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Regional Banking Report

The Financial category is made up of many sectors and the Banking sub-category makes up nearly 35% of the financial brands buying sponsorship / media. On average, digital media and social media make up the majority of the assets within Banking brand deals, 38% and 36% respectively. PNC Bank, Citibank & Capital One are the top three brands in terms of their number of sponsorship deals.

So which markets are Banking brands most likely to target and why?

There are over 70 Banking deals in the New York market which puts the Empire State in first place. Provident Bank, Investors Bank & Chase are the top three brands in this market. 40 brands make up the over 70 deals with 15 of the 40 having multiple deals in the market.

The next two on the list are Boston & Philadelphia where each have over 60 deals ranking #2 & #3 respectively. In Boston, TD Bank is the top brand with five deals, Digital Federal Credit Union ties Bank of America for 2nd, each with three deals. Although based in Toronto, Canada, TD Bank has multiple deals in all of the top three markets. 

Within these top three markets there are a few brands that standout given their vast venue naming rights deals across Major Pro Sports. Citibank has a deal with the New York Mets venue which adorns the name Citi Field. Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia is home to the Phillies and the TD Garden in Boston is where the Celtics & Bruins play.

 

Social Media | Finance Report

Mexico-based brand, Banorte , led all Finance brands with the highest average engagement per post: 262,354.

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Jersey | Finance Report

Five different financial brands are buying uniform / jersey patches in 3+ leagues/associations: Ally Financial, Fifth Third BankLendingTreePayPal and Webull Financial.

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Finance Report

Finance Companies Surpassed Three Quarters of A Billion Dollars in Total Sponsorship Revenue with Major Pro Sports Teams.

Earlier this week SponsorUnited released the ‘21-’22 Marketing Partnership Finance Report. This report highlights trends in sponsorship and partnership data across over 1,600 brands in the Finance category.

Complete report can be downloaded HERE, key findings from the report include: 

The NBA has surpassed the NFL as the top league in Finance sponsorship revenue.
Major jersey patch, venue naming rights plus Crypto and FinTech deals in the NBA has led to an additional spend of approximately $115M within the league.

Financial brands saw a major bounce back within the five Major Pro Sports, adding $270M in revenue to achieve 54% growth from 2020-21.
The giant category went on a spending spree, the two largest beneficiaries: NFL and NBA. Each league received more revenue from the category than the MLB + MLS combined.

The category is getting more fragmented and competitive than ever before.
The number of Finance brands actively buying Major Pro Sports sponsorships and media deals has increased by 20% since 2018 and the number of deals has increased 46%.

Financial brands are more likely to sign venue naming rights deals with colleges over pro sports.
Nearly half of all venue naming rights deals within NCAA schools and conferences are with financial brands, which leads all categories. Banks alone make up 35% of all venue deals.

Athletes are a consistent source for financial brands to boost their endorsement ROI.
A vast majority of social posts involving finance brands were shared by team/league accounts, rather than individual athletes. Athletes from PGA/ LPGA shared significantly more posts than the NFL; however, NFL athletes saw twice the engagement while posting significantly less.

Popularity Contest: Thirst for Crypto Partnerships Helps Finance Retain #1 Rank in Sports & Entertainment Category Search in ’21

According to SponsorUnited data, there was a 672% increase in the number of Cryptocurrency brands buying sponsorship or media from 2020 to 2021 with Coinbase, Crypto.com & FTX being the three most searched Financial brands.

Have NFT’s followed the Cryptocurrency hot streak?

As much buzz as NFT’s have been getting as of late, SponsorUnited is not seeing nearly the research and partnership demand as you’d expect vs. other hot categories within the SponsorUnited platform. Last week (1/16-1/22), our search data shows that sports & entertainment executives continue to look for the next big brand in Cryptocurrency as these brands saw 4.9X more search than NFT’s. 

As for NFT’s, Socios.com a platform that looks to bring the fans closer to the team. Socios.com currently has a partnership with 26 NBA teams according to the SponsorUnited platform, while expanding with 40+ new deals in the United States in 2021. Their expansion into the US comes after a year where they had 90% of their deals internationally which is now just over 60%.

MLB 2021 Report

The SponsorUnited MLB 2021 Marketing & Partnerships Annual Report is here! Take a deep dive into the MLB 2021 partnership landscape in the most comprehensive report available in the industry. Download now for FREE HERE.