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2016 Marketing Opportunities

 

2016 GMG Marketing Opportunities GuideAligning your business with Greater Mankato Growth through our menu of marketing opportunities positions you to reach more than 900 businesses and thousands of people in the Greater Mankato region. Whether an ad in eNews or a top level sponsor - we offer a variety of opportunities to fit all types of businesses. 

Your investment not only helps to advance your business but also supports our many facets of work, from hosting high-profile events, to linking businesses with critical resources and information (to name a few). 

Sign up online for the opportunities you want. After you have signed up for an opportunity, you will receive an email letting you know that the opportunity is either “confirmed” or “in queue” for a drawing of all eligible sign-ups. If you have questions or need your business username, please contact us at 507.385.6640.

Some Marketing Opportunities are limited.
To be fair to all members, we utilize the following process

 

 

 

2016 agreements submitted online through November 1, 2015: Members who sign up by this date have the best chance of getting the 2016 marketing opportunities they want. All online sign-ups will be collected through midnight November 1, with a drawing held for those marketing opportunities where demand exceeds supply. Confirmations of the opportunities each business has committed to will be sent out in early November.

 

 

2016 agreements submitted November 2, 2015 and after: All remaining marketing opportunities as of this date will be available on a first come, first serve basis. The marketing opportunities site will be updated continuously throughout the year, so you will always know what opportunities may still be available. 

Advertising & Promotions

All GMG members are eligible to sign up for the following advertising opportunities unless otherwise noted. 

 

GMG eNews Ads 

Promote your business and special offers in the Featured Member Content section of GMG eNews, emailed every Tuesday to 2,500+ business representatives.

$55 per week (5 available per week) *Note these changes for 2016 ads: Limit of three (3) consecutive ads (i.e. if a member has three consecutive ads, there must be a break in subsequent enews before the next ad runs).

  • Includes 45 words (including the title line) and a link out to your website or email address text options for link are one of the following:
    1. More info >>
    2. Contact us >>

Click to purchase

GMG does not allow job postings or political advertisements.

 

Purchase a Member Mailing List 

Purchase an up-to-date list with mailing addresses of all current member businesses or representatives. Good for one use only. Prior approval of item being mailed is required.

List of Primary Contacts - $150

  • One time use of mailing list in spreadsheet form that includes approximately 860 representatives from GMG member businesses

List of all Representatives - $225

  • One time use of mailing list in spreadsheet form that includes approximately 2,400 representatives from GMG member businesses

Click to purchase

 

Online Business Directory Listings & Advertising

Our Greater Mankato Online Business Directory is featured throughout our website.

Member Listings w/ Link to Customized Business Page - (included in your membership!)                    
All businesses in the Greater Mankato region are listed in our online business directory. Only GMG member listings are “clickable” – with a link to your customized business page. Your 2015 membership level will determine your type and number of listings. See your membership description for more information.

Ad on main page - $150 per month, $750 for 6 months, $1,500 for year
Banner ad or square ad, each rotating with up to 2 other ads on the main page of directory

Ad on category page - $100 per month, $500 for 6 months, $1,000 for year
Banner ad or square ad, each rotating with up to 2 other ads on one of the high level category pages of directory

Ad on sub-category page - $75 per month, $400 for 6 months, $750 for year
Banner ad or square ad, each rotating with up to 2 other ads on one of the sub-category pages of directory

 Click to purchase

 

Online Coupons 

Reach the target you want online with electronic coupons and offers - best of all, this feature is included in your membership. Add coupons with our easy online coupon generator, with coupons being featured on the Greater Mankato and Visit Mankato websites. Login to the member portal of our website to add your hot deals.

Click to post your coupon

Share your Business News

Member News

Greater Mankato Growth members are now able to post their relevant business news directly and easily on greatermankato.com. By sharing and aggregating news stories from businesses we lift up the visibility and awareness of a diverse scope of sectors therefor giving the public a rounded and broader scope of the successes and advancements region-wide. 

Specifications: 

  • No cost to post 
  • All submissions are reviewed by Greater Mankato Growth 
  • Can take up to one full business day to approve and appear on greatermankato.com 
  • Can post business news and/or employee recognition or promotions: 
    • Employee news would include new hires, promotions, individual recognition, awards and certificates, etc. 
    • Press Releases would include official news regarding the business or organization as a whole, company-wide news, etc. 
  • Once submitted, news CANNOT be edited by a user, edits must be requested via the Greater Mankato Growth’s Marketing Department
  • One logo OR photo may be uploaded, must be a jpg file less than 100 mb and smaller than 400 x 400 pixels is size

 Where it is displayed: www.greatermankato.com/member-news/ 

Click to submit news

Welcome Baskets

Say “Welcome to Greater Mankato” to new and prospective employees, visiting dignitaries and company officials or anyone else you want to impress!
 
Welcome Basket

  • With wine and local business products - $40
  • With water and local business products - $35

Welcome Bag

  • With wine and local business products - $30
  • With water and local business products - $25

Click to purchase

Guide to Visiting and Living in Greater Mankato - A Visit Mankato Publication

45,000 Guides to Visiting and Living in Greater Mankato will be published for 2016 and distributed to Visitors and Relocating residents. GMG members get 10% off advertising in the guide. Please contact Ginny (gbergerson@mankatofreepress.com) at The Free Press to find out more and sign up.

 

 

Member Events & Programs

 

These events and programs are the perfect opportunity to market your business to a audience that is comprised of fellow businesses and their professionals. The opportunity to purchase these sponsorships are open to Engaged level and higher members of Greater Mankato Growth unless otherwise noted. Opportunities range from hosting a single event to being the presenting sponsor for a yearly program, there are opportunities to fit all needs. 

Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame

This is Greater Mankato’s premier business awards event (held November 2016). Sponsors support the growth of area businesses and receive exposure to 400+ attendees and thousands more via extensive pre and post-event promotion. Visit event webpage

Presenting Sponsorship -  $2,500 (1 available per year) - SOLD OUT

  • Logo with words “presented by” on all event materials including:
  • Event invitations
  • MN Valley Business feature about the event 
  • Online event page with link to your website 
  • Program, signage and AV presentation at event
  • Name in at least one edition of GMG eNews
  • Live thank you at the event 
  • 2 tables for 8 near the stage 

 Event Sponsorship - $1,500 (4 available per year)

  • Name on event invitations
  • Name in MN Valley Business feature about the event
  • Logo on online event page with link to your website 
  • Name on program, signage and AV presentation at event
  • Live thank you at the event
  • 1 table for 8 near the stage

Dinner Sponsorship -  $1,500 (1 available per year) - SOLD OUT

  • Everything included in event sponsorship, with special identification as the dinner sponsor

Video Sponsorship - Production of Video (1 available per year)

  • Logo on video
  • Name on program and AV presentation at event 
  • 1 table for 8

Table Sponsorship - $600 (34 available)

  • Name on program and AV presentation at event
  • 1 table for 8 

Click to sign up

 

Community Events & Programs

 

These events and programs are organized by Greater Mankato Growth and its affiliates and are open to the public to attend and participate. Opportunities to sponsor these events and programs are open to Engaged Members and higher unless otherwise noted.

 

Mankato Marathon - An event of Visit Mankato

The Mankato Marathon brings out 8,000-10,000 people for the weekend event. Each year continues to grow in runners, spectators and excitement. In 2016 the community will celebrate the 7th annual Mankato Marathon. The ranges below represent several “a la carte” options within each level. Contact Visit Mankato for more information at 507.385.6660 or visit mankatomarathon.com

Platinum - $6,000 - $11,000

  • Complimentary booth at Sport & Health Expo
  • Ability to include 1 company item (goodie table)
  • 1 complimentary space at race finish line
  • 15 second commercial included in announcements made throughout the weekend
  • Company logo included in sponsor page/banner where recognition to sponsors is given including: The Weekend Activities Guide, 1/2 page thank you ad in Mankato Free Press Post Race Edition, banner at expo - start and post-race area
  • 4 Complimentary entries into any Mankato Marathon event
  • Company link on Mankato Marathon website 

Gold - $3,000 - $5,999

  • Ability to include 1 company item (goodie table)
  • 1 complimentary space at race finish line
  • 15 second commercial included in announcements made throughout the weekend
  • Company logo included in sponsor page/banner where recognition to sponsors is given including: The Weekend Activities Guide, 1/2 page thank you ad in Mankato Free Press Post Race Edition, banner at expo - start and post-race area
  • 3 Complimentary entries into any Mankato Marathon event
  • Company link on Mankato Marathon website 

Silver - $1,000 - $2,999

  • 15 second commercial included in announcements made throughout the weekend
  • Company logo included in sponsor page/banner where recognition to sponsors is given including: The Weekend Activities Guide, 1/2 page thank you ad in Mankato Free Press Post Race Edition, banner at expo - start and post-race area
  • 2 Complimentary entries into any Mankato Marathon event
  • Company link on Mankato Marathon website 
  • Bronze - $1,000 and under
  • Company logo included in sponsor page/banner where recognition to sponsors is given including: The Weekend Activities Guide, 1/2 page thank you ad in Mankato Free Press Post Race Edition, banner at expo - start and post-race area
  • 1 Complimentary entry into any Mankato Marathon event
  • Company link on Mankato Marathon website 

Mankato Marathon Weekend Activities Guide

The 2016 Mankato Marathon Weekend Activities Guide is dispersed and visible to over 15,000 runners, fans, expo attendees and community members before and during Mankato Marathon weekend. 6,500 of the Activities Guide will be published at the beginning of October. Please contact Ginny (gbergerson@mankatofreepress.com) at The Free Press to find out more and sign up.

  • Ad size options include: Inside front cover, Inside back cover, Back cover, Coupon sizes, full page, half page, 1/4 page, 1/8 page, 3/8 page, 3/4 page
  • GMG members get 10% off advertising

Other Opportunities Include: Sport & Health Expo Exhibitor and Goodie Table.

All businesses are eligible to participate in this opportunity.

Rack & Roll - An initiative of Visit Mankato

This initiative improves bike friendliness at local businesses and throughout the community with the addition of attractive and artistic bike racks. This is a legacy opportunity brought to the community by the Rack & Roll Task Force and hosted by Visit Mankato. For more information call Joelle Baumann at 507.385.6679 or go to visitgreatermankato.com/visit-mankato-partners/.  

All businesses are eligible to participate in this opportunity.

Sponsor - $250

  • Rack can be installed on member’s private property or chosen property elsewhere as available and appropriate
  • Once sponsored, the sponsor’s plaque remains as long as the rack does
  • Two designs to choose from

All businesses are eligible to participate in this opportunity.

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour - An initiative of the City Center Partnership

The CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour, a program of the City Center Partnership, exists to provide a professional, year-round outdoor sculpture program in the City Centers of Mankato and North Mankato that is both high-quality and artist-friendly. We feature a well-balanced exhibit with all styles, types, materials and sizes of sculptures from a broad range of artists – local, regional, national and international. 

The 2015 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour is planned to include over 30 sculptures in the core blocks of Mankato and along Belgrade Avenue in North Mankato. CityArt obtains sculptures on loan from artists each year, paying them a travel stipend with incentives including prizes for best-in-show and a People’s Choice award. Contact City Center Partnership with questions and to register at info@citycentermankato.com or 507.388.1062. The deadline for becoming a CityArt sponsor is December 1, 2015. Visit program webpage

Platinum Level – Full Sponsorship ($2,000)

  • Large sponsor name and logo listed on plaque affixed to sculpture base – sole site sponsorship
  • Bolded name listing and recognition on brochures (10K+ quantity)
  • Large name and logo listed in full-page “Thank You” newspaper ad
  • Logo on the CityArt website with a link to your website 

Bronze Level – Partial Sponsorship ($1,000)

  • Sponsor name and logo listed with a second sponsor name/logo on plaque affixed to sculpture base – shared site sponsorship
  • Shared listing and recognition on brochures (10K+ quantity)
  • Name listed in full page “Thank You” newspaper ad
  • Name listed on the CityArt website

All businesses are eligible to participate in this opportunity.

Hockey Night in the City Center - An event of the City Center Partnership

The City Center Partnership and MSU Athletics team up to host a pre-game celebration in City Center Mankato to kick off the 2016-2017 Maverick hockey season. The event includes live music, mechanical bull rides, a performance by the MSU Cheer Band, fun kids activities, food and drinks. Contact the City Center Partnership with questions at info@citycentermankato.com or 507.388.1062. The deadline to sign up as a sponsor is August 1, 2016. View event webpage

Event Sponsor - $500 (3 available)

  • Logo on Hockey Night eBlast 
  • Logo on online event page with link to website 
  • Name in at least one edition of GMG's eNews 
  • Live Thank You at event

All businesses are eligible to participate in this opportunity.

 
The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership