I have recently started getting involved in discussion groups on linked in and wow, what a lot of great questions there are! Today, I addressed a question about the top five things a sponsorship seeker should bring to a presentation to a sponsor.
Before I found the question, many people had answered, but those answers had a lot more to do with how sponsorship has been sold in the past than how it should be sold, and how the world’s most successful sponsorship seekers sell it. And when I talk about the world’s most successful, I’m not talking about the biggest. No, I’m talking about the sponsorship seekers who increase their sponsorship year-on-year, even in really tough years. I’m talking about sponsorship seekers who deepen and extend their relationships with sponsors, until they become one of the highest-performing sponsorships in those sponsors’ portfolios. I’m talking about sponsorship seekers who engender such fierce loyalty and support from their sponsors that they actively advocate the property to other sponsors.
If that’s what you want, you need to drop all the crap about “impression rates” and ROI. Impressions and visibility as sales tools are about 20 years out of date. And as a sponsorship seeker, you are in no position to be able to tell a sponsor what the sponsor’s returns are against their many and varied objectives. While you’re at it, drop all the overt, self-important hoo-ha about how great or needy or worthy you are. You’re selling. It’s about the sponsor’s need, not your need or your ego.
That said, this is what I recommend you bring/discuss/incorporate into your offer:
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. You may also be interested in my latest white paper, “Disruptive Sponsorship: Like Disruptive Marketing, Only Better“.
If you need additional assistance, I offer sponsorship consulting and strategy sessions, sponsorship training, and sponsorship coaching. I also offer a comprehensive sponsorship capacity-building service for large, diverse, and decentralised organisations.
Please feel free to drop me a line to discuss.
Please note, I do not offer a sponsorship broker service, and can’t sell sponsorship on your behalf. You may find someone appropriate on my sponsorship broker registry.