The world of Extreme Sports is a treasure trove of surreal and engaging content. Countless times large prints of photos from extreme sports have caught the eyes of consumers when they’re posted on walls of retail stores and outlet malls. When shopping for outdoor lifestyle gear, equipment, and clothing, I personally find myself more drawn to purchasing an item if it has a photo of someone wearing in its appropriate climate or terrain. As consumers, we have come to trust the validity of a product through reviews, photos, and videos of individuals using it prior to our purchase. Brands such as GoPro, Red Bull, and Anheuser-Busch have been taking advantage of this form of consumer behavior.
Sports are back! Well, at least a few are. As some states in America gradually start to re-open, we have started to see a gradual increase in activity from the sports world as well. The NLF and the NBA have given permission to a select number of teams to open up practice facilities for voluntary workouts. The MLB is looking into hashing out the details of a proposal which looks to open up their season in July. What does this all mean for the rest of the sports world? It’s a sign of hope with a whole lot of red tape.
In this age of digital content, authenticity reigns supreme. Now more than ever, brands from all industries have made it a priority to align themselves with the lifestyle of their target audience. Brand marketing strategies have centered around creating content that reflects the products and services being placed seamlessly around authentic content. When we speak of digital content, we are talking about videos, photos, and any other pieces of produced proprietary media. In regards to authenticity with digital content, there is a brand that I would like to highlight in this article, and that brand is YETI. YETI is a brand that manufactures outdoor lifestyle products such as ice chests, coolers, stainless-steel drinkware, and other related accessories. When it comes to brand alignment, YETI is far above its competitors.
While we are all practicing social distancing and staying home to bring down the curve. Some fitness brands are looking to help us lower our own unwanted curves from the safety of our home. Top fitness brands such as Peloton and Equinox have been very effective utilizing content marketing strategies to reach their target audience. Peloton has been leading the way with their own film studios which reportedly pumps out about 950 original programs per month. Equinox has started bulking up their social presence with the use of their social media platforms which now streams out live and pre-recorded workout sessions for all of its followers. Among both of these brands, there’s a resounding truth, content is king.
Esports, the term has become one of the hottest buzzwords in the recent years. The world of esports has been rising, thriving, and developing itself into a force that can no longer be ignored by the current juggernauts in the sports world. esports flexes its muscles with a vast number of die hard fans selling out stadiums and high stakes tournaments & leagues being viewed through various streaming platforms solely dedicated for the sport. Major sport leagues and brands all across the world have already taken notice and have started creating partnerships to jump on board.
The impact of Covid-19 is evident, we have seen how it affects businesses and consumers alike. We are witnessing the shift in focus for companies both large and small. The importance of digital content marketing rather than on-site experiential marketing will be a major theme moving forward. As consumers rely on watching sports on a television screen instead of going to a stadium. Using online applications to work from home and to stay in touch with friends and family. This major shift in the landscape is an opportunity for marketers and brands to utilize content marketing strategies to reach their consumers in newer ways.