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Enjoy The Benefits of Being Sponsored.....
The fact is there are many levels of sponsorship and all are great to have and work toward. If you want to play in the big leagues, you have to put your time in and climb the ladder. You have to start small and work your way to the top. Don't start by asking Spyder if they will give you and your teammates all new paintball guns, jerseys and 10 boxes of paintballs every month because the answer will be 'NO'.
Remember it's the smaller companies (like www.choicepaintballguns.com) who will carry you and feed you along your way to the top. Sometimes you can score a sponsorship with a local field or brick and mortar paintball shop. These are generally good for getting reduced rates of play on the field, paintballs and general paintball equipment. Just remember, there are two questions you should be ready to answer when asking a company for sponsorship.... 1. What can I do for the company? and 2. What do I want from the company?
It's All About Business.....
In the big leagues.... a big company (like Spyder or Dye for example) will pay/sponsor an athlete or top winning team by paying their way, giving the team their equipment/paintball guns to use and wear the company's logo on their backs when they compete. The team competes in huge events and wins and this brings a lot of attention and advertising to their paintball jerseys, paintball guns and who sponsors them. This is so all the little guys (like you and me) want to wear that company's jerseys and use their paintball guns so we can be like the awesome winners who have their picture on the cover of 'Splat' magazine. So next the company who sponsored them sees an increase in sales.
Well this is how it works at the top of the food chain, but the reality of the matter is.... you're at the bottom of the food chain! The fact is no one knows who you are, the meets you compete in are too small, and big (or little) companys get no more notariety from you wearing their names on your jerseys than if you wrote their names on the bathroom stall at your local Exxon. Yes it's harsh but this is the fact of the matter. So there must be something you can do for the company you want a sponorship from to help/work for them so they will want to sponsor you.
One definite way is to give them your business. Before even asking a paintball company/store about sponsorship, it would be best to have purchased several items from them. Let them know you understand that a sponsorship is a business relationship by giving them business! Doing this will also let you see whether or not they're a company you even want to represent. If you order paintball gear from a store that has crappy customer service, sends you the wrong items, rips people off or can't seem to get their act together, you sure don't want to be sponsored by them. Chances are high they've done this to other people and you may not want their names associated with your team.
How To Get Sponsored By ChoicePaintballGuns.com
As an internet store, adding new content to our website is extremely important, and a tedious, constant task. New original information (content) that's added to your website regularly greatly helps/adds rank to your website with the major search engines.... which translates into new business for us. If you look close enough, sometimes you will see questions you've asked us turned into an article or a blog on our site. The teams we sponsor help us out the most by writing blogs and articles about paintball that we can post on our site.
Finally, paintball teams we sponsor help us get the name out about our company by wearing our name on their jerseys, wearing our T-shirts and our stickers on their paintball guns and gear. They also bring our banner to any events they compete in whether they have their own booth or just flying our flag on the side lines. While these activities help, they do the least for us in terms of overall sales. Blogs and articles about paintball help us much more!
If you were sponsored by ChoicePaintballGuns.com, your primary jobs would be.....
Rules on Blogs & Articles
Blogs must be comprised of a minimum of 1-2 paragraphs consisting of a minimum of 5-10 sentences. Articles must be comprised of a minimum of 3 paragraphs (comprised of a minimum of 5-10 sentences) with no maximum length requirement; you can make them as long as you want. You can submit your blogs as a user on www.choicepaintballgunsblog.com (you must first register as a user) or as answers to threads on www.choicepaintballguns.com forum subjects.
Articles can be submitted to us by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have trouble writing enough content to make complete articles, you can substitute articles for more blogs. Basically 1 article = 3 Blogs; this substitution can also be used with any or all of the sponsorship requirements listed above. ALL articles and blogs are subject to editing and approval before we will count them as requirements toward sponsorship. In other words, if we can't use the material you're submitting, they won't count towards Bonus Bucks or sponsorship requirements.
Here are a few topics you can write blogs about....
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