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Category: Spring Event Ideas

Golf Tournament Giveaways

Hosting a golf tournament takes a lot of work, but with proper planning, it can be a rewarding fundraiser and promotional opportunity for your charity or organization.  It’s important to keep in mind that the success of this year’s golf outing can impact whether golfers and their guests return again for next year’s event. You’ll want to make sure they are engaged, leave with some great memories, and of course, some great prizes too. Studio Style is here to help make your golf event successful and memorable with these ideas for golf tournament giveaways.

Smile! Golf Tournament Photos Make it Memorable

What better way to help guests remember your event, than with a photo? Hire a local event photographer to take both candid and posed pictures at your golf outing. Print the photos on-site so that guests can take them home the same day. Include your branding and golf event info on photo holders for a personalized souvenir. Let guests know that you’ll also put the photos up online soon after the event, and how they can access the album. This creates a lasting connection between your guests and your organization, and allows for sharing of the images on social media, resulting in further engagement with your brand beyond the event day.

Pro Tip: Free photo hosting platforms like Facebook, Google Photos, Dropbox, Flickr, and SmugMug allow you to easily upload and share your event photos with others.

Golf Gifts
Studio Style has a a variety of photo folders that make perfect golf gifts for your outing. Golfers and tournament attendees will love to see photos from the event! Send them home with tournament photos framed our golf themed photo holders, and make a lasting impression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golf outing photo ops:

  • At check-in: Set up a photo station with a backdrop that matches theme of your outing, and ask guests to strike a pose as soon as they’re checked in. Include a few themed props for some extra fun photos. Taking your guests’ photos when they arrive is ideal, especially if you’re expecting hot weather. Golfers may be less inclined to pose for a photo op later in the day, after a they’ve spent several hours golfing in the sun. This also gives you time to get the photos printed before they leave.

Pro Tip: A branded photo backdrop can be a great opportunity to sell sponsors, with logo exposure in all event photos.

golf action shot

  • Action shots: Guests will appreciate seeing some action shots from out on the green, too. Have your photographer (or volunteers) capture photos of foursomes and individual golfers during the tournament. Take a selection of candid and posed shots for good variety.
  • With a celebrity: If you’ll have a keynote speaker, or even a golf pro, ask them to pose with golfers. Even having the town mayor attend can add prestige to your event, and create a lasting impression for your guests. If a celebrity is out of your budget, try a cardboard cut-out! It will give event attendees something to laugh about.
  • Rent a photo booth: In between golfing and dinner, allow guests to entertain themselves with a photo booth! Many photo booth rental packages come with a selection props for guests to pose with. If you’re on a tight budget, a DIY photo booth may be a better fit.

Golf Goodie Bags

Custom golf photo holders and paper frames are affordable, personalized giveaways to send home with attendees. These golf themed photo folders and frames can be printed with your event name, date, and even sponsor info, and included in golf goodie bags. Snacks, golf balls, tees and discount coupons from sponsors can also go in your goodie bags. Include a flyer or postcard with info about your charity or organization, a list of your upcoming events, and a nice thank you note showing appreciation for your guests’ participation. Remember to order your photo holders and golf giveaway items at least 1 month ahead of your event date!

Pro tip: Event sponsors can help offset the cost of prizes and promotional materials. Ask sponsors if they’d like to provide branded giveaways like water bottles, imprinted golf balls, bag tags, towels, or ball markers that sport their logo.

Prizes & Awards for Golfers

Golf Award Folder
Golf certificate frames from Studio Style can be imprinted with your golf tournament details

Give out tournament prizes and awards during your lunch or dinner break, or near the end of the event. Trophies, printed award certificates and giveaways add prestige to your golf event or fundraiser. Golf prizes like a putter, cart bag, or gift card to the local pro shop are great for “closest to the hole” and “longest drive” contests, but also try to think beyond what the players and golf enthusiasts would enjoy. Plan some prizes that can be appreciated by their spouses and co-workers, too. For instance, offer a catered lunch for the office from a local eatery, or a gift certificate for an evening of entertainment at a comedy club or theater. This increases the chance that they’ll return next year, and that they’ll bring friends along to share the experience.

Don’t forget about your volunteers! Recognize your tournament planning committee with a special thank you gift. Certificate frames and award folders are a personalized touch for those who worked hard to help you organize a successful golf event.

Pro Tip: Hold a raffle at your tournament to boost your fundraising efforts, and send more guests home with winnings.

Great Prizes Generate Buzz

As you organize your tournament, start promoting your prizes well in advance (2-3 months is ideal). Stir up excitement and list any big ticket items on your website and social media channels, with photos. Ask your fans to share and comment on which prizes they like best. (This also helps you gauge interest for planning next year’s prizes). If you’ve secured a sponsor who’s contributing a buzz-worthy prize, talk it up in your pre-event advertising.  Submit a press release to local media outlets for some bonus coverage on your tournament. Get tournament sponsors to cross promote their contribution and involvement with the event for increased exposure.

Have a question about ordering golf gifts and award frames for your tournament or golf fundraiser? The Studio Style customer service team is here to help! We’ll make sure you receive exactly what you envision for your golf outing. Call us at 1-800-346-3063 or visit www.studiostyle.com to chat with us live!

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How To Have A Successful Easter Bunny Event

Ideas and tips for your Easter Bunny Event from Studio Style

Thinking of having a picture with the Easter Bunny Event this year? Seasonal events are a great way to connect with the community and bring people into your business, raise awareness for a cause and create goodwill in the community. However, a great event comes from great planning. This article will help you plan and organize a successful event this Easter season.

The BunnyEaster Bunny Costume

This is a given! Make sure that the Easter Bunny can attend your event and pose for pictures with the kids. The Easter Bunny is very busy this time of year, so make sure to plan ahead! Many entertainment companies (think clown & magician businesses) have a bunny that can pose for pictures, walk around and work the crowd, pass out candy, entertain or even perform magic and other tricks. Don’t forget you could always buy or rent a bunny costume.

If the “real” bunny is unavailable, and a costume is out of your budget, try a jumbo inflatable bunny or giant plush rabbit. Cardboard cutouts can also work!

Easter BrunchThe Venue

Most malls host their own annual Easter Bunny events, but there are a lot of other great places to have an event. Have the Easter bunny visit your store, anywhere from small boutiques to large grocery store chains. How about a breakfast (or brunch) with the Easter Bunny at a restaurant or country club? A spring festival, parade or egg hunt? How about inviting the Easter Bunny to a local 5k race or other sporting event?  Try hosting a “Take your pet’s photo with the Easter Bunny” event at a pet store, animal shelter, grooming salon or dog rescue. Children’s hospitals are a great place to have the Easter Bunny stop in for photos and a visit. The zoo is also a great location and your guests will spend the whole day there. Your local Park District or Chamber of Commerce almost always have events planned around the Easter holiday. We’ve even seen Easter events on trains and cruise ships!

There are a lot of opportunities for Easter picture events that go beyond the mall.

The Right Props

The most basic prop you’ll need is a sturdy place for the Easter Bunny and visitors to sit. Wicker chairs or benches are the most popular type of seating for Easter Bunny photos. White is a classic choice, but natural wood or black are more modern choices that are becoming popular.

For an indoor event (such as a mall or restaurant) a backdrop is needed to block out any distractions like store fronts or people walking by.

Outdoor events (like a community event at the park) do not need artificial backdrops. Use the outdoors to your advantage and pick a photo location that has trees, shrubs or flowers in the background. In an urban area (or an area that does not have a lot of greenery this time of year) try setting the scene against the brick wall of a building or other element that will make an interesting background.

Easter Backdrop
Photo Credit: Vanessa Brown Photography
Backdrop created by OneStopBackdrop on Etsy

While a chair and background are the two primary elements of an Easter photo shoot, there are lots of other props you can use. Try one or several of the following:

  • Oversized Easter Basket Filled With Eggs
  • Gazebo or Garden Arch (you can find them at a local wedding rental company)
  • Artificial or Real Floral Garland
  • Easter Banners or Flags
  • Inflatable Easter Eggs or Carrots
  • Potted Tulips, Daffodils or Other Spring Bulbs
  • Forsythia or Pussywillow Branches
  • Chalkboard With The Words “Happy Easter!” or “Easter Greetings!”
  • White Picket Fence

 

Make a trip to your local craft and party stores and see what is available. Check out Etsy.com for creative handmade props like this white fence backdrop. Look to nature and visit a local garden center or florist, or even your own backyard for branches and flowers to use at your event. Party rental supply companies and even the home improvement store have options for larger props, tables, and seating. With a little creativity you can even make your own unique spring and Easter themed accessories.

The Photographer

Book a photographer in advance to ensure that you’ll have someone taking pictures on the day of your event. Take in consideration the photographer’s background. A photographer that specializes in event photography or kids and families is going to be more qualified than someone who shoots wildlife photography.

Easter CardsThe Giveaways

Give your guests something to remember their visit by. The most obvious giveaway would be a photo. Due to the nature of these events, the ability to print photos on site is necessary. If you do not have access to a on site printer, then using an instant camera is an old fashioned alternative that is still used quite often. Your budget and equipment will dictate this decision.

You’ll want to have a cheap paper picture frame to transport the photo home in. An Easter photo folder or cardboard photo frame will protect the photo from becoming bent or damaged.

Most paper frames can be custom printed with your logo, event name or other information specifically for you. This turns a simple photo souvenir frame into a promotional marketing piece! It’s a great way to have people remember your company or event.

Sometimes the event photographer will supply the frames at an additional cost. Other times the event coordinator or staff will order them. Communicate and see who will be ordering the photo holders and make sure you’ll have enough for your event, in the correct size you’ll need. Easter picture holders are most commonly available for Polaroid & 4″ x 6″ pictures, but custom ones can be made for other sizes.

free easter treat bag toppersSome other great souvenir ideas would be coloring pages with crayons, fuzzy bunny ears, candy, snacks or stickers. Including a coupon for your business, or a related business, is a great incentive for repeat business. If you’re handing out treat bags, you can use our Free Printable Easter Treat Bag Toppers!

 

The Promotion

Advertise! Make sure the public knows about your event. Flyers, blog posts, Facebook updates & Twitter are all great ways to get your message out about your event.

Try tying a promotion in with your event. If you are a restaurant, offer a special dining offer (like a unique Easter theme menu). If you are a store, offer a discount (try 20%) for that day only. Adding an extra incentive will get more people in your door and excited about the event. Take a look at these real-time Easter Bunny Event examples from Twitter:


Another option would be to donate all, or a portion of the proceeds from your event to a charity. Give people a REASON to participate in your event that they will feel good about. This also provides an option for cross-promotion with the charity, which can boost your event exposure and your audience, as well as opening other advertising channels and media coverage.

With the right planning, a Visit with the Easter Bunny event can become a fun yearly tradition that will build awareness, bring profit and be a positive spring activity for your community.

Products featured in this post: Garden Arch Portable Prop from B&C Mortensen, White Wicker Chair from Pier 1 Imports, Happy Easter Garland from handmade artists on Etsy, Happy Easter Photo Event Folder from Studio Style.

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