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Are You Setting Yourself Up for a Sponsorship NO? (Part 3)

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To build a healthy relationship with a sponsor, you have to take the time to get to know that sponsor… what motivates their brand, what language do they typically use, what audience do they seek.

Just making an ask without knowing what you propose is the right fit for a sponsor can easily result in a NO.

It’s easy to make mistakes like this, but thankfully it’s also easy to AVOID such mistakes.

That's why we've created a 3-part sponsorship educational series addressing 3 easy-to-avoid mistakes (and their solutions).

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Are You Setting Yourself Up for a Sponsorship NO? (Part 2)

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There’s a right way and a wrong way to build relationships with sponsors so that you can find funding and support for your dream project.

Creating sponsorship marketing relationships is often a new, unexplored avenue for speakers, authors, event hosts, and entrepreneurs, so it’s no surprise that in this unknown territory, costly mistakes are made.

When mistakes happen, unfortunately the answer is often a NO from sponsors.

Knowing how to avoid such mistakes is crucial, so we've created a 3-part sponsorship educational series addressing 3 easy-to-avoid mistakes (and their solutions).

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Are You Setting Yourself Up for a Sponsorship NO? (Part 1)

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If having sponsors, getting your project funded through sponsorship support, and building marketing relationships with businesses is on your priority list (which it should be), it’s important to know what causes sponsors to decline potential marketing relationships.

At Raise a Dream, we have interviewed a number of brands and sponsors to explore what helps them (and also what hurts the people seeking sponsorship). Through these valuable conversations, we were able to boil the insightful feedback of sponsorship decision-makers into the 3 common reasons sponsors often say NO.

Every day, we see speakers, authors, event hosts, and entrepreneurs making costly mistakes that will cause sponsors to say NO to their (and potentially your) amazing offerings. Knowing how to avoid these mistakes is such an important topic, we have turned this into a 3-part sponsorship educational series so that each mistake (and its solutions) gets the attention it deserves.

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8 Lessons on Using Crowdfunding to Raise Your Dream

8 Lessons on Using Crowdfunding to Raise Your Dream

8 Lessons on Using Crowdfunding to Raise Your Dream

Building sponsorship relationships is one of many ways to raise funds for your dream project.

Crowdfunding and crowdraising is also becoming a popular way of helping entrepreneurs raise their dream and boost influence. 

After having been directly involved with several crowdfunding campaigns and watching others go through the process, many of the same relationship-building, social media championing, and communication planning principles that are successful in attracting sponsors also apply to attracting crowdfund supporters.

​Below are eight lessons that can help your crowdfund be successful in many ways.
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The Power of an Hour in Raising Your Dream

The Power of an Hour in Raising Your Dream

One of our Big Dream Primer program ​students posed a great question in our Insiders' Facebook Group. The question was concerning an issue that is very real for many people with a big dream.

“How do you balance having a full-time job/career with having a big dream to raise without going down rabbit holes?” What a great question! It addresses a challenge that many of us face.

There are only 1,440 minutes available to us in a 24-hour period. This is 86,400 seconds in a 24-hour period.  Now given that some of that you are sleeping for 8 hours and then potentially working at a job for another 8 hours, the issue of how to allocate the resource of your time becomes very important. How do we make the best use of the precious time that is available?

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17 Savvy Strategies to Sell More Books at Book Signings

17 Savvy Strategies to Sell More Books at Book Signings

I’ve been there. The bookstore book signing is so quiet you can hear a pin drop. This does not feel good for the author or for the bookstore. 

So how do you make sure your book signing events are busy, engaging people, and selling lots of books?

Collaborate on Pre-Event Book Signing Marketing

Ensure you meet or talk with the bookstore or book event host to plan out a shared marketing campaign.

Typically bookstores do little to promote the signings; however, here are the things that bookstores (Chapters, Coles, and independent stores) have done in the past to promote book signings when efforts to collaborate result in a coordinated plan ahead of time:

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5 Reasons More Businesses Are Saying YES to Sponsorship

5 Reasons More Businesses Are Saying YES to Sponsorship

Sponsorship is an untapped revenue source for many entrepreneurs, speakers, and authors. Corporate sponsorship dollars can help you take your big idea and vision to a global brand or a movement.

Why?

Sponsorship is a marketing relationship. You are helping the sponsor as they help you! Doesn’t this feel exciting (and more doable)?

And here’s more good news.

Sponsorship spending is on the rise… and reports indicate that sponsors are seeking new opportunities to fund and support projects through collaboration and sponsorship. This is good news for you and other dream raisers.

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Authors Raising Their Dreams By Selling More Books

Authors Raising Their Dreams By Selling More Books

Authors Raising Their Dreams By Selling More Books

Writing a book is a dream for so many people; however, the majority of people do not raise that dream.

If you have, congratulations!

How many books do you think the average author sells?

It always saddens me when I hear the statistics on book sales for authors. Publishers Weekly recently stated that the average author will sell 3,000 books in a lifetime, and in their first year, that is only about 250-300 books!  YIKES!

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9 Book Marketing Plans To Help You Raise Your Dream Faster

9 Book Marketing Plans To Help You Raise Your Dream Faster

9 Book Marketing Plans To Help You Raise Your Dream Faster

The “If you build it, they will come” concept does not apply to book sales. Selling more books requires a plan and follow-through action.

Every week, I meet authors who thought once they wrote the book, it would just keep selling and they could move on to write another book.

That is not the case. 

Book sales, whether you are traditionally published or self-published, require ongoing marketing, promotion, and sales activities.

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Hire an Event Planner: The Key to Sanity, Savings, and Success!

Hire an Event Planner: The Key to Sanity, Savings, and Success!

Hire an Event Planner: The Key to Sanity, Savings, and Success!

Event planners. They are the treasured keepers of sanity, savings, and success and the reasons to partner with or hire an event planner for your next event are profuse.

Of course, savvy speakers, authors, and entrepreneurs will try to minimize event costs, perhaps believing that one such saving is to NOT hire an event planning professional. We get it. We’ve been there.

But… the reality of not having a volunteer team, event planning expert, and event support is that everything falls into your lap.

As an event host or speaker, it's not just that you likely will not have the time (or skill set) to manage all these details... it shouldn't be you doing these tasks. If you’re the frazzled one moving furniture, dealing with heating/cooling issues, and handling questions about where the bathrooms are from the attendees, you’re probably not painting the image you wish for yourself as an expert or speaker.

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