- Put Your Business in the Spotlight
Having a presence at a conference or business event positions you and your business as an authority in your industry. You gain respect and credibility by standing out from the pack of attendees and prominently displaying your products and marketing materials. Instead of just attending an event and looking for people to share your business card with, sponsorship brings attendees who are eager to find out about your business directly to you.
- Get in front of your Target Market
The event organizers of your event are spending time and money marketing the event to your target audience, bringing these attendees into the room. Your job is to come prepared to take full advantage of this opportunity by making sure to create eye catching, professional signs, marketing materials and product displays that draw attendees to you.
- Lead Generation and New Contacts
Be sure to have some sort of lead generation system in place the day of the event. People will give up business cards and email addresses in exchange for a chance to win a great prize in a drawing, samples or even candy and other promotional item giveaways.
- Get Your Brand Noticed
Being featured in the program book of the event, on the event’s website with your logo and having an item in the gift bags are all great ways to leverage your sponsorship and get brand recognition
- New Clients, New Customers, New Business
Not only are the attendees of the event potential new clients and customers, so are your fellow sponsors and vendors! You can form new business partnerships at events, meet like-minded business professionals in complimentary businesses with which you share the same target market but are not in competition.
- Give attendees a “taste” of your business
Bringing samples to an event as giveaways are a terrific way to capture attention from attendees. Be creative and think of out-of-the-box ways to stand out. By sharing a sample or trial offer of your product, you engage attendees and increase your chances of turning them into new customers.
- Market Your Business Inexpensively
We all know how much advertising your business can cost. It can run a thousand dollars or more to place an ad in a well-known local publication for only one time! Spending that same amount or less as a sponsor or vendor at an event is a much wiser investment that will bring a greater return on investment. Remember, you will be in the same room with hundreds of attendees who are your target market. By leveraging the event to your advantage, there will be no limit on your potential ROI.
Christina Rowe is the founder of Stand Out! Media Group and helps business owners and entrepreneurs create a unique brand and strong online presence, leverage social media to create legions of fans, utilize creative out-of-the box marketing strategies and techniques and use PR to attract media attention. Get Christina’s Free Ebook, Stand Out! Online with 20 Super Cool Online Tools & Apps at www.standoutmediagroup.com