Nationwide Teams Up with the Bengals to Let Fans Growl

Nationwide Insurance, the Exclusive Insurance Provider of the Cincinnati Bengals, is leveraging its team partnership with an innovative promotion designed to engage the Bengals fanbase. The initiative, entitled the "World's Greatest Growl in the World", allows fans to perform a :30 karaoke version of the Bengals touchdown song for the chance to be featured on the Bengals website and an ultimate Grand Prize of $25,000.

Each week, fans who submit videos can win co-branded items, tickets, and autographed merchandise for participating and the ten (10) best entries will be featured on Fans can then log in and vote daily for their favorite performance among the entries submitted (thus, both performers and voters become active leads for Nationwide). Fans who submit their favorite clips even have the ability to share them with family and friends via email.

Nationwide's "The World's Greatest Growl in the World" promotion has been extremely well received by Bengals fans thus far. Fans loved performing :30 karaoke versions at the Bengals home opener and traffic to the website has been very active in the early weeks of the promotion. Nationwide will also be leveraging its partnership with the Bengals by offering free ferry rides to Bengals games for all fans on a co-branded ferry (another great idea!).

The Bengals feature a collection of fan videos on There are some classic performances that are worth checking out!


Are You Offering Win Insurance?

Are you looking for new ways to incorporate insurance partners? Are you looking to offer new, fan-friendly incentives?

As reported by and the Veritix Newsletter, the River City Rascals of the Frontier League have teamed up with their insurance partner, Midwest Agency, to create a compelling "win insurance" offer for fans.

How does it work?

Prior to the 8th inning of all Rascals home games, fans can purchase "win insurance" for $2. As the game enters the bottom of the 8th, the rate for "win insurance" is raised to $5. If the team goes on to lose the game, all fans in attendance who purchase "win insurance" receive box seats to a future game that is valued at $11... the catch? Fans have to pick up their free tickets at the Midwest Agency (driving automatic awareness and foot traffic).

The "Midwest Agency Winning Insurance" offer has served as a tremendous way for the brand and Rascals organization to attract and entice fans. The promotion has attracted the attention of numerous media outlets and serves as an excellent benchmark for organizations looking for new ways to leverage insurance partners.

A special thanks to Alex Vitanye of the Ohio University Center for Sports Administration for his insights and contributions to this column.   

Falcons Fans Enjoy Benefits with State Farm...

Are you looking for new ways to leverage insurance providers? Are you looking for new ways to provide fans direct benefits prior to the game?

The Atlanta Falcons are teaming up with State Farm Insurance in 2009 to provide the team's fanbase some exclusive privileges. During the upcoming season, Falcons fans that are also State Farm customers can show their State Farm policy card on-site for the opportunity to only have to pay $10 to park in the State Farm Lot prior to games (normally, pricing for parking is $20+).

The Lot, located directly across from Gate B of the Georgia Dome, is available to fans on a first-come, first-serve basis, with parking not available for sale in the days/weeks leading up to the game. The concept of the State Farm Lot is tremendous because it is just another example of how teams and corporate partners are working harder than ever to provide new, exclusive benefits for fans.