5 Tips for Selling Girl Scout CookiesJanuary 6, 2014
Ami P., GSNCCP Girl Board Member
Whether it is your first year or your fifth year participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Sale, each year is always different and exciting!
As I enter my eighth and final year of selling Girl Scout cookies I thought I’d pass along a few helpful tips things I’ve learned along the way.
Here are my five tips from a long-time cookie seller on how to stay safe, be efficient, and sell a lot of Girl Scout cookies this season!
1. Wear Your Uniform!
Nothing says Girl Scouts like wearing your vest or sash! By wearing your uniform you immediately let customers know who you are and what you are selling. Personally introducing yourself helps create a comfortable atmosphere and gives you the opportunity to establish a long-lasting relationship with a potential reoccurring customer.!
2. Safety First!
When selling cookies – whether at a cookie booth, during walkabout week or going door-to-door, remember to always put safety first! Make sure you have a parent or adult with you at all times and try to sell with a fellow Girl Scout from your troop or area.
3. Make Recommendations!
If a potential customer shows no interest in buying cookies, recommending a personal favorite may cause them to rethink their decision. Often times, customers will be hesitant on making a choice and would benefit from your help. Make sure you have some handy tidbits of information handy about each cookie. Using these awesome Cookie Sale lanyards (created by Wake 16) is a great way to keep information close!
4. Suggest Alternative Options!
Not all fans of Girl Scout cookies can consume them due to diets, allergies, religious reasons, etc. Although it is important to respect these decisions, you can make suggestions such as Operation Cookie Drop, buying cookies as a gift, or simply making a donation to Girl Scouts to support girls across our 41 counties.
5. Create A Memorable Bond!
As you sell cookies, create personal bonds with your customers to create customers for life. Making conversation (see tip #1) is a great first step to generating repeat customers. Tell customers why you joined Girl Scouts, what you plan to do with your cookie proceeds, or all the fun you’re having as a way to stand out. Also, writing thank you notes to customers such as friends, family, neighbors, or teachers is a great way to encourage people to buy cookies from you next year and for years to come!