What's A Saddle Span and What Does it Have to Do With Tent Rentals?
It’s funny, how we’ve seen Google search terms pop up with: saddleback, saddle plan, saddle tent, and side saddle tent. For a brief marketing moment, we questioned our brochure, our postcard and other marketing materials – had we made some sort of mistake or misspelling?
Well, we haven’t run across any typos in our marketing materials. The term “Saddlespan” or “Saddle Span” is just not common enough (or the word itself is not memorable enough) for folks looking to rent or buy a saddle span structure or tent. I’m sure, after the meeting and greeting or phone conversations, the potential tent renter thinks, “hey, what was that tent called again? Saddle-something…?” Then they Google to the best of their recollection and voilá! Euphoria Events gets its monthly report that lists some interesting search terms, as mentioned previously. My personal favorite is the “saddle-up tent.” Yee-haw.
So What Is A Saddle Span? With a saddle span structure, the shape of the tent defines the name. As a matter-of-fact, we don’t really like calling it a “tent” and would much prefer to stick with the the more solid-sounding term “structure.” However, that’s a bit unreasonable in today’s Googling world. When people are looking for tent rentals, it’s probably not the best idea to list our company as a “structure rental” company. Too confusing. The saddle span tent was designed in Canada some years ago. Its dramatic swooping shape has artistic lines that mimic the graceful curves of a saddle. Only, this “saddle” involves a more exaggerated shape and is powerful in its size. If you ask my 12- and 14-year-old daughters they’d say the structure has the shape of a “Pringles potato chip.” Indeed, they’re not far from wrong.
The saddle span structure (also called an Arabesque tent) was originally designed in Canada. The definition for "saddlespan" (as outlined in freepatentsonline.com):
“Two curved arch rib supports are provided with a pre-shaped flexible membrane cover attached to the ribs; the ends of the ribs are hinged on a common locus at base supports. When erected, a saddle shaped roof is formed to which contoured end walls may be added. Additional modules may be joined to the structure so formed, by applying a pre-shaped and independent fabric membrane or cable net attached by rings to only each of the two structure base pivot axles…”
We know most individuals, event planners and companies are drawn to the more common marquee or pole tents. We also know that when folks see our saddle span structures, they can’t help but notice what an amazing sight our structures offers. The drama, the flair and the coolness factor make our saddle span tents more than just an event…they bring it to the next level. This is especially true for musical events (band shells), weddings, wine tastings, ceremonies, corporate picnics or events or any other kind of special events.
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