Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) October 22, 2003
It's every young athlete's dream to be a star - and the family owned company of PhotoBallsOnline.com, hopes to make that dream a reality with their new product - a specially treated sports ball imprinted with the photo of that special sports moment.
A sports star's photo on a football or baseball isn't new - but until recently, the high cost of the process meant that
it could only be done in mass quantities. Now, with new technology making custom printing on a curved surface more cost effective, balls can be imprinted one at a time, for a truly unique gift or award.
"Whether it's your daughter scoring her first goal in soccer, or your son in his Little League uniform, this is a way to capture the most important times in their childhood," says company founder, Bob Schroeder. "It's something that
can be displayed and kept for years, and it's a lot more meaningful than another trophy or plaque that looks just like the one they got last year. "
The parent company, Schroeder Marketing of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been involved in fundraising products for the school and amateur sports market for several years, but always with an emphasis on the "non-traditional" products - in other words, they don't sell candy bars and cookie dough.
"We never felt that selling something like candy or pizza was appropriate for a sports program. After all, we are supposed to be teaching our kids a healthier way to live by participating in sports. Candy bars just don't seem to reinforce that concept," comments Schroeder.
Instead, the company focuses on personalized keepsakes such as custom mini football helmets, beanie bears with logo sweaters and now PhotoBalls. But even this product
won't be sold through the "traditional" online store. Instead, they have developed a unique program that will allow any team or group to have their own "custom" store, online access to sales reports and stats 24 hours a day, with no set-up fees or ongoing expenses.
With alliances already in place with some of the largest youth and amateur sports leagues in the country, Schroeder Marketing estimates that more than 500 of the custom internet stores should be live by the end of the year.
A special point of sale counter display, allowing brick & mortar merchants to simply sell a pre-addressed PhotoBall mailer, with no inventory to stock, will be available Nov. 1 - just in time for the Christmas shopping season.
Schroeder Marketing is a family owned company, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company has a well established presence in the specialty product market, with it's primary focus on the creation of personalized collectibles for the sports and school fundraising marketplace.