Properly Advertising Your Golf Tournament – Part 1/2

Looking to amp up your advertising this year at your golf tournament?  Hole In One International is here to help give you some ideas on how to get the word out about your upcoming golf outing!

1.)  Make a Website
Having a website dedicated to your golf tournament is crucial when it comes to spreading the news about it!  Be sure to visibly display when and where it will be taking place, a phone number and/or email for your tournament director in case people have questions, as well as any sort of contests/promotions you’ll be running during the tournament!  You also have the ability to allow players to pay for their event on your website via online payment services such as PayPal.  See if anyone in your tournament planning committee has the capability to set up a website for you — if not, there are some extremely helpful websites out there that will assist you in creating one for free, such as TournEvents.

2.)  Create Social Media Pages
Chances are that your target audience is active in the social media world, so make sure to create a Facebook event page, Twitter account and/or even a Google+ page dedicated to your outing.  Be sure to make mention of your golf tournament regularly on your personal or business pages and link back to the appropriate golf outing pages.  It’s important to keep everyone informed by making frequent updates (for example, if you’ve added on a few new sponsors or managed to grab a local celebrity local business leader as your chairperson).

3.)  Utilize Print Advertising
Print advertising is a tried and true way of spreading the news of your golf tournament.  Whether you plan to send flyers, create an online press release (which you can do for free through websites such as prlog.com) or put an ad about the golf tournament in your local newspaper listing, all are guaranteed to yield results and get your message out there into the world!  Be sure to also work with your sponsors to include information about your tournament in their ads/mailers!

Stay tuned later this week for part 2 of Hole In One International’s “Properly Advertising Your Golf Tournament” blog post.  And as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-827-2249 or email us!

Fundraising Activities – pt 2.

Last week, we went over activities and contests to help you fundraise before your golf event.  This week it’s all about what can take place during and after your event!  Read on for more pointers!

During your event, a great fundraiser to hold is a Par 3 Challenge.  Every golfer loves some good competition – not to mention the chance to show off, which is why this contest is so great.  Have one person bet their team $x that they can get their ball on the green with a single swing.  If they miss, that money will go to charity; if they make it, they can either get their money back, receive a discount at the pro shop… or both!  Another great idea is to have each team on the golf course purchase a Long Drive and have a local Long Drive champion there on the course with them.  Depending on who wins (the player or the ‘champ’), half of the money put into the contest will go to the victor, while the other half goes to charity!  Don’t you just love it when everyone’s a winner?

After your event is the ideal time to hold a Million Dollar Shootout.  Once again, charge players $x to get in on a raffle, draw a random name and have that person try and make a hole in one for a whopping $1,000,000!  After the event is also a great opportunity to hold a silent auction, which can be set up prior to the event.  Be sure to post up sign-up sheets for next year’s event and give players a discount off of the regular rate if they register on the spot… or an additional discount if they pay right there and then!

Looking for more contest ideas to help you fundraise at your next event?  Feel free to call us at 800-827-2249… or email us!  We’d be happy to help!

Fundraising Activities & Contests

Golf season is finally here!  Looking to help fuel fun and raise funds at your upcoming event?  Then you’re going to love this post.

There are undoubtedly many objectives you’re looking to fulfill this year when it comes to your upcoming fundraising golf tournament.  Raising money for your cause will obviously be your #1 priority.  You’ll definitely want to offer value to your sponsors, attract new players to your organization (and get them to come back next time!), as well as increase overall revenue from players and sponsors alike.  But how do you go about achieving this?

We have one word for you: activities!

All kidding aside, it’s important to have both golf and other fun activities and contests spread throughout your event — before, during, and even, after.

Before your event, it’s a great idea to hold a raffle featuring donated prizes.  These prizes can be anything from free rounds of golf, vacation/travel packages to great golf destinations or even a colossal cash prize!  Just have everyone donate a few bucks to have their name put into the raffle.  It’s a simple, yet effective way of fundraising.  You can also sell a variety of logoed merchandise at the event!  From golf balls, clothing and even customized towels, you’ll be surprised as to just how many people will be interested in purchasing your goods — especially when it’s going to a good cause!  Still not convinced of the value these activities have?  How about holding a qualifying round for an insured putting contest where players can win up to $50,000!  After you’ve qualified your players, bring them back at the end of the event to take a shot (or rather, “putt”) at a great prize!  Feel free to charge your participants $x to enter the qualifier.  Facing time restraints?  Call upon your good friend ‘raffle’ to save the day and make the qualifying process a breeze!  Also, be sure you have any events/contests and sponsors adequately promoted with the help of golf contest signage.

Tune in again next Friday for  more activities and contests that you can run during and after your event!

Shot From the Top: Toshiba Classic

ToshibaClassic LogoWe’re sure you’re thinking to yourself, “What could possibly be more exciting than kicking off this year’s Toshiba Classic with an insured hole in one contest?”

Well, how about making that hole in one from the roof of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel – a whopping 16 stories above the green!

On March 11, 2012, Hole In One International’s sister company, Odds On Promotions, will write a check for $10,000 to any of the 40 participants who can ace a 119-yard shot from the roof of the Marriott into a hole on the second green of the Newport Beach Country Club. The high-rise hole in one contest,  dubbed “Shot From the Top”, benefits the Hoag Hospital Foundation.

Watch this video taken from 2010’s “Shot From the Top” below to see the promotion in action:

 

Adding a giant-prize hole-in-one, putting or golf shootout to your golf  tournament is more than an exciting way to raise more money – done right, it’s can be a media magnet.  And, as you can see, you can get as creative as you want, because whether it’s from the roof of the clubhouse, the balcony of a nearby condo or hotel tower, the top of your retail location or even from a helicopter… Hole In One International’s sister company, Odds On Promotions, can insure it!

Give them a call today at  at 888-827-2249 or shoot them an email for more ideas, if you have any questions or to obtain a free, no-obligation quote.

The Toshiba Classic is one of the most exciting weeks of the year in Orange County. For seven days in March, Newport Beach welcomes the legends of the golf world. One of the most successful tournaments in Champions Tour history, the Toshiba Classic has raised over $14 million in the past 14 years for its lead beneficiary Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian as well as other Orange County charities.



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