Guide to Using Poster Templates These templates give you an easy, affordable way to promote your tournament. They are all set up as Microsoft Word documents, so that the only thing you should have to do is click and type. The backgrounds cannot be changed. If you need an alteration you can contact Jamie Peebles at firstname.lastname@example.org. To insert your tournament information, simply follow the instructions under the ‘Customizing Your Poster’ heading below. If you need a larger or smaller format contact Jamie Peebles at the USTA SC office. Customizing Your Poster 1. Open whichever of the templates you wish to use. All of the templates were created in Microsoft Word. You can choose from letter sized (8.5”x11”), legal size (8.5”x14”), or tabloid size (11”x17”). 2. Double click over the text you wish to modify. This will allow you to modify the text. 3. To adjust your text size simple click once on the text. This should bring up a box all around the text. Move your cursor to one of the white dots and a double ended arrow will appear. Click and drag to adjust the size of the text. 4. To add sponsor’s logos to the posters click ‘Insert’ menu, select the ‘Picture’ option, and then select ‘From File,’ This will bring up a menu that allows you to choose which pictures to insert. To adjust the image size, simply use the same steps as used to adjust the text size in step three. 5. If you have the option, when you print your posters, select the maximum printable area. This will allow you to have color across nearly the whole page. You can also take the posters to an office supply store and they should be able to print them with color running across the whole page. Posting Your Posters When deciding where to place your posters you want to keep in mind that the people whom you want to view your poster are not just those who will be playing in your tournament. For instance if you are running a junior tournament you want to make sure that parents know about the tournament as well as kids. Before you put your posters up, take a few minutes to think of everyone who you want to see your poster and the best way to reach them. Below are a few suggestions on prominent places to put your posters. Bathrooms: You have a captive audience and they will have time to look over your poster. Use the area above the johns and the inside of stall doors. Water coolers: If you have on-court water coolers this is a great place to promote your tournament. Just make sure to either use laminated posters, or replace them after it rains. Churches: Ask local churches if they have an activities board where your poster can be placed. Gyms and other sports related businesses: See if local gyms or sporting goods stores have a bulletin board where you can hang your poster. Tennis facilities: Work out a reciprocal relationship with other local tennis facilities. Offer to post flyers for their events in exchange for them posting flyers for yours. Colleges: Call up your local college or university and ask for their student activities department. Alternately you can contact the individual schools within the university and ask them for permission to place posters in their building.
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