Thursday, June 4, 2009
How To Get Freebies: Part III - HouseParty.com
The next freebie that I want to highlight is for House Party. House Party is a website that lets you sign up to host a house party for their corporate sponsors. Their sponsors run the gamut in terms of offerings: Ford, BumbleBee Foods, TruTV, Chef Michaels, Carnival, Clairol, Domino's, Oscar Meyer, TNT, Kaplan, Sargento just to name a few. The parties come and go throughout the year, so if you don't see something you like, just wait.
I found them last year...I'm not really sure how. But they were featuring a Margaritaville Party. And since I'm a huge Jimmy Buffett fan, this was right up in my wheelhouse. In order to qualify for the party, you need to sign-up, fill out a one page essay/description of why you should be a host for the party, and promise to post blog entries and photos from your event.
I was one of the winners of the Margaritaville party. They sent me about 20 lei's, but most importantly, they sent me a Margarita machine. It was awesome. And once a week, they'd send additional products, like a Buffett Live CD, cups, extra blenders, part favors, and coupons for the guests.
I honestly can't believe how much stuff they sent. I'm not sure how well it worked from a financial perspective for Margaritaville. But if this is how they spent their marketing, it provided plenty of goodwill. All of my friends loved the machine... and we continue to have Margaritaville parties every summer. In fact, we're planning our next one right now.