Sponsor Plan

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April 27th 2019

Sponsorship Plan


Welcome!

We appreciate you taking time to consider sponsoring SQLSaturday #807 Redmond.  We’ve put together some information that will tell our about plans for the event and show you how your company will benefit from sponsoring our event.

Hosted by: The Olympia Area User Group and Northwest SQL Server User Group

 

April 27th 2019

 

Building: 92 on Microsoft Campus,

15010 NE 36th ST,  

Redmond, WA 98052


Event Overview

 

SQL Saturday is a one day free learning event focused on SQL Server that is being organized by the

Olympia Area SQL Server Users Group (http://olympia.sqlpass.org) and the Pacific Northwest SQL Server Users Group (http://pugetsound.sqlpass.org).  


Details of the event can be found at https://www.sqlsaturday.com/807/eventhome.aspx and we outline some of the key points below with a focus on sponsors.

 

We have five goals for this event:

 

  • Provide a first-class training experience for our attendees. Even though it will be free, we try to make it as good as or better than a similar paid for event.
  • Provide a great networking experience for SQL Server professionals, vendors, and employers.
  • Build our speaker pool. We’ve worked hard to get local speakers for the event.
  • Build relationships with sponsors. This event is funded entirely through donations, and we hope that you’ll see SQL Saturday as a good venue for highlighting your products, services, or just as a good place to look for SQL talent.
  • Building and growing the SQL Server community through free training and networking opportunities.

 

We have held these events in the past, so this isn’t our first time at putting on a SQL Saturday.  We expect around 350 attendees and will be having 20-30 presentations for this event.

 

We hope you’ll support this event! Please contact us at sqlsaturday807@sqlsaturday.com.


Event Logistics   

We’ll open the doors to sponsors at 7:00 am. Sponsors will be provided with table and two chairs, and limited access to 110v power (please let us know what you need in advance). Tables will be located in the same area as registration and breakfast to make it easy for attendees to stop by your table. We encourage sponsors to remain on site through at least lunch and if possible to have a representative present at the end of the day to present your prize at the end of day raffle.

 Lunch will be provided to sponsors that have registered. Please have everyone from your team that will be attending register at www.sqlsaturday.com/807 so that we can have enough food available.

Our event follows the standard conference model. We plan to have 20-30 sessions across 5 or 6 tracks. Most of the sessions will run 60 minutes. Check in will open at 8 am, sessions begin at 9 am and we will close out the day around 5:00 pm with the sponsor raffle.  We also will be providing a lunch free of charge to sponsors and attendees.

 

Upon arrival, attendees will complete the registration process and receive an event bag, vendor flyers and other items from sponsors.  There are two items that will be of particular interest to sponsors. The first will be a set of raffle tickets with their name and contact information. They will have the option to give sponsors their raffle tickets in trade for whatever free items you may be giving away, or just to enter a raffle if you’re sponsoring one. This will avoid the delays encountered while people queue to fill out a contact form at your table and it eliminates the inevitable 20-30% loss that results from not being able to read their writing.

 

 

Sponsor Benefits

Sponsorship ranges from $350 to $1500 depending on the package you select, and we’re always willing to discuss custom solutions to meet your needs.

 

Sponsor Benefits

PLATINUM

(2 sponsor max)

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

Lunch Time presentation

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Sponsor signage in each of the session rooms (vendor responsible for providing the signage)

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One email blast to all event attendees consisting of up to 2 pages of text that can be sent out after the event

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Attendee opt-in mailing list

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Vendor Profile sent out to attendees prior to event

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May collect raffle tickets with attendees contact information (see page 6 for Sample Raffle Ticket) Please provide a raffle item of at least $100 in value

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May include a multi-page brochure and DVD in the event bag

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One table in our exhibitor area located near registration and food, two chairs, and some access to 110v power

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May provide a raffle item of at least $100 in value

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May donate prizes for the end of event raffle mentioned at the end of event wrap up

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Option to include a one page flyer in the event bag given to each attendee upon arrival (sponsor must provide)

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Logo Included in the printed event guide given to all attendees upon arrival

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Listed on our sponsor page on the SQLSaturday.com/807 web site

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Prepaid Fee

$1500.00

$1000.00

$700.00

$350.00

 


All fees must be paid in advance. To register as a sponsor just visit www.sqlsaturday.com/807 and fill out our sponsorship registration form. We’ll email you an invoice that can be paid via credit card or PayPal.

All items to be placed in event bags must arrive no later than April 19, 2019. Contact Diane Robey (sqlsaturday807@sqlsaturday.com) for shipping location. Items received after that will not be added to event bags but will be made available to attendees on a table near registration. Ship us your items early!


The Raffle – Your Key to Success!

The biggest challenge with community events is capturing contact information for follow ups. Few attendees will have business cards, and having them hand write their info often leads to a 30% or higher loss due to inability to read what they wrote! We provide attendees with a set of pre-printed raffle tickets (see below) that will contain their name and email address; they are then able to put these tickets into the raffle box at each sponsor table to try to win a prize. This gives you 100% readability and 0% loss! It is also more effective than any other technique we’ve seen for trying to capture contact information and that includes scanning their name badge.

If you are sponsoring a raffle, we would like the raffle to be at least $100 in value. We will be hosting the raffle at the end of the day and we hope to gather some large prizes from our sponsors, things like a Zune or Xbox, free training, free software, etc.  


Raffle Ticket

Attendees will receive a printed sheet of raffle tickets upon check in at the event if they registered more than 7 days prior to the event. Note that not all information elements may be provided by each attendee, but at a minimum, they will provide their name and a verified email address. 

We can provide the raffle box. We will have one table for all absentee vendors placed in the same areas with our onsite vendors. Raffle ticket collection will proceed through the end of the day. If someone from your team is present we’ll ask them to draw the winning ticket, otherwise we’ll draw the ticket. Attendees must be present to win. If there is a physical prize we’ll give it to them, otherwise we’ll forward you their contact information for you to follow up with (for license keys, etc).

Please scan your raffle tickets as soon as you can - periodically, or shortly before the raffle. You will receive an email with the list of raffle ticket information.

Contact Us

We hope you’ll support this event! Please contact us at sqlsaturday807@sqlsaturday.com if you have any questions.



PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING DISCLAIMER: This is an independently operated local event. The SQLSaturday logo and the website for the event have been provided to the event leader at no cost by PASS as a service to the SQL Server community. Local event leaders are not authorized by PASS to negotiate contracts, make commitments, or act on behalf of PASS in any capacity. PASS assumes no liability for issues or problems that may arise from the event at any point in time.

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