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ANA Survey Uncovers Marketers’ Continuing Struggle to Validate Sponsorship / Event Marketing Initiatives

NEW YORK – November 14, 2013 – Sixty-eight percent of marketers measure all or most of their sponsorship and event marketing activities, according to a new survey by the ANA (Association of National Advertisers); however, a sizeable 32 percent measure only half or less.

Furthermore, 70 percent say the need to validate results for sponsorship and event marketing initiatives has increased. This indicates that while it is becoming more important for sponsorship and event marketing activity to be measured, a sizable percent are not doing so adequately.

Measurement is critical as sponsorship and event marketing are becoming increasingly important components of the marketing communications mix, and growth for both are projected to outpace traditional advertising and promotion. Sponsorship spending is estimated to grow 5.3 percent in 2013, according to IEG, and event marketing spending is estimated to be up 4.7 percent in 2013, according to the event marketing industry.

Sixty percent of respondents to the ANA’s study claim their company has a dedicated sponsorship and / or event marketing measurement budget in 2013, up from 40 percent in 2010. While the measurement budget as a percent of the overall sponsorship rights budget is relatively low, the average has more than doubled from 2.3 percent in 2010 to five percent in 2013. These developments help pave the way for marketers to accurately evaluate their return from sponsorship.

According to the survey, proving the value of sponsorship or event marketing activities remains critical: 

The mediocre satisfaction with the ability to measure the return on sponsorship / event marketing investments and objectives is likely due to the following reasons:

In 2013, the top metrics used to measure ROI and ROO of sponsorship and / or event marketing are:

While social media is tied as the top metric used to measure ROI and ROO, it is only twelfth in terms of value. This is likely due to social media being a relatively new metric that marketers are still learning how to use. 

“Organizations seeking sponsorship should know the importance of not just offering a menu of benefits, but becoming a true partner with their sponsors and working with them to establish, achieve and measure clear business objectives,” said Bob Liodice, President and CEO of ANA. “The ability to measure better will fuel growth and bring more opportunities to the table.”

In 2013, almost three-quarters (73 percent) of respondents indicated it is extremely or very important for their sponsorship and / or event marketing partners to help them measure the results of their initiatives. This is up from 2010, when 62 percent of marketers said the same.

The Sponsorship and Event Marketing Measurement Survey was conducted online during May and June 2013 among 78 client-side marketers from companies involved in specific initiatives for sponsorship and / or event marketing, and those who actively measure the return from these initiatives at least some of the time. Furthermore, respondents are directly involved with or knowledgeable about his or her firm’s sponsorship initiatives. Respondents were drawn from ANA membership and have an average of 15 years of experience in the marketing / advertising industry. This is the second time in recent years the ANA has conducted this survey. It was last conducted in 2010. 

The survey findings are also included in a white paper, which can be found at www.ana.net/sponsorshipandevents.

About the ANA

Founded in 1910, the Association of National Advertisers leads the marketing community by providing its members with insights, collaboration and advocacy. ANA's membership includes more than 525 companies with 10,000 brands that collectively spend more than $250 billion in marketing and advertising. The ANA strives to communicate marketing best practices, lead industry initiatives, influence industry practices, manage industry affairs, and advance, promote, and protect all advertisers and marketers. For more information, visit http://www.ana.net, follow us on Twitter, or join us on Facebook.

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