View Full Version : Community sponsorship

02-21-2006, 09:57 AM
Do you or have you considered sponsoring a local athletic team in your area. Such as little league?

Have you ever sponsored any other local event to get your name out?

02-22-2006, 01:03 AM
i checked into it but i dont have the money for it now.

02-22-2006, 01:04 AM
in my area the cost to sponsor a little league team is around $400.

02-23-2006, 11:03 PM
My father used to own a softball complex. We had two diamonds with a lower level concession (ball field level) then a upper deck with a walk in bar with seating. We had 8 teams a night playing (at least 80 ball players) and dozens of spectators, mostly all adults.

Ok, now to the point. We had large signs (4x8 with whatever you had designed on them) along the outfield fence. It looked real nice with the warning tracks and all but they did not do a good job at generating direct sales. They were great for name recognition though. I would imagine it would be about the same with little league. To tell you the truth I can't remember who sponsored my sons team last year (it was a trucking company). They had the name on the shirt (no phone number) and name on hat.

The one thing that might work is that the kids parents on your team might want to thank you by giving you the opportunity to bid their lawns (not that you save the parents any money they still pay their dues). Out of 10 parents you might get 1 or 2 to sign on (just a guess). I doubt it will get any business outside of the team itself. Unlike signs you only have spectators at one game seeing your message.

This is just my opinion and why I didn't offer to sponsor my sons team. In my situation I figured I would just drive the company truck to the games.

02-23-2006, 11:30 PM
hey, i have been trying to post a pic on here. what gives it wont let me http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

02-23-2006, 11:45 PM
What's error is it saying? It seems you were able to post the door hangers just a few posts ago. Maybe it's too big?

Email me the file support@gophersoftware.com and I will get it on the forum to share with others.

02-24-2006, 04:45 PM
Everytime i try to post it. it just goes back to the forum frontpage and nothing happend. http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

well heres what i was gonna type with my pic, but it kinda doesnt go w/o the pic http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

well i have been doing this for about 2 years now. And gonna do it again this year. Not only do i get good advertising, but i can order extra shirts and not have to do the 12 min order thing.

I advertise for my lil bros baseball team, basketball team, and football team. So my name and logo is getting seen year round.

And you cant beat a ad like this on the front page of the sports page. Not to mention a 12-0 season! We were in the paper twice a week for 2 months, maedgen's lawn care wins http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

The guys with the arrows next to them, one is my dad and the other is my brother.

02-27-2006, 07:21 AM
Quote[/b] ]Everytime i try to post it. it just goes back to the forum frontpage and nothing happend.
I think it does that if the image is too big. Maybe can you make the file size smaller?

02-28-2006, 01:17 PM
i tried, i made teh image reallly small, and still nothing.

02-28-2006, 02:36 PM
Let's see if this works.

02-28-2006, 02:37 PM
Oh that's great! Did you ever think of tieing the baseball team in with your marketing?

Possibly by showing that you support the community by sponsoring this little league team? It could be neat and potentially profitable to show people that.

03-02-2006, 12:37 AM
well i havent gotten any business from it. but it gets brand reconition.

03-02-2006, 05:43 AM
And builds good will within your community. You can't beat that http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

03-20-2006, 06:41 PM
I know of a local hardware guy that it doing little league sponsership this year. It costs him $500 for the year, they handle the t-shirt printing, and he can put up a sign out in the outfield on the fence. To me, just seems like of expense. I do like the idea of the sign though. But $500 for 3-4 months seems like of high. Also, people will only be there approx (and I am guessing) 4 hours a day, maybe 3 to 4 days a week.

03-20-2006, 07:55 PM
I think there are other advertising methods that will give you a better bang for the buck. Many of these community sponsor advertisements are done for reasons more than just return on investment.
Maybe the local hardway owner has family in the team or loves baseball, etc....

03-21-2006, 12:36 PM
yea, i only really did it because it was my brothers team, an di only cost $125. Plus it gives me a chance to get some new shirts w/o having to pay for the min 12 order. http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

03-21-2006, 12:50 PM
Quote[/b] (maelawncare @ Mar. 21 2006,1:36)]yea, i only really did it because it was my brothers team, an di only cost $125. Plus it gives me a chance to get some new shirts w/o having to pay for the min 12 order. http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
ahhh...The minimum shirt thing. That is an idea

03-21-2006, 05:24 PM
Hi maelawncare,

Can you use the team photo in door hangers or flyers? Or even a picture on your website? I really think that would be fantastic.

03-21-2006, 05:55 PM
I would plaster that photo all over the local newspapers

03-23-2006, 12:52 AM
ahh, never thought of putting it on the site. can be a form of giving back to the community.

03-23-2006, 06:38 AM
Are you doing it again in the future?

03-23-2006, 09:11 AM
yes i am, doing it again this year

03-23-2006, 06:23 PM
Maybe consider getting pictures of the team all behind a mower or something like that for promotional material.

Or on your trailer or something like that.

03-23-2006, 07:40 PM
What I would do is has a banner made up, and they hold the banner in front of them for the team picture

03-23-2006, 08:05 PM
Yea that's a good idea.
Also what if you went to the games and handed something out for free to the fans?

Could you even bbq? Or give out sodas?

Maybe once in a while along with business cards.