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How a Great Sponsorship Proposal Follows a Hollywood Story Arc

Most sponsorship proposals are awful. They’re uncustomised and often arranged in levels; They’re self-centred, having absolutely nothing to do with the sponsor, their brand, target markets, or objectives; They don’t make a complete business case; And they’re structured so poorly that it’s actually difficult to make sense of them. If you’re guilty of even one of these things, selling sponsorship is going to be monumentally more difficult for you. I’ve got lots of resources for addressing these issues listed at the bottom of this article, but I wanted to let you in on a trick I’ve been teaching in my sponsorship workshops for the past few years that I really haven’t covered here before: A great sponsorship proposal […] Read More

Sponsorship Beginners Can’t Get a Break (nor Should They)

I get emails all the time from people who read my blogs or watch my tutorials. Most have specific questions or just want to thank me for the information. But all too often, I get emails from someone who has read a couple of blogs – with all of the details and angles and advice – and their heads have exploded. They say, “I’m a beginner. Surely, I won’t be expected to do all of this?!” And I’m thinking, “All of this?? What you’re referring to is about 1% of what is expected of a sponsorship seeker!” I get one-line emails saying, “How do I get sponsorship?” When I refer them to The Sponsorship Seeker’s Toolkit […] Read More

The First Sponsor Meeting (and How Not to Make an Idiot of Yourself)

You’ve done the homework and you’re on the cusp of actually talking to the sponsor. What to do… what to do… Well, what most sponsorship seekers do is totally lose their mind. They get so excited about actually getting an audience with a sponsor that the first thing they do is launch into an extended, hyperactive tirade about how great their property is. They totally miss that the sponsor’s eyes glazed over after about thirty seconds. You should never go into an initial sponsor meeting or phone call thinking you’re there to pitch. You’re not. Your first interaction with a potential sponsor is primarily about three things: That process is not difficult, but it does […] Read More

Don’t Send a Sponsorship Proposal Until You Read This

Most sponsorship proposals are total crap. They are all about the sponsorship seeker, not taking the sponsor’s needs or markets into consideration at all. They are totally uncustomised – making full use of the search-and-replace function (hated by sponsors everywhere) – which is inexcusable, given the technology at hand to give you the insight you need. If you want to create a customised offer for a sponsor – one that will grab their imagination and showcase how they can use this investment to get closer to their customers and achieve their specific objectives – you need information, and plenty of it. This is the type of information you must know about a brand before you’re […] Read More

35 Ways to Ensure You Don’t Sell Sponsorship

This blog is full of how-to about selling sponsorship. I thought I would do a quick round up of some of the very common ways sponsorship seekers undermine their own efforts. Need more assistance? For all you need to know about sponsorship sales and servicing, you may want to get a copy of The Sponsorship Seeker’s Toolkit 4th Edition. If you could use some additional support, I provide sponsorship coaching, sponsorship consulting, sponsorship training, and if you need a fast, cost-effective start, the Jump Start program. If you’re interested in any of these services, please review the materials and drop me a line to discuss: Kim Skildum-Reid admin@powersponsorship.com AU: +61 2 9559 6444 US: +1 612 326 5265 […] Read More

Should We Hire a Sponsorship Valuation Service?

Seeking sponsorship is hard. Even if you do it perfectly, you’ll still hear “no” more than “yes”, and if your skills are less than best practice, you’re probably not hearing “yes” very often. If you’re struggling, you probably want some way to demonstrate what great value for money you’re going to provide. That’s when some of you consider hiring a valuation service. These are consultants that use some methodology or another to put a price tag on what you offer, and at first glance, this can seem like a great idea. You can point to the valuation and tell sponsors, “We’re offering $120,000 in benefits for only $80,000!” If only it worked that way. Seriously, I […] Read More

Why Having a Strong Marketing Plan is Critical for Sponsorship Seeking Success

I can hear you. You’re asking yourself what a marketing plan has to do with sponsorship sales. And I’m here to tell you that it has everything to do with sponsorship sales. A strong marketing plan is the foundation upon which you can build your sponsorship success, and the raw materials to make you more effective and efficient, to create real differentiation with sponsors, and to demonstrate your professionalism. More specifically… You will be better able to target the right sponsors Most sponsorship hit lists are created by one of two processes: But if you have a strong marketing plan, two of the most important components will be your brand architecture and your target market […] Read More

Can’t Keep Up? 5 Ways to Simplify Sponsorship Servicing

Back when I started in this business, sponsor servicing was almost non-existent. Properties (usually) delivered the benefits, then the next time a sponsor would hear from them was when the renewal request came through. Then, there was a long period when sponsor servicing was primarily about kissing the arse of your key contact. All it required was some VIP invites, a meet-and-greet with someone famous, and a few long lunches and everyone was happy. Until you tried to renew and there was someone new in the role. Thankfully, a lot has changed, and sponsees have realised that after-sale servicing is a critical factor for… Ensuring the sponsor gets a great result from the sponsorship Ensuring the […] Read More

Sponsorship Seekers: Please Stop Doing Attendee Division

“We’re projecting attendance of over 17,000. With your $20,000 sponsorship, that means you can reach all of them for just over a dollar each.” “We anticipate our project will get over a million and a half impressions. At $50,000, your sponsorship costs less than four cents per impression!” To a novice, these might seem like perfectly reasonable sales equations, but in the real world of skyrocketing sponsor sophistication, this approach gets it wrong in several different ways: CPM is not an appropriate measure for sponsorship CPM (cost-per-thousand) is one of the metrics used for comparing the relative cost of various types of advertising and some other marketing media (eg, direct marketing). Unfortunately for people who […] Read More

Struggling to Sell Sponsorship? Stop Blaming the Economy!

I’ve just come off the back of a set of workshops where a number of sponsorship seekers were complaining about the lack of sponsorship available in the marketplace. Opinion seemed to be split between whether that was because sponsorship hasn’t recovered since the Global Financial Crisis eight years ago, or whether it’s because sponsors are only interested in “big sport”. While I understand the desire to want to find a scapegoat, neither of these is in any way true. If you’re struggling to sell sponsorship, you need to stop blaming the economy and stop blaming sponsors for your lack of success. Sponsors are investing a lot of money in sponsorship of all kinds, they’re just […] Read More