Beyond the game: perceptions and practices of sports sponsorship in German SMEs

Datson, Peter, Ozuem, Wilson, Howell, Kerry and Lancaster, Geoff (2021) Beyond the game: perceptions and practices of sports sponsorship in German SMEs. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, 24 (5). pp. 632-652. ISSN 1352-2752

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is by drawing on signaling theory to address the need for more investigation into the conceptual underpinnings of sponsorships by investigating and seeking to understand sponsorship objectives, opinions and practices, with a focus on smaller organisations. Design/methodology/approach: This empirical study contributes to the literature through researched findings from German respondents and a critical evaluation of literature relating to the impact of sports sponsorship on SMEs within local German communities. Findings: Drawing on signalling theory and extant studies, the following four categories of SME sport sponsorship activities are proposed: value-based connections, social engagement, recognition and bonding. Research limitations/implications: Sponsor, sponsee and dyadic antecedents have increased in both sophistication and complexity, resulting in expected positive consumer outcomes as the justification for marketing communication investments. Practical implications: Sponsorship has evolved from short-term philanthropic activities to long-term strategic alliances involving billions of dollars of annual spending globally. Social implications: SME companies have certain local opportunities that larger multinational corporations cannot replicate. Originality/value: No study to date has provided researchers with a framework to understand sports sponsorship from an SME perspective. This paper contributes to the theories and practice of sport sponsorship, drawing on signalling theory and extant studies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Advertising, Consumer research, Signalling theory, SMEs, Sport sponsorship
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N500 Marketing
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2021 12:54
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2021 13:00

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