March Madness Promotional Ideas – Mini Basketballs

 

Mini BasketballsAs the college basketball season approaches its last month of play during March Madness, businesses also look for ways to end the first quarter of 2013 with big sales. March Madness is the most exciting time of year for college basketball. This time provides excellent opportunities to promote your business and increase your sales. Here are a few ideas of how to use March Madness as a way to promote your business.

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!

 

Plastic Mini Footballs vs. Vinyl Mini Footballs?

 

Plastic Mini Footballs vs. Vinyl Mini FootballsFootball season is upon us, so the big decision for spirit items is what type of mini football is the best? The fans love to catch mini footballs thrown by the cheerleaders, so this item is a must-purchase spirit item. Whether you buy them out of your general booster club funds or get business sponsors for the footballs, you have to decide which football to buy – Plastic mini footballs or vinyl mini footballs. They both have pros and cons when comparing to the other, so you have to make your choice based on budget, imprint, and the way you are using the footballs. Both are great options for programs ordering large quantities or those with a tight budget. Below are the pros and cons of both types of promotional mini footballs so you can make an informed decision.

Plastic Mini Footballs

  • Smaller than the vinyl mini football – about 6″ in length measuring from one tip around the football to the opposite tip.
  • About 10 cents cheaper than the vinyl mini footballs.
  • Harder than the vinyl mini football.
  • Cheaper to ship than vinyl mini footballs since they are smaller.
  • Plastic mini footballs don’t throw as far or as well as the vinyl mini footballs.
  • Slightly smaller imprint area than the vinyl mini footballs – 2″ W x 1.25″ H.
  • They do have a pebbled surface so detailed imprints may get lost.
  • Never lose shape or air since they are made from molded plastic.

Vinyl Mini Footballs

  • Larger than the plastic mini football – about 7″ in length measuring from one tip around the football to the opposite tip. This varies slightly depending on how much the footballs are inflated.
  • About 10 center more than plastic mini footballs.
  • Softer and less likely to hurt anyone when thrown.
  • More expensive to ship since they are both longer and fatter than the plastic mini footballs.
  • Throw much better and farther since they weigh a little more.
  • Larger imprint area – 2″ W x 1.5″ H.
  • Have a smooth surface on 1 side for better imprinting of smaller details.
  • Vinyl mini footballs will lose air over time, but they can easily be re-inflated with a standard athletic pump and sports ball needle.
  • Have a higher perceived value than plastic mini footballs and therefore, will most likely be kept longer by recipients.

Mini footballs are extremely popular at college, high school, and middle school football games. Both the plastic and vinyl mini footballs are great choices, but sometimes one is more suitable over the other depending on your purpose. Many local businesses are more than willing to pay sponsorship money to have their logo put on the mini footballs, which pays for the footballs and gives the cheerleaders more footballs to throw at games. Throwing out the footballs helps keep the crowd engaged and excited. Everyone loves when they leave the games with a souvenir. Be sure and order mini footballs now for your team before the start of the season to avoid the rush!

Booster Club Fundraising Using Mini Footballs

 

Mini footballs with custom logoEvery year over the past decade, when counties and states are balancing their budget and looking for cuts, it seems they like to go to the school system for the first round of budget cuts. Each school always first cuts their sports program budgets. Because of these stringent budget cuts over the past few years, many football programs are on a shoestring budget. That is why fundraising is vital for any booster club or football team.

A great way for school booster clubs to raise funds is by using mini footballs. Here is how simple it is to get sponsorship money:

  1. Decide which mini football you want to use. Choose from either the plastic mini football or the vinyl mini football.
  2. Work out the cost of the mini footballs. Make sure you factor in any setup charges and shipping charges and get a total price for a lot of 100, 250, and 500 footballs.
  3. Decide on how much you want to make off of each sponsorship. Don’t be greedy, but include enough profit from the sale so you can grow your booster club funds. For example, if 100 mini footballs cost $1.50 each, $0 setup (at Perfect Imprints), and $30.00 shipping, your total would be $180. You could sell this sponsorship for $250, which is not much money for most businesses. Then each business could get their business logo printed on the mini footballs.
  4. Assign each team player the task of getting at least one business sponsorship. If you have 60 players and each one sells just 1 sponsorship, that is a total profit of $4200. That amount of money can go a long way with most football teams.
  5. After you order the mini footballs, receive them, and your first football game arrives, you can have your team cheerleaders throw the footballs into the crowd after your team scores or makes a great play. Depending on the total amount of footballs ordered, you just designate the quantity of footballs to be thrown out at each game so no game is left without footballs.

Football fans love catching mini footballs as much as baseball fans love catching a home run ball or foul ball. The funds being raised are to benefit your team, so get the whole team involved to make the fundraiser bigger and easier. Working as a team will help ensure your next fundraiser to be more successful.

Mini Footballs For High School Football Teams

 

Plastic Mini Footballs

Mini Footballs

In less than a month, high school and middle school football season will begin. Already, there are many teams in pre-season practice, gearing up for their first game. The excitement of the potential of each team is building already. Smack talk is certainly happening between friends and between players from opposing teams. It’s also time for school booster clubs to start planning their spirit items to help raise money for the team. All of the typical stadium noisemakers such as thundersticks and stadium horns are always great choices. And what would a football game be without rooter pom poms for the crowd to cheer along with the cheerleaders. There are plenty of other spirit items and stadium items too, such as stadium cushions and mini footballs.

Booster club members are already hitting the streets and making phone calls lining up businesses to sponsor their team. I’ve already sponsored a few local teams in response to visits from team members. I believe that sponsoring our young athletes is a great way to give back to the community and help keep our youth in positive team settings.

If you are a business owner, please seriously consider sponsoring your local teams. Your sponsorships help to buy school spirit items such as mini footballs, stadium seat cushions, thunder sticks, and many other items that the booster club can sell to raise funds for their team. These spirit items also help to keep the fans cheering loudly for the players, which help get the team excited