Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Non-woven Totes, V-necks, IndieCash, & More [December 2011]

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BandsOnABudget.com News and Deal of the Moment

150 Recyclable Tote Bag
for $199

Looking for a unique, functional promo item to customize for your merch table? Or do you have a business that wants to give their customers something useful to take away? This month, we’re happy to put custom tote bags on special. These colorful non-woven tote bags are 16”x12”, 6” deep, and include a 1 color imprint on one side. Choose from a variety of bag colors: Black, White, Burgundy, Red, Orange, Yellow, Lime-green, Hunter-green, Reflex-blue, Purple and Navy-blue.

All of our nonwoven poly is 100% recyclable and made of 40% pre-consumer recycled contents and 60% post-industrial recycled contents.

Just because you missed a previous deal of the moment doesn't mean you still can't save money and time by purchasing online. Below are previous deals that are still available.

Other "Buy Now" Items

500 Static IndieCards for $89 with Free Shipping

500 4x4 stickers for $98 (includes 1 color ink)

1,000 4x6 postcards for $79 with Free Shipping

250 Can Coolies FOR $169

5' x 3' Vinyl Banner (Full Color) for $59

100 Custom Color Guitar Picks

150 Promotional Sunglasses for $239

Gift Cards Now Available!

Need a unique gift idea for the holiday season? BandsonaBudget.com is now offering Gift Cards! Go to shop.BandsonaBudget.com to purchase a gift card for your significant other, band mate, friend, kid’s band, or even for yourself (hey, why not?)! Go to Shop.BandsOnABudget.com now to order!

Introducing V-NECKS! 10% Off Orders Throughout the end of 2011

BandsonaBudget.com is now home to V-neck t-shirts! Instead of waiting for a custom quote for V-necks, you can now get instant quotes on our t-shirt page. Choose from a multitude of brands and styles, including American Apparel, Canvas, Anvil, Tultex and Bella. V-neck styles are available in both men and women’s cuts, as well as organic. To give you a chance to try out these stylish new-comers, we’d like to extend a 10% discount off all v-neck orders placed until the end of the year.

Earn IndieCash!

Throughout the month of December, spending money actually earns you credit towards a future order! Earn $10 in IndieCash for every $100 you spend. Redeem it between Jan 1- March 1, 2012 on any order over $100.

Exclusive IndieCard-Holder Discount: 50 free postcards for the month of December!

Did you know that customers who have ordered IndieCards from BandsonaBudget.com belong to an elite club? That’s right! If you have an IndieCard campaign with us, you are eligible for on-going specials (which in the past has included free shipping, 10% off entire order, etc.).

This month, we’re happy to offer 50 FREE POSTCARDS with any order (you just pay the shipping). That’s right, if you place an order with BandsonaBudget.com in the month of December, IndieCard customers are eligible to receive 50 full color, double sided 4x6 postcards for free. Shipping is $10.

Want to join the program? All you have to do is place an order for IndieCard Digital Download Cards (1,000 Static IndieCards are only $99) and save big. You’ll receive future offers for discounts, free shipping, and more. Plus, you have a great product to promote your music with!


In the spirit of the holiday season, BandsonaBudget.com is running a clothing drive to donate lightly used clothing to Good Will. Until the end of the year, feel free to drop off any clothes that you’d like to donate at the Bands on a Budget office in downtown Asbury Park and receive a free IndieCard from The Wrong Crowd Presents, including exclusive material from some of your favorite local artists.

How to Make the Most
of your IndieCard

The most important thing to realize when ordering IndieCards digital download cards is that they are a tool; and like most tools, they’re only as effective as how you use them. By ordering IndieCards and setting up your download platform, you have created an innovative and convenient vehicle to distribute your music. But that’s only the first step. To get the most use out of these cards, the next step is very important... delivering that vehicle to your fans. The work (and fun) has only just begun!

1. Leave a trail and keep
IndieCards on hand always

IndieCards can be distributed anywhere there are people- not just at your merch table! If you’re using them for promotion (as opposed to selling in leui of a CD) bring a stack along with you to bars, restaurants, record shops, tattoo parlors, and other shows you attend. Leave them wherever you go- the more visibility your IndieCards get, the more potential fans you’ll reach.

2. Make the delivery personal

In addition to leaving a stack of IndieCards at local hot spots, consider delivering each card in a personal manner. Have a conversation with the person you’re giving the card to, telling them a bit about your music, where you come from, etc. If they invest even a few seconds into getting to know you/your band, they are more likely to take the time to check out your tunes. Always try to think of ways to set yourself apart.

3. Put a dollar value on them

Sometimes, things that are given away for free tend to lack value to the recipients. If you aren’t looking to make a bunch of money off of your IndieCards, but you do want people to hold onto them and consider them to be something valuable (like a physical CD), try selling them for a very low price. Even if someone only spent a quarter on it, they’ll be less likely to toss it without a second thought when they get home.

4. Give them incentive to
download your music

Did you know that you can set up your IndieCard page to collect data when users enter the promo code? You can use this to your advantage by offering merch discounts or other incentives to any fans who enter their email address and download a song off of your IndieCard. BandsonaBudget.com will even work with you to offer fellow bands a discount on merch from BandsonaBudget.com if they download your music and you refer them to us.

5. Package them up

Another way to deliver your IndieCard and give them a seemingly greater value is to package them with other merch items. “Buy a t-shirt and receive a free IndieCard!” or include an IndieCard with your CD or vinyl record, for easier access to the digital files.

6. Make them look more substantial

If you’re worried that IndieCards don’t seem as physically substantial as a CD (especially if you’re selling them), get creative with how you package it. We’ve seen bands put IndieCards in medicine bottles with pins, patches, and stickers; IndieCards sold in pint glasses that read “This Pint Plays Music”, and other creative ideas. You could even do something simple like create a DIY envelope to put them in!


150 Recyclable Tote Bags
Buy Online for Just $199.00

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Emerging Artist Interviews- get featured!!

Each month, BandsonaBudget.com features a few artists who have participated in the Emerging Artist Interview series. Basically, you answer a few fun interview questions online, send us your bio, link, and a photo, and we will feature you on our website! Who would want to pass up free press like that? To get your hands on the interview questions, please email Nina [at] BandsonaBudget [dot] com.

What Customers Are Saying

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Upcoming Events

Friday December 16th 8:30-11PM
Joe Michelini acoustic will playRiver City Extension’s upcoming record.


Saturday December 17th 8:30PM
Holiday Party

(Featuring DJ Jenny Vickers)

Monday December 19th 7PM
Jersey Shore Tech Meet-up
Speaker- Aaron Price (NJ Tech Meetup/Entrepreneur at Large at DFJ Gotham Ventures)

Wednesday January 4th 6PM
"Hack Night" at Cowerks
"Hack Nights" were created with the goal of providing you with an extra few hours to devote to those all so often neglected projects. They’re free to attend and informal in nature and feel free to bring a beverage of your choice.

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