Recommended Books

Below, Kim Skildum-Reid provides a selection of must-read books for sponsorship professionals. Some are specific to the sponsorship industry, others provide key insights that industry professionals need to get the best result. As we review new books, we will be adding to and extending this list.

For more on all of these, we recommend checking them out on Amazon. They are also available from other good booksellers worldwide.


The Sponsorship Seeker's Toolkit, Fourth Edition (Paperback)

by Kim Skildum-Reid


The Sponsorship Seeker's Toolkit, fourth edition, makes cutting-edge, best-practice sponsorship not only achievable, but sensible and straightforward. Corporate sponsorship experts Kim Skildum-Reid and Anne-Marie Grey have updated their classic guide to put you miles ahead of the competition.

New material includes the integration of social media into existing strategies, developing leverage ideas for proposals, more case studies than ever, and important trends in the world of corporate sponsorship.


"This book leads you step-by-step through the choices you have to make throughout the process, from gathering internal support to renewal. I have never read a better how-to book on seeking sponsors." -- AD MAATJENS, Founder and Director, Sponsorreport

"One of the best and most thorough how-to books in fundraising! A must-read orientation for nonprofits considering transforming their approach or venturing into the exciting world of sponsorship!" -- KYLA SHAWYER, Chair of the International Fundraising Congress (IFC), Chief Operating Officer, SCIA – International Alliance

"The Sponsorship Seeker's Toolkit contains all the information you'll need to successfully develop, deliver, and manage a best-practice sponsorship program, using an easy-to-understand, step-by-step process supported by useful case studies and example templates." -- KYM OBERAUER, founder of

Price: $43.50
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The Corporate Sponsorship Toolkit (Paperback)

by Kim Skildum-Reid

Sponsorship is a privilege—don't abuse it. When you use sponsorship to build a brand, you are using the most powerful marketing tool you have. Why? Because you have the privilege of connecting with people and building relationships with them through something they have already decided they care about. Get it right and your results will skyrocket. Get it wrong and you could easily damage your brand. This comprehensive manual for corporate sponsorship will guide you through the mindset, strategies, and tactics to develop amazing, best-practice sponsorships that add value to people’s event experiences and nurture your connection with those target markets, building preference, loyalty, and advocacy for real impact on your bottom line. This toolkit is packed with straightforward tools, techniques, templates, checklists, and resources—many of which are also provided on the included CD-ROM—to assist novices, seasoned professionals, and senior executives alike in getting the most from their sponsorship investments, doing it cost-effectively, and measuring the results.

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Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal (Hardcover)

by Oren Klaff

About the Book: When it comes to delivering a pitch, Oren Klaff has unparalleled credentials. Over the past 13 years, he has used his one of a kind method to raise more than 0 million and now, for the first time, he describes his formula to help you deliver a winning pitch in any business situation.

Whether you're selling ideas to investors, pitching a client for new business, or even negotiating for a higher salary, Pitch Anything will transform the way you position your ideas.

According to Klaff, creating and presenting a great pitch isn't an art it's a simple science. Applying the latest findings in the field of neuroeconomics, while sharing eye opening stories of his method in action, Klaff describes how the brain makes decisions and responds to pitches. With this information, you'll remain in complete control of every stage of the pitch process.

Pitch Anything
introduces the exclusive STRONG method of pitching, which can be put to use immediately:
Setting the Frame
Telling the Story
Revealing the Intrigue
Offering the Prize
Nailing the Hookpoint
Getting a Decision

One truly great pitch can improve your career, make you a lot of money and even change your life. Success is dependent on the method you use, not how hard you try. "Better method, more money," Klaff says. "Much better method, much more money." Klaff is the best in the business because his method is much better than anyone else's. And now it's yours.

Apply the tactics and strategies outlined in Pitch Anything to engage and persuade your audience and you'll have more funding and support than you ever thought possible.

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Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want (Hardcover)

by James H. Gilmore, B. Joseph Pine II

Contrived. Disingenuous. Phony. Inauthentic. Do your customers use any of these words to describe what you sell—or how you sell it? If so, welcome to the club. Inundated by fakes and sophisticated counterfeits, people increasingly see the world in terms of real or fake. They would rather buy something real from someone genuine rather than something fake from some phony. When deciding to buy, consumers judge an offering's (and a company's) authenticity as much as—if not more than—price, quality, and availability. In Authenticity, James H. Gilmore and B. Joseph Pine II argue that to trounce rivals companies must grasp, manage, and excel at rendering authenticity. Through examples from a wide array of industries as well as government, nonprofit, education, and religious sectors, the authors show how to manage customers' perception of authenticity by: recognizing how businesses "fake it;" appealing to the five different genres of authenticity; charting how to be "true to self" and what you say you are; and crafting and implementing business strategies for rendering authenticity. The first to explore what authenticity really means for businesses and how companies can approach it both thoughtfully and thoroughly, this book is a must-read for any organization seeking to fulfill consumers' intensifying demand for the real deal.

Price: $18.33
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The Sponsorship Handbook: Essential Tools, Tips and Techniques for Sponsors and Sponsorship Seekers (Hardcover)

by Pippa Collett, William Fenton

The Sponsorship Handbook is a practical guide to sponsorship aimed at practitioners both working for sponsoring companies and those searching for sponsorship.

Using the tools, techniques, advice and best practice advocated in this book both sponsors and sponsor seekers will benefit from better servicing and activation once a sponsorship is implemented, with metrics that enable data-based accountability rather than hearsay.

"Everyone in the sponsorship industry, from the biggest events and properties to the smallest, are benefitting from the increasing knowledge, data availability, metrics and professionalism in using sponsorship. The Sponsorship Handbook is a part of that process which we hope will bring future success and proven sound results to all in the complex and exciting world of sponsorship."
―Luis Vicente, Head of Partnerships, Manchester City Football Club

"An indispensable reference for any marketer who is keen to build his/her brand using sponsorship; the new ascending way to empower brands."
―Faisal Al-Dail, Saudi Post

Price: $31.15
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The Experience Economy, Updated Edition (Paperback)

by B. Joseph Pine II, James H. Gilmore

In 1999, Joseph Pine and James Gilmore offered this idea to readers as a new way to think about connecting with customers and securing their loyalty. As a result, their book The Experience Economy is now a classic, embraced by readers and companies worldwide and read in more than a dozen languages.

And though the world has changed in many ways since then, the way to a customer's heart has not. In fact, the idea of staging experiences to leave a memorable—and lucrative—impression is now more relevant than ever. With an ongoing torrent of brands attacking consumers from all sides, how do you make yours stand out?

Welcome to the new Experience Economy. With this fully updated edition of the book, Pine and Gilmore make an even stronger case that experience is the missing link between a company and its potential audience. It offers new rich examples—including the U.S. Army, Heineken Experience, Autostadt, Vinopolis, American Girl Place, and others—to show fresh approaches to scripting and staging compelling experiences, while staying true to the very real economic conditions of the day.

Price: $15.89
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Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business (Hardcover)

by Harley Manning, Kerry Bodine

What simple innovation brought billions in new investments to Fidelity? What basic misunderstanding was preventing Office Depot from achieving its growth potential? What surprising insights helped the Mayo Clinic better serve both doctors and patients?

The solution in each case was a focus on customer experience, the most powerful—and misunderstood—element of corporate strategy today.

Customer experience is, quite simply, how your customers perceive their every interaction with your company. It’s a fundamental business driver. Here’s proof: over a recent five-year period during which the S&P 500 was flat, a stock portfolio of customer experience leaders grew twenty-two percent.

In an age when customers have access to vast amounts of data about your company and its competitors, customer experience is the only sustainable source of competitive advantage. But how to excel at it?

Based on fourteen years of research by the customer experience leaders at Forrester Research, Outside In offers a complete roadmap to attaining the experience advantage. It starts with the concept of the Customer Experience Ecosystem—proof that the roots of customer experience problems lie not just with customer-facing employees like your sales staff, but with behind-the-scenes employees like accountants, lawyers, and programmers, as well as the policies, processes, and technologies that all your employees use every day. Identifying and solving these problems has the potential to dramatically increase sales and decrease costs.

Price: $13.29
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How to Jump-start Your Sponsorship Strategy in Tough Times (Perfect Paperback)

by Gail S. Bower

If you're like many nonprofit and event or festival producers relying on corporate sponsorship dollars, you face seemingly overwhelming impediments to securing sponsors. You may be stopped, dead in your tracks, unsure about what if anything you can do next. This book is for you. It will flip your thinking on its side and provide a jump-start, in the form of the tools and techniques and confidence you need to go forward.

How to Jump-start Your Sponsorship Strategy in Tough Times paints a picture of the economic events and realities of the last year as they relate to sponsorship. You ll have an understanding of the prevailing trends and challenges that face you and your sponsors.

Combined with your knowledge of your organization, event or festival, and what is happening in your own business environment, this guidebook will assist you to: navigate the best path to build relationships with current and new sponsors; improve the value of your sponsorship opportunities; enhance your sponsorship revenue; and cultivate the best environment for your sponsorship program to generate results for you and your partners.

Price: $9.12
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Made Possible By (Paperback)

by Patricia Martin

Made Possible By is a step-by-step guide to securing successful, sustainable corporate sponsorships that will provide financial stability, increased visibility, and help your nonprofit achieve its mission. Sponsorship expert Patricia Martin walks you through every phase of the process and shows how to assess what it will take to get your organization prepared for success. Made Possible By gives you the information and tools you need to

  • Get organizational buy-in
  • Approach potential partners
  • Prepare a winning proposal
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Report results
  • Build long-term equity
  • Evaluate the success of the relationship

Price: $26.47
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The Ambush Marketing Toolkit (Paperback)

by Kim Skildum-Reid

Make the most of ambush marketing

There is a myth that it's only major sponsors of huge events that get ambushed. The truth is that ambush marketing goes on at all levels of the sponsorship industry, from small charities to industry associations, festivals and the Soccer World Cup.

In a world first, bestselling author Kim Skildum-Reid puts her more than 20 years of sponsorship marketing experience into the topic of ambush marketing.

The Ambush Marketing Toolkit (with accompanying CD) provides sponsors, events, and prospective ambushers with a no holds barred, strategic approach to ambush prevention and the mounting of a successful ambush.

“When conceptualized and managed on a superficial level, sponsors can be easily ambushed by competitors - those who are able to build stronger and more meaningful relationships with the target audience despite their non-sponsor status. And that's why most marketers should be itching to gat hold of The Ambush Marketing Toolkit, because no one likes to be ambushed, especially when it equates to shooting yourself in the foot.”--Suzanne Pollock, AMAMI for the Australian Marketing Institute

Price: $21.63
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Ambush Marketing & the Mega-Event Monopoly: How Laws are Abused to Protect Commercial Rights to Major Sporting Events (ASSER International Sports Law Series) (Hardcover)

by Andre M. Louw

This book undertakes a critical examination of commercial rights to sports mega-events (focusing on sponsorship), the exclusivity of such rights and the legal implications of the modern mega-event sponsorship model. It examines ambush marketing of events and the law’s treatment of ambushing (specifically in the form of sui generis event legislation) in a review of 10 major jurisdictions selected on the basis of the importance of the events they are to host in the near future or have hosted recently, and the relevant domestic legislation. It critically examines the legitimacy of such commercial rights protection by means of the use of laws in the context of accepted principles of intellectual property law, competition law and human rights law. Specifically, it questions the legitimacy of the creation of statutory ‘association rights’ to mega-events, and considers potential future developments in respect of the law’s treatment of mega-event commercialisation. Valuable for practitioners and academics (in the fields of sportslaw/sponsorship/marketing/intellectual property law); sports administrators (sports governing bodies); corporate sponsors of sports and other events; potential mega-event host governments and law-makers; civil rights organisations.

Price: $163.35
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