Each year, community organizers struggle to produce public events and this is a golden opportunity for a new business to provide Goodwill to a community by sponsoring entertainment.
Sponsoring entertainment allows a new business to get their name out to the community through the event marketing. Events usually have a website, fliers, and brochures that are distributed throughout the community and, for a fraction of the cost, your business information can be distributed to thousands of residents.
How to sponsor entertainment or activity
- Call the Mayor’s office, police department, library, and park district and ask them for groups that have public events. Let them know you are looking to sponsor entertainment or an event, or to contribute to a community cause.
- Set a budget that you want to spend and remember this is a goodwill gesture to the community and this is a long-term investment in the community.
- Research producers that will provide quality entertainment that you can submit to the event committees and can brand your product into the production of the show.
- Reach out to your network of business associates, and bring in a proposal to the event committee that is complete, thorough, and is fully funded.
Things you should include when dealing with entertainment
- Entertainment should acknowledge you onstage as a sponsor
- Sponsor logo should be visible onstage
- Entertainer should promote the sponsor to its fan base
Building a relationship with the community, other local businesses, and in the political environment will help a new business grow in areas that you never imagined were possible.
Free PR is better than no PR. Yet, I am amazed at the number of companies I call upon to let them know how they can promote their Grand Openings for free. However they will tell me, “The PR department has everything under control and they have ‘their outlets’ of communication established.”
WOW, these same companies, just two decades ago, said, “A website is not needed, and social media will never help our business.” The culture of business has not changed when it comes to expanding ideas.
PR departments are not SEO specialists, their social media marketing is limited, and many times they are stuck in the past when it comes to expanding ideas on how to market an event outside the standard TV, radio, and print media.
My advice to all is to never leave a stone unturned when advertising a Grand Opening. Look for and accept all opportunities that arise. If one person sees your announcement and it cost you nothing, you are a winner. Realize, your boss or client is paying you to use all the tools at your disposal to make their Grand Opening a success, so take advantage of them!
If your company is having a Grand Opening, market your event to as many people as you can. Do not rely on “established communication outlets”, but do what is expected of you and seek out all opportunities to promote your Grand Opening. The success of your Grand Opening lies in your ability to get the PR information out there, using all the outlets available at your disposal, to help ensure a successful Grand Opening.
Contact Name: Jack Nguyen
Company Name: TT Nails
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Contact Name: Shryl
Company Name: Hickory River Smokehouse
Hickory River Smokehouse to Stage Grand Opening Event
at The Streets of Woodfield in Schaumburg
June 6- 9, 2013
MAY 28, 2013— Grand opening festivities for the new Hickory River Smokehouse in Schaumburg will be highlighted by Dollar Menu specials beginning June 6 through June 9. Also planned for the opening weekend will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, giveaways, festivities for children and adults alike and much more.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10:30 on June 6 and will be officiated by Village of Schaumburg President Al Larson, along with the Schaumburg Business Association. Following the ribbon cutting, the restaurant will officially open its doors to the public by offering special Dollar Menu items. These items feature the restaurant’s award winning pulled pork and Texas-style “dry rubbed” baby back ribs. These items will be available at the special price of one dollar through 9pm on Sunday, June 9 when the restaurant concludes its Grand Opening festivities.
Also on hand throughout the weekend will be Dale Obrochta, better known as the Magical Balloon dude. Dale is known for his amazing balloon figures as well as his ability to entertain a crowd. There will also be drawings for barbecue gift cards throughout the weekend.
B&D Texas Barbecue, LLC, who owns the Schaumburg franchise, opened their first Hickory River restaurant in 2010 in the nearby suburb of Glendale Heights. Based on its success, great reviews and constant requests to open another location closer to the popular suburb, the decision was an easy one when the Streets of Woodfield site became available.
“We’re growing and in today’s economy, this says a lot about the quality of our food,” said David Huff, CEO of B&D Texas Barbecue. “We know we have the best barbecue in the Northwest suburbs…maybe in all of Chicagoland, which is why we are so excited about the Streets of Woodfield in Schaumburg,” he added. Huff commented that B&D Texas Barbecue is committed to expanding in the Chicagoland area.
The new Schaumburg location will offer fast-casual dining and carry-out with a special emphasis on corporate deliveries. Hickory River Smokehouse is a Midwest-based chain that features Real Texas Barbecue with other locations in central Illinois and Ohio.
Contact Name: Vince
Company Name: Martinizing Dry Cleaners
Come celebrate our Grand Opening on May 4, 2013 from 10:00-2:00 pm at Martinizing Dry Cleaners located at S. LaGrange Road and LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL 60448.
We’ll have Balloon Entertainer, Magical Balloon-dude Dale, a Face Painter, Caricature Artist, Raffle for Chicago Blackhawks tickets, games, and much more to keep you entertained.
We will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 am so come early and mingle with local politicians, community leaders, and local businesses participating in today celebration.
Individuals who schedule events for a living understand that you must live and die by a chosen date. You must take into consideration what needs to be accomplished and who needs to be notified. After that, fix the date. All planning from this point forward is based on this date.
Owners who do not understand the date commitment process fall prey to the floating Grand Opening. Originally, a date is chosen for the event. A few days later the date gets pushed back. Planning starts, project dates move forward, and like dominoes the owner pushes the date farther down the calendar schedule.
Indecisiveness does not lead people to accomplish their goals, it just allows procrastination to persist. Those who have committed to the original date have to scramble to adjust schedules to accommodate the new date.
The individuals who are procrastinating, will still put things off to the last minute. It is best to commit to a Grand Opening date and push forward with it. Working under a deadline gives the team focus and goals to achieve.
If the date selected has obstacles, look at creative solutions to overcome these challenges. Be 100% committed to that date. If all else fails, then it would be okay to push the Grand Opening date forward in time, but make sure that all other options have been exhausted.
Improve Grand Opening by Committing to a Date:
- Giving staff and team a deadline to meet
- Allowing more advanced scheduling of personnel
- Decreasing the chances of misprinted marketing material
- Confirming to staff leadership’s ability to see a project through
- Showing staff that management skills are not weak under pressure
- Building teamwork as staff prepares for the event
Insurance Companies Have Grand Openings
Grand opening for an insurance company is a great opportunity for the company to become familiar with suppliers. Plan an afternoon where employees and suppliers can build a good working relationship.
Insurance companies deal with hundreds of automotive body shops, widows installers, and government agencies. Invite these companies to meet the office staff and see the facilities they will be dealing with on a daily basis. The grand opening should include local businesses in the community and local chamber of commerce. If the insurance company specialize in specific insurance then invites should be sent to any business dealing directly with your insurance company.
Cater food from a local restaurant, decorate the office with balloons, and create a relaxing party atmosphere. Use this time to build team relationships among the office and allow staff to interact.
Announce the grand opening with a press release targeted to the editorial manager in the business department of a newspaper. Spin the press release to show how the new office will stimulate the local economy with new jobs, increase restaurant business, and show how the new office will help the community.
Lastly, have all the office staff to bring family members into the company and see the environment that love ones will be working. Giving employees the opportunity to meet each others family and help establish a cohesive office.
Advice For Lawyers on Having a Grand Opening for Your New Law Office
A Grand Opening for A Lawyers Office is not your “A” typical business that promotes their grand opening of a new office, but, there is much to be offered for those who do have a grand opening. I should start by saying a law office grand opening is really an open house for the business community. Lawyers in general are not big into personal social media networking and thus need to network the old fashion way by sending personal invites to potential clients and colleagues.
The art of networking is a skill that all business people should use and have an open house for a B2B or companies that deal in confidently can still through an open house party. Invites to the Chamber of Commerce, Financial Institutes, Insurance Companies, Real Estate Agents, Auto Dealers, and other businesses that require the use of a lawyers services should be contracted. Do not overlook government officials, the Mayor’s Office and local news organizations.
Every law office I’ve been in has the wall of legal books which is there to impress and when you invite other business people in for a catered event they too will be impressed. Plan the event for late afternoon / early evening. This allows business people to sneak out of the office a little early, but arrive home in time to have dinner with the family.
Hire a local PR firm to help distribute a press release along with hiring an event planner to assist with grand opening planning. This will allow the firm to focus 95% of it energy on company business and not planning the grand opening party.
Grand Opening Law Offices
If your law office belongs to a Country Club, make sure you invite key members of the clubs to your grand opening. This will help you build a bond with club members and allows them a personal insight into your business.
A press release should be sent to local newspapers and law trades highlighting the law firm’s experience. Since a new law firm to the community isn’t national news, local publications generally will cover a new business coming to the community.
Lastly, everyone should leave with a small legal packet that discusses in plain English, what the Law Firm specialize in and couple of business cards. The goal of this grand opening / open house is to educate potential clients about your services and allowing them to associate a face with your company name.
Defusing customer dissatisfaction is simple and easy by posting a sign that says “Our apologies for any inconvenience, New Staff in Training”. Every store or restaurant is going to have some problems the first several weeks from advertised merchandize being out of stock to inexperience employees. It is much easier for customers to forgive a newbie sales associate or server than a season veteran.
Retain customers by losing your ego and announcing to the world that your staff is in training and their first experience may not be perfect, but your store is committed to improvement and customer satisfaction.
All businesses have bumpy starts and asking the public to bear with you in the beginning is not out of line. By posting a sign you are acknowledging problems that may exists and you are working on improving the overall customer experience.
Learn & Correct
The first six months are the learning and correcting stages. Look for all problems, address them immediately and apply the proper training so staff is knowledgeable and ready for when that customer returns, they need to see an improvement. Customers will forgiving in the beginning, but if they cannot see improvements then you are going to lose them for good. Being honest from the start is the best plan when trying to establish a loyal customer base.
Contact Name: Tamika Wilson-Smith
Company Name: Heavenly Desserts
Heavenly Desserts will be opening it’s first location on October 6, 2012. Please come out and join us for this momentous occasion.