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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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Unofficial Advice for Those Seeking New Sponsorship

Posted by Team SD on 9/21/21 11:41 AM

We are often asked if our agency is responsible for selling news sponsorships on behalf of teams, drivers and other properties. While there are some excellent agencies in this world that do just that, we are emphatically focused on representing sponsors to make sure they gain the most value possible out of their investment. 

Topics: Sports Business

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Topics: Sports Business

What Do These Brands Have in Common?

Posted by Team SD on 9/9/21 11:13 AM

"These" brands may refer to any of your competitors, any of the vendors you buy from, or any of the brands that you look up to. A group of brands with something in common.

It refers to the other brands that have also chosen to invest in a particular driver, series, venue or team with you. If your brand is sponsoring a property, who else is there with you? What brands do you share space with?

Topics: Motorsports Marketing

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Topics: Motorsports Marketing

6 Things an Activation Agency Can Do for Your Business

Posted by Team SD on 8/24/21 10:31 AM

With so much information readily available online to consult about sponsorship strategy, brands sometimes ask us "Why do we need to hire an agency?" They wonder why they cannot just go to a property looking for sponsors and deal with them directly without representation or rather hire internally to manage everything. Both are viable options in the short term and in some cases may feel more cost-efficient. Our experience has shown that over a longer term and with more sophisticated operations, you may want to consider an activation agency to help you excel in what is an increasingly unique environment.

Inc. Magazine has done a feature going into more detail about how this relationship works. To expand, we will look into 6 specific ways an agency can provide immediate value to your program and team.

Topics: Motorsports Marketing

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Topics: Motorsports Marketing

4 Pillars of Sponsorship Value

Posted by Team SD on 8/17/21 2:45 PM

We have seen the marketplace adapt to many shifts across our work in different series, sports, brands and partners. Now more than ever, these essential pillars of value are shining through the more mainstream vanities such as views, attendee counts, and impressions. 

You will find new and fresh value when your organization limits the inbound noise to focus on these core principles. These principles have been distilled down to their most essential form so you can get right to it.

Topics: Sponsorship ROI

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Topics: Sponsorship ROI

Sponsorship Activation Spotlight: Asset Integration

Posted by Team SD on 7/6/21 10:19 AM

We have long been fans of the somewhat cliché idea of 2+2=5. This is what happens when you put together two seemingly similar categories of things and end up with more than the sum of their parts. This strategy becomes available to brands that have assets in multiple different categories, sports, or media types.

Your brand likely falls in that category even if you have to think about things a bit differently. Some partnerships make more sense than others to integrate, like the one we are going to spotlight here, but this concept works across a variety of ways.

Topics: Sponsorship Activation

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Topics: Sponsorship Activation

Why You Should Focus on Sponsorship Activation

Posted by Team SD on 6/1/21 2:57 PM

Our area of focus in the sports business world might come off pretty specific to most, and that's how we like it. We were poking around some broader trends in the sponsorship world and what we found was pretty remarkable. 70% of sponsorship spending is directed at sports. The next bucket of sponsorship investment? 10% on entertainment properties such as the Academy Awards and Grammys. These figures point to the idea that an investment in sponsorship is rich with opportunities for brands to showcase their story authentically.

Topics: Sponsorship Activation, Foundations

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Topics: Sponsorship Activation, Foundations

Maximizing the ROI of Your Sponsorship Program in 2021

Posted by Team SD on 5/25/21 10:41 AM

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. The storytelling, the emotion, the passion and some of the other more intangible elements sponsorship brings to your brand is a healthy balance to the data-heavy traceability of digital marketing. 

Topics: Sponsorship ROI, Foundations

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Topics: Sponsorship ROI, Foundations

Integrating Sponsorship as Part of Your Marketing Strategy

Posted by Team SD on 5/18/21 8:22 AM

There are so many elements that go into a well-run and well-considered marketing strategy. We have been experiencing a massive shift with marketers moving their budget and resources toward digital resources - putting millions of dollars behind search campaigns, YouTube advertising, 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 are a broad topic and platform in their 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

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