Looking across all of the brands that IEG would define as “leaders” in sponsorship—companies such as IBM, Gatorade, Aon, Xerox, GE and others—we see a major trend: an alignment of sponsorships and partnerships with the larger goals of the business, to ensure they are driving growth and having an impact across the entire enterprise. more
Combine geolocation, image recognition and augmented reality technologies with smartphone adoption—31 percent of mobile users have one, according to eMarketer—add in massive gaming participation (183 million Americans report playing a game for an hour per day, according to author Jane McGonigal), and it is no surprise that we are seeing more sponsors use games to activate their sponsorships. more
Although it was only last December that I presented an IEG Webinar on the topic of sponsorship and social media, preparing for this Thursday’s live webinar on the topic illuminated how quickly social media is changing and how deeply these changes are affecting sponsorship. Indeed, rather than update the presentation, I scrapped it and started over. more
When you’ve been tracking the sponsorship industry for nearly a quarter of a century (yikes!) it can be a challenge to find partnerships that stand out or break new ground. more
One of the tricky things about posting to a corporate blog such as IEG’s is that you don’t want to hijack this—or any other social media—and use it as a platform to promote what the company does. This is a forum for sharing ideas, insights, and observations that people interested in sponsorship will find useful. more
It seems each time I step into the world of media buying and planning I come away more convinced than ever that sponsorship should play a much more prominent role in corporate and brand advertising plans.
Among the many great ideas that were shared at IEG’s Return on Engagement conference, one theme that was struck repeatedly was how properties must go beyond the direct benefits they offer corporate partners if they want to truly build value for themselves and their sponsors. more
After taking a few days to digest all of the presentations at our annual sponsorship conference, it dawned on me that the key buzzword and theme for this year’s conference was “authenticity.” Nearly all sessions that I attended made at least some reference to the importance of a partnership being genuine. This extends to how a company showcases its core business attributes, as well as its CSR efforts, which are highly valued by an organization and its employees and a core aspect of the company’s culture.
The deal between MLS team owner Sporting K.C. and Livestrong to make the cancer-fighting foundation the naming rights sponsor of the new soccer stadium opening in June is certainly commendable. However, it is neither unprecedented, nor the best example of this type of partnership between a sports property and a nonprofit.
Those that have come before include: more
The point at which corporate marketers began looking at properties as content providers, in addition to being sources of traditional benefits, was a watershed moment in sponsorship. more