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Residual Brand Awareness Following the Termination of a Long‐term Event Sponsorship and the Appointment of a New Sponsor

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This study examined brand awareness after a change in sponsor and audience perceptions about the sponsors and the event before and after the change. A survey of the audience at a surfing event was conducted. The findings were that the original sponsor maintained high awareness levels with the audience, particularly awareness of the previously sponsored event, thereby supporting the proposition that long‐term sponsorship supports long‐term brand awareness. Secondly, the research found that a change in sponsorship does not necessarily lead to changes in respondents' perceptions of the event. Thirdly, the research showed that there was a mismatch in the values of the original sponsor and the event, whereas the current sponsor had a closer match with the event's values. Sponsorships change fairly frequently and it would be of interest to sponsors to know the extent to which benefits continue to accrue after they have stopped sponsoring an event. Since almost no research has been carried out on residual awareness and awareness decay, this paper should contribute to knowledge about the cessation of sponsorships, as well as to the broader field of sponsorship knowledge.
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Keywords: Residual awareness; awareness; awareness decay; event marketing; sponsorship; sport event

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Wolverhampton Business School, UK 2: Department of Marketing, Durban University of Technology, South Africa

Publication date: 01 June 2006

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