Archive for May, 2016

Have You Put Name Labels On Your Summer Planning List Yet?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

With summer due to roll around in a few weeks, you might find that your mind is drifting ahead and making plans for your summer holidays (unless, of course, you’re among the super organised and you’ve already got your plans and lists sorted!).

Whether you’re planning an exotic trip abroad, a “staycation” at home, or just getting out and about for some fun filled days, name labels are an excellent addition to your summer holiday list. Our Stikins ® are multipurpose name labels that can be used to label pretty much anything from clothing and shoes to bags and cases (and everything that you’re planning to throw in for your trip), which makes them a perfect little helper for making sure that everybody’s stuff makes it safely to your holiday destination of choice AND back again.

You can make sure that everyone has everything they need to make the most of your trip (or trips) without the risk of losing things along the way. Plus, we’ve also taken steps to make sure that our name labels remain unaffected by exposure to sun creams and lotions, which means that they’ll remain perfectly in place even if you’re planning to get active in the summer sun!

If you’re using your name labels to label things for the whole family you could buy a pack of labels for each person (and make the most of our 10% discount on orders of four or more packs) OR you could purchase labels with just your surname on and share them out amongst everyone – if you are buying labels for stuff that is going to be taken out and about, it’s also a good idea to add a contact number so that they are easier to return if you lose them in a public place.

Visit the Stikins ® information page to find out more about our name labels or visit our Stikins ® product page to buy yours now!

Schools – Beat The Summer Rush & Request Your Parent Leaflets Now!

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

With the summer term rushing by, schools will be heaving with end of year activities and many will be looking forward to the summer holidays with glee.

While it might be tempting to put off thoughts of the approach of September and a whole new academic year, it’s the perfect time to put in a bit of forward planning to make the most of the summer name label rush and take advantage of the “Back-To-School” opportunity.

Summer is our busiest time of the year as parents stock up on name labels in preparation for the new school year; schools who have joined our commission scheme can improve the amount of commission they earn this year by ensuring that parents know about our name labels AND the fundraising number they need to quote when they order. Of course, that means that you need to make parents aware of the scheme NOW – before you break up for summer.

We provide parent leaflets to our school and PTA partners to help them inform parents about the Stikins ® commission scheme completely free of charge; all you have to do is let us know how many you need. Schools can request leaflets for their new intake only or request enough to hand out to the entire school. Handing out these leaflets at the end of term is a quick and easy way to make sure parents have the information they need to hand when they come to place their orders over the summer break (and provide a reminder of the Fundraising Number they need to quote).

To request your leaflets, simply fill in our online School Request Form or contact our Customer Service Team.

Schools – Reasons To Be Cheerful (& Join The Stikins ® Fundraising Scheme)

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Fundraising is an important activity for schools and PTAs and we know that most schools and PTAs are already juggling a multitude of different schemes and projects – which doesn’t leave much time and/or money to spend researching and implementing new fundraising opportunities.

Which is why we’ve designed our commission scheme to be as simple as possible to register and participate.

In fact, we do most of the work on your behalf; all you need to do is decide how much time you want to spend promoting the scheme to parents. Our scheme is completely free to join and run and our one step registration process gives you access to fundraising that will run all year round – leaving you free to spend time on other projects.

What you need to do:

  • Decide To Join!
    If you’re not sure if our commission scheme is right for you, we’ve put together an information pack that explains exactly how it all works (along with a few samples for you to take a look at). We’ve created a Fundraising Guide and PowerPoint Presentation for you to use if you need to present this fundraising opportunity to (and get the approval of) a school board or PTA group. You can also get in touch with our Customer Service Team if you have any questions or queries about how it works.
  • Register!
    Simply fill in our one-step Registration Form and we will allocate your school or PTA with a unique fundraising number.
  • Let Parents Know!
    You will earn commission on all orders we receive where your fundraising number is quoted so all you need to do is make sure that parents know the right number to quote when they order.It’s up to you how much time and resources you put into this BUT we do offer a number of (completely free) resources to help you get started:

    REQUEST PARENT LEAFLETS: these leaflets are a quick and simple way to let parents know about name labels AND the fundraising opportunity they provide AND give them the all-important fundraising number they need to use.

    Simply get in touch or fill in our Request Leaflets Form online to request as many leaflets as you need.

    WRITE A LETTER TO PARENTS: you may also wish to send out a letter (or email) to let parents know about how the scheme works, about how useful name labels can be in fighting the problem of Lost Property, and/or to let them know about the projects that will be supported by the commission they help to generate.

    We have example letters on our website written by existing members of our commission scheme, which you can use as a starting point or guide for creating your own.

    ADD A LINK ON YOUR WEBSITE: adding a link on your school or PTA website is a great way to make parents aware of name labels and the chance to earn commission for the school AND make it even easier for parents to place an order. They simply follow the link directly from your site to ours and it is possible to set up a link that will automatically add your fundraising number to the orders that parents place by following the link – so you’ll always earn commission on those orders even if parents forget to enter the number themselves. We have a guide to adding this link on our “Linking Your Site To Us” page along with a form you can use to let us know that you’ve added your link.
    When you add a link to your website, we also DOUBLE THE COMMISSION RATE you earn from 15% to 30%!

What we do:

  • Assign You A Fundraising Number
    Once you’ve filled in our Registration Form, we’ll get you set up on our system and send you your Fundraising Number.
  • Process Orders & Provide Customer Service
    Parents place their orders directly with us and we handle everything to do with processing and despatching orders and providing customer support and service as required.
  • Provide Free Resources To Help You Boost The Amount Of Commission You Earn
    We’ve created a range of free resources to help you promote this fundraising scheme to parents, which can be found on our “Really Useful Downloads” page. You can also use our “School Request” page to request Parent Leaflets or to take advantage of our Stikins ® Sample Offer (available in May & June only).
  • Track Your Commission Earnings Throughout The Commission Year
    We keep track of all the orders received where your Fundraising Number has been quoted; we also provide a Tracking Service so you can keep an eye on how much commission you’ve earned so far.
  • Send Out A Commission Cheque In October
    Our commission year runs from 1st October to 30th September and we send out cheques once a year in October.

You can find all of our fundraising information and resources by visiting our site, clicking on the purple “Fundraising” button on the left hand side and selecting the links you need.

Stikins ® Name Labels – A Helpful Extra For Nursing Homes & Residential Care Homes

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Moving into a nursing or residential care home can be a stressful time for both the individual who is moving and the friends and family members around them; plus, with more and more people needing the help and care provided by these facilities, members of staff are under increasing time constraints to ensure that all of their charges receive the attention they require.

All of this means that there are more people and more belongings than ever before using the same shared facilities (e.g. kitchens and laundries) and same shared spaces (e.g. gardens and communal activity rooms), which means that the possibility of belongings going missing or getting mixed up has also increased.

The possessions that residents take with them are often of significant value to them and any mix up or loss of personal belongings will result both in significant distress for the individual (and their friends and family) and in members of staff losing precious time trying to track down items that have gone missing or sorting out mixed up items.

A simple solution is to label the items that each resident takes with them and Stikins ® are one of the quickest and easiest name labelling solutions available. These labels simply stick on and stay on, which means they can be applied by staff, friends and relatives, or residents themselves, and make it extremely quick and simple for items to be returned to their rightful owner.

Stikins ® can be used to label fabric items such as clothing, bedding, and linens (where they should be applied to the wash-care label), shoes and slippers (where they should be applied beneath the tongue or onto the side wall), containers for food and drink or medical supplies, and any personal belongings that a resident has with them.

Orders can be placed online via our website, by phone, or by post; we are happy to accept individual orders (whether these are placed by residents themselves or by friends and family acting on their behalf) or group orders (placed by a nursing or residential care home on behalf of their residents). Care facilities can contact our Customer Service Team by phone or email to request a 10% when they order from us directly. For more information about our Stikins ® name labels, please visit our Stikins ® information page.

We know that moving into a nursing or residential care home is often a situation that arises with little to no warning and can be a highly stressful process for all those involved; if you need to receive your name labels quickly, please contact our Customer Service Team by phone and we will ensure that your order is made and despatched the same day (providing we receive the order before 4pm). We can also offer a guaranteed next day delivery service for £5.75 if you wish to add this option to your order.

School FAQ – The Whys & Hows Of Adding A Link To Your Website

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

As part of our commission scheme, we offer schools the opportunity to boost their rate of commission to 30% simply by adding a link on the school or PTA website to our website – www.stikins.co.uk.

These links produce a variety of benefits for our school and PTA partners, so we thought it was high time we wrote an FAQ special all about why and how to add this link.

WHY SHOULD WE ADD A LINK?
These links benefit both the school/PTA and parents who need to order name labels for their children’s belongings.

In addition to doubling your commission rate, adding a link to your website makes it extremely quick and easy for parents to order name labels. They don’t need to search for or navigate to our website themselves – they simply visit our site directly from yours – which will boost the number of parents who order name labels in this way.

More parents ordering will increase the amount of commission you earn AND has the added benefit of increasing the numbers of pupils who have their belongings labelled, which will benefit the school by reducing the amount of lost property you have to deal with.

You can also increase the likelihood of parents ordering name labels by thinking carefully about where on your site you add a link. For example, if your website has a school uniform page then parents will be more likely to buy name labels because they are ordering new items of school uniform (and don’t fancy having to replace them in a few weeks because they’ve gone missing) OR, if you have your link on a PTA fundraising page, parents may be more likely to place an order because they know about the projects that they will be helping to support.

Another benefit is the fact that you can create a link that will AUTOMATICALLY add your fundraising number to the order that parents place using your link; this means that even if a parent completely forgets about adding the number or simply can’t remember what the right number is, the order will still count towards your commission total.

HOW DO WE ADD A LINK?
Adding a link to the school or PTA website is something that your webmaster will be able to do quickly and simply. However, we like to make sure that our commission scheme really is as simple as possible to run, which is why we’ve created a page on our site called “Linking Your Site To Us” to explain exactly how you can add a link to your website.

There are two types of links that you can choose to add:
Banner Links: this kind of link is an image that parents click on to visit our site.
We have included a Code Generator on our site to create the HTML code required to add this to your site – all you need to do is enter your School Fundraising Number and select the type of image you prefer (we offer four different sizes so you can choose one that will fit neatly onto your site); this code can then be copied and pasted to add the banner link to the page (or pages) of your choice.

Text Links: this kind of link is a line of text embedded with a hyperlink that parents click on to visit our site.
The hyperlink text takes the following form: https://www.stikins.co.uk/?PARTNER=12345 (where the 12345 is replaced with your unique fundraising number).

Both of these types of links will automatically add your fundraising number to the order placed when a parent uses your link to reach our website.

HOW DO WE CLAIM OUR 30% COMMISSION?
Simply fill in the form at the bottom of our “Linking Your Site To Us” page!

We will verify that your link is up and working correctly and then update your rate of commission from 15% to 30%. We’ll also backdate this higher rate of commission so ALL orders placed quoting your fundraising number during the current commission year (even if you add your link right before the commission year is due to end) will earn the top rate of commission.

During May and June this year, you’ll also be able to request free samples of our Stikins ® name labels for your ENTIRE school if you have a link on your school or PTA website.

To get started with adding a link to your site simply visit our “Linking Your Site To Us” page; if you have any questions about adding a link or if you have any issues adding your link, please contact our Customer Service Team for help.

Schools – Find Out More About Fundraising With Stikins ® In Our Fundraising Guide

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

If your school or PTA isn’t sure about whether or not our fundraising scheme is the right opportunity for them, we highly recommend taking a look through our Fundraising Guide.

Last year, we spent some time researching and reviewing the results that our existing school partners were getting from their participation in our commission scheme and we used our findings to put together a Fundraising Guide to help newcomers understand exactly how easy it is to take part.

We’ve recently revised our Fundraising Guide to bring it bang up to date for 2016 and it’s a great resource to find out exactly how our scheme works and how it can benefit your school and/or PTA. The guide features information about how our commission scheme works, about our name label products, and tips and advice for getting the best possible results from your participation.

  1. Quick Overview: a brief outline of who we are and the fundraising opportunity that we offer.
  2. Reasons To Be Cheerful: a shortlist of the benefits of joining our commission scheme.
  3. Getting Started: the THREE steps you need to follow to get registered, along with information about how we will keep you up to date on the commission you have earned and how/when you will receive your commission.
  4. Letting People In School Know: we’ve found that our more successful partners tend to be those who have gotten everyone on board; we’ve put together some information about our scheme for all of those involved (including Head Teachers, PTA Members, and Teachers).
  5. Product Information: this section gives you information about our name labels including what they look like, how they work, pack and pricing information, despatch and delivery information, ordering details, and the contents sent out with each order.
  6. Commission Booster Plan: a large part of our investigation last year was to find out why (and how) some schools were achieving higher commission totals than others. We’ve taken the experiences of our existing partners and used them to create a selection of helpful tips to help new and existing members of our commission scheme get the very best results from their fundraising efforts including; “6 Small Things That Make A Huge Difference”, how to take advantage of the “Back-To-School Opportunity”, and our top tips for “Avoiding Catastrophic Failure!”.
  7. Useful Links and Contacts: we’ve put together a special “Fundraising” section on our website, which contains all of our information and resources for schools and PTAs who want to join our commission scheme. We’re also happy to talk to schools and PTAs to discuss any questions or queries they may have about joining and participating in our commission scheme.

You can find our Fundraising Guide online on our Really Useful Downloads page. Alternatively, visit our School Requests page or contact our customer service team to request a Fundraising Information Pack; each pack contains a copy of our Fundraising Guide along with samples of our name labels, parent leaflets, and A4 posters.

It’s Now Even EASIER To Register Your School & Request Helpful Extras To Fundraise With Stikins ®

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

We’ve always aimed to provide products and services that make life easier – for parents AND school staff members alike.

Our name labels are designed to be as quick and easy to use as possible so parents can get on with the more important (and fun) things in life, while our fundraising scheme is designed to be as simple and fuss-free as possible so school staff and PTA members can raise money for the school without needing to give up a whole chunk of their precious time and resources.

With this aim in mind, we’ve implemented a few small changes to the Schools Section of our website to make it easier for schools and PTAs to find and/or request the resources they need.

Our Schools Section is now simply called “Fundraising”; all of our information and free resources for schools and PTAs can be found here. Simply click on the purple “Fundraising” button on the left hand side of our site and choose from the links in the drop down list.

We’ve also simplified the way schools and PTAs request information and resources (and register) on our website. We’ve set up one easy-to-use “Requests Form”, which schools and PTAs can use to do ANY of the following:

  • Request Fundraising Information
    To find out more about our fundraising scheme and our name labels, you can use this option to request a Fundraising Information Pack to help you decide if you would like to join. The pack contains a copy of our Fundraising Guide (containing information about our products, how the scheme works, and our “Commission Booster Plan” full of tips and advice) along with samples of our name labels, parent leaflets, and A4 posters.
  • Register Our School / PTA
    Use this option to join our commission scheme and receive the all-important unique fundraising number that parents will use to earn commission for your school and/or PTA each time they order name labels from us.
  • Request Parent Leaflets
    We provide our fundraising partners with parent leaflets completely free of charge; these leaflets are a simple way to make parents aware of name labels as a useful tool to reduce lost property and raise money for the school. You can request leaflets for a single class only (e.g. new intake), ask for a few spares to keep in the office or school shop, or request enough leaflets for the entire school.
  • Request Free Samples
    During May and June, we are offering schools the chance to request free printed samples of our Stikins ® name labels to hand out to the new intake in preparation for the new school year. We’ve found that parents are much more likely to actually use name labels when they are able to see for themselves how easy they are to use and how well they work.

We’re also happy to talk directly to schools and PTAs to discuss any questions or queries you might have; simply contact our Customer Service Team by phone or by email and we’ll do our best to help.

Thank You (For All Your Lovely Reviews)

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

At Label Planet, we do our best to make sure our customers have the best possible experience when they order and use our name label products.

We believe that a big part of doing so is taking the time to get feedback from our customers, which is why we give each of our customers the opportunity to leave us a review – and let us know what they like (or dislike) and how well (or not) they’re getting along with our products.

And our customers haven’t let us down!

We’d like to say a big thank to all of the customers who have taken the time to write us a review – we currently have over 2500 merchant reviews and over 1100 product reviews (giving us a grand total of over 3600 reviews!).

 

We know that our customers – using our name labels every single day – are the best people to ask when it comes to figuring out what we’re doing well and what could be improved, which is why we use the feedback in these reviews to evaluate and update our products and services where possible.

We also know that reviews are really helpful when it comes to choosing between products – especially if there are lots of different options available. There are many different types of name label available online and we believe that it’s really useful to hear from other people who have used our products for themselves to help new customers decide if they want to give our products a try.

You can find all of our merchant reviews by clicking on the red “Reviews” buttons on the left and right hand sides of our website. For product reviews, simply visit either our Stikins ® product page or our Trons ® product page for reviews of our name labels and name transfers.

Presenting The Return Of Our Free Name Label Sample Offer For The New Intake Of 2016

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

We’ve had great feedback from schools who’ve found that parents are much more enthusiastic about using name labels once they’ve been able to see and try them for themselves – which benefits the school by both increasing the amount of school uniform and equipment that is securely labelled (reducing the amount of Lost Property that they have to deal with) AND increasing the amount of commission they receive.

This year, we will be producing free samples for schools during May and June in preparation for the new intake who will be arriving in September.

You can request your free samples either by filling in our new online Request Form or sending us an email.

Simply provide us with your school details along with the names of your new intake (we recommend sending an Excel spreadsheet with the first names in the first column and the surnames in the second column) and we will get your samples printed, packed, and delivered to the school directly.

Each pupil will receive FIVE Stikins ® labels printed with their name and individually packed with a set of Instructions For Use and a parent leaflet with information about how to place an order.

If you are an existing member of our commission scheme and have a link set up on your school or PTA website to our website then you can choose to request free samples for the entire school; simply include all of the names in your spreadsheet and we will produce free Stikins ® samples for all of your pupils – if you include class groups in your spreadsheet, we will pack your samples by classes so they’re easier to hand out. 

The spreadsheet of names will be used only for the purposes of personalising the samples and will be completely deleted from our system as soon as the samples have been printed and packed.

If you have any problems with requesting personalised samples due to your school’s data privacy policy, we are more than happy to send out generic samples that are printed with the school name or class names only.

If you wish, you can handout your samples with a covering letter from the school, explaining a bit more about the benefits of using name labels, how these name labels can raise money for the school, and perhaps even a bit of detail about the specific projects that will be supported by the commission you earn (to raise awareness of and support for these projects to help you reach your targets that much faster!). We have a number of example letters on our website, which you can use as a starting point or guide for your own letter.

To request your free samples, simply visit the Fundraising Section of our website and select the “School Request” page.