I was kind of surprised, because we weren’t supposed to send anything in with the kids. At the beginning of the year David’s teacher collected “party money” from each of the students. She puts it in a fund that she uses to purchase all the treats for special days through out the year. I think it’s a fabulous idea since it saves me from buying frosting 30 cupcakes, and schlepping them to school.
Apparently some over-achieving really generous parents sent little treat bags for all the kids anyway.
Not that I have a problem with people giving my kid free candy. More for me!
When I went through the candy stealing all the Hershey Bars looking for needles, I discovered one little treat bag bore on it’s ribbon a business card advertising a parent’s business, and offering a discount for their service.
So here’s my question. Is that shameless self-promotion or just really clever marketing?
Moms are the perfect target market for this person’s business, and in a tough economy who can blame someone for doing everything they can to make some extra coin?
On the other hand, do I want to open up my kid’s backpack and find advertising and marketing materials in it?
I’m really not sure how I feel about it. And who am I to talk? I place ads and marketing messages for companies on Mommie Daze from time to time, because I’m compensated for it.
But I’m not very good at self-promotion. I have a hard time telling people about what I do, what my talents are, because I always feel like it’s tacky to talk about yourself that way. I don’t want people to think I’m arrogant. I do it, but I even feel bad about Facebooking and Tweeting links to posts on Mommie Daze, because it seems so, “Look at me!”
Blogging really is nothing but shameless self-promotion, and I’m a conflicted walking contraindication if there ever was one.
I don’t know. Maybe for David’s birthday I’ll send cookies to school with my URL written in frosting across them.
But the kids will eat them, and the parents will never see it.
I’m obviously not a marketing genius.
Seriously though, I just don’t think I could do something like that, and not feel kind of smarmy.
What do you think?