It is obvious that small business organizations outnumber that of big-time corporations. Small businesses reach far and wide in span, but are often limited in “reach” or market “penetration” due largely, if not primarily, to financial constraints.
Whether the business is that of a pet shop, a small grocer, or a bookstore, there is still advertising involved. Believe it or not, the tool that can be included in such advertising is corporate sponsorship. It is not the case that this kind of sponsorship is only made for big businesses. Small businesses just by and large, tend to “feel” that way.
It is essential to understand that capital is not the base consideration for exposure. There are many attainable opportunities in the market for small business ventures, and corporate sponsorship can prove to be a profitable investment.
Small business can benefit from corporate sponsorship; and I will mention just some of the gains that can be gleaned.
1) Business visibility:
As with all businesses, being known is the point of advertising. Small businesses, tend to become wallflowers unable to compete against the almighty dollar that generates flashy lights among other things. With corporate sponsorship, positive visibility can be more easily achieved, giving a small business the opportunity to play on the same field or rink as big business.
However, this is where the rubber meets the road. How does small business gain corporate props? It really is only possible when the right match between a sponsor and a small business is made. A small business should align itself with a sponsor that has similar culture and ethics. If the partnership is mismatched, the small business can suffer greatly. So it is very important as well to consider the market trends when looking out for the right kind of corporate sponsor.
Advertising is usually a big bite out of spending for all business, big and small. It is a downside but more so for small enterprises since their funds are not that vast. Corporate sponsorship may very well be the tool to help in alleviating such costly means of exposure.
Businesses that are small have a chance to be exposed little by little through corporate sponsorship. It is through this sponsoring that a business is given more options on advertising cost. An example of a good and inexpensive way of exposure is through conventions.
Corporations often sponsor conventions that give small business the opportunity to showcase their products and/or services. Bake fairs, often sponsored by big-named food brands, allows people to sell their baked goods and give them the publicity they seek. In today’s rather volatile markets, everyone seems at least cognizant of the “small business woes” that exist. Corporations strive to appear generous, if not altruistic, in the eyes of their stakeholders and boards. Yes, now more than ever, corporations are tuning into small business landscape issues because they too have lost hugely in this economic downturn.
3) High status attainment:
Partnering with a big time company however small a business is will eventually pay dividends. Aligning with an organization that attracts or has many patrons can certainly catapult a small business.
This analogy is akin to the thought that sticking with big names will allow others to remember you. There is some basic name recognition truth to this, and a business that affiliates itself with a productive sponsorship may experience such an effect.
With popularity comes the very thing all businesses strive to attain. The more people know about a certain product or service, the more sales that business will generate. This is the golden rule regarding brand exposure. The more known and exposed your product or service is, the better the sales.
Being sponsored by a corporation allows a small business access and visibility to a vast number of potential consumers and clients, which will in turn increase profits. One thing to keep in mind also is that sponsorship will not only be the basis for sales increase, but will also speak directly to the quality of the product and/or service that is being offered. There is some truth in the axiom that higher volume sales must mean a higher valued product or service. Sure, we all know examples where this is not the case, but for “Joe and Jill” consumer this mantra still has some weight.
In addition to having more exposure to the public and becoming more visible in the market, small businesses that are corporately sponsored also enhanc their image. When a business is backed up by the right kind of sponsor, it only signifies that the product or service being sold is something to take a look at and is worthy of notice. And after all, isn’t that how we started this whole subject?