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.
On any given Saturday, I have a sneaking suspicion that most people will find themselves lying around in their underwear at some point throughout the day. On a recent Saturday, the Jockey brand challenged Chicagoans to take it outside.
The spider web has long been known to be one of the strongest materials on earth. One strand on its own does not serve much of a purpose, but when hundreds and thousands are woven together, the true strength emerges. more
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
Returning to a topic I have addressed in previous blog posts, I thought I would share some insights presented by the two major social networking players at last week’s Leaders in Football conference in London. more
In-kind is on the brain. Big time. I’ve talked with no less than a half-dozen clients in the last ten days about one or more in-kind and/or barter sponsorship arrangements they are negotiating. In some cases, companies are trying to leverage product or promotional inventory to eliminate part or all of their cash outlay; in others, properties are targeting companies based on the potential for access to their product. Yet the common thread throughout our conversations has been more about the questions they need to be asking than the type of inventory they are negotiating. more
One concept that I’ve seen properties begin to adopt lately, and which could become a larger sponsorship sales trend, is platform exclusivity. The idea is that only one corporate partner is permitted to activate in a specified channel or manner, e.g., mobile-device marketing, in-store retail promotions, use of video content, ticket giveaways, etc. more
When I receive word of a “sponsorship” or “marketing partnership” that has at its core a relationship between a corporation and a magazine publisher, I tend to disregard it as nothing more than a media buy that’s been given a gussied up name to try to generate some additional buzz. 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