I’ve been talking a lot lately about building a sponsorship campaign and the initial blocks in that process. One of the most important is an organized team. In all actuality, a Chamber really needs two organized teams.
The First Team
Your first team should be obvious – those who will sell the sponsorships. Think through your sales team.
- Will your sales be done in-house by one staff member?
- Are you going to include an entire department?
- What about directing it to a Chamber committee – say the Ambassadors?
- Are you going to look to the entire membership to recruit an army of volunteers?
Regardless of what your sales team is going to look like, they need to be organized from the beginning. You need to have the idea in mind of who will sell, so that the next steps will be executed more effectively and in a more timely manner.
The Second Team
The second team is your staff. You need to make certain that they are all on board with the process and understand the plan. They all will have a part in the campaign, regardless of whether or not they are on the sales team.
If you are mobilizing volunteers, each staff member can motivate different volunteers. If the plan is to be executed by one staff member, the staff as a whole needs to understand the streamlining process.
The next step is to secure those much-needed sponsors. Typically, chambers have the same 25-100 members (the number depends on the chamber size) that routinely are asked for sponsorship assistance time and time again.
Why do we not ask beyond our regular list?
Why do we overcharge our friends and give the rest away?
It’s all about looking into why sponsors sponsor. Just as our business members target their specific customers, chambers need to target their specific sponsors. If an event is targeted to reach the masses, consider a business that is looking to do the same.
Have a member who has been in business 5-7 years and finally reached a sense of establishment in the business community? Target them with a sponsorship that would provide prestige and exclusivity.
Remember Psychology 101 and Maslow’s Hierarchy… it applies to Chamber sponsorships, too!
If you need some help with either developing your teams or developing your sponsor list, we would be happy to discuss a Total Resource Campaign with you. You can reach us at email@example.com.