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Join us at the Autism Charity Golf Tourney May 11 in Plano

Autism Charity Golf TournamentSave May 11th! The 6th Annual Autism Charity Golf Tournament is Friday May 11 at Ridgeview Golf Club in Plano. We had 100 people last year.  Please make this year even better! Join us to support kids with autism and special needs. The tournament features a 4-person scramble, box lunch, silent auction, and awards reception with hundreds of dollars in gift certificates.  Sign up now!

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Will you come to DallasJingle tomorrow if we pay you?

Will you come to DallasJingle tomorrow if we pay you?

The DallasJingle Charity Holiday Megaparty benefiting the Hoffen Foundation for Kids is tomorrow, Thursday December 2 from 7-11pm.  We will have a terrific party with several groups participating.  There will be music, photos, massages, free drink, and appetizers, all to support the Hoffen Foundation for Kids.

Our incredible sponsors have provided over a hundred door prizes worth several thousand dollars, including:

  • Sports memorabilia and tickets from the Dallas Stars, Texas Brahmas, and Dallas Derby Devils, including:
    • Autographed Texas Brahmas hockey stick
    • Dallas Stars hat signed by Captain Brenden Morrow
    • 5×7 autographed picture of former Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco
    • Puck signed by Craig Ludwig, former Dallas Stars defensemen
  • A skate with the Dallas Derby Devils
  • Various expert consulting services
  • Ceramics
  • Gift baskets
  • Gift certificates
  • Advertising
  • Books and toys
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Get the picture? I’m still tallying it all up!  Thank you all for donating!!!

Every registered attendee will receive at least two items worth over $100!

LIKE THIS MATH? You donate $15 online or $20 at the door.  You snag at least $100 in prizes.  It’s like WE are paying you to have fun and help a wonderful charity. How come you haven’t signed up yet?

Join free tix contest winner Jessica Obermayer (@i_jessica), the Dallas Derby Devils, and many others at DallasJingle!  Register now.

Your donation gets you all this.

  • A free drink with drink specials all night at Duke’s
  • Appetizer buffet
  • Rockin’ DJ
  • At least $100 in door prizes for every attendee

Charity Holiday Megaparty @ DallasJingle.com

Thursday December 2, 7-11pm
Duke’s Original Roadhouse, Addison
4180 Belt Line Road,
Just west of Midway on the south side of Belt Line

Registration –
$15 Online, $25 for Two Online, $20 Door

Register now!

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DallasJingle Thur Dec. 2 – Queens of Investing, Track & much more!

The Thursday December 2 DallasJingle Charity Holiday Megaparty benefiting the Hoffen Foundation for Kids is this week.  Please join us.  We promise a great time to support a wonderful cause with music, drink, food, prizes, and more.

LAST CALL: Win a pair of tickets.  Just tweet “Join me @ #DallasJingle Charity Holiday Megaparty Dec. 2 http://dallasjingle.com” or similar by Tuesday noon.

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Associated Asia Investments. Lore Levin has donated free consulting as a door prize to two lucky entrepreneurs.  Lore is the Queen of Dallas angel investors and mentor for DallasBlue startups. In addition to her own investing she works with numerous local angel groups. Her company helps you cut through the clutter to promote advanced technologies and services into new markets.

Dallas Derby DevilsDONOR SPOTLIGHT: Dallas Derby Devils. They’re mean hard-core flat track roller derby Queens … and they’re  goining to be joining us and giving away tickets. The Devils feature over 90 active skaters, from beginners getting their wheels on to all stars who travel the country. Hell hath no fury like a derby woman’s scorn.  So come to a game and have a great time watching how “Derby Does Dallas,” including our own teams – “The Slaughterers”, “The High Seas Hotties”, “The Wrecking Crew”, “The Suicide Shifters”, and “The Death Row Rumblers”.

Sign up now for our new lower pricing! Your donation gets you all this.

  • A free drink with drink specials all night at Duke’s
  • Appetizer buffet
  • Rockin’ DJ
  • Door prizes

Charity Holiday Megaparty @ DallasJingle.com
Thursday December 2, 7-11pm
Duke’s Original Roadhouse, Addison
4180 Belt Line Road, Just west of Midway on the south side of Belt Line

Registration – $15 Online, $25 for Two Online, $20 Door

Register now!

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DallasJingle Thur Dec. 2 – New Lower Pricing, Tweet for Free Tickets

We wanted to avoid serving you a turkey.  So we‘ve made it even easier to join us at the Thursday December 2 DallasJingle Charity Holiday Megaparty benefiting the Hoffen Foundation for Kids. Thanks to the support of Duke’s Original Roadhouse, we’ve dropped the price to just $15 or $25 for you and a friend.

We also are giving away a pair of tickets.  To enter, just post a tweet that contains “#DallasJingle Charity Holiday Megaparty Dec. 2 http://dallasjingle.com” by Tuesday noon.

Duke's Original RoadhouseDonor Spotlight: Duke’s Original Roadhouse. Duke’s is Great Food, Great Fun, 100% American.  Take it from Deena, an online reviewer – “Duke is a Kick a*s joint to go to …. Every time me and my friends go there we have an excellent time, we even have a secret handshake w/ one of the bouncers….. shout outs to Clint the DJ. He is awesome and play all types of music that fits each ethnic background.”

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  But first … Sign up now for our new lower pricing! Your donation gets you all this and more.

  • A free drink with drink specials all night at Duke’s
  • Appetizer buffet
  • Rockin’ DJ
  • Door prizes

Charity Holiday Megaparty @ DallasJingle.com
Thursday December 2, 7-11pm
Duke’s Original Roadhouse, Addison
4180 Belt Line Road, Just west of Midway on the south side of Belt Line

Registration – $15 Online, $25 for Two Online, $20 Door

Register now!


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DallasJingle – Fun, funky photos four times free

DC PhotoboothWhat’s new at the DallasJingle Charity Holiday Megaparty Thursday December 2

Have your picture taken 4 times FREE! Thanks to sponsor DC Photo Booths. Just get in, smile, and press the big red button. The booth will take 4 pictures. 10 seconds later the pictures are printed. Their photo booths provide unlimited photos when rented and are perfect for any event such as Weddings, Proms, Sweet 16’s, Quinceaneras, Graduation Parties, Company Events; Retirement Parties, Church Events & Fundraisers. A photo booth offers a unique way to capture the memories of your special event.

Charity Holiday Megaparty @ DallasJingle.com
Thursday December 2, 7-11pm
Duke’s Original Roadhouse, Addison
4180 Belt Line Road, Just west of Midway on the south side of Belt Line

Registration –
$20 Advance, $25 Online, $30 Final/Door

Register now!

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Join us for the Dec. 2 DallasJingle Charity Holiday Megaparty

We’re taking a new approach with this year’s holiday event, the DallasJingle Charity Holiday Megaparty, on Thursday December 2.  It’s not just a DallasBlue event.  We’re working with other groups who are bringing their own members.  We’re adding new sponsors.  We’re featuring more fun activities.  Add it all up and YOU are the winner.  We expect over 100 people. You are going to have a wonderful experience.  That why it has its own DallasJingle name and it’s a Megaparty.

And it’s all to benefit the Hoffen Foundation for Kids.  The non-profit assists children with a spectrum of diseases, disabilities and socioeconomic challenges.  Hoffen enhances the ability of existing organizations to provide new programs and ongoing assistance, such as toys during the holidays, clothes and educational supplies for the school year, financial assistance for medical facilities, and kids’ special outings.

Sign up now for our lowest Advance priceYour donation gets you all this and more.

Charity Holiday Megaparty @ DallasJingle.com

Thursday December 2, 7-11pm

Duke’s Original Roadhouse, Addison

4180 Belt Line Road,
Just west of Midway on the south side of Belt Line

Registration –
$20 Advance, $25 Online, $30 Final/Door

Register now!

Helping Build Your Business,

Marc Freedman

Charity: the trick to consumer-set pricing

This economic depression has forced marketers to be more creative.  It’s kickstarted a renaissance in pricing.  I wrote earlier on Daily Deals in I Can Get it for you Wholesale.  Another trend is letting the consumer set his own pricing.

The difficulty with such variable pricing is that there are no standards, norms, or techniques  to prevent freeloaders who wouldn’t normally buy or “selfish” consumers who maximize their own value at the expense of the seller and pay nothing or close to it.  This is a classical Tragedy of the commons situation.

Typical tactics to increase pricing include:

  • Suggested price. Provide a minimum, suggested amount, or related guidelines, similar to donations in the public sector world.
  • Peer Pressure. Displaying what other users paid.
  • Premium. Award a bonus or publicity scaled by payment amount.
  • Transparency. Disclose actual costs so the consumer can hopefully make an informed decision about how much profit he’s willing to let you make.

Add Charity share to the list.  Giving an amount or percentage to charity has long been a part of the marketing toolset to raise sales or conversion.  But it works especially well with consumer-set pricing.  The Freakonomics blog  points to a wonderful study in  How to Maximize Pay-What-You-Wish Pricing where donating a major share of the payment has a huge impact on both consumer sales and price.

Ayelet Gneezy, a marketing professor at the University of California-San Diego, conducted a field experiment at a theme park (sample size: over 113,000).  Gneezy presented four different pricing schemes for souvenir photos: a flat fee of $12.95; a flat fee of $12.95 with half going to charity; pay-what-you-wish; and pay-what-you-wish with half going to charity.  At a flat fee of $12.95 per picture, only 0.5% of people purchased a photograph; when customers were told that half the $12.95 purchase price would go to charity, a meager 0.59% purchased a photo. Under the simple pay-what-you-wish variation, 8.39% of people purchased a photo, but customers paid only $.92 on average. The final option — pay what you wish, with half the purchase price going to charity — generated big results: purchase rates of 4.49% and an average purchase price of $5.33, resulting in significant profits for the theme park. “When the charity factor is introduced, these casual freeloaders balk at the idea of paying nothing, because it’s more likely to reflect badly on them,” writes Ed Yong. “Rather than naming a higher price, their preference is to avoid buying altogether -– for them, it isn’t worth it. Sales fall, but the actual profits go up because the remaining customers are motivated by their desire for the product and for the cause, will pay for both.”

What other techniques have you seen?

Dallas Opportunities – Charity Golf, NPR interview, Great Art, Biz Success & more

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GOLF & NETWORK 4 CHARITY. Join us May 21st at our 4th Annual Autism Charity Golf Tournament. I have one slot on my foursome still available if you sign up for the $150 President’s Club.  We have over 40 golfers, including sponsors Stillwell & Stone, Automatic Products, Brandt Engineering and On the Cutting Edge Engravers.

The early bird price of $65 expires Saturday.  Enjoy a great course, lunch, door prizes, a free year of Golf Digest, and more.  Network with local executives like Doug Batts, JD Smith, Greg Sarro, Paul Kirch, Andrew Rhykerd, and Karl Stanley.  Please support this great cause. Sign up now!

Visual Image Fine Art logoLAST CHANCE FOR GREAT ART. Our dear friend Loretta Reinick is leaving Dallas.  She will be missed. We thank her for hosting many of our events.  Her gallery, Visual Image Fine Art Publishing (14320 Midway @ Proton, Dallas), is having its final artist reception today (Friday) at 5:30pm.  Come check out all the wonderful art.  Directions.

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CEOS 2: Everything Old is New Again. Digital Conversations are not a “New” Marketing Paradigm. Over 10 years ago the Cluetrain Manifesto proclaimed that the revolution had already started.  People had taken control of markets from corporations.  Social media and marketing is no longer a fad or hip.   It’s mainstream. Customers aren’t ad targets. They are beyond being just stakeholders. They are active creators and owners of your brand. Read more and reply if we can help your company.

KERA NPR RADIO OPPORTUNITY ALERT. KERA is doing a story on people who have become self-employed and how it’s working out.  They seek to interview professionals who have made this transition, whether it was voluntary or not (layoff) and whether you’ve been successful or not.  You can be in any industry or profession.  You’ll need to be available for an in-person interview today or early next week.  If interested, reply or write marc@dallasblue.com ASAP with subject “KERA Interviewee” with your full contact info (email, phone, address), and a few sentences or more about your story.

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Autism Charity Golf TournamentALL Blue readers

Friday, May 21

4th Annual Autism Charity Golf Tournament

Golf, sponsor, or volunteer! Support a great cause and network with other DallasBluers. Registrations include Lunch, 18 holes with cart, Contests, Great door prizes, Free golf gift bag, Mulligans, and 1-year subscription to Golf Digest.

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