MY plans for the SOTM World Tour are continuing to develop nicely ahead of my departure in early June.
I’m still getting offers of help, interest and accommodation. The latest is from an old friend in Brunei, who’s offered me a place to stay, access to lots of people in that country – where there is apparently a thriving artistic culture – and excitingly, possibly the loan of a 24-year-old Land Rover! I love old cars, so this interests me greatly.
However, I’m still looking for organisations and individuals to form partnerships with.
That’s why, for the first time ever in SOTM’s history, I’m offering a form of advertising space in the guise of my sketchbooks, specifically for the duration of the world tour.
I aim to take at least 1,000 pictures during my year’s travel, and would like to make available sponsorship of the many sketchbooks that I’ll be using in that time. Quite simply, I won’t ever be without one during the trip, and I’ll be using at least 1,000 of their pages, of course.
I’m looking for any of the following:
- A company/brand to take up 12 months of sponsorship
- A company/brand to take up 6 months
- Up to 12 individuals to take sponsorship for a month of their choice
I believe that doing this would form a mutually beneficial partnership between SOTM and the sponsors, because they would get plenty of exposure and the world tour would get even more support.
There are several ways in which a sponsor can benefit from this proposal – I would make regular mention here on SOTMario about how the sketchbook used for particular images was supplied by the sponsor, for example.
Also a logo could be placed on some sketchbook pages. And I’d give the sponsor a mention on various social media too, at times when a sketchbook features in one of my regular posts. This would benefit either a business/brand/company, or an individual wishing to promote their own website/talent.
Similarly, I’d post a mention of “Sketchbook sponsored by……” plus a sponsor link on each of the SOTMs that I take during the period of their sponsorship. This would mean exposure in 23 different countries at least, as that is the number of nations I’ll be visiting and I’m working towards media exposure in each.
Also, I could visit the offices of any company that sponsors me, prior to my departure, take SOTMs of its staff and do a specific blog post on it. As for any individuals, they’d also be featured on SOTM, interviewed on SOTMario and given a choice of gift from the SOTM shop. This would suit all sorts of people – web designers, photographers, musicians, artists, freelance writers, anyone with something to promote.
Finally, I’m working towards publishing a book and holding an exhibition upon my return in summer 2014, and the sponsor would be featured prominently at those times too.
I’m also having a leaving party on May 29 in London and sponsors would be showcased at that event. If you’ve a particular talent then you could even perform on the night!
I’m happy to discuss costs with anyone interested in becoming a sponsor of the SOTM sketchbooks. I have two prices in mind – one set fee for 6 months, another for the full year, which offers a discount. Otherwise, if there are any individuals who’d like to sponsor one or more of the 12 months that I’d be away, then I will break down the costs into small, affordable chunks that way, at a per-monthly rate.
Incidentally, below is an updated list of the places I’ll be visiting, in a rough order.
- France (Paris)
- Switzerland (Geneva, Zug)
- Italy (Emilia-Romagna, Naples)
- Germany (Munich)
- Austria (Vienna)
- Egypt (Cairo)
- South Africa (Port Elizabeth, Cape Town)
- UAE (Dubai)
- Japan (Tokyo)
- China (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing)
- South Korea
- Bangladesh (Dhaka, Chittagong)
- Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
- Philippines (Manila)
- Australia (Sydney, Melbourne)
- Canada (Vancouver)
- USA (cross-country tour)