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Where There Be Dragons

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Taking learning to the map's edge. Where There Be Dragons offers programs for students, educators and adults the experience of traveling to different countries and collect a sweet custom logo sticker at the end of it all.

Since 1993, Where There Be Dragons has been organizing travel to develop cross-cultural education, leadership, self-exploration and global citizenship. The opportunity is available to high school students, college students, teachers and adults. It's an experiential learning opportunity that focuses on the locations that each program visits giving a unique perspective on different places around the world.
"We are dedicated to cross-cultural education because we believe that future leaders will be required to think beyond borders and address the implications of resource scarcity in our global community. In this work, we feel part of a larger movement in education and want to help nurture and develop that movement however we can. To this end, our educator courses are designed to help teachers and administrators grow as global educators in and out of the classroom."

The significance of dragons is because in the past dragons marked unknown territories on maps. Their logo on it's own makes an awesome sticker design but even better for students who complete their programs, they get a white vinyl sticker proudly stating that they are an alumni of the program. It's a great way to commemorate the experience and put on luggage to travel with you as an educated world traveler.

The Rum Diet at Key West Distilling

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But where's the rum? Key West Distilling got the message and is putting it in a bottle while promoting the best diet on custom rectangle stickers.

It all started with a dream of a distillery and then looking at places, who can argue with Key West, Florida? Key West Distilling features a few different types of rum which is perfect in their tropical setting. They also distill a Spyglass Vodka and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
"Using the finest ingredients and age-old distilling processes, we create a product we know you will love. People call our island “paradise” and we know you will find some in each bottle." – Jeffrey Louchheim, Chief Distiller

In a tourist destination like Key West, stickers are a must have to get into traveler's hands. Key West Distilling came up with a great one that states "I'm on a rum diet, so far I've lost 3 days." This mixture of humor with branding makes a very appealing sticker for people to take home and slap on their cars and share with friends.

Don't let people have to ask "Where's the rum?" let a sticker tell them.

Finding New River George

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Time for some adventure with New River George at New River Gorge in West Virginia.

New River Gorge is known for some of the world's best white water rafting. They also are a place for adventure, relaxation and lots of other outdoor activities.

Given that there is a lot to do at New River Gorge, the New River Gorge Convention and Visitor Center staffed a guide to show people all the fun stuff in the area. That's where New River George comes in.

“Just call me the Steve Irwin of Appalachia,” George said. “I know this wild place better than anyone!”

New River George is an awesome guide to the area and just full of stuff... You can follow him on Instagram as he goes on adventures around New River Gorge with #FollowGeorge and #NewRiverGeorge.

This social media adventure guide had to spread the word by more than just mouth with a colorful line up of full color stickers. These custom stickers feature New River George and information on where to find him along with his companions Quinn the Peregrine, Oakey the Raccoon, Ani the Otter, and Monty the Dog.

We are so excited that New River Gorge came up with such a fun way to welcome travelers to their area and have a playful way to learn. The fun sticker designs mixed in amps up their marketing campaign to a whole new level of epic.

Exploring Mars with Stickers

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H2M: Humans to Mars! Explore Mars is pushing the human space frontier further through programs and projects with the goal of getting humans on mars within the next couple decades.

Heard this plot before? This is no movie, this is a group of well educated professionals pushing for further space exploration. The next step in this being humans to Mars. Explore Mars is a non profit, started in 2010, that continues to drive conversation about going to Mars and gain support to make it a reality.

Doug McCuistion (former Director of NASA Mars Exploration Program) stated,  “The Explore Mars team has been invaluable in raising awareness of why Mars exploration is important to expand science, maintain US leadership in planetary exploration, and provide the excitement so desperately needed to advance the next steps in human exploration.  For the highly successful Curiosity landing, Explore Mars provided great bang-for-the-buck with events world-wide, so I know donations to support exciting efforts like ExoLance and Time Capsule will be great investments!”

The beginning of May featured The Human to Mars Summit 2015, which was three days of workshops and talks about Mars exploration and the many reasons to send humans there. Among the speakers were Buzz Aldrin, Charles Bolden, Senator Bill Nelson, and Greg Olsen.

Explore Mars continues to operate on the support of people. What better way to encourage donation then to have an awesome sticker to support the cause?

Every great cause deserves a great sticker. We are also looking forward to the first Stickers to Mars! S2M.

Cheezy and the Crackers Traveling Stickers

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One of the really amazing things about stickers is that they have a way of getting around. There's nothing better than distributing stickers only to find them popping up in your town, state, or in another country. It gives one a sense of pride to see their branded stickers resonating with the culture around them, and the farther a sticker makes it out into the world, the more exciting it can be to discover their level of stickering reach.

Thats just what happened recently to our customer Cheezy and the Crackers. A Reggae / Fusion / Alternative artist we make stickers for, we were lucky enough to get a message from their brand ambassador Charles Stahl who emailed us about the incredible global reach their stickers have achieved:

Email to StickerGiant:

"In our town, our stickers have made us a household name, and around this country and a few others, we are well on our way to being known just as well. We have had your stickers seen by tens of thousands of people all over the world:

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At the Legendary 8 Mile Rd in Detroit


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South of the Border, SC


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The Fashionable Melrose Ave - West Hollywood, CA


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And even Tower Records in Japan!   


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We are planning to go even further this year, we have also been in correspondence with NASA about possibly getting a sticker on the inside of a shuttle that will be going into space in the next year."

We think that's some pretty cool sticker power, don't you? How far have your stickers traveled after giving them them to fans? Tell us your sticker story in the comments below:

“The more we can connect, tangibly, the better…” —STICKER Story Peter Askew, DudeRanch

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Peter Askew is the business wrangler behind adventure travel clearinghouse DudeRanch.com, a dude ranch vacation marketplace that highlights ranch destinations across the USA & Canada. Apart from offering adventure seekers an easy way to tap into their ideal cowboy/cowgirl experience, the site lists ranches for sale and features jobs available in the industry.

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Q&A with Peter Askew


What do people really dig about your product/services?:

One aspect folks really enjoy about the dude ranch vacation industry is the amount of activities guests can enjoy during a visit - from horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, bonfires, hayrides, and in some locations even trap/skeet, spa visits, & river rafting!

I can't leave out the scenery, though.. Most ranches are nestled in remote areas where the surrounding scenery can take your breath away, and really helps visitors relax during a vacation stay.

Because of this, dude ranch vacations have often been described as 'Summer Camp for Adults' : )

Who are the awesome people behind the curtain at your company/project and what do they do?:

I guess you'd call me the jack-of-all trades here, as I'm the webmaster and pull all the levers behind the scenes.

Additionally, though, I spend a good bit of my time helping spread the word for the dude ranch vacation industry, and help educate those who might not understand how much the industry has evolved over the years into an amazing group & family vacation destination.

Why/How do you use stickers as a marketing or outreach tactic?: 

We use stickers as a marketing & outreach tactic because we appreciate their tangible aspects. We're a digital company, and our product is information, so the more we can connect, tangibly, with our current & potential customers, the better.

What advice would you give to a company thinking about using stickers as a marketing tactic to wow their fans. What has worked for you, what hasn’t, etc?: 

We found that stickers helped further establish our brand and solidified our position within our industry.

And from a return-on-investment standpoint, one of the best bangs-for-our-buck..

List some ways that fans can support your brand to encourage growth apart from buying your product or service?:

Other ways that fans can help support Us? By spreading the word about the dude ranch vacation industry!

With dude ranch locations ranging from rustic to *truly* resort/luxury, the industry can accommodate virtually all types of clientele..

Can you leave links to your social media outlets so that our community can get social with you?:

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/duderanchdotcom
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/DudeRanch
WEBSITE: http://www.duderanch.com/