I`ve got an idea and figured I`d bounce it off the minds here to see if it`d work or not.
I`m thinking about writing some local businesses here and offering to get them new customers, a loyal customer base, and free advertising through a t-shirt program. They`ll agree to let the wearer of the t-shirt get 10% off their purchase. I`ll get somewhere between 5 and 10 businesses to agree, put all of their names on the back of a t-shirt with my logo on the front and sell them for anywhere between 10 and 20 bucks. They`d be businesses that people frequent quite a bit, one coffee shop, one ice cream place, one local grocer, etc.
I think if I have a good selection of businesses on there people would be interested in buying the shirts. I`d also promote it that it is supporting the local small businesses in the area, not the "big evil chains". I would then probably go through CafePress which would mean I wouldn`t have to worry about the manufacturing of the shirts, shipping or anything. I`d just have a website set up that goes through Cafepress and then they order their shirt.
Does anyone think the local businesses would want to participate? It`d be free for them(except the 10% discount) but I think it`s a good idea. I mean with 7 to 10 ice cream places here in town what will make that person choose theirs? The fact that they get 10% and get that businesses`s name stuck in their head everytime they see it on their shirt should help build their customer base.
I`d like to hear others thoughts on this.