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Sponsorship Leverage vs Activation: The Difference and Why It Matters

I recently wrote a blog about the longstanding issue around whether to call what we do “sponsorship” or “partnership”. So you know, the correct answer is “sponsorship”. This issue got me onto thinking more broadly about terminology in our business, and how some of it isn’t doing us any favours. Springing immediately to mind was leverage vs activation. Ten years ago, the terms were basically interchangeable, referring to the activities a sponsor undertakes around a sponsorship, to turn that opportunity into the results they need against objectives. Fast forward, and the meaning of “activation” has, for many organisations, morphed into something completely different. This isn’t the case with all organisations, but I’ve had one after […] Read More

Sponsorship vs Partnership: Will This Argument Ever End?

Air New Zealand recently posted an amazing video, featuring their staff welcoming the All Blacks home from the Rugby World Cup with a haka. It was spine-tingling, and I shared it on LinkedIn myself, as an example of the passion and authenticity that Air NZ brings to all of their sponsorships. One of the commenters on the post chastised me, because they said that Air New Zealand would surely look at this as a partnership, not a sponsorship. I could only think one thing: Here we go again. So with that, here’s the case for “sponsorship”, why I’m not shifting on that term, and why I don’t think you or our industry should, either. Evolution […] Read More

Tour Announcement: In-House Sponsorship Training and Strategy Sessions, Jan/Feb 2020

I get a lot of enquiries about doing in-house training and strategy sessions, and many of them are a long way from my base in Sydney. Sometimes I can’t do it, as I can only do so much long-haul work. Other times, I’m available, but the cost of travel makes the overall cost prohibitive for the client. To mitigate both of those factors, and make working with me more achievable for some organisations, I’m going to string several in-house sponsorship training and sponsorship strategy sessions together on one big tour, and split the travel costs between the clients. I’ve done this before, and it works really well. I’m offering the services outlined below. In-house sponsorship […] Read More

What Esports Fans Can Teach Brands about Sponsorship

Esports are exploding. That’s not news. Unsurprisingly, esports sponsorship is also exploding, and there is some great sponsorship happening in the sector. On the flip side, there’s also a lot of money flowing into the sport that’s a combination of trying to “reach a coveted demographic” and me-tooism. And those sponsors? They’re failing, and they’re failing because esports fans know crap, inauthentic sponsorship when they see it. Fan backlash has been vicious, dispatching them from the arena as fast as they flooded in. I love it. I seriously love it. I wish fans of all properties would hold sponsors accountable like that. Why? Because those esports fans are right. A sponsor’s starting point with any fanbase […] Read More

Sponsorship Measurement: How to Measure What’s Important

A while back, I read a blog by Seth Godin. In it, he asked a question that has stuck in my head ever since: Do you measure it because it’s important, or is it important because it’s measured? Our industry is guiltier than most of the latter, and that is one of the biggest factors that keep sponsors from performing at their peak. The fact is that once we have worked out what constitutes a “success” – what we are measuring that “success” against – we work to that measure. The result is that how we measure sponsorship is critical to the true results we accomplish. A frighteningly large proportion of sponsors still measure mechanisms, […] Read More

The Captain Kirk Guide to Breaking Sponsorship Rules

I can admit it: I’m a nerd. I love science fiction, hate JarJar Binks, and have stood in my back garden with my daughter, waving at the International Space Station as it’s flown overhead on dozens of occasions. So, when I thought of writing a blog about breaking sponsorship’s rules, for me, there could be no better parallel than Captain Kirk and the Kobayashi Maru. For the uninitiated, this is a test given to prospective Starfleet captains. It involves rescuing the neutronic fuel carrier, Kobayashi Maru, from the Klingon neutral zone. It’s made to be unwinnable, and yet Kirk beat the test. How? He broke the rules and changed the game. Winning in sponsorship isn’t […] Read More

How Do Sponsors Evaluate Sponsorship Proposals?

Sponsorship proposal evaluation comes down to two major factors: What you offer; and who you submit it to. These are the factors that will tell a sponsor whether what you’re offering is right for them, whether you’ll be easy to work with, and whether you have the skills and approach that will allow today’s modern sponsors to make the most of what you’re offering. In this blog – a total rework of a blog from a a few years ago – I’m going to address both of these critical factors. Your proposal Both the structure and content of your proposal will tell a sponsor a lot about whether, and to what degree, your offer is […] Read More

The Problem with Sponsorship Levels

This is a total rewrite of one of my most popular blogs. For years, this blog has sat squarely in the top five, and according to analytics, virtually everyone gets here because they’ve done a search on something like, “How to create sponsorship levels”. The problem is, sponsors hate levels. Gold-silver-bronze, or whatever cutesy, “creative” names you’ve put on them, sponsors see a proposal full of set packages, arranged by size, and they know you don’t get it. They think you’re unsophisticated. They think you’re inflexible. They may even think you’re lazy. And they know for sure that you either don’t know or don’t care what they are trying to accomplish, because if you did, you’d […] Read More

Disruptive Sponsorship: Like Disruptive Marketing, Only Better (white paper)

I’ve got a brand new white paper! It’s all about how sponsorship broke the ground that Disruptive Marketing is now claiming, and how we’re going to stay at the forefront by bringing more meaning to the equation than any other marketing media possibly can. It’s full of big trends, bigger ideas, and keys to finding your own inspiration. As a bonus, you’ll have plenty of comeback, next time some wannabe marketer snarks on at you about how sponsorship is just about exposure or “the halo effect”. This white paper attacks the subject from primarily the sponsor’s point of view, but rightsholders will find a lot of benefit in being able to identify and talk about Disruptive Sponsorship, and the enormous […] Read More

How to Increase Sponsorship Revenue: Getting Creative with Benefits [Infographic]

After writing my recent blog, How to Increase Sponsorship Revenue: Getting Creative with Benefits, I realised that there was a great way to visually convey the power of creative benefits, ended up with the infographic below. If you click on it, you’ll be taken to a full-sized version. This is a powerful illustration of how getting creative with the benefits you offer around your sponsorships increases your revenue potential exponentially, because it isn’t about cutting the same pie into smaller and smaller pieces, then trying to get more money for them. No, it’s about making the entire pie bigger. For all of the rationale, check out the blog linked above. For a very pretty illustration of how those […] Read More