A CHANGE OF FACE Hate shaving? Then you'll love November. Since 2004, the Movember Foundation has been partnering with businesses, local organizations and sports franchises to raise awareness and money for a variety of men's health issues by encouraging men to grow facial hair for a good cause. The goal of the Movember movement, a combination of the words "moustache" and "November," is to "change the face of men's health."
NHL and AHL hockey players have long embraced the Movember agenda, beginning the month clean-shaven and embarking on a 30-day competition to see who can grow the thickest, funniest or most creative facial hair. Nicknamed "Mo Bros," the players seek out sponsors to help raise funds for the charity.
A sports promotional and event marketing agency helped the Milwaukee Admirals with a Movember promotion last fall. The Admirals, an AHL team, partnered with grooming products manufacturer Lucky Tiger Grooming for Men to help raise money for prostate and testicular cancer research.
The Milwaukee chapter of Movember hosted a number of events throughout the city to publicize Movember and promoted attendance at the Admirals' games, says Kim Salli, the Admirals' manager of merchandise. The team publicized the moustache contest online and on its website. Fans could sign up online to join the Admirals Movember team, which included team owner and CEO Harris Turer, and players such as Scott Valentine, Kevin Henderson and Taylor Beck, or visit www.movember.com to donate to the cause. Fans could also view the progress of the moustaches over the course of the month.
The Admirals offered a Mo-Package for $49 which included two ticket vouchers, good for any game in November, a donation to Movember, plus an exclusive Mo-Waukee Admirals T-shirt which depicted the team's skull logo sporting a Fu Manchu moustache. The package could be purchased through Ticketmaster or on the Admirals' website. This was the first Movember promotion in which the team gave away T-shirts, says Salli, who notes the team did experience an increase in sales as a result.
Fans who joined the Admirals' Movember team and raised a certain amount of money were invited to a Stache Bash on November 27 with free food and the opportunity to meet the mustachioed Admirals players. In addition, at the last game of the month on November 30, Lucky Tiger distributed fake moustaches to the first 1,500 fans at the door. A number of fans grew facial hair or wore the fake moustaches to support the cause. Even the Zamboni sported a moustache for the occasion.
"The players really got into it," says Salli. "We showed images of the participating players' moustache progression on the Jumbotron." On the website, the Admirals conducted a poll for fans to pick which player had the best moustache. Choosing fake moustaches as a giveaway "was a no-brainer," Salli says. "Promotional items are extremely important at our games."
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Promo Tees Help Save Pets
In November 2012, Switch, an experimental marketing agency in St. Louis, MO, launched the Ugly Holiday Sweater Tees fundraiser for its annual "Switchmas." This event benefits local charitable organizations. In deciding on a four-week campaign centered on the holidays when themed clothing is in high demand, Switch's team was left wondering how they could combine those two factors into a win for the cause, all while helping the sweater-less guarantee style success at their holiday events.
For the second consecutive year, Switch chose to donate funds raised in the campaign to the nonprofit Animal Protective Association (APA) of Missouri, which provides shelter and adoption services for homeless dogs and cats and animal welfare education to the public. Switch implemented social media and local media exposure in St. Louis to get publicity for the cause. According to Public Relations Specialist Jen Beidle, "Switch's effort netted many free mentions in the media valued at approximately $25,000, with 807 Facebook likes, 119 Twitter followers, more than 6,000 website visits and more than 61,000 impressions on LinkedIn."
All proceeds from the $22 T-shirts featuring holiday sweater designs were donated to the APA, raising $13,065 during the campaign with the sale of 820 T-shirts. Since 2009, Switch has donated nearly $50,000 during holiday campaigns to local charitable organizations. "We thrive on using design to create something good for people – or animals – who really need our help. These shirts represent that intersection, and make you look totally rad, too," says Brent Coder, creative director at Switch.
Consider getting involved in the community by teaming up with your ad specialty distributor and a local nonprofit group. This will enable you to reach a wider audience, gain more social media attention and benefit a deserving cause that will have longstanding positive results.
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SANDS-FREE. The Beach Nik spikes into the sand and affords the user a place to put beverages, phones, MP3 players or keys without them getting sandy. A unique idea for spring break promotions, beach resorts and beverage companies. asi//47700
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Effective Communications Month
The backbone of any business is its ability to communicate in an effective way with its clients. But communication is more than talking, it also includes listening. Launch a promotion this month to foster a valuable give and take with your clients. Begin with a survey on the goods and services your company provides. Offer a logoed product to those who complete the survey. Get face to face with your customers without the intention of selling; allow them to tell you about their experiences with your company. Finally, tie it all together via social media – Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc. Produce videos that say "you talked we listened" and provide them with the steps you are taking to becoming an even better business partner.
7 National Donut Day When it comes to donuts, most people have a little Homer Simpson in them. Celebrate today by visiting clients in the morning. Come with a dozen donuts in a custom box and logoed coffee mugs for all. Your distributor can provide logoed coffee mugs and custom boxes.
14 Flag Day
"You're a grand old flag, you're a high flying flag …" Get your red, white and blue on today and hail the stars and stripes. A patriotic themed barbecue is just the things to pump up your staff. Aside from an all-American meal, provide everyone with their own flag. Your distributor partner can get them with an imprinted pole.
21 Take Your Dog To Work Day
Man’s best friend is often a welcomed addition to the work place, and more and more employers are doing it as a year-round perk. But if you’re not at that level yet, consider allowing employees to bring their pooches in to work today. You can provide logoed dog biscuits, bowls, leashes, etc. And the day will go a long way in creating goodwill between employee and employer.
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