Marketing kids/teens sports camps/leagues

jimbuckjimbuck Posts: 2subscriber
edited November 2006 in Marketing
One of my main target markets for my developing business is kids 7-17 years old in an after-school racing camp/league.  I know my geographic footprint for this market, but need to find an effective method of spreading the word to this audience outside of cable TV and kiosk marketing in entertainment malls.
One of my ideas was to work with a high school teacher friend of mine to develop a physics/science class syllabus on the g-forces/energy transfer/etc of high performance go-karts.  He could help me promote this as a off-campus project promoted by physics/science teachers, thus spreading the word effectively.  Once they are in the race center, the word of mouth advertising begins! 
I`d like to do more.  Should I promote through local stores that serve this audience (and their parents)?  The results would be somewhat difficult to gauge. Perhaps some tie-in to driver safety promotions/assembly within schools?  I am brainstorming ideas, but I need to be comprehensive to make this soar.
Thanks in advance for your ideas!jimbuck2006-10-24 14:12:25

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  • jmcauljmcaul Posts: 1subscriber
    Hi Jimbuck,
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  • jimbuckjimbuck Posts: 2subscriber
    Hmmm...Never even thought about register tape.  I think it could be a potential adjunct to a number of different awareness solutions that I have in mind.  I guess my biggest concern is the fact that I never see these ads myself and I fit one segment of my target market.  However, for the kid connection it looks potentially promising.  Who can I talk to?
  • jmcauljmcaul Posts: 1subscriber
    In Western Washington, you can call my office and leave a message for me (800) 938-0083, or email me at www.fanfaremediaworks.com</A> and click on the link for Register Tape Advertising, it should give you an 800 number.
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  • onlineeateronlineeater Posts: 16subscriber
    Try to network with the schools. Try to sponsor an event at the school or help out with a PTA fundraiser or sponsor a little league team. You could also try to work out something as a fund raiser with a Boy Scout troop or a local church. 
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