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2021 Marketing Opportunities


NOTE: 
All events, programs, and sponsorship opportunities are subject to change base on the status of COVID-19. The format or delivery model of any of the below are subject to change to ensure the health and safety of our community, volunteers and staff.

Aligning your business with Greater Mankato Growth through our menu of marketing opportunities positions you to engage with nearly 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 business types. 

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.

**If you are experiencing issues with registration while using Microsoft Edge please try using an alternate browser such as Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer. If you continue to experience problems registering, please contact info@greatermankato.com or 507.385.6640.

Remaining 2020 Marketing Opportunities can be found here!

Advertising & Promotions

All Greater Mankato Growth 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.
The annual average Open Rate of our weekly eNews is 35% (which is higher than industry standard)!

$85 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: We do not allow job postings or political advertisements
  • When you purchase an eNews ad, we can post a corresponding social media/live FB video for you
  • Whether the ad is promoting an event or a special discount for a limited time – no political or job posting ads
  • Your business representative must be in our office
  • Up to two people on camera, these are not GMG Staff
  • It will not be scripted by us, it must be organic
  • It will not be pre-recorded – must be live
  • If you have a FB page, we will tag you in the post as well

Purchase


Purchase a Member Mailing List (NO emails will be sold)

Purchase an up-to-date list with mailing addresses (not email addresses) of all current member businesses or representatives. Good for one use only. Prior approval of item being mailed is required. Mailers for consideration might be based on, but not necessarily limited to, critical business or organization info, current events and/or hot marketplace topics. Mailers that will not be approved include talent solicitation, sponsorships or memberships.

List of Primary Contacts - $150

  • One time use of mailing list in spreadsheet form that includes approximately 850-950+ representatives from Greater Mankato Growth member businesses

List of all Representatives - $225

  • One time use of mailing list in spreadsheet form that includes approximately 2,600+ representatives from Greater Mankato Growth member businesses

Purchase

 

Online Business Directory Listings & Advertising

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

Note: Our directory page gets approximately 25 page views per day. 

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
A 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
A banner ad or square ad, each rotating with up to 2 other ads on one of the high-level category pages of the directory

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

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Online Coupons

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

Post a Coupon

Share your Business News

Member News

Greater Mankato Growth members can post their relevant business news directly to our website! By sharing and aggregating news stories from businesses we lift up the visibility and awareness of a diverse scope of sectors, therefore, giving the public a broader scope of the successes and advancements region-wide. 

Specifications: 

  • No cost to post 
  • All submissions are reviewed by Greater Mankato Growth 
  • Can take two full business days 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 in size

 Your news will display here: greatermankato.com/member-news/ 

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, on average, 4,300 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 a 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 in 2022 and distributed to visitors and relocating residents. Greater Mankato Growth members receive 10% off advertising in the guide. Please contact Jordan Greer (freepressjg@gmail.com) at The Free Press to find out more and sign up.

Business Focus

RECORDED MONTHLY

The Greater Mankato Business Focus campaign is a 60-90 second video format focused on one member each month. These opportunities are available to all members for a nominal fee. First come, first served. Visit Business Focus videos webpage.

PROJECTED VIEWS: website (650 views/day), eNews (35% open rate) and social media (11,720+ followers).

AUDIENCE: Business leaders, employees, member businesses and residents of the Greater Mankato area

Each show will consist of a video focused on one business, approximately 1-2 minutes in length 

  • Discuss business and industry
  • Promote current & upcoming events or promotions 
  • Provide a logo that will be on-screen
  • Up to two representatives on camera
  • Greater Mankato Growth Marketing staff will be off-camera, doing the interview - not in the video

The cost is $650 per member (12 available)

ADD-ON ENHANCEMENTS:

  • $50 - Your video featured on the greatermankato.com website homepage for duration of the month
  • $50 - Boosted Facebook post of your video for one week - potential reach of up to 2,000 additional people
  • $75 - Blog post with your video and further in-depth story, will also be in eNews 2 weeks later

Annual Sponsorship - $2,000  (1 available)

  • Thank you in credits of all 12 videos with your logo
  • Tagged in all 12 social media posts
  • Mention/logo in MN Valley Business Magazine twice; possibly more

Topic Ideas

  1. Company/Organization history
  2. The "X-Factor" of your business
  3. Important projects or recent accolades
  4. Your “why”
  5. Future of company/organization 
  6. Impart your business knowledge for the viewers; share your expertise 
  7. Educate and raise visibility of our area’s residents and members 
  8. What has it done for your organization to be a part of Greater Mankato Growth

TIMELINE:

  • Third Thursday of the month is preferable for recording
  • We will come to you! We’ll shoot at your business location…if less than a 15-mile radius from Mankato (or our location, or another suitable Greater Mankato location we will determine and verify with you first)
  • Video production will take 2 - 3 business days
  • Your video will be distributed to our multiple channels on the 1st of the month
  • First come, first served to get on the schedule for shooting – only 12 openings!

*Because we are able to offer this benefit at such a nominal cost, Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. reserves the full property ownership of each video. However, you will receive the Greater Mankato Growth YouTube link to share on your website, social, etc. Additionally, all videos will be branded with Business Focus. Your name, title and business logo will appear on the screen too. It is up to the discretion of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. and the contracted videographer to re-shoot a video, if deemed necessary.

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Member Milestone Celebration

Greater Mankato Growth is now offering Member Milestone Celebration visits with our Cavaliers. Greater Mankato Growth and the Cavaliers want to celebrate with your business or organizations about your achievements and milestone anniversaries. This is a benefit for all Greater Mankato Growth members, with the purpose of providing awareness and exposure for the accomplishments and milestones of the many businesses and organizations Greater Mankato Growth represents.

Anniversaries include:

  • 1 & 5 Year – Certificate & visit
  • 10 & 20 Years – Silver Ribbon cutting, certificate & visit
  • 25, 50 & 75 Years – Gold Ribbon cutting, certificate & visit
  • 100+ Years - Gold Ribbon cutting, framed certificate & picture & visit with Ambassadors, Cavaliers, staff, board & Mayor (Invited)

The Cavaliers are a committee of Greater Mankato Growth volunteers that bring value to membership by providing activities that encourage member involvement, celebrations, networking and retention.

Each month the Cavaliers make visits to new and existing members of Greater Mankato Growth. These visits welcome new members and celebrate achievements and milestone anniversaries by presenting them with a certificate, a gift and provide us with an opportunity to learn more about their business. Every month volunteers share what they have learned with a larger group of Cavaliers at a monthly meeting, on social media and with a photo in Minnesota Valley Business Magazine.

Please plan a minimum of two weeks prior to your requested date. You can request a New Member or Member Milestone Celebration visit with our Cavaliers by contacting Jaci Sprague at 507.385.6643.

 

 Member Events & Programs 

These events and programs are the perfect opportunities to market your business to an 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.  

 

Business After Hours

HELD MONTHLY
4 – 6 pm (Typically the 1st Tuesday of Month)
MEMBER BUSINESSES

Business After Hours provides an informal atmosphere for business members and their employees to meet and network with fellow members of the business community. Visit event webpage.

Businesses who registered to host in 2020 have first right of refusal in 2021.

PROJECTED ATTENDANCE: 175 per month
AUDIENCE: Members & their employees 

Presenting Sponsorship - $3,000

  • Logo recognition
    • Annual schedule
    • MN Valley Business Journal (Greater Mankato Growth member events)
    • Online event page with link to website
    • Greater Mankato Growth eNews
    • Logo on all Facebook Business After Hours graphics
  • Opportunity to speak at all 12 events
  • Names of attendees following each event
  • Month of choice to host Business After Hours

Monthly Host  - $1,000

  • Host provides hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and tells attendees about business
  • Name on the annual schedule
  • Logo on all Facebook event graphics
  • Name in MN Valley Business, Greater Mankato Growth member events schedule
  • Name on online event page with your logo and info about your business and event
  • Write-up about your event in eNews
  • Facebook Live post at event
  • Names of attendees following each event

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Greater Mankato Young Professionals

This professional development program for young professionals age 21-40 holds at least two events monthly. Sponsorship of the Greater Mankato Young Professionals (YP) program gets your business noticed by the more than 225 individuals in the program, as well as thousands of others interested in developing, retaining and connecting talent in our community.

Program Sponsorship - $1,000

  • Logo on materials promoting the program
  • Logo on the header of all email communication with members
  • Logo on all YP event registration pages
  • Logo on signage at each YP event
  • Logo on online program page with a link to your website
  • Logo in at least 2 editions of Greater Mankato Growth eNews
  • Live thank you at each YP event
  • Opportunity to speak at and/or host a YP event
  • Thank you at the YP Annual Business Meeting

Event Sponsorship - $350 or provide $350 value in food/beverage/space for approx. 50-70 (20 available per year)

  • Logo on online event registration page with a link to your website
  • Live thank you at the event and the opportunity to speak
  • Option to provide promotional offers or items at the event

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Greater Mankato Leadership Institute

Reach our area’s current and emerging leaders by sponsoring this program that has been providing comprehensive leadership training with a personal, professional and community focus for the past 35 years. This program runs from September - May each year.

2020 - 2021 (SEPTEMBER - MAY)

Program Sponsorship - $1,000 (3 available per program year)

  • Logo on materials and signage used in every class
  • Logo on the header of all email communication with class members
  • Logo on online program page with a link to your website
  • Logo in 2 editions of Greater Mankato Growth eNews
  • Opportunity to speak at the opening session
  • Invite to graduation event in May, live thank you at event and invitation to speak
  • Opportunity to host a session at your business (space permitting)

Session Sponsorship - $350 or provide $350 value in food/beverage/space for 45 (11 available per year)

  • Logo on class materials for the session sponsored
  • Recognition and opportunity to speak at class session during lunch
  • Option to provide promotional offers/items to the class

Alumni/New Class Member Social Sponsorship - $1500 exclusive sponsor or $500 shared sponsorship
(All past program alumni and upcoming class members are invited)

  • Held in August
  • Logo on invite
  • Logo on signage at the event

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Greater Mankato Community Navigators

The Greater Mankato Community Navigators program matches new community members with someone who has the knowledge and passion to help them feel welcomed and comfortable in our great community! Visit the program webpage.

Presenting Sponsor - $4,000 (4 available)

  • Prominent placement of logo on the email communication with Navigators and Participants
  • Prominent placement of logo on all registration pages
  • Prominent placement of logo on signage at Community Navigator events
  • Opportunity to host a newcomer welcome event annually, and attend an event quarterly 
  • 3 complementary on-boarding experiences
  • Welcome gift to program participant

 Newcomer Sponsor - $1,000 (6 available)

  • Logo on all registration pages
  • Logo on signage at Community Navigator events
  • Opportunity to attend newcomer events quarterly  
  • 1 complementary on-boarding experience at no cost

(2021 Sponsors will receive first right of refusal for 2022)

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Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Annual Meeting

MARCH

Join us for the business event of the year as we launch a completely redesigned Annual Meeting. This event brings together the business community along with Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam to share the accomplishments of the current year and celebrate the vision for the future. Join us as we raise a glass to the companies, organizations and volunteers who partner with us to help our community thrive and hear from a high-profile keynote speaker. The event will be held in March and will be an evening event with an annual meeting preceding a social and sit-down dinner. 

PROJECTED ATTENDANCE: 400+ Reception, Meeting and Dinner
AUDIENCE: Area business leaders, dignitaries, Greater Mankato Growth Inc. Boards of Directors

Visit event webpage

Presenting Sponsorship - $3,000

  • 1 table of 8 (Premier Placement)
  • VIP meet & greet with Keynote Speaker and photo opportunity (8 guests)
  • Top billing logo recognition on all promotional materials including eNews (distribution approximately 3,000), electronic & printed event invitation, event program, event website, confirmation email and signage
  • Exclusive recognition in Press Release
  • Opportunity to welcome audience to event from stage
  • 30-sec video clip during event program
  • Live thank you at the event
  • Recognition in media interviews (radio, TV)
  • Recognition in social media postings
  • Featured placement of logo in MN Valley Business feature about the event 

Speaker Sponsorship - $2,250 (1 available per year) 

  • 1 table of 8 (Premier Placement)
  • VIP meet & greet with Keynote Speaker and photo opportunity (4 guests)
  • Logo recognition on select promotional materials including electronic & printed event invitation, event program, event website, signage
  • Opportunity to provide suggestions/consult with Greater Mankato Growth on speaker selection
  • Opportunity to introduce keynote speaker
  • 30-sec video clip during event program
  • Live thank you at the event
  • Recognition in social media postings
  • Logo in MN Valley Business feature about the event 

Dinner Sponsorship - $1,750

  • 1 table of 8 (Premier Placement)
  • VIP meet & greet with Keynote Speaker and photo opportunity (2 guests)
  • Logo recognition on select promotional materials including electronic & printed event invitation, event program, event website, signage
  • 30-sec video clip during event program
  • Live thank you at the event
  • Logo in MN Valley Business feature about the event 

Reception Sponsorship - $1,500

  • 1 table of 8 (Premier Placement)
  • Logo recognition on select promotional materials including electronic & printed event invitation, event program, event website, signage
  • 30-sec video clip during event program
  • Live thank you at the event
  • Logo in MN Valley Business feature about the event 

Table Sponsorship - $750

  • 1 table of 8 (Premier Placement)
  • Company name recognized as table sponsor in event program, table signage and online event page
  • Company listed in MN Valley Business feature about the event 

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Greater Mankato on the Green

JULY 12
MANKATO GOLF CLUB

Sponsors of this popular annual event in July have premium access to more than 240 business representatives at the premier business networking golf tournament in the region. (some options are available with cart for nominal fee) Visit event webpage

Presenting Sponsorship - $5,000 for 2 years or $4,000 for 1 year (1 available per year)

  • Logo with words “presented by” as part of event title on all materials including: 
    • Event invitations
    • MN Valley Business feature about the event
    • Online event page with link to your website
    • All signage on golf course and in clubhouse
  • Name in 2 editions of GMG eNews
  • Promotional activity on putting green
  • Right to set up promotional activity on putting green
  • 2 golf foursomes

Golf Cart Sponsorship - $1,750 (1 available per year)

  • Logo on signage on 75 golf carts used in tournament 
  • Option to have your business’s vehicle in the golf cart parking area
  • 1 golf foursome
  • 1 hole sponsorship

Lunch Sponsorship - $750 (1available per year)

  • Logo on signage at lunch
  • Opportunity to welcome golfers at lunch
  • 2 lunch tickets

Beverage Cart Sponsorship - $1,250 (1 available per year)

  • Logo on signage on beverage carts
  • Opportunity to provide your own beverage cart
  • 1 golf foursome

Registration Sponsorship - $750 (1 available per year)

  • Logo on signage in registration area
  • Opportunity to hang banner in registration area
  • Opportunity to greet golfers and hand out gift bags

Hole Sponsorship - $375 (14 available per year)

  • Logo on signage at designated hole
  • Opportunity to have an activity on the course

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Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame

NOVEMBER 9 
5 - 8 PM

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: 400 - 500
AUDIENCE: Members, their employees, clients, friends and family.

Presenting Sponsorship - $2,500 for Members / $3,000 for Non-Members (1 available per year) 

  • Logo with words “presented by” on all event materials including:
    • Event invitations
    • MN Valley Business feature about the event
    • Online event page with a link to your website
    • Program, signage and AV presentation at the event
  • Name in at least one edition of Greater Mankato Growth eNews
  • 30-sec video clip during event program
  • Live thank you at the event
  • 2 tables for 8 (premier placement)

 Event Sponsorship - $1,500 for Members / $2,000 for Non-Members (2 available per year)

  • Name on event invitations
  • Name in MN Valley Business feature about the event
  • Logo on online event page with a link to your website 
  • Name on program, signage and AV presentation at the event
  • 30-sec video clip during event program
  • Live thank you at the event
  • 1 table for 8 (premier placement)

Dinner Sponsorship - $1,500 for Members / $2000 for Non-Members (1 available per year) 

  • Everything included in event sponsorship
  • Special identification as the dinner sponsor
  • 30-sec video clip during event program

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

  • Logo on video
  • Name on program and AV presentation at the event 
  • 30-sec video clip during event program
  • 1 table for 8 (premier placement)

Table Sponsorship - $700 for Members / $850 for Non-Members

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

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 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.

Songs on the Lawn

EVERY THURSDAY IN JUNE, 11 am - 1 pm
CIVIC CENTER PLAZA

Get your business noticed at this family-friendly music series featuring area bands and vendors that draws hundreds to our City Center each Thursday in June. This event provides sponsors the opportunity to engage with a diverse group of individuals in the City Center. Visit event webpage

PROJECTED ATTENDANCE: 700 per week
AUDIENCE: Business leaders, employees, dignitaries and residents of the Greater Mankato area

Presenting Sponsorship - $5000 (2 year commitment/$2500 per year) Member rate or $3000 Non-Member rate (1 year)

  • Logo with words “presented by” as part of event title on event materials including:
    • MN Valley Business feature about the event
    • Online event page with link to your website
    • Banner in City Center
    • Ads promoting event
  • Name in at least one edition of Greater Mankato Growth eNews
  • Live thank you at each event
  • Banner hung at each event
  • Booth at each event
  • Opportunity to showcase a corporate vehicle/trailer each week

Event Sponsorship - $1,000 for Members / $1,500 for Non-Members

  • Logo on all event materials including:
    • MN Valley Business feature about the event 
    • Online event page with link to your website 
    • Banner in City Center
    • Ads promoting event
  • Live thank you and your banner hung at each event
  • Live thank you at each event
  • Banner hung at each event
  • Booth at each event

Supporting Sponsorship - $500 for Members / $750 for Non-Members

  • Name on all event materials
  • Live thank you at each event
  • Banner hung at each event
  • Booth at each event

Food Vendor Booth - $400 Members Only

  • Opportunity to sell food at the event
  • Listed on online event page

General Booth - $250 for Members / $400 for Non-Members (6 available per year)

  • Opportunity to set up a business booth
  • NO FOOD items can be distributed

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Public Affairs Forum Series

A forum held quarterly 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: 50-70
AUDIENCE: Business leaders, employees, public officials and residents of the Greater Mankato area

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

  • 2 complimentary tickets to each forum
  • Premier placement of logo on promotional materials
  • Logo on online event page with a link to your website
  • Name in at least 4 editions of Greater Mankato Growth eNews   
  • Live thank you at the event

Event Sponsorship - $400 or provide food/beverage/space for a minimum of 50 (4 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

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Shop Small in Mankato & North Mankato - A City Center Partnership event

NOVEMBER 27

Small Business Saturday is one of the most highly-anticipated shopping events of the year, as hundreds of shoppers visit the community to spend their money at small businesses, purchasing gifts, food and other goods.Shop Small in Mankato & North Mankato directs these consumers to locally owned businesses through marketing and promotion tactics. 

As part of the Shop Small in Mankato & North Mankato, a passport will be produced listing all participating businesses. Shoppers who fill their passport with stamps from participating businesses are entered into a drawing to win $100 worth of gift certificates from local small businesses. Contact Crystal Olson for more information at colson@greatermankato.com or 507.385.6667.

Presenting Sponsorship - $4,000

  • Logo with the words “Presented by” on all event materials including: 
    • Passport (which is distributed to app. 300 consumers) 
    • Logo on MN Valley Business Feature Story 
    • Website 
    • All Shop Small related messages in eNews 
  • “Presented by” included in interactive Shop Small participating business Google map which receives approximately 2,500 views 
  • Logo on all participating business communications including event registration page 
  • “Presented by” in all co-op advertisements (radio, newspaper, TV)
  • Social media recognition

Supporting Sponsorship - $2,000

  • Logo on marketing materials including: 
    • Passport (which is distributed to app. 300 consumers) 
    • Website 
    • All Shop Small related messages in eNews 
  • “This advertisement is funded in part by [YourBusinessNameHere]” at the end of radio, newspaper and TV co-op ads 
  • Social media recognition

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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 - A Visit Mankato event

OCTOBER 2021
MANKATO, MN

In 2010, the Mankato Marathon tradition started with an amazing 2,200 runners. In 2019 we celebrated the 10 year tradition with more 4,100 runners and 8,000+ spectators and we continue to evolve as a Bold Race, Exceptional Place. Runners in 2019 represented 13 states with 78% residing in Minnestoa, with 61% women and 39% men, and the average age between 30-49 years.

We have sponsorship opportunities, Expo booth options and numerous volunteer opportunities for the weekend. The ranges below represent several “a la carte” options within each level. Contact Visit Mankato for more information at 507-385-6663 or email Joy Leafblad at jleafblad@visitmankatomn.com. See how your business can get involved.

Runner Bibs (All Races) - $5,500

The exclusive sponsor of the Mankato Marathon Bibsincludes company logo on each all race bibs, along with the following:

  • Logo on banner at Finish line
  • Company logo included in sponsor page/banner where recognition to sponsors is given including 
  • Thank you, adin Free Press  
  • Banner at expo, start and post-race area 
  • Mankato Marathon website with a link to sponsor’s website 
  • Company referenced throughout the year through various digital media outlets.  
  • Opportunity for one complimentary booth at Expo 
  • 15 second company promotion announced repeatedly during the weekend events. Copy provided by sponsor. 
  • Opportunity to provide item for the runner’s green goodie bag 
  • Four complimentary entries into any Mankato Marathon event  
  • Use of event logo/images for sponsor’s own promotion

Post Party - $2,500  

The post party is held on the 500 block of Front Street on Saturday morning. Runners and families will enjoy a live band, the runner’s will get one free beer, other games, and the awards are presented on stage. In 2019 we estimated 5,000+ people took part in the post party.   

The exclusive sponsor of the Post Party includes the following benefits:

  • Company logo associated with Post Party anywhere logo appears.
  • Option to have a booth at the Post Party. 
  • Company logo included in sponsor page/banner where recognition to sponsors is given including:  
  • Thank you, ad in Free Press   
  • Banner at expo, start and post-race area 
  • Mankato Marathon website with a link to sponsor’s website 
  • Company referenced throughout the year through various digital media outlets.  
  • 15 second company promotion announced repeatedly during the weekend events. Copy provided by sponsor. 
  • Opportunity to provide item for the runner’s green goodie bag 
  • One complimentary entry into any Mankato Marathon event  
  • Use of event logo/images for sponsor’s own promotion

Water and Nutrition Stops - $2,000  

The exclusive sponsor of the Mankato Marathon water and nutrition stops includes the following benefits:

  • Company logo recognized with water and nutrition stops on webpage.  
  • Yard sign displayed on course before each stopfor the 10K, Half and Full courses 
  • Company logo included in sponsor page/banner where recognition to sponsors is given including: 
  • Thank you, ad in Free Press  
  • Banner with all sponsors at expo, start and post-race area  
  • Mankato Marathon website with a link to sponsor’s website 
  • Company referenced throughout the year through various digital media outlets.  
  • 15 second company promotion announced repeatedly during the weekend events. Copy provided by sponsor. 
  • Opportunity to provide item for the runner’s green goodie bag 
  • One complimentary entry into any Mankato Marathon event 
  • Use of event logo/images for sponsor’s own promotion

Race Results - $2,000  

The exclusive sponsor of race results includes the following benefits:

  • Logo on the Results web page
  • Logo on the Leader board on phone app 
  • Yard signs with company logo with mile markers 
  • Company logo included in sponsor page/banner where recognition to sponsors is given including 
  • Thank you, ad in Free Press  
  • Banner with all sponsors at expo, start and post-race area  
  • Mankato Marathon website with a link to sponsor’s website 
  • Company referenced throughout the year through various digital media outlets.  
  • 15 second company promotion announced repeatedly during the weekend events. Copy provided by sponsor. 
  • Opportunity to provide item for the runner’s green goodie bag 
  • One complimentary entry into any Mankato Marathon event  
  • Use of event logo/images for sponsor’s own promotion

PR Bell - $1,500   

The PR Bell will be at both the Friday and Saturday races in the runners corals for pictures as runners finish the race with their personal best times. Exclusive sponsor of PR Bell which includes the following benefits:

  • Name recognition with PR BELL (“Company Name” PR Bell)
  • Logo on the PR BELL (will be at both Friday and Saturday races) 
  • PR Bell will be in a location for photo opportunities 
  • Company logo included in sponsor page/banner where recognition to sponsors is given including 
  • Thank you, ad in Free Press  
  • Banner with all sponsors at expo, start and post-race area  
  • Mankato Marathon website with a link to sponsor’s website 
  • Company referenced throughout the year through various digital media outlets  
  • Opportunity to provide item for the runner’s green goodie bag 
  • One complimentary entry into any Mankato Marathon event  
  • Use of event logo/images for sponsor’s own promotion

Pace Car - $1,000  

Exclusive sponsor of the pace car(s) includes the following benefits:

  • Option to have 2 vehicles at Post Race area
  • Provide 2 exclusive pace cars and sag vehicle, with company logo, for Saturday races 
  • Company logo included in sponsor page/banner where recognition to sponsors is given including 
  • Thank you, ad in Free Press  
  • Banner with all sponsors at expo, start and post-race area  
  • Mankato Marathon website with a link to sponsor’s website 
  • Company referenced throughout the year through various digital media outlets  
  • 15 second company promotion announced repeatedly during the weekend events. Copy provided by sponsor. 
  • Opportunity to provide item for the runner’s green goodie bag 
  • One complimentary entry into any Mankato Marathon event  
  • Use of event logo/images for sponsor’s own promotion

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

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CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour - A City Center Partnership initiative

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 2021 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.

Platinum - $2,500 (Full Site Sponsorship) Market Value of Package $5,810

  • Four tickets to exclusive 10th Anniversary Sponsor/Artist Reception
  • Business logo on plaque affixed to sponsor pedestal
  • Bold listing of sponsor name in brochure (10,000+ quantity)
  • Business logo in full-page “Thank You” ad in Mankato Free Press
  • Business logo on the CityArt website on sponsored sculpture page with link to your business
  • 8.5 x 11 framed image of your sponsored sculpture with promotional display to hold CityArt brochures
  • Sponsor mention on CityArt Audio Tour
  • Two commemorative CityArt Anniversary T-shirts
  • Special Guided Tour event for Platinum Sponsors
  • Social Media Benefits: 
    • One sponsor thank you social media post with: 
      • Business logo
      • Quote from sponsor (ex. Why you support public art, a Sculpture Walk testimonial etc.)
      • Link to social media platform
      • Link to sponsor website
    • Two social media interactions with link to sponsor social media platform 
      • Artist Spotlight
      • Sculpture Spotlight
    • One Facebook Live interview in front of sponsored sculpture
    • Logo included in a “Platinum Sponsor Thank You” post with link to sponsor social media platform

Bronze - $1,250 (Co-Sponsorship) Market Value of Package $3,520

  • Two tickets to exclusive 10th Anniversary Sponsor/Artist Reception
  • Business listing on plaque affixed to Co-Sponsored sculpture pedestal
  • Listing of sponsor name in brochure (10,000+ quantity)
  • Business listing in full-page “Thank You” ad in Mankato Free Press
  • Business listing on the CityArt website on sponsored sculpture page with link to your business
  • 8.5 x 11 framed image of your sponsored sculpture with promotional display to hold CityArt brochures
  • Sponsor mention on CityArt Audio Tour
  • Social Media Benefits: 
    • One sponsor thank you social media post with: 
      • Business name listed
      • Link to social media platform
    • Two social media interactions with link to sponsor social media platform 
      • Artist Spotlight
      • Sculpture Spotlight

FRIEND OF CITYART (Donation)

With a donation of any amount become a friend of CityArt. Benefit includes acknowledgment on CityArt website.

SIGN UP FOR A 3-YEAR SPONSORSHIP COMMITMENT

Take advantage of our 10 year anniversary special and receive a 10% discount when you sign up for a three-year sponsorship commitment.

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Alive After 5 - A City Center Partnership event

THURSDAYS IN AUGUST, 5 - 7:30 pm
CIVIC CENTER PLAZA

This free summer concert series offers outdoor music, food, beverages and vendor market to welcome families, employees and residents into the heart of City Center Mankato. This four-night event is an after-work, family friendly social gathering that attracts thousands of attendees annual with its bold music selections. This event provides sponsors the opportunity to engage with a diverse group of individuals in the City Center. Visit event webpage

Presenting Sponsorship 
Non-Greater Mankato Growth Member - $5,500/two years or $3,300/one year
Greater Mankato Growth Member - $5,000/ two years or $3,000/one year

  • Prominent recognition/logo on all marketing materials and event signage as presenting sponsor
  • Nightly recognition from the stage
  • Large banners displayed on stage
  • Mention in all radio and tv ads
  • Booth at each event

Beverage Sponsorship - (Beer and wine sponsorships available)
Non-Greater Mankato Growth Member - $3,300/two years or $2,200/one year
Greater Mankato Growth Member - $3,000/two years or $2,000/one year

  • Logo on all marketing materials and event signage
  • Product sales exclusivity at event
  • Opportunity for tasting
  • Live thank you from the stage

ARTISAN FAIR SPONSOR 
Non-Greater Mankato Growth Member - $2,750/two years or $1,650/one year
Greater Mankato Growth Member - $2,500/two year or $1,500/one year

  • Logo on all marketing materials and event signage
  • Logo on vendor fair signage
  • Inclusion in all radio and tv ads
  • Live thank you from the stage
  • Banner at each event
  • Booth at each event

SUPPORTING SPONSOR - (up to 3 available) 
Non-Greater Mankato Growth Member - $1,100
Greater Mankato Growth Member - $1,000

  • Logo on all event materials
  • Live thank you from the stage each night
  • Banner at each event
  • Booth at each event

FOOD VENDOR
Non-Greater Mankato Growth members $450
Greater Mankato Growth members $400

  • Opportunity to sell food at each event
  • Food and/or beverage sales must not conflict with other sponsor exclusivity agreements
  • Priority is given to Greater Mankato Growth member businesses located in the City Center

General Booth 
Non-Greater Mankato Growth members $400
Greater Mankato Growth members $250

  • Opportunity to set up a business booth
  • NO FOOD items can be distributed

Sign Up

 
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