The ‘CARE’ Factor: Getting the Most out of Your SMPS Sponsorship

| November 7, 2019

This article originally appeared on SMPS Boston’s website.

by Lisa Frisbie

Every fall SMPS Boston reaches out within the A/E/C community for support through corporate and event sponsorship opportunities. The acting VP (this year, that’s me) sends a pretty standard email with general information and an attached flyer on the measurable benefits of continuing or becoming an SMPS Boston corporate or event sponsor. Thirty-five events, multiple scholarships, a broad range of visibility and more can be yours when you sign up.

If you Google the benefits of sponsorship you will get a list that includes brand awareness, lead generation, targeted marketing and ROI. But what isn’t listed is what I call the ‘CARE’ factor. While sponsorships don’t directly promote your products like an advertisement, they are supporting specific events and industry advancement efforts that your customers CARE about. If customers feel you support the same things they do, they are more likely to have a positive attitude toward your company. The customer also sees your sponsorship as a goodwill effort in contributing to the industry, further creating positive associations and increasing credibility.

In fact, according to a recent study, “72% of consumers positively view brands that support quality experiences and 74% of respondents admit that engaging with brands that create memorable moments makes them much more likely to buy their services or products.”

So is it as easy as just signing a check, mailing in your logo then waiting for the business to come rolling in? Not quite.

Here are a few best practices on demonstrating you CARE:

Show Up: SMPS programs attract thousands of potential connections for you and your organization along with the opportunity to share your company message. By attending in person, you are substantiating your commitment. In return you get direct face time with prospects and the chance to be knowledgeable and helpful while putting a friendly face to your business.

Give Back: The SMPS Gold & Silver Sponsor packages offer an opportunity to promote your company via an educational Blog post. This is a great platform to share your knowledge and position yourself as an industry thought leader.

Build Appreciation: Verbal recognition and logo placement at most chapter events through-out the year guarantees repeated exposure for your firm. Capitalize by posting on social media and tagging the presenters and attendees in the room-they will thank you for it!

By linking your business to SMPS Boston you are not only building brand recognition but sharing your commitment to support and celebrate the A/E/C industry here in Massachusetts–the ROI is exponential!

Whether you choose to be one of our annual corporate sponsors or a sponsor of an individual event, we are confident that our options for sponsorship packages can provide your firm the visibility you need to show that you CARE.

Frisbie is currently serving as vice president of SMPS Boston.

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