Winning Esports Influencer Marketing with AI

October 28, 2020

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Categories:analytics, Insights, eSports iQ, Marketing, Streaming, Uncategorized

Earlier this summer, Netflix sponsored a competitive APEX event to promote a new movie title on its streaming service. The Old Guard Invitational was an all-female tournament featuring streamers and aspiring pro players, hosted by esports casters. It was also an example of how to reach esports and gaming audiences.   The revolution will be streamed Video game live streaming is a digital version of the highly social experiences of yesteryear’s arcade games. The growing popularity of this medium has elevated a new generation of creators on platforms like Twitch and … Continue reading “Winning Esports Influencer Marketing with AI”

Winning Esports Sponsorships with AI

September 9, 2020

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Categories:analytics, eSports iQ, Brands, Marketing, Sponsorship

“Values aren’t buses…They’re not supposed to get you anywhere. They’re supposed to define who you are.”  Jennifer Crusie The world of competitive video games, while no longer a secret, still holds significant opportunity for non-endemic brands and marketers.  However, one of the biggest hurdles is selecting the right entry point to reach digital sport audiences – e.g. partnering with a game publisher, league operator, or team. And rightfully so, as esports is an out-of-market experience for those outside of gaming.  Nonetheless, all compelling sponsorships begin with partners who … Continue reading “Winning Esports Sponsorships with AI”

Branding in the Age of Esports

June 10, 2020

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Categories:Insights, Brands, Marketing

“A brand is a living entity, and it is enriched or undermined cumulatively over time, the product of a thousand small gestures.”  Michael Eisner, former Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company  It’s alive All successful brands have distinct personalities. And much like humans, these personalities develop over the course of years. Meaning while brand image can change over time, personality is more consistent.   … Continue reading “Branding in the Age of Esports”

Esports Sponsorship ROI

May 15, 2019

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Categories:analytics, Fans, eSports iQ, Marketing, Sponsorship

“We are at a tipping point where more than ever before, brands are seriously looking at esports as a massive marketing opportunity.”  Adrian Staiti, Executive Vice President, Global Partnerships at Lagardère Sports via Esports Insider The secret is out: Competitive video games are a bona-fide marketing platform for reaching younger audiences across the globe. So, it’s no surprise that … Continue reading “Esports Sponsorship ROI”

Overwatch League Sponsorship ROI

March 14, 2018

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Categories:analytics, Insights, Marketing, Sponsorship

“The most pivotal moments in people’s lives revolve around emotions. Emotions make stories powerful.”     — Brandon Stanton  Esports is a bona-fide opportunity to connect with the passion of fast-growing, but hard-to-reach audiences. And the prospect of building an emotional connection with digital sport fans is moving more brand marketers into action.    In that light, we previously measured brand engagement among Team SoloMid fans. This time around, let’s analyze how Overwatch League (OWL) fans feel about the brands they engage with.    The goal is a data-driven approach … Continue reading “Overwatch League Sponsorship ROI”

Esports in the Age of Brand Relevance

May 25, 2017

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According to Interpublic Group (IPG) agency Golin – when it comes to brands, “talkability” trumps truth. Golin’s 2017 Global Relevance Review also reveals that popularity, not trustworthiness, rules when it comes to relevance. Basically, today’s consumers want brands to be relevant to personal interests and passions. Let’s take a look at how these findings apply … Continue reading “Esports in the Age of Brand Relevance”

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