Brands get in touch with their feminine side

Albright Special consultant Katie Cross celebrates gender diversity in sponsorship.   Last week I attended the second Women in Sponsorship networking event, where we debated the question ‘Sponsorship & Diversity – who cares?’ with really interesting insight from the panel. (www.thinksponsorship.com) It was great to see such passion and knowledge in the room.   It’s… Continue reading Brands get in touch with their feminine side

First, make a friend ….

Thomas Enright, CSR Lead at Affinity Water and Albright Special associate, shares his formula for building effective partnerships   A mentor I once worked with summed up his advice for making change happen as “make a friend, tell them a story, show them the money”. As I started to become involved in building effective client-contractor… Continue reading First, make a friend ….

BEST PRACTICE: Top 3 charity partnerships with business

We’ve recently been working with a mental health charity to explore ways of engaging with business in a more fulfilling way. As part of our research we’ve brought together some great examples that we wanted to celebrate more widely. What’s great about them? They benefit the business, not just the charity, which means they are… Continue reading BEST PRACTICE: Top 3 charity partnerships with business

Is your sponsor toxic?

I was running a workshop of Friday and we played a game to see the impact of putting brand logos next to each other. How did that change our perceptions of both ‘sponsor’ and ‘sponsee’? Its a simple test but surprisingly powerful – after all, we are the company we keep; an old Egyptian adage… Continue reading Is your sponsor toxic?

BEST PRACTICE: Why the V&A’s Savage Beauty was the arts sponsorship of the year

The Sponsorship Awards are the Oscar’s of the UK’s sponsorship industry. I am honoured to have been a judge for a few years now and often lament the quality of the cultural sponsorship category, with applications for this competition for commercial marketing couched in terms of ‘business giving’ with hospitality the sole activation. Not this… Continue reading BEST PRACTICE: Why the V&A’s Savage Beauty was the arts sponsorship of the year

Be an optimist to create a partnership …

… but a pessimist to ensure it works    BBC Worldwide’s David Moody is an expert in media company partnerships, delivering value for the commercial arm of the corporation. Here he shares his top four essentials for building relationships that deliver. A big, exciting idea The best partnerships are built around a big and shared… Continue reading Be an optimist to create a partnership …

BEST PRACTICE: Man on the Moon John Lewis and Age UK

The battle of Christmas ads is drawing to a close, continuing to leave us all reaching for the box of tissues again and again. Last year’s winner, John Lewis, upped the social-ante this year, by swapping the cute WWF’s adelie penguins for the white-haired old moon man and Age UK. The cause-related campaign had a… Continue reading BEST PRACTICE: Man on the Moon John Lewis and Age UK