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Austin Schneider

Austin Schneider

Austin has built his experience around the world in digital marketing, business development and client service. He loves the fast pace of working in sports business and is always excited to collaborate on new projects. An avid motorsports fan of all types, the global and exact nature of F1 is still his favorite.
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How to Make the Most of Your Event Weekend

Posted by Austin Schneider on 1/20/22 12:02 PM

While an event often only lasts a couple of days for guests and customers, it took months of your team's time and resources to make the magic happen. You want to go into an event as prepared as possible to maximize the marketing and business value you can build from it. That often means extending the activation beyond the event itself and organizing different formats of engagement for in-person and virtual audiences.

Topics: Best Practices, Sponsorship ROI

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Topics: Best Practices, Sponsorship ROI

New vs. Effective

Posted by Austin Schneider on 1/5/22 12:49 PM

Which would you rather have in your marketing strategy?

Topics: Marketing Strategy

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Putting all of Your Budget in One Asset

Posted by Austin Schneider on 11/2/21 2:02 PM

The famous saying goes, "don't put all your eggs in one basket," because what happens if something goes wrong with that basket? What happens to your eggs?

Topics: Marketing Strategy

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Stay Nimble

Posted by Austin Schneider on 10/27/21 2:57 PM

Things change fast in this market. Cycles are speeding up, value perceptions actively shift, sponsorship strategies look significantly different than just two years ago. These changes are made more challenging by regulatory environments presenting in surprising ways that restrict the kinds of activation you can leverage.

Topics: Culture

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Topics: Culture

The Underrated Ingredient to Sponsorship Value

Posted by Austin Schneider on 10/19/21 9:44 AM

Many factors can bring value from your sponsorship program back to your business. There are also a handful of elements your team needs to look out for that can slow down your progress. One of the most under-the-radar factors that will sink a campaign before it even gets off the ground is a lack of internal communication.

This is especially critical during times of uncertainty or when outside factors are influencing the overall marketplace. When things are not normal, it does not mean there aren't opportunities - they just may look different.

Topics: Sponsorship ROI, Motorsports Marketing

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Topics: Sponsorship ROI, Motorsports Marketing

Big Decisions with Little Experience

Posted by Austin Schneider on 10/12/21 9:27 AM

We read a great article from one of our favorite marketers, Seth Godin. It was all about the decisions you tend to do only once (maybe twice) and how you automatically have an experience disadvantage when you make these decisions.

Wildly, these decisions all happen to be quite significant. He mentions planning a wedding, raising money from venture capitalists and applying to college as examples of things you will likely do only once or twice in your life.

Topics: Motorsports Marketing

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Topics: Motorsports Marketing

SD Featured on BlackBook Motorsport: Building ROI from Your Sponsorships

Posted by Austin Schneider on 9/7/21 9:42 AM

We are a sports marketing and creative agency based in Charlotte, NC and Denver, CO. We seek to be an organic extension of your sales and marketing teams with a special focus on sponsorship activation. At our core, we represent brands that sponsor various properties across motorsports. We also help properties modernize their offerings so that they are best positioned to connect with what sponsors require. We believe that agreeing to sponsor a particular team, driver, series, or venue is only the first step and cannot generate the maximum return on that investment.

Topics: Sponsorship ROI

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Topics: Sponsorship ROI

Maximizing Motorsports Sponsorship

Posted by Austin Schneider on 8/31/21 1:22 PM

From events to teams to entire racing series, there are many ways for your brand to leverage this platform as part of your marketing strategy. You know what they say, “there’s strength in numbers,” and being partnered with a motorsports property can be incredibly beneficial to your brand - even if that means hooking into an iRacing event. Heightened visibility, increased sales, differentiation and unique assets make this one of the most exciting platforms to be involved with. It is a different world, so there are some things to consider before heading in.

Topics: Marketing Strategy

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

3 Questions to Ask of Your Sponsorship Program

Posted by Austin Schneider on 8/10/21 8:32 AM

Ends of quarters, ends of event seasons and other "ends of" are fitting times to review your suite of partnerships to make sure you are making the most out of new and ever-changing assets. It also can provide a window to consult with an objective third party that will be able to identify opportunities and hang-ups more efficiently. To get you started, let these three questions guide you toward a more productive and value-based sponsorship program.

Topics: Best Practices, Sponsorship ROI

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Topics: Best Practices, Sponsorship ROI

What Comes After a Major Event You Sponsor

Posted by Austin Schneider on 8/3/21 10:42 AM

A lot of the work we do revolves some of the world's most well-attended and watched events from the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal to IndyCar's Indianapolis 500. All eyes are on during the event, and you have heard us chat about what the lead up to an event is like, but what about what happens right after a major event that your brand is sponsoring?

Topics: Sponsorship Activation

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Topics: Sponsorship Activation