Choose the Right Fundraising Magnet

 

Best car magnets in America

Best car magnets in America

Why Car Magnets are so Popular

Fundraising car magnets are great way to raise money for your school, little league team, football team, church and many other groups. Because they are removable (very different from those permanent old-fashion bumper stickers), nobody will object to putting this on their car. It doesn’t matter if it’s a brand new 2020 Cadillac or a rusted out 1999 Honda Civic, your fundraising magnet will look great on any car.

You couldn’t pay me enough to put one of those old bumper stickers on my car. They are almost impossible to take off and you need to scratch and scrape them to remove them. The result is a ruined paint job. Thanks for nothing!

With a fundraising magnet from ARC Marketing, the bumper sticker has finally been perfected. Our magnets are weather-proof and fade-proof. They are easily removable for car washing. The “pull strength” of our magnets is amazing. This means it will stay on your car at freeway speeds.

Are you using our magnets in a fundraiser? I have wonderful news for you. You can easily double, triple or quadruple your money with an ARC Marketing car magnet. Most schools and teams sell their magnets for anywhere from $6 to $10 each, but they only pay an average of $2 each to have us design and print them.

Watch Out for Those Cheap Car Magnets

Choosing the right company to make your magnets is critical to the success of your fundraiser. Choosing the least expensive magnet is going to come back to haunt you. Many car magnet companies use low grade inks, substandard magnetic material, and poorly maintained printing equipment. On top of that, a lot of these companies are buying their cheap magnets from Chinese suppliers; yuck.

ARC Marketing uses the best, most robust outdoor inks. We use the newest one-piece magnetic substrate (cannot de-laminate). We have the best printing equipment in the industry. And all our magnets are made in America with American components.

Here’s why that’s important.

First, let’s talk about low grade inks. Many car magnet companies cut corners everywhere they can in order to make their production costs as low as possible. One way they do this is by using standard printing inks. These inks were designed to be used indoors, so they don’t need to be concerned about fading from sunlight. Newsflash: car magnets are OUTDOOR MAGNETS and they will be exposed to the sun every day. ARC Marketing uses the best outdoor inks and they are designed to be UV Resistant, meaning they will not fade.

Next, let’s talk about substandard magnetic material. Many companies use the least expensive magnetic material they can find. Just like using low grade inks, the reason they do this is to make their magnets as inexpensive as possible. These magnets usually do not have the “pull strength” to stay on your car at freeway speeds. Also, many of these magnets can peel apart. Once the top clear coating peels off, your low-grade inks are exposed to rain, grit and sunlight. These magnets become unreadable in just a few weeks. ARC Marketing uses the newest generation one-piece magnetic material, so there is nothing to peel off. Since we also use the best UV resistant inks, we can print right onto the permanent vinyl magnet (no clear coat to peel off). This means your new fundraising magnet will look brand new for years (we guarantee it!).

Made in America.

That’s more than just a selling point, it’s your guarantee of high quality. Every magnet made by ARC Marketing is designed and printed in the USA. Magnets made by ARC Marketing 5 years ago are on cars across the country and they all still look great.

Don’t ruin your next fundraiser with the cheapest magnet you can find. Saving 10¢ per magnet might make you look like a hero during your next budget meeting, but it’s going to make you look like a zero when all those magnets start getting returned to you for a refund.

We’ll talk about design tips for creating the perfect design in an upcoming post, so stay tuned!

To get started on your fundraising magnets, just visit our website at www.arcmktg.com or give us a call at 760-743-6340.

Easy Fundraising for your PTO or PTA

school magnets

Custom school magnet

Wow! We’re almost to the end of another year, and hopefully this has been a successful fundraising year for your PTA or PTO.

PTA’s and PTO’s exist to create a bridge between parents and their schools, but one of your most important jobs is FUNDRAISING! That’s in capital letters for a reason… it’s IMPORTANT!

How many fundraisers do you conduct during the school year? I would be willing to bet that it’s more than 10.

You probably have a large annual event which might include dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. Planning and conducting events like this take a lot of time and a lot of help. You can raise a lot of money with these, but they are very labor intensive. PTO Today Magazine published a great article on Silent Auction fundraisers. You can read that article here.

You probably have a few other slightly less labor intensive (but lower revenue) fundraisers such as

  • Car Washes
  • Bake Sales
  • Carnivals

These are going to eat up a lot of your time, and honestly won’t bring in much money. Most PTA/PTO’s conduct this type of fundraiser just one time before they learn! Just take the simple car wash for example. First, you need to convince a business, or someplace with a large paring lot, to let you hold your car wash on their property. That can be more difficult than you might think. Next you need to get all the supplies:

  • A dozen buckets
  • 3 or 4 hoses (at least 50 feet long each)
  • Sponges
  • Car Washing Detergent (yeah, it’s different. You can’t use Dawn.)
  • Buckets
  • Chamois, paper towels, drying rags
  • 15 – 20 unlucky volunteers
  • And more

Do all of that and you might make a hundred bucks.

Now we move on to the “sales & product” fundraisers. These are where you go out and sell merchandise. In the past, you would send out the 5th graders to walk the neighborhood, knocking on doors and trying to sell merchandise.

  • Huge Chocolate Bars
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Discount Cards

I think the days when you turn the 5th graders into traveling salesmen are over. It’s a weird world out there in 2019 and most parents won’t let their kids participate.

But here’s another idea, and this product will practically sell itself. I’m talking about a customized car magnet. Along with your help, out talented art department will create an amazing looking magnet using your school name, your school magnet and in your school colors. Selling these are easy; no door-to-door sales. Just stand in the school parking lot during morning drop-off with a handful of your custom school magnets and sell them to the parents for $10 each. Sell 250 magnets and earn a profit of $2,000.

It’s easy. And we’ll make it even easier. We’ll do all of the design-work (for free, of course). We’ll print your magnets and ship them to your home or school. Then you just stand in the parking lot and make money.

Give us a call at 760-743-6340 for more info or visit our website at www.arcmktg.com

High School Magnets

Magnets to promote your high school

High School Magnets

Designing school magnets can be a time consuming process. Before beginning, our designers consider several factors that will affect the final design. One of those factors is the type of school; preschool, elementary, middle or high school.

For instance, when a preschool wants a custom design, we tend to use simple artwork and the primary colors (red, blue, green and yellow). Unless the client has an existing logo that they want to use, we will generally go with very “friendly” designs.

Elementary schools, middle schools and high schools have a different philosophy for their designs. For example, If the school mascot is a bear, an elementary school might want a bear cub. A middle school might want an adult bear and a high school might want a snarling bear showing his teeth.

Focusing on high school magnets, our background designing promotional items for the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NHL and the NCAA has proven invaluable. Our designers have over 20 years’ experience for all the Professional Sports Leagues, and we leverage this experience to create a “Pro Sports” look for our high school magnets.

Look at the 2 magnets shown above. One was designed for James Madison High School in Vienna Virginia and the other magnet was designed for Plymouth North High School in Plymouth Massachusetts.

Both utilize the “minimalist” approach preferred by professional sports teams;

  • Very few words
  • Bold logo
  • 3 colors or less for impact

High school students are adults and they have abandoned their childish ways. They are very tribal when it comes to their school, and they want a car magnet that would not look out of place in an NFL Gift Shop or in the bookstore on the campus of any university. Not only that, but the seniors are now driving, and they will not put a lame magnet on their car!

Did you know that ARC Marketing does not charge for artwork? This means that you can leave all the heavy lifting to our art department. With just a little input from you, our team will design a magnet that every student will approve.

Getting started is simple. The easiest way is to fill out our “Virtual Magnet Request Form”. This form will give our artist the information they will need to begin the design process. After the initial rendering is completed, it will be emailed to you. Then you just let us know what changes to make and the next rendering will be emailed to you. We will make as many changes as you need to get the perfect design. It’s not only easy, it’s fun!

Have questions? We have answers! Give us a call at 760-743-6340 or visit our website at arcmktg.com

School Magnets for Fundraising

Fundraising School Magnets

So, you’ve decided that a custom school magnet will give a boost to your annual fundraising. Well, you are 100% correct. In fact, school magnets will probably prove to be the easiest, highest profit fundraiser that you conduct all year. ARC Marketing has designed and printed custom magnets for thousands of schools over the years, so we know what we’re doing.

And getting your custom magnets is so easy.

We will…

  • Design your new school magnet at no charge (we have the best art department in the industry).
  • Print your magnets on the best outdoor magnetic material using the most durable UV Resistant Inks
  • Ship your new magnets to your home.

You will:

  • Sell your magnets for a 100% profit (or more)
  • Make a ton of money for your programs
  • Look like a hero to the rest of the school

I know it and you know it. You have many options when it comes to fundraising for your school. In fact, you will probably run about a dozen fundraisers during the school year. This will  include a mix of projects. Some will make a lot of money and some will end up being a waste of your time. Some will take a lot of effort to put together and some will be very easy.

This is going to change the way you think about fundraising. Sure, you’ll still need to conduct those labor-intensive, time-wasting fundraisers (like car washes and bake sales), and they will make a lot less money for a lot more work than your school magnet fundraiser will.

But you will still waste your time with those, because conventional wisdom says you must.

So, now it’s time to break the old habits of your previous PTA/PTO boards and add a fundraiser that will run itself.

Getting started is simple. Just click here and give us a little info about your school and your new school magnet. Then one of our talented artists will create your initial design and we’ll email it to you in about 1 day. After that, just let us know how to fine tune your design (remember, all artwork is free at ARC Marketing).

Old School? Then just pick up your rotary phone and give us a call at 760-743-6340!

Swim Team Car Magnets

Swimming and Diving car magnets

Raise money for your swim team with a custom car magnet

Swim Team Car Magnets

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.

 

Church Magnets

Church Magnets

Fundraising Car Magnets for your Church

Promote your church with a church magnet

Are you looking for a fun, effective way to promote your church? A custom car magnet could be just the way to do this.

Combine your creative genius with our talented art department and I guarantee that together we will come up with a design that will impress your congregation and attract new members to your flock.

We design and print custom magnets for about 100 different churches every year. You can see a few examples by visiting the “Church Magnet” page of our Custom Car Magnet Gallery.

While some churches use their own logo, many have us design a logo for them to use on their magnets. Usually the wording on the magnet only mentions the church name and their hometown, but quite a few use the magnet for a higher purpose such as promoting an outreach program or to promote their preschool.

Imagine the impact of having this magnet on the car of every member. There would be hundreds of cars driving all over your town, promoting your church. Then picture hundreds of cars in your parking lot on Sunday morning, each of them with your car magnet; wouldn’t that be a beautiful sight!?

Making your church famous is just one of the ways a church magnet can help. Did you know that custom car magnets also make a fantastic fundraiser? For instance, you can have us design a beautiful custom Christmas magnet with your church name and you can sell them to all your members. Let’s assume you buy 250 custom magnets at $1.90 each. With shipping, these will cost you $1.98 each, so let’s just round up to $2 per magnet to make the math easier. Then you sell the magnets to your members (and other like-minded neighbors) for $5 each. So, for $5, your members are going to get a gorgeous one-of-a-kind Christmas magnet to put on their car throughout the Holiday Season. And you are going to get a $750 fundraising windfall to help you with the other programs at your church.

This is a classical example of a win-win situation.

How about if I told you that our art department (the best in the car magnet industry) would design your new custom magnet for FREE! It’s true… we do not charge anything to design your new magnet.

Let’s get started now! Just give us a call at 760-743-6340 or email me at russell@arcmktg.com and we’ll get busy. You can also visit our website at www.arcmktg.com.

Basketball Car Magnets

Basketball Magnets

It’s almost November. That means it’s almost basketball season.

We make basketball magnets for college teams, high school teams, AAU teams…you name it, we’ve made them.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to raise money for your team and to make them famous. Did you know that every car with your magnet will be seen by at least 100 other people every day? And that goes on forever!

Now that the NBA season has started, it’s time for you to get your basketball team’s fundraising moving down the court. Just like every other youth sport, youth basketball is an expensive endeavor. Have you priced basketball shoes?! How about a league approved basketball? Talk about expensive.

Your team or league has their own expenses, and those tend to become “shared expenses”, paid for by all the parents. It’s these expenses that are easily covered by fundraisers. And as far as fundraisers go, none are as profitable or easy to manage as a custom car magnet fundraiser.

And by “easy”, I mean EASY! You just need to make one phone call (or send one email) and our team will get busy helping your team. Within a day, our art department will come up with the initial magnet design. You might love this first design so much that we can begin production immediately. If you want to see changes made to your design, our art department will handle that too. Once you have the design you want, just let us know how many you want. In two weeks, your custom magnets will be delivered to your door. Stick on your car and then just wait for the other parents to ask for one.

It really is that easy! Let us prove it to you.

Call me at 760-743-6340 or email me at russell@arcmktg.com and let’s get this partnership started!

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 PTA/PTO 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 school 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.

School 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!