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Austin, Texas, Olympic Weekend August 19-21, 2016 — The first Brand Scorecard of the Rio Olympics is in the can, and as usual Michael Phelps, is raking in an unprecedented amount of gold, as are the top Ambush Marketers of the 2016 Summer Games. This according to the Rio 2016 Olympics Brand Scorecard, the on-going longitudinal study by the Global Language Monitor, now tracking its sixth Olympiad. The study tracks the value leaks occurring when the Ambush Marketers siphon off some of the brand equity that by rights belong to the TOP Sponsors who pay hundreds of millions of dollars to secure these rights. GLM believes that fully loaded, TOP Sponsors spend up to a billion dollars per Olympiad to support their sponsorships.
According to Paul JJ Payack, president of the Global Language Monitor, “Beneath the glitter and the gold of the Games themselves, the Rio Olympics are plagued by a grim undercurrent of poverty, political malaise, and a failing infrastructure. In the same manner, directly beneath the glamorous, high impact Olympic-themed ad campaigns of the TOP Sponsors, lurk the stealth (and sometimes not so stealth) campaigns of the Ambushers.”
The Global Language Monitor’s Brand Affiliation Index (BAI) tracks the closeness of the relationship between branded entities in this case, the Rio Summer Olympics and its TOP Sponsors. Eighteen months ago the average BAI between and among the Rio Olympics and its TOP Sponsors registered higher than that of the London Summer Games. After the deluge of bad news engulfed the on-coming Games, the BAI tumbled to about half the London levels until beginning to rise, once again, about three months ago.
Rio BAI Change by Percent
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About the Study
The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Brand Scorecard.– GLM’s analysis is part of GLM’s on-going longitudinal study stretching back to the Summer Games in Beijing (2008) and forward to the Winter Games in Beijing in 2022. The study uses GLM’s Brand Affiliation Index (BAI) to track how often brand names are linked to the Olympics in global print and electronic media and social networks. GLM also uses the Entity Affiliation Index (EAI), to track non-branded entities in the same manner. The Zika virus is such a non-branded entity.
For the Rio Summer Games 2016 there are eleven Official Top Sponsors:
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has strict regulations in place to protect its official international partners and prevent ambushing official Olympic partners and sponsors, such as Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter which prohibits athletes working with non-affiliated marketers during the Games, though there are reports that the rule is being modified for RIO.
Methodology. Austin-Texas-based Global Language Monitor analyzes and catalogues the latest trends in word usage and word choices and their impact on the various aspects of culture, with a particular emphasis upon Global English. This exclusive ranking is based upon GLM’s Narrative Tracking technology. NarrativeTracker analyzes the Internet, blogosphere, the top 350,000 print and electronic news media, as well as new social media sources (such as Twitter) as they emerge. The words, phrases and concepts are tracked in relation to their frequency, contextual usage and appearance in global media outlets.
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