Steve, I totally understand you and the teams need to turn your fan base into a customer base in order to keep things going, but do you have any idea what happens at your booths outside paintball?
Originally Posted by SteveNabi_HK
If we didn't make HK a brand we would have dissolved like the previous legends before us. We chose to swim. So we continued to create cool stuff that our friends and peers liked to wear. We still stand for those basic principles, but now we have evolved into a smarter beast. One of our main objectives is to spread the word of paintball, hence, making sweet videos that actually makes paintball look cool to the players and outside spectators. We also started bridging into the music world to spread the word. Not to mention how we host the most epic paintball clinics where we LOSE money, just to show kids that there is fun in this sport and it's not about being a lame *** pro team with politics, it's about rocking with friends and for love of the game. And if you think we've lost our mojo, then I gladly invite you to the next HK streetball day, free of charge, so you can see how much we've "sold out."
This past summer I went to Warped Tour, went up to the booth and checked it out. First thing I noticed was that there was nothing paintball about it. Then I tried sparking up a little paintball conversation with one of the guys working the booth. He had no idea what he was talking about. Then he proceeds to tell me if I get something he will "hook it up", his attitude sounds like he might give me an extra shirt but I wasn't expecting that much. So at this point I'm thinking alright I'm a paintball player, he knows, maybe he will hook it up.
$20 later I had a tank top and shoe strings. The attitude he had after I bought the shirt was "thanks for the money, don't really need to talk to you at all anymore, you can leave now". At least that's what I got after he handed me the shirt and didn't saying anything after like a drug deal, no thanks for the support or anything.
I don't know about you guys but if I see or notice someone plays paintball I make an effort to talk about it with them. I understand he had sales to make but he did not fit what you guys are saying you are trying to do. Hire players to sell and promote your gear.
And I know that is a single person in your whole company but that person was on Warped Tour all over the U.S. representing it.