The relative performance of TV sponsorship versus television spot advertising
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Purpose To compare the relative performance of TV sponsorships with the industry standard 30-second TV spot advertising on achieving common communication goals. Design/Methodology/Approach The two mediums are tested with an experiment using realistic stimuli and target market representative samples and employing 6 brands as both TV sponsors and TV advertisers. Findings Ten seconds of TV sponsoring works almost equally as well as 30-second spots across all measures and brands. While the outright performance differs by type of brand (i.e. high fit versus lower fit, known versus unknown), the relative performance between mediums does not vary. Research Limitation The stimuli only gave subjects a brief exposure to each medium. The six stimuli brands, four effect measures, and the Norwegian sample may also not be representative for all types of TV sponsoring/advertising contexts. Practical Implications Marketing managers can use the results to better allocate their communication spending between TV spot advertising and TV sponsorships, by determining which medium offers better value in achieving communication goals. Value To our knowledge, the comparison is the most realistic and controlled experiment in this area, with high levels of internal and external validity.
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