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Calling all College Student Groups: Fundraise for Your Club and Support Your Campus!

Hi there! Are you a college student? If so, then we’ve got two questions for you:

  • Are you part of a local college student Group or club?
  • Are you interested in an opportunity to raise money for your organization?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, then keep reading: Here Is My Coupon (HIMC) is an ideal fit for you and your club!

HIMC serves its users in three intertwined ways: we’re a coupon website for dedicated coupon users, a traffic and revenue booster for small businesses, and a fundraising platform for local community Groups, especially college student Groups.

We know that funding and budget cuts from student activities offices can make it difficult for student-run clubs and organizations to function. So how can college students find a flexible way to raise money for their club in accordance with their busy schedules and personalized fundraising needs? Enter: HIMC.

For every Coupon Space that a college student Group recruits to HIMC, they fundraise $45 for their club. Additionally, the Sales Representative—a member of the club—who recruits the Coupon Space earns $30 in commission. With our support and your ambition, there’s no limit to the amount of money that you could raise for your club! If you sign up with us today, in one year, you could make:

Merchants Recruited Sales Rep Earns Group Earns
10 Merchants $300 $450
25 Merchants $750 $1,125
50 Merchants $1,500 $2,250
100 Merchants $3,000 $4,500
150 Merchants $4,500 $6,750
200 Merchants $6,000 $9,000
250 Merchants $7,500 $11,250
300 Merchants $9,000 $13,500

With HIMC—especially in this early stage—the early bird gets the worm. The college student Group that signs up first and begins to recruit Coupon Spaces before anyone else is the club that has the opportunity to raise the most money. Think about it!

Consider your college campus and the surrounding off-campus areas.

  • Is there a coffee shop on campus where students study for hours on end?
  • What about the pizzeria that everyone loves to visit after the big game?
  • Restaurants, salons, clothing stores, ice cream shops—you name it! Any merchant can benefit from HIMC.

If you approach a business and sell two Coupon Spaces to them in a 15 to 20-minute sales appointment—yes, just 15 to 20 minutes!—then that’s $90 for your club, $60 for you, and the start of your knack for identifying and recruiting merchants that are an ideal fit for HIMC. When it comes to fundraising through our platform, all it takes is a few merchants to get started. There’s no better time to sign up like the present!

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Additionally, if HIMC takes off on your campus, then other colleges in your area could benefit too. It’s great to show that HIMC is a success for your club so that other college student Groups on other campuses can follow your lead. In other words, it’s a BIG opportunity for you to sign up as the first college student Group to work with HIMC.

We specifically designed Here Is My Coupon (HIMC) to serve college student Groups like yours because we believe that college students have the most potential. There’s no better time for you to learn how to fundraise for an organization and develop business development and networking skills—these experiences make for great resume pieces and will serve you well in the future.

Plus, it’s always nice to earn some extra money for yourself. $35 is a lot for a college student! Multiply that by two or three—yes, $70 (or $105!) is how much you could earn selling an additional Coupon Space or two during one sales appointment.

How does your club currently raise money? Do you throw an annual fundraising event, or are bake sales in the student union more your thing? Consider HIMC as a potentially new fundraising platform for your club: with our support, you (and your campus) could reap many more benefits.

So are you ready to get started? Click here to learn more about Groups and click here to sign up. We’re excited to help you raise more money for your club!

 

FUN FACT: printed and posted. by the 1980s, you could find coupons printed in local and national newspapers and magazines alike.  Today, nearly 90% of all coupons are issued in the Sunday newspaper Free Standing Inserts.

 

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Thinking Big for Small Businesses: The Importance of Local Economies

“When I think about my life growing up, I recall a great sense of community,” says our C.E.O., Andrew Schwartz. “The deli, the butcher, the barber shop, the pizza parlor, local restaurants—all of them felt like my extended family.”

“I could walk behind the counter and talk with merchants while watching them work. This special relationship is something that we want to help rekindle through Here Is My Coupon.”

In explaining his motivation for starting Here Is My Coupon (HIMC), Andrew touches on an important point: more companies should address the needs of small businesses. Why? They thrive from strong community relations.

As the Internet has grown more pervasive, online commerce has started to dominate many sectors of the market. This development is good for large companies, which often have the resources to take advantage of everything the Internet has to offer. However, it’s more difficult for smaller businesses to keep up with these companies, particularly if they serve local communities: their reach may not seem as large. Therefore, we believe that there’s a need to support a specific sector of the market: local communities.

What do we mean by “local communities?” We mean towns that are tightly knit on a personalized level. More specifically, we mean towns that have small vendors whose customers are frequent, loyal, and know the business well.

What are some examples of small vendors? Think about it for a second. Many local communities have well-known restaurants that residents visit when they decide to dine out with their families. Furthermore, lots of towns have local fashion boutiques where all of the high school girls purchase their prom dresses. Is there a town bakery that’s been in a particular family for generations and everyone knows them? What about the Mexican restaurant on the corner that college students frequent when they’re home from school?

When it comes to town-specific merchants, the possibilities are endless. Every small town has a collection of local businesses that make the community special.

When people use Groupon and Living Social coupons at big-name stores, they don’t help their local community much as they potentially could. Why? They need to use a personalized coupon service that addresses the needs of small businesses and consequently brings their community closer together. Enter: HIMC.

How does HIMC start off in a local community? Let’s use an example. There’s a Group in a small town—a Little League baseball team—that needs to raise money for their travel expenses. The more money they raise, the more out-of-state tournaments the team can attend, which gives their players more experience.

One of the player’s parents, who has agreed to serve as a Sales Representative for the team, goes to the local spa twice a month. Realizing that they have a personalized connection with this business, they decide to reach out to the spa’s owner to see if they’re interested in working with HIMC. The Sales Rep knows that the spa already uses coupons—why not receive some additional support?

After the Sales Rep discusses the benefits of HIMC for local merchants, the spa agrees to sign up, and they become the first business in town to work with HIMC! They pay $180 to have their Coupon Space posted on www.hereismycoupon.com for an entire year, which now means that their regular customers can benefit even more from their services. The Sales Rep earns $30 in commission, and the Little League team earns $45 for their fundraiser.

From this point onward, community residents who use HIMC coupons know that not only are they supporting a local business, but they’re also supporting a local community Group, an organization that benefits people they know. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Our business model has the potential to help small businesses compete in today’s Internet-driven economy and consequently bring them closer to their communities. When we increase business traffic and revenue for small merchants through the sale and promotion of our online coupons, we give communities a personalized way to support their local economy. There’s always a way to help the little guy!

 

FUN FACT: at the crux of competition: beginning in the 1940s, chain supermarkets began to use coupons as a weapon. By offering them, they attracted customers away from smaller, independently owned neighborhood shops. We built HIMC to serve those small businesses!

 

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Charitable Giving and Annual Fundraising: HIMC Seeks Local Charities!

As the world becomes more connected, it has become easier to find groups and causes whose missions genuinely resonate with you. Which type of group has benefited immensely from these new connections? Charities.

In 2017, charitable giving reached record levels for the third year in a row. People donated an estimated $410 billion to charitable causes! This number is an increase of 5% in current dollars and 3% in inflation-adjusted dollars from 2016.

Who is giving to charities? As in previous years, the majority of charitable giving in 2017 came from individuals. Specifically, individuals donated $286 billion, which accounted for 70% of all charitable giving! It also represents a 3% increase from 2016.

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Foundations—in other words, independent, community, and operating foundations—donated $66 billion (16% of all donations). This amount represents a 6% increase from 2016.

Finally, the rate of corporate donations grew by 8% to $20 billion (5% of all donations).

So where do all of these charitable donations go? Evidently, a variety of places:

  • Donations to Education charities increased by 6% to $58 billion.
  • Donations to Human Services charities increased by 5% to $50 billion.
  • Foundations saw an increase of 6% in donations to $45 billion.
  • Health charities saw an increase of 15% in donations to $38 billion.
  • Public Society Benefit charities saw an increase of 7% in donations to $29 billion.
  • Donations to Arts, Culture, and Humanities charities increased by 8% to $19 billion.
  • Charities that focus on the Environment/Animals saw an increase of 7% in donations to $11 billion.

All data is the property of Giving USA 2018, the Annual Report on Philanthropy.  

From the increase in every one of these statistics—as well from as the overall size of charitable giving—it seems clear that charities play a crucial role in our society. Moreover, this role has even more potential to grow! Enter: Here Is My Coupon (HIMC).

Remember: individual donations to charities accounted for 70% of all charitable giving in 2017. This significant investment means that everyday people are connected to their local communities and the world at large: they are interested in finding causes that matter to them. Here is where HIMC comes into play. As an online fundraising platform that’s primarily focused on bringing communities closer together, we connect local charities with people who are genuinely invested in their cause.

Think about it this way: a local charity wants to raise money for a nearby community-run homeless shelter. Although they can raise money through ordinary means—asking for donations—HIMC offers them a more consistent, sustainable way to fundraise for their cause.

When this charity approaches local merchants to sell Coupon Spaces, they earn $45 per Coupon Space sold, and the Sales Representative who sold the Coupon Space earns $30. If a charity is the first to get to the party, then they have HUGE earning potential.

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Plus, for every year that a merchant renews their Coupon Space and re-credits the Sales Rep who originally sold them the Coupon Space, the Sales Rep earns $20 and $10 every year afterward, and their charity re-earns $45. That means annual income for the charity and their Sales Reps, which is a unique benefit of a relationship with HIMC that charities don’t get anywhere else. How many charities do you know could benefit from an annual stream of income? Think about it!

When the loyal customers of the local pizza shop, the town bookstore, or the family-owned bakery use HIMC coupons, not only do they know that they’re supporting the merchant, but they also know that they’re supporting a local charity. Simply put: when everyone in a community participates in and benefits from HIMC, everybody wins. That’s why we’re on the hunt for charities who want to work with HIMC.

We’ve tested our market: merchants are ready to join us. We’re currently hand-selecting our first Groups with a key focus on charities, so each and every Group is important to us. If you decide to work with us, then we’ll follow and publicize your cause, support your fundraising efforts, and ensure your charity’s success on our platform. As we grow, you can expect to receive more and more funds, making HIMC one of the best fundraising options for community Groups like yours.

Are you a charity who’s interested in working with us? Learn more here and sign up here!

 

FUN FACT: clip, clip, clip away: by 1965, nearly half of all American consumers had used coupons. That number surged to 89% by 2013, according to a Linkable Networks survey. Studies from Typical Savings demonstrated that shoppers who spent 20 minutes on average per week collecting coupons could save up to $1,000 per year, and that the typical coupon-using family saves between $5.20 and $9.60 per week.

 

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Interning at Here Is My Coupon: My Growth as a Young Professional

Nastassia Velazquez, Content Developer at Here Is My Coupon

 

In the second semester of my junior year of college, I knew that I had to secure a good internship for the upcoming summer. For many college juniors—including myself—the internship that they hold during the summer before their final year of college is their most significant internship experience. As a rising senior, I wanted an internship that would help me grow, not one that centered on photocopying or coffee-fetching.

For some rising college seniors, a summer internship translates into a full-time job after graduation. Other times, it makes future career prospects clearer (or in some cases, more ambiguous!). I wanted an internship that represented the culmination of what I had pursued in my internships so far: experience in media and communications.

At times, the summer internship search can test your resolve, especially if you make the mistake of putting it off. I didn’t want that to happen to me, so I dove into the process as soon as I could. On January 2nd, 2018 (c’mon, I had to give myself some time to relax on New Year’s Day!), I updated all of my professional social media profiles, opened a fresh Microsoft Word document, and began my Summer 2018 internship search.

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Several weeks into the application process, I received a message on www.internships.com, one of several internship search engines where I have a profile listed. It was from Andrew Schwartz, the C.E.O. of A.E. Schwartz and Associates, a Boston-based management training and professional development organization. He believed that I could be a great fit for his internship program and requested that I take a look at a few links for starters, the first being www.hereismycoupon.com.

Because I was in apply to anything that looks remotely promising mode, I applied to A.E. Schwartz and Associates’ Writer/Editor internship without a second thought. I didn’t think much of it until the day after I sent in my application—Andrew emailed me and asked to schedule a Skype call to discuss things further. I was excited about—and surprised at—his prompt reply. Most companies take several days or weeks to get back to potential interns.

My Skype call with Andrew was, to say the least, not what I expected! His first question for me was if I had any questions for him. I wasn’t used to this reordering of the ordinary interview process, which should’ve been a sign: my internship experience with Andrew and Here Is My Coupon was not going to be an ordinary one.

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I started working with Andrew on Here Is My Coupon (HIMC) in mid-February. My first assignment was to edit and rewrite the FAQ pages for each of the HIMC participants: Groups, Sales Reps, Merchants, Coupon Finders, and Referral Sources. Up to this point in my professional career, I hadn’t received an assignment that was this meaningful. What I was writing was eventually going to end up on the website—it wasn’t merely busy work.

I continued to intern at HIMC through to the end of the spring semester. Andrew was incredibly accommodating with regards to my schedule. In addition to interning at HIMC, I was interning at another company, working at a library for my work-study job, managing my university’s college humor website, and juggling a full course load. Andrew trusted me to complete my assignments on my own and gave me the freedom to work independently without micromanagement, which I deeply appreciated. He believed in my ability to get things done without him needing to check on me all the time, which isn’t something that you experience in every internship.

Toward the end of the semester, I decided that I wanted to work at HIMC full-time during the summer, meaning that it would become my summer internship. I wanted to continue my work there because I enjoyed my assignments. Why? They genuinely impacted the company: their tangible, measurable effects were substantial evidence of my developed skills and professional growth. I’ve learned a lot throughout my internship career, but not as much as I’ve learned during my time working at HIMC.

Andrew was happy for me to stay on the team, and I became a Content Developer as opposed to just an intern. With his mentorship and support, I have since created everything from marketing collateral—email templates, auto-responders, and flyers—to support documents for Groups and Merchants. I am responsible for managing our social media channels and writing these weekly blog posts. It’s more than I ever expected, but I’m deeply satisfied.

Prior to my experience with HIMC, I’ve never had so much real responsibility in an internship, and that’s why an internship at HIMC is different. Andrew is not just a supervisor, but a mentor. Your assignments aren’t busy work—Andrew gives them to you with careful consideration of your desires, abilities, and room for growth. Micromanagement is not part of your work day—you work independently and accomplish your goals on your own initiative.

I’m thankful for my internship experience at HIMC and grateful that I responded to Andrew’s initial message. Moreover, my experience isn’t just my own—if you’re interested in working at HIMC and believe yourself to be an ideal fit, it could be your experience too! Click here to browse our internship opportunities. Our team looks forward to hearing from you.

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FUN FACT: cut off, literally: the word coupon originates from the French verb “couper” and the Old French verb “colper,” both meaning to cut. Literally, a “coupon” is a piece cut off.

 

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Fundraising through HIMC: Why Is Our Coupon Service Different?

As Internet commerce continues to grow in size and scope, online deals have become increasingly useful and convenient. When combined with digital outreach, coupons in particular have great potential to benefit specific communities and the people who live in them.

However, few companies have realized this truth and built their service around it. That’s where Here Is My Coupon comes in: our business model distinguishes us from other coupon service websites because it focuses on our role as a fundraising platform.

Most coupon service companies connect businesses with consumers through digital marketing: search engine marketing, email campaigns, social media referrals, and more. They promote electronic coupons for specific vendors in local areas—usually, you enter your city or zip code and search for available deals that way.

Although these types of coupon services are useful for business owners and consumers, we believe that there’s a need in the market for a particular subset of customers: local communities.

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What do we mean by “local communities?” We mean towns and cities with local businesses who have loyal and frequent customers. Many small towns have family-owned cafés where community members often drop by for a quick bite to eat. Even more towns have local Italian restaurants or pizzerias where families love to dine. Is there an ice cream shop that parents love to visit with their kids? What about a burger joint that the high schoolers frequent after Friday night football games? You get the idea.

These small communities may benefit from coupon service companies such as Groupon and Retail Me Not, but not as much as they potentially could. Why? They need a personalized coupon service that ties their community together in a unique way. HIMC is that coupon service.

Similar to other coupon services, HIMC connects merchants to customers through digital marketing of their deals. However, there’s an additional part of the equation that helps merchants promote their coupons and increase their business traffic and revenue: Groups.

What is a Group? A Group is any nonprofit, charity, club, or organization in need of a way to fundraise. Virtually any type of college or community Group can apply to partner with HIMC for free. Moreover, these Groups are often connected to their local communities, which makes it easier for merchants and customers to share the benefits of our coupon service.

Let’s say there’s a Group in a small town that throws a potluck every year to raise money for their college scholarship fund. The more money they raise, the more scholarships they can award to high school seniors. Seems pretty common, right?

One of the members of this Group, who serves as a Sales Representative, is a loyal customer of the local hair salon. They reach out to their hairdresser, who puts them in touch with the hair salon’s owner. After the Sales Rep discusses the benefits of HIMC with the merchant, the hair salon becomes the first business in the area to sign up with HIMC! They pay $180 to have their Coupon Space posted on www.hereismycoupon.com for an entire year. The Sales Rep earns $30 in commission, and their Group earns $45 to put toward their fundraiser.

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If this Group is the first Group in their area to partner with HIMC, then they have a significant starter advantage: there are plenty of merchants for them to recruit and therefore huge income potential for their fundraiser. The earlier you get to the party, the bigger the potential rewards!

Moreover, customers who use HIMC coupons know that not only are they supporting a local business, but they’re also supporting a local community Group, an organization that benefits their community and the people who live in it. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Because our hyperlocal coupon service doubles as a personalized fundraising platform, we build better futures for local communities in a way that sets us apart from other coupon services. So if you’re a Group in need of a way to fundraise, partner with HIMC to raise money for your cause! Help local merchants increase their revenue while everyone in your community saves. Our mission is to strengthen our economy, one community at a time—come join us!

 

FUN FACT: Who invented the coupon? The glory goes to Atlanta businessman Asa Candler, co-owner of Coca-Cola.  In 1887, he distributed certificates in efforts to encourage the public to try his new soda for free.

 

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Calling All Interns!

  • Are you interested in shaping the future of a company?
  • Are you eager to make meaningful contributions in a team setting?
  • Are you excited to apply what you know so far to real-world projects with tangible impacts?

If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions, then we want you to apply for an internship at Here Is My Coupon (HIMC).

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We originally designed HIMC for college students and college student Groups because we believed that students benefited the most from residual income, increased exposure to the business world, and opportunities to develop and strengthen their sales and outreach skills. Although we’ve expanded our scope since then, we still believe that college students have a lot of untapped potential that companies tend not to utilize.

Have you ever interned at a company where making photocopies was the extent of your work responsibilities? Maybe you know a student who spent their summer internship transcribing interviews instead of learning how to conduct them. Busy work is all too common in the internship experience, and every college student has experienced it at one point or another.

There is a seemingly endless myriad of projects that employers could give to their interns to help them develop professionally and personally. However, it seems that most companies underestimate both their interns’ abilities and their desire to learn and grow.

Just as HIMC challenges the status quo in the coupon service industry, we also challenge the status quo in the internship world. Our interns don’t receive busy work to fill their time. They have real responsibilities.

As we grow, we promise our interns hands-on projects that give them the opportunity to learn through doing and to make impactful contributions. We cultivate the growth of motivated interns who are eager to learn, and we reinforce a culture of collaboration to help our interns achieve something greater than themselves.

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Our most successful interns demonstrate these qualities:

  • Belief in our business model and the people who we serve and support. Interns who are passionate about our company’s mission and services are best suited to contribute to our growth and success.
  • A desire for exposure to all aspects of building a business. Because we’re a small company, we value interns who are open to new experiences and interested in an entrepreneurial working environment.
  • Welcoming of compliments along with critical feedback in order to improve. Professional growth is an important element of the HIMC internship experience, and constructive criticism (as well as recognition for a job well done!) is key to our approach to mentorship.
  • A desire to learn hands-on and from a mentor/coaching relationship. Our mentorship approach fosters mutually beneficial relationships between supervisors and interns, and we seek interns who benefit from that dynamic.
  • Have a desire to be heard and to see their ideas implemented. We believe that every intern has the potential to make a meaningful impact within a company. We seek interns who have the drive to contribute to our team.

We also pride ourselves on our inclusive integration of interns into our corporate culture. Our interns work with everyone on the team, from other interns to full-time employees to our CEO, Andrew Schwartz, a seasoned business consultant and entrepreneur who will serve as your mentor and boss. Temporary or not, all interns deserve to feel like a part of HIMC both in contribution and in socialization.

Moreover, we cultivate a work environment with the pace and energy that interns need to succeed. Our atmosphere is focused, hands-on, and fun. A few of our collaborative “work sessions” serve as fun outings (in other words, we love food). Corporate doesn’t necessarily mean stuffy!

Does HIMC sound like a good fit for you? If it does, then we HIGHLY encourage you to apply to our internship program. You can find everything that you need to know about the application process here. We look forward to hearing from you!