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Team SD

Leveraging a wide range of experience in sports marketing and sponsorship activation, our team is always looking to add value. We love collaborating with each other and we write together with you in mind.
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Sports Business 101: What You Need to Know

Posted by Team SD on 5/11/21 10:03 AM

The first thing that you need to know is that the business of sport starts in the marketing department of your company. Often, the decisions are made when brands mix in with sports, but it does not (and probably should not) end there. We are going to explore the tactics, mechanics, and strategies of today’s leaders in sports business and gain an understanding of how you too can leverage this dynamic platform to better your business.

During our time together here, we will crunch some definitions, bust some myths, define some jargon and get you to a place to be dangerous the next time a team or venue approaches you for sponsorship.

Topics: Sports Business, Foundations

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Topics: Sports Business, Foundations

The Definitive Guide to Motorsports Marketing

Posted by Team SD on 5/4/21 10:51 AM

The nearly $6 billion world of motorsports marketing is a challenging, rich and intensely exciting realm to operate in. Some of the largest brands in the world have built their presence from simple grassroots programs to dynamic, multi-series dynasties. From the outside looking in, they make it look easy. But for marketing managers, executives, and those interested in working with motorsports sponsorship programs to market their business it can quickly become overwhelming without the right know-how and support in your corner.

Topics: Motorsports Marketing, Foundations

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Topics: Motorsports Marketing, Foundations

When Heritage, Storytelling and Activation Come Together

Posted by Team SD on 4/13/21 10:16 AM

A few years ago, the great minds at NASCAR and Darlington Raceway created the now hyper-popular “Throwback Weekend” to celebrate the dynamic heritage found in every corner of motorsports. In years past, our clients at Shell have used iconic paint schemes from the past from NASCAR and the other series they are involved to tell a story and participate in a way only they can.

Topics: Sponsorship Activation

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Topics: Sponsorship Activation

Welcome to the Paddock

Posted by Team SD on 2/2/21 10:47 AM

Our team gets pretty excited anytime that we see a brand make the move to become involved in motorsports. It’s a new frontier and an opportunity for that brand to enhance the entire sport. In racing, sponsors have that kind of influence. An event’s title sponsor can make or break the experience for the fans and even the competitors. Also overlooked, the "paddock effect" can be the most valuable aspect of a motorsports sponsorship. The camaraderie among sponsors and willingness to develop business relationships is simply part of the paddock DNA. It far exceeds other sports

Topics: Culture

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Topics: Culture

Integrating Sponsorship as Part of Your Marketing Strategy

Posted by Team SD on 1/26/21 8:22 AM

There are so many elements that go into a well-run and well-considered marketing strategy. We have been an experiencing a massive shift with marketers moving their budget and resources toward digital resources - putting millions of dollars behind search campaigns, YouTube ads, promoted social media posts and more. That has been what is stealing the headlines, anyway. Quietly behind the scenes, event specialist Bizzabo tells us that 80% of marketers still believe live events (even when needing to run them virtual) are critical to their company's success. Live events is a broad topic and platform in its own right. It could be proprietary events, sponsored presentations, webinars, or even smaller lunch & learn type concepts.

Topics: Marketing Strategy, Foundations

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Foundations

Maximizing the ROI of Your Sponsorship Program in 2021

Posted by Team SD on 1/19/21 10:41 AM

Possibly one of the most complex and intriguing forms of marketing over the years has been sponsorship. The industry has evolved massively from logos and egos to rapidly advancing technical partnerships on a global scale. There is no longer room for passive sponsorship management. Executive teams are demanding clear ROI formulas to be delivered regularly to ensure maximum value is created with every dollar of investment. We believe there is no "silver bullet” in sports marketing that boils everything down to one number because there are too many extraordinary ways to activate sponsorships with your most important stakeholders.

Topics: Sponsorship ROI, Foundations

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Topics: Sponsorship ROI, Foundations

Engaging the Up-and-Comer with Motorsports Marketing

Posted by Team SD on 12/1/20 11:09 AM

Bill Gates once said, "Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes."

No matter what kind of business you operate in, an attitude like Bill Gates' is essential for long-term success and growth. This kind of competition with the new challenging the established is critical to progress. Look at the world's largest airplane manufacturers as an example. The younger Airbus recently completed 50 years of successful airplane operations and the more established Boeing made a fun video for them as a tribute.

Topics: Motorsports Marketing

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Topics: Motorsports Marketing

What Happens After Signing a Multi-Million Dollar Sponsorship

Posted by Team SD on 11/23/20 6:33 PM

Signing a multi-million sponsorship deal with a multi-year partner may feel like you have just accomplished the most intense work in your brand’s history, but it ultimately marks the beginning more than anything. Investing in motorsport marketing without having an activation strategy in place can be a costly and high-profile mistake. The way you develop sustainable activation programs will be the key to utilizing your sponsorship assets in a holistic and profitable manner.

Topics: Sponsorship ROI

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Topics: Sponsorship ROI

What is the Makeup of a Sports Marketing Agency?

Posted by Team SD on 11/17/20 12:41 PM

We believe in a diverse approach to success and that comes from richly talented people collaborating toward common objectives. SD has grown strategically over the last 25 years to bring together expertise from all the major stakeholders of motorsports business. No matter what your objectives are with your sponsorship program, our team has the insight to execute by speaking your language.

Topics: Culture

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Topics: Culture

Update Your Marketing Strategy with the Right Asset Mix

Posted by Team SD on 10/27/20 12:54 PM

The world of motorsports marketing is a dynamic, exciting and unique place for your brand to thrive in. You have the opportunity to engage customers, employees and partners through integrated programs across a suite of available assets. We see a lot of brands go all-in to one particular property thinking it is the most convenient option, but it doesn't always produce the best results. When you activate a diverse set of assets, your ROI begins building while remaining flexible to the marketplace.

Topics: Sponsorship ROI

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Topics: Sponsorship ROI