Who I am...
Hi! My name is Nancy Ihlefeld. I've been called crafty, creative, eccentric, and an artist. But most of all, I would say I am driven. I have a small business where I make unique Handbags called IHLE BAGS, pronounced IHLE(eye-lee) BAGS. All are handcrafted, many are custom designed for individuals. All of the real leather & hardware that I use on my bags is carefully chosen, yet recycled materials. IHLE supports our planet!
I have really found what I want to do for my Career and have been on this wonderful journey for a little over 2 yrs. It excites me each and every day! I have reached the point with my business where I am now trying new ways of expanding and gaining exposure. This is where I came across the idea and opportunity to participate in a Gifting Suite at the OSCARS!
What is a Gifting Suite?
The most extreme Celebrity Gifting you can do! PR Companies set up a Red Carpet Celebrity Style Lounge in honor of the Academy Awards. Your company participates as a Vendor in this ultra exclusive event. The Lounge is a place where nominees, celebrities, press, media and the like can relax in style and get “Red Carpet ready” while your Company Reps meet with these influential people to present and promote your products as well as get pictures of celebrities posing with them for you to use for marketing, website and promotion usage.
A fellow entreprenuer friend of mine participated in an Awards Night gifting suite, and had nothing but amazing things to say for what it did for her business; I began checking into the possibility of attending such an event; researching what was required. Now, here I am, registered with a reputable PR Company - "Secret Room Events," that has me on their invite list for the 2014 OSCARS! It's amazing how things work out.
It is very exciting to see a step to the next level in achieving your dream. My ultimate dream is to get to the point where my designs are everywhere. From the research I've done on this opportunity, these events have been known to create an overnight sensation for certain companies!
Where will the money go...
My Budget is derrived from what it takes to attend this event. I am determined to do everything in my power to have my company involved in this opportunity,
I see this as an investment in my business, not just a ticket to the Oscars. Celebrity exposure is a very powerful and underutilized strategy. Gifting to celebrities helps give your product and brand added exposure and sales.
1) Paying the Vendor Package fee. This can range from $7,000 -$12,000 depending on which package you partake in. The difference in packages pertains mainly to your company's location at the event, how prominant your business name/brand is at the event.
- I'm shooting for the middle to high package. if I'm going to attend something like this, I'd like to make the most out of the opportunity and not get lost in the shuffle of other attendees.
2) Get myself, and up to (3) other Company Representatives to Beverly Hills.
3) Daily per diem for Company Reps for meals.
4) Lodging for 2 nights for 4 people at nearby Hotel.
5) Providing 100 IHLE BAGS + additional promotional items as gifts to give out to the Celebrities.
- Material needed to make everything.
- Shipping costs to get all Products to L.A.
6) Payment to Company representatives for time spent preparing for event.
Money contributed will go directly to starting on the making of the products, followed by the rest.
My campaign features very unique perks for both men and women including handmade Clutches, Handbags, Laptop bags, as well as the amazing opportunity to be chosen as one of my Company Representatives and attend this event with us!
When I attend this event I will be meeting influential people to present and promote my products. I will have access to celebrities, media, press, stylists as well as possible syndicated coverage from shows like E!, CBS, FOX, Entertainment Tonight. A professional photographer will be available to me to take photos of Celebrities wearing my product.
Your donation will not only accomplish the above, but it very well may be a donation that puts a product with great potential in the lime light it needs to explode into a brand name that you one day see in big name stores!
Why so far in advance...?
Almost a year in advance seems early to be collecting donations; however, since all of my products are handmade, I'm estimating about 8 months just in preparation of the products that i need to bring. My goal will be to make an average of 12 Handbags a month on top of routine orders, and Indiegogo Perk orders.
I hope this opportunity sounds as Amazing to you as it does to me. I look forward to the future!
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help. There are other ways to help that are just as meaningful and sincerely help more than you might think:
You can help me get the word out! Talk about it on Facebook, post about it, Blog about it, Tweet it... Spread the word to any folks you think would have the interest and availability for the opportunity to attend this event with us!
I truly appreciate you taking the time to spread the word - "Help get my business to the Oscars!"
- Don't forget to use the Indiegogo share tools!