Hey all. As you may have seen on the front page over the last few weeks a few companies would like to work with us on a sponsorship basis. These are actually pretty infrequent. It's happenstance that three came up within a four week period. You'll notice that we hadn't had a sponsored post for many moons before that. It'll likely be a long time before more come along.
In any case, we're interested in keeping relationships with a limited number of sponsors who have something to offer us and you. In our case, obviously, it's advertising dollars. Those bucks pretty much get sunk back into the Jersey Contest and Blazersedge Night. For years I've paid out of my own pocket for the former and we can always use tickets for the latter. It'd be nice if we could get a couple bucks to help with those things.
On the other hand, I dislike using main page posts for sponsors. Occasionally it's OK, but I don't think it's a sustainable habit. This is especially problematic since a sponsor who's basically SBN-wide, TiqIQ, would like to offer their services on an ongoing basis. We're not going to use the main page that frequently. Then again if we don't have some avenue to promote them we don't have a relationship with them.
That's why we're trying out the sponsored Fanpost/Fanshot idea. We don't want the sidebar to become an extended want ads section so we're going to be draconian and say we're the only ones who can do this. Everybody else needs to follow our posting policy, particularly on tickets. It's been there forever and it works. But I don't think it ruins anything to make posting the occasional sponsored Fanpost or Fanshot part of the privilege we have for putting so much work into the site. If it doesn't get results or has ill effects we'll cease, but this seems like a nice compromise to keep the main page clear and give people a choice whether they want to pursue a small number of offers which benefit the site and its upkeep.
To that end, we want to remind you about TiqIQ as a possible source for tickets. They aggregate other ticket offers to make finding the best price a one-click affair. The URL is http://tickets.blazersedge.com/trail-blazers-tickets