School Magnets

School Magnets

Fundraising is a Year-Round Job!

I know, school started more than a month ago, and you had spent the month before that getting all of your fundraising projects in order. So now, you can just sit back and relax, right?

Wrong! You can never quit fundraising. In the old days, your PTAPTO was little more than a way for parents to stay involved with the school and your teachers. Your big fundraiser (if you even held a fundraiser), was a cupcake sale. Well, the 80’s aren’t coming back. It’s 2019 and fundraising is an on-going 12-month cycle of ways to raise money for your school. Your PTA/PTO has become a critical source of “gap funding” for your school. You supply extra money for everything from school supplies to playground equipment.

You already conduct enough labor intensive high-maintenance fundraisers (car washes, social nights, etc.). To make your life just a little easier, you also need a couple of fundraisers that are “set and forget”. You know, the fundraisers that run themselves.

Well, custom car magnets are exactly that. ARC Marketing will do all the heavy lifting. We’ll design your school magnet for free. We’ll print them and ship them to your school. All you need to do is slap one on your car, let the other parents know that they’re for sale, and collect the money.

But will the parents want school magnets for their car? Absolutely! When properly designed (we have the most talented art department in the school magnet industry), this magnet will look classy on any car. Plus, your parents love to brag about their kids and their school. The design of your school magnet is one of the most important parts of this fundraiser and we have that covered. The other important part is the quality of the magnet. We make the most durable car magnet in America, and our magnets will not fade or fall apart. Guaranteed.

So let us help. Give us a call or shoot us an email, and we’ll turn our art department loose and create a car magnet that you can be proud of. You can call us at 760-743-6340, or you can email me directly at russell@arcmktg.com

Choosing the right Car Magnet Company

I just Googled the search phrase “car magnets”, and I received 116 million results! A lot of those are for “car door magnets”, and those are intended for advertising your small business (contractors, realtors, etc.).

Google “fundraising car magnets” or “school car magnets” and you begin to find the companies that you will want to reach out to. “Fundraising car magnets” returned 548 Thousand results and “School car magnets” returned 57 million results. Not sure about you, but I don’t have time to go through every one of those to pick the best company.

To thin the herd, Google makes it a little easier. Google ranks all searches by relevance, company history, and other factors. So, not going too deep (only search the few top pages) should show you the companies who have been around the longest and have a positive reputation. Personally, I never click on the “sponsored listings”. These are the ones that have the small square with the word “Ad” in the heading. These companies have done nothing to earn this placement; they merely paid a lot of money to Google to get this listing at the top of the page. I could open a new company today and have my listing at the top of Page 1 tomorrow by doing this. Then I could go out of business in a week and never return any money for product that is unproven. So, avoid the “sponsored ads”.

Now that you’ve brought those 57 million listings down to 30 or less (only the first 3 pages), you can begin looking at their websites. There are a few (very few) companies like ARC Marketing that offer a full-service art department to help with you design your magnet for free (with a real live human working with you). Most have a computer-generated on-line design-tool that might work if you are happy using the same clip art and templates that they offer to everyone.

Okay, so now we know that there a lot of companies out there offering “car magnets”. With so many choices, how do you choose a company that won’t let you down? How can you tell a high-quality car magnet from a low quality car magnet?

Let’s “Bottom Line” this… is the least expensive car magnet the car magnet that you want for your fundraiser? Companies that advertise “Cheap Car Magnets” are not just talking about their price, they are also talking about their quality.

Saving 10 cents or 20 cents on your fundraising car magnets is going to make you look like a hero… for about 2 months! After that, those less expensive magnets begin to fade and fall apart. You see those cheap magnets on cars everywhere… only you can’t read what they say! Are you ready to start refunding money to the people who bought your magnet and now are complaining that it has fallen apart?

ARC Marketing makes the best car magnets in America, and we guarantee that they will not fade or fall apart. Request a sample magnet from us and compare it to any other car magnet. The difference is obvious. Don’t ruin your fundraiser by using the cheapest magnets you can find!

Are you ready to start making money for your group? Then give me a call at 760-743-6340 or email me at russell@arcmktg.com immediately!!!

Back to School Car Magnets

Fundraising Car Magnets

Wow, is it August already? Just a few more weeks until school starts and your PTA/PTO still hasn’t scheduled all of their fundraisers?

Well, here’s some good news… one of the most effective and profitable fundraisers is also one of the easiest to conduct. I’m talking about custom car magnets for your school, of course.

If you can contact us ASAP, we will assign an artist to your project immediately. Then we’ll email you the magnet design for you to approve. Once approved, we will move your project to the production phase where we will do our best to get these turned around in about a week. Then we’ll ship them to your school or home. After that, it’s just a matter of letting all of the parent’s know that they’re available to purchase.

Car magnets are a unique promotional item. Very few people don’t want one. After all, their kids go to your school; there is a sense of “school pride” that carries over from the students to their parents. They are easily removed, unlike the old “bumper stickers” that they have replaced over the years.

Another great selling point is the price; they are not expensive. In fact, they might just be the least expensive item in your spirit-wear inventory. Selling these in the $5 to $10 range will keep them affordable and can easily make you thousands of dollars.

So, let’s move fast and get these to you ASAP. The two easiest ways to contact me is by phone or by email. You can call me on my direct line at 760-743-6340. Or you can email me at russell@arcmktg.com.

Plus, you can visit our website at www.arcmktg.com

Either way, let’s get this done!

PTA/PTO Back To School Magnets

Custom car magnets for your school
School car magnets

Hey, it’s July and your new PTA/PTO Board will soon be having their first meeting.

The first get-together is going to be the meeting with the greatest attendance. So it makes sense to have your “merchandise” fundraiser available to sell at this first meeting. If you’re like many of the progressive, forward thinking schools, you have already bought car magnets from ARC Marketing and you will probably sell out at this first meeting.

If your school is forward thinking and progressive and you still haven’t had our Art Department start working on your magnet design, there is probably still time! Our team of expert designers can usually get your initial design done in a day or two, and then still have time for the revisions that you will ask for.

Production time usually takes about 2 weeks, plus a few days for UPS delivery. Therefore, even with all your procrastinating, you can still probably have your custom car magnets before the first day of school.

Why is the first meeting and the first day of school so important to your fundraiser? This is the time when most parents are engaged in school activities. Enthusiasm starts to dwindle after the first week or so, and you want to catch these parents while they’re still caught up in the “Back to School” hysteria. Having your magnets available on the first day means you’ll probably sell them all and need to call me to reorder (so we both win!).

So, it’s important that you give me a call. If I knew how to reach you, I would (it is that important). But I don’t know how to reach you, so I’ll just wait by the phone until you call. Just in case you’ve lost my number, it’s 760-743-6340. Are you more of an email type of person? Then you can email at russell@arcmktg.com.

Let’s bottom-line this… these cool custom-designed car magnets will make a lot of money for your PTA/PTO and they will make your parents feel important because the world will know that they support your school. Make them happy with a cool custom car magnet.

Fundraising Car Magnets for Your School

Custom Car Magnets for School Fundraising
Car Magnets for Your School

Want to make a difference? Your PTA or PTO needs to run several fundraisers each year in order to meet the monetary goals that you set for yourself.

There seem to be an endless number of fundraising opportunities out there, and you are limited only by your finite time frame. You still have time to run 5 to 10 fundraisers during the school year.

A lot of planning goes into choosing which fundraisers you conduct, and when. The new PTA/PTO Board is usually elected in May or June and takes over in late June or July. When you consider that classes start in August (early August in many schools), you only have about a month to get your act together and schedule all those fundraisers.

The downside is that most of those fundraisers take a lot of labor and a lot of coordination. Take, for example, “car washes”. Coordinating a car wash takes as much effort as the car wash itself (and that’s a lot of work).

On the other hand, a successful “merchandise” fundraiser can pretty much run itself. With ARC Marketing, getting your custom car magnets designed, printed and delivered to your door is easy (we’ll do all the work). Then you just wait for the parents to come to your PTA/PTO and say they want 2 or 3 magnets for the cars in their family. Ka-ching!

Not only are they easier, car magnet fundraisers are more profitable. Selling a few hundred magnets is easy, and will make more money than 1 or 2 car washes. Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t hold a car wash or two. If you have the man-power to pull that off you should do both. In fact, you will probably hold a dozen different fundraisers during the school year and car magnets should be part of your marketing mix.

Did I mention that our art department will design your car magnet for free? Well, we will. And I mean absolutely free; we never charge for artwork.

Ready to get started? Visit our website at www.arcmktg.com and click on the “Design Your Magnet” button. Then just give us a little info about your school and we’ll take it from there.

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.

Let’s Go!

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

Fundraising car magnets

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.