Slingshot Sponsorship agency shortlisted for the highly respected Corporate Engagement Awards 2011 26th May, 2011

Slingshot Sponsorship has been shortlisted for 4 categories at the Corporate Engagement Awards.

London-based sponsorship agency Slingshot has been shortlisted by judges for four categories at the Corporate Engagement Awards for their innovative approach with the Equifax and the Direct Marketing Association UK sponsorship campaign.  Categories shortlisted include Best Communication of Corporate Sponsorship Activity, Best Execution of Sponsorship Activity, Best Brand Awareness, and Best Collaborative Approach.

Four nominations in such highly competitive categories, alongside industry heavyweights including The Royal Bank of Scotland with The Prince’s Trust, BT, Jaguar, the Young Vic with Markit, The Big Issue Foundation and Turner Broadcasting is sound acknowledgement of Slingshot’s growing market position in the sponsorship industry.

The Slingshot Sponsorship agency delivers and develops long-term brand strategies that engage targeted audiences through sponsorship rights.  Integrated and tailored in each approach, Slingshot diversifies across a range of industries with clients based in publishing, events, trade associations, and charities.

Jackie Fast, Managing Director of Slingshot Sponsorship, is thrilled to be shortlisted.  “It is such an achievement to be nominated for four categories alongside some very high profile campaigns.  Since launching the agency in 2010, nomination of our work is real recognition of the growing strength of our agency and underlines the measurable positive impact that our work and insight had on both the sponsor’s and the rights owner’s businesses.”

The strict criteria set out for the Corporate Engagement Awards indicated that only the strongest candidates within the industry would be shortlisted for the award. Slingshot’s successful nominations illustrate its capabilities in creating successful partnerships that generate ROI through sponsorship.

The winners of the Corporate Engagement Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on 19 July 2011.

Building Brand Awareness Through Sponsorship: Equifax & DMA Case Study 16th May, 2011

We recently put together our case study page on our website, but while we are collating all of our case study material, we thought we share the Equifax one on our blog!

For more case studies, be sure to check out the page here.

Sponsorship Objective

Equifax wanted to target prime users and suppliers of data, where data was the most important factor in the success of the business. The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) was approached as having a highly niche audience of senior marketing professionals.  Further research showed that 69% of DMA members quoted data as core to their business (see below).

Importance of data within DMA membership

0 = Not important 10= Data is the most important part of my business

Sponsorship Programmes Initiated

  • Data events/conferences
  • Youth marketing initiatives including Young Spark and Young Direct Marketing Awards
  • Online display throughout DMA website
  • Industry leading research
  • DMA Awards
  • BSi Standard DataSeal


  • Overall brand awareness amongst DMA members increased 29% in 2 years
  • 72% of DMA members are now aware of Equifax
  • DMA members who have never heard of Equifax decreased by 19% in 2 years

Our Overall DMA Sponsorship had impressive results. It was crucial that we saw a genuine return on our investment in this activity and a 29% increase in brand awareness certainly met that objective. By aligning ourselves with the DMA we also put Equifax in a credible ‘thought leadership’ position on the key issue of marketing data which, undoubtedly, will reap rewards for us going forward.

Chris Sherlock, Head of Equifax Marketing Service, Equifax

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