In today's economy, it's essential that sports properties get aggressive with developing creative marketing and sales strategies to attract partners from non-traditional categories. A great example of this is the Toledo Walleye, who recently attracted a regional company called Cleaner & Dryer Restoration to come on board as a corporate partner after pitching them on a unique awareness driver in-arena.
The Walleye created an eye-catching visual at several water fountain stations located throughout the team's arena that made it appear that there was a bad spill. As event attendees passed by, many tried to avoid the "spill", only to realize that it was a creative branding tactic designed to promote Cleaner & Dryer Restoration's flood and fire cleanup and repair services. The awareness tactic has been very well received by the client, the team, and fans, and hopefully will just be the launching pad for more creative marketing ideas to come.
Check it out below and consider new ways that your organization can help brands think out-of-the-box within the stadium/arena setting!
A special thanks to Megan Hunyor of the Toledo Walleye for her insights and contributions to this column!