Merchants sign up for the program absolutely free. We just ask that the merchants provide at least a 15% discount on a service or merchandise. The offer can and should be creative. So in effect the merchant is paying for the privilege of being in the program by the offer they have given. It is important to note that the card can be used over and over again so be sure the offer is enticing for the customers but not so much that it hurts your business. It is also important to note that the discounts that are being offered greatly increase the value of the card and make it easy for the Non-Profits and Charities to sell the cards. This is a LOCAL program for LOCAL businesses and LOCAL Charities. There is no “catch”. We are not selling you anything, there are no “hidden fees”.The duration which you participate in the program is completely up to you as the merchants.
The program is very simple. Non-Profits pre-sell the Grapevine Discount card at a significant margin. There is no up-front costs to the program at all!! With an active sales force it would be easy to make $15.000 to $150,000 and even more!. It is important to note that many of the merchants in the network are willing and able to be the sales force for the various Non-Profits selling the cards. There are many aspects of selling cards that needs to be discussed in person.
The card has a significant value. They sell for $25.00 which is a complete write off as a donation to a non-profit. Many of the discounts being offered are more than the cost of the card just with the first use of the card. In some cases if you need a service listed you could be several hundred dollars ahead just by purchasing the card. The cards are good for a year. See the list below for a sample of the 100+ merchants already on the program.
We are excited about this program. We obviously want it to succeed. Our commitment to the program is just that. We want it to succeed for everyone involved. We grew up in Spokane and love everything about this town. We will continue to add quality merchants to the program. Our goal is to have many hundreds of merchants giving fantastic offers all over Spokane. We are committed to keeping the program LOCAL for both merchants and Non-Profits. We will provide all of the selling tools and marketing with our thousands of fans on facebook and twitter. We do regular email newsletters showcasing the merchants in the network. We are here to make this program the most innovative and forward thinking BUY LOCAL, GIVE LOCAL program in Spokane.
Extra Benefits for merchants
We have started several social networks surrounding this program. We have a facebook fan page for the cards and we utilize our primary fan page to drive traffic to the Grapevine Discount card site. We have also established an exclusive group of merchants and non-profits on facebook that is truly the who’s who of Spokane. The benefits of joining this program are too numerous to mention in a single blog post.
Don’t take our word for it. Send me an email and I can give you a list of people that would be happy to tell you about the program and how well it is working for them. For that matter give me a call and we can chat.
1. “I was really impressed and delighted with how easy it was to join in as a vendor for the Spokane Grapevine Discount Card. I signed up online in less than 10 minutes and had confirmation back within a couple of hours and that was it! I have made so many new connections really quickly as a result. I heartily recommend this program to businesses no matter what type. This program is a win-win-win for everyone involved.
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2. “For about 3 years I have been preaching the message about “Buy Local”, I was so excited that Spokane Grapevine put together such a great program. Its so easy! We all need a little business boost, and the non-profits need it too, It’s a double win. The more ways we can get our names out there the better, and when its free, its the Best.”
3. The Heart of Spokane Says: “With this great discount card you get several things…freeeeee advertising from Spokane Grapevine, you get a sense of helping your fellow man, woman or child through local charities, which makes the customer happy they are impacting their community while shopping, and of course through the discount you offer you bring in new business. Simple. Effective.”
The Heart of Spokane 4. “I went into the Corner Cottage the week before Christmas to pick up my discount card. I shopped a bit while I was there and when I went to the register – after Trish so kindly and gleefully helped me find the perfect gifts – Trish rang up my items, giving me 21% off the most expensive item I had selected. That was it, easy peasy!!!!! Love this card!”
Lori Hammerschmidt A Personal Fit 5. ” I signed up on line. It was extremely easy. I agonized over it for weeks finally my wonderful wife Laurie pulled up the website and I filled it out in 15 minutes.” Dave Boley Farmers insurance agent..
Thanks to Ed Clark of How’s Business Spokane for this great article. Spokane Grapevine debuts discount card program
— Local business owners Monte and Kelly Tareski of SpokaneGrapevine.com have long been involved with promoting small businesses and local charities in Spokane. They have a fan page on facebook that is over 11,000 strong and use their blogs and website to spread the word about all the wonderful things this region has to offer.
They have recently unveiled a new program called the Spokane Grapevine Discount Card Program, a program where non-Profits and charities sell a physical card (similar to a credit card) for $25. The card entitles the bearer to discounts from merchants that have signed up for the program. The discounts offered by the merchants are significant so the value of the card is an easy sell for the charitable organizations.
The program is three fold. Charities and non-profits make a significant margin on the sale of the card, local merchants get the much needed foot traffic in their door and the consumer gets significant discounts from participating merchants. Best of all it doesn’t cost merchants anything to sign up for the program. It is a free program for merchants with no strings attached. Each participating merchant gets a mini-web page on the Spokane Grapevine Discount Card Website which will be cross promoted across the extensive Spokane Grapevine Network. All the work is done by Monte and Kelly. All merchants need to do is sign up and wait for customers to walk in their door. Almost all of the money generated from this program stays right here in Spokane be it merchants or local charities.
The network of merchants is growing daily and includes participants like Round Table Pizza, Finders Keepers, Harmon Glass, Corner Cottage, and Something Else Deli to name just a few.