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The Stunt: Grabbing attention today with an age-old concept & a young Jimmy Kimmel story

This week on The Inches Podcast I got to sit down with Rich Franklin, VP of sponsorship for the Portland Winterhawks, to chat on sports sponsorship. Quick back story, Rich & I work together on digital activations for the Portland Winterhawks and...

So you don’t think attention is on your fan’s phone during your sports games…

I hear this a lot from teams. And it is a bit scary. In fact, I heard this recently from a notable team: “I think you are overstating the number of times fans are looking at their phones on game day.” My jaw...

5 Pillars To Any Great Digital Sports Sponsorship Contest

At SQWAD we run a lot of digital contests with some great teams. With running those contests we’ve learned a lot in the process. And a few recurring items have popped up with the digital contests we’ve seen success with. We broke...

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 is at all age levels. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the reason a team...

The 90 Day Plan For Sports Sponsorship.

The first stage was a bit of a shock for most of us when games ended. It seemed like overnight we were game-less, plans in the trash, and now scrambling to still bring value to our partners. Well, that shock is over....

Surviving a Recession in Sports Sponsorship

I’d like to say I’ve had a fair amount of experience in the professional sports and tourism world. But the other day I was reminded that I was graduating high school during the last recession… At that moment my mind jumped back...

In-Stadium vs. Out Of Stadium Digital Sponsorship Assets…The Value In Each

Ice cream or soup…which is better? Tough question to answer. Ice cream, on one hand, is great for hot days. It’s also sweet so it is meant for after a meal. You can eat it on a cold day in the winter…but...

Words I heard today…”​In-Stadium Signage is the Sexy Equivalent to a Highway Billboard Ad”​

I sit here today contemplating a recent comment by a brand on their thoughts to in-stadium signage….. “An in-stadium sign….when you think about it…is a sexy highway billboard ad…and as a brand, we don’t get excited about that.” Even in my digital biased...

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Why we need to look at sponsorship as monetizing your influence.

Sports teams have been the pinnacle of influence in pop culture and our lives. We have pulled in fans, enthralled them with our stories, our wins, our losses, and made our brand a part of...

What is your sponsorship department the best in the world at?

In sponsorship, we are constantly competing for advertising dollars. Every day not only do we go head to head with other sponsorship advertising options, but we battle against other forms of advertising. Digital ads are a...

Apple will significantly affect your sponsors and how they run digital ads.

I’ve said it here time & time again that our biggest “competitor” for sponsorship dollars are digital ads. The efficiency and traceability of these ad platforms really make them attractive to brands to dump their money...

5 Opportunities In Sports Sponsorship Going Into 2021

2020 was a hell-of-a year for the sports industry. One that we’d like to forget. But as we look back at it, there are some shifts that will help shape the future of the industry. We...