2012 Cincinnati Toy, Game (and UKULELE) Gift Guide

Looking for fresh or nostalgic gift ideas for the holiday season? Here’s a wonderful collection. Proud to have our Ukulele Musician Maker™ Kits featured (pp 46) among so many illustrious toys and games with Cincinnati inventor roots.

Special Note: FLEA brand ukuleles are by no means “toy grade” musical instruments. They are manufactured by The Magic Fluke Co. in Sheffield, Massachusetts with superb quality and tone. Ideal for beginners and beyond, all the way up to professional performance. Our exclusive kits enable fast ukulele FUN and SKILLS. You’ll love playing for life, no matter what age you start. Those are hallmark traits of outstanding toys and games … why we affiliate with this creative group.

Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending their holidays in a hospital.

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THANK YOU Tide Dry Cleaners (Liberty Township, OH)

Our retail mission serves ukulele players on a national scale. Sales proceeds help us drive a steady donation of FLEA® ukuleles into hospital music therapy programs –– the heart of our community mission. External sponsors (businesses + individuals) help us accelerate donations to reach even more hospitalized children.

Last spring, we also developed a UKULELE Prom Pack concept. This is an attractive prize for After Prom raffles, encouraging teens to attend and “play it safe” during Prom night. A big hit (see prior posts). We donated to several Cincinnati area schools, plus invited business sponsors. The following organization deserves special attention. Not just for their heartfelt support of Lakota East High School’s event, but also to highlight the focused marketing benefits such sponsorships can offer:

Please visit their website (click logo). Better yet, visit their shop for state-of-the-art fabric care if you reside anywhere near Liberty Township, Ohio.

Why would a DRY CLEANER sponsor a UKULELE for a PROM event?

1. Location, Location, Location. The shop has close proximity to the school and hence a heavy passerby stream of prospective business. Parent clothing, student formalwear and uniforms (e.g., prom gowns, band, athletics). Supporting a special, nightlong school event may provide that extra incentive to take notice and visit.

2. Grand Prize Appeal. The ukulele category is large and growing, especially among teens. A colorful, superb quality ukulele is a bit more exciting to teens at a 3:00 am raffle than any dry cleaning special. Not easy to compete with iPods and flat-screen TV’s as the grand prize, but FLEA® ukuleles were up there … ask the winners!

3. Immediate Recognition and Reach. The prize is amply featured with the sponsor’s ID and promo materials –– not just to student attendees, but also all parent volunteers and parents/siblings attending the “After Prom Preview” event.

CHECK IN TABLE – Programs with sponsor listing, promo materials

PRIZE TABLE – features high value prize, who provided it

APPRECIATIVE PARENTS – not a “staged” pose, these moms just picked up Tide DC coupons and I asked for a photo!

Would you or your organization like to bring this prize to your local high school After Prom? Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com with your After Prom information. I’ll gladly put together a UKULELE Prom Pack at special sub-retail pricing. I also help manage the logistics of getting the prize delivered to the school contact and properly featured for the event.

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Flea Ukuleles WIN Presidential VOTE

Freedom to vote. A wonderful privilege and one that we owe much to those who sacrificed to earn it. What’s that got to do with ukuleles?

A close presidential race. Over $2B in campaign funds have been raised and spent to influence our voting freedom. Those funds aim at “swing” voters (about 3-5% total voters), but we all get to view the endless ads and flyers. Not sure we’re wiser for it all. So here’s where ukuleles come in, and I’m talking the best, FLEA ukuleles.

If running for president, use your $1B to distribute FLEA ukuleles. Win over the swing voters with the world’s most uplifting music. How many concert FLEAs would that buy?


The ultimate presidential election tool

Let the other candidate spend their $1B in “paid talk”. Use social media for your “free talk” and distribute FLEAs nationally to “let your music speak”.

Or concentrate on OHIO, a swing state. That’s one FLEA ukulele to each of the 4.6 million households. Extra to spare. You, along side your running mate and family members, must strum, too! Voilàswing voters become loyal strum voters. You become president.

Doubtful? Ask any FLEA strummer if they feel better about themselves and where the world is heading. True joy.

Why FLEA ukuleles? Superb quality AND in tune with a politically correct agenda:

G: Grows our economy. Made in USA. 10 million FLEA’s (if both candidates wise up to this strategy) catapult the manufacturer’s total output to date by 200-fold.

C: Class connector. Everyone can play uke, regardless of W-2 Box 1 income or tax rate. Warren Buffet strums. So do many others of lesser means.

E: Energy independent. No foreign oil required. In fact, Magic Fluke’s manufacturing site deploys clean solar energy … in Governor Romney’s state of Massachusetts!

A: Academic Achievement. Musicianship enhances academic excellence, a well proven fact based on school music studies. And as president, ukulele classes/clubs will become a top priority in our schools.

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