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Building And Leveraging A Loss Proof Brand

  1. 1. Building And Leveraging 
 A “Loss-Proof” Brand
 For Sporting Franchises." Sport Marketing Association " 6th Annual Conference ! Gold Coast, Australia! July 17, 2008!
  2. 2. Each Of These Is A Famous Brand.
  3. 3. Each Of These Is A Famous Brand. But What About These? "
  4. 4. It Depends On How You Define “Brand.”"
  5. 5. It’s What Others Say/Think About 
 Us When We’re 
 Not Around."
  6. 6. “A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person…
 You earn reputation by doing hard things well.”
 - Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon.!
  7. 7. Not All Brands Are Equal. "
  8. 8. Utility UTILITY"
  9. 9. ESTEEM" Utility UTILITY"
  10. 10. ASPIRATION" ESTEEM" Utility UTILITY"
  11. 11. Brands Can Transcend Utility And 
 Become “Nations.” " NATION " ASPIRATION" ESTEEM" Utility UTILITY"
  12. 12. Brands Can Transcend Utility And 
 Become “Nations.” " NATION " ASPIRATION" ESTEEM" Utility UTILITY"
  13. 13. “Apart from the spiritual powers, there is nothing more powerful than the spirit of nationality.”
 - George William Russell!
  14. 14. What Is A “Nation Brand?”" A nation is a cultural and social community in as much as members may never meet each other, yet feel a common bond.! ! !! Nations are defined by a shared culture. Unlike a language, a national culture is !unique to the nation.! Source: Definition of Nation, Wikipedia.
  15. 15. Nation Brands Are Unique -- They Embody A 
 Set Of Values And An Unreplicable Ethos.!
  16. 16. All Brand Operations March In Lockstep 
 To Create A Consistent Culture.

  17. 17. Nation Brands Are Equally Engaging To 
 Employees And Customers Alike." Engages" EMPLOYEES" Inspires" CUSTOMERS" Unites" BRAND"
  18. 18. So…. Are Sporting Teams Really Brands?
  19. 19. So…. Are Sporting Teams Really Brands?
 And… Are Any Of Them “Nations”? 

  20. 20. There’s A Lot of Evidence They Are..." “Thank You Steeler Nation.”" -  Mike Tomlin, ! Head Coach, Pittsburgh Steelers. ! Super Bowl XLIII. !
  21. 21. Many Shared Attributes Support The Fact." •  Satellite TV and the Internet have made teams bankable brand names in ways they could only have imagined a generation ago.! •  Many teams today enjoy the same name recognition as “conventional brands.”! •  Various channels of distribution today have largely rendered a team’s geography irrelevant. !
  22. 22. In Fact, The Similarities Are Myriad. " Like “conventional brands,” they…! •  Employ large numbers of people. (Players/ coaches/ management).! •  Need to remain profitable and financially viable in their location.! §  Rival cities or wealthy benefactors often seek to lure sporting franchises away from their home markets with the promise of new facilities and better government/ public support.! •  Seek to appeal to and satisfy a number of different stakeholders (sponsors, home cities, fans, players, management, talent).! ! ! !!
  23. 23. Is There Really Any Difference Between A Corporation’s “Conventional Brand” And A Sporting Team’s?" The Differences Are Subtle But " Critical Ones."
  24. 24. There Are Two…" UNPREDICTABILITY" !Unlike corporations with rigid financial performance metrics, it is almost impossible to forecast how a team will perform on the field. ! ! !- This is a vital statistic as it !greatly influences all other !success measures.!
  25. 25. There Are Two…" UNPREDICTABILITY" !Unlike corporations with rigid financial performance metrics, it is almost impossible to forecast how a team will perform on the field. ! ! !- This is a vital statistic as it !greatly influences all other !success measures.! GLASS CEILINGS " !Unlike unfettered free markets, many sports governing bodies impose stringent salary caps and award concession draft picks designed to level the playing field.!
  26. 26. As A Result, No Team Can Base Its Brand Strategy By Simply Planning On Winning."
  27. 27. Teams Must Seek To Remain 
 Appealing When Not Performing In 
 Their Most Public Forum…"
  28. 28. On Game Day!!!"
  29. 29. But How? 
 By Understanding That Good 
 Performance And Profitability Are Not The Only Measures Of Success."
  30. 30. A Lot Of Brands Play The Same “Sport” But Are Worlds Apart In What They Represent." = =
  31. 31. The Same Goes For Franchise Brands." = =
  32. 32. Generally Speaking, A Team’s Popularity " Closely Mirrors Its Level Of Performance." POPULARITY" PERFORMANCE LEVEL"
  33. 33. But For Some Teams, Support Levels " Are Performance Agnostic." POPULARITY" PERFORMANCE LEVEL"
  34. 34. “In baseball, even the best teams only win 50 of their 81 home games … that means you have to give them [fans, sponsors] a reason to come even when the team loses.”
 - Arte Moreno, ! Owner, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.!
  35. 35. So The Challenge Is To Build A 
 Brand That Is “Loss-Proof”.
 But How?"
  36. 36. Let’s Take A Closer Look… 
 A Tale Of Two Teams." Comparing These Two Allows Us Insight Into How Each Forges a Strong Emotional Bond With Its Fans.
  37. 37. Let’s Take A Closer Look… 
 A Tale Of Two Teams." Comparing These Two Allows Us Insight Into How Each 
 Forges A Strong Emotional Bond With Its Fans."
  38. 38. Each Team Represents A Unique Idea, Relevant To Its Home Market."
  39. 39. Having A Distinctive Brand Has Seen Each Top A Poll Of Favorite Team Rankings In The Past Ten Years. " Favorite NFL Team by Ranking ! 1998 1999 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 1st! 1st! 4th! = 1st! 2nd! 2nd! 2nd! 1st! 2nd! 3rd! 1st! = 1st! 1st! 1st! 4th! 4th! These rankings came during eras of largely unremarkable performances for each team. " Source: FAVORITE NFL TEAM: The Harris Pollョ #95, October 1, 2007. ! Available at: http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/index.asp?PID=811!
  40. 40. The Cowboys And The Packers Bear Stark Contrast To Many Other Teams."
  41. 41. The Cowboys And The Packers Bear Stark Contrast To Many Other Teams." Brand Strategy Errors! •  No apparent brand positioning.! •  Not unique.! •  Not targeted/relevant to anyone in particular."
  42. 42. The Cowboys And The Packers Bear Stark Contrast To Many Other Teams." The Brand…! Brand Strategy Errors! •  Is ambiguous.! •  Lacks relevance. ! •  No apparent brand •  Franchise appeal positioning.! fluctuates based on •  Not unique.! playing roster and •  Not targeted/relevant to game day anyone in particular." performances."
  43. 43. Team Brands Become Loss-Proof By Being Both Unique and Relevant. " RELEVANT" LOSS- LOSS- PROOF LOSS- PROOF BRANDS " PROOF BRANDS" BRANDS " UNORIGINAL" UNIQUE" IRRELEVANT"
  44. 44. Failing To Do So Is A Trap Many Teams Fall Into Today." RELEVANT" LOSS- LOSS- LOSS- PROOF LOSS- PROOF PROOF Most " BRANDS " PROOF BRANDS BRANDS"" Brands" BRANDS " UNORIGINAL" UNIQUE" Dead " Brands" IRRELEVANT"
  45. 45. Popularity ebbs and RELEVANT" flows with on-field success! UNORIGINAL" UNIQUE" IRRELEVANT"
  46. 46. Popularity ebbs and RELEVANT" flows with on-field success! UNORIGINAL" UNIQUE" The Abyss." • Susceptible to! relocation/extinction.! IRRELEVANT"
  47. 47. Popularity ebbs and RELEVANT" flows with on-field success! UNORIGINAL" UNIQUE" The Abyss." • Susceptible to! relocation/extinction.! IRRELEVANT"
  48. 48. Popularity ebbs and RELEVANT" Loss-Proof Brands.! flows with on-field • Loved and ! success! irreplaceable.! NATION BRANDS UNORIGINAL" UNIQUE" The Abyss." • Susceptible to! relocation/extinction.! IRRELEVANT"
  49. 49. So How Can Teams Become More Relevant And Unique?" RELEVANT" LOSS- PROOF BRANDS " UNORIGINAL" UNIQUE" IRRELEVANT"
  50. 50. By Conducting A Holistic Synthesis Of A Team’s Past, Present and Future."
  51. 51. FRANCHISE HISTORY" •  Traditions! •  Icons! •  Ownership! •  Dynasties!
  52. 52. FRANCHISE HISTORY" •  Traditions! •  Icons! •  Ownership! •  Dynasties! FRANCHISE HISTORY •  Traditions •  Icons •  Ownership •  Dynasties
  53. 53. FRANCHISE MARKET HISTORY" ETHOS" •  Traditions! •  Market mindset! •  Icons! •  Fan archetype! •  Ownership! •  Unique attributes! •  Dynasties! •  Cultural beliefs!
  54. 54. MARKET ETHOS" •  Market mindset! •  Fan archetype! •  Unique attributes! •  Cultural beliefs!
  55. 55. FRANCHISE MARKET HISTORY" ETHOS" •  Traditions! •  Market mindset! •  Icons! •  Fan archetype! •  Ownership! •  Unique attributes! •  Dynasties! •  Cultural beliefs! PERFORMANCE AGNOSTIC ASPIRATIONS" •  Role in community! •  Legacy goals!
  56. 56. PERFORMANCE AGNOSTIC ASPIRATIONS" •  Role in community! •  Legacy goals!
  57. 57. FRANCHISE MARKET HISTORY" ETHOS" •  Traditions! •  Market mindset! •  Icons! •  Fan archetype! •  Ownership! •  Unique attributes! •  Dynasties! •  Cultural beliefs! PERFORMANCE AGNOSTIC ASPIRATIONS" •  Role in community! •  Legacy goals!
  58. 58. FRANCHISE MARKET HISTORY" ETHOS" •  Traditions! •  Market mindset! •  Icons! •  Fan archetype! •  Ownership! •  Unique attributes! •  Dynasties! •  Cultural beliefs! PERFORMANCE LOSS AGNOSTIC PROOF ASPIRATIONS" BRAND" •  Role in community! •  Legacy goals!
  59. 59. The Synthesis Of These Three Factors Make Loss-Proof Brands Memorable." The Brazen, Big City Bullies.! The Unpretentious, Hardworking, Spirit of the Midwest.! Hope and Heartbreak for the whole Family.! Showtime and Southern Glitz.! The Hard-Nosed, Blue-Collar, Backbone Of The Steel City.!
  60. 60. What Can New Or Undeveloped 
 Franchises Learn From All This?" •  Clearly articulate what your brand will represent.! •  Pay homage to history.! •  Reflect the ethos of your home market.! •  Aim higher – seek to bring a a new POV to what it means to be a franchise in your league.! •  Differentiate from existing brands in the league.! •  Use the brand to drive all decisions regarding the operation. ! •  Draft talent that reflects the ethos of the team.! •  Iconography! •  Stadium! •  Major sponsors! •  Marketing! •  Etc. !
  61. 61. Thank You.

  62. 62. Say G’Day." E: charlie.quirk@gmail.com! T: twitter.com/charliequirk! B: charliequirk.org! Charlie Quirk"

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