Purpose of the Virtual Meeting Sponsorship Program

Restrictions on face-to-face gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to countless events being moved online. While webcasts and virtual networking sessions have proven popular with organizers and attendees alike, sponsors have also been interested in how they can get in front of audiences virtually and unique ways they can contribute and stay top of mind with their target audience.

The Minnesota Microsoft 365 User Group (MNCloud LLC) was formed in 2017 to support the community of Microsoft 365 IT professionals in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Since the beginning, the User Group has been well-attended and strives to add value back into our local community. In the past, our event were in-person only and remote options were not provided as this boosted engagement and interactions. As events moved virtually, our user community has embraced this format and is still one of the highest attended tech events and user group in the Twin Cities.

Virtual Meeting Sponsorship Benefits

Level Cost Benefits
Virtual Gold $750

The MN Microsoft 365 User Group will use part of the sponsorship fee to:

Purchase two $100 Amazon gift cards to be given to attendees – these names are drawn at the end of the User Group meeting

$200 Donated to the local charity of your choice:

1.Second Harvest Heartland

2.Feed My Starving Children

3.Susan G. Komen  Minnesota

4.MN Ovarian Cancer

5.Habitat for Humanity

  • 15 minutes of focused presentation/Q and A time during a meeting.
  • Company logo and website included in marketing efforts for the meeting.
  • Branded transitions between speakers or slides
  • Company logo and link posted on our front page and sponsors page (Gold section) for 12 months.
  • Access to the attendee list of the meeting (includes names, emails, and companies). This email list can be used for targeted communications regarding the products and/or services presented by the sponsor at our meeting. Email addresses must not be automatically signed up for your newsletters, however your use of this list can provide links for members to sign up for any of these services.

Scheduling Sponsorship

The Minnesota Microsoft 365 User Group (MNCloud LLC) meets once a month at the Microsoft Technology Center in Edina,

Minnesota and for the interim will be meeting virtually. The date and time of these meetings varies, however, are typically held on Monday’s in the early afternoon. Our meeting schedule is posted on our website at http://mn365.org/. We make every effort to follow the posted schedule but reserve the right to update the schedule to accommodate both speakers and sponsors schedules for future meetings. Please contact sponsors@mn365.org to schedule a sponsorship event. Each event can only have one sponsor, and events with an existing sponsor will be noted as such.

Requirements & Expectations

The Minnesota Microsoft 365 User Group (MNCloud LLC) welcomes all sponsors, but reserves the right to deny sponsors based on relevance to the group.

Focused Presentation

Based on the sponsorship level, sponsors are able to have speakers represent their product and/or services at the beginning of the meeting, typically while attendees eat lunch. The content of the presentation must be relevant to Microsoft  365 or related services.

Payment

Payment must arrive within 30 days after the event sponsored. This amount must reflect the agreed upon level, and the amount for food and beverages if the user group paid for those. Credit card or checks are accepted.

Checks should be made out to “MNCloud LLC” and sent to:   MNCloud LLC 1701 Stanford Ave  St. Paul, MN 55105

Changes to the Sponsorship Program

The Minnesota Microsoft 365 User Group (MNCloud LLC) reserves the right to change the levels, requirements, and details of the sponsorship program. Once a sponsorship agreement has been signed, the details of that agreement will be honored. The most up to date version of this document can be found at http://mn365.org/sponsorship.

Admin Workshop Sponsorship Benefits

Level Cost Benefits
Virtual Gold $500
  • Cost for the Virtual Admin Day Workshop sponsorship is a flat $500
  • Sponsor logo included on event marking, materials and on sponsorship slides
  • Company logo (hyperlinked to your website) on mn365.org website as Special Event Sponsor
  • Registration list (300+ attendees who registered with name, email, company, position/title) Sponsorship does not include presentation time in front of attendees or the ability to provide a speaker/session must be submitted through the Sessionize link
Spotlight Video

$250

*Optional add-on to Virtual Gold Sponsorship

  • Optional add-on to the Virtual Gold sponsorship level
  • Your organization has the opportunity to create a 2-minute video which will be played as the
  • event is getting started, between speaker sessions, breaks and the keynote
  • This video can highlight your company, related Microsoft 365 offerings/value-adds, case studies, etc.
  • Please reach out to the sponsorship coordinators with any additional questions
Amazon Gift Card Drawing

$50 for each gift card

*Optional add-on to Virtual Gold Sponsorship

  • Optional add-on to the Virtual Gold sponsorship level
  • Please let us know how many gift cards you would like us to purchase on behalf of your organization – each gift card will cost an additional $50
  • The User Group will purchase a $50 Amazon gift card on your organization’s behalf The Amazon gift card will be drawn after one of the sessions and will highlight your organization

Payment

Payment must arrive within 15 days after the event sponsored. This amount must reflect the agreed upon level and optional value add-on amounts. Credit card or checks are accepted.

Checks should be made out to “MNCloud LLC” and sent to: MNCloud LLC 1701 Stanford Ave  St. Paul, MN 55105

Requirements & Expectations

The Minnesota Microsoft 365 User Group (MNCloud LLC) welcomes all sponsors, but reserves the right to deny sponsors based on relevance to the group. For the monthly User Group meetings there is only one sponsor. For the Admin Day Workshops, there are multiple sponsors.