We receive more requests for sponsorship than we are reasonably able to reply to. The harsh reality is that we can only sponsor so many people and unless you are pushing the boundaries of what you do, or have huge reach & engagement, it is unlikely that we will be able to support you at this time.
Our advice is always the same, keep crushing it, keep having fun. Help others enjoy the sport you love, train hard, do well in competition, experience the world and when the time is right, we'll find you.
If you would like some athlete inspiration, a base line for how to shape and handle your social media profile, then we would recommend giving both Bren Orton and Nouria Newman a follow. Watch what they do, see how they engage with their audience and how they combine pushing the limits of their sport with having plenty of fun at the same time.
How do I get sponsored?
Being sponsored is a lot more work than most people expect, long gone are the days of endless free stuff and fat pay checks to travel the world. Anyone that is sponsored or supported by dewerstone is part of a brand family that runs deeper than their particular sport or their geographical location, but that doesn't mean they don't have to work for it.
If you insist on reaching out to companies for sponsorship, we'd recommend you follow these basics tips:
Do something unique.
An Instagram message saying 'will you sponsor me?' is very unlikely to get a response. However a well written, friendly email, addressed to the correct person at the company, is more likely to be opened and read.
Spelling & grammar.
It's so basic, every app / email client / word / whatever has a spellchecker, use it. If you only put 50% effort in to your first contact with the brand, what kind of first impression wil that give?
Know the brand.
Most of our ambassadors were dewerstone customers to start with. They knew the brand, they already had experience with the products and want to be involved with the company because they understand what we are doing and want to support it.
We sponsor people, not achievements.
Remember how small the industry is.
Notice how at events all the people from the brands chat to each other? Stay professional, stay friendly and if the answer isn't the one you're hoping for, stay positive and don't burn any bridges.
Don't ask for sponsorship, ask for advice.
You probably know you're not at the level you need to be for sponsorship, but it doesn't mean you can't tactfully get on the brands radar.
Take advantage of brands marketing strategies.
Our sponsored athletes and ambassadors tag their photos with #dewerstone and #shareyouradventures We encourage our customers to do the same. It's a great way to see the fun and adventurous things people are doing, it's also a great way to see the kind of content our ambassadors are creating. And of course, as a brand we always checking out the photos.
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