Finding unique sponsorship ideas is never easy, and it never will be.
All sponsorship projects have the same concept, right? Sponsoring a local event, supporting a charity that fits your cause and issues, etc. After all, you might end up with exactly the same sponsorship ideas as all the other sponsors. How can you stand out in this sponsorship crowd?
Creativity is the key to building a sponsorship programme. One thing you can do uniquely is the way you engage your audience during the sponsorship event and make sure you adapt to your audience. Even if you have the same ideas as your competitors for the sponsored event, it doesn’t mean that your strategy can’t help make you unique and make the event a memorable experience for your audience.
We know that getting creative is not easy, partly because people often think that creativity cannot be linked to planning and structuring projects. But it isn’t. There are steps you can follow to ensure you develop the most creative sponsorship projects you’ve ever launched.
Learn from the past
Think about the last event you sponsored or attended. What was it like? Was there anything that stuck in your mind? If something impressed you, then it was worth remembering. It is always important to gain insight into previous projects as many tips and tricks can be derived from this.
Learn more about your goal
This can be things like observing the trend for your audience’s age group within the industry of the service or product you offer. To create a unique experience during the event, you need to know and understand their interests, likes and dislikes. This could be your chance to make a good first impression and retain your audience.
Respond to their needs
Once you know their needs, you should be able to work out what you can offer them to make them remember the event you are sponsoring. Pay attention to the environment and the things that are around you: Tools and inspiration are everywhere. If your audience is more familiar with the digital world, consider using some digital tools to communicate your sponsored event.
Check your results
Apply the results of your research to the event. Questions you should ask yourself:
How do you want the event to run?
What can you use from your research to make this happen?
What is your contingency plan?
Where to start, what action plan next and after?
Now is the time to think about what could be improved for your next sponsorship programme.
Once you have mastered the strategy part, you may want to improve the whole process: easier, faster, more efficient and always collaborative. That’s when corporate social responsibility software comes into play.