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2018 Marketing Opportunities

2018 Marketing Opportunities

Aligning your business with Greater Mankato Growth through our menu of marketing opportunities positions you to reach over 1,000 businesses and thousands of people in the Greater Mankato region. Whether an ad in eNews or a top level sponsorship - 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.

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Note: Registrations and payments for all marketing opportunities are final.

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

 

 

 

2018 agreements submitted online through November 1, 2017: Members who sign up by this date have the best chance of getting the 2018 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.

 

 

2018 agreements submitted November 2, 2017 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. 

 

Greater Mankato Growth eNews Ads 

Promote your business and special offers in the Member-2-Member section of Greater Mankato Growth eNews, emailed every Tuesday to 2,500+ business representatives. Annual average open rate of our weekly e-newsletter is 48% (that's close to double the industry standard)!

$55 per week (5 available per week) 

*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)
  • A link out to your website on any portion of the text copy
  • One image can be submitted with your ad. Please see specs here.
  • Please note: Greater Mankato Growth does not allow job postings or political advertisements

Click to purchase


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 975 representatives from Greater Mankato Growth member businesses

List of all Representatives - $225

  • One time use of mailing list in spreadsheet form that includes approximately 2,800+ representatives from Greater Mankato Growth 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!)                    
Businesses in the Greater Mankato region are listed in our online business directory. Only Greater Mankato Growth member listings are “clickable” – with a link to your customized business page. Your 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 the 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

Submit a Guest Blog Post

Have an important message to share with the local business community? Greater Mankato Growth accepts guest blog posts from our members, to be posted at greatermankatoblog.com. Our blog garners approximately 2,300 page views per month. The topics considered might be based on (but not necessarily limited to) critical business information, current events and/or hot marketplace topics. Send us your 500 word post and suggested tags for consideration.
We reserve the right to refuse any post.

Submit your post

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

23,000 Guides to Visiting and Living in Greater Mankato will be published for 2018 and distributed to Visitors and Relocating residents. Greater Mankato Growth members receive 10% off advertising in the guide. Please contact Steve Jameson (sjameson@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

NOVEMBER 13
VERIZON CENTER BALLROOM

This is Greater Mankato’s premier business awards event. 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

PROJECTED ATTENDANCE: 450 - 525
AUDIENCE: Members, their employees, clients, friends and family.

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 Greater Mankato Growth eNews
  • Live thank you at the event
  • 2 tables for 8 (premier placement)

 Event Sponsorship - $1,500 (2 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 (premier placement)

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

  • Everything included in event sponsorship
  • Special identification as the dinner sponsor

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

  • Logo on video
  • Name on program and AV presentation at event 
  • 1 table for 8 (premier placement)

Table Sponsorship - $700

  • 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 are open to the public to attend and participate. Opportunities to sponsor these events and programs are open to Engaged Members and higher.

Public Affairs Forum Series

A forum held eight to ten times per year that brings together compelling speakers and business leaders to discuss timely and relevant political and policy issues over breakfast or lunch. Your sponsorship of this event will get your business seen by area business leaders. Visit event webpage

PROJECTED ATTENDANCE: 40-60
AUDIENCE: Business leaders, employees, dignitaries and residents of the Greater Mankato area

Series Sponsorship - $1,000 (2 available per year)

  • Each sponsor will serve for 8 - 10 total forums 
  • 1 complimentary ticket to each forum
  • Premier placement of logo on promotional materials
  • Logo on online event page with link to your website
  • Name in at least 2 editions of Greater Mankato Growth eNews   
  • Live thank you at the event

Event Sponsorship - $350 or provide food/beverage/space for minimum of 40 (8 - 10 available per year)

  • 1 complimentary ticket to the forum you are sponsoring
  • Logo on promotional materials
  • Logo on online event page with link to your website
  • Live thank you at the event you host

Click to sign up

Rural Legislative Forum

DECEMBER 6
VERIZON CENTER

This premier annual reception and dinner event joins key public leaders with a wide-range of attendees from the agriculture sector – from producers, to manufacturing, to professional services, to education and research – in candid conversations about key issues facing the rural economy and potential solutions.

PROJECTED ATTENDANCE: 400
AUDIENCE: Community and Business Leaders, General Public, Farmers and Elected Officials

Presenting Sponsorship - $5,500 (1 available per year) SOLD OUT FOR 2018

  • Logo on PPT presentation, event signage, programs and marketing materials
  • Opportunity to Introduce keynote speaker
  • 8 event tickets, 1 reserved table

Dinner Sponsorship - $4,000 (5 Available per year)

  • Logo in presentation, signage and programs
  • Recognized during dinner
  • 4 event tickets, 1 reserved table

Reception Sponsorship - $3,500

  • Logo on signage near the bars
  • 400 drink tickets to distribute
  • 2 event tickets

Signature Drinkware Sponsorship - $2,000

  • Name/logo etched in glass drinkware, one for each attendee to use and keep
  • 2 event tickets

Badge Sponsorship - $1,500

  • Logo on badges/lanyards
  • 2 event tickets

Program Sponsorship - $1,000

  • Logo on event programs
  • 2 event tickets

Breakout Room Sponsorship - $1,000

  • Logo on signage in breakout room
  • 2 event tickets

Table Sponsorship - $750 (10 Available per year)

  • Prominent signage on table
  • 8 event tickets, 1 reserved table

Student Table Sponsorship - $500 (4 Available per year)

  • 3 student tickets, identified by school
  • 1 reserved table with the students

Supporting Sponsorship - $250 (7 Available per year)

  • Name/logo on event signage
  • 1 event ticket

Click to sign up

 

Visit Mankato & City Center Partnership Events & Programs

 

All businesses are eligible for any Visit Mankato and/or City Center Partnership Event or Program. Greater Mankato Growth members will receive priority preference as well as receive a discount where noted.

Mankato Marathon - An event of Visit Mankato

OCTOBER 2018
MANKATO, MN

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 2017 the community will celebrate the 8th 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 (Greater Mankato Growth members)

  • 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 (Greater Mankato Growth members)

  • 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 (Greater Mankato Growth members)

  • 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

Bronze - $500 - $999 (Greater Mankato Growth members)

  • Company logo included in sponsor page/banner where recognition to sponsors is given including: The Weekend Activities Guide, Mankato Free Press ad, banner at Expo, Start Line and Post Race Area
  • 1 Complimentary entry into any Mankato Marathon event
  • Company link on Mankato Marathon website

 

Mankato Marathon Weekend Activities Guide

The 2018 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 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
  • Greater Mankato Growth members get 10% off advertising

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

 

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

YEAR ROUND
CITY CENTER MANKATO & NORTH MANKATO

The CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour, a program of the City Center Partnership and Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, 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 2018 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour is planned to include at least 25 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 stipend with incentives including the People’s Choice Award. The deadline for becoming a CityArt sponsor is December 1, 2017. 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 
  • Private guided tour for up to 30 people

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

 

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

EARLY OCTOBER
CIVIC CENTER PLAZA

The City Center Partnership and MSU Athletics team up to host a pre-game celebration in City Center Mankato to kick off the 2017-2018 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, 2018. View event webpage.

Event Sponsorship - (1 available)
Non-Greater Mankato Growth members $550
Greater Mankato Growth members $500

  • Logo on Hockey Night eBlast
  • Logo on online event page with link to website
  • Name in at least one edition of Greater Mankato Growth’s eNews
  • Live thank you at event

Click for more details.

 

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