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Athlete Branding – Develop a Memorable and Powerful Brand

In the world of sports, it can be very challenging for an aspiring professional athlete, or even a well-seasoned one, to stand out from the crowd and have the opportunity to luxuriate from their success. As the movie Jerry McGuire successfully illustrates, the sports industry is cutthroat and remarkably competitive. Successful athletes are a dime…

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Athlete Couple Branding: Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy’s victory at The Honda Classic but a few weeks ago solidified his ascent to the top – for the first time in his career he moved to the number one spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. On the other side of the country, Dane Caroline Wozniacki, former world number one…

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Shooting a Good Sports Image for Social Media

One of the biggest problems I faced when working with corporate clients in media was convincing them of the importance of using only quality photographs to help convey their brand correctly. I can never understand why businesses and sports persons will spend thousands on ‘flash websites’ but never invest a few hundred dollars in a…

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How to Choose the Right Athlete to Endorse Your Brand

A savvy athlete can today command huge endorsement and sponsorship deals. A recent article on the BBC spoke of the endorsement riches awaiting British tennis star Andy Murray, despite his recent loss in the Australian Grand Slam final – his third unsuccessful attempt to win a major. In the Sports Illustrated feature on the 50…

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The Benefits of Media Training for Athletes

Maintaining life as an athlete takes a massive amount of dedication and focus. Not only does the athlete need to demonstrate talent on the field, he needs to translate that talent into an effective media presence. After all, the athlete is himself a brand and he needs to ensure he doesn’t water down his brand…

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The Future of Sports Social Media

In last week’s newsletter, we asked you what you thought the future of sports social media would look like and all of you responded with a optimistic outlook for the coming year. The trends being talked about include more virtual engagement, inclusion of mobile real time technology, and a global reach. Here is what you had to…

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A Simple @Reply Goes A Long Way

I work with professional sports organizations and athletes for a living, consulting them on best practices in social media branding. That being said, before working as a social media consultant (I hate that term), I am a massive sports fan (GO PHILLIES!). I’ve loved sports for as long as I can remember, and ever since I realized I would not be a professional athlete, I’ve always dreamt of working with them in some capacity. I have several athletes’ numbers stored on my phone, and I would be lying if I said I think it’s no big deal. Because I don’t think that. I think it’s freaking awesome! That’s why I understand this: a simple @reply goes a long way…

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Life After Football: What comes next?

Super Bowl XLIV is a mere memory now. Faint echoes of “Who Dat” ring in our ears. We’ve seen a Brees blow through and we’ve seen the burning Bush. For fans, the season is over and we’re wondering what to do on Sunday afternoons. We could relive the season by watching games of our favorite…

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Reputation Management: Athletes Facing Controversy

(This is a guest article by Wesley Mallette) Athletes in trouble. We see it every day in the news and find ourselves wondering aloud, “Wow. Did they really just say/do that?” The vast majority of athletes will face a crisis of some proportion during their career or post-career. How they handle it is everything, and…

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How Athletes Can Build Their Personal Brand

It’s no surprise professional athletes are using social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and even Ustream everyday.  Being an ex pro athlete myself (even on a smaller scale than the NFL) I loved connecting with my fans before and after games. I had my regular group of fans that would come down by the field…

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LeBron is Missing a Massive Opportunity

Let me start by saying that LeBron James is doing just fine for himself. LeBron can pretty much do whatever he wants (e.g. get dunked on at his own camp and confiscate the video, walk off the court without shaking hands after losing the Eastern conference finals, back out of the Slam Dunk Competition) and…

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Super Bowl Commercials Play Role in Branding

A few days ago a reporter called and asked how I would advise a professional athlete if he wanted to endorse a hot-button topic in a forum as big as a Super Bowl audience. My answer was not textbook public relations. (I will reveal the outlet and topic upon its publication). The reasons that athletes…

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