For Schools and Non-Profits
I’m ready to start posting deals. What do I need to do first?
Simply contact Support@LocalSharingTree.com and our team will help you structure a deal customized specifically for your business in your area.
What is a deal?
A deal is an offer that you would like Local Sharing Tree to advertise to the public free of charge. Our support team will go to great lengths to help you create a deal that will stimulate customers to buy from you and boost your bottom line.
If I list a deal, how will Local Sharing Tree help consumers see it?
Local Sharing Tree puts your deal in front of thousands of subscribed members in your local area and nationally. There are absolutely no up-front costs and 10% of every purchase benefits local schools and non-profit organizations. Through Local Sharing Tree, your deal is supported by the efforts of our sales force on the ground. We’re actively working with local schools and non-profits to promote the site and attract customers for our business partners. Local Sharing Tree will utilize Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and other social media marketing for a strong social media presence. In addition to these new high-tech ways to drive traffic to the site, we also use good old-fashioned handouts and flyers to businesses, churches, civic groups and school children in the community. Remember that since 10% of each deal is donated to schools and non-profit organizations, teachers, parents, grandparents and anyone else they tell will choose a business that has a deal over one that doesn’t.
What does it cost me to advertise a deal?
That is the beauty of Local Sharing Tree – there is NO cost for advertising your Deals or to update or to change your offer.
How is the revenue from the sale of my deal divided?
· 50% of the revenue from every deal sold goes directly to you.
· 40% of the revenue goes to Local Sharing Tree.
· 10% of the revenue goes to your local school or non-profit organization to help support the educational needs of children in your community.
Why should I want to offer a deal rather than continue with my current method of advertising?
Value-centric shoppers save $3.7 billion in 2010 using coupons. Coupon distribution posts record-breaking year in 2010. (http://www.santella.com/Trends.htm)
The traditional advertising model demands that you buy something first. Traditional advertising – TV spots, newspaper ads, direct mail circulars, even coupon sections in newspapers – are all incredibly expensive. Traditional advertising is completely paid for in advance, with the hope that it will attract quality customers. Change and testing happen very slowly in traditional forms of advertising. Tracking is not only time consuming, but it can be inaccurate. All of these factors make the old ways of doing things a huge risk. In tough economic environments, this risk becomes more and more difficult for businesses to take.
The efficiency of the Local Sharing Tree advertising model shines in contrast to the traditional model. The only expenses for a business offering a deal is the discounted goods or services that a customer purchases through Local Sharing Tree. Our creative team helps you design deals that will be very attractive to potential customers. This venue goes a long way toward developing a lifetime customer for your business, which is the goal of any advertising. See the chart which shows the comparison.
Local Sharing Tree also beats traditional forms of advertising in its flexibility, speed and tracking. Business owners who post deals on the Deal Page can change it as often as desired. This way, deals can be tested quickly and tracked for effectiveness. Even with the best design and advertising theories, the only way for a merchant to know if an ad works in their market is to test it. The merchant can do this easily from the comfort of a computer. Your business recognizes actual revenues for each deal sold.
Finally, the whole community benefits from the Local Sharing Tree model. Customers win by purchasing great deals and discovering local businesses they would like to patronize. They get to “test drive” the local business at a discount and hopefully become a customer for life. Your local schools get much needed funding that will benefit school children and non profits will see a boost in funding. This creates tremendous loyalty from parents, teachers and the local community who are choosing to help schools and non profits through Local Sharing Tree. Can your traditional advertising methods do that?
I can’t afford to sell my product/service at a discount. How can I make money doing that?
In this economic time, can you afford not to? The biggest cost in advertising is usually the cost of getting your ad in front of many eyes. When you post a deal on LocalSharingTree.com, you are not risking any up-front costs while targeting people who desire your goods and services and are willing to pre-pay for great deals. Our customer support department will help you create a deal that is appealing to the public and a benefit to the business. Most deals are for less than the average sale, which gives you the opportunity to sell customers additional goods and services when they patronize your business. You will have the opportunity to WOW the customers and Consider the fact that there is school loyalty and people will remember those businesses that participate.
How do you prevent people from counterfeiting the deal vouchers?
Anyone who purchases a deal a LocalSharingTree.com, must first create a profile through our site. Local Sharing Tree will notify the merchant of the identity of each customer who purchases a deal. Also, each voucher has a specific voucher code and security code attached with it. Each voucher and security code can only be used once and must be used in correspondence with the other. The business will be able to go to their dashboard and deactivate any used deal vouchers when they are used.
What keeps people from just re-buying deals rather than ever paying full price?
Each merchant can set any limits or restrictions that they want such as one per person, new customers only, or dine in only. Merchants can also limit the total amount of deals that can be sold. Local Sharing Tree helps to enforce these stipulations by having customers create a profile with required contact information.
How does LocalSharingTree.com market to the general public?
Local Sharing Tree com will contact public school principals, parent-teacher groups, college presidents, pre-school coordinators and non profit organizations to let them know that the program not only will be a great place to purchase Deals, but that 10% of the income from the sale of the deals will be donated to their schools or non profit organizations. This list will continue to grow and as the site gains momentum, Local Sharing Tree will furnish each organization with information explaining the program.
How does the payment process work for participating businesses as well as parent-teacher groups and non profit organizations?
Every business will be paid for the deals sold during the previous month on the 10th of the following month. The schools and non-profit organizations will be paid quarterly with one payment for the entire quarter on the 10th of the month following the end of the quarter.
How to I access my Merchant Dashboard?
Your merchant dashboard can be accessed from your account page after you log into your user account. For a more detailed walk-through, please Click Here.
For Schools and Non-Profits
What is LocalSharingTree.com?
LocalSharingTree.com was specifically created to answer a collective need throughout local communities. This economic stimulus initiative will empower local businesses with the platform to drive more customers to their business while supporting local school-aged children and non-profit organizations in the community.
LocalSharingTree.com’s mission statement is simple: To help consumers save on local goods and services, to empower the local merchant to reach their business goals and to serve as a forum to stimulate local economies. Through embracing community spirit, we can collectively help create a local culture that invests in all of our futures, our children. LocalSharingTree.com – Save Money – Support Your Community.
That’s a nice mission, but how can it help my school group or non-profit?
Local Sharing Tree has partnered with local businesses to secure products and services from local businesses for up to a 90% discount. When consumers purchase these deals, Local Sharing Tree will donate 10% of its gross revenue to the parent-teacher organizations in schools, preschools, colleges, and non-profit organizations. As an example, let’s say a local restaurant offers a deal of a $20 gift certificate at a price of $10. When someone buys one of these, the organization of the customer’s choice would receive $1 for that deal. This may not seem like much, but the restaurant may sell hundreds of these deals so the donations can add up quickly. The key is that the customer designates which school or non-profit they want to receive the donation from his or her purchase. By encouraging your supporters to designate your school or non-profit organization, you are effectively implementing the easiest fundraiser ever!
How can my school or non-profit organization get started raising money through Local Sharing Tree?
There is never any cost to join our network. We simply need a completed application to be submitted for each organization. The application includes basic information such as contact names, EIN numbers, organization size, etc. We will then discuss with you ways that you are willing to promote Local Sharing Tree to your supporters. Naturally, the more effort you expend spreading the word and encourage supporters to designate you as their beneficiary, the more revenue your organization will generate! To get started, simply email support@LocalSharingTree.com .
After our organization is approved by Local Sharing Tree, what are some ways we can spread the word?
Local Sharing Tree will provide you with pre-designed flyer templates for you to print and distribute, email templates so you can simply copy and paste, banners and logos for your website and Facebook pages, and more. Of course, the more your supporters know to go to LocalSharingTree.com to check out our great deals and to designate your organization when they do, the more funds can be raised. Local Sharing Tree can be a successful fundraiser for your organization and a thriving business-building venue for local merchants. The whole community benefits, so start telling others about Local Sharing Tree today. Share your deals with all of your social contacts, email lists, Facebook friends, and twitter followers. Remember the more deals that are purchased the more money you get for your organization!
That sounds like a great thing for my favorite organization and for my family. How do I start buying deals?
To take advantage of the deals offered through LocalSharingTree.com and start earning money for your organization, you’ll first need to register on our site. When you do, you’ll begin receiving daily emails from Local Sharing Tree letting you know about our Featured Deal of the day. Make sure you check your spam if you don’t see one from us. If the Featured Deal of the day is something that you want, click the “buy” button to purchase the deal through the Local Sharing Tree secure website. You’ll then by able to view all the deals you’ve purchased, and then print the voucher to take to the Merchant for redemption.
In addition to the Featured Deal of the day, you’ll have access to other deals being offered by quality merchants. Just like the Featured Deal of the day, these will also be great deals. These deals can change at the Merchant’s discretion, so while they might not have a time clock on them, you’ll want to take advantage of any deal you like before it’s gone.
For Customers and Users
What is a deal?
A deal is an offer from a business that mean up to 90% savings for the consumer. . Each deal is offered for a limited time only, or until it sells out.
I like a deal, so how do I buy it?
To purchase a deal, simply click on the Buy button. If you are new customer you will need to register and login first. Then enter your billing and shipping information, choose a school or non profit to support and complete the purchase. It’s just that easy!.
Do I need to use my deal the same day I buy it?
No. Most Deals are valid for six months from the date of purchase. Some businesses may extend or reduce the redemption period, so make sure you check the fine print for each deal that you purchase.
Can I buy Deals for someone else?
Yes. Unless the fine print prohibits it, you can gift deals. In fact, deals make great gifts for family and friends.
If I don’t use the full value on one visit, can I use the rest later?
No. These deals are designed to be used in one visit. Unless otherwise stated by the business offering the deal in the fine print, you won’t receive store credit or cash for any unused portion. Bring a friend and share it!
Is it safe to buy a deal?
Absolutely! Your credit card information is processed by Pay Pal and held in their secure servers. At no time is your credit card information stored on the LocalSharingTree.com servers.
Can I combine my LocalSharingTree.com with other offers or specials?
No. Not unless the LocalSharingTree.com deal specifically states otherwise.
When will I receive my deal vouchers?
Unless otherwise stated, all vouchers are available to print and use immediately.
How much money do you give back to my School or Non Profit Organization?
We donate 10% of the deal price to the school or non profit organization you select.
What happens if the business closes before my deal expires?
If this happens, LocalSharingTree.com will refund your money.
Can I buy deals from other cities and areas?
Yes, you can buy from anywhere you wish. This is especially handy for traveling. You can plan meals, accommodations and even entertainment before you leave and save up to 90% off retail price.