Archive for May, 2015

Ordering Name Labels Online: The Checklist!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

While we’ve tried to make ordering name labels as simple as possible, we do advise customers to take their time when ordering online to ensure they receive exactly what they want.

Here’s the checklist of things you need to do when ordering:

  • Make sure you DOUBLE CHECK the text you have entered to make sure there are no spelling mistakes or missing capital letters etc.
  • Make sure you have selected the correct name label product, pack size, and quantity.
  • Make sure you have entered the correct school reference number (if applicable).
  • Make sure you have entered the correct address details INCLUDING your house number AND street name and the correct postcode.
  • Make sure you have entered your details in the correct fields: some customers enter their first name into the first field and their surname into the next field, which should contain their contact phone number – this will prevent your order from proceeding correctly.
  • Make sure you have entered the correct contact email address: when you order with us you will receive one email to confirm that your payment has gone through, one email to confirm that your order has been received by us, and one email to notify you that your order has been made and despatched – if you enter your email incorrectly, you will not receive these emails.

To help you make sure your order is correct, once you have completed your order you will be directed to a page headed “Thank You”, which displays the details of your order including the item(s) you have ordered along with your contact/delivery information. You should read this page CAREFULLY to make sure that all of the details are correct.

You will also receive a confirmation email from us, containing the same details about your order, so if you haven’t yet double checked the details of your order, you can do so when you receive this email.

If you do find that something isn’t quite right, please GET IN TOUCH with us AS SOON AS YOU CAN and we will get your order corrected.

Stikins ®: the product for busy mums… and dads… grandparents… teachers… nursing care staff… activity groups… and, well, anyone really…

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

While the majority of our customers are mums and dads buying name labels for school uniform, Stikins ® name labels are so versatile and easy to use that they can be used by pretty much anyone for pretty much any purpose.

These name labels are made with advanced materials that allow them to stick onto almost everything AND survive trips through the washing machine, tumble drier, microwave, or dishwasher. They simply peel off their backing sheet, like any other label, and can be applied onto the wash care label of clothing or applied directly onto all manner of personal items. There’s no sewing or ironing required, which means that the days of spending hours applying name labels are completely over!

This also means that they can be applied by anyone and are suitable for all kinds of label applications including labelling school clothing and equipment; labelling clothing and personal items belonging to residents of nursing homes and care facilities; labelling uniform and equipment in the workplace; labelling equipment belonging to activity groups and organisations; and for pretty much any other purpose you can think of.

You can find out more about our Stikins ® name labels on our website or simply go ahead and buy!

Can I Buy Blank Stikins ® Name Labels?

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

While the majority of our customers order personalised name labels, we do get some requests from customers who want to know if they can order blank name labels. We ARE able to supply blank Stikins ® but there are some things you need to know:

HOW TO ORDER BLANK STIKINS
You can order blank Stikins ® in the same way you order printed Stikins ® – by post, by phone, or online.

If you are ordering by post or by phone you simply need to let us know that you want your items to be blank.

To order blank Stikins ® through our website you should use the space bar to enter a space in the boxes marked “Enter Line 1” and Enter Line 2”; you will not be able to proceed with your order if you leave these boxes empty – by using a space, our system will allow the order to proceed and your labels will be left blank.

Remember, our system will print ANYTHING that you put into these boxes; if you enter “Blank”, “Please leave blank”, or enter punctuation such as a full stop or underscore this WILL BE PRINTED ON YOUR LABELS. The only way to ensure your labels are left blank is to use a space.

HOW TO USE BLANK STIKINS
If you wish to add text to your labels once you have received them you can ONLY do this using a laundry pen.

These labels require specialist printers and software, which means you CANNOT print them yourself. You must also ensure that if you do use a pen it is suitable for this purpose; it must be capable of producing print that will survive in the washing machine so a laundry pen is always the best option.

Fundraising Materials From Label Planet

Monday, May 18th, 2015

With the launch of our brand new Fundraising Guide and our Booster Scheme, we’ve created a whole heap of materials for schools and PTAs to download from our website and use as part of their fundraising efforts.

In fact, we’ve come up with so many different bits and pieces, we thought it would be wise to set up a dedicated downloads page, so that it’s really quick and simple for schools and PTAs to download the resources they want to use.

Unfortunately, we spent all of our creative energy setting up these materials, so the best name we could come up with for the downloads page is … Really Useful Downloads (sorry).

This page contains downloads of our:

  • Fundraising Guide
    Our brand new guide includes; a brief overview of Label Planet and our commission scheme; the benefits of joining our commission scheme; the steps to follow to get registered and earning commission; advice on letting people know about the scheme; information about our name label products (including product information, packs and pricing information, despatch and delivery information, and ordering information); our Commission Booster Plan (to get the best results from your fundraising efforts); example letters for raising awareness amongst parents; and all of the website links and contact information you might need.
  • Parent Leaflets
    These leaflets include basic information about our name labels, commission scheme, ways to order, and an order form that can be used for postal orders.
  • Notice Board Poster
    A poster to download and display on noticeboards in school to help raise awareness of the fundraising scheme.
  • Example Parent Letters
    Sending a covering letter with leaflets and/or samples will help to boost the commission you earn; we’ve put together some sample letters that you can use as they are or as a starting point to create your own.

Schools & PTAs: Make the Most of Your Fundraising With Label Planet’s Commission Booster Plan!

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

For 2015, we’ve put together a brand new Booster Plan; a simple guide to a few ways to get the very best results from your fundraising efforts. This plan is based on our experience of running a commission scheme, feedback from our existing affiliates, and from the research that we’ve been doing over the past few months to find out exactly how well (or otherwise) our affiliates have been doing as members of our commission scheme.

Our Booster Plan has THREE parts: 7 Small Things That Make a Huge Difference; The Back-To-School Opportunity; and How To Avoid Catastrophic Failure.

7 Things That Make a Huge Difference
We’ve put together a list of seven small actions that schools and PTAs can take to help boost the commission they earn. You can choose how many of these actions you want to take (if any!) or you can simply use the list as a starting point for your own ideas.

  1. Nominate an individual to oversee the fundraising scheme
  2. Promote the scheme in school with a poster on the Office/PTA notice board
    [You can create your own or download our poster from our website]
  1. Place a link on your website to our website
    [This will also boost your commission to our 30% rate]
  1. Request and send out parent leaflets
  2. Rally support and feedback through your PTA
    [We’ve provided a PowerPoint presentation for you to edit and/or use at PTA meetings]
  1. Request free printed samples for all of the pupils in your school
  2. Get organised with a To Do List!

The Back-To-School Opportunity
We’ve spent years watching the name label market and the patterns and trends of how and when people choose to order. As our existing customers will know, the name label market is a seasonal one with the peak season being the summer holidays.

This is the “Back-To-School Opportunity” of our title; most parents order during the summer in preparation for their children going back to school – which means this is the very best time to remind parents that they can help to raise funds for the school when they are purchasing name labels.

There are two ways to take advantage of this:

  • Schedule an email to send to parents in August: mention name label fundraising, along with a link to our site. If you already send out an email at this time, you could adapt your existing email to mention name label fundraising.
  • Include the information in a covering letter that you send out with parent leaflets before school breaks up for the summer or in new starter packs that are sent to the new intake of pupils.

Avoid Catastrophic Failure
During our research we identified a number of schools who get very little commission – even when they’ve sent out leaflets and requested free samples.

We’ve found that this is usually due to a lack of communication with the school and the PTA about the fundraising scheme; fundraising works best when everyone is aware of what is going on and knows how to get involved.

This is why we’ve put together a Fundraising Guide to distribute throughout the school and/or PTA so that everyone has the same information and everyone becomes a part of the fundraising effort.

Our Booster Plan is available to read on our website and has also been included in our brand new Fundraising Guide.

Request a copy of our Fundraising Guide
Download a copy of our Fundraising Guide

Calling All Schools & PTAs: Get Your Brand New Fundraising Guide NOW!!!

Monday, May 11th, 2015

We’ve been doing a lot of research and analysis into how effectively our commission scheme is working for our current affiliates and we’ve used our results to put together a brand new Fundraising Guide to help schools make the most of our commission scheme – and get the best possible return for their ongoing projects.

Our new Fundraising Guide features:

  1. Quick Overview
    A brief overview of who we are and the commission scheme that we offer.
  1. Reasons To Be Cheerful
    A quick list of benefits for schools who sign up to earn commission with Label Planet.
  1. Getting Started
    The three steps to follow to get you registered and earning commission, along with information about how you can track your commission and how/when you will receive your commission.
  1. Letting People In School Know
    Successful fundraising means getting everyone in school involved; we’ve put together information about our scheme and how it works for Head Teachers, PTA Members, and Teachers.
  1. Stikins ® and Trons ® Name Labels
    This section includes more details about our name label products (Stikins ® name labels and Trons ® name transfers), including what the labels are like, how they work, and pack sizes and pricing information, along with information about despatch and delivery times, ways to order, and the contents included with each order.
  1. Commission Booster Plan
    For 2015, we’ve put together a Commission Booster Plan based on our research and experience to help schools and PTAs get the absolute best results from their fundraising efforts. This section includes our list of “7 Small Things That Make A Huge Difference”, advice on taking advantage of the “Back-To-School Opportunity”, and our top tip for “Avoiding Catastrophic Failure!”.
  1. Examples of Letters to Parents
    One of our top suggestions is to send out a covering letter to parents to explain how the commission scheme works and how it will benefit the school AND its pupils; to help you put together your own letter, we’ve included some samples and examples of letters that you might want to edit and/or use.
  1. Useful Links and Contacts
    A list of all the pages on our website that you might wish to visit, along with our contact details so you can get in touch if you need any help signing up or if you simply want to find out more.

To get your own Fundraising Guide, simply visit our website to:
Download a Copy
Request a Copy

Schools: Have You Heard? Up To 30% Commission When You Fundraise With Stikins ® Name Labels

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Here at Label Planet, we run a commission scheme for schools and PTAs (along with other organisations such as Youth Groups and Activity Groups). Members of our scheme can earn commission on sales of our Stikins ® name labels and Trons ® name transfers placed by customers who are affiliated with a particular school/PTA/organisation.

We are proud to announce that we now offer up to 30% commission to our affiliates.

 

How does it work?
When you register with us, you will be assigned a unique reference number; any order placed where that number is quoted will earn commission for you – whether the order is placed online, by phone, or by post. We keep a running total of the commission you have earned and send out a commission cheque once a year in October. And that’s it!

Following the three “Rs”
REGISTER

RAISE AWARENESS

  • Let people know about the scheme, how it works, and – of course – the number that they need to quote when they order.
  • Remember, we’ve got all sorts of ways to help you raise awareness including:

REQUESTING FREE LEAFLETS: we will send you leaflets to hand out to parents or members, along with labels pre-printed with your unique reference code, to help you make sure that parents or members always have this information to hand.

ADDING A LINK TO YOUR WEBSITE: while our basic rate of commission is 15%, we will boost this to 30% if you add a link from your website to our website.
A web link is extremely easy to set up (see our handy “Linking Your Site To Us” guide) and makes it extremely simple for parents and members to place an order. You can also set up a link that will automatically add your reference number to the order that is placed by following the link – so even if a parent or member forgets to enter your reference number, you will still earn commission on that order. Plus, if you add a link partway through the commission year, we will backdate the higher rate of commission for the entire year – so you’ll get the best possible results for your fundraising efforts.

POSTER/EXAMPLE LETTERS/POWERPOINT: our website now features a “Really Useful Downloads” page, which includes downloads of ALL of the materials that we provide to help our affiliates earn as much commission as they can. This includes a Notice Board Poster to raise awareness, examples of covering letters to send out to parents or members to help drum up support for your fundraising efforts, and a PowerPoint presentation to explain to staff, PTA members, parents, or members how the scheme works.

RECEIVE YOUR COMMISSION

  • In October, we total up the commission you have earned and send you a cheque in the post.
  • You can track your commission throughout the year via our website.

A NOTE TO EXISTING AFFILIATES
Rest assured that we haven’t forgotten about our existing affiliates. For those who are earning commission at our higher rate of commission (currently 25%), you will be automatically updated to the 30% commission rate for this commission year. You are also welcome to take advantage of our brand new materials to help boost your fundraising efforts; simply visit our updated Schools Section to find out what’s available.

Names Fit For A(ny) Princess

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Like much of the British (and World!) media, you may have spent some time this past bank holiday weekend wondering just which names the new Royal Princess might be given.

With the announcement that the chosen names are Charlotte, Elizabeth, and Diana, we thought we’d take a look at the names that have been requested by our customers this year to see how things match up!

So far in 2015 we’ve made name labels for:
– 27 Charlottes
– 18 Elizabeths
– 0 Dianas

So that’s how the Royal baby names stack up – but which names are the most popular with our customers?

Top 20 Names
Olivia
Isabel/Isobel/Isabelle/Isobelle
Emily
Jessica
Hannah
Lucy/Lucie
Grace
Chloe
Megan
Ella
Sophie
Abigail/Abbie/Abby
Holly/Hollie
Charlotte
Lily/Lilly
Ruby
Evie
Milly/Millie
Rebecca
Katie/Katy