postcard Sale for EDDM Mail Out

 

 

Cheap postcards and designIf you are looking to do a mail out that is budget friendly, think about participating in the Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) program through the USPS. All you do is pick the routes you want to target, pay for the postage at only $0.145 each, and bring your postcards to your local post office. You don’t have to address the postcards or apply postage. Plus, you can use oversized postcards. In fact, you have to use larger than the standard 4″ x 6″ postcards.

Now through September 28th, you can get postcards 50% off the regular prices. That is an incredible savings that you don’t want to miss. If you need postcard design, no problem, Perfect Imprints can help you. We have a team of expert graphic designers ready to design that perfect and effective marketing piece for your mail out.

Sizes included in this half price postcard sale include: 2.75″ x 4.25″, 4.25″ x 6″, 4″ x 9″ (rackcard), 5.5″ x 8.5″, 4.25″ x 11″, 6″ x 9″, and 6″ x 11″. Just FYI, minimum size for the EDDM program is 6.125″ high or 10.5″ wide and maximum size is 12″ high and 15″ wide. What a bargain to mail postcards for only $0.145 each (compared to standard 4″ x 6″ postcard postage at $0.32 each). That’s a postage savings of over 50%. Combine that with 50% off postcard pricing for the month of September and you are saving over 100%. Wouldn’t that be free? Unfortunately, the math doesn’t quite work like that; however, I’m sure you can see the huge savings!

By using the larger sized postcards such as 6″ x 11 and 5.5″ x 8.5″ your postcard will really stand out in the stack of mail when retrieved from the mail box. Plus, our high quality, extra thick card stock combined with our vibrant full color printing and high gloss UV coating creates a beautiful, eye-catching mailer.

Using the EDDM program is easy. Just visit https://www.usps.com/business/every-door-direct-mail.htm for more information and then give Perfect Imprints a call at 1-800-773-9472 to design your postcard for mail out.