Last year, in an effort to boost our advertising sales, we ran an advertising competition, and this year, we are running it again! Local businesses AND families can sponsor our show in several ways.
Every trophy offered at the show is available to be sponsored. Individuals can sponsor a 1st Place trophy for $75, 2nd place for $60, 3rd place for $50, and specialty trophies (guard and percussion) for $35. There are no more than 5 of each available, though it could be less depending on the bands that attend and their classification. Individuals who sponsor a trophy can present it, otherwise student leaders and seniors will.
Additionally, in our program book, ad space is available for purchase. Ads run from 1/8 of a page (business card size) for $25 up to full page ads for $135. All ads are grayscale. The inside front and back cover are also available (first come, first serve) for $180, and are in full color. The goal is to fill the book with local businesses! For those with business cards, the best option is 1/8 page or 1/2 page, though at that size, they don't look quite as nice. Graphics can be emailed or sent printed to be scanned. Ads can be local business, they can be full sections, they can also be family ads for individuals in the band!
Finally, friends and family can sponsor a 1-2 line patron ad. They are $5-10 each, and can be short messages to you or other band members!
Now, for the contest! Our goal, as with last year, is to see which section sells the MOST advertising per member of the section. The goal is every member of the band at least get one business ad and 1-2 patron ads. They all add up! For example, if the front ensemble, with 6 members, sells $600 worth of advertising, their would end up with $100 per member. If the brass would sell $600 with 10 members, they would only have $60 per member. Front ensemble would win.
Each section can also bump their tallies up by sponsoring ads. Each section is asked to at least sponsor 1/4 page, though most sponsored full pages last year! If you have 10 members, and want a full page, each person only pays $13.50.
Advertising tallies will run from now until September 2nd. Updates will be posted regularly to the Member's Only page as well. The winning section will get a meal of their choice from Mancino's at the Hempfield competition, instead of the regular meal we offer.
The sections, for the contest are:
- Front Ensemble
- Staff (yes, we track how we do too....)
Attached below is the advertising packet. Additionally, the packet is now up on the Member's Only page, under Bulldog Band Brawl. On that page you will also find the business who declined to purchase an ad last year, and those who DID purchase ads. Advertising can be mailed directly to the school, as the paperwork says, or you can bring it in during mini camp, band camp, or regular rehearsals. Last year, we sold over $5,000 in advertising. Can do we do that again this year??
If you have any questions, please let me know! If you would like to browse an example program from last year, you are welcome to at the July Mini-Camp as well.