It’s no secret that professional sports teams are finding tremendous value in engaging in social media these days. It provides them with an additional touch point to connect with their fans and drive traffic to their website. However, many sports teams are finding it challenging to monetize social media because of the fine balance between using social media as an engagement tool versus using it as a means to generate revenue.
Carson McKee is a sports social media consultant that works with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. I had a chance to talk with Carson at the Strategic Sponsorship Summit hosted in Toronto, Canada and asked him to share some insight on how he works with teams as well as some of the ways the Wild are attempting to monetizing social media.
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Monetize Social Media In Sports – Carson McKee Interview – Transcript
Hey guys it’s Trevor Turnbull here from sportsnetworker.com and I’m in Toronto, Ontario Canada right now at the Canadian Sponsorship Summit and I’m actually here to present on how to leverage the athlete brand from a social media perspective. I’m also here with my good buddy Carson McKee who just presented today on monetizing the digitial brand. So I wanted to ask Carson a couple of questions on that to give you guys some insight on what he does and how he works with some of his clients to essentially monetize what they’re doing from an online perspective. So I’ll take the camera from Carson here.
Hi, I’m Carson.
And there he is.
My company is Direct Contact. I work with sports teams on their digital spaces, their social media sites for monetization; an engagement perspective. One of my clients is the Minnesota Wild and we’re doing some work right now in activating current sponsors in the digital space and in the social space. So the focus is really taking those sponsorships and driving them through other activations as well. From a renewal perspective and from an up-sale perspective I provide those clients with other values in digital and social. Things that fit into their current digital campaigns or social media strategies; those are really important to the deals that we do.
Awesome. So Carson, you obviously have a ton of experience and a wealth of expertise to offer in this area. A very social guy; I actually met Carson on Twitter. How can people connect with you so they can continue these types of conversations online?
The first, best and easiest way to reach out to me is on Twitter @CarsonMcKee.
Perfect. Let’s go inside and grab a drink with all the attendees