Asia-Pacific

In summer 2019, Australian Football League title partner Toyota promoted its annual ‘Good for Footy’ grassroots fundraising programme with a campaign fronted by footy legend Jonathan Brown.

Unilever deodorant brand Rexona used its 2020-21 Big Bash League rights to drive home its key product message about keeping cool under pressure by placing the brand logo under the arms of BBL umpires.

The Association of Mutual Funds in India leveraged its associate partner status of the 2020 IPL to drive investment in mutual funds through a cricket commentary style campaign on audio streaming services and social media.

In 2020, National Australia Bank activated its title partnership of the AFL’s official boys and girls league throughout the usual March to September season even as pandemic brought play to a halt.

To celebrate what would have been Bob Paisley’s 100th birthday year, Standard Chartered updated its Stand Red campaign for 2019-20 by using modern tech to connect fans with the legendary manager.

To boost New Zealand’s small business economy after the pandemic shutdown of 2020, ASB Bank leveraged its partnerships with New Zealand Rugby and Eden Park Stadium with an SME-focused activation.

In 2018 and 2019, Sydney Roosters shirt sponsor Steggles ran two versions of an activation that saw men’s team players replace the poultry brand’s logo with the names of women.

Indian fintech brand CRED, an official partner of 2020 Indian Premier League, leveraged its rights through a series of tongue-in-cheek TV and online ads starring iconic celebrities from the 90s.

P&G beauty brand SK-II reacted to the pandemic-enforced delay of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by pivoting to a tactical, social-first campaign targeting young Japanese women and fronted by swimmer Rikako Ikee.

In 2019, Audi leveraged its partnership with AFL club Hawthorn Hawks through a player ‘fast lap experience’ aimed at driving Audi Sport consumer test drive bookings.

Activating its long-term partnership with the AFL around the 2019 Grand Final, NAB brought its Mini Legends campaign to life through an on-site experience to engage with thousands of fans at the AFL Grand Final Live Site fan space.

After Covid-19 brought global travel to a standstill in 2020, Thai travel retailer King Power showed its support for Thai tourism by leveraging its Leicester City jersey sponsorship.

In July 2019, Bridgestone Australia rolled out a local market phase of the company’s global ‘Chase Your Dreams’ Olympic activation platform, in the form of a CSR-driven, basketball-focused, community court refurbishment project.

In January 2019, leading Australian bookie and official race wagering partner TAB created a bespoke branded space to activate its rights on the ground at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Race Day.

AFL’s NAB-sponsored children’s participation drive pivoted to the virtual in 2020, with a series of player-fronted skill spots helping young Auskickers stay connected to the program while their local competitions were on hold.

At the IPL 2020, JSW Steel leveraged its principal sponsorship of the Delhi Capitals to target a new, broader demographic through a social-first campaign fronted by star player Rishabh Pant.

Last year, New Zealand telco 2degrees leveraged its sponsorships of the country’s Super Rugby clubs via a branded reality show that gave five Kiwis a second shot at playing professional rugby.