Banking Marketing Partnerships Report 2023

September 14, 2023

Traditional banks are zeroing in on music-related entities—namely music festivals and concert venues—as they try to convert young music fans with sizable disposable income into clients for years to come. Case in point: last month, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) inked a deal to sponsor Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour when it arrives in Toronto in November 2024, hoping to gain brand recognition with legions of Swifties packing arenas worldwide.

  • Banking brands generated $450 million in sponsorship revenue across NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL teams.
  • The banking industry has significantly shifted its sports-heavy sponsorship strategy toward music festivals and concert venues.
  • From 2021 to 2023, banking brands led all financial categories by the number of new brands buying sponsorships or media.


This report offers an in-depth analysis of brand sponsorships, endorsements and social engagement across the Banking industry in sports, music, streaming, and out-of-home rights holders. Compiled using SponsorUnited’s proprietary platform, the data encompasses more than 650 brands, 5,600 assets, and over 15,000 social posts.

For neobank research, we conducted a comparative analysis of the average metrics of a sample group of ten neobanks compared to those in the traditional banking industry.

The report was jointly authored by SponsorUnited’s Marketing Research & Insights and Marketing Departments, using data from January 2021 through August 2023.

About SponsorUnited:

Launched in 2018, SponsorUnited is the leading global sports and entertainment intelligence platform, delivering actionable data and insights to build stronger marketing partnerships. We provide unrivaled knowledge across the sponsorship and media landscape so our clients can make impactful decisions that drive business.

With over 250,000 brands, 1.1 million deals, and 10 million data points across sports, entertainment, media, and talent, our SaaS database enables brands, rights holders, and agencies to partner more effectively. By delivering real-time trends, on-demand research, and the most comprehensive data available, we connect the entire sponsorship ecosystem and are rewriting the partnership playbook.

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