Challenge Putt: a simple way to break the ice at trade shows
Do you exhibit at trade shows? Want to attract more people to your stand and get them talking to you? A good way to hook them is with a Challenge Putt – a small mini golf hole designed to fit into a typical exhibition booth space. It offers a have-a-go putting exercise to get attendees thinking about what you do and how it relates to them. We’ll design the end board to include your logo and a brand message. When people focus on trying to get a putt through the hole, they are focusing on your brand – and they are far more likely to remember it! Meanwhile, you have a good chance of striking up a conversation with them and telling them more about what you do. It’s a simple and effective way to get more footfall through your trade show stand and interact with more people.
You can add incentives like a cash prize or something people would normally have to pay for, like a consultation, a free service or some of your product. The challenge can be to get the ball through one of the holes in the board or into the putting cup. We can suggest ideas that have worked well in the past if you’re not quite sure what to do with your Challenge Putt hole.
Our minigolf putting surface is modular, so it’s possible to make any size of Challenge Putt. For those with enough space, we can make a Challenge Putt that’s 7 or 8 metres long! Add an obstacle or two and make it a par 2 for a trickier challenge.
Businesses who want to make minigolf a regular fixture at their corporate events or have it as a breakout room perk can buy a fully branded course. From three to nine holes can be branded with your company logo, strapline, or other insignia to enhance the corporate image and brand.
To hire or buy a Challenge Putt hole for trade shows and events or to talk about a branded minigolf course, call Putterfingers on 08450 570321, email us or visit our site.
We looked at our corporate client list today and thought: Blimey, look at all the big companies who hire our crazy golf courses!
Things have moved on a lot in the last couple of years, with marketing agencies and events organisers from blue chip companies ringing us to book minigolf hire for their corporate events. We’ve hired to BP, ASDA, Nestlé, the BBC, the RAF, Morgan Stanley, Vimto and other blue chip clients, plus lots of smaller businesses as well.
Oooh, get us, little old Putterfingers, hobnobbing around with all these big names!
But before we get stars in our eyes, let’s come back down to why we started crazy golf hire in the first place. We still love the serve the people who have helped us grow and are still the core of our business: private weddings, birthday parties and charity events.
We believe that minigolf is for the people. It’s a grass roots thing. So while it’s thrilling to drive a course down to London for a bash at Facebook HQ, or design a branded course for Zurich Insurance, we get just as much satisfaction from setting up a course at a wedding or a children’s party.
Putterfingers crazy golf courses are portable and modular – the putting surface is made up from square astro grass tiles that interlock to create a smooth surface. So a course can be built in minutes that fits into practically any space, indoors or outdoors. That makes Putterfingers minigolf courses the most flexible option for minigolf hire – and it has been designed to all fit into a standard lift shaft, so that even if the party is on the tenth floor, the course can get up there!
Office minigolf is one of the hottest office party hires in London. One of our recent customers, communications agency Hive Health Group, have been kind enough to send us some photos of their Putterfingers minigolf course in place at their offices in Piccadilly, London.
‘Our event went really well and everyone had a great time playing mini golf in the office,’ said Prateek Shah, Finance Manager. He didn’t mention who was responsible for putting a cow on the course though, but we think it’s an imaginative addition!
Minigolf is the perfect entertainment to hire for an office party because it brings people together who might not normally interact, and colleages learn something about each other as it soon becomes clear who is the most competitive – if it wasn’t already!
Staff can improvise by adding extra items like pot plants to the courses – or raising a corner of a hole, as seen in the photo above, to make it even more challenging. Office minigolf allows staff to relax and socialise whilst remaining competitive.
Harking back to 2015 and an office minigolf hire to Next15, another communications agency, these were some comments we received from them:
‘Putterfingers have been a great company to do business with, everything was very quick and simple all the communication was very clear and if I had any questions I knew I would get a quick response back.
This is the 2nd time we have used Putterfingers and it won’t be the last. The mini golf idea is fantastic and it really creates a wonderful atmosphere around the office.’
Putterfingers have also supplied mingolf courses to Facebook, Criteo and other leading firms.
We were pretty excited when we got the call from Facebook. What would their offices be like? Would we meet Mark Zuckerberg? We didn’t, but we just missed Bill Gates – honestly! The Microsoft legend and philanthropist had dropped in just before we got there. Cue starstruck squeals from us.
Facebook asked for a 9-hole course to grace an internal event. We dispatched James and Richard to central London to set it up. The first obstacle (pun intended) they encountered was the tight security, as you would imagine at the world’s biggest social media firm. (We can’t disclose the details, because then we’d have to kill you). Moving on, one floor of Facebook’s London offices became The Crazy Golf Clubhouse for the day, complete with signage and Facebook-branded scorecards.
Facebook went for our Fun Size Course. It was perfect for a room of this size. This is our standard 9 hole portable golf course (as the name suggests)!
The package consists of:
27 x 1msq astro grass tiles
Foam edge bumpers
Assorted obstacle pieces
9 rubber headed putters
9 low bounce balls
Scorecards, clipboards and pencils
Number cones 1-9
The courses can be hired as they are, or branded with company logos and other insignia by prior arrangement with us. All courses are also available for purchase, either to create a more permanent fixture or to store and use when the occasion demands – the equipment is fully portable and easy to set up. Our Supersize course is also a 9-holer but with more tiles to create an expanded putting surface. We also supply all the equipment you need: putters, balls, obstacles, flags – you name it! Browse our store to see what else we offer.
With the U.S. Masters kicking off in Augusta on the 6th of April, there’ll be an extra media buzz around golf in the coming weeks. Why not ride on the back of it by arranging a branded minigolf hire and staging a Mini Masters minigolf tournament, fully branded to your business? Putterfingers.co.uk are experienced in providing everything you need to stage this type of event – even down to branded Mini Masters score cards.
Here’s what the Happen Innovation Agency said about their branded minigolf hire:
‘Fantastic from start to finish. We all had a great time, Putterfingers set up on time and where they to take away the equipment on time. Would not hesitate to use again. Overall a very good experience.’
And here’s feedback from Morrisons:
‘Many thanks to Shelley and Putterfingers for supporting us in our corporate event, the service and support receive throughout the ordering and delivery process was first class, especially as we requested the mini golf at short notice. We used the mini golf setup with obstacles to set our managers the challenge of finding the shortest solution to get the ball in the hole, thus using the golf as an analogy to overcome obstacles in the workflow processes. The golf equipment was of good quality and easy to put together, and we as the management team where able to add some fun to a corporate learning event. We would definitely recommend Putterfingers to anyone looking add a something different to their event.’
Do you have a corporate event coming up this Spring or Summer? Would you like to make it a memorable one where everybody can participate in a fun competitive sport on courses that are fully branded with your company logos? Go the whole hog with a 9-hole course if you want to stage a minigolf Masters or keep minigolf as a sideshow with a single putting green. There is a range of options in between to suit any venue size and events budget.
Another great idea is to have a small minigolf putting green at your stand at the next industry conference you are exhibiting at. It creates a focus around your stand and gives attendees a reason to linger around it, increasing your chances of engaging with them. What’s not to like about that?