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.

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!

School Fundraising Ideas

School fundraising ideas

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.

Fundraising Car Magnets

Custom magnets

Fundraising Car Magnets

Start 2019 with a high-profit fundraiser.

We all procrastinate. I had intended to publish this blog post on January 2nd, but now it’s January 16th. So I’m two weeks late.

It’s not too late to start the new year off with a successful fundraiser, and selling custom designed car magnets is one of the easiest and highly profitable ways to do that.

What makes car magnets such an easy way to raise money? Well, first, our art department will handle your new custom design work (at no charge), so you know your going to get a cool looking magnet.

Once your custom car magnets are delivered, then selling them to parents is easy also. Once your parents start seeing these on cars all over town, they will sell themselves.

What groups can benefit from a car magnet fundraiser? It might be easier to list the groups that wouldn’t benefit. Here are a few of our more common clients:

  • Schools
  • PTA’s and PTO’s
  • Little League Baseball Teams and Leagues
  • Youth Football Teams and Leagues
  • Soccer Teams and Leagues
  • Humane Societies and Animal Shelters
  • Churches
  • Scouting
  • And so much more.

Your car magnets will cost about $2 each (less if you’re ordering a larger quantity), and most groups sell them for $5 to $10 each. It doesn’t take a math major to see the potential.

Here’s another advantage to car magnets… exposure. Imagine the impact of hundreds of cars in your town, driving around with your magnet. Most of those cars will be seen hundreds of other people every day. Overwhelming.

As I mentioned earlier, we’ll take care of everything, so getting started is easy.

Want more information? Get the low down on custom car magnets by visiting our website at www.arcmktg.com

Want even more info? You can email me directly at russell@arcmktg.com or you can call me at 760-743-6340, and you’ll have your new magnets in about 2 weeks.

Fundraising Car Magnets

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Fundraising Car Magnets

Okay, now it’s October and you haven’t decided on all your fundraising projects for this school year. So it looks like you’re going to come up short on your fundraising goals.

Not so fast. Did you know that car magnets are one of the highest profit fundraisers available, and that if you get started right now, we can have custom magnets in your hands in 2 weeks? That’s just 14 days for a unique, on-of-a-kind promotional tool that will bring tons of attention to your school, plus make a 100% profit or more.

Some people are intimidated by anything custom, preferring the ease of using a generic, “me too” item to sell to parents as a fundraiser.

  • We invite those of you who are intimidated by JPEGS, GIFS, PNGS and Vectored art files.
  • We invite you to experience the ease of getting a customized, me-alone item to sell to parents.
  • We do not charge a single penny for a professional magnet design (or 10 designs, if that’s what you need).

And don’t think that it can’t be good if it’s free. We have some amazing designers. Most of us got our experience designing promotional items (like magnets) for all the Professional Sports Leagues and Major Colleges. We’re talking NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA, NHL and NCAA. You don’t get paid to do work for those guys if you aren’t the best in your industry.

Bottom Line: your procrastination doesn’t need to ruin this school year. Reach out to us ASAP and we’ll design a magnet that you, your school and all your students can be proud of. And we won’t tell anyone that you kept putting this off (our little secret)!

Want more info on our amazing car magnets? Visit our website at www.arcmktg.com

Get started now. Give us a call at 760-743-6340.

Soccer Car Magnets for Fundraising

Soccer Magnets for Fundraising

Custom Soccer Car Magnets

Soccer Car Magnets for Fundraising

Yeah, we do that. We make fundraising car magnets for every conceivable sport, and youth soccer is at the top of the list.

I’m not sure of the official statistics, but soccer might just be the most participated youth sport in America (feel free to correct me on that if I’m wrong!). But based on the orders we get from soccer clubs, they sure buy more magnets. Maybe the parents are just more engaged in soccer programs than the parents of other sports.

Full Disclosure… Youth Baseball is a very close second.

Car magnets achieve several goals, but the two most important are fundraising and awareness.

Fundraising: We have several Youth Soccer Leagues that buy 1,000 magnets each season, and they sell them for about $6 each. Since our fully customized car magnets only cost $1.10 each at that quantity, selling them for $6 each means a profit of $4,825.00 for the league. I don’t think any parent would say “no” when asked to show their support and buy a magnet. In fact, most families will buy a magnet for each car in their family. That’s almost $5,000 going into your General Fund to be used for equipment, travel, etc.

Awareness: OK, this one’s for the kids. Once that magnets shows up on hundreds of cars in town, your young soccer players are going to feel like rock-stars! They are going to get a major-league sense of accomplishment and the entire community will know who the local soccer league is, even if they don’t buy a magnet.

Here’s a warning… your kids are just as picky as you are, and they do not want a poorly designed magnet. I’m not sure who trains the magnet designers at some of the other car magnet companies, but just look at the magnets shown on their websites. “Childish” and “Cartoonish” are two thoughts that come to mind. Your young soccer stars have a more mature vision of their soccer league and want their magnets to look like something a professional soccer team would design. Our artists are the absolute best in this industry, and our designs speak for themselves.

Looking for more info? Just visit our website at www.arcmktg.com and get all the car magnet knowledge you can handle.

Are you ready to start making money for your soccer team? Just give us a call at 760-743-6340 and we’ll do all of the design-work for free!

Fundraising for Youth Baseball and Softball

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Baseball and Softball Fundraising

It’s February! That means that Major League Baseball will be emerging from hibernation soon. Pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Spring Training any day now and soon it will be Baseball Season. February also means it’s time to get serious about fundraising for your kids baseball and softball teams.

Your young sluggers and hurlers will also be reporting for Spring Training, and means that Youth Baseball and Youth Softball diamonds all across America will be ringing with the sound of baseballs colliding with aluminum bats.

Youth baseball and softball, just like almost every other youth sport, is very expensive. I don’t need to tell you how much this is going to cost, because you have probably already received the invoice. But the amount that your team or league asks each family to pay is not the entire amount. There are league and team fees that are paid for by all parents as a group.

To reduce these costs, most teams and leagues run fundraisers all season long (car washes, bake sales, etc.)

Here’s another idea for your fundraising… Custom baseball car magnets is a fundraiser that achieves three goals:

  • It raises a lot of money. You can double or triple your money very easily.
  • It creates a lot of advertising exposure for your team.
  • It makes your kids feel like SuperStars.

Do you need to be a graphic artist to design a car magnet? No, but it helps! This is why our art department (staffed by the best graphic artists in the industry) is here to design your magnet for free.

Just reach out to us and we’ll have your Youth Team looking like a Major League Team. To get started on your free magnet design, just give us a call at 760-743-6340. Or, click on this link (FREE MAGNET DESIGN), give us a little info about your team, and we’ll get busy on your new fundraising magnet.

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Car Magnets for Fundraising

Fundraising Car Magnets

Custom Car Magnets

Fundraising is hard, but custom car magnets from ARC Marketing makes it a lot easier!

There is an overwhelming amount of fundraising opportunities out there, but unfortunately most of them are either ineffective or difficult to put into place.

Historically, door to door sales were the fundraising norm “back in the day”. You know what I mean, students trudging door to door, trying to sell oversized chocolate bars. Most people just said, “No thanks, but good luck” as they closed the door on these young fundraisers. And most of the purchases were made by the parents as a sympathetic gesture.

These types of door to door fundraisers are not conducted in 2017 because of safety issues.

Many effective fundraisers are still available, and many are very popular. PTA’s, PTO’s, Little League Baseball Teams, Youth Football Teams and more host Silent Auctions, Yard Sales, Car Washes and more. In fact, the most successful groups utilize several different fundraisers during a school year.

Car magnets should be part of your fundraising mix. Along with your Bake Sales and Car Washes, offering a custom car magnet (professionally designed for free by one of our expert designers) will add a lot to your bottom line (click here to see how much money you can make).

Here’s something that car magnets offer that most fundraisers do not… exposure and awareness. Imagine hundreds of cars driving around your town with your customized car magnet. Thousands of eyes will be on your magnet every day.

Do you think it’s difficult to design a custom car magnet? It would be if you weren’t working with ARC Marketing. We have a very talented art department, and we design the coolest car magnets in America. Better still, we do all the design work for free. All you need to do us contact us by phone (760-743-6340) or fill out a simple art questionnaire on our website (free car magnet design). Before you know it, your new magnet design will be in your in-box. And your artist will fine-tune your design so that you get exactly the design you want. 2 weeks later, UPS will deliver your new car magnets to your door.

Ready to get started??? Give us a call!

Humans vs. Robots

Custom Car Magnets

Human-Designed Car Magnets

Humans vs. Robots

Sounds like a bad science fiction movie, right? Actually, it’s a decision that you need to make when choosing a company to design and print your fundraising car magnets.

Most car magnet websites offer “Free Magnet Designs”, and we are among those companies offering this service for free. We use human artists on 100% of our designs. But most of the rest use software to design their magnets. Worse yet, you (the client) are in charge of running the software, with little or no support if you run into problems. You must choose your colors from a pallet of about 20 colors (any more than that would confuse their robots, I guess). You can choose from a stock portfolio of a few clip-art mascots, you have your choice of about 5 fonts and that’s about it. So, your magnet is going to look just like the last magnet they made using that same “Cougar” logo. Cookie Cutter Magnets. Boring.

Human artists cost more than robots. That’s an unfortunate fact for us, because we have human artists create all our designs. Could we save money by using this same software? Of course, we could, and this software is readily available. But this would leave our clients with the same boring designs offered by our competition.

Here’s the bottom line… you can have a real, human artist at ARC Marketing work with you to create the perfect fundraising car magnet, or you can struggle alone, trying to get your magnet design to fit into a software template created to pump out generic magnets. Working with our art department is fun, working with those templates is frustrating.

So, should you choose fun, or frustrating. I think you know the answer to that one. Give us a call at 760-743-6340 or visit our website at www.arcmktg.com to get started on your free design.