Researchers are clear in their assessment that sponsors benefit by investing in activation programmes that achieve brand goals. Researchers are also clear in their articulation of the potential benefits for companies engaging in social responsibility initiatives. Therefore, it would
seem that having a sponsorship activation with a sports property including a social responsibility component would serve as an ideal promotional communication opportunity. One example of a sponsorship activation programme with a social responsibility component is that of MasterCard and Major
League Baseball partnering to raise money for the ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ charity. In 2011 and 2012, through its ‘Eat, Drink, and Be Generous’ and ‘Dine and Be Generous’ campaigns, MasterCard donated more than US$8m to Stand Up To Cancer. In activating
its sponsorship, MasterCard uses the popular assets of Major League Baseball that attract significant audiences, such as the All-Star Game, World Series, and major league players, to communicate awareness and execute its campaign better.
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Publication date: September 1, 2013
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