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March Brand Power Rankings

The March Brand Power Rankings are out and Cryptocurrency holds the #1 spot on the 30 most searched brands. Toyota took home this month’s top spot. Why?

The month of March, Cryptocurrency secured 8 spots in the top 30, and 3 in the top 10. The most searched Cryptocurrency brands were Crypto.com, FTX and Coinbase which all moved up the list in this month’s top 10. Crypto.com now sits as the 2nd most searched brand, moving up from 6th spot in February. FTX and Coinbase, previously sitting at 8th and 10th last month, rose up to 7th and 8th, respectively in March’s power rankings.

The car manufacturing giant Toyota adds to its vast portfolio of deals with over 550 sponsorships, a 36% increase since 2020. This total includes sponsorships with more than 50% of NBA teams and deals with more than 70 Major Pro Sports teams in the US. During March, the company expanded its sponsorship holdings by inking deals with an Esports organization, Cricket team and BMX athlete.

Last month’s top 2 brands, HelloFresh and DUDE Products, both fell from their top spots this month but remained in the top 10. Quick Serve Restaurants own 30% of this month’s top 10, with Raising Cane’s, Jersey Mike’s and Dunkin’ coming in at 3rd, 4th and 10th, respectively. During the month of March, QSR brands signed more than 10 deals across various properties which moved this category towards the top of the list. Intuit enters this month’s power rankings at 8th after ranking outside the top 30 last month. Hydro Flask rounds out March’s top 10 brands coming in at 9th for the month.


2022 March Brand Power Rankings

February Brand Power Rankings

Continuing their hot streak in February, nearly 1 out of every 3 brands was still in the financial category, just two less this month than January. Four of the brands in the category were Cryptocurrency brands while 3 out of the top 10 were Crypto brands as the topic of digital innovation continues to stay top of mind. The only two brands that stayed in the top 10 from January to February were FTX and Crypto.com, while Coinbase in the same category jumped in. HelloFresh saw a jump from #57 in January to #1 in February after they entered the NHL.  

Their newest partners, the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators all include a promotion sponsorship for fans who use a promo code dedicated to the team. Within each venue the brand will also be visible with digital signage such as exit tunnel signage with the Predators and Islanders.

Overall, HelloFresh has over 65 sponsorship deals having over 20 sponsorships within the podcast space  and 6 sponsorship deals within the NFL and NHL. The New York Liberty and HelloFresh have a deal with 10 sponsorship assets including TV-Visible signage as well as their logo on the sideline surface. New York and Los Angeles are the top markets for the brand each having four sponsorship or media deals in the market. Interesting to note that in both markets, the brand has a deal with the WNBA team and one NHL team. Paige Turley, a reality tv influencer, posted the highest engagement with the brand within all of their branded social media posts while the LA Kings have the highest amongst teams.


January 2022 | Power Rankings

As the first month of 2022 comes to an end, we highlight the brands that saw the highest search volume on the SponsorUnited platform by sponsorship executives in January. 1 out of every 3 brands came from the Financial category while six of those brands were FinTech brands.

The Cryptocurrency space and NFT’s continue to stay top of mind in terms of future sponsorships deals as five brands stayed hot securing spots in the top 15 in January. Crypto.com and FTX landed in the top six after both signing huge deals in 2021. FTX signed a venue naming rights deal with the Miami Heat while Crypto.com took over the naming rights of the famous Staples Center which renamed the venue to the Cyrpto.com Arena.

Moon Oral Care comes in at the top spot after signing deals in December with Kendall Jenner and Odell Beckham Jr. The long-term partnership will help expand the brands premium design-led products, while Odell will help expand its reach to men.

HomingPin lands at number two as they expand their NBA footprint. The brand has six total deals with NBA teams, five in the eastern conference and one on the west coast with the Sacramento Kings.

These Organizations are Crushing the Social Game for Tech Brands

FC Barcelona has the highest average engagement per tech branded post over any other property. Leveraging brands like Estrella Damm, Gatorade, and Beko Global across their social media channels FC Barcelona has a total gross social following of 261M. Other international football teams and leagues with the highest engagement on social media include Real Madrid C.F., Chelsea Football Club, and The Premier League.

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%.