Many retailers refer to their employees as “associates.”
A company name or product name along with its logo or word mark.
A business’ profit margin.
Cause-Related Marketing (CRM)
Partnership between a nonprofit and a corporation designed to benefit the nonprofit and meet corporate business objectives. Unlike philanthropy, money spent on cause-related marketing is not a donation; it is a business expense.
When two or more organizations create promotional opportunities that are mutually beneficial.1
Data about people or a marketplace, such as age, sex, marital status, income, ethnicity, employment status, etc.
The right to be the only company sponsoring an event or activity. Exclusivity is a benefit you can offer a business partner.
The 12-month period that a company uses for budgeting and financial reporting. Often a company’s fiscal year runs independently of—or does not parallel—the actual calendar year.
Selling the right to operate an established business to an individual or company in another location. The individual or company assumes the responsibility of operating the business and must provide capital to operate under the parent company’s name. The corporate owner provides name recognition and, in some cases, access to products and technical assistance.
The provision of funds or material for a specific project generally not linked to a company’s core business. A grant is usually given to a project on the basis of need rather than the promotional and marketing opportunities it may provide.2 Larger companies often establish foundations that make grants to community initiatives.
Payment (full or partial) of sponsorship fee in goods or services rather than cash.3
A partnership in which one organization sells the rights to use its name, logo or image to another organization.
TV, radio, print and outdoor advertising companies that provide cash, advertising time or space to an organization in exchange for official designation as a sponsor.4
A promotion that takes place at the business location.
Term used by the drugstore industry for “over-the-counter,” nonprescription medications. Aspirin is an example of an OTC medication.
Support for a nonprofit organization where no commercial advantage is expected.5
Point of Sale (POS)
This term refers to a location in a store, usually near the cash register, where a customer can view products and select items to buy. Also known as point of purchase (POP).
A token item from a company with the company name and logo that is usually given away free or with a purchase.
A description of an individual and their values and lifestyle (e.g., an SUV owner who commutes to the city daily, attends soccer games on weekends and eats out with family after games).
Restricted Funds vs. Unrestricted Funds
Restricted funds are used for a specific purpose. Unrestricted funds are flexible and are sometimes referred to as discretionary funds.
A restaurant industry term referring to fast-food businesses such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s.
Return on Investment (ROI)
An estimate of the financial benefit (the “return”) from money spent (the “investment”) on a particular project.
Providing benefits (agreed and additional) to sponsors to assist them in achieving their objectives in return for their sponsorship.6
A grocery/retail term indicating promotions related to where products can be found. Product location is extremely important. Shelf space is a related term. End aisle display refers to the premium space at the end of an aisle that provides greater consumer visibility.
An investment in a community activity, cause or event that yields a commercial return for the sponsor.7
The most appropriate audience for a particular product, service or event. 8 For Covering Kids & Families, the target audience is usually families with eligible uninsured children.
A group of consumers who are likely purchasers of a product or service and who share a similar demographic profile.9
A term used to describe a program that is easy to implement.