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Athletes in Affiliate Marketing

Apr 10, 2020 4:44:48 PM / by Joel Dehls posted in increase sales, influencer marketing, instagram, marketing, marketing ideas, marketing opportunities, sports, sports brands, deals, Parterships, Tik Tok, affiliate marketing

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While scrolling through Instagram stories, chances are you’ll find at least one person asking you to swipe up or use their discount code. It’s easy, nonchalant, and we don’t think twice about it. Advertisers are using this type of marketing, coined affiliate marketing, as another way to promote their products. There has never been a better time, as an athlete or a brand, to get started with your affiliate program.

Although affiliate marketing has been around for years, many people are still not aware of what it is and have not yet taken advantage of the opportunity. As a brand, you are using a third party (the athlete) to sell your product or drive traffic to your website. You will give this athlete some of your product and a unique URL or discount code for them to share with their followers across all their social media platforms. The athlete will create content with your product and share it with their fans while providing the code. The URL/code can be trackable so that you can track the performance of the athlete’s post and, in some cases, pay them commission off of it.

As an athlete, it is important to remember that you’re more than a salesperson, you’re partnering with that brand. While you are endorsing the product, you should be doing more than just posting once or twice on your story. You must engage with your audience, who are now your customers. The more you show your followers that you believe in this product and show how it helps you, the more interest it will create. Check out Ebony's post below:

Athlete Ebony Morrison posing for a sponsored photo with Ideal Lean.

With the Coronavirus pandemic causing a major halt in the world, brands are being forced to cut back on costs. For many brands, spending your budget on a 30-second TV commercial is not financially feasible. Instead, you can spend a fraction of that and partner with an athlete. As a brand, picking an athlete gives you more control over who views your products. Rather than spending more money on an ad that may be seen by a larger audience, you can use athletes in affiliate marketing to focus on your desired target audience. You should also consider the type of ads you are generating. When you go on a website and an ad comes up on the top banner, what are the odds you click on it and go purchase something? Even if the ad is relatable, there is a good chance you will skip over it. Now, what if your favorite fitness instructor is giving you 20% off supplements? Odds are that will drive you to the website and see what that brand has to offer. Fans trust their favorite athletes and are willing to listen to their opinions. Athletes in affiliate marketing are a good way to effectively interact with customers and let them know about your product.

 

Athletes across the world are sitting at home with more free time than they could have ever imagined. As an athlete, no matter how big of a following you have, now is the perfect time for social media to be used as another source of income. All it takes is a few posts or stories on your Instagram to become an affiliate marketer. It is important to remember a few things once you partner with a brand. First, you must create a personal connection with the brand and product you are promoting. If you believe in the product, it will be easier to sell to your followers. Second, it’s important to diversify, but don’t go crazy. Chances are the followers you have are interested in the sport you practice. If you stray too far away from your niche, it could negatively impact sales. Lastly, stay on top of trends. Things change quickly, take the substantial rise of TikTok for example. You must be able to realize when something is trending up and when it is trending down and be able to capitalize on these trends before it’s too late.

Today, merchants see about 23% of their revenue being generated from affiliate marketing. With athletes having to think of creative ways to generate income, and brands trying to cut back costs, look out for affiliate marketing to take on a larger market share. Whether you are an athlete or a brand, capitalize on this opportunity for athletes in affiliate marketing and talk to an OpenSponsorship representative today, info@opensponsorship.com.

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Deal of the Week (10.9.16 - 10.15.16)

Oct 17, 2016 10:34:23 AM / by Ishveen Jolly posted in instagram, jeremy lane, likes, members, reposts, retweets, seahawks, seattle, sponsorships, super bowl, twitter, Brand Endorsements, deals, downloads, endorsements, fanwide, funding

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On Tuesday, October 11th, Seattle Seahawks (NFL) cornerback Jeremy Lane posted to both Instagram and Twitter on behalf of our newest member - FanWide. FanWide is a social network for sports fans that organizes viewing parties for every team in every city.

 

@Seahawks fans - check out @FanWide a new app that lets you find the local #Seahawks viewing party wherever you are! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fanwide/id1127504597 @Seahawks fans - check out @FanWide a new app that lets you find the local #Seahawks viewing party wherever you are! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fanwide/id1127504597

 

FanWide is based in Seattle and is currently in the early stages of raising capital, making this endorsement from a Super Bowl Champion in their own city all the more impactful. We are proud to play a part in their raising efforts (and may have even boosted downloads of their app!).

Jeremy was a valuable investment as an endorser of FanWide's product because of how dedicated the Seahawks fanbase is to their team. Seahawks fans, nicknamed the "12th Man", live and die by their team and enjoy watching games and rooting for the Seahawks with other fans of the team. Therefore, promoting an app that allows fans to interact and find Seahawks viewing parties was a strong choice.

Jeremy's post gave FanWide exposure in a market that is valuable to their product. Using our athlete statistics and follower demographics, any brand can find the perfect athlete for them- one that reaches their desired target market and helps them achieve their marketing goals.

FanWide's success is just one example of how OpenSponsorship can help brands find the perfect endorsement from a pro athlete. To learn more about how your brand can take advantage, reach out to an OpenSponsorship rep or send us an email at info@opensponsorship.com

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