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Old September 25, 2006, 02:08 AM
Don Alm
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Default Re: Placemat Advertising Any Advice?

I started my "Ad Carreer" with Mats many yars ago.

A quick review;

1) Make up some Sample Mats. You should have picked some up from the restaurants you saw them in. Or, make some from memory using some local business cards. Go up to and take a look at how these are laid out.

2) Go to a locally-owned "family" restaurant...preferably a busy one. Show the owner your Sample Mats...ask him if he'd let you provide 10 or 20,000 for freebies.

3) Ask the owner to give you a list of his SUPPLIERS;
(his Insurance Agent, Heating & Air guy, lawn mower service, attorney, roofer, carpet cleaner, pest control service...etc)
Ask him to give you a list of his REGULAR CUSTOMERS who own businesses.
(You should sit down over coffee and go down a pre-made List with him, to Jog his memory)

4) Call these people and make appt to SEE THEM;
"You are working with _____Owner of Rest on a new project and _____Owner of Rest thought YOU might like to see it. It's too hard to explain on the phone...however...if you have a few minutes this afternoon or tomorrow morn...I can stop by and show you what WE are doing!"
(You CAN'T sell anything on the don't try)

5) Make up a "Rate Sheet" to show your appointments. Go for $270 for 10,000 or $390 for 20,000. You should be able to fit 16 Ads around the edges. Ask for 1/2 down and balance on Proof.

Mats should cost $25 per M in 2 colors.

If you need a Mat Printer...send me an email

Don Alm
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