Starting with those you know
When it comes to getting sponsors for the team do you know the best place is your team? Don’t start with companies first. It is a good idea to start with the players and their families and all other parties that are affiliated within the league. Are there families in the company that want some promotion for their business? Do any of the parents work within a company that wants to impact their local level and would possibly be interested in sponsoring? Your team players must have years of loyalty towards their gyms, who wait for a marketing opportunity through sponsorships or media.
Host a meeting and bring up the sponsorships in the meeting first thing to see if there are any parties that show interest. It doesn’t hurt to ask. You never know.
Local businesses in the community can be the perfect targets for getting sponsorships. Ask the businesses around your area who are involved in sports. Various communities now have business coaching services for fitness professionals who provide advice on how to have them endorsed in the market for better credibility. Family-friendly establishments in the area could be looking to grow the marketing efforts and help out a team in need. Ensure you are going for a positive company that has positive impacts within the community.
Don’t be afraid to try and find a national sponsor. Local companies are unique, yes, but national companies might be interested in helping out a local community and help children on the local level.
Small local teams think that they cannot offer anything good to the team, but this is not true. Big corporations are often looking for ways to promote and they often like to cater to the same audience. Make a list of the national companies that are in your community or nearby and check out their website for contact details and if they offer sponsorships and what criteria need to be met.
Be savvy in the digital world
If you are online is can help with funding. Do a simple search for sports sponsorships and you will find a good list that shows what companies are happy to help fund sports teams. You need to know how to market the sports team both offline and online.
Your ability to position the team within the community will have an impact on your capability within land sponsorships. It can prove to even be cost-effective for you in the long run. Additionally, an online portal is one of the main areas through which you can build a myriad of contacts in the sports field. Having an online marketing effort put in from your end can actually enhance your credibility in the market.
Be personal and professional with a package
It will help you greatly to put together a package to show each company what you are wanting and a bit about who they are sponsoring. A portfolio but only a brief one will help here with a few photos thrown in to with testimonials team stats and show where the money will be going. This will enable companies to get an idea of whether the sponsorship suits them or not.
It helps to be creative when you are asking about sponsorship. Don’t make the same cookie-cutter approach be different, stand out. Encourage companies by going beyond the uniforms and signs and include sponsorship chances like email newsletters. If you have more sponsorship, chances available it can give them more encouragement along with the team. Be professional and proper but dot push and don’t give them a 20-page long portfolio just 1-2-page brief overview.