Advertise Here

sewa darts logosewa-darts


     SEWA Links
  • Home
  • Advertising
  • AvantGo
  • Dartplayer Forums
  • Downloads
  • FAQ
  • Feedback
  • Journal
  • Members List
  • Private Messages
  • Recommend Us
  • Reviews
  • Search
  • Site Stats
  • Stories Archive
  • Submit News
  • Surveys
  • Top 10
  • Topics
  • Web Links
  • Your Account
  • Downloads

  •      Our Visitors Map

         Site Sponsor


         Dart Reviews
    · WINMAU Stratos Dual Core Soft Tip Darts
    · Red Dragon SEWA Darts
    · Puma Legend DR5305322
    · SEWA Team Darts
    · Halex Envy
    · Blade 4
    · Laro Carbon Shaft
    · SightRight
    · Fit Flight soft tips
    · Fit shafts/Flights

    Designed by yours truly. Made by the best! These are the darts I've played with since 2005!

     Getting Sponsored

    General Dart TopicsErik writes "It's often asked by up and coming tournament players (who are faced with the ever increasing cost of travel and the limited opportunity to earn said costs back at events): how do I get a sponsor?

    My main response usually centers around this theme:

    Don't ask "how do I get a sponsor" but rather "how can I sell your products?".

    You see the entire purpose of sponsoring a player is to sell something unless of course you find that rare being who just wants to toss money your way (or perhaps a family member or friend). Take this site for example: why would anyone pay top put their name on the site if it didn't sell darts (and be sure after reading this to click those links and see what they have to offer please!)? Answer: they wouldn't.

    The idea is really simple: capitalism works so think like a capitalist.

    What? Yes, think about it from the perspective of someone trying to make money. Why sponsor you? The answer isn't "I win" because lots of people win, but rather the answer must be "I sell".

    If someone can afford to offer you hundreds of dollars in sponsorship then you must be able to sell enough of their products that they earn back hundreds (if not thousands) in profits. Otherwise it's a negative sum game and no business survives by NOT making money.

    As a sponsored player you become, in essence, an ambassador for that company which means that through your efforts alone you must SELL SELL SELL!

    If, for example, I were to sponsor someone it would have to be the kind of person who would promote SO WELL that the traffic would increase (bear in mind I still get up to and over ONE MILLION hits a month) to a point that my advertisers would be willing to pay more to advertise on the site (these days it barely covers the cost of my server and pipeline). Can you do that? Can you be so motivated and dedicated and professional that even after a stinging defeat at the oche you could still send THOUSANDS of people to this site EVERY DAY?

    That, my friends, is the kind of thing you must be capable of when asking the question: how do I get a sponsor.

    If you can do that, you won't have to ask how to get a sponsor but rather "which one do I want".

    "Getting Sponsored" | Login/Create an Account | 4 comments | Search Discussion
    The comments are owned by the poster. We aren't responsible for their content.

    No Comments Allowed for Anonymous, please register

    Re: Getting Sponsored (Score: 1)
    by cannibal on Thursday, August 01 @ 16:50:45 UTC
    (User Info | Send a Message)
    curious to know if your advice stems from experience in obtaining individual sponsorship, arranging personal sponsorship, or talking to those in companies that deal with handling sponsorship? Or is it just the case of what is considered to be "common sense and reasoning" about how things are supposed to work.  

    Re: Getting Sponsored (Score: 1)
    by Erik on Thursday, August 01 @ 17:25:31 UTC
    (User Info | Send a Message)
    Lots of the above :)

    I used to 'race' a slalom and rally car and was able to get a certain amount of sponsorship for it.  Then later, with the advice from my dad's old racing partner, managed to get enough sponsorships to drive a Mini Cooper across the USA and back (thousands of dollars of parts went into the car thanks to various sponsors).  And then of course, I've had 'sponsors' (early on) for this site and later turned that into advertisers (because sponsors like to be someone exclusive whereas a site like this is more like a magazine and as such should be able to have competitors advertise).

    I used to say jokingly "I'm the highest paid dart player in the USA" and at one time I think that might have even been true though today with dartslive, Puma and others really jumping in it likely is a stretch now! lol but the point is simple:  sell the sponsors products, or at least get people to go look at them (because more people looking means more people buying) and they will support you.


    Re: Getting Sponsored (Score: 1)
    by Erik on Thursday, August 01 @ 17:27:42 UTC
    (User Info | Send a Message)
    I might add that Dartoid probably makes a ton more then I do (and likely did before) so I'll change that joke to:  I'm probably ONE of the highest paid dart players in the USA.

    And I think it's probably fair to say that except that what I get paid goes right into this site to keep it running so perhaps I'm full of beans! lol


    Re: Getting Sponsored (Score: 1)
    by cannibal on Friday, August 02 @ 07:49:11 UTC
    (User Info | Send a Message)
    thanks for the reply always good to know exactly the perspective and experience of people giving advice. 

         Donate Now
    Your support is appreciated!

    Thanks for helping to keep the site alive!

         SEWA Advertising

    First and still the finest!



    Don't have an account yet? You can create one. As a registered user you have some advantages like theme manager, comments configuration and post comments with your name.

         Old Articles
    Wednesday, August 12
    · The psychology of practice
    · Habits and how they relate to darts.
    Sunday, August 09
    · A Brand New Flight System
    Tuesday, December 09
    · Where the seeded players drop...
    Tuesday, November 25
    · Laserdarts....back in the USA
    Saturday, November 22
    · Winmau World Masters 2014 - Part 1
    Sunday, December 15
    · Red Dragon - SEWA-Darts Trivia!
    Saturday, November 16
    · Darts in Dublin 2013/ 2
    Thursday, October 17
    · Darts in Dublin
    Tuesday, August 20

    Older Articles

         Members Stuff
    · Tournament Calendar
    · Practice Rankings

    Practice Games At Dartplayer & SEWA-Darts - Your One Stop Dart Site Thousands of forum topics
    All logos and trademarks in this site are property of Team SEWA and Professional Dart Players At Dartplayer - Your One Stop Dart Site Over 4500 active members!
    Dart Games, Dart Practice, Keeping Score, Dart News, Dart Video, Dart Chat, Everything Darts
    Copyright © 2003-2011 by Erik McVay.
    Page Generation: 0.27 Seconds