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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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Team SD Visits London for BlackBook Motorsport Forum

Posted by Austin Schneider on 8/18/22 8:27 AM

We like to get to a few different conferences each year to push our thinking. This also ensures that we don't settle for anything less than remarkable work for our clients. Being in new environments with new series and new thinking allows us to take insights back home and apply them to our work.

Topics: Culture

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Topics: Culture

Pitch Exhaustion

Posted by Austin Schneider on 8/2/22 12:15 PM

Many cold, incoming pitches are likely to be in the form of short-term or stunt-based concepts that are "turnkey" and "guaranteed for millions of impressions." The writing in these pitches is tempting to bite on because they are often written like clickbait.

Topics: Marketing Strategy

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Save Resources With Better Options to Choose From

Posted by Austin Schneider on 7/26/22 1:14 PM

Never before in history have you had more choice as a consumer or as a decision maker. Lower barriers to entry and greater access to large audiences have fueled an unprecedented expansion of options big and small. In your personal life, that means choices like clothing brands, apps to use, sparkling water flavors, movies to see, songs to listen to, books to learn from…and just about every other corner of your passions. 

Topics: Marketing Strategy

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Buying a Sponsorship and Not Activating It

Posted by Austin Schneider on 7/19/22 8:40 AM

Buying a sponsorship and not activating it is like...

Topics: Sponsorship Activation

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Topics: Sponsorship Activation

Build Business Value With Your Showcar Program

Posted by Austin Schneider on 7/5/22 8:54 AM

An effective and sustainable way to activate your motorsports sponsorship and engage with your audience is through a strategic showcar program. No longer are the teams people who transport a car to an event, set up some chairs, and endure the day. We have expanded this more traditional program for our clients by integrating them into a larger marketing mix, now leveraging them as Experiential Marketing & Merchandising Teams (EMTs).

Topics: Sponsorship Activation

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Topics: Sponsorship Activation

Consistent or Repetitive?

Posted by Austin Schneider on 6/21/22 7:11 AM

Rapidly switching platforms and tactics is a difficult way to find ROI, especially when large amounts of budget are involved. It takes time to grow into a platform - no matter what it is. Leaving behind equity built up is one of the most expensive things marketers can do. We see this a lot in the sponsorship world as part of the 3-and-out issue. Brands come in fast in year one by spending loads of money, and then they have a reality check in year two without much enhancement, then inevitably in year three they fade.

Topics: Marketing Strategy

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Lost Art of Listening

Posted by Austin Schneider on 6/7/22 12:12 PM

There is an insatiable demand for “the next thing” that has brands constantly spinning wheels trying to create stunts to boost impressions and other vane metrics.

Why?

It might be because marketers have forgotten how to listen to consumers to understand what they actually want. Forgetting to listen has lead to a lack of understanding, which has generated even more noise. The cycle continues with more emphasis on faster, more fleeting digital activations.

Topics: Marketing Strategy

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Engaging New Generations Through Motorsport

Posted by Austin Schneider on 5/24/22 9:03 AM

One of the top questions we field from our clients relates to appealing to a younger demographic. It isn't just us, as the shift for many years has been about attracting millennials and keeping them engaged and it has become a top priority for marketing teams as they continue to set goals.

We are seeing companies make dramatic changes in effort to serve a new set of consumer behaviors made possible by higher connection, new technologies and faster pace. It seems the way forward is composed of two opposite approaches: improved digital work and unique experiences all presented in an authentic way.

Topics: Motorsports Marketing

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Topics: Motorsports Marketing

What is Your Objective?

Posted by Austin Schneider on 5/3/22 1:13 PM

Let's zoom out from sports and sponsorship for a moment to take a look at marketing as a whole.

The need to measure your marketing has come a long way since early advertising. The requirements to demonstrate ROI or effectiveness have only intensified for the mainstream since AdWords and other data-rich platforms have been opened up to marketers around the world in every industry.

Topics: Sponsorship ROI

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Topics: Sponsorship ROI

Does My Team Need to Win to Build Sponsorship ROI?

Posted by Austin Schneider on 4/26/22 2:34 PM

Sponsorships are high profile, and therefore are highly scrutinized as part of the overall marketing strategy. Often, this will leave brands thinking that if their logo isn’t part of a winning team then the business side of their involvement isn't winning either. These two things do not have to go hand-in-hand, and by developing the right brand activation programs your sponsorship can evolve into a business or technical partnership that reaches far beyond shared logo space.

Topics: Sports Business

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Topics: Sports Business