Promo Ideas From Other Kidmin 2017-03-07T18:11:00+00:00

We had a great time hearing about all of the ways you have promoted your big events! Hopefully this discussion will help inspire you.

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Smelly postcards. I.e. one time I stuck postcards in a empty pickle jar. All the postcards smelled like pickles. Kids loved it!! –Dorinda Chambers

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We have sent flyers to the elementary school as well as the Boys and Girls Club. We also send flyers home with our kids in our Wednesday night classes. –Max and Melissa Davis

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We were allowed to promote our Summer Camp (VBS) and Trunk or Treat inside our local public school, because of the partnership we have with the school and at our local Community Expo. Candy giveaways, skits and contests have been successful ways to promote these events in our community. –Linda Lamos

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We use door hangers and also have a contest for the kids that whoever can bring the most friends with them to the event will get to volunteer to be in one of our skits that we use for each event. –Ryan Vaughan

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We are trying to use social media more. Facebook, Twitter, texting chain, etc. This year I am also going to try and utilize our area parades. The kids love walking in the parades and handing out flyers. –Jayla Smith

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Space hopper from one part of town to another – whilst filming it – tshirts with event on it (with other info) then you can use the footage as an intro to the event.. with the same people hopping into the venue… (as if they have just done that) –Andy Jones

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You can get really nice, inexpensive banners & “real estate” type signs at http://www.shindigz.com/ & that’s a GREAT way to promote at location! –Tammy Debrick

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For our Christmas FX event we mailed out cans of snow to all our families! They we so excited. We have spray painted yards, mailed beach balls for our summer event, and used all social media –Katie McGoogan

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I volunteer once a week at the elementary school across the street from our church & have established a relationship with them. So I’ve been able to put out flyers for the whole school community!
We also have a really nice digital sign in front of our church that faces a really busy road I also use our local radio stations calendar to place events on. –Lizzie Hahr

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For our Christmas Program, we always create ‘tickets’ for the kids to give to their friends and family. Of course the ‘event’ doesn’t require payment or tickets, but it is an easy and effective marketing tool. Some of the kids take 20 or more tickets to give to all of their friends at school. I’m sure this would be helpful for other types of events as well. –Greg Shepherd

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Our local school district allows us to send fliers and things home for events! That’s amazingly effective! We also mail out postcards, put fliers on pizza boxes, put a huge banner in front of our building, and use social media. I love all of these creative ideas people are posting! I want to try some of these!! –Audra Tipton

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We have used all types of promotions: facebook, twitter, postcards, tweets, emails, texting, newspaper, flyers BUT my absolute Favorite is still WORD OF MOUTH! The absolute BEST!!! Be contagious;o) –Amber Rodecap

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We have jr mission team and we pit on our tennis shoes and start out to all the surrounding neighborhoods with flyers for our event. OUR FAVORITE time is on Halloween!! We head out with candy and flyers for our kids events and talk to the trick or treaters! parents are shocked to see kids out giving instead of getting!!! we love it! serving others always…. –Melinda Frederick

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Facebook is a big one for us. But the free promotion area of our libraries as well as the free section of the newspaper pull a lot of people in. –Shannan Volters

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A few years back we built a ‘Time Machine’ for our VBS. It was on the main stage a while before the actual VBS took place. For our big announcement I walked down the center aisle to the platform to make the announcement. In the middle of showing off the Time Machine, I got ‘locked’ inside and it turned on. I ran out the back door , around the church, and in the front door. I then walked down the aisle again, repeating what I had already said, because the Time Machine sent me back in time. It was a huge hit and successful way to promote the upcoming VBS –Ron Brooks

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This year at Halloween we cooperated with a neighboring church and we did a Trunk or Treat, they did a Harvest Party and we had a hayride connecting the two. The fire department also brought by a truck for the kids to check out. We did flyers/posters at local businesses, the children also handed out invites to friends (best!). Last year kids passed out orange plastic bags w/ handles and put clear labels with black ink, cute graphic, date, time, place…personal invites always best! –Patti McKnight

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Our local Christian radio station (Family Life Network) has provided free on-air advertising for our church’s Community Carnival. –Rex Fisher

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I have found that facebook has been a helpful tool. Inviting them through facebook keeps is stored in their events calendar for them! –Cathy Reichert

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Destination Kids We send flyers out throgh the elementary schools in their weekly take-home folders. –Destination Kids

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Our most successful way to promote our community events is to enter our community 4th of July parade! It’s been so successful that we’ve done it for about 5 years. Our preteens or youth build the float and our church members walk the route and hand out fliers/balls, etc. We’ve done this to promote VBS and our Movie Nights in the Park. We reach over 5,000 people in just 90 minutes! –Kate Radford

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We make it easy for kids to invite their classmates by creating a postcard similar to a birthday party invite but for the event. The kids can then invite their class, sports team, or neighbors. –Corey Jones

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The coolest way is to do a facebook event page. Kids on facebook love to share and invite then we offer a prize to the kids to invite and bring the most friends! –Carrie Kennedy

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The best way he have had to promote an event is simply word of mouth. We give kids invites with the main details and the address, but I don’t put the church’s name on it. Simply the kids’ ministry. It allows kids to discuss the ministry with other kids before someone dismisses it because it’s part of a church. The kids are then open to give all the information then inform them of the church. We also find that promotional gear and actions help out as well. We have a grand launch for our kids ministry in 2 weeks and the week before all of our staff and band members in the adult sanctuary are wearing our kids ministry t-shirts. Along with the word of mouth concept – outreaches are a great way to spread the word. Have your ministry go to a park or public space and just hand out cookies and cocoa to passers by and strike up conversations. Word of mouth goes a lot farther than any billboard, website, TV ad, or print. These are tools to help people remember what they heard from someone else. –Eric Riskus

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Put up a Bounce House in the Parking Lot – a week ahead of time! Have it open for a few hours after Sunday Service and give everyone 10 minutes to bounce and a flyer to come back for the big event! –Valerie Letenyei

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We have had a lot of success with making up flyers and calling the school board in the area to get the ok to have them put in all of the kids’ backpacks in the public schools. If your schools will allow it, it is an easy way to get the word out to a lot of families! –Corinne Noble

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we put are orange man outside and let him blow around to try and get kids to kids church. the ones they a car lot works real good. –Jeff Sowers

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After 14 years our church chose not to have a halloween alternative. Instead we had an BIG invite weekend the following weekend. So, we equipped our kids to go trick or treating with “Thanks for the Treat” cards to pass out once they received candy. The card was also an invite to our BIG weekend. During that weekend our adult and kid services gave a salvation message with the opportunity for people to receive Christ. After asking a few of the adults who received Christ, they said they were given a “Thanks for the Treat” card. –David Alexieff

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We pulled together our youth band and called them the Guts Kids Jam Band, we styled it like rock stars similar to the Fresh Beat Band, then we made very cool Posters and flyers with each character on them.. The kids went crazy wanting to collect the poster and cards to keep and to give to there friends and to hang on their wall. They also got autographs from the band and other kids leaders at the event. Very fun and very cool, we added around 50 kids to our service that day. –Shaun Schaefer

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Our Vacation Bible School enrollment was okay but not great. The community is not a large one, but still I thought we could do better. I ordered yard signs for the event, and we placed them wherever we could. A comment was made from someone outside the church that “Those signs are everywhere!” Enrollment rose considerably that year, so we’ve been putting them out every year since! It’s a simple thing to do but very effective. –Rhonda Adams

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a fun and messy time for the kids is our annual Chocolate Syrup Tug-O-War. We do this in the summer outside. Fill a baby pool with chocolate syrup and chocolate pudding. Put gummy worms in it and have a contest to see who can collect the most gummy worms using only their mouth. Then place a large tug-o-war rope out and have them play dragging the losing team into the baby pool In the end they all just end up playing in the chocolate but they have a blas! –Amanda Cooley

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We have used yard signs that we are able to make printing full color 11 x 17 pages and piecing together the poster to cover both sides of the 2’x18″ sign. But other than word of mouth, I still think the postcards we mail out to all of our contacts continues to keep our attendance high. At our sportsmans game dinner we have taken to doing a drawing of those who remember to bring back the postcard. It reminds us of the effectiveness of using this method. –Bill McFeaters

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Door knocking and handing out bags of popcorn ( either microwave bags or already popped bags – we have a huge popcorn machine) that has a card attached that gives the information about the event with the words ” we hope you’ll POP by and join us at our _______” –Adrienne Hodum

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Doing a skit during adult service and get them excited to invite others, then pass out invitations for them to give to neighbors. Also advertising special drawing for visitors on posters and flyers that go out throughout your neighborhood. –Jodi Rhome Quinn

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Get permission from schools to send flyers home with students. Have banners airbrushed with vibrant colors. Pass out quarter size paper flyers at local Walmart. Our best though is word of mouth. –Tammy Ironmonger Salvage

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We send all of our kids that have ever visiting our church a huge flyer about the event! They love getting mail with their name on it! –Kelly Losey

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I have a very small church and we relaunched Vacation Bible School this year after at least 4 years. We put a float in the local 4th of July Parade which let our kids be in the parade (which they loved!) and announced it to the rest of the city. –Elinor Blankenship

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We would have over 6,500 at our Pumpkin Patch Party events and around 4,000 at our Big Bunny Party event by doing the following. 1. Create a website separate from the church’s website that we would point people to. A lot less threatening to the unconnected. 2. We found some partnerships that would lend credibility to the event as a community event (I was able to get all 14 McDonalds in the area (through the owner), Moe’s, Chick Fil A). They each had a presence at the event as well. 3. We put the website on the back of a LOT of cars from our church. (i.e. www.bigbunnyparty.info) Made a buzz around town and that was cheap!. 4. We sent a marketing piece to about 15,000 homes around the community. 5. McDonalds, Moe’s and Chick Fil A would hand out invitation in every meal for 2 weeks prior to the event. –Jim Howard

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Hi. This is Ann Bookhart . My church is Ebenezer Baptist Church in Cordova, SC. One of the ways I like to promote events is with character promotion. Last fall, we had a fall festival called a “Scarecrow Carnival”. We are located in the town “square”, where school buses pass and stop at stop signs and stop lights on 2 sides and has school traffic on 3 sides. So at each stop, I put stacks of hay bales, with fresh pumpkins, signs, and life size scarecrows (one a little boy and another a pigtailed woman). It was fun to watch passers by slow to do a double take! Lol! Also, we followed up by getting permission to give the nearby schools invitations with the scarecrow cartoon on it inviting the children to the carnival. This event was very successful, as we were able to reach out and provide a safe and loving environment for the families to come play on Halloween night. Thank you for asking for our ideas. I look forward to reading others. –Ann Bookhart

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