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“People just love getting stickers (myself included)…” —STICKER Story Rich, Gunloot

GunLoot


This week we had the opportunity to interview online firearm retailer Gunloot (Editor's note: Gunloot is now AngstadtArms.com) and their passionate entrepreneurial force Rich. Rich started his business with the help of a fellow shooting enthusiast, and their passion for the sport and emphasis on safety has taken their dream to the next level.

With popular gun-totin' television shows like Sons of Guns and Duck Dynasty making their way into the hearts of a diverse American viewership, Gunloot has the unique potential to reap the benefits of perhaps the best educated gun market in history.

But when you are a business functioning completely online where getting in front of your audience early and often is key, connecting with your potential consumer has it's tangible limitations. Which is why Rich tells us that stickers have proven to be a great way for his company to build brand association and real relationships with customers.

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Q&A with Rich


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

People love the products we sell because we offer high quality items from well-known brands at great prices. We set ourselves apart by providing outstanding customer service, super-fast shipping (often free), extensive product knowledge and a real love for the sport of shooting. When customers call or email, they quickly find out that we’re not just doing a job, we’re doing something we love. And when you’re truly passionate about what you do, it shows.

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

The company was founded by Rich and Dermott, a couple of gun enthusiasts with a passion for quality shooting gear and accessories. We wanted to open up a different type of online gun store–one that not only sold great guns, but promoted the sport of shooting as a safe and fun pastime that could be enjoyed by people of all walks of life. We encourage participation of new shooters by writing informative articles on gear selection and responsible gun ownership.

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

Gunloot is mainly an online business, so we include free stickers with every shipment as a way to extend our brand into the physical world. We’ve also fashioned branded t-shirts and hats, and while they definitely serve a purpose, the high cost doesn’t allow us to give them away with every customer order. Stickers, on the other hand, are cheap enough that we can afford to give them away without worrying about the cost. Getting a free sticker is unexpected, but always appreciated. It is a small way to send a big message.

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’re active in local shooting matches and area events because it allows us to connect with people face to face, something that’s difficult with a website. Stickers have proven to be a great conversation starter and much more fun than handing out traditional business cards. You should always be marketing your company and having a few free goodies on hand at all times is a no brainer. People just love getting stickers (myself included).

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

We’d love for people to follow us on Instagram (http://instagram.com/gunloot), and twitter (https://twitter.com/gunloot). We post pictures from shooting matches, offer valuable coupons and discounts and share relevant articles and stories.

Howling at the Moon is a Primative Pursuit

PrimitivePursuits

Have you ever wished that you could just pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag and howl, howl, howl?

Primitive Pursuits of Ithaca, New York has a mission:

... to steward the health of our community by fostering life-long relationships with the natural world through exceptional mentoring and nature education.


And a vision:

We work daily to achieve a cultural intervention that will bring back into our modern lives a necessary and healthy relationship with the natural world and within our human communities. We envision a world where each child may once again grow up with the freedom to explore undeveloped nature and access to the knowledge which allows them to care for themselves, their communities and the environment.


Primitive Pursuit's brilliant one-color sticker gets right down to it, with simple elegance. Life's better when you take time out to kick back, hang around a campfire and howl at the moon.

While you don't have to become a modern day hybrid of Henry Thoreau and Grizzly Adams, everyone needs to get off the grid once in a while. So put down the controller to your game system, turn off the TV, ditch the smartphone and get away from it all. Learn how to identify birds. Make a bow. Perfect your winter survival techniques.

There were no XBoxes, Playstations, iPhones, or Samsung Galaxies when I was a kid. The only TV worth watching was during prime time. During the day, we got outside and did stuff. Like exploring in the woods. We turned over rocks in the stream, looking for orange spotted salamanders. We swung from vines and came home with scrapes, scratches, and poison ivy rashes.

We went on hikes to nowhere and came up with silly trivia games. Like today's question ...

Q: What Actor played Grizzly Adams in the 1970s TV series?

  1. Larry Storch

  2. Bill Daily

  3. Dan Haggerty

  4. Mickey Rourke

  5. Robert Blake


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A: Dan Haggerty portrayed the famous mountain man and trainer of grizzly bears in the short lived Life and Time of Grizzly Adams.

 

S-S-S-Striker Bows!

Striker Bows

Striker Bows' meticulously crafted custom bows are true works of art. Bow owners choose the type of wood and the colors of the inlays, creating individualized designs. All bows in the Takedown series include Action Bamboo Limb Cores. Super cool stuff. Mass-produced bows simply can't hold a candle to the craftsmanship.

Rick Ellis has been building bows since 1995. His shop is located in Minster, Ohio just north of Lake Loramie. Striker's 2013 show circuit includes stops at the Deer and Turkey Expo, Columbus, Ohio on March 15th through 17th, as well as the Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous in Coudersport, Pennsylvania in July.
You see full grown guys, sixty-years-old, getting their new bow, their new custom. They're excited, they're like a kid at Christmastime.
- Rick Ellis

The Striker sticker design features an intricate outline shape, carved to perfection by StickerGiant's die cutting lasers. We love to produce outrageous custom stickers that showcase the capabilities of our high-tech production equipment and pay tribute to our awesome customers.

Tactical Machining



Made-in-the-USA is one of our favorite descriptors here at StickerGiant. And our latest custom sticker customer,  Tactical Machining, wears that designation proudly!
Tactical Machining was formed in 2008 to craft high quality parts for the AR-15 platform. Since then we’ve expanded our product line to include products for the home gun smith and the TM-10 platform. We are a full service machine shop. Tactical Machining is proud to say our products are American made in Deland, Florida using the highest quality materials available and held to tight tolerances. We take pride in our workmanship and are proud to stand behind our products. If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase we'll do everything in our power to make it right. If you find our product is defective, we’ll replace it. It’s as simple as that.

Don't be scurred, boys and girls: that scary-looking skeleton face man with the weapon don't mean no harm. Sure, he's a tough guy and kind of looks like a zombie, but we all know the tough guys are really teddy bears deep down, right? Or maybe there is such a thing as a zombie apocalypse? Things sure have been weird out there. Be careful, folks! Our recommendation? Peace the freak out, man!

Sylinx



With "We've Been There. We Know What It Takes" as their slogan, Sylinx tactical communication headsets are made expressly for our armed forces.
Silynx Communications, Inc. is a world leader in software defined micro soldier systems with hearing protection/ enhancement capability. Designed by war fighters for war fighters, our products have been developed hand in hand with the Special Forces community and deployed in combat regions for the past five years. Our innovative communication systems are in use and adopted by the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), USASOC, NSW, MARSOC, AFSOC, FBI SWAT and first tier NATO Special Forces. We know firsthand that Details = Survival, Situational Awareness, and Lethality. Our mission is to provide the SOF warrior with the most technologically advanced micro soldier system. Silynx is committed to constant innovation and improvement of products and ideas to meet the continually changing requirements of operators.

We're not sure what all those acronyms stand for, but that photo makes us think of the time all of us kids tasted the MRE's from our dad's Army kit. That he took to Vietnam. Sigh. As with the decades-old cigarettes we snuck from Grandma's coffee table, we can't recommend Army food from the 1970s.

To be serious for one minute: we support our troops, appreciate the sacrifice of their families, and hope for a safe homecoming for all.

Triad Tactical



Tactical shooting is all about skill. If you're a really good shooter, you've mastered torque, velocity, ballistics, altitude density, and you know your way around a slide rule. In other words: you're someone who geeks out on the technicalities. Well, there's a place for folks like you and it's called Triad Tactical:
Triad is devoted to bringing tactical shooters quality products at reasonable prices. We work to bring our customers products that have been proven to be long time favorites as well as products on the leading edge of innovation. Triad understands that equipment used in the field must be first rate and built to last.

Triad is located in Kansas City, Missouri, which is home to what most people mean when they talk about barbeque: that tangy, smokey, tomatoe-y sauce smothered on meat. Oh, baby, we're drooling just thinking about it. Might be time for a road trip! (Wait, is that a typo? Isn't Kansas City in, um, Kansas? The Sunflower State has a KC, too, but it's a suburb of its Missouri sibling).