#strategyWhether you’re working in a business environment focused on a B2C or a B2B market, you’re likely very busy working at moving the needle on your business’s dashboard around sales and brand health. Hopefully, your sponsorship investments are helping towards that end.
Consider the importance of syndicating the value of the collective sponsorship assets in your portfolio of sponsored properties across your organization and not just in the areas you’ve traditionally looked to.
This syndication of sponsorship value and benefits is key for at least two reasons.
Sweating the Assets
You can squeeze more measurable benefit out of your sponsorships the harder you make them work. You build more return on investment (ROI) data points, better enabling you to monetize your ROI and tell better stories internally around success (or failure) of your sponsorship activity.
2. Internal Support
The more business units, profit centers, functional areas across the organization that are deriving benefit from your sponsorship investments and that are participating in activating them, the stronger the support those sponsorships will receive and the easier it will be for the organization to rationalize the investment. On this note, don’t discount the benefit of the excitement and interest that employees, department heads, business unit leaders will have in sharing ownership of the sponsorships and their activation in influencing budget approvals and alignment from senior leadership.
A few examples for syndicating sponsorship value across your organization:
Important in effectively syndicating this value and benefit to other business units and functional areas of your business is to involve these stakeholders early.
Don’t simply drop activation ideas on their desks and expect them to embrace them readily. Whether it’s on a broader scale or against a particular sponsorship, first have a conversation with your colleagues in other areas of the business and help them see what white space there may be for them within all or a specific sponsorship. Learn what their needs are and what problems you may be able to help them solve. Be ready educate them on the possibilities and the ways sponsorship can help them be successful.
Ian Malcolm is President of Desperado Marketing, a sponsorship and experiential marketing agency established in 1996 with offices in Toronto and Chicago. He blogs at desperadomarketing.com/blog and allows us to republish here when the subject fits.