Published On: Nov 05 2012 10:46:45 AM ESTUpdated On: Nov 06 2012 10:02:46 AM EST
Election day isn't just about the candidates; for some companies it's about marketing, and that can mean freebies and deals for consumers. Find out what some of the election day freebies are. Some of these promotions have been going on for a few weeks now, leading up to Election Day, but others are only available on Nov. 6.
Boston Market Bowl Poll:People can cast their favorite Market Bowl(chicken or turkey) through Nov. 6. On Nov. 7, the winner of the poll will be announced. That day, Boston Market will offer everyone a free Market Bowl with a purchase of a bowl and a drink. A coupon is required, which will be available on the company website and its Facebook page.
Ben & Jerry's: The ice cream shop is currently offering a special Americone Dream sundae, which includes Americone Dream ice cream (Ben & Jerry's flavor made for Stephen Colbert), caramel, whipped cream and a selection of dry toppings. This promotion is being extended to customers through the end of the year.
Purina:The pet-food distributor is hosting "America's Pet Debate" to answer the age-old question: Who's better -- cats or dogs? Pet lovers can cast their vote on Purina's website and Facebook pageuntil Nov. 8. For every vote cast, Purina will donate $1, up to $100,000, to Pet Partners' Veteran Programs, which helps fund pet therapy for U.S. veterans who need assistance. The winner will be announced on Nov. 9.
Shake Shack:The burger chain is teaming up with Rock the Vote for "Shake The Vote"—participants can stop by a Shake Shack location and fill out a Pledge to Vote card. They'll then receive a coupon to receive a free cup or cone of Shake Shack custard on their next visit.
7-Eleven: 7-Eleven is offering its customers a way to show how they'll vote with special red (for Mitt Romney) and blue (for President Obama) coffee cups through midnight on Nov. 6.
Zipcar:Car-sharing company Zipcar is offering a 50% discount on rates nationwide with a program called Zip To The Polls. The discount is available on Election Day only, from 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. (local time). Zipcar also partnered with Rock the Vote to make voter registration available on its Facebook page.
JetBlue is offering an Election Promotion campaign: If the candidate you voted for loses, you'll be in a drawing for a chance to win a trip abroad. The airline will offer 1,006 travel certificates to redeem on a round-trip base fare to any of JetBlue's Caribbean or Mexico destinations.
Starbucks - The coffee chain is offering all customers a free INDIVISIBLE wristband on Nov. 6 at all company-owned shops.
Vote & Vax: Vote & Vax works with local public health providers, provides flu vaccines to voters at polling locations around the country. Parents can also bring their children. But take note that this one isn't exactly a freebie. You'll have to pay the going rate for a vaccine in your area's pharmacies and clinics. It is said to be a public health opportunity and that they are reaching out to people who would otherwise not get the flu shot.
Lululemon:Election Day got you stressed? The high-end yoga-apparel company is offering free yoga classes on Election Day throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Check out Lululemon's blogto find locations.
Uber:On Election Day, this car-service company will be offering customers a free rideto or from a national polling place, up to $20.12. Any amount above $20.12 will be charged, and the offer is only available during the city's voting hours.
Tim Hortons Café & Bake shop:The storewill give you a free donut with the purchase of any beverage and your "I Voted" sticker. Some voters will also get free coffee and donuts while they wait in line at local polls in some cities, including Detroit, Columbus, Ohio, and Buffalo, N.Y.
White Castle - Free small sweet potato fry at White Castle with any purchase and an I Voted sticker. You can also cast a vote for best fries online and get a coupon.
1stFrame.com:Until Nov. 10, the custom-picture-frame seller is offering 12% off orders with coupon code VOTE2012. The promotion is targeted to campaign season photos, but in case you don't have an election picture you want to hang in your living room, the discount is available for any purchase.
Big Hot Dog:This hot-dog seller has a special discount on its hot-dog-making kit (hot dog, buns and condiments) for $129.95 instead of its regular $169.95 price only on Election Day. For those not familiar with the brand, this is no ordinary throw-on-the-barbeque hot dog: These are 16 inches long, weigh seven pounds and contain 40 servings per dog, according to the company. The 2013 Guinness World Records named Big Hot Dog as the largest commercially available hot dog.
Castle Ink:Castle Ink, a site for buying recyclable ink cartridges and laser toners, is offering 20% off its products.