For over 20 years, Pete and Elda’s Bar & Carmen’s Pizzeria (www.peteandeldas.com), a Jersey Shore institution, has been giving away free T-shirts to any guest hungry enough to wolf down its extra-extra-large pie.
What started as a gimmick to drum-up business has evolved into a revered tradition that attracts a number of pizza lovers eager to add to their collection of Pete and Elda’s shirts. The designs change every six weeks, and the prospect of getting a new one is an incentive for guests to take the challenge.
Some patrons manage to put away more than one pie at a sitting, with the current record-holder eating three XXL pies plus four slices. Yes, he received three T-shirts for his gastronomic achievement.
“Every week we get at least one call from someone asking when the new design will be in,” says Michael Jefferis, one of five general managers at the restaurant. “People keep coming back to check on what addition we have. It’s like a collector’s item to our customers.”
A Manasquan, NJ-designer draws up the artwork for the shirts, which “come from the minds of our managers, owner” and the designer’s team, says Jefferis. He estimates that the restaurant gives away a couple hundred shirts a month. The contest is especially popular with college kids.
The Pie Eater’s Club challenge is very important to Pete and Elda’s. “We are famous for our pizza, and by having this challenge, it makes it fun for customers,” says Jefferis. “It brings excitement to their table, and gives them some memories that will last a lifetime.”
In addition to the T-shirt giveaways, the eatery sells branded merchandise, including T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and stickers.
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When it comes to nonprofit fundraising, it doesn’t get much bigger than the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which has 5,200 Relays annually and generates $400 million each year to help fight cancer. To produce such impressive results time and again, the society must motivate participants to raise as much money as they can and show them that their efforts are appreciated.
For about 20 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has turned to its promotional products partner and its team to spearhead an incentives program. The solutions and products the team delivers help inspire Relayers to fundraise vigorously, thank them for their commitment and encourage future participation in the cancer-battling cause.
A proprietary technology platform is used to track participants’ fundraising activities, sending emails along the way to motivate Relayers to keep working hard on their charity-generating efforts. After the Relay event for which they’ve raised funds concludes, participants receive an email with a link to a store of prizes. The more a participant has raised, the better the prize for which they are eligible.
Products have included everything from ACS-branded hoodies, T-shirts, travel mugs, bags and warm-up jackets to headphones, Bluetooth speakers and more. As part of the incentives initiative, special prizes are issued during the fundraising period for participants who sign up early and achieve particular dollar tallies by certain times. Plus, crossing the $1,000 fundraising threshold earns participants entrance into a specially designated club – as well as an exclusive gift and “Thank You” mailing.
Do you have a fundraising campaign on the horizon? Be sure to contact your distributor partner for the best solutions and the perfect ad specialty items for all your promotional needs.
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As Millenials enter the work force, many companies are looking at creating flexible work schedules allowing for a better work/life balance for all employees. January is the perfect time to develop plans for the upcoming year and to promote work/life balance with employees. Kick off an event with a meeting where all involved get journals that will help them track time and jobs. Provide educational opportunities so your staff can learn how to work more effectively and efficiently use time to take care of family and health. Your distributor partner can help you secure a slew of products that will solidify a plan.
4-10 Home Office Safety And Security Week
With so many people working out of a home office, it’s important to understand the need to protect it like any company would. This week is designed to help those work-at-home employees develop guidelines that will protect their hardware, software and intellectual property from theft. This is an ideal opportunity for those companies that cater to this workforce to run campaigns promoting safety and security.
8 Show And Tell Day At Work
If kids can do it, why can’t adults? Rather than having coworkers bring in a favorite object, invite clients in to show off new products and services. The fun event can be staged to look like a show and tell day at school, complete with sack lunches and juice-box power banks. Ask your distributor for more creative ideas.
18-24 Clean Out Your Inbox Week
For some, an inbox, whether it’s paper or email, is a crowded place. So start the year off with a clean sweep by taking time to get rid of the unnecessary clutter and get started on the way-past-deadline work. Encourage everyone in the firm to do the same by motivating them with computer-related logoed products and other desk accessories.
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