Who Doesn’t Love Food, Drinks, and a Good Raffle?

Who Doesn’t Love Food, Drinks, and a Good RaffleIf you’re holding a food and drink event and you haven’t made a raffle part of the plan yet, you should! Raffles are the leading method of raising money for good causes across the United States and around the world.

A raffle is the perfect match for your Craft Beer Festival, Wine Tasting Event, Pancake Breakfast, Spaghetti Dinner, Food Bank, or Food Truck Rally. When people attend events of these kinds, they are engaged and active participants who are invested in being part of the action. People bring money to spend on all of the wonderful food and drinks so it’s not a stretch for them to extend their spending to buy some raffle tickets. Make it clear that the proceeds from the ticket sales are going to support a good cause. When people connect such an easy, fun purchase with a non-profit cause, their generosity increases.

Along with arranging security and applying for your liquor permit, be sure to double check the raffle and charitable lottery rules for your area. Once you’ve cleared the rules, you can get started on holding a successful raffle! The steps are simple:

#1: Obtain Prizes
Source appealing items to use as prizes for your raffle. If you can solicit donations from local businesses and organizations, this is a great way to get the ball rolling for your prizes. Aim for 2-3 prizes; a first prize and one or two runner up prizes.

#2: Order your Tickets
Preparing your raffle tickets has never been easier than with the modern convenience of today’s online ticket ordering. You can order your tickets, have them shipped, and have them in your hands within just a few days. There are Raffle Roll Tickets, Full Color Raffle Tickets, and Raffle Tickets On A Budget. You can choose from existing themes including Wine, Pancake Breakfast, and Spaghetti Dinner o design your own tickets in full color with DIY raffle tickets from Worldwide Ticketcraft.

#3: Set your Ticket Prices
It’s great if your prizes are large and appealing enough that you can sell tickets for at least $5 each. You can also offer groups of of tickets for packaged pricing like 1 ticket for $5 and 3 tickets for $12. This is always a great way to sell more tickets! For more moderately priced tickets, try 1 for $3, 2 for $5, 4 for $10, and 10 for $20.

#4: Prepare your Space, Volunteers & Staff
Make sure that you have a clearly marked place to buy tickets, and also have staff or volunteers situated throughout your event to sell tickets so that the raffle is visible and front of mine. Prep your team with easy to remember scripts that they feel comfortable speaking repeatedly throughout the event, including information about how great the prizes are and what a good cause the raffle is supporting.

#5: Sell the Tickets
Set yourself up to not only accept cash, but also credit cards. You can pick up a Square reader or a similar app so that there’s no reason for someone to pass up the chance to buy a ticket. When selling, your staff should never be pushy, but very friendly and encouraging. The more excited that your team feels about both the prizes and the cause, the more they’ll be able to influence your participants to buy more raffle tickets.

Purchasing raffle tickets is a natural extension of enjoying the food and drink on offer at your event. It’s a great way to fundraise, and a great way to leverage the spirit of your festivities to help achieve your fundraising goals. With the right enthusiasm and planning, your food and beverage fans may just enjoy the thrill of the raffle as much as the chow they’re enjoying. Bon appetite!

Celebrate the Seasons with Holiday-Themed Raffles

Celebrate the Seasons with Holiday-Themed RafflesWhether it’s summer, autumn, winter, or spring, every season has at least one holiday to celebrate. There’s the 4th of July in the summer, Halloween and Thanksgiving in the fall, Christmas, New Year’s, Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day in the winter, and St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day in the spring. If you’re raising money for a good cause, each holiday has its own associations and invites fun ways to put a spin on your holiday raffle.

In fact, raffles are the leading way to fundraise, and for good reason. They’re straightforward to run and easy and accessible for people to participate in. Who doesn’t love the possibility of winning a prize, especially when the funds will go towards a good cause? When you leverage a holiday theme, your raffle will become all the more fun and profitable. Raffles are an excellent way to reach your fundraising goals.

Start by sourcing appealing items for your raffle prizes, and the more that they fit with your overall theme, the better. Ideally you’ll be able to solicit donations of these items from local businesses and organizations, but you can also buy reasonably priced goodies for prizes. For Valentine’s Day your prizes might be romantic in nature, or for St. Patrick’s Day something green might be in order. A Halloween theme might include scary movies and candy, and everyone likes a Christmas theme in the spirit of Santa. It’s great to raffle off 2-3 prizes; a first prize and one or two runner up prizes.

Once you have your prizes, you can start to sell tickets. What better way to set the mood for your holiday themed raffle than with decorative themed tickets? Particularly if you’re selling raffle tickets as part of a larger holiday event, Worldwide Ticketcraft offers customizable raffle tickets with attractive, full color holiday themes to choose from. There are fun New Orleans Mardi Gras themes, lucky leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day tickets, and spooky Halloween tickets, etc. Having professional, attractive tickets will help put everyone in the mood for the holiday and will inspire them to participate generously in the raffle.

Raffles are a fun way to fundraise, and a great way to leverage the spirit of the holiday. Raffles generate more revenue than soliciting donations or any other form of fundraising. Always make it very clear that the proceeds from the ticket sales will be going to support a good cause. When people connect your festive and fun raffle with a good cause, you will have better results.

With a holiday to celebrate, appealing themed prizes, and the enthusiasm of your volunteers, your raffle is sure to be a success. Embrace the spirit of the holiday and everyone will feel generous and have a fun time in the process.

How to Fundraise with Raffle Tickets at your Next Sporting Event

How to Fundraise with Raffle Tickets at your Next Sporting EventDid you know that raffles are the leading method of raising money at sporting events?

No matter what good cause you’re fundraising for, raffles are an excellent way to reach your goals. Studies show that raffles (also known as “charitable lotteries”) generate more revenue than soliciting donations, and even more than 50/50 draws and auctions or silent auctions.

Whether your holding a raffle at a golf tournamentbaseball, soccer, or football game, raffles work perfectly at any sporting event. There’s just something about a raffle, particularly at a sporting event, that encourages a participatory spirit. They’re a fun way to fundraise, and a great way to leverage the spirit of sportsmanship to meet your non-profit revenue goals.

It’s important to double check that raffles and charitable lotteries are legal for non-profits in your area. Once you’ve cleared the rules, you can start to source appealing items for the raffle. Ideally you’ll be able to solicit donations of these items from local businesses and organizations, or otherwise you can buy reasonably priced items to raffle off. It’s great to raffle off 2-3 prizes; a first prize and one or two runner up prizes.

It’s great if your prizes are large and appealing enough that you can sell tickets for at least $5 each, or groups of tickets for packaged pricing like 1 for $5 and 3 for $12. If that pricing is too steep for your audience, you can try 1 for $3, 2 for $5, 4 for $10, and 10 for $20. Make it easy for someone to decide to spend more money and buy more tickets with nice round bill amounts like $20.

At sporting events, people bring money to spend on food, drinks, and merchandise. It’s not a stretch for them to spend money on your raffle tickets. Make it clear that the proceeds from the ticket sales are going to support a good cause. When people connect such an easy, fun purchase with a non-profit cause, their generosity increases.

Set yourself up to not only accept cash, but also credit cards. You can pick up a Square reader or a similar app so that there’s no reason for someone to pass up the chance to buy a ticket.

Make sure that you have enough staff or volunteers situated throughout the stadium or sporting event location so that they’re visible and front of mind. Have your crew both circulating as well as in fixed locations. Prep your team with sales skills including easy to remember scripts that they feel comfortable speaking repeatedly throughout the event. They shouldn’t be pushy, but they should be friendly and encouraging. The more excited that your team selling feels about both the prizes and the cause, the more they’ll be able to influence your buyers.

When you approach your fundraiser with enthusiasm, have appealing prizes, and have a well-trained, friendly team selling tickets, your raffle is sure to be a great success. With the right planning in advance, your sports fans might just feel as excited about the raffle as they do about the game!

Why Raffles Make the Best Fundraisers

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Why Raffles Make the Best Fundraisers

When the time comes to raise money for a terrific cause that you care about, there is no doubt that raffles are the way to go. Short of obtaining grants or external sponsorship, raffles are the most effective type of fundraiser. Why? When measuring effectiveness, it’s all about results and this important equation:

Time + Energy + Set Up Costs vs. Fundraising Profit

Consider the extremely straightforward, cost effective logistics of setting up and operating a fundraiser. All it takes is 4 steps:

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Obtaining prizes:

The first step is to collect prizes because they are key to running a good raffle. This is where a little networking and gumption pay off. When surveyed, most teams discover that they have a surprising number of contacts in their social, professional, or family networks and that all it takes to obtain an excellent donated prize is to ask. The major obstacle is generally not finding who to ask, but learning that it’s absolutely ok to ask. Just remember, you’re raising money for a good cause that you believe in. When you share your passion and belief, very little persuasion is needed. Practice makes perfect. The more that you practice asking for donations, the easier it gets, and that’s how you’ll end up with one (or more) excellent prizes to make your raffle successful.

Ordering tickets:

The next step is to purchase raffle tickets. Worldwide Ticketcraft makes ordering raffle tickets easy online. For custom raffle tickets you will choose a design theme and then add your event details. If you are looking for ticket sheets with numbers to use in a chinese raffle, all you have to do is order Chinese Raffle Tickets. We have the right kind of ticket to suit the style of your raffle, and in a few simple clicks your tickets will be ready to ship. A raffle is your most cost effective fundraiser because you have very little expense. Unlike many other types of fundraisers that require capital to initiate, raffles require very little in terms of supplies, equipment, and set up. Take a look at the event raffle tickets available to order now.

Determine a price: How much are you trying to raise? Are you offering a deal for those who purchase more than one raffle ticket for your benefit? Many will find a single raffle ticket affordable and just enough to help you out but there are also those who are attracted to a deal. For example, if you offer 5 raffle tickets the price would be discounted. Now you have to decide what price you are going to sell each ticket for and then set a draw date. After that, it’s just a matter of selling the tickets, it’s the 4th and final step in the process:

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Selling the tickets:

Depending on the size of your raffle, you may decide to create a budget for promotion which will help you to sell tickets. This could be anything from the DIY supplies that you’ll need to create your own posters, to more substantial promotions. However, most ticket sales are achieved through a little bit of backbone. This is where most of you and your team’s effort will go, but the process is fun and fruitful. Because you’ve obtained excellent prizes, and the proceeds will go to a good cause, most tickets sell themselves. It’s mainly a matter of getting the word out and nowadays that’s easier than ever. With the power of the internet, it’s never been easier or more cost-effective to get the word out. You and your team can leverage social media as well as direct email to tell people about your tickets. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms are the perfect way to promote your raffle. You can also attend events, make announcements at work or at school, and take advantage of social settings to get your tickets out the door. A little bit of hustle can make for a very successful raffle.

Once you’ve sold the tickets, the only thing left to do is the fun bit – awarding the prize! You simply cannot compare the profit margins of running a raffle to other common fundraising efforts. The equation of time and energy investment, and the minimal set up costs of running a raffle are unbeatable. Most other fundraising ideas are far more labor intensive and require much more setup and therefore have more costs involved. All it takes are the four easy steps outlined here and you’ll be on your way. Happy fundraising!

Fall Festival in Review: How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

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A fall festival is a great opportunity for people to get together to celebrate the changing of the seasons, while also taking part in games and enjoying tasty treats and supporting your fundraiser! Whether your festival is for families within a neighborhood, a local school or college, or a neighborhood church, it is a fun way to get people together. The key to planning a successful fall festival is to embrace the prep time and be willing to think outside the box!

Organizing a fall festival is a big undertaking. In order to create a successful event early planning and organization are vital! Know your objectives! When planning try to keep in mind the size you want your event to be and what age range you are planning it for. Are you planning a kid friendly fundraiser, or a fun event that the entire family can enjoy for free? Do you want people to wear costumes to your festival? What size space will you need to hold the event successfully? By asking all of these questions, you can really design a fall festival that will work best for your target audience and yield the best return for your fundraiser.

To begin, it’s important to create a budget and stick to it. As you plan your event, involve your leaders and volunteers in the brainstorming and decision-making process.  By asking the leaders for ideas, feedback, and suggestions from the start, you’re encouraging them to offer their input throughout the rest of the event.

Then, once you have decided who those leaders are create VIP/Volunteer/Crew/Parent or other custom badges for each of your team members – this way it will be easily to spot those important people on your team in a snap! This will be especially important once the festival is buzzing with business.

Next, you will need to decide how to charge for festival games and treats. Roll tickets are the perfect solution to redeem for playing a game. If you decide there will be an all-inclusive price you could use customizable event tickets that include a stub to tear off. Make sure to spread out the festivities – you don’t want ticket sales jammed up with insanely long food lines, so make sure you have the support you will need depending on the size of the event. Make sure that you are utilizing each volunteer, and once the event starts if a particular activities becomes super busy, move team members to that area for back up support.

Third, choose a fun theme – the possibilities are endless when it comes to fall. Pumpkins, ghosts, bats, ghouls, scarecrows – oh boy! Make sure your location is large enough to accommodate your plans so you can spread out activities as much as possible.  It can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be but make sure it’s fun for the kiddos. Decide if you want to include games, hayrides or other activities. Once you know your theme you can get your decorations, games and posters ordered. This is the fun part!  Puppet shows and face painting are budget friendly options that all kids enjoy – and of course, don’t forget to designate a part of the parking lot for trunk or treat.

Of course, always be sure to have a plan b – begin planning well in advance and give your committee plenty of time to organize, brainstorm and prepare. After all, the purpose of your fall festival is not only to give your community an event they will look forward to – you want your festival to be a fundraising success for the charity that you are raising funds for too!

Fundraising Tricks & Treats: How to Organize a School Trunk or Treat

Tricks and TreatsWith summer fading and October fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you can give the kids a safe Halloween experience that still lets them do all the things they love about the holiday — putting up decorations, playing games with their friends, wearing the coolest new costumes, and of course…the candy! This year, organize a trunk or treat!

Seek out like-minded parents who are willing to donate their cars for an evening of fun. You should get the word out in advance so everyone will have plenty of time to prepare. Have the kids help decorate the car trunks and truck beds with their favorite spooky decorations such as bats, ghosts, cobwebs, or skeletons! Have someone there at every car to hand out candy and treats to the kids – parents, this is your chance to get in on the fun, so get working on those costume ideas!

With a good group of committed volunteers, there’s no limit to what you can do with your trunk or treat — haunted houses, organized games with prizes, or even live music! Best of all, you can use this experience to raise money for your child’s school. Sell tickets at the “gate,” for food, drinks, and carnival games, with all profits going to the school. You can create memorable, customized tickets for your Halloween event that they’ll ship right to your door. Find local retailers who are willing to donate to a good cause and set up a raffle. The only thing kids love more than costumes and candy is winning awesome prizes (while dressed in costume and full of candy)! We have got you covered there too — you can pick up a roll of quality raffle tickets at a price that’s less than a penny per ticket!

For a safe alternative to trick-or-treating this year, try a trunk or treat! Your kids won’t get exhausted as they do when roaming the neighborhood, it’s easier to keep an eye on them, and you don’t have to worry about cars passing through. Just as importantly, it can bring your families together while raising money for your child’s favorite club, team, or school library. Use your imagination and the possibilities are endless!

 

Will New Admissions Technology Make Paper Tickets a Thing of the Past?

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With all of the new technology available to event organizers and venues for ticketing and admissions—mobile check-in systems, QR code scanning on smart phones—will paper tickets become a thing of the past?

Companies like Peatix are developing technology that eliminates the need for both tearing paper tickets and QR code scanning. Their new platform, ColorSync, is a mobile check-in system for events that does not require manually scanning each individual ticket. The pros for venues and event organizers are that with group ticket scanning comes less liability and a smaller door staff roster. Fans may even benefit, too, from the effortless check-in system. The big downside of ColorSync is that its capabilities vary with light and different devices make operation difficult. Because using it is an “acquired skill” and more work needs to be done before ColorSync is a reliable platform, paper tickets aren’t out yet!

One of the main pros of using paper tickets is, of course, that it’s a tried-and-true system wherein a physical object, the ticket, is required for show admittance. There’s less room for sales and tracking errors because physical ticket stubs can serve as a safety net or backup if a computer system housing ticket numbers and attendee information that crashes. While systems like ColorSync have the potential to be utilized as a time saver, where fans check in by pulling up an app on their mobile devices to show doormen, human nature allows for delays when a guest comes unprepared: for example if someone forgets to load the app onto the device they’re carrying, isn’t ready with the open ticket when they arrive at the door, or any number of other delays or issues that already exist when fans check in with paper tickets. As with any technology, we can also assume that mobile check-in systems have the potential to be hacked, replicated, or otherwise compromised by those wishing to attend a show without paying or go backstage without permission. Concert tickets also serve a sentimental purpose, especially for fans who have made attending festivals and concerts into a lifestyle and take pride in the paper mementos they’ve amassed.

What do you think? Would the elimination of paper tickets make for a more enjoyable event experience or are you, similar to a true book-lover who forgoes e-readers, happy with the way things have been going all along with paper tickets?

 

 

3 Great Tips When Organizing Your Next Raffle

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Selling raffle tickets or giving away door prizes are great ways to draw guests to your event—whether it’s a fundraiser, auction, or social event. (Word to the wise: if you will be giving away prizes in exchange for raffle ticket purchases, make sure to check on your state’s legal guidelines regarding the matter!) Here are three tips to keep in mind when planning your next raffle.

#1 Decide on Prizes
After you’ve done the dirty work by checking on the laws surrounding raffles and auctions in your state, check a fun item off of your raffle to-do list by determining how many prizes to give away and what they’ll be. It’s typical to offer a great third prize like a restaurant gift card to several winners, a bigger prize like a weekend getaway for two to the second place winner, and a high-ticket item like a car for the grand prize. Whatever your budget, this model can be scaled up or down as needed. Consider your audience when choosing the prizes; if you’re running a primary school charity auction, some families with little ones and newborns may not be able to enjoy a weekend away for two because they can’t get away if they’re in charge of little ones, but might enjoy an afternoon at the spa instead.

#2 Keep the Odds in the Ticket-Holder’s Favor
This one is important if you really want to sell a lot of tickets! If you’re expecting a crowd of 1000 people, for example, you’ll want to make at least 15-20 prizes available to make sure the odds of winning aren’t so daunting that no one will play! Remember that not all prizes will equal the grand prize; ten $50 gift cards can make up part of that 15-20.

#3 Create a Pricing Model that Matches Your Audience
Just as you’ll consider your audience when choosing prizes, your raffle ticket pricing should also reflect where your audience is coming from. If the event is higher-end—something like a philharmonic fundraiser—you can safely assume that guests will plan on spending a little cash and can price tickets accordingly. Your raffle prices should also, of course, cover the expense far above and beyond the prizes you have to purchase (tip: try to get prizes donated!). If you’ll be selling raffle tickets at the door at a carnival or outdoor festival, keep the pricing scale lower- to mid-range to cater to a mixed audience.

We offer admission tickets with detachable stubs made especially for raffles as well as Chinese raffle tickets. Our eight themed, customizable raffle tickets give customers the option to customize up to ten lines of text on the main ticket to provide guests with all the information they need about the event including an announcement that there’s a chance for them to win a door prize. The 1.5” raffle stub—the portion attendees will hand in for the raffle—is pre-printed with three lines instructing guests to fill out their name, phone number, and email address. These designs are perfect for events that centered around an auction or prizes, though with customizable themes they are a great choice for auctions and fundraisers, as well!

Chinese raffle tickets, also known as Penny Social tickets, come in solid colors and are sold in packs of 500 sheets with 20 tickets per sheet. Event hosts can choose from eight solid colors and tickets are sequentially numbered. Prices for Chinese raffle tickets are as low as $28 for 500 tickets and ship within one to two business days, or same day if tickets are ordered by noon EST.

Check out the dynamic products at Worldwide Ticketcraft before planning your next raffle!

How to Use Wristbands and Chinese Raffle Tickets at Your Next Event

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Wristbands are a great alternative to tickets if you’re hosting an event that doesn’t require a full ticket for admission.

A few examples of events where you may not need guests to carry around a ticket stub include shows or acoustic music in smaller, intimate venues, outdoor carnivals and festivals where guests may be coming and going throughout the evening, or for events with separated admittance areas like beer gardens or VIP lounges. These wristbands are perfect for one-day events and can also be used in conjunction with tickets for events, as noted, with backstage admittance or separate entry.

Our Tyvek wristbands are our most popular and least expensive wristband option. Choose from a rainbow of seven bright colors or purchase a variety pack. Wristbands are ¾” wide with a non-removable, tamper-resistant adhesive to fit even the littlest wrist. Bands are waterproof, lightweight, and durable. Customizable wristbands are sequentially numbered to help with sales and admission tracking and include one line of customizable text.

We also sell Chinese raffle tickets, also known as a Penny Social ticket. The solid color tickets are sold in packs of 500 sheets with 20 tickets per sheet. These tickets are also great for events where guests will enter and exit once (no coming and going during the show), carnivals and markets, and community social events. Event hosts can choose from eight solid colors and tickets are sequentially numbered. Prices for Chinese raffle tickets are as low as $28 for 500 tickets and ship within one to two business days, or same day if tickets are ordered by noon EST.

Check out our website to order wristbands or Chinese raffle tickets for your next event. If they’re not, we have plenty of other options to cover your admission needs including colorful, themed tickets and customizable raffle tickets.

YOUR TURN: What do you look for when choosing admission and raffle options for your events?

Where Can I Buy Raffle Tickets?

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Whether you’re hosting a carnival, fundraiser, festival, tournament, or other special event, raffles are a great way to involve attendees the moment they arrive. Our raffle tickets offer features that will add fun to any festival or fundraising event.

If you’re looking to organize a raffle at your next event, you’ll need admission tickets with a detachable stub made especially for raffles. We offer personalized raffle tickets with an option to customize up to ten lines of text. Get fan excited by announcing that there’s a chance for them to win a door prize. The 1.5” raffle stub—the portion attendees will hand in for the raffle—is pre-printed with three lines instructing guests to fill out their name, phone number, and email address. Our design themes include Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, Fall Festival Raffle, Halloween Carnival Raffle, Firefighter Rescue Raffle, Golf Tournament Fundraiser, Wet Paint Raffle, or Casino/Texas Hold’em/Poker Tournament Fundraiser. Our full color custom raffle tickets are great for fundraisers and raffles because they have jumbo numbers that are easy to read. You can view an example with our Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser theme here. Our themed raffle tickets are priced as low as $60 for 250 tickets. Proofs for customizable theme tickets are provided within 24 business hours and orders ship in three to five business days.

In addition to custom raffle tickets, we sell Chinese raffle tickets, also known as penny socials and tricky trays. The solid color tickets are sold in packs of 500 sheets with 20 tickets per sheet. These tickets are great for regular events like bingo nights or auctions. Event hosts can choose from eight solid colors and tickets are sequentially numbered. Prices for Chinese raffle tickets are as low as $28 for 500 tickets and ship within one to two business days, or same day if tickets are ordered by noon EST.

Whatever your fundraising or social event, EventD8 has your admission needs covered! You can buy raffle tickets on www.worldwideticketcraft.com.