Bling Your Booth is officially HERE for 2018 and we’re ready to see your booths based on the theme “Cookie Pros SHINE!” We’ve pulled together some awesome tips from TWO TIME Grand Champion Bling Your Booth experts, Troop 484 from Chillicothe, MO! They’ve shared some awesome tips to help YOUR troop have the brightest, blingiest booth around!
When it comes to Bling Your Booth, Troop 484 has it down. Amanda Hall, troop leader for 484 said the biggest focus for their winning booths have always been 1. Girl-led design and 2. Market to friends and family. Combine that with troop creativity and you have a serious recipe for success. Here’s our list of top tips to make your booth stand out!
- Be Girl-led
“Focus on being girl-led in choosing a theme and building the booth with adult guidance when needed. It’s ok to fail and learn from it!” Amanda says. By letting girls pick the theme you’re helping them grow AND they’ll have a greater passion for what they’re creating.
“Market your booth via social media and at your booth for future booth locations,” Amanda says. By spreading awareness, people know when and where to go to support your girls. You never know what co-worker may want to stop by! Giving out a schedule of booths and locations can help people plan to grab some cookies and support your little CEO’s on a drive home from work.
- Keep it Simple and about the cookies.
“Try using $4 a box or 5 for $20. It works. The wording sounds like you’re getting a deal, when in reality the girls are up-selling the product!” This little tactic is used by a lot of troops, and really makes a difference for the sales. People are used to hearing similar offers in stores, so they think it’s a deal, when really, it’s just bundling.
This is sales training 101 and one of the best parts of the Cookie Program. By teaching girls sales strategies that include kindness and respect early on, you’re preparing them for future interviews, school presentations and careers. It’s not just about selling. This etiquette training includes “always being kind to customer, but also to the business you are partnering with. Always say thank you,” Amanda says. Teaching girls to build relationships and show appreciation will help them sell themselves in the future.
- Let Girls Sell
“Train your Girl Scouts on selling etiquette and remember it’s about the girls selling, not the leaders.” Customers LOVE to see girls using those skills and they’re always patient as a girl builds her confidence. The girls that thrive the most in the Cookie Program are the ones who learn to sell to strangers. Let the girls take the lead!
- Be Thankful!
“Be thankful for your co-leaders and volunteers! Their time is valuable!” By showing your appreciation to the adults who are helping, everyone involved is happier and customers can feel that. Have a mom who helped with power tools to build the booth? Show her some appreciation! What about the dad who helped organize your cookie orders? Give him a round of applause! Working together, volunteers and leaders can make this the BEST Cookie Program possible for their girls!
Now that you’ve gotten the inside scoop on awesome booths, go out and let your girls design! We can’t wait to see our 2018 Bling Your Booth entries! Week 2 entries can begin to be submitted on Feb. 23rd (booth sales from Feb 19-25) through 11:59p on Feb. 26, 2018, so get those photos in!! You can go vote for the Week 1 entries now by visiting our Facebook Page and clicking the “Bling Your Booth” tab on the left side bar. See you there!