Highlights from InflatableChat 32 | Booster Clubs

  1. LandmarkBot
    Welcome to #InflatableChat 32: Inflatable Sports Tunnels & Helmets: Booster Club Edition! #InflatableChat
  2. LandmarkBot
    Q1. How can booster clubs raise money for the purchase of an inflatable tunnel? #InflatableChat
  3. balloonguymeach
    A1: The easiest way is to get a color illustration from us and show it around. Everyone will understand what you are doing #inflatablechat
  4. itsCaitlin0111
    @LandmarkBot A1. Invite local businesses to sell items at athletic events and boost concession sales. #InflatableChat
  5. Stephatto
    A1. Finding a local sponsor(s) seems like the easiest route. We’ve had lots of customers who donate tunnels to a school. #InflatableChat
  6. Stephatto
    A2. @BalloonGuyMeach has the answer to that: Get a proposal illustration to present, including the sponsor banner areas. #InflatableChat
  7. balloonguymeach
    A2: The best way for sponsors to see the benefit is by applying their name on the tunnel in the form of a banner #inflatablechat
  8. itsCaitlin0111
    A2. Give banner sizes options – some businesses may only be able to give a little $$ while others may be able to give $$$$$. #InflatableChat
  9. Stephatto
    A2. I would suggest approaching companies that have already sponsored school programs. #InflatableChat
  10. Stephatto
    A2. Offer to announce tunnel sponsors at game time, include them in the printed programs, etc. #InflatableChat
  11. LandmarkBot
    Q3. What are some advantages booster clubs have after purchasing an inflatable tunnel? #InflatableChat
  12. itsCaitlin0111
    @LandmarkBot A3. Tunnels can be used as a location device for fundraising events (car washes, xmas tree sales, etc.) #InflatableChat
  13. balloonguymeach
    A3: Besides the Game.. they can use this as a location tool such as car washes, community events.. #inflatablechat
  14. LandmarkBot
    Q4. Can I purchase an inflatable tunnel that can be used by multiple sports teams? #InflatableChat
  15. balloonguymeach
    A4: Example you can purchase a mascot or standard tunnel rather than a Football helmet. #inflatablechat
  16. Stephatto
    A4. Tunnels are often shared within the school. It’s important to decide who’ll be in charge of inflatable b4 & after event. #InflatableChat
  17. LandmarkBot
    Q5. What must booster clubs understand when it comes to taking care of an inflatable tunnel? #InflatableChat
  18. balloonguymeach
    A5: Establish a checklist so that future clubs will know what to do. Each year t will be different members. #inflatablechat
  19. Stephatto
    A5. If multiple groups will use the inflatable, it’s important to establish who’s in charge of care & maintenance. #InflatableChat
  20. itsCaitlin0111
    @LandmarkBot Don’t pack when wet! (& that it shouldn’t be stored in a damp environment) #InflatableChat
  21. LandmarkBot
    Q6. What are alternatives for booster clubs who don’t have the budget for a tunnel? #InflatableChat
  22. itsCaitlin0111
    A6. If an inflatable tunnel is still out of reach for a booster club I would recommend an inflatable arch or a mascot! #InflatableChat
  23. balloonguymeach
    A6: I would get an interactive throw station that you can raise money all over town as well as the games. #inflatablechat
  24. itsCaitlin0111
    A6. Start with a traditional tunnel & purchase a mascot head later w/ the option to attach the two & make 1 GIANT tunnel! #InflatableChat
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Tips & Tricks for Athletic Booster Clubs Using Inflatable Sports Tunnels & Helmets

InflatableChat (32) Athletic Booster Clubs – Common Questions Answered about Inflatable Sports Tunnels & Helmets

Join us Thursday as we discuss commonly asked questions from booster clubs and athletic departments. We’ll share our knowledge of how to find sponsors, what is important when ordering a sports tunnel & how to maintain an inflatable tunnel for years to come.

Questions for #InflatableChat – Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 2-2:30 p.m. CST

Q1. How can booster clubs raise money for the purchase of an inflatable tunnel?
Q2. How can booster clubs approach local businesses for sponsorships?
Q3. What are some advantages booster clubs have after purchasing an inflatable tunnel?
Q4. Can I purchase an inflatable tunnel that can be used by multiple sports teams?
Q5. What must booster clubs understand when it comes to taking care of an inflatable tunnel?
Q6. What are alternatives for booster clubs who don’t have the budget for a tunnel?

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Highlights from InflatableChat 31

  1. LandmarkBot
    #InflatableChat starts in 1 hr. This week’s topic: Custom Inflatables: Repairs & Troubleshooting Questions > http://landmktg.com/chat-31
  2. LandmarkBot
    Q1. Will I be able to set up my inflatable by myself? How can I successfully inflate my giant advertising balloon? #InflatableChat
  3. Stephatto
    A2. Mildewed inflatables can sometimes be saved via professional cleaning, but it’s best to avoid that: NEVER PACK WET! #InflatableChat
  4. balloonguymeach
    A3: Yes it can, we will supply it with a repair kit however send it in and we can fix it… #inflatablechat
  5. balloonguymeach
    A3: I have yet to see a blimp that cannot be repaired… had one with 50 holes and she flew the next day. #inflatablechat
  6. Stephatto
    A4. Small tears can be repaired during an event by needle & thread or adhesive patch kit (Landmark inflatables include both) #InflatableChat
  7. Stephatto
    A4. Usually on-site repairs can get the inflatable through an event until it can be professionally / permanently fixed. #InflatableChat
  8. balloonguymeach
    A4: Large tears may require a more bit more work. Send us a picture and we can advise the cheapest way #inflatablechat
  9. Stephatto
    A4. Inflatables w/ giant tears need to be repaired with a machine. Contact a local tent/awning co. if no inf. co. is avail. #InflatableChat
  10. Stephatto
    A5. Inflatables w/ giant tears need to be repaired with a machine. Contact a local tent/awning co. if no inf. co. is avail. #InflatableChat
  11. itsCaitlin0111
    @LandmarkBot A6. Regularly cleaning your cold-air inflatable will help prevent mold, mildew & the general stink factor. #InflatableChat
  12. Stephatto
    A6. Washing inflatables (even spot cleaning) between events keeps them looking professional = good brand image. #InflatableChat
  13. balloonguymeach
    A6: I recommend that you inspect and spot clean whenever you take the balloon down to pack it. Make sure it’s DRY #inflatablechat
  14. Stephatto
    A6. Bottom line is it depends how frequently they’re used. It’s a good idea to clean inflatables before storing them. #InflatableChat
  15. balloonguymeach
    A7: As with any inflatable take your time and notice what works and what does not. If in doubt…call us #inflatablechat
  16. itsCaitlin0111
    @LandmarkBot Q7. Machine washing for most inflatables, consult a manufacturer to determine if commercial washing is better. #InflatableChat
  17. Stephatto
    A8. Cold-air inflatables can be used year-round. Helium balloons are difficult to use in extreme or fluctuating temperatures #InflatableChat
  18. balloonguymeach
    A9: I have set up a cold air inflatable in -20 below zero.. the inflatable was fine… me not so much #inflatablechat

Custom Inflatables: Repairing Inflatables & Common Troubleshooting Questions

InflatableChat (31) Troubleshooting – How to Solve Inflatable Problems

Join us Thursday as we discuss the most commonly asked questions regarding inflatable problem-solving & crisis management. Preliminary questions have been listed below, but, we encourage chat participants to ask any questions they may have about inflatables to #InflatableChat.

Questions for #InflatableChat (31) – Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 2 – 2:30 p.m. CST

Q1. Will I be able to set up my inflatable by myself? How can I successfully inflate my giant advertising balloon?
Q2. Mayday! My inflatable has accumulated mildew – what should I do?
Q3. My helium blimp has been punctured / torn, can it be saved?
Q4. What should I do if my cold-air inflatable has a small tear?
Q5. What should I do if my cold-air inflatable has a large tear?
Q6. How often should I wash my inflatable?
Q7. What are the best practices for washing a custom inflatable?
Q8. Can I use my inflatable in the winter?
Q9. How cold is too cold for a cold-air / helium inflatable?

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Highlights from #InflatableChat 30

  1. LandmarkBot
    Welcome to #InflatableChat 30: Custom Inflatables: FAQ [We’re covering the top 10 inflatables questions in the next 30 minutes!]
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:31:28
  2. LandmarkBot
    Q1. What is the difference between a cold-air inflatable and a sealed / airtight inflatable? #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:33:32
  3. Stephatto
    A1. I’ve got this: cold-air inflatables use a fan system = constant airflow. sealed inflatables are air-tight. #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:34:47
  4. itsCaitlin0111
    @LandmarkBot A1. Cold-air inflatables require a fan to keep them inflated. Airtight inflatables don’t require a blower. #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:35:19
  5. Stephatto
    A1: Cold-air inflatables cost more than sealed, but they last significantly longer & usually have warranties of several yrs. #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:35:43
  6. LandmarkBot
    Q2. What is included when I purchase a custom inflatable? Will I need to purchase a blower or tethers? #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:35:35
  7. Stephatto
    A2. Depends which type of inflatable and where you buy it. At @Landmarketer tethers & blowers are usually included. #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:36:33
  8. itsCaitlin0111
    @LandmarkBot A2. Systems includes: blower (internal or external), tethers, installation hardware, repair kit & storage bag #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:36:43
  9. LandmarkBot
    Q3. How do I inflate my cold-air inflatable? Do I need electricity? #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:37:28
  10. itsCaitlin0111
    @LandmarkBot A3. http://youtu.be/rTPvujBQgyI > How to Inflate Custom Advertising Balloons #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:38:26
  11. Stephatto
    A3: Electricity is needed for cold-air inflatables. They can use a standard electrical outlet in most cases. #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:38:53
  12. LandmarkBot
    Q4. How do I inflate a helium sphere or blimp? How long will the helium-filled inflatable float in the air? #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:40:19
  13. Stephatto
    A4: Helium blimps & balls are filled with tanks of helium and a hose. (If you’re lucky enough to find helium, that is.) #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:42:03
  14. Stephatto
    A4. Minor amounts of helium need to be added to helium blimps every 1-3 days. #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:43:11
  15. LandmarkBot
    Q5. How do I anchor my inflatable to the ground, rooftop, etc? #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:43:23
  16. Stephatto
    A5: Ground anchoring (tethering) can be done with ground stakes or weights e.g. sandbags or water tanks… #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:44:55
  17. itsCaitlin0111
    @LandmarkBot A5. Using tethers, stakes to keep it secured to the ground. #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:44:59
  18. Stephatto
    A5. Rooftop installs can be done using anchor bolts & lag shields. Be sure you have the owner of bldg’s permission first! #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:46:28
  19. Stephatto
    A5. We usually recommend first time inflatable users hire professional installers for their rooftop projects, though. #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:47:00
  20. LandmarkBot
    Q6. How long will it take to manufacture a custom inflatable? #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:45:18
  21. itsCaitlin0111
    @LandmarkBot A6. Lead times are usually between 4-6 weeks. ( Need a rush order? Chat with @balloonguymeach ) #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:47:18
  22. LandmarkBot
    Q7. What are the best practices for cleaning an inflatable? How often should I clean my inflatable? #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:48:29
  23. Stephatto
    A7. Keeping inflatables clean between events (hand washing) goes a long way to maintaining their professional appearance. #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:50:30
  24. Stephatto
    A7. Professional inflatable cleaning can be done for a few hundred $; otherwise hand wash with products like #JungleJake #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:51:31
  25. Stephatto
    A7. And never, ever pack an inflatable away wet. This is the #1 rule of inflatable cleaning. NEVER PACK IT AWAY WET #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:52:19
  26. Stephatto
    A7. (But if you must pack it away wet, re-inflate ASAP, wash & let it dry out completely.) #InflatableChat
    Thu, Aug 16 2012 13:53:27