One of the most common questions that I hear is: “How can I maximize the value of my sponsorship opportunities?”
This can be a daunting question for a property because there are numerous potential answers and generally there isn’t one “right” answer. There are both short-term solutions, such as adding overlooked tangible benefits to a package, or enhancing existing benefits and long-term solutions, such as increasing awareness of your organization. As always, the answer is unique to each property. My next few blogs, at a high-level, will focus on answering various aspects of this question. Let’s start at the beginning… more
The NFL has been on a recent kick of signing short-term sponsorship deals in the quick-service restaurant category.
Most recently, the league announced this week a deal lasting through March 1 making Papa John’s the official pizza sponsor of the NFL and Super Bowl XLIV. This sponsorship is very similar to the league’s relationship last year with KFC, in which the fast-feeder was the official wing of the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl XLIII. more
Earlier this week, Waste Management and Live Nation announced a multi-year agreement allowing Waste Management to become the ‘Official Waste Services and Recycling Sponsor’ of all Live Nation venues.
Although inherently unsexy and seemingly incredibly mundane (someone has to pick up the waste produced at concerts), this sponsorship offers far more than meets the eye. more
The recent sponsorship deal forged on behalf of Enterprise Rent A Car by the NHL is noteworthy in that it includes rights and benefits with all 30 of the league’s teams.
Anyone who has ever tried to construct an agreement where a sponsor fee is paid to a “parent” organization and then divided among constituent bodies—be they teams, chapters, etc.—knows how difficult it can be to please everyone involved. more
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline recently signed on as the 25th sponsor of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As part of the three-year, estimated $15 million deal GlaxoSmithKline will assume the designation ‘Official Laboratory Services Provider.’
Perhaps the most important part of this deal is that as the Official Laboratory Services Provider, GlaxoSmithKline will provide the laboratories and equipment to test Olympic athletes for illegal and performance-enhancing drugs as they compete in London. more
Below, four takeaways that emanated from the sponsorship panel I moderated at last week’s Billboard Touring Conference and Awards.
Start the sales process early. Properties should hit the street with sponsorship opportunities at least six to nine months prior to an event.
The length of time extends dramatically when pitching packaged goods and other types of companies that sell through retail channels. Case in point: Drew McGowan, senior group manager of public relations & sponsorships with The Clorox Co., is currently putting together programs for ’11.
Recently I had the opportunity to speak at and attend the annual convention of the Michigan Festivals & Events Association. With an audience of local events—most operating on shoestring budgets and almost exclusively volunteer-run—I expected to find a predominance of cookie-cutter sponsorships, mass-mail proposals etc.
While I came across several sponsorship don’ts, I was overwhelmed by the interest and enthusiasm for building genuine partnerships with local businesses. For the most part, these events are designed to draw tourism business to small towns throughout the state; so their success has a direct impact on local businesses, whether they are sponsors or not. While cash is still king, these events are also looking for ways to build buzz and drive attendance—objectives that don’t always demand cash. Such events would certainly seem ideal opportunities for events and businesses to collaborate.
This weekend’s rivalry matchup between my alma mater, Northwestern University, and their in-state rivals, the University of Illinois, reminded my sponsorship-geared brain of an interesting deal signed by another Illinois institution, State Farm Insurance.
Last month, State Farm signed a multi-year deal to present a rivalry series between Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.
Although seemingly unremarkable (sponsors already present football and basketball rivalry games and weeks on television networks), this relationship is deceptive in its breadth and depth. more
The Darlington Quakers, a British soccer club in the Coca-Cola Football League 2, is taking a different tack in selling sponsorship rights to the team’s jersey.
The club announced last week that it will raffle off the right to affix a corporate logo to its jersey in a £5,000-per-entry lottery.
Although the low entrance fee promises to be a boon for the winner, those who do not come out the shirt sponsor do not leave empty-handed. According to the Northern Echo, all bidders will receive stadium signage and one match sponsorship, among other recognition. more
“Are we talking the official or an official?” is a question I’ve heard, and asked, more than a couple of times upon seeing “official sponsor” as a designation. And I usually accompany the “an official” part with sarcastic air quotes or an eye roll (or both) because if we’re asking the question, it probably means we’re looking at a situation where exclusivity is either (a) de facto, (b) split/shared, or (c) non-existent. And the feeling is that, without true exclusivity, nine times out of ten we should go ahead and choose a different designation.
And then Cabela’s walks in. I was reading about how Cabela’s (the outdoor retailer and lifestyle brand) had seen great results this year, beating its own projections for profitability and revenue. I was tooling around the Cabela’s web site to read more and came across its Corporate Partners section.