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Good morning, Marketers, and what do you think about the opportunities student-athletes are getting under new Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) agreements?
As we’ve been covering recently, brands are taking this opportunity to throw attention on important causes and to shine a light on athletes that so many sports fans love to watch compete.
For any marketers paying attention to the kinds of stories being told with these talented and inspiring people, these aren’t your typical highlight-driven sneaker and sports drinks ads. That’s because the stars aren’t professional athletes. So far, more attention has been paid to the full student-athlete, giving education and life after sports an important role in the narrative.
This makes student-athletes more relatable to a brand’s audience, and taps into what younger consumers value in a well-rounded brand message. They aren’t just buying your product, they want to make sure they align with your brand’s values.
Quote of the day: “Marketing operations is responsible for opening the box and showing everyone what’s behind the curtains. Doing this is the only way to earn the trust and support necessary for sustainable, predictable growth.” Tim Parkin, marketing consult
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