I’m often asked about my favourite leverage trick for sponsors. Truth be told, I have a lot of favourite tricks… but the “invisible brand” trick is one of the easiest and most versatile.
With the Olympics nearly upon us, let’s take a page from their sponsors. They get no visibility from the event. None. And yet, somehow, they manage to turn those huge investments into a marketing return. So, here it is…. my trick:
When you develop your leverage plan, pretend you get no visibility from the event at all, and no ability to leverage within the venue or precinct.
This is such a simple thing to do, but it will stop you from fixating on what happens in the event or venue, and make you incredibly resourceful.
After you and your team have brainstormed these and chosen the best ideas, then you can go back to address what happens within the event and/or the precinct. You will be in a much more creative frame of mind, and will see some natural on-site iterations and extensions of your other ideas.
The end result is a fully leveraged sponsorship, at minimum cost, while extending your geographic footprint and the timeframe. Sponsorship is no longer about the few hours or few days in the venue, but the whole experience – which you can be instrumental in making amazing.
This is easy. It’s fast. And it will revolutionise the way you look at leveraging your sponsorships.
As for you sponsorship seekers, you can use this same technique to come up with leverage ideas for your sponsors and potential sponsors, increasing your value and making your property look, feel, and operate like a much bigger sponsorship proposition.
For all you need to know about best practice sponsorship selection, leverage, measurement, management, and more, you may want to get a copy of The Corporate Sponsorship Toolkit.
You may be interested in my latest white paper, “Disruptive Sponsorship: Like Disruptive Marketing, Only Better“.
If you need additional assistance with your sponsorship portfolio, I offer sponsorship consulting and strategy sessions, sponsorship training, and sponsorship coaching. I also offer a comprehensive sponsorship capacity-building service for large and/or diverse organisations.
Please feel free to drop me a line to discuss.