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Jim Andrews

A 30-year sponsorship industry veteran, Jim is responsible for developing and sharing thought-leadership content based on ESP Properties’ groundbreaking work in the areas of sponsorship strategy, valuation, measurement, digital content, data-driven marketing and fan engagement.

In addition to identifying key trends and delivering his unique insights into the critical issues facing rightsholders and their commercial partners, Jim is the chairman of the Annual Sponsorship Conference, responsible for the program and speakers, as well as hosting and delivering the event’s opening address. He also is responsible for the company’s annual report and forecast of overall sponsorship spending, as well as its compilation of biggest spending companies and annual industry surveys.

A frequent media commentator and guest, Jim has been a featured speaker at hundreds of sports, entertainment and marketing conferences around the world.

 
No More Growth By Default: Ad Guru’s Advice Also Rings True For Sponsorship Marketers
Jim Andrews Apr 20

No More Growth By Default: Ad Guru’s Advice Also Rings True For Sponsorship Marketers

When Irwin Gotlieb talks, the ad industry listens. The global chairman of WPP’s GroupM, the world’s largest media investment group, yields considerable buying power and influence, as the company he oversees is responsible for placing roughly a third of all media advertising. more

Strategy Trends Sponsorship

 
 
Solving Brand Partnership Challenges by Turning to Frenemies
Jim Andrews Feb 1

Solving Brand Partnership Challenges by Turning to Frenemies

In the 1980s—IEG’s early years—we identified a “sponsorship industry” primarily comprising sports rightsholders, event producers and the brands that sponsored them. more

IEG 2017 IEG conference sponsorship strategy trends. digital media

 
 
Anticipating Rio 2016: Out of the Rut or More of the Same from Sponsors?
Jim Andrews Jun 29

Anticipating Rio 2016: Out of the Rut or More of the Same from Sponsors?

For marketers, the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup tournaments typically represent milestones marking new developments and innovations in sponsorship. more

Rio 2016 sponsorship strategy trends activation

 
 
Sponsorship Success Requires Hacker Culture
Jim Andrews Mar 14

Sponsorship Success Requires Hacker Culture

Last week, on my way to Intel to meet with IEG 2016 conference speaker Sandra Lopez (more on her in a moment), I took a detour to visit a friend currently working at Facebook. more

IEG conference trends IEG 2016

 
 
Time Is Now for Rightsholders to Embrace Digital Platforms and Develop Content for Them
Jim Andrews Aug 4

Time Is Now for Rightsholders to Embrace Digital Platforms and Develop Content for Them

One of the underlying reasons for the creation of ESP Properties was the opportunity to assist sports, entertainment and other types of properties in taking advantage of the ways a new generation of consumers accesses and engages with media and content. more

international sports trends Digital Marketing

 
 
What I Learned Reviewing 40 Hours of IEG Conference Video
Jim Andrews Apr 29

What I Learned Reviewing 40 Hours of IEG Conference Video

I know that in today’s world event takeaways are expected to be shared during and immediately after conferences, seminars, etc. In fact, I did my share of tweeting highlights on site at last month’s IEG conference, and my colleague Diane Knoepke published a great blog post recapping the social chatter just after Sponsorship Makers concluded. more

Digital Marketing IEG 2015 IEG conference social media sponsorship strategy trends activation

 
 
Why You Should Enjoy This Year’s Super Bowl More Than Any Other
Jim Andrews Jan 29

Why You Should Enjoy This Year’s Super Bowl More Than Any Other

Much of the buzz surrounding Sunday’s Super Bowl will be about the matchup between the defending champion Seahawks and the dynastic Patriots, the quality of the advertising spots, Marshawn Lynch’s postgame comments (or lack thereof), Katy Perry’s halftime performance, and (new this year) the PSI of the game balls. more

IEG conference sports trends IEG 2015

 
 
Put Audience Engagement at the Heart of Everything
Jim Andrews Jan 26

Put Audience Engagement at the Heart of Everything

The headline for this post can be considered 2015’s single-bullet to-do list for anyone involved in sponsorship. more

IEG conference selling sponsorship strategy trends IEG 2015

 
 
How It’s Built Will Determine Whether Video Content Is a House of Cards for Brand Partners
Jim Andrews Jul 2

How It’s Built Will Determine Whether Video Content Is a House of Cards for Brand Partners

The digital video revolution is well underway. While there is a long way to go before the final business model shakes out for the ecosystem of content creators, platforms, advertisers and viewers—the future is already here. more

digital media

 
 
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