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More relationships touchpoints, less logo touchpoints in sports sponsorship

In sports sponsorship, and really all sponsorship, we get bogged down in assets. It somewhat makes sense...it is the product we sell. Our mindset sometimes shifts to "How many signs can I get sold?". Many times though, those assets we focus on are...

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...

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 we have access to and influence...

Gaining Interest from Brands That Don’t Spend on Sports Sponsorship

Some brands just don't spend on sports sponsorships. Never have...some say they never will. There are categories that we can usually count on to spend on sports sponsorships. Auto, Banks, Insurance, etc. Most of the time they are already spending there. Conventional...

What is Sports Promotion?

The power and emotion of sports are powerful tools. Our teams have created fan bases with similar characteristics, and followings that rival some religions. Fans want to be part of something, it is a human need that lives deep in our brains....

How to populate content on 7 different digital platforms with one video in sports.

I had a friend say she was starting a video show to post onto Instagram TV. It was long-form and meant to help build her brand up through helpful content. I asked, “Why just Instagram TV?” She gave the answer I get a...

Rethinking Minimum Spend Limits In Sports Sponsorship

Since I started in the sponsorship industry...we’ve always had a minimum spend. I was always told “We need a brand to commit to our value.” or “the smaller deals take too much time.” Both are valid points...but also dangerous ones. Whenever we...

Why fan segmentation in sports sponsorship is so important

Nothing is worse when you get an ad when there is no way you fit the product. My favorite is when I get cat offers from a certain pet store (I won’t say which one). Two issues there: I own a dog….so you...

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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...