Sponsorship Blog

Our sponsorship blog focuses on three primary topics: sponsorship insights and the tips of the trade; sponsorship news and comments on innovation and deals that deserve discussion; and sponsorship sales because selling is a skill. We discuss best practices in sponsorship.

18-Month Event Sponsorship Timeline

Your 18-Month Event Sponsorship Timeline

This post was originally published on the Eventbrite blog. Read the original post here. Are you connecting with sponsors at the right time of year? Because when it comes to creating sustainable relationships, timing is key. With over two decades of experience and over 4,000 brand and industry contacts, President of The Sponsorship Guy™ Larry […]
How to Close Your Sponsorship Deal With Data

How to Close Your Sponsorship Deal With Data

Not all data is created, says sponsorship expert Larry Weil. Instead, he’s sharing how to close a sponsorship deal with data points that are actually meaningful to prospects, and what insights to leave OUT of your pitch deck. You have done your homework and have used insights to identify a prospect that is likely to […]
eBook-How to Win Sponsors for Your Event (and Bring Them Back Every Year)

How to Win Sponsors for Your Event (and Bring Them Back Every Year)

This post was originally published on the Eventbrite blog. Read the original post here. Sponsorship can mean the difference between turning a profit — or a financial disaster. Imagine you didn’t win over the sponsors you needed for your festival or event, so you’re left footing the bill for items your sponsors would have covered. […]
3 Secrets to Success - Eventbrite Interview

The Sponsorship Guy’s Secrets to Success – Eventbrite Interview

This post was originally published on the Eventbrite blog. Read the original post here. Sponsorship is a multi-billion dollar industry, with an annual growth rate that has surpassed advertising and other forms of marketing. Yet this steady growth rate doesn’t mean it’s easy to find sponsors for your event. If anything, it’s harder than ever […]

5 Tips to Fix Your Call Reluctance and Win More Deals

Would you rather call or email a prospect? Sure, you can send off a bunch of emails, (and I’m not saying you shouldn’t) but we all know the data on email conversions. Has anyone ever responded to an email by thanking you and saying that they are ready to buy? My experience is that you […]

I told them no 5x. Then I did my homework…

With 20 years in the sponsorship business I like to think I can separate the winners and losers quickly. Efficiency has become a necessity because I get approached by hundreds of properties each month. So when I was contacted by The Second Annual African Muzik Magazine awards my first reaction was: I don’t know anything […]

6 Event Technologies Transforming Sponsorship

This post was originally published on the Eventbrite blog. Read the original post here. Event sponsorship used to be simple. Event creators identified generic forms of exposure — like ticket giveaways, trade show booths, and logo placements — and sold them to brands. But if you still rely on this technique, you won’t win brands […]

9 Tips to be “Event Sponsor Ready”

  This post was originally published on the Eventbrite blog. Read the original post here. Rules for event sponsorship success Sponsorship is a $62.7 billion industry. Its annual growth has surpassed other forms of marketing and advertising. With so much spending, your chances of winning event sponsors could be increasing — right? Sponsorship expert Larry […]

Set Client Expectations or Pay the Price

We are a couple of months into the project and I am running into an unforeseen roadblock – client expectations. Recently, I was on a call that I thought went pretty well. I had a “C” level executive from the client who originally made an introduction and wanted to listen in on a call as […]
5 Tips for Cold Calling Event Sponsors and Winning More Deals

5 Tips for Cold Calling Event Sponsors and Winning More Deals

This post was originally published on the Eventbrite blog. Read the original post here. What’s your go-to method for contacting event sponsors? In a recent survey of event professionals, nearly half (42%) said their primary method for contacting sponsors was email. So if you said email, you’re in good company. But while email is an effective tool for […]
A Template for Groundbreaking Deals

A Template for Groundbreaking Deals

When a sponsorship deal is big enough to make the mainstream news it is truly groundbreaking. We haven’t seen this much buzz in quite a while, but while the news media, sports talk radio, and the advertising world are focused on the impact of beer on campus the sponsorship world sees a new gold rush. First, […]
The Sponsorship Guy Blog What is Sponsorship and how does it work?

What is Sponsorship and How Does it Work?

I am often asked, what is sponsorship? It used to be a pretty simple answer. Most people think of sports sponsorships like McDonald’s and the U.S. Olympic team, or Bud Light and the NFL. There are many easy examples to see in sports and so it is a good place to start, but it really […]

Preparing to Get a Sponsor: Rule #1 Sponsors are Not Investors

Sponsors are risk averse. That’s right. They must know that a property or partnership can deliver what they say. I get inquiries every week from well-meaning individuals with underdeveloped concepts. It could be a concert series, a festival, a race team. They all have one thing in common: as soon as they get sponsorship money […]
Moving the Needle: Quality and Quantity Required

Moving the Needle: Quality and Quantity Required

Lots of properties contact me to tell me about what a great match they are for one of my clients. They have spent a lot of time rationalizing. Very often they are trying to make something fit because it meets their needs not the sponsor’s. So they twist and mush until they think they have […]
The Sponsorship Guy Blog Why would I share these secrets? Two Tools You Must Have

Why Would I Share These Secrets? Two Tools You Must Have

Many of us have heard the expression that a carpenter is only as good as his (or her) tools. The application to any kind of sales, but especially sponsorship sales is pretty obvious. But you can’t talk about tools without talking about mastery. I recently had a conversation with someone who I consider to be […]
The Sponsorship Blog How to Overcome Six Fundamental Obstacles to Selling Sponsorship

How to Overcome 6 Fundamental Obstacles to Selling Sponsorship

It wasn’t that long ago that Sponsorship was pretty straightforward. Lots of companies were enamored with the opportunity to link their brand to a team, property or venue. Call it the “halo effect”, affinity or just the popularity of sports, celebrity, music, or cause. Plenty of free spending brands wanted to latch on for the […]
The Sponsorship Guy Blog Who Killed Authenticity?

Who Killed Authenticity?

Creative types spend large amounts of time trying to dig into brands searching for the “authentic” essence and finding the exact image, quote, music, color palette or story that evokes a feeling that something is real. We see and hear the word authentic attached to “experience”, “taste” and even “replica”. Our perception that something is […]
The Sponsorship Guy Blog Submitting Sponsorship Proposals is Just Like Tinder (but without the good parts)

7 Ways Submitting Sponsorship Proposals is Just Like Tinder (But Without the Good Parts)

You busted your hump to put together a great proposal. You checked out your prospect on their website, set up a Google alert, researched key people on LinkedIn. You sent it. Nothing, Nada, Crickets… For those of you who don’t know how Tinder works or even what it is, here is the short version. For […]

Why No One Responds to Your Sponsorship Pitch!

Let’s not kid ourselves. You don’t want to answer the phone and get a sales pitch and neither does your prospect. So how do you sell without a sales pitch? Stop selling. Put yourself in your prospect’s shoes. If someone sends you an email, reaches out on LinkedIn, leaves a voice mail or actually reaches […]