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Let Your Winners Shine

by ticketprinting on January 9, 2013

Why You Should Show off the Winners of Your Raffle

There are many things that people the world over can’t seem to agree on. But when it comes to winning a prize draw, almost everyone will agree that they want to win a prize. Though most raffles cannot award everyone who enters a prize, what they can do, is put the winners on a pedestal, and help share the fabulous feeling of winning with others.

There are many ways to share the results of your raffle with the general public. You can announce the winners live at an event, put it out over the radio or telly, send out letters, or put it up on a website.

The website option certainly seems the most modern. Not only can you put the winners of your raffle on a website and keep them there, you can also reach out to a younger and more tech-friendly crowd that lives and breathes everything online.

Get the Real Story

Another reason the website option is perhaps the most viable, is that you can leave a lasting impression. If you’re holding more than one raffle, or several raffles in succession, you can build a list of winners that people can look back on and view whenever they please.

A phenomenal way to inspire future donors and potential buyers to purchase raffle tickets from you is to showcase a personal story from each of your winners.

Western Australia’s Police and Community Youth Centre (PCYC) has done just that. Check out their raffle page and you can see a growing list of first person accounts of what it was like to win the big prize.

Keep It Personal

Mrs. Cotterell, the winner of PCYC’s raffle back in July, has the most recent story posted. Her description of her own reaction to the news that she won is downright delightful.

“…complete denial! In fact I told no one until the cheque had been picked out of my letterbox.”

It’s these kind of personal stories that can really help you build a name in the fundraising niche. Many charitable organisations will hold raffles to raise funds, but your organisation can be among the first to get the story from the winner and share it with the community, or even the world.

Do yourself a favor, and put the spotlight on your raffle winners. People love a good story, and it will help you promote your organisation and sell more raffle tickets in the future.

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How Holding a Raffle Can Help Raise Money for Animal Rescue

When it comes to holding raffles and raising money for a cause you believe in, it happens too often that we forget all about the animals.

While people in need are an obvious first priority, once people have donated to help those who are less fortunate, what happens to other needy creatures, like beloved cats and dogs?

There are a high amount of pets out there in dire need of help and rescue. Shelters can often be so overrun with unwanted, neglected, or lost pets that they may have to euthanize these lovable creatures because they simply don’t have the space or the funds to help them.

Giving a Dog a Bone

If you have a favourite breed of dog, the chances are very good that you can find a way to help that breed by donating to a local rescue effort. And there are fun ways to help support your favourite breed, other than simple, straightforward donations.

Golden Retriever Rescue Inc. has recently held a Quilt Raffle in order to help raise much needed funds for the care and support of golden retrievers.

The Rescue reports over 150 new golden retrievers that have come in over the last year, all in need of attention and care.

To prepare for this season’s influx of “Goldies,” the Rescue sold Raffle Tickets at a reasonable price and made it relatively easy to purchase them, encouraging donations to the cause.

Prized Possessions

The prize for winning the Rescue’s raffle was a beautiful, detailed, patchwork quilt, hand-made by a fellow supporter of the rescue effort.

What made the prize so special was the array of golden retrievers pictured on the quilt, along with unique bone-shaped designs that were used to sew the fabric together.

Animal Rescue 101

The lesson here is simple: you don’t need a fancy prize to raise donations for a tried and true cause. You only need to appeal to others who also care for the same things that are important to the organisation.

In this case, that’s the rescue of golden retrievers.

By having the Goldie patchwork quilt made just for Goldie-lovers, and selling Raffle Tickets for a chance to win the prize, the rescue effort was able to raise funds to help their favourite furry friends.

 

 

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Double Duty: Tickets That Work Twice as Hard

by ticketprinting on October 3, 2012

Combine Raffle Tickets with Event Tickets for Higher Ticket Sales

It’s the time of year where the holiday season is slowly creeping up on us, but most people are far from ready for it yet. People everywhere are looking forward to Halloween parties and events this month to fit in a few spooky distractions before the season kicks into high gear.

The good news is, if you’re hosting a Halloween event, and you’re looking to raise money for a good cause, you may have just hit the jackpot.

Host a raffle with your Halloween Event, and combine your Raffle Tickets with your Event Tickets to encourage as many people as possible to attend your event.

The Perfect Combination

What’s so special about doubling up your Raffle Tickets with your Event Tickets? Why even host a raffle with your event in the first place?

These are important questions. Raffles have become a charitable organisation’s best friend in the last few years. Non-profits are among the few types of organisations that are allowed to host raffles and raise money for a charitable cause.

Because only charitable and non-profit organisations are allowed to host raffles for the most part, these types of businesses are capitalising on this unique fundraising technique.

But don’t forget the fact that people will be planning ahead and thinking about the upcoming holiday season, so they may not be ready to ante up in the form of multiple ticket purchases.

Attract more guests to your event by selling Raffle Tickets that double as Event Tickets. Anyone who purchases a ticket will automatically be entered into the raffle, a great perk to encourage people of all sorts to attend your event.

Ramp up Your Event with a Raffle

Hosting a Halloween event can become costly. Between decorations, drinks, appetizers or even meals, costs can really add up. Not only that, but if you’re trying to fundraise by selling Event Tickets, you may end up having to charge more in order to hit your donations goal.

By hosting a raffle, you can sell each Event Ticket as a Raffle Ticket, and thus sell your guests a chance to win a great prize.

Gaining an entry into a raffle simply by purchasing a ticket to an event is a considerable deal, and will likely attract all kinds of guests that would have otherwise passed on just a plain old Event Ticket.

 

 

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The Score on Raffle Tickets

by ticketprinting on September 12, 2012

Why The Grand Final is a Great Opportunity to Sell Raffle Tickets

Arguably the most popular of all of Australia’s sporting events, the annual AFL Grand Final has the highest attendance, widest broadcast audience, and most interest overall of any Australian sports event. Millions of people across the country will gather around the telly to watch their favorite teams compete and cheer them on to victory.

For those of us who also have other things on our minds during “footy fever,” late September poses a unique opportunity. With so many people out and about celebrating, why not use this time to your advantage?

Time is on Your Side

With millions of people gathering to watch who will win the Premiership Cup and Flag, this is the perfect time to hold a raffle and raise money for your cause. Not only can you reach a wide audience of sports fans, you will also be able to hit people at a time when they’re in a jolly good mood.

Assuming you don’t walk up to someone the moment their team has lost (this may require paying attention to the way the Final is going yourself) people will be much more willing to pony up a bit of dough for your cause when they are watching their favorite team compete at its best.

It just makes sense. People who are gathered together and having a great time are much more likely to buy, well ANYTHING. And if you’re looking for a way to raise funds for your important charitable cause, what better way to do it?

Keep the Sports Theme

If you’re looking to raise funds for your charitable organisation and you’re thinking of selling raffle tickets around the AFL Grand Final, you don’t have to lose the sports theme just because your organisation isn’t sports-related.

Choosing the right raffle ticket for your raffle might may all the difference. It’s like choosing a slogan for your campaign or a brand name for your product. Make sure you make the right choice for your cause, your organisation, and your taste.

If someone spots you selling football or sports-themed raffle tickets when they are watching the Grand Final, chances are they will be interested in at least hearing about your charitable cause, and that interest may likely lead to a raffle ticket purchase.

It’s all in the tickets. For easy printing, find an online template that suits your taste. And if you can’t find one fabulous enough for your organisation, you can Design Your Own! It’s that simple.

 

 

 

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Top 10 Tips for a Fabulous Raffle

by ticketprinting on August 9, 2012

How to Host a Successful Raffle

What’s the secret to a hosting a successful raffle? Well, it’s no secret anymore! Here, we have the top ten best ways that we know of to host a great raffle, and raise money by selling raffle tickets.

  1. Print your own raffle tickets. Pick out a ticket template, add your specialised event information, and approve the proof online before you order. It’s as simple as that.
  2. Go hi-tech. Provide all your potential donors with plenty of convenient ways to get their hands on raffle tickets. Build up a website that allows raffle ticket buyers to make their purchases online. You should also have an option for people to purchase tickets over the phone, or by mail. Basically, however they like! Make it easiest on your donors.
  3. Promote your cause. Nothing is more powerful than the urge to donate to a heart-warming or emotionally moving cause. Transform the power of your marketing by promoting your cause and asking patrons to help you in your charitable pursuit. Make it fun to donate to your charity by selling raffle tickets.
  4. Brand your image. Go ahead and upload your company logo right onto your raffle ticket, so everyone will know who they’re supporting.
  5. Be original, and be unique. People like variety and diversity, so don’t copy your raffle ticket design off of someone else’s. Use your imagination!
  6. Make an event out of the occasion. Don’t just plan a raffle, dress it up a bit and build up the anticipation, and soon enough your guests will have a whole night of fun ahead of them.
  7. Offer great prizes. One of the best ways to entice people into buying a raffle ticket is to offer a coveted prize that they, and everyone else around them, really want to win.
  8. Advertise your raffle. Put it in print, blog it online, scream it from the rooftops if you have to! The point is, you’ve got to promote your raffle if you want people to know about it.
  9. Publicize important dates. Potential donors are interested in raffle tickets, they just aren’t sure how long they have to buy them or when the winners will be drawn. Make sure deadlines and other important dates are printed on every ticket!
  10. Extras like detachable stubs and booklet stapling are a good idea, and help keep the raffle tickets organised before and after your event.

 

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Having Fun For a Good Cause

by ticketprinting on June 16, 2012

Raise Money and Have Fun at Youth Sports Games with Raffle Tickets

You always attend your son’s or daughter’s sports games. You wouldn’t miss them for the world. Each time you get to see your little one score a goal or block a shot, your heart swells with pride. It’s like you’re part of the game.

The parents of children on youth sports teams tend to become close to each other throughout the season, often because they spend so much time together watching their children in action.

Whether your little one’s team is winning or losing, youth sports games are the perfect opportunity to sell raffle tickets.

Charity Starts with Friends

Maybe your child’s sports team could use new uniforms, but some of the parents are having trouble coming up with the money. What better way to help them along than raising money from other parents on the team who can afford to help out?

It’s simple, really. All you have to do is come up with a few exciting prizes, print high quality raffle tickets, and the rest will take care of itself. Before you know it, parents will be approaching you to ask if they can buy a raffle ticket.

The best way to spread the word is through face to face contact or social media. Start a Facebook page about the raffle, explain what it’s for and why it is important to help these kids get their new uniforms.

It’s That Easy

If you have trouble locating great prizes, ask for donations from local businesses. They may be happy to sponsor your raffle for a little recognition.

And giving sponsors their deserved recognition is a cinch at Ticket River. They have online raffle ticket templates that are completely ready to go, with room to upload images like sponsor logos. All you have to do is type in your event details and approve the proof, and they’re ready to print!

You’ll receive your tickets promptly, and satisfaction is completely guaranteed. If you’re not 100% satisfied, you can get your raffle tickets reprinted at no charge.

Let The Games Begin!

Once you’ve secured your prizes and printed your raffle tickets, start selling! No parent should be left behind in this, and everyone will be excited about winning a prize and helping their friends and their friends’ children out at the same time.

Before you start, be sure to review the Australian Raffle Law in your area to prevent any legal issues.

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How to Look Like a Million Dollars

by ticketprinting on May 14, 2012

Advertise Your Charity and Raise Funds with Raffle Tickets

With so many unfortunate things happening to people all over the world—earthquakes, flooding, cyclones and the like—there are plenty of those in need of your charitable support. From feeding the hungry to housing the homeless, there are endless ways to come to the aid of others.

Choosing how to donate and who to help depends on the style of your organisation. To keep up with a branded image, for example, an organisation may look to raise funds and donate money to a local cause. A larger corporation might want to support a global cause to garner more widespread attention.

If you’re the business owner, it’s really up to you. In today’s day and age, there are plenty options available for the purpose of raising funds to donate to the charitable cause you support.

The Right Approach to Fundraising

Your organisation has just decided to support a new cause. Fabulous! Half your work is done. You’ll be able to help those in need while simultaneously networking with your neighbours (or perhaps people the world over) to secure donations, and further mobilize your charitable efforts.

Now, exactly how do you plan to raise money for your charity? No need to leave yourself bushed from trying to spread the word on your own or urging friends or employees to spend their hard-earned pounds because of their loyalty to you.

Try a different approach. Instead of concentrating on the importance of the charitable cause as the means to securing donations, hold a prize draw!

Work in some prizes that are quite nice and are likely to demand a good amount of attention from prospective donors.

Perfect Combination

Combine the excitement of a raffle and a real chance to win coveted prizes with the warm-hearted feelings that tend to surface when discussing those in need. Then, sit back, and watch what happens. The result will leave you pleasantly surprised, for at least two (if not more) reasons.

  1. You’ll get your organisation’s name out there regardless of whether someone is buying a raffle ticket to support your cause, or to win a great prize (or in a perfect world, BOTH).
  2. You’ll promote your organisation as one that supports those in need. This can be a smart move and can really transform the overall reputation of your business.

Last, but not least, you will want to make sure you can find high quality raffle tickets at a reasonable price. This will help you raise funds you can donate, instead of raising funds to pay yourself back!

 

 

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The Element of Surprise: A Smooth Prize Draw

by ticketprinting on April 27, 2012

Simplify Raffle Ticket Sales

When you plan a prize draw, the outcome should be a surprise. Your supporters are expecting one, and that’s part of the fun: hoping to win but not knowing what who will take home the new motorcycle, the new TV, the tray of meat. But for you, the fundraiser and organiser, surprises at any point of the process preceding the draw are not what you want.

Unhappy Surprises in Raffle Planning:

  • Purchasing Raffle Tickets that arrive late or not at all. The remedy? Order your tickets from a trusted source, choosing a company that’s been in the online printing business since the early days of ecommerce and guarantees satisfaction on every order.
  • Dissatisfaction with your tickets. The remedy? Read the seller’s website carefully so that you know what you’re ordering, and make sure that you choose a site that generates a free ticket proof. No company should print or ship your Raffle Tickets before asking you to approve the proof.
  • Running out of Raffle Tickets. The remedy? Do a little footwork prior to ordering. If you have sold tickets in the past, look at the data to help make your estimate. Query a sample of potential supporters regarding their interest in your prizes and their likelihood of spending a certain amount of money on tickets. If interest is high, up your numbers!
  • Selling fewer tickets than you need to support the draw.The remedy? A combination of pre-kickoff research and hard work during the selling period. Not only do you need to determine how popular your prizes are, you need to find out if people are willing to support you. Make sure your organisation is invested in moving those tickets before you order. Then, keep encouraging the sales crew to expand their reach while the office staff keeps advertising wherever possible. If interest is low before you order tickets, consider that now may not be the best time for this fundraiser.
  • Volunteer burnout. The remedy? If you depend on volunteers to make your fundraiser a success, appreciate your volunteers. Depending on your crew, this might involve regular meetings or friendly informal contact. Prizes for the top salespeople are good motivators. Others will work harder for a line of recognition in a newsletter, coffee and doughnuts on Friday mornings, or a pizza party at the end of the sales period. Know your team and work with their desires.
  • Prize problems.The remedy? Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Don’t offer prizes unless you’re certain you can deliver, and check to ensure the prizes you have in hand are precisely what you’re advertising. Double check everything.

While you can’t eliminate every surprise, staying on top of the situation can help your prize draw go a lot more smoothly. You want to sell raffle tickets and make money, not tear your hair our over a series of preventable mistakes!

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A Year of Prizes Part IV

by ticketprinting on May 2, 2011

Raffle Tickets Rewards Start to Motivate Your Students

Last week, we discussed how to set up your classroom raffle tickets. Now, bring it to the class. Think of a clever name for your raffle game. For instance, my schools’ mascot is a lion, and my raffle game is the Roar Game. Each raffle ticket represents a roar, and students want to earn the greatest number of roars.

I show my students the tickets, explain that each one has a different number on it (so I can keep track of which ticket goes where, and no one is tempted to falsify a ticket), and say that these tickets will be worth prizes. I pass out a sheet explaining in detail which behaviors will be rewarded with tickets.

It’s important here to explain that anyone who asks, “Can I get a raffle ticket?” will be denied. You are the sole judge and distributor of tickets. You don’t need to be interrupted or irritated by constant nagging for tickets. Repeat offenders may have to lose a few tickets before they get this, but stand your ground. Keep a notebook and make a show of marking down students for good behaviour.

You can distribute tickets at the end of the day, publicly, or just pass them out without comment, depending on your classroom management style.

Get feedback about prizes. You already probably have some in mind. Inexpensive books, pencils, and erasers, lunch with you, and other treats are easy. Find some bigger and more exciting prizes, too, like gift cards, or even electronics. There will be different levels of prizes, so you shouldn’t have to spend too much. Lots of little things, some mid-range items, and one or two big prizes will suffice.

Now, the students know your expectations and what’s at stake. You can get back to teaching.

Next week: Let the Games Begin

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A Year of Prizes Part III

by ticketprinting on April 30, 2011

The Big Classroom Raffle Prize Draw Celebration

In the last couple weeks, I’ve explained ways in which I use raffle tickets in my primary school classroom to reward positive behaviour and make learning fun. If you’ve run a short classroom raffle to improve behavior or reward students over a few weeks, this can be a fun fifteen minute activity at the end of the day. But if you’ve held out for an entire year, the big prize draw can be a rewarding part of your last day of school activities.

First, I make a big ceremony out of all the numbers. I’ve made a most careful count, which doesn’t surprise them by this point in the year. They’ve learned that I’m always playing with numbers, taking statistics, and generating graphs and charts, and it’s become a game they enjoy.

  • Total number of raffle tickets awarded throughout the year
  • Breakdown of raffle tickets awarded each month
  • Total number of raffle tickets awarded in each behaviour category
  • Highest number of tickets earned by an individual

There is usually some anticipation and perhaps a bit of cheering with some of the announcement. Often, I’m able to offer a small prize along with the recognition of the top earner. He or she always gets a printed certificate and some stickers, at the very least. I can also use the monthly (and sometimes weekly) breakdown as a way to recap the year, using the high numbers to recall how wonderfully they all worked in the weeks before the science fair, or how we solved the problems the influenced the month with the lowest number.

Then it’s on to the prize draw. Usually, I keep all my ticket stubs in a large glass jar on my desk. If possible, I get a real celebrity to draw the winner: the principal, if he’s available, or else the beloved lady from the front desk when he is otherwise occupied.

For the children, the great moment is at hand. They all shuffle through their pile of raffle tickets, for even though I’ve tracked all the information through the stubs, the rule that they must present the ticket to win encourages responsibility. They are on the edge of their seats.

I, on the other hand, am leaning back comfortably in my chair, satisfied at a year long lesson plan come to fruition.

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