Cash or check only? Not anymore.
Thanks to some handy new tech tools, it’s possible to accept credit cards at your unit’s next popcorn sale, carwash, or other money-earning project.
That eliminates a big reason customers give when choosing not to buy from packs, troops, teams, or crews at events like Show and Sells: “Sorry, I don’t have any cash.”
Enter the card readers. These free, pocketable devices plug into the headphone jack on your iPhone, iPad, or Android Phone. Just like that, you’re set up to accept credit cards.
They’re secure, they look professional, and they give you quick access to your funds. I even hear that some councils are giving them out at popcorn kickoff events.
Here’s a look at the three biggest card readers out there, each with its own special features: Continue reading
Donovan Fisher isn’t your typical door-to-door salesman.
“The Popcorn Scout,” as he’s now known, is a 12-year-old marketing prodigy who in 2011 sold $9,208 in Trail’s End popcorn and chocolate pretzels, ranking 14th among all Boy Scouts in the U.S.
I first read about Donovan last year on the marketing Web site “Web.Search.Social.” Here’s what marketing pro Scott McKelvey wrote about Donovan: Continue reading
Call it a temporary role reversal.
The team behind Cubcast — which Cub Scout leaders listen to every month for practical tips — is now listening to you.
I told you all about the monthly, BSA-produced podcast when I previewed the July and August editions. It’s already excellent.
But the folks behind Cubcast aren’t resting on their laurels. They’re taking the admirable “if you’re not moving forward you’re moving backward” approach and will start from scratch to make Cubcast an even better tool for Cub Scout leaders.
A tool sort of “like your favorite hammer or kitchen spatula,” says Caryl Lombardi, BSA multimedia producer. Listening directly to the leaders? I think she hit the nail on the head with that one.
Here are some of the questions they’re looking to you to answer: Continue reading
When someone down the hall makes popcorn, the enticing aroma makes me drop everything and find the source.
If only selling Scout popcorn were as easy, right? Turns out it is.
That’s thanks to the August 2012 edition of Cubcast, the excellent audio podcast for Cub Scout leaders that I told you about earlier this month.
Part 2 of the latest episode explains why units sell popcorn, some secrets for how to sell more, and info about some tasty new flavors. Continue reading
Popcorn sales help fund Scouting activities, but this salty treat can also bring cheer to service men and women overseas.
Popcorn buyers can do both—support the troops and Scouting—by participating in a Trail’s End military donation. This service act can be completed in two ways:
When Scouts sell popcorn, simply ask buyers if they wish to purchase one box of popcorn for themselves and an additional box to be sent to the American troops overseas. This donation is noted on the order form, and later reported by the council to Trail’s End. Continue reading
Question: What do movies and Scouting have in common?
Answer: They both can be made better by popcorn.
It’s nearly fall, and that means it’s time for Scouts to sell popcorn to help fund all the fun activities planned for the coming year. We know that non-Scouts out there love popcorn, and we know they want to support a good cause like Scouting. The hard part is getting your Scouts connected with these eager customers.
To better prepare you for popcorn season, we tapped the wisdom of your fellow Scouters to see if they had any kernels of knowledge about how to sell popcorn. We posted a question on our Facebook page and on Twitter (@scouting), and we got some great responses.
So here are 10 Tips for Making Popcorn Sales Pop. With each tip, we’ve listed the helpful Scouter who submitted that suggestion.
- It’s just a numbers game. The more houses boys visit, the more they’ll sell. (Blair P.)
- Set up at a local university. College kids love popcorn! (@amsb)
- Give the Scouts ownership of the sale. Instead of adults making all of
the decisions about how the money earned will be spent, get the boys
involved in the decision making. The more input the boy has, the more
excited he will be about selling, and the more he will sell. (Tonya A.)
- Sell Scouting, and the popcorn will sell itself. (Pat G.)
- Make it fun, and give them an incentive to help the unit. We
have a prize jar so the Scouts can earn a small prize for each sale. (Ken D.)
- Sell the actual product. We call it “Show and Deliver.” The
customer sees the product is available right then and there and will be
more likely to buy. (Roberta H.)
- Let the boys who sell the most throw a pie in a leader’s face! It’s amazing how much popcorn a Scout will sell with that chance in front of them! (Jason M.)
- Tell the boys to be professional and use manners. Make sure they introduce themselves and explain what they’re doing. (@JoshWilberger)
- Work on the Salesmanship merit badge during popcorn sales. (Cindy P.)
- When boys deliver the popcorn, have them include a thank you note. Their customers will remember the boys next year. (Kimmy P.)