Pro staff = "Promotional" staff not "professional" staff. A blog on being the best.

by Jake Freeman August 09, 2016 16 Comments

Pro staff = "Promotional" staff not "professional" staff. A blog on being the best.

Hey, I’m a really good fisherman and if you send me some free stuff, I’ll use it and post on Facebook about it. Want to know how many of these we get a month? Hundreds of them and you know what happens to them? Nope, we don’t throw them away, we generally respond with some information on how the can better approach other companies in the future. If no one helps people they will always take the same approach and get the same answer, which is generally a big fat NO.

 

At 5X3, I like to think that we have the best field staff and pro staff in the industry. The reason that we say that is because we hand pick everyone and we stay on top of what they are doing or not doing. They are the face of 5X3 and with most companies when they do good, a lot of times it gets overlooked but if they do bad the whole world notices. That’s why at 5X3 we take our staff positions very serious and have a smaller staff than most companies.

 

But here are a few things that you need to consider before you approach any company looking to join their staff. These are not in any real order of importance but they are all very important.

 

  • Pro staff means “promotional” staff not “professional” staff.
  • Be aware that when you get on staff with a business that it’s a working relationship. It’s not about what free or discounted stuff you can get, it’s about how you can help grow a business and how they can help you with product or discounts.
  • Know the product. Have and use the product you are asking to be a part of. All companies want you to have a good knowledge of what they do and what the sell.
  • Don’t email everyone a form letter or simply change the name of the company in the letter. Those are easily spotted and are generally never read. Take the time to make it personal.
  • It’s not about how much you win or fish to most companies. It’s more about personality, ability to sell and having a good solid business plan to show how you plan to help grow the business you are approaching.
  • Be well spoken and if you aren’t the best at writing then have someone proofread your letter. We all make grammatical errors but a page full of them makes it hard for the reader.
  • Be social media savvy.   Don’t just have an account on Facebook and Instagram, use them and use them a lot. With that being said, don’t over post about sponsors; balance it between fishing, family, fun and sponsors.
  • Interact with the companies social media that you are attempting to get on board with. Like their post, share their post.
  • Once on board, check in weekly to see if there is anything that you can do or ideas that they might have to make you a better pro staff if you’re new to it.
  • Stay active. Don’t get on board and be hot for a week then go silent.
  • Don’t sponsor hop. Companies watch people and they see who hops around. Why take a chance on someone who might just up and leave next week.
  • It’s a business deal. If the company isn’t holding up their end of the deal then you need to talk with them. Never badmouth a company unless you have spoken to them about the issue.
  • Never publicly speak negatively about other companies or anglers. Look’s horrible to businesses.
  • Be mindful about what you say and do on your own personal social media. The very first thing that we do is examine a persons social media before we bring them on.
  • Work hard. Sounds simple but so many people think that it’s a free ride and it’s not. When given product or a discount you have to remember it affects that company’s bottom line. Regardless of the size of the business they are taking a chance on you and reducing their overall profit because they believe in you.

 

The fishing industry is a huge family and we feel like if you’re going to do business with us then we owe it to you and the fishing industry to try and make it all work a little more smoothly.

 




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16 Responses

Kenny Shinn
Kenny Shinn

December 22, 2017

Spoken well and spoken true!! If everyone would follow the same approach and manner of conduct that some of the industries top level anglers adhere to everyone would find that their own success level will follow suit

Rodney
Rodney

August 10, 2017

Great article!!!! Being new to the team I really appreciate the advice. I started wearing the brand just because I thought the slogan was spot on for my tournament fishing. Great product and I look forward to helping out when I can!!!!!

Carl Reeder
Carl Reeder

August 09, 2017

Great article I wear 5×3 shirts every day and get ask what’s it means and when I tell them 5 fish by 3 no excuses they all say the same that’s awesome,my point is wear your shirts or what apparel you have, get the brand out there

John M Jones
John M Jones

August 09, 2017

I cant lie Years ago when I was attempting staff positions I know I made mistakes. I’ve learned from them and grown. This article will be a great tool for thise seeking staff positions. Good Job Jake.

Ryan
Ryan

August 24, 2016

Great article as always. I would like to add a personal rule I follow when I inquire about a staff spot. I have never attempted to get on with any company that I do not absolutely love their products. I currently am on “Promotional” staff with six companies and I really and truly love their products. I stand by the quality of the products, the customer service and do whatever I can to promote the products. Representing a company that has awesome products and great staff to me is very rewarding I have seen and heard several people out there just trying to get on with anybody that will pick them up so they can say they are “Pro Staff” and that is going about it all wrong. I wear one of the 5X3 shirts every day of the week my tells everybody it is “My uniform” LOL. Truth is I love the designs and think they are the best clothing in the industry for fisherman. What a brilliant idea Jake had to start this whole thing up.

Scott Favors
Scott Favors

August 18, 2016

This article is 100% spot on! I have worked with a few companies for many years and been approached by others, but I never even want to talk about promotional if I don’t know anything about the product. What I use I believe in 110% and I would use them even if I was not on Promotional Staff. I help run the Promotional Staff for a small rod maker and I am constantly ask by people if they can be on staff. First thing I ask them is what kind of rod blanks do we use? Never get the correct answer, I knew all about their product before I ever approached them, know your product inside and out an every aspect of it!

Terry dickerson
Terry dickerson

August 16, 2016

Great information, I see a lot of young kids ask about my shirts and hats and often ask if I am on your staff. I tell them no, that I just love the product and the company. Then I point to my 1981 hydrosport and say… “do I look like I belong on anyone staff”? I usually get a good laugh with that one. Then they say, but you are a good fisherman, I say " I have a great passion for the sport, but only after my real job and my family is fed and clothed do I spend money on fishing". My mother in law is one of those people who thinks I should go pro, I asked her if she was gonna pay my bills while I fish, and she said “if you go pro they will pay you”, I told her “that is not how it works…”you have to get your name out there and get recognized and be seen giving intelligent interviews , then you aprroach companies to get sponsored for the next season. The sponsorships help you pay entry fees and maintenance and travel expenses in hope of winning a big tournament to pay the bills. Thank you for you patience in reading this, keep producing the great products you do and tight lines to all who read.

Jim
Jim

August 16, 2016

I just relocated from the state of Washington where fishing for Trout is much bigger than Bass. When my son and I were out wearing our 5X3 gear, many people would ask what 5X3 and No Excuses meant and comment on how they like the shirts, caps, etc. and we would tell them where they could get their own. NICE!!!

Marty Nichols
Marty Nichols

August 16, 2016

fishing with my 5×3 cap, shirt and shorts, I get ask every time I go out, what it means, people love it.

Timmy Smith
Timmy Smith

August 16, 2016

Great article. I have several people to ask about 5×3 while wearing the shirt, especially at Talladega. Good information. Thanks!

Mark
Mark

August 12, 2016

Great information.

Brad Stubs
Brad Stubs

August 10, 2016

Couldn’t be more spot on. Good job guys, it’s something people need to hear !

David Haft
David Haft

August 10, 2016

Great common sense article. My partner & I have adopted the 5X3 No Excuses attitude! Having Decals on both gunnels keeps us focused at all times! Keep the great work & product……No Excuses, Just Fish!

Mike
Mike

August 09, 2016

If you want to be a better staffer – for you, the companies you represent, and improve your chances with future business partners – you need to read this!

Jonathan
Jonathan

August 09, 2016

A while back I ordered some decals and a bracelet. I put the decals on my boat along with other decals that I like. I can’t tell you how many times people have asked what 5×3 was. I have ordered a shirt and hat and almost everytime I wear them someone asks about them. It’s crazy how the 5×3 image catches people’s eye and strikes conversation. No Excuses!

Brandon
Brandon

August 09, 2016

Spot on! Great article again.

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