With the tennis Grand Slam at the Australian Open, the Super Bowl and the cricket World Cup, sport and the business behind it have been front page news.
Sports sponsorship places brands in front of millions of receptive consumers, and the scale of the sponsorship investment demands that brands build the right strategy and effectively measure the return on investment.
There are companies bidding hundreds of millions of dollars to be associated with top-tier sporting events, everything from uniform design through to stadium naming rights. If the sponsorship is executed well, marketers are going to put their brand in front of tremendous audiences, up to one billion people in the case of the FIFA World Cup. Effective measurement is at the heart of maximising the investment.
The outlook for the sports sponsorship market in the Asia Pacific region is positive. In the medium- to long-term, the market is poised for healthy growth and brands can take advantage of that to generate substantial returns on their sports sponsorship investment.
PricewaterhouseCoopers that estimates the Asia Pacific market alone was worth more than US$12 billion in 2014 and accounted for more than one quarter of the worldwide sports sponsorship spend of about US$45billion.*
Nielsen examines the importance of aligning sports sponsorship with existing marketing strategy and objectives, how to determine the right event and reach the right audience, methods to forge stronger connections with audiences, and effective measurement techniques.
*PwC Changing the Game: Outlook for the Global Sports Market 2011–2015
Insights contained in this article are taken from Nielsen’s sports sponsorship whitepaper, Going for gold: Five strategies to win at sports marketing. For further information click 'request report download' to download the complete report now.