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Cause-related sport marketing: Can this marketing strategy affect company decision-makers?

  • Richard L Irwin (a1), Tony Lachowetz (a2) and John Clark (a3)

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In an effort to sustain social responsibility initiatives, cause related marketing (CRM) has become more prevalent in the corporate marketing toolbox, due to the benefits realized by the sponsoring company, such as switching behavior by a desired consumer segment. The utilization of cause related sport marketing (CRSM) has also increased, as corporate entities position firms with high profile sport entities to obtain certain objectives. Little research has examined the impact of such programs on key business stakeholders, which this survey study attempts to address. Analysis of Variance results indicate respondents possessed positive opinions about the corporation's CRSM efforts, with significant differences existing between respondents with direct decision-making authority and those with limited or no decision-making authority on key items. Additionally, respondents expressed a more positive opinion toward continuing their business relationship with the corporation, or, for those respondents who were prospective clients, beginning a business relationship with the corporation.

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Cause-related sport marketing: Can this marketing strategy affect company decision-makers?

  • Richard L Irwin (a1), Tony Lachowetz (a2) and John Clark (a3)

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