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Re: Garden Product samples

I guess my niece didn't have much more to say than those on the list did.
Basically, the biggest part of this is pounding the pavement and pounding
the keyboard.  But I've generally found that most companies I have
approached will try to come up with something for you if you ask nicely and
explain it well.  Especially important is to tell them what is in it for
them -whether it's a tax write-off, a chance for increased traffic, an
opportunity for their name to be seen as a community helper, etc.  They may
end up giving you something they simply want to unload, but even that can be
a positive.

Good luck.

neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
To: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2005 8:05 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Garden Product samples

> I don't ever have anything to do with the group-specific aspect of the
> convention (a basketball group gets the same stuff as doctors). That being
> said, I always hit up restaurants for bags and solicit the malls for
> from the individual stores. If there is a chance of the people shopping at
> one of the local supply stores (greenhouse/Home Depot, etc.) I would have
> the meeting planner hot them up for stuff (samples in exchange for pushing
> people to their store). If the people are going to have time, I would also
> hit up attractions in the area (but her local CVB could probably do this
> her).
> If she hasn't already talked to her local CVB/Chamber of Commerce, that's
> where I would start and see what direction they push her in. All
> are different, but I think they have a strong Chamber up there.
> Good Luck!
> Megan
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: "Megan Stahlhut" <megan@visitfortwayne.com>
> Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2005 12:43 PM
> Subject: Fw: [CHAT] Garden Product samples
> > Megan, below is a message from a friend that I thought you could help me
> > with.  I'm not necessarily asking for company names from you, but just
> > tips you could pass along on how she should proceed.  Anything you might
> > suggest would be helpful.  Thanks.
> >
> > A.Kitty
> > neIN, Z5
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: <Chris@widom-assoc.com>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2005 10:43 AM
> > Subject: [CHAT] Garden Product samples
> >
> >
> >> As many of you know, I am a member of the Long Island Daylily Society
> > 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
> >> letters to request samples of products that would be  appropriate for
> >> gardeners (sunscreen, insect repellant, fertilizer, magazines or
> >> booklets,
> >> notepads, snacks to eat while on the garden tours, hand wipes, hand
> >> paper fans, etc.).  Does anyone have suggestions of companies who may
> >> inclined to donate samples to our not-for-profit group? Any ideas for
> >> good
> >> 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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