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Re: Garden Product samples

I have to ask - what came in the semi?
That is amazing results; must have been one powerfully written email.  I
wondered about email vs snail mail - which would be taken more seriously.  I
think that today email may be better - easier for the recipient to send it
on to the appropriate person.

It also sounds like you put a lot of time and effort into the project.  I
get the impression you never do anything half-way.  Smart thinking with the
signature cards.

neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2005 12:06 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Garden Product samples

> Start early! :) Some companies only do this at certain time of the year
> you can be added to their list.
> I didn't do goodie bags... but I did raffle prizes for pond expo's.
> I had a source for all email address of pond suppliers.. from big guys to
> little ones. I sent a zillion emails out- ( copy paste with just adding
> their name to the beginning and email address- rather than an impersonal
> and a group mailing).
> I was SHOCKED at the amount of stuff that landed here. No response,
> nothing... just UPS showing up with tons of packages. When the 18 wheeler
> pulled up and asked if we had anything to offload with, my DH went
> I still don't hear so well out of that ear since the phone call asking me
> what the H*** I ordered now! Of course I was clueless since they didn't
> bother to tell me it was coming.
> When someone won an item, I made them sign a card (my computer generated
> thank you for donating) with their name, city and state. Afterwards, I
> mailed them to the respective companies. Now they had proof of a donation
> and all of those companies donated even more the next year! Maybe you can
> contact who ever did this last year for there donor list.
> Of course you can always hit up on local vendors for stuff. I offered some
> free advertising via the web site. We also sold logo room on the bags we
> gave away which paid for them.
> Donna
> > As many of you know, I am a member of the Long Island Daylily Society in
> > NY.
> > We will be hosting a national daylily convention for the American
> > Hemerocallis Society for about 600 people in July of 2006. We typically
> > give
> > each registered person a bag of garden related products. I need to write
> > letters to request samples of products that would be  appropriate for
> > gardeners (sunscreen, insect repellant, fertilizer, magazines or
> > notepads, snacks to eat while on the garden tours, hand wipes, hand held
> > paper fans, etc.).  Does anyone have suggestions of companies who may be
> > inclined to donate samples to our not-for-profit group? Any ideas for
> > things that we might put in the bags?
> >
> > Has anyone had to do this type of thing for another organization? Any
> > ideas
> > would be appreciated!
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Chris
> > Long Island, NY
> > Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
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