Helping brands to partner with athletes in their influencer marketing and sponsorship marketing campaigns

Athletes on TikTok

Mar 30, 2020 4:08:57 PM / by Zack Smith posted in ad, ads opportunities, how to find sponsorship, influencer marketing, influencers, LeBron James, marketing, marketing ideas, marketing opportunities, marketing strategy, marketing tools, NBA, open sponsorship, OpenSponsorship, shaquille o'neal, social media, social media athletes, Sponsor, sponsored athletes, sponsoring athletes, sponsors, sponsorship, sponsorships, sports, sports marketing, sports marketing campaigns, sports sponsorship, sports sponsorships, sports technology for athletes, athlete endorsement, Athlete Endorsements, athlete marketing, athletes on social media, Basketball, brand deals, Brand Endorsements, brands, Endorsement, endorsements, fan engagement, National Basketball Association, trends, Tik Tok


The Coronavirus pandemic has taken the sports world by storm, and athletes now have an unprecedented amount of time on their hands leading to an increase in the number of athletes on TikTok. Some are taking on new hobbies -see Giannis Antetokounmpo learning the guitar and Cody Zeller learning to cook and play the guitar (well, trying to). Some are doing their best to stay in shape at home- nice setup, Serge Ibaka! But most of all, athletes are more active and engaging on social media than ever before. The most interesting takeaway from this uptick in social media activity has been the increase in athletes on TikTok.

If you’re not familiar by now, TikTok is a social media platform where users can post short videos of just about anything they want- dancing, comedy, music, tricks, or one of the countless “challenges” that go viral on the platform. TikTok began to take off in 2019 has over 500 million active users, making it a great place for influencers, like athletes, to build their brand and engage with their audience.

The sports world began to take notice long ago, with teams, leagues, broadcast networks, and even team mascots creating accounts and regularly posting content, ranging from highlights, messages from players, and just normal funny clips. The NBA even invited TikTok stars Addison Rae, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Chase Hudson, and Jalaiah to 2020 All-Star Weekend. The former three made videos with several NBA stars, including OpenSponsorship athletes Nikola Jokic and Pascal Siakam, and even helped out Aaron Gordon with this Dunk Contest dunk! And now, with athletes home and quarantining, they have had the time to join in on the fun themselves, and we love seeing athletes on TikTok.

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Matisse Thybulle was one of the first- “the only logical thing for me to do at this point is to start making TikToks!” He has been regularly posting content, even taking the time one day to interact with a fan who was hoping an NBA player would notice his post. Star Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant joined in too, making a fake player introduction to help cope with him missing basketball. Young Thunder stars Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Darius Bazley teamed up in a different way than usual to perform one of the hundreds of viral dances that become popular on TikTok.

But it’s not just the young guys having fun on TikTok, even the world champ athletes are on TikTok! LeBron James and his family enjoy the platform, where LeBron’s son Bronny posted a video of the family dancing that LeBron later re-posted on his Instagram story. Retired athletes on TikTok include NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal who is a regular on the platform and collaborated with Forto Coffee to create a fun and energized post promoting their coffee shots that received over 310 thousand impressions and nearly 19 thousand engagements.

TikTok is the hottest social media platform in the world right now and athletes on TikTok prove that the sports world is taking notice. These posts garner massive amounts of impressions and engagement from fans and partnering with athletes on TikTok is the perfect way for brands to connect with these audiences. Talk to an OpenSponsorship rep today to take advantage of this opportunity, or send us an email

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ROI Formula: Tracking ROI on Influencer Marketing campaign

Apr 14, 2019 1:25:35 PM / by Ishveen Jolly posted in Marketing Recommendations, marketing tools, ROI


Having an ROI formula to understand and track the return on investment of any marketing spend is an absolute must for any marketing department.

For any agency, marketing tech startup, or even anyone selling marketing solutions ... being able to offer a ROI formula is an absolute necessity to survive. The better your clients can understand and track ROI through a data-driven approach, the more likely they will stay with you and spend more marketing dollars. 

Here at OpenSponsorship, we have completed thousands of deals to date, and therefore we created a ROI formula to help our brands and marketing managers understand and track their marketing results. We gave our engineers the challenge of building products, tools, and features that could be the first step to having the ultimate ROI calculator to show our brands a simple but effective ROI formula to calculate ROI on their sponsorship spending and influencer marketing spend through our platform.

Today, I'm pleased to share they lived up to the challenge! We are well on the way to the ROI calculator coming together through a ROI formula that comprises of understanding brand awareness uplift, social media uplift, and sales conversions.

Here are some of the elements that play into our ROI formula:


1. Tracking ROI through Google Analytics integration 

A big part of our ROI formula includes data from Google Analytics. Our integration allows marketers to easily and transparently understand the impact of an athlete's endorsement on website metrics using Google Analytics data. For example, when an athlete becomes a brand ambassador for a sponsor, every time they post on social media or attend an event, the ROI Google Analytics tool shows the uplift to company website traffic, to specific pages, or to any conversion goals that are set up in google analytics. 



2. Tracking ROI through Shopify integration

Another major part of our ROI formula comes from our integration with Shopify. If you are one of the 600,000+ businesses using Shopify, we are the best way to measure your influencer marketing impact on Shopify sales. We have written extensively on how to do sponsorship deals effectively, but now we can also work together to measure these deals effectively. Using coupon codes we can track exactly how many sales come from each athlete's post. Integrations for other e-commerce platforms are coming soon, if you do not use Shopify let us know so we can let you know when your technology's integration is coming soon. 

OS and Shopify Graphic


3. Using UTM tracking codes  

When building a campaign on OpenSponsorship, you can include the website link for where you want the influencer's post to direct their followers to. We turn that link into a UTM link, meaning a unique link that we can track. This means we can give 100% attribution of how much traffic an athlete sends to your website without any hard work from your side -- all we need is the Google Analytics integration that takes less than 30 seconds to do! 


4. Tracking Social Media metrics

Social media uplift is often the starting point for any influencer marketing campaign. We calculate a number of different factors:

  • CPE (cost per engagement) on each social media post 
  • New followers acquired for the brand  social media page 
  • Increased activity created around the brand
  • Demographic change for the  brand Instagram channel

We are very proud of the ROI formula that we have created to calculate, understand and track ROI on influencer marketing campaigns and sports sponsorship campaigns ran with athletes through OpenSponsorship. Let us give you a demonstration of our tools today so you can understand why a $1 spent on OpenSponsorship is a $1 well spent!

 Demo ROI Formula


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Overview of the Upcoming NBA Jersey Advertising Opportunities

Mar 31, 2017 5:01:12 PM / by Arsène Rasoamanana posted in ad, ads opportunities, jersey, jerseys, marketing, marketing opportunities, marketing strategy, marketing tools, NBA, OpenSponsorship, patch, sports, sports brands, sports league, sports marketing, sports sponsorship, Uncategorized, Brand Endorsements


It was the news that broke the internet in May of last year. No, not Kim Kardashian's bubbly balancing booty; we're referring to NBA commissioner Adam Silver announcing the opening up of NBA jersey advertising opportunities.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has approved jersey sponsors for NBA teams.

It was an unprecedented move in the U.S., at least for the major leagues (NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB), and it immediately ignited the interest of countless intrigued brands. But a year has gone by and most teams are yet to ink a deal.

Why Haven't More Teams Put Pen to Paper?

The main reason for the lack of movement seems to be the extreme difficulty in estimating the worth of such ads, as there is no data to go off in the new market. And without tangible evidence that these deals do in fact work in the NBA, we can understand the trepidation.

The ads are supposed to appear next season (2017/2018) when Nike will take over as the NBA’s official sponsor. This could therefore suggest that the teams have simply been waiting for the market to develop before signing the best contracts they can get; and once one team signs, the floodgates will open.

Let's take a quick look at some of the deals that have already been closed...

Philadelphia 76ers jersey patch sponsor StubHub.

Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub, $5million/year)

Boston Celtics jersey patch sponsor General Electric.

Boston Celtics (General Electric, reported $8Million/year)

Brooklyn Nets jersey patch sponsor Infor.

Brooklyn Nets (Infor, $8Million/year)

Sacramento Kings jersey patch sponsor Blue Diamond.

Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond Almonds, $5million/year)

Utah Jazz jersey patch sponsor Qualtrics.

Utah Jazz (Qualtrics, $4Million/year)

A Few Different Ways to Look at These Deals

  1. The teams are given a significant injection of capital, at little expense; a small sponsors logo on their shirt.
  2. Feelings have been thrown into the mix. Sponsor’s director(s) are fans of the team and are willing to invest more money.
  3. Business opportunities and belief impacts the decision. “It’s really about making them win more games with my name on their jerseys. That’s a great message for us and our customers.” (Infor President Stephan Scholl)
  4. Deals involving the patches that fit with the team’s colors. It is worth noting that Brooklyn is the only team with an ad patch that doesn't match their team's colors.

Another Peculiar Perspective

Bizarrely, teams in poor form could become the most prized teams on the market due to their potential for change and the profit that would bring. We have seen this repeatedly in recent sports history; teams and franchises with average or even losing records in one season seem to turn it around in the next and tear up the league table. Nobody believed that the Panthers would go all the way to SuperBowl 50. Fewer still dared to dream that Leicester City would hoist aloft the EPL trophy last season.

Such sweet and surprising success stories have put brands on high-alert; if they choose wisely, they can secure cut-price deals with prospective champions and reap the rewards of their initial investment many times over once the prophecy is fulfilled. As a result, brands are willing to invest large amounts of money in the hope that a team with a rotten record will rediscover their form, rethink their strategies, and repay them with win-after-win.

We have 4 NBA teams on our platform that are still available for jersey sponsorship...

An historical moment in major American sports leagues history. Want to be a part of it? Get working with the teams on Opensponsorship before those patches are all sold out!

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