Thought Leadership

We’ve been in the U.S. soccer business for 25 years, and there’s not much we haven’t seen or done. Brands, media companies, agencies and industry executives seek our counsel to help guide their investment in this sport:

  • High-level strategic consultancy
  • Soccer consumer profiles, data and intelligence
  • Soccer marketplace insights
  • Independent evaluation of sponsorships and endorsements

Examples

  • HEINEKEN

     

    Heineken became the official beer of Major League Soccer in 2015, complimenting their long standing relationship with the UEFA Champions League. We were hired by the brand to develop a go-to-market strategic plan that will enable Heineken to achieve on-premise (in bar) business objectives through the sport of soccer.

  • MLS

     

    Major League Soccer sought third-party expertise to evaluate their owned grassroots platforms. They turned to us to develop a methodology, execute the program, synthesize the insights, and provide actionable recommendations. We spoke with current partners, studied the competitive landscape and explored new ways of helping MLS partners realize greater ROI.

  • PEPSI

     

    With global positioning in place, Pepsi asked us to tailor their “Kick in the Mix” Euro 2012 activity specifically for the US audience. Retail, media, PR, experiential and promotional tactics were assessed around this fusion of soccer and music, remixing the Euros in America like only Pepsi could.

  • ICONS

     

    Icons, the global leader in autographed soccer memorabilia, hired us to help unlock the North American soccer market. Since 2010, we have directed all regional operations, guiding their sale of authentically signed jerseys, cleats and photos to continental retail channels, corporate accounts, distributors, vendors and consumers. We’ve got the goods…literally (just ask James Rodriguez).

  • BIMBO

     

    Bimbo Bakeries sought an agency to help develop their brand with general market soccer families. We were hired to shape a plan that increased brand awareness, showcased product quality, demonstrated Bimbo’s commitment to health & wellness, leveraged Major League Soccer partnerships, and created excitement with retailers.

  • FOX SOCCER

     

    In late 2009, we were hired to establish a social media footprint for FOX Soccer and create a voice for the media brand through Facebook and Twitter. Starting in 2010, and continuing through to their FOX Sports migration in mid 2013, we provided annual social media marketing plans and built annual social measurement architecture.