If you love the human side of sport and what happens off the field as much as on it, then like me you probably tune into HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Last week’s episode featured one of the most iconic, memorable, loved and hated brands in all of sports sponsorship, Red Bull. more
The Red Bull Stratos mission— that saw Felix Baumgartner jump from more than 23 miles above the earth on Oct. 14, 2012—did not just break the world records for longest distance free fall, highest jump from a platform and maximum vertical velocity, it was the biggest digital live event on record, raising the bar on how brands can activate sponsorships in social media. more
News this week regarding the end of one partnership and the beginning of another raises some interesting questions. more
My IEG Consulting Group colleagues and I have been pleased to help hundreds of nonprofits— from UNICEF and World Wildlife Fund to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the American Heart Assn.—generate millions of dollars in nontraditional revenue. We also have teamed with some of the world’s leading brands to value, measure and maximize their ROI on nonprofit partnerships. more
I should start by saying I don’t actually know what really happened behind the scenes of the very interesting turn of events that unfolded last week regarding the NBA New Jersey Nets and the switch of the team’s official soft drink sponsorship from Jones Soda to Coca-Cola. more
Leading up to the 2011 IEG Sponsorship Conference, Return on Engagement: Sponsorship’s Impact on Business, I will be blogging on measuring sponsorship’s ROI: How to do it, what the research reveals, improving the value of sponsorship, etc. more
In the midst of the second week of trying to rally support for my stepdaughter’s Pepsi Refresh grant application, I’m struck by my response, which is counterintuitive. more
For those properties with room in the beer category, a new player has entered the U.S. market and is looking for opportunities to create buzz and interact with consumers on the grassroots level. Presidente Beer from the Dominican Republic wants to establish itself as a leader among imported Latin beers, according to the marketing agency it has hired to help in that effort, Miami-based ViVA Partnership. more
Official corporate sponsors of the 2008 and 2010 Olympics failed to optimize social media opportunities by ignoring search engine optimization. Now the official corporate sponsors of the 2010 FIFA World Cup—including Adidas, Coca-Cola, Emirates and Hyundai/Kia—are missing the boat.
All are failing to link their activation to online search terms such as “soccer world cup” and “world cup 2010.” There is a huge volume of traffic surrounding these terms and sponsors have the rights to use them. So why aren’t they optimizing? Why isn’t FIFA advising them to do so?
(This blog post originally appeared as an opinion column in IEG Sponsorship Report on April 19, 2010.)
In recent private conversations with a number of key sponsorship professionals, I picked up the following tidbits that I thought were worth sharing: more