aslanprime, on 24 October 2010 - 03:23 PM, said:
Agreed with a lot of what you said, but to play devil's advocate...
I've always looked at sponsorship in paintball as kind've a joke. There are teams that start up and immediately get 4-5 sponsors...then they think are a big deal because they're sponsored. In some cases, it's as easy as going to a website and simply making a request and "Bam", you're sponsored. That's not "earning" anything...it's just becoming part of their marketing process. And usually, the team doesn't really "get" anything for free or at even a decent discount. Oh sure, sometimes they'll give you a 5-10% discount on items or annual field fees or something like that...but you're not getting free guns or anything like that. Those type of sponsorships exists, but only at the very high levels of the sport.
For me to look at a "sponsored" team and be impressed, I look for 2 things:
1) How difficult is it to get sponsored by that particular sponsor?
2) What does the team actually get in return?
If the answers are, I got a group of buddies together, we played in a couple tournaments and have a website...I'm not impressed. And if the answer to #2 is, well, we get a 5% discount on all products we buy online...again, I'm not impressed.
Actually, I'll add a 3rd "impressive" trait of a sponsored team:
3) Did they (the sponsor) come to you?
I've been approached by a few of my sponsors. I get better than a 10% discount and yes I do get free stuff. I do offer to pay for the free stuff,but I'm told "NO" by the sponsor. It's not what they want,they are happy to help. Yes I do give alot of my stuff out to other players to use and try out. My sponsors don't ask me to do that,I do it on my own.
I did approach a few of my sponsors,matter of fact I just sealed a deal with a new sponsor on Saturday. We had talked about it and sealed the deal in about 2-3 mins.He's local and just a very small shop. Well known and very good to all the players.
I really don't need anything in return from my sponsors. What they offer is enough. What they offer in help is enough. You know I've been playing long enough that alot of people know me. My difficulty level was not that hard. Asking wasn't that hard. It's just how I wrote my resume and talked with them.
Well I didn't do the "file on line and use what everyone else is using for a team sponsor program".
My newer MOLLE equipment is made to order and quality. It took me a while to get that sponsor,hey but it was worth it and they have been very happy with the business I have helped generate for them.
So yea I do a lot of work for my sponsors:) Also remember I'm only a "One Man" team so it's not too difficult to sponsor one person
This post has been edited by blackrain: 24 October 2010 - 07:25 PM