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Custom Car Magnets for Fundraising

There are many fundraising options available to you. Unfortunately, most of them are ineffective. Not only do these not raise enough money to justify themselves, they waste an enormous amount of time.

Think of the time and effort your team invests into a fundraiser like a car wash. How many hours are spent getting these set up, finding a location to host it, putting up signs, and then getting your team in place to do the hard work? And what’s the end result? A few hundred dollars and 10 poorly washed cars.

Let me offer an alternative; Custom Car Magnets. A well-designed custom magnet will practically sell itself. You just need to collect the money.

A fundraising car magnet does more than just earn money, it creates awareness. Imagine hundreds of cars, driving around town with your magnet. You can safely assume that each of those cars will be seen by at least 100 other cars every day. You do the math; it works!

Getting a custom car magnet design is simple if you’re working with ARC Marketing. We have a team of experienced designers and they are here to help. With a little input from you, our art department will create a design that will impress everyone.

Now, all that’s left is the timing. Production typically takes 2 weeks plus a few days for UPS delivery. Designing your magnet could take a few days in our art department, including any revisions that you’ll want to see. Add that all up and it will take about 3 weeks to receive your magnets after contacting us. What’s this mean? It means plan ahead!

Just give us a call at 760-7473-6340, or email me at russell@arcmktg.com can we’ll get busy!

PTA and PTO Fundraising Ideas

PTA, PTO car magnets

Car Magnets for your PTA and PTO

Google “PTA and PTO Fundraising Ideas” and you get the usual suggestions… car washes, selling chocolate bars, selling magazine subscriptions, etc. All of these ideas, and more, should be part of your fundraising efforts. Branded merchandise sales (customized with your full color school mascot) are also a great source of revenue. Some examples of branded merchandise are

  • Custom Car Magnets from ARC Marketing (we’re biased)
  • Custom T-Shirts from a local screen printer
  • Custom Decals from ARC Marketing (we offer these also)
  • Custom Baseball Caps from a local screen printer

These customized goodies, printed with your school mascot, tend to be very popular as fundraising items and your school can make some serious money selling them to parents, faculty, local business leaders, and the population at large. An additional benefit to raising money is that they provide a little bit of advertising, or “awareness”. As more and more of these items start appearing around your community, your school gets more and more recognition.

T-shirts and baseball caps can generate quite a bit of exposure, but these items tend to only be worn on weekends (unless your work’s Casual Friday allows for this type of attire!). And then after a few months, the T-shirt ends up in the rag-basket and is only used to wax the car.

Car magnets on the other hand, provide exposure every time your car is on the road. Can you guess how many other cars will see your car magnet on a daily basis? Of course this is hard to measure, but conservative estimates are a minimum of 100 cars daily (this would be for a very small community) to more than a thousand cars each day (easy to achieve in large markets like Southern California).

Car magnets also can provide a larger profit margin than T-shirts and caps. First, always use a high quality T-shirt (you should only use the best T-shirts from known suppliers such as Hanes, Gildan, etc.), otherwise you are going to need to handle a lot of quality complaints beginning a few weeks after the fundraiser. Doing a quick internet search for pricing, I have found that several of the larger on-line custom T-shirt companies will charge you about $13.50 per shirt (with a one color front logo and a full color larger logo on the back) for 250 shirts in various sizes. How much do you think you could sell each T-shirt for? Would you pay $25 for a T-shirt? Probably not. $20? Maybe. $15? You’re getting warmer, but a $15 each, you are only making about a buck and a half per shirt. Plus, you’ll be shelling out $3,375 up front for those shirts. Sounds like a lot of risk for only $375 profit (at a $15 sales price).

On the other hand, 250 fully customized car magnets from ARC Marketing will only cost $2.00 each (fully customized with your team logo) and you can sell them $6 to $10 each. Let’s assume that your parents and faculty are very involved with supporting your school and you sell them for $10 each. Doing some quick math, I come up with the following… you’ll be shelling out about $500 for 250 custom magnets and at $10 each, you’ll be pulling in $2,500. That’s about $2,000 in profit. This makes selling T-Shirts seem like an exercise in futility.

Again, we’re not saying not to use T-Shirts and candy fundraisers. We’re just saying you can make a lot more money with a lot less work and risk with custom car magnets from ARC Marketing.

Getting started on your magnets is easy, and we’ll do all of the design-work for free. To begin on your free design, just visit our website and give us a little info about your school. One of our artists will design your car magnet pronto and email it back to you. Click here to get started!

 

 

 

Design a Powerful, Effective car magnet.

Powerful Car Magnet Designs

Free Car Magnet Designs

Designing a powerful, effective car magnet is not difficult, but not everyone can do it! Let the experts at ARC Marketing help.

Which do you think would make a more effective car magnet…

  1. A simple centered logo, with one or two colors, with just a few words above and below the logo.
  2. A simple centered logo and lots of words to get your message out there
  3. Intricate detailed logo, with lots of colors, and lots of words to get your message out there

Actually, the answer is #1 (most of the time!). Although all of these magnets would cost the same (we do not charge more for extra colors, nor do we charge for the time our artists spend working on your design) so if intricate and detailed is what you want… go for it.

If you think about the nature of a car magnet, then a simple design might be the most effective. Remember that most people are going to see your magnet on a moving car. That moving car could be going 65 mph. if your car is standing still, your magnet is still going to be viewed from several car lengths away. When you take this into consideration, then #1 looks like the winner.

Sometimes, your school name just cannot be abbreviated and the message you want to convey cannot be shortened (the more words you use, the smaller the letters will be). Sometimes the logo you have to work with is just a very detailed piece of artwork. Sometimes your mission statement is so critical to your magnet that it needs to be included, no matter what. Well, in that situation, we encourage you to go for it. Even these detailed, wordy magnets get read. They just need to be on a parked car. If that car is in a parking lot at the mall, or at a football game, hundreds of people will be walking past it and noticing it. OK, so now #2 or #3 is looking like the winner.

How do you know which way to go? Of course we have an answer for that too. As mentioned earlier, we do not charge you anything for the time our artist spends working on your design. So why not request two designs? Get a simple one, and get a complex one… then compare them and choose the stronger of the two. Getting started on the design is easy; just fill out our “Virtual Magnet” request form twice (one for each design). You can find that on our website by clicking this link: Free Virtual Magnet.

Any questions? Just give us a call at 760-743-6340!

PTA Annual Giving Campaigns

Riviera Elementary School car magnets

PTA Annual Giving Campaign car magnets

How many PTA’s have an “Annual Giving Campaign”?  Come on; raise your hands. Most PTA’s and PTO’s have annual giving campaigns and they tend to provide the majority of funding each and every year.

Often, the PTA asks each family to contribute a minimum set amount to the campaign. This money is usually used to fund the gap between what the state provides, and the true cost of delivering a quality education to each student.

Sometimes local businesses will donate goods or services for anyone who donates a certain amount. For example, a local travel agent might donate a $1,000 travel/vacation voucher, and everyone who contributes gets a ticket for a raffle where the travel voucher will be awarded. Some schools offer tickets to galas for receptions where the parents can mingle.

Regardless of what is offered, most families give, and give big. After all, it’s their kids who will ultimately benefit from the extra funding.

OK, so how do you thank and acknowledge all parents who gave? How about a custom car magnet that signifies their generosity. Everyone likes to me recognized when they do something philanthropic.  This type of “gift for donation” is very inexpensive, but can mean so much to the parents. The car magnet shown above was given to the parents at Riviera Elementary School in Torrance, California.

Let our art department create a stunning Annual Giving Campaign car magnet for your parents. The design is free with no obligation to buy magnets, so you have nothing to lose! Visit our website and fill out the “Virtual Magnet Request Form, and one of our artists will start working on your new magnet.

PTO and PTA Fundraising Ideas

PTO and PTA car magnets

Custom car magnets for PTA and PTO fundraising

Roy Cloud School is a Kindergarten through 8th Grade neighborhood school in Redwood City, CA.
The Roy Cloud School PTO is an amazing group. They are very organized and conduct numerous fundraisers throughout the year to support various school programs that probably otherwise would not be viable.
The Roy Cloud School PTO is a perfect example of how an involved Parent’s Group can work together with a school to make a big difference. The custom car magnet designed and printed by ARC Marketing is just one of many fundraising ventures put on by the PTO. Here is their magnet:

Here are a few items borrowed from the PTO’s Facebook Page showing just a few of the programs supported by the PTO:

  • The PTO funds PE+ for all K-5 students. The PE+ program provides trained coaches and a comprehensive, standards-based curriculum.
  • The PTO funds Art in Action, providing all students with a full visual-art curriculum. Parent volunteers, or docents, are trained to present works by classic artists and students create their own masterpieces based on the lesson.
  • The PTO supports science enrichment, contracting with Lawrence Hall of Science to give K-5 students hands on lessons in science.

Let the professionals at ARC Marketing design a weather-proof/fade-proof car magnet for your PTA, PTO or Parent’s Group. It’s fast and easy (the design work is also FREE!). Visit our website at www.arcmktg.com today!

Cub Scout Car Magnets

Cub Scout car magnets are the biggest portion of our Scouting Magnets for Fundraising.

We design and produce magnets for all branches of scouting; Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

A Cub Scout magnet can do several things for your pack, but the two most important things are: 1) create awareness for your Cub Scout Pack, and 2) provide an amazingly powerful fundraising tool.

Your Cub Scout Pack has a lot of expenses; you are constantly looking for ways to raise money for all of your worthwhile activities. Let us design a beautiful car magnet that will give all of your friends of scouting the opportunity to show off your Cub Scout Pack logo and help you raise money.

Here is the magnet designed for Cub Scout Pack 10, from Burlington, New Jersey. This classic design features the Cub Scout Logo with the traditional Cub Scout colors.

Cub Scout Car Magnets

Cub Scout Car Magnets

Here’s a little information about Pack 10, from their website:
Pack 10 received its’ first charter in 1986. We serve our community by giving leadership and opportunities for boys between the ages of 6-11 to learn how to become better citizens, stewards of the environment, how to belong and contribute to their family, and what it means to be honest and loyal to his friends and to himself. Currently we have over 90 boys in grades 1 through 5. We maintain involvement in the community by participating in clean-up days, building scarecrows every Halloween for the Municipal Building, and helping our Scouts become better citizens.

To get  customized car magnets for your Cub Scout Pack, just give us a call at 760-743-6340.

Assets School: Learning that transforms lives

In our “Client Spotlight”, we enjoy letting the world know a little bit more about our clients, in their own words…

School Car Magnets

School Car Magnets

Assets School 60th Anniversary Car MagnetSchool Fundraising Car Magnets is the best way to raise money for the programs that your standard budget does not cover.

Assets School is a critical and vital part of the educational system in Hawaii that provides premier educational services to students who learn differently, such as students who are gifted and/or dyslexic, or simply bright learners struggling in school. Assets provides a learning environment for youngsters who faltered in typical, mainstream settings and need an alternative approach. There is no other school like it in the State.

Over the next several years, Assets School will experience unprecedented growth and expansion. Recently, Assets purchased the three-and-a-half acre campus that they had leased for the last 21 years with plans to build a new campus for their K-8 program on it. The two-year construction project is scheduled to begin in June 2015. A capital campaign will be launched to raise funds, support, and awareness for building the new campus.

Also in June 2015, Assets High School will move to a new location and will be named: Assets High School: Academy of the Pacific Campus. This will provide Assets a greater capacity to serve students who learn differently.

2015 marks Assets’ 60th anniversary. Assets School has been transforming students’ lives since its inception in 1955. Our theme, “60 years of learning that transform lives,” celebrates Assets’ vision to create a community in which all children thrive and realize their own potential, so that society benefits from their unique talents and abilities.

With so many incredible milestones in 2015, we plan to share our pride with the greater Hawaii community in a variety of different ways.

The 60th anniversary car magnet will be given to parents who join our parent association group, Assets Parent Ohana (APO), this year. The magnet will also be given as a gift to some of our major donors to celebrate our school. Our hope is to raise Assets’ visibility in our community as many of us proudly display our magnets on our cars. Living on Oahu, we tend to spend a fair amount of time sitting in our cars during our commute. During our valuable commute time people will come to know that Assets has been transforming lives for 60 years. We couldn’t be more proud and will show off our beautiful custom car magnets with pride!

Gymnastics Car Magnets

Car Magnets for Gymnastics Teams

Car Magnets for Gymnastics Teams

Car Magnets for Gymnastics Teams.

Gymnastics…this is one sport that doesn’t get enough love. It seems like the rest of the world only pays attention to gymnastics every four years at the Olympics. But behind the scenes, during those other 3 years and 11 months, parents, coaches and gymnasts are working their butts off, training and competing.

Gymnastics is not an inexpensive sport. The costs can be massive. Uniforms, classes, coaches, travel… it all adds up; fast!

Just like with every other sport, parents of kids in gymnastics have to justify huge expenses. Trying to balance paying the gym fees instead of making the house payment is a conversation that comes up every month around the dinner table.

Your child usually starts with a simple gymnastic class when they are very young. Some gyms have tot classes for children as young as 18 months and some have beginner classes for 5-year-olds. With beginning gymnastics classes, the bills are just starting. Even in the beginning classes, parents need to buy basic equipment, uniforms, etc.

If your child showed some promise as a “Tumbling Turtle” or as a “Leaping Lizard” in the 5 year old class, then you are ready to move them up to an academy that will take them to the next level up, and take your finances to the next level down! These expenses are why most gymnastics academies have parent-run booster clubs. These booster clubs are there for one primary reason… fundraising to offset the cost of trying to become an elite gymnast. We feel your pain.
Of course, we suggest a custom car magnets as an excellent way to raise money, create awareness and let your upcoming Gold Medalist proudly show off to the world which gymnastics academy they train and compete for.

For more information about designing a winning fundraising car magnet for your gymnastics academy, visit our website  or give us a call at 760-743-6340.

Uniquely Shaped Car Magnets

Custom Shape Car Magnets

Custom Shape Car Magnets

Custom Shaped car magnets for fundraising.

Although round and oval magnets are the most common (they are also the most durable), occasionally a unique “die cut” magnet makes a more powerful statement.

Some car magnet companies charge extra for uniquely shaped magnets, so be sure to ask about that before you get too deep into the design process. ARC Marketing does not charge extra for uniquely shaped custom designed car magnets, and we also do not charge more for extra colors.

There are a few things you should avoid when designing a “die cut” magnet, and we can go over those things with you in detail when we start working on your design, but basically you should try to avoid sharp “inside” angles, and long thin projections radiating out from the center of the magnet. These are considered weak points of the magnet and could tear over time if the magnet is removed and reattached over and over.

Having said all of that, we love unique shaped magnets. They add a lot of character and can really jazz up your design. As always, our art department is waiting to assist you with your car magnet design, so give us a call at 760-743-6340 or visit our website at www.arcmktg.com.

Car Magnets are HOT

School Car Magnets for Fundraising

Car magnets are hot, and it’s easy to see why! They make your message visible to your entire community. They also make amazingly easy fundraising items.

Here’s a classic example of a car magnet success story…

Meadowbrook Elementary School PTA was looking for a new fundraiser. In the past, they had tried selling magazine subscriptions, chocolate bars, wrapping paper and similar items to raise money for their programs. All of the money raised from these fundraisers went to the school for new playground equipment, vests for the crossing guards, gifts for teachers and many other good causes. The sales usually meant that the children had to go door-to-door to sell these items. Obviously, this is not the safest way to conduct a fundraiser. In addition, almost everyone had a very good reason for not buying those products… “We already subscribe to every magazine we want”, or “I’m on a diet; I don’t want chocolate in the house!” This type of fundraiser was becoming unpopular and obsolete.

Then the Meadowbrook PTA had a brilliant idea. They had seen other schools and groups that had car magnets designed specifically for them. They searched the internet and found several companies that offered custom car magnets, and one of them was ARC Marketing. Most of the other websites made it difficult to get basic information, and even more difficult to figure out how to get started on their new car magnet. The ARC Marketing website was clear, concise and made it very easy to get started (just click on the Free Virtual Magnet button

Car Magnets for Elementary Schools

Car Magnets for Elementary Schools

Clicking on the Virtual Magnet button was the beginning of a very easy process to get their new magnet designed. Answering a few simple questions was all that was needed for an artist at ARC Marketing to create the first “Virtual Magnet”. This first Virtual Magnet was created and emailed directly to the president at the Meadowbrook PTA. After showing the Virtual Magnet to the board members, they requested a few changes via email. Within an hour, the revised Virtual Magnet was emailed back to the president. One more simple change was requested by the PTA, and again, another Virtual Magnet was emailed to the president. The board unanimously agreed that this version of the new Meadowbrook Elementary car magnet was perfect!

 

The PTA ordered 500 car magnets at $1.55 each (with UPS shipping charges, the total came to $815.00). They sold them for $7.50 each (our suggested fundraising price is $5 each, but most schools sell them for $6, $7.50 or $10 each). After selling all 500 magnets, the total amount collected came to $3,750. Subtract the $815 cost and they made a profit of almost $3,000!

Can you think of another fundraising item that returns a profit like that?

Here’s another benefit of using car magnets instead of big chocolate bars… awareness. Now, 500 cars have the Meadowbrook Elementary School car magnet on it. It is almost impossible to drive around town and not see dozens of cars with the Meadowbrook Elementary magnet.

Want another benefit? Car Magnets do not have a “shelf life”. If you have unsold chocolate bars after your fundraiser, they go bad after a certain date. Any unused magnets can sit in a storeroom until the next school year (if you have any leftovers), and they will be as good as the day we delivered them to you. Let us help you make your next fundraiser a success!

And car magnets are not just for schools…

Little League Baseball Teams make a lot of money with car magnets, as do Youth Football Teams, Swim TeamsDance Schools,Elementary SchoolsMiddle SchoolsHigh Schools, you name it.

We make car magnets for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.

We make car magnets for Church groups,YMCA and Kid’s Camps.

We make car magnets for Cancer Awareness,Autism Awareness and Epilepsy Awareness.

We make car magnets for Animal Shelters and Humane Societies.

In fact, I don’t think that there is a group in America that would not benefit from the revenue and awareness created by a custom car magnet from ARC Marketing.

Your group can benefit too, and it is so easy. Just click here to get started on your Free Virtual Magnet.