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Your expierence of acquiring Sponsors for PC-Builds

Hi folks,

 

I was wondering about this.

I see certain builds which look so damn sexy

And I think besides the fact that the builders are being insanely talented

they partly can do awesome stuff because the managed to get some company to support them in one way or another.

 

I guess if you have a reputation of being an awesome builder it helps. 

But I was wondering why anybody can't pull that of as well.

I mean how hard can it be to just write a bunch of E-Mails to some regional Online shops

or maybe even the regional branch of some Hardware company you wanna incorporate into your build.

Then you give them proper thanks here and anywhere you show the build off

and maybe you even put a Badge on there displaying all sponsors or something.

This doesn't seem to difficult altogether...

And I thought about doing that for my workstation build.

 

What do you guys think about this in general?

and does anyone has experience with this?

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They won't care if you don't get a significant amount of notice from people in general. You need an audience or extreme talent for them to support you.

 

Never not worth trying something. Best of luck to you :)

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Getting them to respond to you is the problem. Unless you can show them some proof of your talents, they likely won't give your request a second glance.

 

It's the same as people who want to get free review copies of video games. It's not enough to set up a WordPress blog and send the PR departments of publishers an email saying "I have a review site, send me free games!".

 

They need a reason to give you those perks. You have to prove that their being affiliated with you is going to be worth the cost/effort.

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Well, the companies have to see a gain from sponsering you. You can't ´just´ build your run of the mill PC, it have to be something extraordinary. I fI go into the LTT Build Log section, I would probably see a lot of the same. If it doesn't stand out, it doesn't have great advertisment value for the companies. However if it is something special, people will see it, and the advertisment potential will rise.

As a PC builder you probably have to prove that you have a special talent. Since sponsering you a PC part (or parts) will be money right out of the pocket of the company, they have to make certain that you are a good investment. If you have poved that you are able to do do extraordinary PC build, or do other great things wiht PCs, you might be able to get sponsered.

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I made a thread massively hyping the gt705,710 and 720, it had over 3000 viewers at one point on it, nvidia didnt notice.

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I kind of feel like this is a bit disrespectful and degrading saying that the people that do get sponsored dont work there ass off just to get sponsored and its easy i would really like to see u do what u just said and tell us your response from a company if any lol.

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I made a thread massively hyping the gt705,710 and 720, it had over 3000 viewers at one point on it, nvidia didnt notice.

 

Nvidia doesn't care for your condescending articles. Thats the difference.

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Nvidia doesn't care for your condescending articles. Thats the difference.

then they shall no longer reap the benefits of my marketing skills, mwhwhaahah.

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then they shall no longer reap the benefits of my marketing skills, mwhwhaahah.

that thread was legendary. Gave ne a good laugh which I did not expect from the news section

 

 

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that thread was legendary. Gave ne a good laugh which I did not expect from the news section

im glad you enjoyed my work, it took me about 2 hours to write that, normally takes 10 minutes but then again i dont normally play borderlands while writing threads.

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I kind of feel like this is a bit disrespectful and degrading saying that the people that do get sponsored dont work there ass off just to get sponsored and its easy i would really like to see u do what u just said and tell us your response from a company if any lol.

I'm sorry it was not my intention to sound disrespectful.

As I said there are many guys who I have the utmost respect for.

Anyone how can pull of a very High-End beautiful Build did probably work their ass of to even get into the position of getting recognized. 

Regardless if the have sponsors or are just very fortunate with talent and founding alike.

 

Well, the companies have to see a gain from sponsering you. You can't ´just´ build your run of the mill PC, it have to be something extraordinary. I fI go into the LTT Build Log section, I would probably see a lot of the same. If it doesn't stand out, it doesn't have great advertisment value for the companies. However if it is something special, people will see it, and the advertisment potential will rise.

As a PC builder you probably have to prover that you have a special talent. Since sponsering you a PC part (or parts) will be money right out of the pocket of the company, they have to make certain that you are a good investment. If you have poved that you are able to do do extraordinary PC build, or do other great things wiht PCs, you might be able to get sponsered.

 

Getting them to respond to you is the problem. Unless you can show them some proof of your talents, they likely won't give your request a second glance.

 

It's the same as people who want to get free review copies of video games. It's not enough to set up a WordPress blog and send the PR departments of publishers an email saying "I have a review site, send me free games!".

 

They need a reason to give you those perks. You have to prove that their being affiliated with you is going to be worth the cost/effort.

 

Yeah I can see what you mean.

To be brutally honest my field of expertise kinda involves marketing, communication and design.

So I absolutely get the jist of what you are saying.

I just didn't know exactly how its done in this "scene" if you like or if there are much differences.

But it seems that in the end it's all the same...They need to have a clear understanding what their benefit from the sponsoring is.

But maybe I can persuade somebody. There has to be something I can think of.

 

And on the Point of my Rig.

I really want my PC to stand out. I planned every part of it. Nothing is randomly selected.

Also some modding and some overclocking is surly to be done.

The Rig will be a prominent part of my Life because my job centers around a capable Workstation.

Everything I do depends on me having the best possible tools for the job. Just as a professional Gaming Team needs the best tools.

 

 

They won't care if you don't get a significant amount of notice from people in general. You need an audience or extreme talent for them to support you.

 

Never not worth trying something. Best of luck to you :)

Thanks.

 

I will try to write and talk to some people after Easter.

I am curious on how this works out myself and I will keep you guys informed as soon as the actual Build Log starts ;)

 

PS: just so you know...I am somebody who has no problem of doing something like this..talking to companys and such. And I always do as I said.

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I get asked allot on how to get sponsors. I took the time to write up a short idea on how it all works.

The most simple way to explain how to get sponsors IMO without writing a book is as follows.

1. You need to have a few mods under your belt and they need to have visible work logs. I'm not saying you need to have a worklog on every single forum or site out there but have a worklog in which you interact with your subscribers. A good worklog in which the modder takes the time to explain what they are doing with video or lots of pictures and is why people will sub and read about your mod.

2. Help the community and be a part of it, find something you are knowledgeable in or are good at and then help others in that area. If you cant think of an area, pick one you like and read up on it - if you take the time to help others then your name will be known and for a good reason.

3. Try to be original with your mods. Take your time to think of something that other people haven't tried, a color scheme that hasn't been done a billion times, incorporate a medium thats rarely used, and so on.

4. Enter contests with your mods, try to goto lans, shows, and so on. Winning a contest even a small one helps allot. But the biggest part of going to shows or lans is getting to know the people. You can send a thousand emails to a thousand different marketing people but if you take the time to introduce yourself face to face if you get the chance means allot. Hopefully you even get a business card and share yours as well.

4. Once you have accomplished some of that plan out an original mod or scratch build - take the time to have a full plan of what you would like for parts, maybe some renders, or possible get started on some of it.

5. Send an email or even call to those you have met and maybe a couple you haven't - dont spam the entire network, just who you need or planned to for your mod. Start small like one to 3 sponsors and ask for reasonable items and then follow through with your word or any stipulations that may have. Write a professional precise email explaining your project and why you think that their product would be perfect for your mod. (a good tip here is to plan on using parts that are relatively new but not $1000 video cards) Let them know that you understand what it means to be sponsored. As a business owner myself we sponsor people all the time and I am much more willing to sponsor someone that understands that sponsorship is given for you to advertise those products. If you let your contact know you have a plan to show off their parts and merchandise in many different places maybe even do a review or take it to different shows it will help immensely. 

6. Last but not least - just enjoy modding, dont make seeking sponsors the begin and end all of modding for you. There is so many people that make this the focus of why they mod and they end up being those pushy people that think they deserve everything for free, or end up as gimme gimme people and spam the whole world for sponsors. If you just enjoy what you do and continue about your hobby the right time will present itself. Modding is an expensive hobby - even more so for those that do get sponsored as once sponsored you have an obligation to finish that computer and to finish it to the best of your ability and those that don't and just take free stuff are who make it hard for others to get sponsored.

Ok I didn't plan on writing a mini novel there but I hope it helps someone.

Also to answer the question about giving stuff back.

There is different terms for all sponsorships. Sometime the company will pay you to make the mod and provide a budget which in most cases means you give it to them when your done.
Also they may just sponsor you parts in which case they expect you to advertise as much as possible, maybe even goto a show with it.
I have had a few sponsors have me mail my sponsored mod so they could display it at a show or two as a showcase mod, or they ask for your to bring it to the shows with you.

It really all depends on what you and the sponsor agree to.

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hey thank you lutro0 for your great post!

Great to hear such good explained advise from someone with real world experience.

 

But I would like to answer you in a PM if you don't mind.

 

For the rest of you, I may have some new information in the next few days. I've been busy.

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hey thank you lutro0 for your great post!

Great to hear such good explained advise from someone with real world experience.

 

But I would like to answer you in a PM if you don't mind.

 

For the rest of you, I may have some new information in the next few days. I've been busy.

 

Sure go for it.

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