Competitive Edge
Category: Lesson 3.4 – Industry Trends

NBA and Google gamify playoffs with virtual app experience

The NBA and Google Pixel on April 18 announced a virtual space in the NBA App with activities tied to real playoff games, according to details emailed to Marketing Dive. Click here to read the story at marketingdive.com. Discussion Questions: What is fan engagement? What is gamification? Why do you think so

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Sports sponsorships are raising more than just brand awareness

The universal breadth and appeal of sports continues to present brand sponsors with significant upside, both through exposure and how well consumers regard brands’ involvement. Combined, sports activations are doing more than boosting brand awareness—they’re leading to higher conversion rates. Click here to read the story at nielsen.com. Discussion Questions:

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The 10 most innovative companies in sports in 2022

Technology continues to revolutionize sports, whether experienced on the field or viewed from the couch, and innovations from these 10 companies are altering playing fields from little leagues to the majors. Fanatics entered the trading card business with a deal that for the first time offers a piece of the

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Cheetos goes touchless in hands-free pop-up at SXSW

Cheetos is debuting a “Hands-Free House” in Austin, Texas, during South By Southwest (SXSW) this month, per a press release shared with Marketing Dive. The immersive experience showcases hands free-devices that are compatible with people whose fingers are coated in orange “Cheetle” dust left from eating the Frito-Lay snack. Click here to

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The sounds of Super Bowl ads, analyzed

From visual effects to A-list celebrities, there’s a lot to pay attention to in the elaborate productions that are Super Bowl ads. So it’s easy for elements like music and voice-overs to be overshadowed. Still, for ads that can cost up to $7 million for just 30 seconds of airtime, it’s important

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How Tom Brady made his $475 million fortune

When NFL legend Tom Brady retired from the NFL this week, he left the game as the career leader in passing yards (84,520) and touchdowns (624) — he also left with an estimated $475 million. Click here to read the story at marketwatch.com. Discussion Questions: Based on information from this

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