Help Your Brand Story Shine at StoryConnect

Sponsoring StoryConnect puts your brand front and center with innovative communicators and marketers at one of the most beloved and networking-focused conferences on the industry calendar.

The conference is March 8-10, 2023, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We expect approximately 70-75 attendees from telcos and utilities around the country. In 2022, attendees were roughly even between telcos and electric utilities with almost everyone making some kind of broadband expansion or launch. Attendees are usually 60% to 70% marketers and communicators with a mix of utility leadership and member services staff mixed in.

Sponsorship slots go fast; save your spot by Feb. 12!


Step 1: Consider the Benefits

All sponsorships include your logo in the program, on website, on the intermission slides, in announcements from stage and exclusive signage at the time and space related to your selection.

  • Reception Dinner Sponsorship ($2,500): Treat attendees to a night of story swapping, networking and good food as the conference gets started. Your logo will be on table tents on each table.
  • Networking Bar Sponsorship ($2,500): Ready to raise a glass to the power of stories? The brand behind our networking bar, gets a logo on table tents at each table during the reception, and we’ll raise a glass to your story you, too.
  • Headshot Sponsor ($2,000): Selfies are so 2020. Attendees can get a professional headshot at the conference, and your story (including a link to your website) will be included on emails with signup forms before the event and an email delivering the digital headshots two weeks later.
  • Tree Walk/Coaster Sponsorship ($1,500): Share a birds-eye view of the mountains with conference attendees at the Anakeesta Treetop Skywalk and feel the rush of the Rail Runner mountain coaster. As the sponsor of this unique networking event, your brand will be on display with table tents.
  • Writing and Photo Workshop Sponsor ($1,500): In a first for StoryConnect, we’re offering an intensive breakout track for writers and photographers. Story highlights are included during the photo presentation and critique for all attendees on Friday. As the sponsor, your brand will be shown during the breakout track, and in the Friday main session.
  • Agenda Sponsorship ($1,500): Place your story next to the main stage throughout a full day of storytelling sessions. Don’t want to move your sign at the end of the day? Sponsor all three days!
  • International Women’s Day Gift Sponsor ($1,500): We love celebrating stories, and since March 8 is International Women’s Day, we’re giving attendees a special gift. Show your support by adding your brand, along with Pioneer, on the card given to attendees with the gift.
  • Podcast Sponsorship ($1,000): Your brand gets top billing on three episodes of our StoryConnect podcast; the episodes are recorded live on the main stage during the conference.
  • Moonshine Tasting Sponsor ($1,000): Help distill storytelling strengths by sponsoring a unique networking event. We’ll raise a glass to your brand, and you can network with attendees while tasting, too.
  • Break and Breakfast Sponsors ($500 and $800): We all need energy for strong storytelling and networking! Get your brand on signage by food and beverage stations during your break (4) or breakfast (2) during the conference. Want all of the food slots for your story? Pick the “All Breaks” or “All Breakfasts” option for a yummy discount.
  • Idea Exchange Sponsor ($500): Want to spotlight your brand during one of our most popular sessions? During the Idea Exchange, nine utility communicators take the stage to share what works for them. The sponsor will be noted in the agenda and on stage.

Sponsorship Details

We do not offer booths due to limited space, but the size of the conference lends itself to plenty of time for interaction between your staff and attendees. In addition to the branding opportunities listed above, here are benefits for your brand story by sponsorship level.

$2,000+ Sponsorship Benefits
  • Choose to either submit copy for a “live read” on stage during the conference describing your products or services in approximately 30 seconds or submit a 30 second video to be shown on the main stage of the conference.
  • Get two (2) attendee registrations
  • Receive the StoryConnect attendee list, with permission to send one email blast after the conference.
  • Add your logo on our conference agenda
  • Include an item for attendees in our conference swag bag
$1,500+ Sponsorship Benefits
  • Get two (2) attendee registrations
  • Receive the StoryConnect attendee list, with permission to send one email blast after the conference.
  • Add your logo on our conference agenda
  • Include an item for attendees in our conference swag bag
$1,000+ Sponsorship Benefits
  • Get one (1) attendee registration
  • Include an item for attendees in our conference swag bag

Step 2: Make Your Selection


Make sure we know the names of your brand ambassadors planning to attend. We will send an invoice for your sponsorship.

Step 3: Send Us Your Logo

Upload your logo for us here.

Step 4: Get Ready to Connect!

Now the fun begins! If your sponsorship includes one (or more) attendees, be sure to make hotel reservations. The best part of StoryConnect are the connections you’ll make. Stay tuned for more networking opportunities and featured speakers over the next few weeks!

Questions?