silicone bracelets, you can select your phrase, pick a color, and
have several hundred available to sell within days. It really is a
fantastic way to fundraise, particularly in conjunction with a
well publicized event.
You have three main decisions to make about your custom bracelets:
what slogan to imprint, color choice, and supplier. Make the first
two decisions before you start shopping for a distributor or
wholesaler because otherwise it's hard to compare prices.
Catchy slogans work best as do vibrant colors. Get input from your
target market by putting together a quick focus group and showing
them your three favorite colors and then your three favorite
slogans. then go with the best overall fit. Remember that orders
have to be prepaid and you can't change your mind later!
As far as pricing, look for the big companies that give
substantial price breaks. Most get under the $1 price point with
an order of 300 or more, but there are also quality variations, so
look for a reputable company that uses the best materials.
Bracelet quality tips
If you have enough lead time, get samples from your top three
supplier choices and compare them for thickness and overall
quality. There should be no vertical seam visible where the ring
was joined and the beveled edges should feel smooth to the touch.
The depth of the imprint (debossing is the technical term) is
important as the slogan won't be clearly visible if it's not done
correctly. Also, the rubber should not have a lot of elasticity,
i.e. it shouldn't feel all stretchy like a rubber band.
So, choose the supplier with thick bracelets, smooth edges, no
seams, and imprints that are crisp and clear. After all, you can't
do well with fundraiser bracelets that are cheap junk!
Obviously, you can easily make sales within your group or at your
fundraising event. Just set up a table adjacent to the entrance
and support it with large colorful signs explaining why you are
raising funds and what the prices are.
The job of your posters and signs is to presell the customers as
they approach, so make them easy to read from a distance. Don't be
shy about stating your price. For instance, if your fundraiser
bracelet is raising money to send personal items to troops
overseas, put up a big sign behind your table that says 'Support
Our Troops! Just $2.00' and have a large bracelet making a ring
around the poster.
Another great way to make sales is to setup a sales table at
high-traffic retail locations like grocery stores, drug stores,
home improvement stores or Wal-Mart. Be sure to get permission
from the store manager well in advance!
Position your sales table and signs the same way with a big sign
on the wall behind you and a smaller one hanging from the front of
the table. Shoppers are focused on what they are after inside the
store, so again, your signs main job is pre-selling the customer
as they approach. Plus, it saves you from having to repeat the
same things over and over to every potential customer.
Silicone bracelets summary
There are many styles and colors to choose from when selecting a
silicon wristband to sell, so take some time to get input from
several people before making your choice. Quality sells, so be
sure to pick a quality supplier who uses first-class materials as
well as offering low prices.
Sell your fundraiser bracelets at your event and within your
group, but don't forget to make sales at high-traffic locations.
By offering them to the general public you can double or triple
your sales, plus you can get a much better price break by ordering
a larger quantity.
by: Kimberly Reynolds writes for national publications
on fundraisers like organizing a school fundraiser, how to do a custom
silicone bracelets fundraiser and other charity fundraising
events. Find more on having a school
fundraiser on her website, FundraiserHelp.com