Football Car Magnets for Fundraising

Here we go again. It’s almost time for your future NFL stars to strap on the gear and begin getting ready for football season.

Long before the Opening Kickoff, your team and your league are busy making sure that everything is in place for the upcoming season.

If you’re one of those parents who don’t have the time or the inclination to join the board and help, you might be unaware of all the work that goes in behind the scenes. Already, your board is working to make sure that the fields are available for practice, months before the first game. The coaches are going over the rosters to make sure that every kid gets a chance to play at their best position.

The cheer coach is going over the cheer routines that the cheerleaders will be practicing, then performing for the fans.

In short, there are many people already working to make sure that the football season goes off on schedule.

One of these hard-working people is your Fundraising Manager. This person’s job is to ensure that there is enough money for everything after the parents have paid all the league and team fees. Those fees do not cover all expenses and your Fundraising Manager will do everything in her power to cover that funding gap with creative fundraisers.

She is going to run about 5 to 10 different fundraisers during the season. Keeping that many balls in the air isn’t easy, so she will need a mix of “high profit – high labor” fundraisers and a few “low profit – low labor” fundraisers. Well, we have a fundraiser that is both “high profit” and “low labor” (there aren’t many).

A car magnet fundraiser should be part of your marketing mix. The hardest part about a car magnet fundraiser is designing the magnet. Guess what? Our award-winning art department is going to handle that for you for FREE! Yeah, you heard that right. This is going to save you either $100 in art-time or save you about 5 hours of computer work (if you know your way around the graphics software).

So, let’s get this started. Email us a copy of your logo and we’ll start working on your design. Even easier, fill out our “Virtual Magnet Request” and we’ll have all the info we need to design your custom car magnet and mail you a free sample. You can get to the Virtual Magnet Request by clicking here. You can also call us at 760-743-6340.

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Soccer Car Magnets

Fundraising Soccer League car magnets

Soccer Car Magnets

We make a lot of soccer magnets… a lot! This past year, we made more magnets for youth soccer clubs than we made youth football car magnets. That’s the first time that has happened.

Soccer season is long. In professional soccer it stretches out for 10 months. That’s longer than professional basketball and professional hockey, which never seems to end.

Youth soccer has a similar season. In fact, some teams and leagues squeeze two seasons into each year (a spring season and a fall season).

Soccer might also be the most participated in youth sport. I’m pretty sure that there are more soccer players than football players in the U.S.

Soccer might not be as expensive for a parent as some of the other team sports. Football, baseball and hockey all need a ton of expensive equipment, and you need to buy those every year (because your young stars are growing like weeds).

But that doesn’t mean that soccer is cheap. Even though there is less equipment to buy, what equipment is needed is not inexpensive. Add league fees and other ancillary items and you’re still looking at a blow to your budget. Soccer Camp? Get ready to cough up another few hundred.

This is where fundraising comes in. Most leagues have a fundraising leader and that person’s job is to find ways to raise extra money. Usually, this extra money is used to offset what each parent needs to pay (your league fees would be even higher without these fundraising efforts).

Most leagues run several fundraisers throughout the season. Most are very labor intensive (car washes, bake sales, etc.) and might make a hundred dollars or so for all your effort. But there is one fundraiser that needs very little labor to pull off, plus it can make hundreds of dollars very easily. Of course, I’m talking about a custom car magnet fundraiser for your team or league.

With the proper design, these magnets will practically sell themselves. Speaking of the design, the art department at ARC Marketing is going to do all the heavy lifting for you at no charge. We’ll design and print a killer magnet for your league that everyone will want. You just need to sit back and sell magnets. Easy.

Ready to get started? Give us a call at 760-743-6340 or visit our website at www.arcmktg.com

Swim Team Car Magnets

 

Swimming and Diving car magnets

Raise money for your swim team with a custom car magnet

Car Magnets for Diving and Swimming Teams

Competitive Swimming. Now this is a sport that you can grow old with. Like golf and cycling, swimming is a sport that you can do for the rest of your life.

Unlike “Impact” sports like running, football and tennis (which can wear out your knees, ankles and elbows) swimming puts little pressure on your joints and muscles. In fact, after 50 laps in your 25-meter pool, you are going to be stretched out and relaxed, ready for your work week. Try running 5 miles on pavement and all that most of are ready for is a visit to our Orthopedic Specialist.

I can’t find any hard statistics on this, but I think that the average age of most recreational swim teams is in the 30’s. My wife’s swim team has a few teens on it, and few swimmers in their 20’s. But the core of the swim team is a bunch of people in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. They even have two swimmers in their 70’s! It’s a sport that you never outgrow.

Like most other team sports, swimming teams need money to operate. They need to buy equipment (timing clocks, pool land dividers). They need to rent the pool (usually) in order to keep the little kids out during practice and meets. They need to buy swim jackets and team logo’d swim caps, etc.

Swim Teams might not be as expensive as youth football or baseball, but money does need to be raised.

Of course, I’m going to offer up custom car magnets as an excellent way to increase your fundraising potential. I’ll bet there isn’t one member of your team that wouldn’t pay $10 for a custom car magnet with your team’s logo on it. They would put that on their car in 20 seconds.

Our amazing team of designers will work with you to create the perfect fundraising car magnet for your swim team. We will use your team colors, your team logo or mascot and your team name to make a magnet that your team will be proud of.

Give us a call at 760-743-6340 and let’s get this started. With our help, it will be easier than a kick turn.

 

Round Car Magnets or Oval Car Magnets?

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Round Car Magnets and Oval Car Magnets

Round Car Magnets or Oval Car Magnets?

Here we go. Another “either or” argument. Follows the other age-old major decisions like “boxers or briefs”, and “paper or plastic”.

Well, it’s one of the most polarizing topics in this very polarizing time. Let’s get into the weeds and determine which is better… round car magnets or oval car magnets.

To begin with, both the oval and round magnets are the most durable shapes. They both offer a single, continuous edge with no sharp corners that can wear over time. Square magnets and intricate die-cut magnets (we make those also) have sharp corners that can start to fray over time, which can lead to the magnetic material failing (doesn’t happen often, but the potential is there). And by “over time”, we mean several years so don’t be too worried.

Our standard round car magnet is a 5-inch circle. Normally we put your logo, mascot or other graphic into the center. We try to make the “center” of the magnet a 4-inch circle, leaving a half-inch border for text.

Our standard oval car magnet is 6 inches long and 4 inches tall. Again, we will put your logo or other graphic in the center. The center of both magnets is where your eye is drawn toward, so the most impactful part of your magnet should go there.

We like to make the type as large as possible without running into kerning or spacing issues. We want the type to be a strong contrasting color to the border color so that it stands out and can be legible from the car behind you at the stop light.

The oval magnet works better for linear logos (logos that are wider than they are tall) since this shape offers more room from left to right. The oval magnet works better also for designs that have a lot of words. You can fit more words on the top and bottom arc of the oval magnet because the curve of the arc is more subtle. On the round magnet, longer phrases tend to invert slightly when they reach the midpoint (9 and 3 o’clock).

I realize that none of this really settles the argument of Round vs. Oval magnets, but it might help you decide on the best shape for your magnet.

Let our team of professional graphic artists help you with your new car magnet. Round or oval, we’ll find the best design for you!

PTA and PTO Fundraising

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Fundraising car magnets for PTA’s and PTO’s

PTA and PTO Fundraising

This is the time of year that most of the Parent/Teacher groups elect their new Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year. For those lucky souls, their summer will be anything but a vacation. They need to be ready to hit the ground running in August. Everything needs to be in place well before the rest of us drop the kids off for the First Day of School.

Your PTA and PTO do many beneficial things for your school.  All of the PTA/PTO officers are volunteers, so they deserve a heart-felt Thanks from all of us. One of the many tasks that they perform is to provide money to the school for items and programs that have been cut out of the school’s budget. And the way they get this money is through fundraising.

In a typical school year, your PTA or PTO conducts several different fundraisers and some schools juggle more than a dozen different events. Most of these fundraisers are very labor-intensive (car washes, carnivals, etc.), but these also raise a lot of money.

Just to balance things out, your PTA or PTO needs some easy fundraisers that don’t take a lot of effort. These tend to be “merchandise” sales of customized products (T-shirts, sports bottles, etc.).

Out of all the merchandise fundraisers, a custom car magnet might be the easiest and the highest profit of all. Most schools double their money with car magnets and many even get a triple return or higher. I don’t know about you, but I have dozens of T-shirts that I don’t wear and are now in my rag box in the garage. And sports bottles? I don’t like the chemical taste they leave in the water. But a car magnet? Sign me up. Most people love to put magnets on their car. They like letting the world know how they feel, and their car has become a mobile billboard.

Getting started on your fundraising car magnet is easy; just give us a call at 760-743-6340 and one of our talented designers will work with you from “conception through completion”. Your new car magnet from ARC Marketing will be perfect.

For more information, visit our website at www.arcmktg.com.

School Fundraising Ideas

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School fundraising magnets

School Fundraising Ideas

Okay, so you’re on the PTA Board and you’ve volunteered to be in charge of fundraising. The first question that comes to my mind is “What were you thinking?!”

There are dozens of profitable fundraisers available to schools, and hundreds of unprofitable, labor-intensive fundraisers. One of the first things you need to do is to separate out the good from the bad.

Your fundraising campaign can’t get by with just one fundraiser, and you don’t have time to run more than 4 or 5, so how do you thin the herd?

First, try to avoid those labor-intensive fundraisers that need tons of pre-planning and dozens of volunteers. I’m talking about car washes, bake sales and similar events. Sure, you can make a few hundred dollars with a car wash, but think of all the upfront work:

  • Getting commitments from 10-15 “car washers”
  • Printing flyers and publicizing the car wash (plan on posting flyers on about 50 light posts or telephone poles)
  • Finding a business location with enough “drive by” traffic to attract customers (you might need to ask as many as 10 businesses before you find someone who will say Okay).
  • Buying supplies (special car wash soap, buckets, hoses, sponges, etc.)
  • Feeding your hard-working team lunch (you’re going to be there all day).
  • Cleaning up the location (after the last car, you will need to pick up trash, etc.)
  • Taking down all those flyers (the city doesn’t want you to leave them).

Now you just subtract the cost of supplies and lunch ($100?) from the money you took in ($175?) and you have a $75 profit. Now throw that into the general fund.

You can expect the same amount of work and same profit from that bake sale you were considering.

Here’s an alternative… a car magnet fundraiser. Sure, it might take a little more upfront money. 250 custom car magnets from ARC Marketing will cost about $500, but your going to sell those 250 magnets for $6 each. That’s $1,500 in sales, minus $500 in product cost, and you have a $1,000 profit. It would take more than a dozen car washes to equal that.

And with a car magnet fundraiser you don’t need to coordinate any labor, print and post any flyers, find a location to have the fundraiser, buy any supplies, feed your team, clean up afterwards.

Getting started on your car magnet fundraiser is easy. You just call ARC Marketing (760-743-6340) and we’ll take care of everything… design, print and ship your magnets to your door. You can also visit our website at www.arcmktg.com.

School Car Magnets

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Promote your school’s milestone event with a custom car magnet

School Car Magnets

Does your school have a milestone event coming up? We make commemorative car magnets for all of them.

How about a “Anniversary” magnet for your school? The most common anniversaries are 5,10, 25 and 50 Years. We also make magnets for new school openings.

Major addition to your school? Celebrate that new Gymnasium or new Library with a fundraising magnet.

Did your school win a scholastic award? Achieve Blue Ribbon School status? Well, let the world know with a custom car magnet.

What about your athletic achievements? State Football Champs? Undefeated Basketball Team? Brag about that with a cool new magnet!

Perfect Attendance? Honor Roll Student? Honor those students with a custom car magnet.

Almost every year, your school can celebrate something monumental, and with car magnets from ARC Marketing, you can turn each of those events into a successful fundraising effort. Everyone loves to commemorate these events, and they love supporting your school. So, it’s only natural for them to want a memento of the event. That’s a win-win situation!

These school milestone events make excellent opportunities for fundraising with a custom car magnet from ARC Marketing. Every family will want to show their support for your school by buying and displaying your magnet on their car.

Let us show you how easy it is to get a custom car magnet. Give me a call at 760-743-6340 and let’s get started.

Softball Car Magnets for Fundraising

Softball Car Magnets

Softball car magnets for fundraising

Softball Car Magnets for Fundraising

Are you looking for a proven fundraiser for your softball team? How about a custom car magnet from ARC Marketing? We can help you raise money and raise your exposure with a custom softball car magnet. Custom magnets are easy to get (from ARC Marketing anyway). Just reach out to us and one of our expert magnet designers will work with you to create the perfect team magnet. Just call us at 760-743-6340 or visit our website at arcmktg.com.

Now, I’m going to digress. I’ve always wondered about the question posed in the following paragraph; is baseball harder to play than softball? I know that I sucked at both. And I don’t want to upset anybody on either side because we make baseball car magnets and softball car magnets for hundreds of teams every year.

Which is harder to play, softball or baseball? This is one of the most important discussions of our times (right behind climate change, right?). I guess that depends on who you ask. Ask a baseball player, and of course fragile masculine pride will make that baseball player claim that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports.

But ask a softball player the same question, and pragmatic feminine sensibility will claim that both are difficult, but softball is harder.

And, speaking as a man, I agree with the softball players.

Let’s focus on hitting the pitched ball, just to highlight the most obvious part of the game. I thought that if I did a little research, I could come up with a definitive answer.

Using college baseball and college softball as our metric, here are a few comparisons:

  • Distance from the pitcher’s “mound” is 60.5 feet in baseball and 43 in softball.
  • Average speed of pitched ball is about 90mph in baseball and is about 70mph in softball
  • Time for ball to reach home plate is about .44 seconds for baseball and about .35 seconds for softball

Here’s something that a lot of casual observers don’t take into account. Since the baseball “mound” is raised, and the pitcher usually throws overhand, baseball pitches must follow a downward trajectory. This is consistent and the theory of a “rising fastball” really doesn’t exist. So, gravity gives baseball hitters the chance to compensate by just dropping their hands during the swing.

In softball, the mound really isn’t a mound at all. It is a flat circle the same height as the batter’s box. Factor in that a softball is pitched underhand and the ball is released from the pitcher’s hand about 2 feet off the ground. Therefore, a softball pitch is almost always rising as it races toward the batter. This means that a softball batter must swing with an uppercut and with less reaction time.

Therefore, I’m going to agree with the softball players and conclude that hitting a softball in a college game is harder than hitting a baseball in a college game.

I’ll just sit back and wait for the hate-mail!

Friends of Scouting Car Magnets

Scouting Car Magnets

Friends of Scouting Car Magnets

Friends of Scouting Thank You Gifts

Friends of Scouting is your council’s annual giving campaign. In most councils, Friends of Scouting (or FOS) represents the council’s largest source of income.

Here’s a great way to say “Thanks” to all those individuals who contributed to your successful FOS campaign; a custom car magnet designed for your council.

The people who donate during your FOS campaign do not want to remain anonymous! They are proud to support scouting and they want the world to know. As a result, they prefer Thank You Gifts that have your Scout Council logo or patch on it. But they also want the world to see it, so your gift should be used in a very visible place. Clothing certainly fits those requirements. And here’s an even better idea; a custom car magnet printed with your Council Logo. Using a custom car magnet as a gift to them allows them to proudly show your community that they believe in the values and ideals that you are teaching the Leaders of Tomorrow.

Imagine your “Thank You Gift” becoming an advertising machine for your council. Picture your council magnet on hundreds of cars in your community. Eventually, everyone will have seen this magnet dozens of times. That type of advertising usually isn’t cheap.

This magnet will broadcast an image of your Scout Council

  • 24 hours a day.
  • 7 days a week.
  • 365 days a year.
  • Nonstop. And the best news… it not expensive!

ARC Marketing has been designing and printing custom car magnet for scouting for more than 15 years. Let one of our talented magnet designers show you what we can do for your council.

For more information, visit our website by clicking here.

Featured Car Magnet – Oak Park Elementary School

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Oak Park Elementary School custom car magnet

Featured Car Magnet – Oak Park Elementary School

We design a print a lot of car magnets for the schools in the Brentwood Union Free School District, and Oak Park is one of those. There are 19 primary and secondary schools in the Brentwood Union School District, and we design and print car magnets for 7 of those schools.

Oak Park Elementary wanted us to design a magnet to use to acknowledge their best and brightest students. They already had a Student of the Month program in place, so instead of reinventing the wheel we built on that existing foundation.

Most schools in the Brentwood Union School District use a variation of their “B” logo. Oak Park’s variation places a bold “OP” over the B logo.

Since we use the most advanced ultra-violet resistant inks, the colors are bright, bold and vibrant. These inks will not fade, so this magnet will look awesome for years.

Also, since there is a steady turnover of students (new kindergarten students coming in while the older students are moving on to middle school), this is a fundraising program that can continue forever. This means that every year, the school and their PTA can raise thousands of dollars.

We can do the same for your school. To get samples and a free magnet design. Just give us a call at 760-743-6340 or visit our website at www.arcmktg.com