Archive for the ‘Cookies’ Category

h1

Tips & Tricks for Cookie Sellers

January 2, 2018

Excited for the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program? So are we!

Whether you have a personal goal or a troop goal in mind – we want you to make the best out of the largest girl-led business by providing you with some key tips and tricks to making this year your BEST Girl Scout Cookie season ever!

Here are some tips and tricks to help make you a successful Girl Scout business mogul this cookie season.

  • Always be prepared! Being prepared is key in successful sales strategies. Have all of the necessary materials available including:
    • Order Cards
    • Pen/Pencils
    • Calculator
    • Buy-5 Entry Coupons
    • Operation Cookie Drop Flyer
    • Extra Money for Change at Booth
    • Clip Board
    • Know Your Personal Goal and Your Troop Goal
  • Get their attention! You want to make sure you are standing out and grabbing the customer’s attention. Some ways to do that include:
    • Make posters that include your goals so everyone can see.
    • Share your excitement by singing, cheering, and dancing.
    • Display Operation Cookie Drop (OCD) information. OCD is a local community service project that delivers a sweet taste of home through donated boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to military men and women. The more people that know about OCD, the more boxes you will sell. Have a large sign and provide customers with information about this great program.
  • Dress for success.
    •  Wear your Girl Scout uniform so customers know you mean business. By wearing your uniform, you’ll look more professional which will allow people to know you want to succeed.
  • Signing On
    • Use online marketing and social media sites to expand your scope – with permission and help from your parent and/or guardian. Girls must follow social media platforms terms and conditions. It’s a great way to reach friends and family that don’t live near you or you don’t get to see very often. Facebook is a great way to engage online with a photo of the cookies you have available (girls must be at least 13 years old to be on Facebook). Girls can also learn e-commerce skills by creating a virtual storefront, managing orders, and marketing to repeat customers through COCOdirect.
  • Know your products
    • Taste all of the cookies so you can evaluate them for customers with questions or who aren’t familiar with the cookie varieties, especially new cookies.
    • Be able to tell customers where their money goes when they purchase cookies from you.
    • Ingredients – have a general knowledge of what’s in each cookie (coconut, caramel, chocolate, peanut butters for nut allergies).
  • Practice your pitch
    • Your sales pitch should be 15 seconds long and should state your name, your product, and a reason to buy.
    • Make sure you smile and are happy, state your name, your personal and troop goal, and tell them your troop plans for proceeds.
    • Make it personable and don’t sound robotic. For example, you could say “Hi! My name is Jill and I’m here to take your cookie order.”
    • Make eye contact. It’s hard for people to say no when you’re looking directly at them.
  • Get the Word Out
    • Decorate the car with window paint and “It’s Cookie Time” magnets.
    • Create yard signs so your neighbors know they can come to you for cookies.
    • Put flyers in neighbor’s mailboxes announcing its cookie time.
    • Create signs for bulletin boards at restaurants, business break rooms, apartment community mails rooms, etc.
    • Walkabout Week (January 13-19) – A Girl Scout(s) or Girl Scout troop walks the neighborhood selling cookies door-to-door in a residential area with adult supervision.

And finally, don’t forget to have fun! The Girl Scout Cookie Program not only allows girls to engage with the public and spend quality time with their troops, but girls are also learning essential skills to succeed personally and professionally, which include goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls become leaders in business and sales, learn how to manage finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money.

h1

Cookie Program 2018: A New and Exciting Program Ahead!

December 18, 2017

Stand Up Stand Out! The 2018 Cookie Program will be out most exciting ever with Ella the Elephant leading the way! The 2018 sale brings new and exciting features to this year’s program and promises to be the easiest Cookie Program ever! So, what’s new and exciting?

THE RETURN OF THE S’MORE!

Our new and yummy S’mores Cookie was a massive hit last year and is returning to our 2018 cookie lineup! This graham based cookie coated in a vanilla marsh mellow like icing and then dipped in chocolate is delicious! Customers can’t wait to get more of them!

PRODUCT SALES PERMISSION FORMS ARE ONLINE!

No more paper forms to fill out and get to your troop leader or cookie coordinator. Use our new online permission form and it submits straight to your troop’s leader or cookie coordinator! Easy, fast and convenient! You can find the online form on our council’s website (www.nccoastalpines.org) on the Cookies+ page and on the Forms page.

SMART COOKIES!

Our bakery has partnered with IBM and developed a brand new, high tech web platform that is replacing Snap and COCOdirect this year! Smart Cookies is complete and is promising to be more user friendly, advanced and capable of doing much more than Snap, while keeping it simple and intuitive! Parents have a view into their daughter’s overall sales too! We can’t wait!

BUYING COOKIES ONLINE!

Buying Online is better than ever this year with the new Smart Cookies Direct platform! Customers can order and pay for their cookies completely online and have them shipped directly to their door just like in the past. A few tweaks have made it even better this year. There is NO minimum order! Customers can now order as few or as many cookies as they want and have them shipped to their door! No more ordering 6 or 12 of one variety or and 8 pack sampler. Want 1 box of Thin Mints and 1 box of Carmel deLites? You can get it! We are sure this will help boost your sales tremendously!

REACH A MILLION – OPERATION COOKIE DROP!

Operation Cookie Drop (OCD) can boost your sales!: Help your troop earn more proceeds and boost your sales while helping our council reach our goal of 1 million overall packages donated by collecting donations for OCD. We have many new promotions and contests around our Operation Cookie Drop goal this year.

CREDIT CARD SWIPERS

Few customers carry cash anymore. Increase your Girl Scout’s cookie sales by accepting credit cards! The option to accept credit cards is open to ALL troops and there are NO FEES charged to troops. It’s free! Ask your Troop Leader or Troop Cookie Coordinator about taking credit card payments.

Our exciting Cookie Program begins January 13th at 9am! Whether you are returning to or new to the Cookie Program, join the fun in January and be amazed how quickly and easily your troop can earn proceeds and Girl Scouts can earn awesome recognitions.

 

%d bloggers like this: