dentsu Sports Analytics and Fonto announce the launch of SponsorshipBI following a successful pilot program with Cricket Australia

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dentsu Sports Analytics and consumer data specialists Fonto announced the official Australian launch of SponsorshipBI, a revolutionary platform that measures a sponsorship’s true business impact. This announcement follows a successful pilot program with Cricket Australia, demonstrating the platform’s capability to provide deeper insights into the business impact of commercial partnerships in sport. 

Since launching in the market in 2023, dentsu Sports Analytics, a global offering in conjunction with MKTG Sports + Entertainment (MKTG), has provided expert research, data, and analytics insights to brands and rights holders, driving better outcomes across the sports and entertainment measurement industry. 

SponsorshipBI is an industry-first platform that links traditional “top of funnel” brand impact metrics of sponsorship to actual transactions by fans. SponsorshipBI launched earlier this year in the US following a successful pilot demonstrating the business impact of NFL and NBA sponsorships in partnership with dentsu sister agency Merkle’s Merkury platform. In Australia, dentsu Sports Analytics has partnered with Sydney-based consumer data and research group Fonto to connect with financial data from over 70,000 Australians, making this the first non-US market to access SponsorshipBI. 

Phil Rigby, Acting Head of Commercial Development at Cricket Australia, commented on the value of SponsorshipBI: “We engaged with dentsu Sports Analytics and MKTG to leverage the power of SponsorshipBI because it provides a new level of insight into how sponsorship connects brands with fans through sport and ultimately creates significant business impact for our sponsors. The ability to link fan transactions directly to sponsorship activities is a game-changer in demonstrating the true value of our commercial partnerships.” 

Ben Dixon, CEO of Fonto, said, “We are delighted to partner with dentsu Sports Analytics to build a new capability in the sports sponsorship arena. The ability to link longitudinal transactional data with consumer research at an individual level is completely unique and will make the measurement of sponsorship spend far more accurate going forward.” 

Martin Ansell, Head of Strategy & Insights at dentsu Sports Analytics and MKTG, expressed his excitement about launching SponsorshipBI in Australia: “We know that despite all the data that’s now available—from reach and viewership to exposure and brand health tracking—less than 1 in 5 people in our industry say they can very confidently measure the business return of their sponsorships. 

“Those top-of-funnel measures will always be an important part of the story. But now, with SponsorshipBI, we can look further down the consumer funnel to actual, verified transactions and track the spending or market share differences between fans and non-fans. SponsorshipBI paints a fuller picture of how fans behave throughout the fan experience—from being exposed to sponsorship, to spending their hard-earned cash on sponsors’ products.” 


Stephanie Rudnick

Miranda Ward

About SponsorshipBI: 
SponsorshipBI is a measurement and analytics platform that links top-of-funnel sponsorship metrics with verified transactions to quantify both the brand and business impact of sponsorship. In Australia, it has been enabled through an exclusive strategic partnership between dentsu Sports Analytics and Fonto. It is also available in the US, with other global markets to follow. 

About dentsu Sports Analytics: 
dentsu Sports Analytics works with MKTG Sport & Entertainment to help brands and sports and entertainment properties understand fans, assess value, and measure the impact of sponsorship. With a range of proprietary data tools and expert consultancy, it has offices in New York, London, Melbourne, and Riyadh. 

About Fonto: 
Fonto is a unique Australian company that offers a verified consumer research panel linked to permission-based daily transactional data, providing live, longitudinal spending overlay to the research community.