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parrdist
01-02-2011, 01:25 PM
How many of you have sponsors, and how did you get them? Seem like a way to help differ some of the cost of competing.

tmcmaster
01-02-2011, 05:13 PM
I have 3. And I just asked.

Contracted Cookers
01-02-2011, 08:00 PM
We have 3 . 1 sponsors pellets . 1 gives a lump sum at begining of the year and then helps a little on entry fees. and 1 covers most of are entry fees. We cook for all of are sponsors at cost . we also give leftovers vacumed packed from comps.

jbrink01
01-02-2011, 08:07 PM
I have 2 for 2011 so far. Meat and entry fees.

tmcmaster
01-03-2011, 06:32 AM
I have 3. And I just asked.
I guess I should mention, I have one for spices/rubs that also covers part of entry fees. One for meats. And one for woods.

TRS
01-03-2011, 06:56 AM
Just picked up a sauce sponsor last fall. I use their sauce at home, eat at their bbq restaurants when I am in Atlanta. So I asked. This year they are supplying all the sauces. Not a huge help on the $$ but its a start and everything helps. Hopefully with a good season this year there will be more $$ in sponsorship for next year. Just have to "beat the bushes" and hopefully get a lot of calls which helps!

trueque
01-03-2011, 08:31 AM
I do not have sponsors, but am getting more curious about the details of sponsorship. Not looking to hi-jack this thread, but hoping to get more in depth.

What are typical deals?
What are the trade-offs / compromises?
What are your responsibilities to the sponsor?
What is considered a good sponsor versus a bad one?

WhiskeyBentBBQ
01-03-2011, 08:46 AM
We have 6 and a few of them are BBQ companies but the others are local businesses. Some of them are straight product for advertising deals. Others are lump sum cash. We offer catering to all our local business sponsors. We also cook many of their charity causes and events at cost.

This has been a win win for us. Just remember that you are selling yourself and the sponsor needs to get something out of it also.

Sawdustguy
01-03-2011, 09:27 AM
Just remember that you are selling yourself and the sponsor needs to get something out of it also.

+1 This is why we do not have sponsors. We had a sponsor one year and their expectations were unrealistic. They are not giving you the money for free. They expect a benefit for their sponsorship. We can afford to front the bill ourselves and prefer not to have any attachments. This is a hobby for us and we want to keep it that way.

ssbbqguy
01-03-2011, 09:58 AM
Look up sponsor hunts or something similar in the archives. What is said above is correct, but lacks explaining of how and why.The one main thing is to be of benefit to that sponsor. It should be a trade-off for whatever aggrement reached.If you can't help each other, then don't start a relationship. The reality is so many think they are worth six figure contracts, when they are not. Steve.

PeteN
01-03-2011, 10:08 AM
We have a few, our main one being my butcher who supplies all of our meat. We only do a few comps a year, but he provides meat for one comp free of charge and the rest at his cost for the year in exchange for advertising. The rest are mainly friends who like to be involved.

Fishiest1
01-03-2011, 10:15 AM
Look up sponsor hunts or something similar in the archives. What is said above is correct, but lacks explaining of how and why.The one main thing is to be of benefit to that sponsor. It should be a trade-off for whatever aggrement reached.If you can't help each other, then don't start a relationship. The reality is so many think they are worth six figure contracts, when they are not. Steve.

Very true!

I am new to BBQ but have been around tournament fishing a bit as a tournament director, tournament fisherman and fishing radio show host. What I learned is the best tournament fisherman may not always be the best to sponsor. The guy that goes out and hustles the product, shows up, helps the sponsor with promotions on their own time etc and makes it an even give and take relationship is the one that will have lasting sponsors.

Even when you get a sponsor you have to decide if it is really worth it ie everything comes with a price.

If you do want a larger sponsor for $$ have a gameplan to let them know what you can do for them even if it is you agree to cook at there car lot during a radio promotion etc or agree to cook for them at a private party. We would often trade fishing trips as part of a sponsorship package, do seminars etc.

5-0 BBQ
01-03-2011, 10:16 AM
We are furtunate that we have 2 BBQ Companies that sponsor us. We may have a third one that wants to promote a new Charcoal Line.

If you have a good relationship with someone all you have to do is ask. Remember anything helps.

Fishiest1
01-03-2011, 11:17 AM
Found one of our old sponsorship level forms from our fishing tournaments. Maybe some can change it around a bit and use it for BBQ sponsorship. Good luck!

$5000+ Title Sponsor (one available)
One Team Entry into Tournament (up to 4 anglers)
Name & Logo entry on Triple Crown Series & Quick link to Company Website)
Name & Logo on Tournament T-Shirt
Name & Logo on Tournament Hat
Name & Logo on all current Tournament Literature
Sponsor Supplied Banner hung at all Events
Sponsor Recognition at awards Banquet
Name & Logo on Tournament Banner
One family guest with each angler at party

$2250+ Big Fish Sponsor (3 available)
One Team Entry into Tournament (up to 4 anglers)
Name & Logo on Tournament Hat
Name & Logo entry on Triple Crown Website
Name & Logo on Tournament Banner
Sponsor Supplied Banner hung at all Events
Sponsor Recognition at awards Banquet
One family guest with each angler at party

$2000+ Shirt Sponsor (2 available)
One Team Entry into Tournament (up to 4 anglers)
Name & Logo on Tournament long sleeve T-Shirt Sleeve
Name & Logo entry on The Triple Crown Website
Name & Logo on Tournament Banner
Sponsor Recognition at awards Banquet
One family guest with each angler at party

$1750 Koozie Sponsor
One Team Entry into Tournament (up to 4 anglers)
Name & Logo on Tournament Koozies
Name & Logo on Tournament T-Shirt
Name & Logo on Tournament Banner

$1100 Fishing Sponsor
One Team Entry into Tournament (up to 4 anglers)
Name & Logo on Tournament T-Shirt
Name & Logo on Tournament Banner

$250 Trolling Sponsor
Name & Logo on Tournament T-Shirt

$100 Sleep with the Fishes Sponsor
Come on you cheap skate - $100 doesn’t get you crap these days!
(We’ll try to get your name on the Tournament T-Shirt)

msavard
01-04-2011, 09:33 AM
Here is our sponsor request form. Typically we operate with a $12-18k budget for Memphis in May. Ideally we collect all but $4k or so of that from sponsors.

BEER : Bardog Memphis (pub) Provides 20 Kegs
LIQUOR : Fox & Hound (pub) Provides most of the liquor for the bar

CASH (It costs a lot to feed/entertain our crowd):
http://gravity-interactive.com/Slab_Sponsor_FFA.jpg

Skidder
01-04-2011, 10:34 AM
We have two. One supplies all the charcoal and our local butcher supplys all the meat and the some. Free advertising equals a tax write off for them. We put there names on our banner. As for getting them on board we just went and asked.

msavard
01-04-2011, 10:56 AM
I thought I'd add this in.

2 Years ago we landed Dr Pepper (regional, not national) as a sponsor as they were launching the new Cherry Dr Pepper. We worked up a tomato-base sauce that featured the beverage and entered it as part of our arrangement with them. It finished a little better than mid-pack unfortunately, but they were very pleased with it.

Little things like that can prove to be great "value added" things to offer your sponsors in exchange for the operating cash you need for an event. It's always good to play to your strengths and to consider what you think they might be looking for out of the event.