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What I Learned at EMS 2015
Bryce McMichael May 22

What I Learned at EMS 2015

A rapid-fire synopsis of my time in San Francisco for the Experiential Marketing Summit 2015, through a sponsorship lens: more

 
What I Learned Reviewing 40 Hours of IEG Conference Video
Jim Andrews Apr 29

What I Learned Reviewing 40 Hours of IEG Conference Video

I know that in today’s world event takeaways are expected to be shared during and immediately after conferences, seminars, etc. In fact, I did my share of tweeting highlights on site at last month’s IEG conference, and my colleague Diane Knoepke published a great blog post recapping the social chatter just after Sponsorship Makers concluded. more

 
NFL Sponsorship Revenue Totals $1.15 Billion in 2014 Season [INFOGRAPHIC]
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NFL Sponsorship Revenue Totals $1.15 Billion in 2014 Season

Sponsorship revenue for the NFL and its 32 teams totaled $1.15 billion in the 2014 season, up 7.8% from 2013, according to IEG Research. more

 
How Sponsors and Rightsholders Are Increasing Audience Engagement
Lesa Ukman Apr 10

How Sponsors and Rightsholders Are Increasing Audience Engagement

At IEG 2015, Jed Pearsall of Performance Research (@SponsorEye) and I conducted a workshop on how technologies are transforming the ways sponsors and rightsholders build deeper bonds with audiences via more meaningful, more personalized and/or more frequent engagement opportunities. more

 
Awards Show Sponsorship to Total $133.5 Million in 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]
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Awards Show Sponsorship to Total $133.5 Million in 2015

Sponsorship spending on the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards and other televised awards shows is expected to total $133.5 million in 2015, up 4.1 percent from 2014, according to IEG Research. more

 
#IEG2015: A Thousand Makers Making
Diane Knoepke Mar 25

#IEG2015: A Thousand Makers Making

Thank you and kudos to all of the sponsorship makers who joined us last week for IEG 2015. You brought us great content and creative energy, and you engaged and encouraged each other. more

 
Making the Most of IEG 2015
Diane Knoepke Mar 9

Making the Most of IEG 2015

It’s time to choose your own adventure at Sponsorship Makers. As you shape your IEG Conference plan of attack, we have a few tips on finding the moments that will “unleash the power of invention”…along with a little help finding the coffee and cocktails. more

 
Global Motorsports Spending To Total $5.43 Billion In 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]
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Global Motorsports Spending To Total $5.43 Billion In 2015

Global spending on motorsports sanctioning bodies, teams and tracks is expected to total $5.43 billion in 2015, up 3.2 percent from $5.26 billion in 2014, according to the latest findings from IEG Research. more

 
2015 Sponsorship Spending Outlook [INFOGRAPHIC]
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2015 Sponsorship Spending Outlook

IEG’s 30th annual year-end industry review and forecast shows continued steady growth in sponsorship spending. But for the second year in a row, the growth rate in North America is projected to be lower than the previous year, while global growth will remain at the same rate as 2014. more

 
In Our Always-On World, Invention Is Disproportionately Rewarded
Lesa Ukman Feb 4

In Our Always-On World, Invention Is Disproportionately Rewarded

I am energized by all of the new ideas for partnerships that are bubbling up from unexpected areas. We will be featuring many of these horizon-expanding stories and the people that are bringing invention to our field at Sponsorship Makers, IEG’s annual sponsorship conference next month. more

 
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