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Our blog, 2017 Racer Conference Highlights – Tips for Teams,  is the second part in a blog series highlighting tips from our Racer Conference in Scottsdale which we hosted in January of 2017.   Our nonprofit clients gave some valuable insights about ways to increase duck adoptions through teams.

Racer Conference Highlights – Tips for Teams
  • Create Team Sales Kits.  At your kick-off party, hand out teams sales kits in a reusable bag. In the bag include a sales guide, adoption papers, duck merchandise and t-shirts.
  • Lunch and Learns.  Set up lunch and learn events at larger businesses in your community. Special Olympics Illinois has sold up to 400 ducks in one day during a lunch and learn.  Show a video about your organization and then have your Duck Ambassador speak about why you race ducks.  Have your duck mascot go around the offices and encourage people to get a photo with him
  • Lobby Events.  Set up duck adoption events in the lobbies of large corporate buildings.  Special Olympics Illinois gets businesses to form teams for these duck adoption events.  The teams get competitive and compete for bragging rights.
2017 Racer Conference Highlights - Tips for Teams - Lobby Events
Special Olympics Illinois Duck Adoption Lobby Event
  • Board Member Challenge.   PACE Center for Girls in Manatee, Florida created a fun Celebrity Bartending event at a local restaurant who is a retail partner.  Board members challenged each other for tips.
  • Team Challenge.  Challenge teams to win prizes by posting on social media that between a specific time period, the team with the most online adoptions will win their choice of a gift card.
Other Tips for Teams
  • Duck Buddies.  If you are a Kiwanis Club, you can ask local nonprofits if they would like to become a duck buddy and help sell duck adoptions.  In return, these duck buddies will receive a certain percentage from each duck adopted.
  • Duck Street Teams.  The Austin Boys and Girls Club Foundation encouraged people to sign up for Duck Street Teams.  Street Team volunteers helped post event flyers at local businesses in the community.  As a result of signing up for the Duck Street team, they received a t-shirt, duck swag, and a gift card.
2017 Racer Conference Highlights - Tips for Teams - Duck Street Team
Boys & Girls Club of Austin Duck Street Team Announcement
  • Post Duck Team Party.  Consider having a party after your duck race where you recognize the top sales people with gift cards.
  • Retired people Make Great Salespeople.  The Olympic Medical Center Foundation in Port Angeles, WA has discovered that people who have recently retired make great sales people and retirees have many friends they can sell duck adoptions to!

We will have future blogs featuring highlights from our racer conference in January of 2017.  Keep checking back to our blog for future highlights.

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