Posts Tagged ‘Extras’

Fun Facts & Truly Scrumptious Names For National Picnic Week

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Today marks the beginning of National Picnic Week, which aims to get us all out and about in the great outdoors with family, friends, and a good old pic-a-nic basket!

Picnics are a really easy way to organise a fun day out that won’t cost you the earth – all you need is food, fun extras to keep you and the kids amused, friends and family, and a picnic-friendly venue to set up camp. There are plenty of ways to keep everyone entertained from taking along a football or Frisbee, arming yourself with a good book or puzzle book, or even downloading a few apps full of fun games to keep you all amused.


Picnics – FUN FACTS
The concept of a “picnic” has varied hugely over time and has previously referred to medieval hunting feasts, country banquets, Victorian garden parties, and even indoor social gatherings or dinner parties at which every guest brought their own contribution to the meal.

According to the National Picnic Week website, each of us will attend at least three picnics a year (which means that the UK sees around 94 million picnics per year) and the average family will spend £26 on a picnic (meaning that we collectively spend around £2,479,720,000 on picnics each year).

While picnics can be arranged in all sorts of shapes and sizes from intimate meals for two to large family gatherings, there have been some truly impressively picnics that have managed to pick up World Records along the way, including:

The Longest Picnic Table – 322.42 metres long (2nd April 2017 / Réunion)
The Longest Picnic Line – 2,277 metres long (15th July 2012 / Canada)
The Largest Picnic – 22,232 people (20th June 2009 / Portugal)
The Largest Picnic Blanket – 1,760 square metres (April 2008 / Woven In Wales & Laid Out In South Africa)


Picnics – TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS NAMES
We’ve had a quick rummage around in our basket of previous orders to see if we could find any suitably sweet names to match our picnic theme and found Téa, Clementine, Honey, Cherry, Berry, and Candy.

Admittedly, this probably isn’t the healthiest selection for a real life picnic but we also found a whole selection of names meaning “sweet” that provide a subtler addition to our picnic theme: Anush, Dulcie, Esti, Madhu (Madhur/Madhuri), Miela, Pamela, Pollux, and Shirin.


Hopefully, you’ll have time this summer to indulge in a relaxing picnic (or two) and remember, if you need to get any food containers or drinks bottles labelled, you can always use Stikins ® name labels to make sure that everybody’s stuff is clearly and securely labelled (so at least you know there won’t be any arguments about which water bottle belongs to whom when you’re trying to pull off a peaceful family picnic).

Stikins ® name labels can be used to label all kinds of personal items; simply make sure that your item is clean and dry, then peel one of your name labels off its backing sheet and apply it directly onto the item. Use your thumb to smooth the label down to make sure that the adhesive fully bonds with the surface.

If you are labelling clothing or fabric items, you should apply your name labels to the wash-care label. In shoes, we recommend that you stick your name labels onto the side wall or beneath the tongue – if you apply Stikins ® to the floor of the shoe, the print will disintegrate over time due to the friction generated between it and the heel.

Visit our website today to Find Out More about Stikins ® name labels or to Place An Order.

Schools – Have You Requested Your Free Samples Yet?

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Once again, we’re offering schools and PTAs the chance to boost their fundraising totals by requesting free printed samples of our Stikins ® name labels to hand out to parents. In the past, we’ve found that these samples are a really effective way to get more parents to actually buy and use name labels on their children’s school uniform and equipment – which will both reduce the amount of lost property that your school has to deal with and boost the amount of commission that you earn through the Stikins ® fundraising scheme.

This year, we’re offering free samples to schools in May, June, and September – which means that there are only a few weeks left to request your samples before the summer break.

All you need to do is to request your samples (by emailing us or by filling in our online Request Form) and send us an Excel spreadsheet containing the names you need printing (with the first names in the first column and the surnames in the second column).

If your school has data protection guidelines in place that prevent you from sending full names you can also request samples printed with class names, initials, or just first names or initials and surnames. We only use the spreadsheet of names for the purpose of printing your samples; once your samples have been printed, the spreadsheet is completely deleted from our system.

We pack each sample individually with its own set of instructions and information leaflet. You can request samples for your new intake (who will be starting in September) OR – if you have added a link to your school or PTA website – you can request free samples for the whole school (this offer is available once per school but you can request samples for new intake each year).

Many schools like to send out welcome packs to new starters with information about the school and school uniform requirements, which provides an excellent way to introduce Stikins ® name labels to parents.

Visit our website to Find Out More about our fundraising scheme or to request your Free Samples (and to register if you haven’t already!).

Happy Limerick Day (There Once Was A Label Called Stikins…)

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Today is National Limerick Day; a day for encouraging people to read (and write their own) limericks.

Limericks are short five-line poems that are generally designed to be funny (although many are also rude). They’ve been around since the early 18th century but were popularised in the 19th century by the English artist, illustrator, musician, author, AND poet Edward Lear – known best as the author of the nonsense poem “The Owl and the Pussycat”.

The Owl and The Pussycat – illustration by Edward Lear            (via Wikimedia Commons)

In fact, the 12th May was chosen as Limerick Day because it is Lear’s birthday (which means today is also The Owl & The Pussycat Day!); Lear wrote over 200 limericks, which tended to be more nonsensical than humorous (or rude) but nevertheless played an important role in popularising the limerick form.

So, why not celebrate Limerick Day by writing your own limerick? Here at Label Planet, we’ve had a go and came up with the following (we apologise wholeheartedly in advance…):

The Stikins ® Limerick
All parents know this to be true;
Their kids will lose anything new
But use a name label
And they will be able
To keep their stuff safe all year through!

(As we said – we’re really, really sorry!)


For something that we’re much, much better at, why not visit stikins.co.uk to take a look at our superb stick on name labels; these easy to use, multipurpose name labels are designed to simply stick on and stay on – with no ironing and no sewing required – leaving busy parents time to get on with the more important things in life!

Free Easy Fundraising With Stikins Name Labels From Label Planet

Friday, October 21st, 2016

We’ve reached that time of year once more where we start pulling together our records to set up this year’s batch of commission cheques to send out to our existing fundraising partners.

If you aren’t already a member of our fundraising scheme, you might be curious about how our scheme works and how it benefits schools and PTAs – which makes this the ideal blog post for you!

EASY Fundraising
Here’s how it works:
1) You REGISTER with us by filling in our one-step registration form online or calling our Customer Service Team.
2) We allocate a unique FUNDRAISING NUMBER to your school or PTA (or nursery or sports club or group etc).
3) Any order we receive where that fundraising number is quoted will count towards your commission total and we will keep track of your commission earnings and send out a commission cheque once a year in October.

And that’s it! You don’t need to re-register every year and you don’t need to set aside time and resources to participate. It’s entirely up to you how much time and effort you put into the scheme – if you like, you can simply register and then forget all about it, although this won’t result in a very big cheque at the end of the commission year. As with everything, the more you put in, the more you get out – which is why we’ve put together a Fundraising Guide and Booster Plan to provide you with a simple list of small, quick, and free things that you can do to make a big difference to your commission total.

FREE Fundraising
There is no fee to join our commission scheme and no ongoing costs to participate. We provide all of our partners with a variety of completely FREE resources that can be used to let parents know about the scheme (and the fundraising number they need to quote) to help them boost the amount of commission they earn, including:

  • Free Fundraising Pack (includes samples of our labels & leaflets and a copy of our Fundraising Guide & Booster Plan)
  • Free Parent Leaflets
  • Free Poster
  • Example Letters To Parents
  • Free Samples For Your Pupils/Members (May, June, & September only)

EFFECTIVE Fundraising
All you have to do is make sure that parents know how to order (and what fundraising number to quote) to earn up to 30% commission – the highest name labels commission rate in the UK. We handle everything else – from processing and despatching orders to keeping track of and paying out your commission each year. Our scheme gives you access to fundraising that just works; parents can order from us anytime all year round and your commission will automatically accrue over the commission year. You may even find yourself with some extra time and resources on your hands as more students arrive on school property with their belongings clearly and securely labelled – reducing the mountain of Lost Property that you have to handle.

If you would like to find out more our commission scheme, please click on the purple “Fundraising” button on our website to take a look through all of our Fundraising pages and resources. To register, click on the “Fundraising” button and select “School Requests” to use our online registration form OR contact our Customer Service Team to register by phone. 

Schools – Give Your Fundraising Efforts A Boost With Our Commission Booster Plan

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Tomorrow is the last day of our current commission year, which means that in the next few weeks our fundraising partners will receive their commission cheques to add to their ongoing fundraising projects. If you are one of these schools or PTAs and you decide that you’d like to see if you can beat this year’s earnings next year then we highly recommend taking a look at our Commission Booster Plan.

This Booster Plan is based on feedback from our existing fundraising partners, our experience of running a commission scheme (which has been going now for over 12 years), and from our own research into how well (or not) our partners have done after joining our scheme.

We’ve aimed to create a fundraising scheme that gives schools and PTAs a really easy way to support their fundraising projects with minimal time and effort required to run the scheme; our Booster Plan provides schools with a few simple (and completely free) ways that they can quickly and easily promote awareness of the scheme and boost the amount of commission that they receive.

6 Small Things That Make A Huge Difference:

  1. Schools/PTAs with an individual who is willing to spend a little time promoting the scheme to parents often find that a little passion goes a long way and inspires a much better response from parents – and helps to keep your Fundraising Efforts that extra bit more organised!
  2. Add one of our posters to your PTA or school noticeboard as a reminder to parents; they can take a photo of the poster on their phone, which means they’ll have all the information they need to place an order (along with your fundraising number) whenever they decide they need some name labels.
  3. Put a link to our site on your school or PTA website; this makes it quick and easy for parents to reach our site (which makes it more likely that they’ll take the time to order) AND you can create a link that will automatically fill in your fundraising number on any order placed by following that link (so if parents forget to do it, their order will still count towards your commission total – you’ll also qualify for our higher rate of commission at 30%).
    You may also want to use this link to promote the benefits of ordering name labels to parents; for example, they will be raising money for the school AND buying a product that will help to prevent them (and you) from having to deal with the problem of lost property.
  4. Send parent leaflets home with a covering letter from the school or PTA – again, you can use this letter to promote ALL of the benefits of buying and using name labels, perhaps with some additional details about the projects that will be supported by the commission you earn from our fundraising scheme.
    Alternatively, you may wish to send out an email or text message to let parents know about the scheme.
  5. Rally support amongst the school and PTA; we have a PowerPoint presentation on our website that you can use to explain to interested parties how the scheme works.
  6. Organise your fundraising efforts by making a check list of what you are going to do to promote the scheme along with a note of what needs doing when and by whom.

You can also visit our website to take advantage of our free “helpful extras”, which include the following:

  • Free parent leaflets & labels to distribute to parents so that they know how to order and what fundraising number they need to use.
  • Free poster for your PTA or office notice board.
  • Free Stikins ® name labels as prizes for events such as Christmas or Summer fairs.
  • Free Fundraising Guide with tips and advice for getting the most out of our fundraising scheme.
  • Free example parent letters (or emails) to boost the numbers of parents who order name labels.
  • A fundraising portal on our site that allows you to keep track of how much commission you’ve earned so far.
  • The opportunity to double your commission from 15% to 30% simply by adding a link to your school or PTA website.

You can find all of these resources on our website, by clicking on the purple “Fundraising” button on the left hand side and selecting from the “School Requests”, “Really Useful Downloads”, “Linking Your Site To Us”, and “School Login” links. Alternatively, simply Get In Touch and our Customer Service Team will be happy to help!

Helpful Extras Available From The Stikins ® & Trons ® Website

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

As well as placing an order online, you can also visit our website for a whole heap of helpful extras to help you get the most out of your Stikins ® name labels and Trons ® name transfers.

Stikins ® Information & Trons ® Information
These information pages give you a more detailed insight into what our name label products are like and how they work. If you haven’t tried our name labels before, or if you would like to know what makes our labels different from the rest, these pages are a good place to start.

PARENT INFORMATION
Instructions For Use
Each set of name labels and name transfers that we despatch will be packed with its own set of Instructions For Use; however, if you would like to have an extra set to hand for “just in case” purposes, you can download a copy from our Instructions For Use page.

Parent Leaflets
These leaflets provide a little bit of information about us, our name labels, and how to order, along with an order form on the reverse side if you would like to make an order by post. While every order will include a parent leaflet, you can always download a copy if yours goes missing or if you would like to give a copy to friends or family – or even if you want to let your child’s school know about our labels (and our fundraising scheme that allows schools to raise money from sales of name labels).

Parent FAQs
Over the years, we’ve found that a few key questions tend to crop up again and again, so we’ve taken these questions (and their answers) and put them together to form our Frequently Asked Questions page; if you have a simple question or query about our products or placing an order with us, you’re more than likely to find the answer on this page.

Print Examples
Most parents are used to the idea of “sew-in” labels, which feature one line of text and are cut to the size of the name or information that has been requested. Our labels, however, are one size only (Stikins ® measure 30mm wide by 15mm high / Trons ® measure 35mm wide by 15mm high) and it is the font size that decreases to allow all of the requested characters to fit onto each label.

To help you visualise the font size that will be created by different amounts of text, we have created a page of print examples with different lengths of text arranged over our 1 Line or 2 Line layouts.

Blog
Obviously, if you’re reading this blog post you already know that we run a blog! Each week we add new posts full of hints and tips to help you order and use your name labels as effectively and efficiently as possible!

Reviews
For the majority of people ordering online, having the chance to read reviews from existing customers is a really important part of the buying process. You can find out what experiences other people have had and make a more informed decision about the items that you order; you can view general reviews about us by clicking on the red “Reviews” buttons on the left and right hand sides of our site OR find product specific reviews by scrolling to the bottom of our Stikins ® and Trons ® product pages.

Contact Us
Finally, you can also use our site to find ALL of our contact information so if you do need to get in touch with us for any reason at all you can do so in a way that is most convenient for you. Whether you want to send us an email, give us a call, or even send us a letter, all of the details you need are on this page.

To take a look through our helpful extras for yourself, simply visit our website! Alternatively, if you find you have a question or query that isn’t answered on our site or if you would like to discuss an order, get in touch with our friendly Customer Service Team who will be happy to help!

Schools – Have You Requested Your Free Stikins ® Samples Yet?

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

This year, we’re offering schools the chance to receive five free Stikins ® samples for their new intake, with schools who have added a link to their website being eligible to request free samples for the ENTIRE school AND their new intake.

This offer is only available during May and June so time is running out to request your free samples (if you haven’t already done so). Don’t worry if you don’t think you have time – it’s extremely quick and simple to request your samples and we get them printed and packed individually so they’re really easy to distribute quickly before the end of term.

You can request your samples by filling in our simple Online School Request Form or by getting in touch with our Customer Service Team. Simply let us know that you want to request your free samples and then send us an Excel spreadsheet with the names you need printing (please enter the first names in the first column and the surnames in the second column; if you are requesting samples for the whole school you can add the class or year groups in a third column and we’ll make sure your labels are packed into these groups for you).

We will only use this list for the purpose of printing your samples; as soon as your labels have been printed, the list will be completely deleted from our systems.

If your school is unable to release pupils’ names due to your school’s data or privacy policy, simply let us know how many samples you need and we’ll create a set of free samples that are printed with the school name only.

Sending out these samples is a wonderfully easy way to show parents exactly how easy it is to get into the habit of using name labels and how well they work when it comes to making sure that all of their children’s belongings make it home safe and sound – which reduces the amount of time and resources you have to waste on Lost Property and allows parents to avoid having to pay to replace items that are probably only a few months (or days!) old.

To request your free sample, please visit our School Request page or contact our Customer Service Team by phone or email. 

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.

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.