How Are You Connected?

att.jpgAT&T recently launched its "How Are You Connected" Team USA Sweepstakes that enables eight (8) consumers to win a trip for two (2) to the Beijing Olympics in August - the trip includes airfare, hotel accomodations, tickets to marquee events, and a unique chance to meet some of America's finest Olympians.

How are consumers eligible to win?

From April 1st to May 30th, consumers can register for a chance to win on and/or text TeamUSA to 2008 from their AT&T wireless device. Participants can win by registering once per day and have an opportunity to earn a bonus entry by submitting an essay, uploading a photo, or posting a video with a short description of how they are connected to TeamUSA hopefuls on the AT&T website. One grand prize winner is recognized during each of the eight (8) weeks of the campaign.

olympics.bmpSmaller promotional prizes include:

  • Nintendo Wii consoles with "Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games" video game
  • Team USA branded gear
  • Autographed photos of Olympic Athletes

AT&T deems this the "ultimate once-in-a-lifetime, seemingly too-good-to-be-true-experience" - I wouldn't go that far... You might classify that as Buick's recent promotion dangling a chance to have Tiger Woods serve as your caddy. But this unique, high-rewards promotion does demonstrate AT&T's commitment to activate its Olympics corporate partnership. In total, AT&T spent nearly $172MM of its overall $805MM advertising budget on sports advertising (21.4%).

Outside of AT&T, who else is sponsoring the Olympics?

Worldwide Olympic Partners include: Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, Lenovo, Manulife, Mcdonalds, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung, and VISA

Beijing 2008 Partners include: Bank of China, CNC, Sinopec, CNPC, China Mobile, Volkswagen, Adidas, Johnson & Johnson, Air China, PICC, and State Grid (These partners pay $100MM+ to use the Olympic marks in China)

Sponsors include: UPS, Haier, Budweiser,, Tsingtao, Yanjing Beer, BHP Billiton

Exclusive Suppliers include: Staples, Schenker Logistics, etc.

BUT CAN YOU SAY CLUTTER? It is hard to maintain exclusivity when there is this much sponsor activity...

In total, sponsors have paid a total of $1.5BN in support of the Olympics...