First, unless you already have a significant online presence, we suggest starting local. It may seem a bit odd in this day and age where everything is going online. Having a website will be helpful down the road, but we don't think it should be your top priority. Good old fashion face to face business and letting people see, touch and smell your products in person can get you going in your community, then your business spread.
Here are some of the ideas found in the marketing section of our guide book--included when you buy the Business Package:
+ Have your bath bombs available for sale at coffee shops--especially the drive through ones. Here in WA state, that is about very street corner!
+ Hair salons: you know what people do when getting their hair cut--they talk! Give them something fun and new to talk about! Give free samples to each of the hair dressers, the receptionist and the business owner so they can try the bath bombs themselves, then they can mention and sell your products for you! Strike up a mutually beneficial deal with the owner to split the profits in a way that is good for you and the business owner.
+ Flower shops: Who likes baths? Ladies do. Who likes getting flowers--ladies. Have your bath bombs available for sale at floral shops in your area. Whether it is the lady buying flowers or her man buying flowers for her--the bath bomb is a complementary gift that florists can offer for sale right at the check out counter. Impulse buys can lead to repeat customers.
+ Farmers markets: These are often held weekly during the warmer months. It is a great place to get a booth, meet people and sell your products. We've even heard of a woman taking a bath tub and filling it with her bath bombs to sell. She'd sell them all! We're not sure how she got the bath tub there but she figured out a clever way to sell her products.
+ Fairs: Summer county/regional/state fairs are a great place to promote and sell your products. Do you notice when you go to a fair that there are always kettle corn stands, lemonade stands and cotton candy stands? Because their is a lot of foot traffic and they are selling a ton of product! Try it. Get a 10 foot by 10 foot EZ-up tent, rent a space where there will be a lot of foot traffic and come with a lot of bath bombs to sell. Have different colors and scents available to buy. Be very pleasant, smile, talk to lots of people and have fun. Ask them what they know about bath bombs, if they've ever tried one, and if they'd like to buy one (or two) of yours--for themselves or as gifts for someone else.
+ Rent space at a mall for a kiosk: These are the areas in the hall ways of the mall where lots of people walk by. You may be surprised at the rental rates for your local mall these days. Inquire with the management of the mall what rates are. If you can have a small stand, a sales person and several apple baskets full of different types of bath bombs, you could end up selling a lot of bath bombs! There certainly is a lot of foot traffic up and down the halls of a mall. Plus, your customers know where you are and can come back for more of the bath bombs you like. Repeat businesses is a good thing. Listen to the comments your customers have and give them what they want.
These are just a few ideas, covered lightly here to show a few of the potential ways to sell your unique bath bombs. As you can see, some involve you selling the product, other involve having other businesses or people sell them--ultimately you can choose what you'd like best. More can be found in the business guide.