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Sponsorship Opportunities

SME is the largest manufacturing event producer in North America, attracting the greatest thinkers and doers in the industry – from innovators to key decision-makers. Whether you're an attendee or an exhibitor, SME events are the best place to connect your business to the manufacturing community.

Event sponsorships provide premium marketing exposure to a targeted group of manufacturing practitioners and companies when they are actively evaluating products and services. SME's industry-leading events offer a wide variety of ways to reach these highly qualified buyers, build brand recognition, become a thought-leader and generate targeted leads.

Experience the power of live marketing when you use SME Sponsorship Opportunities as an integral component in your marketing mix.

Sponsorship Categories

Custom Speaking

Custom Speaking

Integrate your presentation into the event schedule reaching a targeted audience within a featured area such as the show floor theater, Smart Manufacturing Hub, conference room or private space.
Sponsored Alignment

Sponsored Alignment

Reach a captive target audience and align your brand with industry experts or celebrities by sponsoring a headline event such as a keynote, conference session, or panel.


Receive measurable and meaningful ROI by obtaining qualified leads from attendees, viewers or readers that opt-in to your custom content or the content that your company is aligning with.


Enhance your company’s brand recognition and image while fostering relationships with key and prospective customers by sponsoring a networking event or co-creating a custom hospitality event at a show.

Marketing Outreach

Connect with an audience before, during or after any event by utilizing a variety of print or digital options such as email marketing, targeted list rentals, impression based retargeting programs, mobile app marketing, magazine, event directories, and more!


Highlight the presence of your company at an event by showcasing your brand in a high-traffic location and making your brand a destination with a sponsored lounge, café, theater, or custom created area on the show floor.

Sponsorship Portfolio

Flip through our 2020-2021 Sponsorship Portfolio or download it as a PDF to learn more about the above sponsorship opportunities.

Contact Us

We understand that a one-size fits all approach doesn’t address everyone’s marketing needs. Often, our customers have unique marketing challenges – new product launches, custom events, ROI based marketing objectives, niche target audience, etc. - which require a more strategic approach. At SME, we specialize in developing custom marketing plans and welcome you to schedule a conversation with us to share your company's unique marketing needs, goals and challenges. In return we will provide you with a sample of a solution-oriented marketing plan illustrating the digital and event marketing tactics you might want to consider within your budget range to achieve your goals. To schedule a strategic analysis of your marketing challenges please click here.


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