Fundraising – St. Jude Raiders

Ruth Hurrle, organizer of a recent fundraiser for the St. Jude Raiders football club, was pleased with how well the customized sports decals from AllSportDesigns.com performed as a fundraising product, but what really stood out for her was the service she received. “The customer service sets this company apart from others,” says Hurrle. “Lorrie deserves to be recognized for her outstanding level of professionalism and high customer service.”

The Raiders were looking to raise some extra money for tackling dummies and discovered the customized fundraising products at AllSportDesigns.com. “Price, the ability to customize and speed” prompted the club to work with AllSportDesigns.com. They found the response to the products was “amazing! People love the decals!”

When using a 6″ decal as a fundraising product groups will sometimes price the item at $12.99.  At this price point groups can make up to $7.50 in profit per item depending on the volume of decals sold.

  • Selling 50 decals at $12.99 would yield a profit of $5.00 per unit for a total of $250.00.
  • Selling 150 decals would yield a profit of $5.50 per unit for a total of $825.00.
  • Selling 300 decals would yield a profit of $7.50 per unit generating $2,250.00.

When asked what tip the team might offer to a new fundraiser the response was to “use AllSportDesigns.com… they are amazing! Also, have firm deadlines that are several days ahead of actual deadlines to assist with issues that arise.”

For more fundraising tips read Fundraising Tips for Success and to find out more about fundraising with AllSportDesigns.com visit our fundraising page.

Fundraising – Firebaugh High School Eagles

The Firebaugh High School Eagles volleyball team has plenty of fundraising experience. Each year the team fundraises to help the girls pay for things like shoes, socks and team shirts. Over time the team has used a variety of fundraising strategies to raise money, from holding car washes to selling candy bars and candles, so we asked them how selling customized products from AllSportDesigns.com compared.

When the team initially discovered the customized products from AllSportDesigns.com they felt they were unique items that would sell very well and support school spirit. Over the years the Eagles have sold decals, magnets, wall signs and yard signs, and each year they have enjoyed a good response to the customized offerings. The team says, “AllSportDesigns.com made fundraising easy. The athletes and parents love that they can personalize their individual items and it was easy for the girls on our team to carry the order paper with them unlike candy sales where they have to carry the items around in a box.”

Asked if they would recommend products from AllSportDesigns.com as a fundraiser the response was “yes, definitely!” Customized products from AllSportDesigns.com are “easy, self-selling items” and with the no inventory fundraising option there are no upfront costs, “you pay for what you order and keep your profit immediately.”

When using a 6″ decal as a fundraising product groups will often price the item around $11.99.  At this price point groups can make up to $6.50 in profit per item depending on the volume of decals sold.

  • Selling 50 decals at $11.99 would yield a profit of $4.00 per unit for a total of $200.00.
  • Selling 100 decals would yield a profit of $4.50 per unit for a total of $450.00.
  • Selling 250 decals would yield a profit of $6.50 per unit generating $1,625.00.

One tip the team has for other groups who use products from AllSportDesigns.com as their fundraiser is to make sure to let people know they can personalize the colors, names and even athlete numbers. The design may look a certain way on the sample sheet but it can be customized to meet personal preferences.

For more fundraising tips read Fundraising Tips for Success and to find out more about fundraising with AllSportDesigns.com visit our fundraising page.

Wall Decal Installation and Care

Wall Decal SamplesHere are some tips on successfully installing and caring for your wall decal from AllSportDesigns.com

Warning
Improper installation of your wall decal may result in property damage. Wall decals are not intended for the following applications:

  • Freshly painted walls.
  • Walls finished with flat, egg shell or satin latex paint.
  • Ceilings.
  • Uneven, rough or porous surfaces.
  • Windows cleaned with ammonia based products.

For these situations please consider the alternate mounting described in the application section.

Decal preparation
Unroll your wall decal and lay it on a flat surface for 24 hours before installing.

Surface preparation
Ensure the wall finish is either gloss or semi-gloss latex paint and that the wall has not been painted within the past thirty (30) days.

Wall, metal or glass surface needs to be clean, grease-free and smooth. If cleaning is required use a small amount of dish soap in water then dry the surface completely. Never wipe the surface where you will be applying the decal with any cleaner containing Melaleuca Oil.

The surface temperature should be between 40 F and 80 F when applying your decal.

Application
When applying your decal ensure you have no lotion on your hands.

Walls and windows
Apply the decal straight down with both hands (if the decal is large it is helpful to have an assistant for the installation).

From the middle, moving outward, smooth the decal with your hands pushing the air out as you go. Roll up a hand towel tightly and smooth from the middle, moving outward again. If any bubbles remain, gently pin prick to the side of the trapped air and push outward with your finger.

Vehicle
Ensure surface is wax free and then clean area with rubbing alcohol, allowing to dry completely. Align decal to level, taping on opposite sides to hold the position.

From the top, gently pull the decal away from the liner until about half way down the decal. Cut off the backing paper and smooth the decal from the middle, moving upward and outward, using a credit card for a squeegee. Lift decal from the bottom and release remaining backing paper. Smooth decal from the middle, moving downward and outward. Roll up a hand towel tightly and smooth from the middle, moving outward again. If any bubbles remain, gently pin prick to the side of the trapped air and push outward with your finger.

Alternate mounting
Purchase a smooth panel to apply wall decal to that can be moved to any wall. Available at most home improvement centers, this product is called “bath board” and is usually used to line shower walls. Just cut to size, wipe off any dust, apply your decal and mount to wall. Your wall decal can now be moved to any wall and be kept forever!

Removal
Use a hairdryer to heat the decal. Continually heat as you pull evenly and slowly from top to bottom of the decal. Any remaining adhesive can be easily removed with a product such as Goo Gone.

How to Identify Colors that Work Together

When identifying colors that work well together, you must first consider where the colors are going to be used. If setting up a logo, a banner, or a sign, the subject of focus needs to be identified and highlighted by color, design and font.

There are several categories of colors that create a “standard” set: Primary, secondary and tertiary.

Primary colors are the purest of hues: red, yellow and blue. Primaries cannot be mixed from any other colors.

Secondary colors are mixtures in equal amounts of primary colors. Red and yellow produce orange. Yellow and blue produce green. Blue and red produce purple.

Tertiary colors are mixtures of primary and secondary colors. Yellow and green produce yellow-green. Blue and green produce blue-green. Red and orange produce red-orange.

A Color Wheel
Color Wheel, by J. Arthur H. Hatt (The Colorist) {Public domain}, via Wikimedia Commons

When you want something to stand out, you can use “complementary” colors. “Split-complementary”, “double split complementary” and “triadic” colors as shown on a color wheel will work well also.

Complementary means that every color on the color wheel has a mate. Mates are opposites. Two colors that have nothing in common. Mixed together in equal amounts, complementary colors make a neutral gray.

Those of the same color family are referred to as “analogous”. These have a “family” resemblance, but radically different as they are alike in that they all have some of the same primary colors. For example: Yellow-green, green and blue-green all have some of the primary yellow in them.

The amount of color to use, the intensity and the value depends upon the purpose in mind. Whether you are making up a bouquet, a beaded bag, painting a billboard or a bedroom. All use high key and low key elements of color. You will always want to use colors that complement each other. Complementary colors go well together if a little of each is mixed with the other. Used at full strength, they tend to vibrate.

All in all, the subject of focus is at the heart of most uses of color. Eye appeal is generated mostly with color and is what makes everything come alive. Used correctly, color can be the thing that brings everything together.

If you need further assistance to identify colors that work together with your design or logo AllSportDesigns.com can help with our logo design services.

Fundraising Tips for Success

Over the years AllSportDesigns.com has worked with a variety of sports and community organizations on their fundraising efforts. While our customized decals, magnets, clings and stickers are great fundraising products, which nearly sell themselves, we have discovered a few strategies that help maximize the results of your fundraising campaigns:

  1. Start your fundraising campaign at the beginning of the season to generate maximum response. As the season draws to a close you will find interest declines, so don’t leave your fundraising to the end of the season.
  2. Promote your fundraiser as much as possible! Some proven promotional techniques include:
    • Have coaches hand out the order forms (coaches are best but team moms can also be recruited).
    • Have the order form available for download from your team or school website.
    • Send out an email blast to all interested prospects or post to a social media site.
    • Hand out order forms at concession stands.
    • Have your fundraiser announced at school and games.
    • Place order forms in event or game flyers.
    • Hand out order forms at school store or office.
    • Display posters in hallways and prominent places where there is lots of foot traffic or areas where people wait.
  3. Advertise when and where your fundraising products can be purchased.
  4. Advertise what the decals or magnets can be used for:
    • rear car windows
    • rear car magnets
    • refrigerators
    • lockers
  5. Put a sample of your decal or magnet on your promotional material (a proof can be requested from AllSportDesigns.com or simply copy a sample off our website).
  6. Put responsible people in charge of collecting and distributing orders.
  7. Last, but not least, advertise a due date. Using a deadline helps immensely as people tend to put things off otherwise.

With the perfect fundraising product from AllSportDesigns.com and the strategies to run a successful campaign, it’s time to get out there and start fundraising! Thanks for making AllSportDesigns.com part of your success story.

If you have fundraising tips that have worked for you share them with us in the comments area below.