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Pampered Chef: Bookings Paid ad in local "paper"?

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  1. its_me_susan

    its_me_susan Senior Member

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    :) Have any of you put in a "work part-time" or "Looking for hostesses/college students, SAHM or anyone looking to earn extra cash for the holidays" type of advertisement in those local new booklets (they usually have job, tag sale, for sale/wanted and other odds & ends)???

    I'm hoping to brainstorm and come up with a real thought-provoking advertisement to pay for - to get either bookings or recruits!

    Thanks in advance!
    Susan :eek:
     
    Aug 19, 2005
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  2. D_Patel

    D_Patel Member

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    I just ran a add for a month

    in my local newspaper. It cost me $100.00 for the month , I got one phone call ! He was looking for a chef position !I probably wouldnt do it again unless it was really cheap!You never know though ! It all depends on who is looking !I even put my web site in the add thinking maybe I would get a couple of hits, nope not one !
     
    Aug 19, 2005
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  3. its_me_susan

    its_me_susan Senior Member

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    Thanks for the reply

    I was thinking more of a weekly paper, just once...

    Or maybe everyone could share their best "be a host" flyer that they've attached business cards too, that resulted in the most calls?
     
    Aug 19, 2005
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  4. pamperedbecky

    pamperedbecky Legacy Member

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    I decided to take the plunge and do an ad recently. I've always contemplated doing it, so I decided to try. I'm actually spacing it out a little. It's more than an ad in the classifieds, it's an actual ad a little larger than business card size. I'm running it three times in a weekly paper. It'll run every other week. So far it ran one time and I got a call from an ad person at ANOTHER publication asking if I wanted to advertise with them. I told them no, but the more I talked to this woman and told her about PC, the more excited she got about it. SHe's probably going to host a show! The ad has more of a recruiting slant to it, but also mentions hosting. So if she hosts, I'll consider this to be worth it, although I'd love more calls!

    The ad department from the paper came up with the whole ad and did all the graphics and made it look really nice. That was included in the price. It was $150 for the three weeks of running it, which is pretty expensive, but I'll never know if it works unless I try. I would suggest to anyone thinking of doing an ad that running it just one week may not be worth it. YOu may need to put some $$ into it so it'll be seen. That's just my 2 cents. The paper I ran it in has a pretty big circulation and it covers a total of FIVE towns, including mine. We'll see what happens!!

    If you're thinking of it, I'd go with a paper whose graphics department would put it together for you....included in the price. They got the copy of the ad to me to approve and I tweaked it a little so I could get it just how I wanted.
     
    Aug 19, 2005
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  5. its_me_susan

    its_me_susan Senior Member

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    Wow!

    Please keep us posted!!! We'd love to see what you did, if there's a way to do that. :)
     
    Aug 19, 2005
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  6. its_me_susan

    its_me_susan Senior Member

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    I put a flyer up (the "CATALOG HOSTESS PROMOTION" one here, tweaked with my info) with a BUNCH of business cards stapled at the bottom at a local food store today... left a bunch of cards with a garlic farm stand today (they saw my Pampered Chef visor and told ME how much they loved the products, etc... I saw other cards and asked)...

    Cross your fingers I get some catalog parties to substantiate my few kitchen shows.... I want to focus on catalog/web shows and do only 2-3 kitchen shows, AND meet the $1250 goals.
     
    Aug 20, 2005
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  7. Tammy Eubanks

    Tammy Eubanks Novice Member

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    Welcome Wagon

    Do any of you remember the Welcome Wagon? It used to delivery packages to new people in town. I have a lady in my church that does something like that and targets different zip codes. She ask me if I would like to place an ad in her "Welcome Friends" package. It is $150.00 for a year, not bad. I was beginning to wonder if I would get an calls from it and I finally did. The lady that called said she would be placing a large order. So, I sent her the current catalog and fall catalog along with the host specials. I hope it will pan out. So, you may want to see if something like this is done in your city.
     
    Aug 21, 2005
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  8. its_me_susan

    its_me_susan Senior Member

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    Thank you!

    Will you keep us posted please!

    Something I just did today for free and I'm already getting some positive results... I've looked up local school systems, gone to the PTO directory of each and send a fundraising blurb to each, asking them to consider PC in stead of (or in addition to) candy sales - I know I would welcome the "justified" excuse to buy PC instead of the candy and overpriced wrapping paper! I'm going to try to reach day cares and local YMCAs too.

    One lady asked if she could place an individual order (of course!!!).

    I also started to wear my Pampered Chef visor - so many people have come up to me to see if I sell it, which opens the door to conversation and business cards, etc.

    :rolleyes:
     
    Aug 21, 2005
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