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Terrific Tips from Top Girl Scout Cookie Sellers

January 20, 2015

By Jenny Taylor, Communications and Public Relations Intern

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Can you believe it is almost cookie time again? We are so excited about the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Sale here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines and can’t wait to see what goals our girls will reach this year. To kick off the season and help girls get inspired to give their best this year, we talked to two of last year’s top sellers to get their advice on what it takes to be a super seller.

Xena G. from Wake County sold 4,750 boxes last year and increased her sales by 56% in one year! Xena’s advice to her fellow Girl Scouts is to remember to SMILE. It sounds simple, but her success is proven. “If you look happy, they will buy from you,” says Xena. She also suggests pairing up younger Girl Scouts with a more experienced cookie seller as a mentor at the cookie booths.

Taylor W. from Wake County sold 3,803 boxes last year and sold the most Operation Cookie Drop boxes last year. Taylor’s advice is to ask everyone to purchase boxes for our service members. Even people who don’t want cookies might be willing to purchase some for service members, so don’t hesitate to inform them about Operation Cookie Drop and just ask. Taylor echoes Xena’s great advice to smile and be happy and enthusiastic about selling. She promises that will help you sell more cookies.

Emerson F. from Pitt County sold 4,005 boxes last year. She may be only 7 years old, but she is fearless in her efforts to sell cookies and promote Operation Cookie Drop. Emerson suggests asking customers to donate their spare change for the donation program. In her experience, most will donate some change and even small amounts help. Another key to Emerson’s success is selling to local businesses, especially banks. She asked her mom to drive her and she would go in and turn on her charm, selling to both employees and customers of the business.

Way to go Xena, Taylor, and Emerson! We hope everyone is ready to put these terrific tips into practice and have an awesome 2015 sale and another successful Operation Cookie Drop. Good luck, Girl Scouts!

 

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Let’s Go On a Walkabout

January 13, 2015

By Amy Vitale, Product Sales Manager

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Who can resist our esteemed sweet treats when a Girl Scout is at their front door with their favorite cookies?! Not me! Door-to-door sales remains one of the most effective ways to sell cookies. In a recent national study, 78% of those customers who were not approached during a cookie sale stated they would have purchased 2-4 boxes if asked.

Problem solved. Girl Scout Walkabouts to the rescue!

What’s a Girl Scout Walkabout? What are other ways to sell in my neighborhood?

Keep reading to learn more….

  • Walkabouts – A Girl Scout(s) or Girl Scout troop walks the neighborhood selling cookies door-to-door in a residential area with adult supervision.
  • Rolling Sale – Pile up cookies in a wagon and sell directly to customers in residential areas with adult supervision.
  • Cookie Stand – A “lemonade” type stand a Girl Scout can set up on her own property (i.e., in front of her house) to sell cookies. Helpful hint: check with home owners’ associations for any needed permits.
  • Caravan – Girl Scouts sell door-to-door in a residential area while supervising adults follow in a car with the cookies.

Decided on your strategy for selling directly – now what? Here are our answers to some frequent questions:

Can I have a Rolling Sale, Walkabout, or Caravan in a shopping center, park or other public area? No. In order to maintain good relationships with property managers, stores, and to be fair, only booth sales are allowed in non-residential areas. All booth sales must be coordinated through your Booth Manager.

Can we do a Rolling Sale, Walkabout, or Caravan as a troop at one of our meetings? Yes! What a fun outing for your troop and a great way to help girls reach their goals!

Can we do a Walk-About, Rolling Sale, Cookie Stand, and Caravan as a family? Yes! Girl Scouts embraces family involvement.

Now that you are ready for your Walkabout, let’s make the most of it!

  • Map out neighborhoods for your Walkabout and check them off as you walk them.
  • Decorate your wagon or cart for your Rolling Sale to create excitement in the neighborhood.
  • Decorate a Cookie Stand with posters, balloons, and other eye catching items.
  • Decorate your Caravan with washable markers to let everyone know it is an official Girl Scout Cookie Car!

To kick off Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ 2015 Cookie Sale , we are hosting Walkabout Week January 17-23. In addition to an awesome Walkabout patch available in our council shops, we will be hosting a Walkabout Week Contest on our council Facebook page. Five $20 Cookie Dough cards will be given away, so don’t forget to visit our Facebook page during Walkabout Week!

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