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I need some contest gift ideasViews: 1426
Feb 18, 2006 4:05 amI need some contest gift ideas#

Alex Makarski
Hello fellow un-marketers.

I picked up an unusual client: A non-profit employement agency. They provide services to people who are unemplyed or under-employed. Many people in the community don't know these guys exist.

I am working on a tell-a-friend referral program for them where for every people you refer to them your name gets entered in a draw for a free 3 days/2 nights vacation within a 1 hour drive. These only cost $20.

I got my certificate today. It has a condition -- whoever uses it must be "gainfully employed" whereas my clients are not. So this prize won't work.

Can you think of something else I could use as a prize? (cheap but valuable).

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Feb 18, 2006 8:43 pmre: I need some contest gift ideas#

Andrew Barnes

How about a collection of motivational eBooks, both classics and more modern works. If they are not 'gainfully employed', this could be a very valuable (but cheap) gift.

I have a number in my catalogue. Feel free to PM me if you would like a list.

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Feb 18, 2006 9:32 pmre: I need some contest gift ideas#

Scott Stratten
Hi Alex,

I'm not sure what you're trying to do... This place is trying to find clients that need jobs, or employers that want to hire from them?

Are they connected to any social government programs? I used to work at Goodwill Toronto, so have quite a bit of experience in this area.


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Feb 18, 2006 10:24 pmre: re: I need some contest gift ideas#

>> Barry Caplan - Start Your Future Today
Alex -

Is the "gainfully emplyed" requirement even legal? Looks likeyou are in Canada, but I can't imagine such a thing flying further then you can throw the certificate here south of the border...and why would a hotel even care, as long as you can pay for the stay? Something sounds fishy to me...



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Feb 19, 2006 1:41 amre: I need some contest gift ideas#

"Gainfully employed" sounds to me like a qualifier for a sales pitch attached to the "gift". That would raise a red flag for anybody who was paying attention. If you want some tangible to give as a promo that costs $20 or less, you can get VCRs and DVD players in quantity for about that much. The $20 DVD players my wife uses for referrals to her tax service are actually more popular than the $20 cash bonus for the same thing. I also think that if the bonus is just a "chance" to win something, that something should be significantly more than $20. An entry-level laptop is only around $400 these days, and would probably get a lot of interest.

The Celtic Fiddler
Violins and Accessories

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Feb 19, 2006 2:50 amre: re: I need some contest gift ideas#

>> Barry Caplan - Start Your Future Today
Yeah Howard, I think you are right! Now it reminds me of a pitch for a time share - excep there in the US those are generally free I think...



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Feb 20, 2006 12:28 amre: I need some contest gift ideas#

Yes, timeshare sales spiels are usually free -- the last one I attended furnished me with a reasonably good dinner before the arm-twisting session. However, as an insurance agent, I learned that I got better results from promotions of that sort if the potential client had to pay a nominal fee to get in. Made it seem more valuable. The actual fee was insignificant in terms of my revenue, but the percentage of positive response was much greater. It's a mind game. Have I mentioned recently just how glad I am that I'm not in that business any more?

The Celtic Fiddler
Violins and Accessories

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Feb 20, 2006 6:50 amre: I need some contest gift ideas#

marti garaughty
Hi Alex...

be careful about using vacation certificates, I used certs from various compaines in the past and found many come with hidden charges for the end user which resulted in angry clients.

If you need some free or very inexpensive sales incentives or contest gift ideas, message me and maybe I can help. I deal with a lot of realtors(closing gifts), furniture stores(sales promos), etc... and would be happy to help you out.


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Mar 07, 2006 4:18 amre: re: I need some contest gift ideas#

Alex Makarski
Thank you for your great ideas.

I'm back & I apologize for my tardiness in answering your questions.

- The organization works with those on EI helping them write a resume, decide who they want to be if they were to switch fields, etc. It is funded by HRDC or whatever their new name is.

- The travel certificate I was referring to is not a timeshare sales pitch. You can see it here along with an explanation of why they do that: www.MyFreeTravel.com. I think I heard of this site from David Frey, but I'm not sure.

- I like the DVD player idea.

- If it was me, I would love to get my hands on a pile of eBooks. Alas, the target market is not me.

- I will PM several all of you who offered your help. Thank you.

Thanks again.


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Mar 18, 2006 5:34 amre: I need some contest gift ideas#

Larry Shudra
Have you considered cooping with a business that has more than one location in your area. Let's say for instance a car wash or oil change place. Everyone needs to change their oil and it can cost $15-35 to have it done. In exchange for giving you a free service, the business receives advertisement in your print and website and anywhere else that you can think of. Perhaps an office supply business would donate a $20 gift certificate that your clients could use to buy office products that would help them with their job search.


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Jul 31, 2006 8:10 amre: I need some contest gift ideas#

Kathryn Perry
Are there any local "big box" stores like Target or Walmart in your area? They are both active in the community service side, talk to the manager about your program and see about getting gift cards.
Gift cards in various denominations are great and a lot of malls are offering VISA or MC gift cards, talk to the Mall Manager about your program, there's probably money for it.
A Beauty Salon or Barber shop will gift cuts and styles, you might get a daycare owner to give free daycare for one tow or three weeks too. Your side of the deal can be to issue press releases with photos to the local media.
I worked in apartments and did cross marketing for years, local businesses are very open to cross promotions.
Kathryn Perry

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Jul 31, 2006 3:18 pm re: I need some contest gift ideas#

Nancy Houle TrainingBusinessPros.com

Here is an idea.

My husband was performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival and we decided to host an online contest. I called Tourism Montreal and asked if they would sponsor a prize package for www.paultobey.com. I explained he had a fan base of 9000 online suscribers, and that each suscriber will get the promo email. I outlined the benefits to the sponsor.

They said yes and offered a weekend for two in a 5 star Hotel in Montreal, a package of $700.00. All I had to do was ask.

I've also been successful in getting sponsors to sponsor pens, pencils, pads, trips to Cuba, pianos, courses, tele-seminars, car leases, calendars, free advertising and much more. It's all how you outline your benefits.

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Sep 04, 2006 8:36 amre: I need some contest gift ideas#

Marilyn Jenett

I'm confused, Alex...

For each person referred, the person referring gets entered in the draw? Then, I don't understand what this has to do with your clients who are unemployed.

Also, what costs $20? Is that the fee to enter the draw?

Perhaps you can clarify.

With regard to a prize, once I understand this a bit more, I would consider offering you a Feel Free to Prosper audio program. If the people entering are unemployed, I will guarantee that after the winner applies my program, they will not be :-) Seriously.

If you mean the entrants have to be gainfully employed, then the program will gain them more income, clients, etc.

My audio programs range from $147 to $400 (more for real estate and the corporate world and less for other special recordings), but the value of the results are priceless.

Here are only a couple of the hundreds of people who found the right jobs quickly after beginning my program.


Anyway, if you can clarify the details, I would be happy to offer you one of my programs at no charge. You cannot get any cheaper than that. And it's very valuable. I may even throw in a couple of free months to my Private Community, which is $100 a month. Once someone takes a program, they are eligible to join.

For your prize, maybe the $247 Manifesters Audio Program and two months membership in the Private Community (two telephone calls per month with me and the members).

I hope that helps. Let me know if this resonates with you.

~ Marilyn Jenett
Feel Free to Prosper

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