As the 2013 WCTA Conference and Trade Show approaches, so does the opportunity to increase your presence in the minds of hundreds of turf, golf and sportsfield industry delegates who will be attending. In the past, sponsorship opportunities included pre-registration gifts, coffee breaks, beer glasses, flat screen TV’s and even hard cash giveaways. Whether you are present as an exhibitor or not, we are happy to offer opportunities for exclusive or co-operative sponsorship as follows. Potential exists for customized programs to fit individual promotional goals or themes.
For 50 years, education has remained central to our event and is the primary reason delegates attend the show. With 30 hours of speaker talks planned, educational sessions are where delegates will spend much of their time.
New for 2013, we are pleased to offer an education program sponsorship that includes billing in all conference education program marketing material, on-site sponsor provided signage and verbal acknowledgement during each of the 27 sessions planned.
For a commitment of $3000, sponsors will also have 3-5 minutes of presentation time at our closing ceremonies. Note: availability is very limited.
Sponsoring a social function provides immediate and impactful impressions while providing support for our various networking opportunities.
Fest-of-Ale: Traditionally the most popular function during the trade show, all delegates are drawn to this 90 minute ‘happy hour’ taking place throughout the exhibit area on Monday afternoon. Each fully registered delegate receives 2 hosted beverage tickets along with an assortment of ‘party snacks’. The Fest-of-Ale is when our 50/50 draw takes place and is the culmination of our silent auction. Support for this event is reciprocated through sponsorship billing in all conference marketing material, on-site sponsor provided signage and verbal acknowledgement during and throughout the event. Three sponsorships are available at a cost of $3000 each and will include 3-5 minutes of presentation time during the function.
BCGSA Monday night social: Revived in 2008, our annual hockey game is organized in partnership with the BC Golf Superintendents Association and is now called the ‘Dave Creamer Memorial Hockey Game and Monday Night Social’. A variety of sponsorship levels for this very popular function are available by contacting Ginny Tromp at email@example.com.
Lunch Sponsor: Everyone has to eat! Approximately 900 lunches will be served over two days of our trade show with several deli-style sandwich buffets located throughout the building to accommodate our delegates. At a cost of $2500 each, two lunch sponsorships are available that will include billing in all conference marketing material, on-site sponsor provided signage and verbal acknowledgement during and throughout the event.
Delegate Coffee Breaks: Six sponsorships at a cost of $1000 each are available for our hosted welcome and morning delegate coffee breaks taking place Monday and Tuesday- you provide your signage.
Note: Our President’s Reception and Opening Ceremonies are not available for sponsorship
Hard and Soft Goods, Prizes and Mementos
A variety of fun and interesting options taking place throughout the event exist in this category each with a specific design in mind.
Name badge logo: Every delegate must wear a nametag to enter the conference centre. Name badge sponsorship is also new this year, cost to include your logo on each is $2000.
Door prize draws: Draws take place intermittently throughout the trade show and again at the closing ceremonies. Cost recovery is our goal here – whatever the total cost of the prize item(s) is the cost we pass onto the sponsor and you provide your own signage. As an example, at our 2012 event, we gave away $1500 in prizes and $1000 in cash.
Early-bird registration gift: Your logo’d item is included with every pre-registration package. 350 units are required at a suggested value of $10-$15 each. There is no additional charge beyond the cost of the item.
50th Anniversary Show Souvenir: Our conference organizing committee is working on a special 50th Anniversary memento that will be in the hands of every delegate in attendance. There is no additional charge beyond the cost of 600 units required. The committee is currently looking at a divot repair tool in the $13/unit range.
Thank you for considering sponsorship support of our 50th Anniversary Conference and Trade Show. Of course, we are interested in new and unique marketing ideas to accommodate your needs, especially anything tied to our 50th anniversary theme.
To discuss this further, please contact Jerry Rousseau at (604) 869-WCTA (9282).