Organizing a motorsport event is easier said than done. It’s tough reaching the expectations of motorsport fans as they are some energetic people. You have to make sure that the event is hyped up enough to keep them interested from the beginning till the end of the event. With such an ecstatic group of people, what does it mean to organize a successful motorsport event anyway?
For starters, it’s not enough to have the tickets sold out for the event. You must also ensure that all of the fans leaving the event venue are happy and satisfied with the time they had at the event. If you’re thinking about organizing one for the community, then here are some of the things you need to consider doing.
Set the tone with design
It’s not just the program that makes a motorsport event great, it’s also the mood and feel set by the arena. You’ll need to put in place the appropriate arena signs and graphics to help your visitors understand the emotion that you want to convey. When your visitors enter the location of the venue, it’s not the motorbikes or cars they’re going to see first, it’s the place they’re going to have to be welcomed with.
As they say, ‘first impressions last.’ It is a must that you make your first impression count by decorating the venue with the appropriate design. You need to keep the theme in mind during the designing process. The purpose of the design isn’t just to make the place look and feel great, it’s also to hype up the fans.
Most importantly, keep in mind that your fans are going to take photos of themselves, the event, and the event location. They’ll post these photos on social media. If your setup looks great, that’s definitely going to benefit you later on as your event goes viral on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Who knows, you might get more visitors at the next event.
Ready medical support
An often overlooked but completely necessary part of any event is medical support. Accidents are unpredictable and it could happen anytime. If one happens at your event and there is no medical team to respond to the situation, then you’ve got a lawsuit on your hands. What you should be really worried about, however, is the health and safety of your visitors. This study we found at ResearchGate details the need for adequate medical support. This is a challenging part of event organizing. One of the major issues is that your medical team could be handling too many requests for aid. As such, it is vital to not only have a good medical team, it is a must to have a large one as well.
A small medical team will find it hard to help everyone at the event. It’s also advisable to split the medical team into two – one dedicated to helping the athletes and another dedicated to helping your visitors. This way, it’s guaranteed that there’s always someone ready to respond in the case of an emergency.
Even the most devoted motorsport fan isn’t going to be at your event if he isn’t aware of it. To let others know about your event, you need to start an aggressive marketing campaign. Luckily, there are various platforms you can use to reach out to people on a global scale. For your event, we highly suggest taking the fight to social media. Social media platforms like Facebook are a treasure trove for potential visitors. It will help you generate enough hype for your event that will get many people interested. To begin with, you might want to create a dedicated page, as well as an event page for your upcoming motorsport event.
This will help people become more aware of the event. What’s good about Facebook as a social media platform is that it allows you to find groups that could be interested in what you’re offering. What we’re saying is that you can easily reach out to a group dedicated to motorsport fans on the platform.
Don’t limit yourself to social media marketing though. You can do email marketing as well. For the surrounding area at the location of the event, we highly suggest contacting the local newspaper or radio station for support. You can also begin posting up posters and billboards teasing the upcoming event.
Organizing an event costs thousands of dollars. You’ll have to spend on food, design, medical support, and so much more. If you want to save hundreds – even thousands of dollars, you need to find sponsors. Sponsors basically help you with the expenses of the event in exchange for exposure. As this is a motorbike event we are talking about, you should try to get deals with companies that your athletes and visitors can relate with. We’re talking about energy drink manufacturers, tire makers, helmet distributors, and much more.
You aren’t going to get sponsored by companies that have nothing to do with motorsports. You have better chances if you appeal to those that can relate to the event and those who can benefit from the exposure.
Some sponsors will directly contribute to the event. For starters, if you’re able to bag a deal with energy drink sellers, they could set up a concession stall at the event for you. Make sure to reach out to as many possible sponsors as you can as they can do wonders in terms of reducing the costs and generating hype.
It takes a lot of careful planning to organize motorsport – or any other event for that matter. However, if you’re able to get through that first major hurdle of organizing your actual first event, the rest will be a breeze. It’s fun organizing an event and seeing how happy the visitors are. With the steps we’ve shared above, you’re sure to have a fun time as well.