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Jim Andrews

Jim Andrews is senior vice president and content director of IEG. An industry veteran, he can remember tracking the industry on index cards and typesetting the early editions of IEG Sponsorship Report. Nevertheless, he has embraced the enhanced communication with the industry offered by social media and enjoys sharing his experienced views on issues of topical interest through his blog posts and commentary. Follow Jim on Twitter!

 
The Ambush Marketing vs. Sponsorship Debate Springs Eternal
Jim Andrews Feb 10

The Ambush Marketing vs. Sponsorship Debate Springs Eternal

The Winter Olympic Games are upon us, and even though sponsorship marketing activity around Sochi 2014 is not up to typical Olympic standards, ambush marketing is making its inevitable appearance. more

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Putin’s Policies, Activism and Sponsorship: Fair Game?
Jim Andrews Feb 10

Putin’s Policies, Activism and Sponsorship: Fair Game?

During an interview a few days ago with a reporter for The Motley Fool about sponsorship of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, I was asked if it was fair that groups protesting Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” laws were targeting Olympic sponsors. more

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Are You And Your Sponsorships Ready For A New Challenge?
Jim Andrews Aug 15

Are You And Your Sponsorships Ready For A New Challenge?

In the IEG strategy paper Sponsorship’s New Optics: Why Changing Focus Is The Only Way To Win, we make the case for sponsorships that need to produce a new brand asset or shine a bright light on an existing one. more

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Sponsorship’s Attention Surplus Disorder
Jim Andrews Jul 2

Sponsorship’s Attention Surplus Disorder

By and large, sponsors seek and love the attention that partnering with well-known sports, entertainment and other properties bring them. It’s a main reason for playing the sponsorship game. But there is a largely unspoken fear that lurks in the back of sponsors’ minds: What happens when that heightened attention becomes focused on the negative. more

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In the Wake of Boston Tragedy, Sponsors and Properties Discuss What’s Next
Jim Andrews Apr 29

In the Wake of Boston Tragedy, Sponsors and Properties Discuss What’s Next

Although the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon have already had a significant impact on marathons and other types of events—namely increased security—most sponsorship veterans expect the incident to have little impact on sponsorship spending in the endurance sports space more

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As Cities Turn Away Mega Events, What Will Sponsors Do?
Jim Andrews Mar 18

As Cities Turn Away Mega Events, What Will Sponsors Do?

Following news last week that residents of Vienna resoundingly rejected the city’s plan to bid for the 2028 Olympic Games, I had an interesting discussion with my colleague John Kristick, global CEO of GroupM ESP. John is well qualified to discuss this issue, having been the managing director of the U.S. bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. more

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Keep Your Eye On Online Gaming As Potential Blockbuster Sponsor Category
Jim Andrews Mar 8

Keep Your Eye On Online Gaming As Potential Blockbuster Sponsor Category

Just a little over two years ago, the Internet gambling industry in the U.S. was under siege from the federal government. It was declared illegal and the operators of its largest concerns were the targets of criminal and civil lawsuits. more

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Why Brands Shy Away from Sponsorship
Jim Andrews Feb 19

Why Brands Shy Away from Sponsorship

Exploring the differences between traditional advertising and sponsorship is familiar terrain for those of us at IEG, but I have reached some new conclusions about these two vehicles for communicating with a brand’s consumers. more

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Are Bowl Game Sponsorships Good Investments?
Jim Andrews Dec 21

Are Bowl Game Sponsorships Good Investments?

To answer the question of whether a brand should become a sponsor of a college bowl game, you have to first make the distinction between title sponsors and other levels of partnership. more

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