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Valentine’s Day and PopUp Funds

PopUp Funds Valentine's Candy Gram

 

It’s a new year and time for more fundraising. Valentine’s Day is the perfect jump start for the year!

Creating Valentine’s Day Candy Grams for your school is a quick way to make a large amount of money. My children’s school raises close to $2,000 in just two weeks! It was easy, if you follow these simple steps.

  1. Send a flyer home with students announcing the Grams and ask parents to return it with names and cash to pay for it. $1 seems to be a good going rate and we allow for families to buy an unlimited amount.
  2. A group of moms get together a day or so before the school parties and write out all of the Grams and organize them into classroom bags.
  3. Delivery Day- bags are delivered to the classrooms for students to enjoy.

However, there is a problem with this system that you don’t see until you do it. Paperwork! It all comes down to one mom who collects the paper order forms and cash. Then there are the parents who turn in forms late saying they forgot to try paying in a different way. It becomes stacks of orders, stacks of money, a large headache, and more time than you originally anticipated.

This year, you can be the mom who simplifies and gets even more orders. How? Create a PopUp!

PopUp Funds Valentine's Candy Gram

Create a PopUp in just a few minutes and post it on all of your school’s social media account. This allows parents to act on it and pay for it easily. Because let’s be real, who has cash or want to write checks anymore. Also, cash limits the orders to what parents have in their wallet.

Worried about the fees? Add a little to the price. (We added $.10 to each) We have found that when people are given the choice to walk in a pay by cash or pay a little more for online, 85% choose online even if it costs a little more! Parents want life to be easy and are willing to pay a tiny bit more to save them the headache of going to the bank or writing a check. Plus they will fee accomplished getting it done without having to walk into the school.

Taking it online also allows for you to have a record of the money collected and you can print out all of the orders on a spreadsheet when you need them to fulfill them. Or use your dashboard to find all of the information.

 

Easily see Valentine orders

 

Ready to create your PopUp but need ideas for the actual Valentines? We found these great websites for some ideas.

The Nerds Wife

Pretty My Party

Teachers Pay Teachers

Need a little help setting up? Check out our Resources to help you create your PopUp and read tips.

 

PopUp Funds Valentine's Candy Gram

Tips to Make your PopUp a Success

I’ve seen lots of PopUps created on our platform. Most have been wildly successful, smashing their PopUp goal. But a few haven’t hit what they were hoping for. I’ve compiled a short list of tips to make your PopUp a success.

 

1. Make your description work for you

People don’t really read, they scroll and scan. Because of this, you need to draw your buyers attention to the important stuff.

We give you the ability to change the size and color of your text. Use this feature! If there is a really important sentence, highlight it. You can even change the alignment of the text to bring more attention to something. Using these simple tools and tricks, can make a difference!

2. Use fewer words

This one is hard, but like I said, people scan looking for what is important. Make what you say short and sweet but still full of information. Many times I write a description and then reread and delete filler words and extra information.

If your buyers don’t really need some of the information until they buy, then leave that information for the “thank you” section at the bottom. That way your aren’t cluttering up the PopUp description with detail that is only important after the purchase. And, those buyers are now able to easily access that information on their emailed receipt.

3. Give a deadline

Unless you give your buyers a reason to act, they won’t. Make sure you give them a deadline for your PopUp. Everyone puts things off until the very last minute so let your buyers know it is for a limited time, and they need to act now.

4. Give buyers time

Sending out a PopUp for an event or with a deadline of less than a week almost ensures that your PopUp will struggle. People need time, they need to think, give them a moment.  On the other hand, you also don’t want to give too much time. Creating a deadline is important and lets people know that this is something that won’t always be around. My favorite length for a PopUp is 2-3 weeks. Enough time for people to think about it, but not enough time for them to completely forget about it.

5. Promote, Promote, Promote!

No one will know about your PopUp unless you tell them about it! And even then, we recommend that you reach out a minimum of three times.

We are all bombarded with information 24/7 and so many things can get lost in the scroll. Just because someone didn’t go to your PopUp the first time you promoted it doesn’t mean they didn’t want to. There have been more times than I can count where I have posted almost daily about an event, and people still ask where the link is because they don’t want to have to go look for it. Make sure you don’t make them work to find you. Keep posting and promoting. It makes it a lot easier when your friend remembers and it is easy to find the link.

Also we suggest promoting your PopUp in more than one way, — emails, Facebook, Instagram, newsletters, group text, ect. Be sure to include it on every social media channel your group uses.

Need more help setting up your PopUp? Check out our How-to video page or our How-to blog posts.

Volunteering for a group takes time. Save time by creating a PopUp.

 

 

 

 

Optimizing the Comment and Note to Seller Section on PopUp Funds

Creating a PopUp can be done in minutes. Making sure that you properly convey the message and receive the feedback needed can take a little extra thought. Here is are some ways to optimize the comment and note to seller sections of your PopUp.

 

 

While creating your PopUp make sure to maximize the PopUp description. It’s more than just a place to say what the PopUp is. It’s a way for you to give vital information.  Some things that might need to be included are:

  • Date and time if it is an event.
  • End date of the PopUp.
  • What information the buyer may need to give you.
  • What the PopUp is for.

Remember: The PopUp description is seen while the buyer is checking out for them to reference if needed.

 

In order for buyers to leave you a comment you need to turn on the comment ability. This is located at the end of your PopUp set up.  If you notice that you forgot to turn it on, you can easily go back to edit and fix it.

Buyers will be able to leave a comment when they check out. Don’t forget to remind them in your PopUp description that they will need to leave a comment when checking out. Buyers need LOTS of reminders.

 

 

You can see here, while a buyer is checking out: at the top is the PopUp description and below is the comment section

 

 

At the end of your PopUp creation, you can leave a note for all successful checkouts. This note will be seen on the summary page and also be emailed with the receipt.

This note can include:

 

Using this options is a great way to thank your buyer, along with giving them more information that may be needed but would have cluttered the PopUp description at the beginning.

 

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