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Ireland’s Best Sponsorship Of The Last Decade To Be Unveiled At The “Who Won Sponsorship Series 2019” Event

Posted By The Marketing Institute and Onside, Thursday 26 September 2019

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Left to Right: Marie Thérèse Campbell, The Marketing Institute of Ireland, Media & Events Manager; John Trainor, CEO and Founder of ONSIDE; Gerry Nixon, Vodafone Head of Sponsorship & Business Brand; Padraig Power, IRFU Commercial & Marketing Director.

24 September 2019: Following another record-breaking year for sponsorship investment, estimated to reach €226 million in 2019, ONSIDE and the Marketing Institute of Ireland are once again joining forces to host the “Who Won Sponsorship Series 2019” on Wednesday, 20th November at the Aviva Stadium.

The ONSIDE and Marketing Institute of Ireland event combines a review of events that attracted significant sponsorship in 2019. The event will include panel discussions from industry experts, Irish based rightsholders and marketing professionals as well as the findings of a research-based assessment of Ireland’s top performing sport and non-sport sponsorships in 2019.

With new ONSIDE research finding that more than half of Ireland’s adult population plan on tuning in to watch the Irish team compete in Japan, the Rugby World Cup, one of 2019’s marquee global sports events, will form one aspect of the content for the day. IRFU Commercial & Marketing Director, Padraig Power and Vodafone’s Head of Sponsorship & Business Brand, Gerry Nixon will join a panel to discuss commercial and sponsorship activity around the tournament.

An all-star panel of leading Talent in Ireland including Irish Sevens International and Love Island winner, Greg O’Shea will discuss the prominent role that athlete and personality ambassadors play in the Irish sponsorship landscape.  Former Ireland and Munster legend, Paul O’Connell will also join Aldi Marketing Director Rita Kirwan in sharing the success of the retailers’ award winning sponsorship programme.  LGFA CEO Helen O’Rourke, will share her perspectives on the huge growth of Women’s sport in Ireland in recent times, while John Crumlish, CEO of the Galway International Arts Festival is set to provide a perspective on the power of arts and festivals in making a difference through sponsorship.

This year’s event will also take the end of decade opportunity to celebrate the best in class sponsorship initiatives of the last 10 years, a period that ONSIDE estimates saw investment in sponsorship increase by 70%. Key influencers shaping how this growth has developed including Rory Sheridan, Head of Partnerships across Europe at Diageo, leading global brand marketing practitioner Damien Devaney, and Peter McKenna, GAA Stadium & Commercial Director will discuss the evolution of the sponsorship industry over the last decade.

ONSIDE and the Marketing Institute of Ireland will be announcing further speakers at the event in the coming weeks. 

Speaking at the launch of the event, John Trainor, Founder and CEO of ONSIDE said: “Given sponsorship’s ability to drive deepening loyalty it is no surprise that it continues to be one of the fastest growing tools in the marketing mix. The level of investment in sponsorship has grown significantly over the last 10 years. We are looking forward to bringing together many of the industry leaders to discuss the evolution as well as showcase Ireland’s most effective sponsorships not just for 2019 but also over the last 10 years.”

The “Who Won Sponsorship Series 2019” event takes place on Wednesday, November 20th in the Aviva Stadium. Tickets are priced at €75 for individual and corporate members of the Marketing  Institute of Ireland or €100 for non-members and can be purchased here



ONSIDE is a leading specialist in marketing and sponsorship consulting and research services - With a proven track record and strong industry experience in a cross section of sectors, ONSIDE is currently feeding into the marketing and sponsorship decision making of circa €50m+ of Irish spend – working on many of Ireland’s premier sponsorships – on sporting, music, cause-related, broadcast and other platforms.

About Marketing Institute of Ireland

The Marketing Institute is the professional body for Ireland’s marketing people. It exists “to enable marketers to build great brands and great careers”. It does this by sharing best practice, insights and expert content, building the community of marketers, and aiding marketers in career progression. The three themes of content, community and career underpin all Institute activities. The Marketing Institute also owns and operates the All Ireland Marketing Awards, the CMO Summit, and DMX Dublin, Ireland’s largest marketing conference

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