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Lesa Ukman Jul 12

New Developments in Sponsorship and Social Media Come Fast and Furious

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

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Jim Andrews Jun 30

Activation Watch: Praiseworthy Programs from Budweiser and Spanish Insurer

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

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Diane Knoepke Jun 23

Orange You Glad It’s Glastonbury Sponsorship Time?

My colleague Julie Kimball passed around the latest in a long line of cool Orange ideas that get us geeking out not only over the smart technology but also the smart use of sponsorship. more

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Jim Andrews May 31

A Reasonable Solution To The Indy 500 Sponsorship Row

I have been holding my breath for a week now, but I think it’s time to let it out.  more

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Jon Kander May 9

Know Thyself: Discovering your Brand Personality

Building off of my colleague Diane’s latest blog, I recently watched Morgan Spurlock’s newest documentary, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. One of the major themes of the film is the importance of discovering your brand personality for the purpose of partnering with ‘like’ brands. In the movie, Spurlock visits a noted branding agency where they identify his primary brand attributes as a juxtaposition of being both playful and mindful. From there, the brand agency listed several companies that had a similar brand identity, such as Apple and JetBlue, as potential partners for Spurlock’s documentary.  more

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Jon Kander May 2

Brewer Makes Special-Edition Ale for Marathon Sponsorship

With marathon season underway, one specific sponsorship jumped out at me. Arcadia Brewing Company, a Michigan-based craft beer brewery, is partnering with the inaugural Kalamazoo Marathon. According to marathon coordinator Karen Townsend, one of the first questions she received from the runners is whether there was going to be beer at the finish line tent. Instead of just filling the category and providing beer to runners and spectators, Arcadia Brewing really stepped up. Not only is the brewer sponsoring the event, but it will also be creating a special-edition ale (called Finish Line Ale) specifically for the event.  more

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Jon Kander Apr 21

Virtual Advertising as New Sponsorship Inventory and Activation Platform

Reading this month’s Partnership Activation newsletter (a must read for sports business professionals), I found the utilization of virtual advertising during in-game broadcasts by several NHL teams compelling. While in-game virtual advertising is not a new concept (baseball has been utilizing it for behind-the-plate advertising for 10+ years), it is becoming more prevalent amongst NHL teams in recent years. Thinking about it in greater detail, selling digital advertising inventory would be a great fit for teams in several different sports and a potential league-wide activation platform for a sponsor.  more

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Jon Kander Apr 8

Improving Your Fan Engagement Activities

I got the chance to cross “Attend the NCAA Championship Game” off of my bucket list this past weekend. One of the many valuable experiences I had was visiting the NCAA fan fest, Bracket Town Refreshed by Coke Zero. Getting to see how each NCAA partner activated their sponsorship was a marketer’s dream.  more

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Jon Kander Feb 23

Ambush Marketing Amongst Cosponsors?

I was watching the NBA Slam Dunk contest on Saturday night when Blake Griffin made his event-winning dunk over a Kia Optima. It got me wondering – can a cosponsor ambush another cosponsor? Kia appeared to receive the most post-event buzz on the twitter-sphere despite Sprite being the event title sponsor and newspaper/website headline pictures all featured Griffin’s dunk over the car. Yet, was this necessarily a bad thing for Sprite?  more

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