Personalized Bingo Daubers
Personalized Bingo Daubers with photos
Personalized Bingo Daubers
Personalized Bingo Daubers with photos
Who am I?
Hi! My name is Ashley and I have created MeDaubers, personalized bingo daubers that allow bingo lovers of all ages to take their own favorite photos and have them personalized to a bingo dauber to take with them while they play. I have had great support from my husband and a fellow co-worker to keep the momentum going with this process. We have been a very strong team!
I have been producing the personalized bingo daubers through my etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/medaubers and have been wanting to increase the quality and production process. So far I have been able to produce bingo daubers for such a variety of occasions such as birthdays, girls night out, bachelorette party, pregnancy announcement, in memory, Christmas & more! I LOVE the wonderful feedback on the product and reactions so far. I have gone through the provisional patent process and officially have that filed. My plan is to file and obtain the utility patent which is part of my timeline you will see below!
My plan is to create a higher quality product, streamline my process and offer mobile instant sales of personalized daubers. I have the high quality printer already picked out that will allow the quality & production to dramatically increase. I intend to file for the utility patent for MeDaubers since I already hold the provisional patent. I believe this is an exciting new way to change the current bingo player experience. Everyone that plays bingo brings their lucky photos, charms, dolls and basic bingo daubers - There is currently not an offering for personalized bingo daubers unless you order 300+ of the same dauber.
The idea to create MeDaubers came from searching for a memorable Christmas gift for my mother-in-law in December 2017. She is an avid bingo player and with just having my daughter that year I thought it would be the perfect gift to get the grand kids printed on a set of bingo daubers for her & my father-in-law to take with them to play bingo. I searched high and low and could not find anyone that offered this unless I was willing to purchase 300+ of the same dauber. I thought this would be the perfect gift and couldn't believe no one was doing this! I have a full time job working at a traffic control company and we have a full sign shop that we run, so the thought came to mind that I could just buy a set of daubers, print out the photos with the material and work and just apply them to the daubers. I created the very first version of the daubers and they were definitely a hit at Christmas time. In the beginning months of 2018 I kept thinking I should pursue this personalized/custom dauber idea so I started looking into the patent process, how to create a product that was sell-able (that first set was definitely not ready for the market), research where and how to sell the daubers, research vendors to purchase daubers in bulk and start taking action! This is how MeDaubers was born. The patent process was very new for me and I did A LOT of research. It was extremely exciting when the searches came back and this was available and no one held this patent. I truly believe that this product will be successful on a large scale, it just needs more development that I am not able to financially support. It is so close and just needs to get to the next level and continue to get the word out about this unique bingo accessory.
Timeline if funded
My plan if funded is to purchase the HP printer that I have been researching that will allow the quality and efficiency to increase drastically. By using what is currently available to me to print (purchasing the labels through my work!) the process is not streamline and not of the quality that I envision for my product. The printer will also allow me to operate mobile, to allow me to print and apply on the spot. Purchasing online is a great option that I want to continue offering, but allowing Bingo players the option to purchase in person just before their game I think will be very successful. I think the best space to kick off a huge grand opening weekend for our mobile operation would be downtown Las Vegas. There are so many bingo halls and games around the clock that it would be a prime spot to unveil MeDaubers mobile.
- I believe I would be able to produce and ship the new improved daubers utilizing the new printer within 2 weeks (A little practice to get started)
- From the time that I am able to purchase the printer to being fully mobile I believe will be 60-90 days. I plan to go through training on the software that comes with the printer as well as continued training in Photoshop to increase my knowledge and ability for the design portion.
- Within the first 30 days I will initiate the utility patent filing process (I already have the contact from the provisional patent filing so it should be a very simple start to get the ball rolling)
- After additional training on the software and in Photoshop in the first 60-90 days I will increase the marketing of the new option to purchase MeDaubers
- Prepare and book the "grand opening" for mobile operation in Las Vegas 6-9 months
The items budgeted for are as follows:
- HP Printer & new labels
- Software training on new printer
- Photoshop training courses
- Laptop to go with printer for mobile operation
- Bulk order of daubers with vendor to get an account setup & deeper discount
- Utility patent filing fee
- Downtown Las Vegas strip rental space for a weekend for major push in "grand opening" mobile operation
- Sellers permit for the mobile opening
MeDaubers has been an exciting journey for me. I believe there is a need for this product and it will continue to be well received. I love that this product brings joy, emotion, togetherness...The Bingo industry is a 70 billion dollar industry - I think the clientele will be unlimited and excited to have a new "lucky charm" at their bingo games. This is such an obvious untapped space that I want to fulfill. I believe MeDaubers will be a name known across the bingo halls, players & casinos, I just need support to keep this dream going!
Risks and challenges
The main challenge that I foresee is connecting with the right people at the bingo halls & casinos to allow MeDaubers to work with them for the bingo games. The other challenge I believe I will face is marketing & advertising. It is expensive to advertise, especially in the spaces you need to be. So far I have been growing pretty organically and haven't invested too much into the advertising avenues yet.
I believe the risk I have is someone more financially able producing this product quicker that I am able to.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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