Can You Target Multiple Sponsors at the Same Time?

This is a question I get at least a couple of times a week. Generally, it refers to approaching multiple sponsors in the same category – ice cream, insurance, sporting goods, etc – at the same time. Sometimes, the question is about a naming rights sponsorship, and whether they can… Read More

Anatomy of a Corporate Sponsorship Manager [Infographic]

Great corporate sponsorship managers (and brand managers with substantial sponsorship portfolios) need a specific set of traits to be effective. If a manager has all of these traits, the sponsorship portfolio will be integrated across multiple channels, cost far less to leverage, and perform far better against objectives. Without these… Read More

Are You Really Selling Sponsorship?

I get dozens of emails and social media approaches every week from people looking for sponsorship of their website, blog, business, television show, documentary, education, or whatever. My issue with this isn’t that they are contacting me – I’m happy to hear from any of you! – but that so… Read More

Sponsor Speeches: How to Alienate Your Target Market in One Easy Step

I talk all the time about the kinds of benefits sponsors should want from an investment: Benefits that can be shared across the target market; benefits that bring you closer to your target markets, benefits that you can use to add value to your relationship with your target markets. There… Read More

What Time of Year Should I Seek Sponsorship?

I get this question a lot. The expectation is that there will be some magic window where the yesses will be plentiful. The good news is that there is no window – you can solicit sponsorship all year ‘round. The bad news is that there is no such thing as… Read More

Why “Proud Sponsor Of” is the Most Worthless Phrase in Sponsorship

Oh, how I hate those words. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that those three words can be among the most telling in sponsorship. You don’t see the great sponsors saying “Proud sponsor of”. They aren’t doing social posts or running ads in programs… Read More

Is Naming Rights Sponsorship Worth the Money?

I’ve had this question a few times lately. More often than not, it’s a brand manager who asks the question, after a senior executive has indicated interest in a major naming rights. That right there raises a red flag for me, as when the idea for a big naming rights… Read More

How to Make the Most of Athlete or Other Celebrity Appearances

Appearances are a mainstay of sports and athlete sponsorship, and can be a part of almost any sponsorship. But with best practice sponsorship being win-win-win – with the third “win” referring to small, meaningful wins for all or most of a target market – the way appearances should be used is… Read More

The Other Ambush: Standing Up for What’s Right when Sponsors Don’t

Normally, when the Olympics roll around, I’m having a field day picking apart sponsorship strategies and, in particular, analysing the ambush marketing activities. Truth be told, ambush marketing gets me a bit giddy, lying as it does at the intersection of strategy and troublemaking. But this time around, the ambushers… Read More

Cover Girl? How the Heck did THAT Happen?

A funny thing happened when I got back from overseas a couple of weeks ago. I checked my email and there was one from a journalist I worked with on a story for Successful Meetings. It had a link to the magazine and article online. I clicked it, and there… Read More