Do you have a special celebration coming up? Chancy Green, owner of Inflation Celebrations has a unique way you can surprise, honor, and recognize a loved one or a friend with a special inflatable celebration.
Tell us about your business.
My business is an inflatable yard greeting company located in Frisco, TX.
How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I was on a walk one day with my girlfriends and one of them was talking about how she was going back to work. I wanted to do the same to help with some of the expenses of our kid's activities, but due to all of the activities, I didn't know how I would hold a full-time job. On the walk that day I began remembering an inflatable that my dad had purchased for my daughter's first birthday. It was a six-foot-tall inflatable birthday cake. We put it up every year after that for her birthday and all the neighbor’s birthdays. So while on the walk with my friends, I told them this story and asked their opinion on making this idea into a business, and decided to start this business.
What type of inflatables do you offer?
There are a lot of inflatables that different companies sell on Amazon and other places online. The inflatables that I have available have more of a shelf-life than just Christmas and Valentine’s Day. The biggest seller that I have is the birthday cake. It is a six-foot-tall birthday cake. I also have superheroes, princesses, minions, and an I love you teddy bear. There are different options for different occasions
Do you offer these inflatables to rent or to buy?
I offer the inflatables to rent. This is how the service I provide works. You can order the inflatable for a family member or you can order it for someone else so it can be delivered to their yard. I also partner with Terry's Donuts, they are located at Legacy and Lebanon, and they make donuts that spell different things like Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, I love you, Do you want to go to Homecoming, Will you go to prom, etc. They can make it special for any occasion.
If you have ordered donuts with your order, I pick up the donuts at five thirty in the morning and then go deliver him to the doorstep in a tote bag and put the inflatable up in their yard. When they wake up in the morning there is a postcard tied to the front door with a greeting on it. It is great for people of all ages because everyone likes to be acknowledged on their birthday whether they really admit it or not.
The fun thing about it is the timing factor. For example, anyone can get flowers sent on their birthday. The person sending can call and have flowers delivered in the same afternoon and it could have possibly been an afterthought, but if the inflatable is there by 6:30 am when they wake up in the morning, they know that you thought about them in advance to have it delivered on time. People love it because the neighbors see it, they can post about it on social media, they can take a picture with it, and it is just really fun. It really lets everyone know it is their birthday.
Kids really love it but it's great for people of all ages.
I basically provide a very unique service, in the fact that I put it up for you, I take it down, and I deliver the special messages to your doorstep. I have had people call me the birthday fairy before and I kind of like that.
What sets you aside from your competition out there?
My price point is low intentionally because I want to have repeat customers. I want to have my service not just be a one-time thing for a landmark birthday, which I can also do. I have signage that says things like, Welcome to your teens, 40 and fabulous, Happy 50th birthday, which are all landmark events. I love providing those signs, but I want to be part of this celebration on annual basis as well.
The other thing I love about this business is that it is not something that's going to be an afterthought. To wake up and know that someone thought about you that early in the morning I think that's pretty special.
I also have a twin special, which a lot of people don't know about. In the case of twins, I do a buy one get and that has been a lot of fun.
I always do my best to help everyone out. I have had a few times where people call the night before needing the inflatable, and if I am able to make it happen with the schedule, I always do my best.
So how do you how do you go about advertising your business?
So far it has all been word of mouth and social media. I have been in business for four years of business and the growth has happened by word of mouth and social media. I am on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Also partnering with Terry’s Donuts we have given each other business and that has been helpful too. It has been a great partnership between the two of us.