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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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The Definitive Guide to Motorsports Marketing

Posted by Team SD on 3/17/20 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

Focus on Experiences and Watch Your Content Library Grow

Posted by Team SD on 3/3/20 2:24 PM

The demand for digital content and engagement is massive. Brands want content that their audience relates to and for a good reason - it is incredibly effective. No matter how much the digital side of things are expanding, we believe the human and in-person things  need  to develop at least as much to keep up. 

Topics: Marketing Strategy

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Unofficial Advice for Those Seeking New Sponsorship

Posted by Team SD on 2/17/20 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

Sponsorship Activation Spotlight: Storytelling

Posted by Team SD on 2/11/20 1:33 PM

The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 was 104 days away on Monday, February 10. Along with our friends and partners at Shell and Pennzoil, our content team developed a story that celebrated one of the most iconic setups in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history. Driver Helio Castroneves, sponsor Pennzoil and the Indy 500.

Earlier in the year, we went out to the historic race track at one of the few times of the year when it stood empty. We sat down with the infinitely knowledgeable Donald Davidson, the historian of IMS, and Helio himself to discuss the last 20 years of impact Helio has had on the sport and venue.

Topics: Marketing Strategy

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Topics: Marketing Strategy

Maximizing the ROI of Your Sponsorship Program in 2020

Posted by Team SD on 12/3/19 11:18 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

Sponsorship Activation Spotlight: Asset Integration

Posted by Team SD on 10/1/19 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

Does Your Brand Need Support in Sports Marketing?

Posted by Team SD on 9/24/19 11:28 AM

Sometimes the biggest challenge of getting started with a new project is fighting the unknown. When you don't know what you need, you don't know how to get started. In sports marketing, this can be especially frustrating for the different parties that come together to make the whole environment work. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources to support your brand and maximize the opportunities to succeed.

Here, we have outlined the differences to provide some guidance on the value two different types of agencies can bring.

Topics: Sponsorship ROI

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Topics: Sponsorship ROI

Integrating Sponsorship as Part of Your Marketing Strategy

Posted by Team SD on 8/6/19 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 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 events, or even smaller lunch & learn type concepts.

Topics: Marketing Strategy, Foundations

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Foundations

Modernizing Sponsorship Success

Posted by Team SD on 7/9/19 2:40 PM

For many years, rights holders and properties did not need to change their model to reflect a more dynamic marketplace. Things were simpler and were valued in a more basic way. Digital platforms have shaken that up dramatically for industries of all forms.

Only recently are we starting to see sports look for new evolutions in the way they are presented and consumed. SportsBusiness Journal recently covered the changing sponsorship model of NASCAR and we thought it deserved some extra analysis from the agency side.

Topics: Sports Business

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Topics: Sports Business

Engaging the Up-and-Comer with Motorsports Marketing

Posted by Team SD on 7/2/19 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

 

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