I just got tickets to the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic between the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, and I am genuinely excited to see a college football atmosphere brought to Wrigleyville. I’m planning on writing a more extensive blog post next week highlighting my takeaways, favorite activation tactics, and thoughts on the overall fan experience. The remainder of this post will focus on what I hope is the biggest long-term takeaway from the weekend – the Cubs learning how to better engage their fans with a greater pre-game atmosphere.
In September 2009, Toyota announced the largest recall in the company’s history, bringing back 3.8 million vehicles. Subsequent recalls followed. In April 2010, BP came under global scrutiny in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig disaster and oil spill.
Often, companies sponsoring non-endemic properties are able to create a link through a clever messaging campaign. Developing the messaging strategy for a non-endemic sponsorship campaign requires a three-step process: more
Russell Scibetti, Founding Editor of TheBusinessOfSports.com, and I exchanged a few emails the past couple of days discussing the idea of integrating guarantees and team performance into sponsorship fees and sports business in general. Russell’s comments are in italics and mine are in standard font. Hope you enjoy our conversation. more
The French Football Federation (“FFF”), the national soccer body, is still feeling the effects from its less than stellar 2010 World Cup performance. The FFF recently had to pay out €4.5 million to its top-tier sponsors to compensate them for France’s first round exit from the 2010 World Cup.
The news that JPMorgan Chase signed a 10-year agreement with Madison Square Garden for a reported $30 million a year certainly raised many an eyebrow across the sponsorship industry earlier this week. more
In its characteristically simple and get-to-the-point way, TED has created a springy little jumping-off point for any property that has a need or want to provide sponsorship guidelines to affiliate events or properties. Every single week I talk to organizations trying to reconcile the sponsorship priorities of a “big” or “core” property with the activities of satellite or component properties. more
As my colleague Bill Chipps reveals in IEG Sponsorship Report this week, the WTA Tour has decided not to market the title sponsorship position about to be given up by Sony Ericsson. (Subscribers can read the full story here.) more
With family guests in town and Chicago’s perennial summer uptick in my and everyone else’s social calendar, the past couple weeks have been chock full of city fun: Cubs and Sox games (full disclosure: I bleed Cubby blue), symphony at Millennium Park, The Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science & Industry. . . more
The “movement” is the thing for sponsorship heavy-hitters these days. Moving people to action—causing measurable behavior change—is the highly evolved, holy grail of return on sponsorship measurement. But instead of just counting coupons redeemed or pages “liked,” sponsors and properties are building real relationships, tracking long-term behaviors, and making changes in their businesses using the audiences, information and people-power they gather. more