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About Us

Why Sponsorship Research International (SRi)?

Our research enlightens and our researchers enliven. We help our clients achieve sponsorship and lifestyle marketing success through customized solutions powered by our proprietary and proven market research techniques. We are market researchers by trade and training, with a unique perspective.

SRi is a pioneer in the field of Sponsorship & Lifestyle measurement

We have a 25-year history of proven experience helping blue-chip clients, properties, and agencies evaluate and determine success. We are a market research company immersed in a sponsorship and lifestyle marketing environment as part of MKTG, the premier global lifestyle marketing agency.  Our place within MKTG also affords us the unparalleled resources of the global Dentsu Aegis network.

Here are just a few of the many challenging questions we help our clients answer every day.

SRi, through customized measurement solutions, helps brands to maximize sponsorship impact to achieve their business objectives.

Initial Property Analysis

  • What properties, events or personalities should we sponsor or align our brand with?
  • Are we getting a fair deal?
  • Do we have the right asset mix to meet our brand objectives?
  • What is the associative value of using a rightsholder’s Intellectual Property/logos in my marketing?
  • Will my ideas/concepts for activating my sponsorship resonate?

Activation Plan Testing

  • How do we best leverage the sponsorship opportunity?
  • What is the impact of the sponsorship on my brand’s equity?
  • What elements of our sponsorship activation are most effective at driving key brand indicators?
  • How do attendees feel about the brand fit/appropriateness of the sponsorship?
  • How can we drive results and amplify our sponsorships through social and digital media?

ROI Analysis

  • How do we quantify impact?
  • Which property in my portfolio is most effective at reaching brand objectives?
  • How do we leverage sponsorship assets to drive and amplify brand conversations?
  • What is my sponsorships contribution to sales?
SRi helps rightsholders sell more sponsorships and make renewals easier.

Strategic Appraisals and Valuation

  • What is the fair market value of our sponsorship packages?
  • How can we determine what is the optimal package for our partners?
  • What categories/brands should we target for partnership?
  • How do we demonstrate that sponsorship/activation is helping to build our partner brands?
  • How can we demonstrate that we are delivering an engaged audience to our partners?

Renewals/Sales/Servicing

  • What is the profile of attendees coming to our event/venue?
  • How can we prove the associative value of our Intellectual Property/logos?
  • How do we demonstrate that sponsorship is helping to build our partner brands?
  • How can we demonstrate that we are delivering an engaged audience to our partners?
  • How do we leverage assets to drive event conversation on behalf of our partner brands?

 

SRi helps agencies drive their clients’ business through sponsorship.

Initial Property Analysis

  • What properties, events or personalities should we align our clients with?
  • How can we negotiate better deals for our clients?
  • How can we ensure we have the right asset mix to optimize our clients’ sponsorships?

Activation Plan Testing

  • How do we help our clients best leverage their sponsorship opportunity?
  • How can we help drive results and amplify our clients’ sponsorships through social and digital media?

Post Event Analysis

  • How do we quantify success for our clients’ programs?
  • How do we help our clients meet their business objectives through sponsorship?
Our Expertise

Where your success is our craft

We research practically, but curiously. We innovate imaginatively, but objectively. Our evaluation tools give you the data you need to transform your sponsorship into an engaging experience. Our data helps illuminate how your marketing efforts are specifically driving sentiment and behavior.

Our work includes all types of sponsorships and events such as lifestyle, sports, music and entertainment. Our experience spans all product categories from apparel, financial services and insurance, to beverages, cellular and automotive. Our research expertise covers branding, concept testing, event evaluations, attendee assessments, property/asset appraisals, social media listening and valuation, and traditional qualitative exploration. Years of experience creates a wide scope of sophisticated expertise.

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Our Work

Our Insight-linking, rational-thinking, truth-seeking brains are just the beginning

We believe that true marketing intelligence comes fully loaded with innovation, insights, investigation and intuition. We abide by the Insights Association, the enforceable standard for the research industry. Our process is highly calculated yet highly personal and customized to the questions that challenge you. Everything we do, every plan we create, is customized to a defined situation. We employ state-of-the-art analysis tools and techniques designed to deliver actionable data that transforms activation.

SRi Storytelling
With such a vast arsenal of properties in their sponsorship portfolio how can Toyota best determine and understand return?

Toyota

Is there a loss of equity for a property such as the USOC when launching a new logo? How do you demonstrate these findings to key partners?

United States Olympic Committee

What impact do Team/Property marks bring to the table when included in their partner’s brand communications? In essence, how do Team/Property marks amplify the effectiveness of their partners brand communications?

NBA—Detroit Pistons

Our Team

Where work gets personal

The people who sell you our work are the ones who actually do it. We work with you, step-by-step, and illuminate new paths together. Having your back is just part of the job. Let us gain your trust.

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Executive Team
Doug Hall

Doug Hall

Senior Vice President

Doug, a 20 year global and domestic marketing executive, took over leadership of the SRi operation in 2017 with a goal of continually evolving the business with the changing needs of today’s dynamic marketplace. As a true brand marketer, Doug’s passion is working alongside SRi research teams and their clients to ensure all data and findings lead to actionable and executable recommendations and that SRi’s research designs continue to meet the growing demands of the industry.

   
Sean Fisher

Sean Fisher

Vice President

A member of the SRi team since 2001, Sean oversees SRi's Strategic Appraisal" offering. He has vast experience in valuing sponsorship programs, having valued 500+ sponsorship packages across the full spectrum of sports and entertainment properties. Studies have been conducted on behalf of some of the largest properties, teams, agencies and brands worldwide. Sean's expertise lies in providing clients an independent 3rd party holistic assessment of each sponsorship opportunity/renewal.

   
Chuck Hall

Chuck Hall

Vice President

Chuck is a 20-year market research veteran with a unique background in brand tracking and advertising research. He has been on the forefront of the development of some of SRi’s newest analytical tools including Amplification and AMO. His expertise in creating “results oriented” sponsorship evaluation programs for SRi’s blue-chip client roster fuels his day to day.

   
Julie Zdziarski

Julie Zdziarski

Vice President

A 27-year market research veteran, 21 years focused solely on sponsorship and experiential measurement, Julie is known for innovative and targeted research designs that force accountability across all marketing disciplines. She is fascinated by the power of qualitative research in identifying fan perceptions and the power of sports and entertainment to drive brand perceptions and purchase patterns. Julie is SRi’s master moderator.

   
Nick Brown

Nick Brown

Vice President

A 14-year career in sponsorship research fueled by a Master’s Degree in Survey Research, Nick specializes in designing research studies that help brands understand the unique impact of their sponsorships and experiential marketing programs. He is most proud of his work with blue-ship clients navigating vast, unique sponsorship portfolios. Nick has a decade of experience with syndicated data products such as MRI and Scarborough.

   
Heather Kerner Lotstein

Heather Kerner Lotstein

Director, Business Development

A 16-year sponsorship research veteran, Heather works with a diverse cross-section of Fortune 500 brands as well as major sports leagues using research and insights to help solve business issues. She is passionate about working with clients to think outside of the box and embrace innovative tools and strategies to create value. She is excited to share SRi’s products and services with brands in need of sponsorship accountability.

   
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In Short: we are your guides.
We are your secret weapon. We are Team SRi.

Realize the potential of your sponsorship and lifestyle marketing through expertly designed research. We welcome your interest and your trust in our approach.

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