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How to Successfully Market Your Digital Activations & Contests With Your Fans (After Launching…

If an activation is promoted, and no fan is there to hear it, does it even exist? Well…yes…but it wouldn’t be very successful. Marketing your activations are a HUGE part of launching a new campaign with...

We were over-leveraged in sports and the pandemic exposed it…here’s how we can diversify

‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change’. Commonly misquoted to Charles Darwin, it was actually written by...

One Tweak Can Increase Your Team’s YouTube Reach (And Why It Matters In Sponsorship)

I’ve been harping a ton on YouTube lately…and well…it’s because there is a TON of money being spent there by brands. In sponsorship, we sell advertisements. We sell the ability to reach an impassioned group that...

Why GIFs Should Be On Your Sponsorship Marketing Radar For 2021

What if I told you you could harness and hack the second largest search engine for your sports team and sponsors…for free. Yes…for free. Well, you can through GIFs. Yup, those funny animations we see all over Twitter,...

How to Build the Perceived Value of Your Sponsorship Assets & Department

Value is a very interesting dynamic in economics. Why do we spend $1,000,000 for a Ferrari over $30K for a Toyota? Are the parts really 33X better? Have they built a brand that is 33X better...

Sponsorship post-pandemic is all about re-building habits, old and new.

Humans are creatures of habits. It is extremely hard once we’ve entered a habit to change it. In reverse, it takes a lot for us to build new habits. But there was a pandemic that rewired...

Your Sponsorship Package Should Be A Story, Not A Menu

Everyone always talks about stories in sales…and rightfully so. As humans, we are physiologically conditioned to accept stories more than any other form of communication. Stories build trust, they build empathy. Neuroscientists found that when listening...

Making sure your digital partnership assets pencil out for your team

Buying digital assets are fun. Finding new ways for your team to engage fans and connect partners is an essential part of a sponsorship plan. But we can’t get too enamored with the asset, we have...

The Biggest Competitor to Sports & Event Sponsorship is Paid Social Ads. Here’s Why.

I’m sitting in a sponsorship meeting just 8 months ago with a client of ours. It’s the usual Agency, Partner, & Team three sections of the table divided (At SQWAD we get brought into sponsor...

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Sponsorship can’t only be “Awareness”​ advertising anymore…or we’ll lose.

I was reading about sponsorship (because well…I’m a bit obsessed with it if you couldn’t tell) and something slapped me in the face, I know,...

Sh*t happens at deadlines…how to get an answer from your prospect that is ghosting you in sports…

Ghosting, Friend Zone, whatever you want to call it…sometimes after a great pitch and initial interest from a partner, we get radio silence. This is...

Let’s stop using the “OLD FAN”​ excuse for why you haven’t gone digital as a sports team.

It’s something I hear a lot and drives me mad in the sports world. Like really insane, because it is a misunderstanding of where attention...

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Do a Sports Sponsorship Pitch

You’ve done it. You got the meeting for that perfect sports sponsorship prospect. The meeting is set. You and your team are prepping for...

The Perfect Sports Sponsorship Email Template (not what you’re expecting)

You saw the headline, you were thinking “Yes, the perfect email I can copy, paste, & send out to close $1M in deals”. I know,...