What Can You Do For A Sponsor?
Posted March 08 2012 - 04:54 PM
What can you do for a sponsor?
Can you move product? (How are you going to do it?)
Are you going to sell their product?
Do you have good relations with shops that will pick up a sponsors product?
It would be great to hear individual comments from individual anglers on this subject.
Posted March 08 2012 - 05:21 PM
Posted March 09 2012 - 11:54 AM
Posted March 09 2012 - 05:08 PM
If I were a sponsor I would be looking for these attributes (in no particular order)
Willingness to do something for their sponsorship (commitment)
Above average angler (notice the word GREAT does not appear here)
Fish at least one FULL tournament circuit (it could be federation, BFL or even a local team trail as long as they aren't a complete cherry picker)
Posted March 14 2012 - 11:47 PM
Obtaining and holding sponsorships has many different components to it such as (most things have already been stated but can not hurt to be restated) : being able to articulate your thoughts and words correctly, being able to back up your sponsor in anyway possible, going the extra mile such as asking to help when not asked, traveling somewhere to give a seminar or a speech when another pro staffer has to cancel etc. But one thing that probably gets missinterpreted sometimes is confidence.
Confidence is one reason why I do not have any sponsors and why some others do not either. It could either be lack of confidence or too much confidence. It is ok to think highly of yourself but not when you can not back up what you say. My problem is lack of confidence. I do not want to try to help someone and then end up doing a bad job. I would love to do anything to help a company but I need faith in myself, the courage to ask, and the right words to approach a company which at this point I think I am lacking.
Hope this made sense,
Posted March 21 2012 - 05:41 AM
Sponsorship programs - It's still very much needed in the industry, especially with a challenged economy. Getting companies to increase sponsorship is the real challenge.
For the past 10 years, I've had the opportunity to work with a number of fishing companies, normally sales and marketing. Call it passion or eagerness for more pain, I end up being the pro-staff coordinator. What has helped me in decision making over the years are the following:
- What are you going to do for my company? Bottom line is sales, you must be able to sell my product. How will you complete this task? Do you know the product line?
- Why should I select you? What makes you standout above the competition?
- Are you available for seminars, trade/consumer shows? How much are you willing to help? Often enough, shows may be out of area/state, are you willing to travel.
- Are you willing to write: articles, product reports, fishing experience/reports. For some, this is a show stopper. If your able to write on a fishing forum, your able to write!
- Never lie about who you are, what you've done (experience)! Most companies will follow up on resumes and check prospective back grounds. Sponsor's don't want drama or problems. As a pro-staff, your a representative for the company.
These have stood out throughout the years that never worked for me:
- Walking up and showing me your 100 page photo album at a fishing show.
- Pounding your chest and telling me how great you are?
- Name throwing - You need me because I know a certain Pro-angler.
- Fishing pictures is not your resume, it’s a small part of who you are.
- Claiming to win tournaments, when the tournament never existed.
- Don’t pad your awards/accomplishments - it will be checked.
- You need to pay me to be on your staff, because I’m so good.
- I’ve had so many sponsors throughout the years. (loyal to a company goes a long way. If you’ve had 3 rod sponsors in 5 years, it show your always looking for the better deal).
- You need to sweeten the pro-staff deal, because a competitor has a better deal for me
- Will I get paid for pro-staff?
- When can I get free stuff?
- Telling me how great the product is, though you have never used the product. Knowledge of the product goes a long way.
Good luck, Mel - Kahuna Bass
Posted March 21 2012 - 11:22 PM
Posted March 22 2012 - 10:31 AM
Well said!! Step up and prove what you can do. Often enough, it's rewards comes back much more, than the time you put in. Most sponsors keep tabs on their pro-staff. They see what your doing. I have had my share of retail/vendors call me up and thanking our company for providing one of our pro-staff anglers to provide product presentation.
Also, I've had the opportunity to convince some of my pro-staff to become part/full time sales reps. These days, any extra income is always a plus!
Sometimes it's more than just fishing.
Regards, Mel - Kahuna bass
Posted March 22 2012 - 10:03 PM
Posted March 26 2012 - 11:20 AM
i think it would be great contribution to a sponsor, bring in a new group of buyers, gardeners will flock to buy them rods.. there awesome you can tie em off to the guides, with a nice wind they all move in a nice action that is very soothing to watch... the plants love it ,seems they grow better. there easy to stick into the ground and they look allot better than anything you can find at a hardware store.
Posted March 26 2012 - 11:39 AM
the multi section rods are real nice option also because as the plant grows you can add the other sections as they get taller. they are easy store for the winter.. also many models include a "FREE" storage tube for protection when not in use and that helps protect them from damage so your plants can enjoys years of quality support.
i can sell it!!!!!
Posted March 26 2012 - 12:07 PM
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