Pin of the Month – The Most Pinteresting Brands

April's "Pin of the Month" - Infographic by Unmetric.com

April’s “Pin of the Month” – Infographic by Unmetric.com

Over the next couple of weeks we are going to be focusing on Pinterest.  That starts this weekend with our April “Pin of the Month” from Unmetric – “The Most Pinteresting Brands” infographic.  We have actually used infographics from Unmetric in the past for our “Pin of the Month” but they keep producing some of the best infographics out there.

The top of the infographic says it all – a look across Unmetric’s database of 1,500 brands’ Pinterest pages.  Here are a few items that caught my attention from the infographic above.

What brands are winning with Pinterest?  L.L. Bean, Jetsetter, and Nordstrom all have well over 4 million followers.  Better Homes and Gardens has two of the top boards out there when it comes to driving repins.

It was a little staggering to see that among the 1,550 brands analyzed, only 150 (just under 10%) of them have posted at least once per week since 2013.  This is just another example of “you don’t have to be everywhere on social media” and/or “if you are going to sign up for a platform, do it right”.

The infographic closes with a profile of/on Pinterest.  The site is overwhelmingly used by females (93%).  It is interesting to see how little people comment on Pinterest, but they are more than willing to share/repin images and graphics that they like to their followers.

As Pinterest approaches 50 million users, how are you using the network to connect with your users/customers?  Are there any brands out there that you particularly enjoy following on Pinterest?  Let me know in the comments below.  (Personally, I like what Leap Frog does on the network.)

For those unfamiliar with our “Pin of the Month”, every month we post one of the better infographics, pictures, etc. that we find on our Pinterest page and (over-) analyzing it in our “Pin of the Month”.  If you have an infographic that you would like to promote here on Shore Branding, just let us know.

 

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 4-12-15

Branding and Digital Marketing

Branding and Digital Marketing

This week’s #SundayMusings are no joke, as we take a look back at April Fools’ Day news from around the web and across brands.  The first of April has become a great branding day as brands come up with fake news stories to draw some added attention in their direction.  It doesn’t always work out positively, but here are the stories that caught my attention for April Fools’ Day this year.

#1 – “The 11 best April Fools’ gags of 2015” – via theverge.com

Premise: A collection of the top April Fools’ Day jokes from brands and their respective YouTube clips.  Out of the 11 examples provided in the write-up, 5 of them are from Google or Google’s properties (Motorola, YouTube).

Thoughts: Across this list, I tend to like Google’s Smartbox mailbox, Microsoft’s MS-DOS Mobile, and Netflix’s Binge Watch Warnings.  I saw multiple people complain online about Netflix’s warning, not realizing at the time that it was an April Fools’ Day joke.  That’s phenomenal!

#2 – “Don’t Fall for the Jokes!  All the Hilarious April Fools’ Day 2014 Tech Gags” via digitaltrends.com

Premise: Looking for the top April Fools’ Day gags across the tech world?  Look no further than this compilation from DigitalTrends.com.  From Samsung, Google, Sony, and a special “brandscaping” from Uber and Tinder.

Thoughts: I’ve covered off on most of the best in the list of brands above.  I really liked Sony’s PlayStation Flow idea for underwater gaming.  One additional item that I thought would get a lot of attention was iRobot’s Waggin’ Wagon for pets.  I’m surprised I didn’t see that show up on my Facebook feed from at least a few people … it actually looks like a pretty sweet ride for your pet.

#3 – “April Fools’ Day 2015: Our Giant Roundup of the Best Brand Hoaxes” via adweek.com

Premise: An all-encompassing list from around the web via AdWeek.

Thoughts: I don’t know if AdWeek missed a single April Fools’ Day campaign from brands in this write-up.  We’ll classify this as “scores of ads” from around the web.  There were a few additional pranks that you wouldn’t have seen in the first two write-ups, including solid pranks from: Blue Moon (beer infused oranges?!), Kotex, Tough Mudder (Baby Mudder!), and two new delivery options from Dominos and Jimmy John’s.  How far away are we from the last two?  I’d venture to guess “not very” in some capacity.

#4 – “Gotcha!  This Year’s Best Travel-Themed April Fools’ Jokes (With Videos)” via budgettravel.com

Premise: Focusing specifically on the travel niche, this write-up provides another list of April Fools’ Day pranks from around the world.

Thoughts: The Honda Selfie dashboard would probably fit right up the alley of a number of people and would actually improve sales.  That’s sad.  Quickly pivoting away from this, watch the Blue Man Group scare a few visitors at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas.

#5 – “Bob Barker returns to ‘The Price is Right’” via cnbc.com

Premise: Looking for a nice surprise on April Fools’ Day?  How about attending a taping of “The Price is Right” only to have legendary host Bob Barker come out after they announce Drew Carey.  The audience goes crazy when Barker comes out for the show.

Thoughts: Bob Barker still has it … and that’s awesome.  I don’t think I really need to say anymore than that, right?

Tweet of the Week:

While my wife and I have finally agreed that Modern Family has gone down the tubes, they did a great job of engaging fans on Twitter on April Fools’ Day.  Take a look at their timeline for the episode on 4/1 – building a number of RT’s and Favorites throughout the evening.

That’s wraps up this week’s #SundayMusings.  Let’s welcome in Spring and, hopefully, some warmer weather.  What brand(s) won this April Fools’ Day?

 

Brands Winning on Vine – 2015

Brands Winning on Vine - 2015 Edition

Brands Winning on Vine – 2015 Edition

Since launching, Vine has made stars out of your average Joe’s.  The site took off without even having a web site at first.  The platform – which now includes a web page – continues to be one of the most appealing ways to catch my attention when it comes to online video.

Vine may or may not be slowing down in terms of momentum, but it is still a site / an app I tend to frequent regularly.  With that in mind, I wanted to update an article written back in August of 2013 and provide a new perspective on “Brands Winning on Vine”.  The brands mentioned then – specifically Lowes and Oreo – are still “winning” on the platform, albeit not as frequently, as their number of posts have slowed down.

However, other brands and companies have certainly picked up the slack.  With that in mind, here are a few, new brands winning on Vine:

NBA:

The NBA has done a fantastic job of leveraging Vine this season, consistently updating their feed with highlights and clips from around the league.  Not only do they show in-game highlights, but you get a behind-the-scenes view of shootarounds, practices, and individual players.

Aside from the official NBA page above, a number of reporters and analysts have discovered the site – likely due to how frequently the NBA itself was cross-posting its Vine videos on Twitter.  I would estimate my Vine feed is two-thirds NBA-related these days between the NBA-branded pages and additional NBA writers.

The NBA is doing so well on Vine they have managed to turn it into another promotional angle.  As you will see below, they now have a daily “#KiaTopPlay”, promoting one of the league’s biggest sponsors, Kia.

WWE: Frankly, the WWE is winning in a lot of different places on social media these days.  They are consistently posting to Vine from their live TV shows, but also from “house shows” (off-air) to give fans added perspective … while perhaps providing WWE fans with an added push as to why they should buy tickets for these additional, off-air shows. Coming off of their showcase event, Wrestlemania, the WWE worked the Vine platform to perfection, going through the crowd and providing their reaction to a number of key moments from the show, including the very end …

Samsung:

Yes, I am loyal to Samsung, but they truly do a great job on Vine.  Any brand or company that will dedicate the time to put together holiday clips has my attention.  (If you know of any other brands that do this, please let me know.)  Samsung does a great job of using Vine to further promote their “next big thing” that is launching.  They have a great combination of visual appeal and terrific branding.

Again, any brand that creates something like the clip below has my approval.

General Electric & Mashable:

GE and Mashable (along with Oreo) won a Shorty Award in 2014 for being the best brands on Vine.  GE has has shown signs of slowing down in the early stages of 2015, but deserves the recognition still of being one of the top brands on Vine.  I have to give credit to Mashable for continually producing high quality Vine clips.  They catch your eye no matter what speed I’m flipping through my feed.

Overall:

Those are my current favorites on the platform.  What brands are catching your eye on Vine?  Let me know in the Comments section below, particularly if I’m missing out on one of the better, more appealing brands out there.  Thanks!

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 3-29-15

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding - St. Patrick's Day Edition (Photo credit: ILoveShelling.com)

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – St. Patrick’s Day Edition
(Photo credit: ILoveShelling.com)

Today’s #SundayMusings with Shore Branding is going green … for St. Patrick’s Day branding news!  Here are the top branding and/or digital marketing stories that caught my attention over the past few weeks revolving around the luck of the Irish and St. Patrick’s Day.

#1 – “Liam Neeson Narrates This Gorgeous Tourism Ad for Ireland Timed to St. Patrick’s Day” – via AdWeek.com

Premise: A 60 second ad to help promote visiting Ireland with Liam Neeson as the voiceover.  The ad itself also carries the #GoGreen4PatricksDay.

Thoughts: What better way to start a St. Patrick’s Day #SundayMusings than a visual trip to Ireland?  Fantastic ad with iconic landmarks from around the world, plus the natural beauty of Ireland itself.

The hashtag probably could use a little work though.  Throwing in the “St” probably would have helped make it a little easier for others to remember / use the right phrase.

#2 – “A Diageo Reminder: ‘Guinness Is Good For You’ Beyond St. Patrick’s Day Too” via brandchannel.com

Premise: WSJ reports that four times as many pints of Guinness are consumed on St. Patrick’s Day vs. your normal day.  Guinness has been struggling to increase or even maintain sales in the US – largely thanks to the growing craft beer movement.

The brand is doing its part to promote its corporate citizenship and “green” initiatives.  The write-up includes a number of tweets circling around these programs and the promotion of Guinness Blonde, the latest brand extension from the brewing company.

Thoughts: Guinness is my #1 beer of choice, but I can’t help to think about the brand extensions they have launched here in the US and how they simply have not taken off.  Black Lager and now Blonde have no appeal to me under the Guinness name.  All I want to see is the original, no matter how much weight the Guinness name carries.

#3 – “Bud Light’s St. Patrick’s Day tweet has users seeing red instead of green” via mashable.com

Premise: To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Bud Light tried to leverage/hijack the holiday and threw in its #UpForWhatever hashtag into a tweet.  Said tweet however had of five women in it and insinuated that it was OK for you to pinch others (read: women).

Thoughts: This went over about as well as you would suspect.  Bud Light deleted the tweet, issued an apology and tried to move on as quickly as possible.  Damage done.

Seriously though, did someone really think the hashtag campaign #UpForWhatever wasn’t going to eventually lead to some level of trouble?  Whether it was from the company itself (check) or the hashtag being hijacked (check), it was bound to happen sooner rather than later.  You can read some of the replies from Twitter users within the link above.

#4 – “How To Get Lucky With Content Marketing” via uberflip.com

Premise: A catchy slideshow on content marketing from uberflip on setting goals that provides several recommendations on how to leverage content marketing and measure the results from those efforts.  The strongest recommendations however – talking to your current customers and putting that to good use, and focusing on growth metrics (vs. engagement metrics).

Thoughts: While it was put together to drive you to their free ebook, I loved the St. Patrick’s Day theme throughout the slideshow.  Visually appealing, easy to read and flip through, and I didn’t feel inundated with “sales” materials throughout each slide.  I may have to check out this ebook …

Tweet of the Week:

Rather than give you one tweet, we decided to go with a slew of them from brands and companies focusing in on St. Patrick’s Day!  Hope you enjoy …

That’s it for this week’s St. Patrick’s Day branding-inspired #SundayMusings.  What brands caught your attention with their holiday efforts?

Pin of the Month – The Power of Word of Mouth Marketing

Building Your Brand Through Customers - The Power of Word of Mouth Marketing by Salesforce Canada

Building Your Brand Through Customers – The Power of Word of Mouth Marketing by Salesforce Canada

 

March’s “Pin of the Month” landed in our Inbox a few weeks ago.  With a focus on branding through word of mouth advertising, the infographic above from Salesforce Canada’s blog provides quite a few staggering numbers in the power of word of mouth.

An overwhelming majority are influenced in the purchasing/buying behaviors by word of mouth advertising from others.  Whether that is friends, family, and/or brand ambassadors, leveraging word of mouth advertising is critical for your brand.  I was actually surprised that WOM was the “second best source of revenue according to US small businesses”.  When I think of building small businesses, WOM is the first brand builder that comes to mind.  Without word of mouth, small business owners will have an uphill battle in getting their business off the ground.

The infographic then moves on to help explain why customers share information and recommendations about brands and closes with several tips on how to get others to talk about your brand.  There are several items that I wanted to highlight among the tips that I felt are worth noting:

  • Under “Target” I was glad to see they mentioned employees … there may not be bigger ambassadors to your brand or business than your own employees.
  • Social listening continues to grow in relevance and importance.
  • Reverting back to brand ambassadors, developing a program that is dedicated to these consumers is a great idea.  Identify these people and try to come up with some type of program that rewards them for being an ambassador.
  • Finally, as always, tinker with your program to find the right mix.  Stick with what is working and adjust the rest to optimize the program.

Have you focused any attention to word of mouth advertising?  Do you have an ambassador program for your advocates?  What has worked for you in the past?  Let us know in the comments below.

For those unfamiliar with our “Pin of the Month”, every month we post one of the better infographics, pictures, etc. that we find on our Pinterest page and (over-) analyzing it in our “Pin of the Month”.  If you have an infographic that you would like to promote here on Shore Branding, just let us know.

 

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 3-15-15

Branding and Digital Marketing

Branding and Digital Marketing

Welcome to the latest #SundayMusings with Shore Branding!  This week’s stories highlight the latest and greatest news as we head into 2015’s SXSW conference in Austin, Texas.  Are you traveling to SXSW this year?  If so, let us know what you think.  Below are the news stories that caught my attention …

#1 – “New Fitness Brand Radius Keeps SXSW 2015 ‘in shape’” – via MobileMarketingWatch.com

Premise: Fitness and wearables will play a large role in this year’s edition of SXSW in Austin and Radius will be looking to lead the way.  Radius, from NBCUniversal, works with RadiusFitness.com on personalized workouts for desktops and mobile devices.  The brand will be hosting and promoting itself throughout the festival.

Thoughts: Through sponsorship and branding at charging stations and through hosting across the festival, Radius is just one of a large number of brands looking to capitalize on SXSW’s popularity.  The brand is going to have to break out the big guns if it is going to want to break through the clutter at the event.

That said, it does make perfect sense for a brand that focuses on one of the hottest of hot topics – wearables – tries to make its mark at SXSW this year.

#2 – “Four Major Brand Activations To Look Forward To At SXSW 2015” via IPGLab.com

Premise: As we begin the SXSW conference, several brands have already made big news heading into the event.  McDonald’s has been in the news for the past few weeks for its forthcoming efforts to win more among millennials.  Twitter and PayPal will be ramping up their efforts, while Lyft (and Uber) look to continue their upward trend in popularity and usage.

Thoughts: It has been an up and down few weeks for McDonald’s as they take the stage (if you will) at SXSW.  It looks like the food chain has succumb to pressure and will pay bands to perform.  I’m not sure “I’m lovin’ it” (…) when I see they have named their WiFi stations “Fry-Fi” stations.

Lyft and Uber are in an interesting battle in Austin over the next week or so as they both look to continue moving forward with their services.  Lyft is taking it up a notch by providing rides in more upper profile vehicles.

#3 – “Marketers Bet On Clever Hashtag Campaigns to Stand Out at SXSW” via AdWeek.com

Premise: Brands have to find a way to break through the clutter at SXSW and several brands are launching hashtag campaigns to try and do so.  Poncho, a startup in mobile weather, is partnering with Resqwater (“an anti-hangover drink”) and has created the #askponcho hashtag to help those in Austin with drinks, sunglasses, umbrellas, and more.

Thoughts: Great idea above by Poncho to work with another company to create a unique way to breakthrough the clutter.

I’m not sure I can say the same about the last example provided in the link above.  A food-photo strike inspired by people’s food insecurity?  Where are we going in the US?!  While they are linking to an Instagram feed and have created a microsite for the campaign, I really can’t get behind this one at all.  Sorry.

#4 – “Is your brand ready for SXSW 2015?” via Ketchum.com

Premise: SXSW is know for Food, Technology, Branding, and more.  Ketchum’s team is prepared based on past experiences and will be keeping you up to date on what’s working at SXSW 2015.

Thoughts: Before we get too far ahead and into the 2015 edition of SXSW, Ketchum takes a look back at what has worked in the past and provides a few key numbers that helps explain the size, scope, and potential importance of your branding efforts at SXSW.

Tweet of the Week:

Seven tips … well, five plus two promotional efforts from Simply Measured … for those heading to Austin Texas for this year’s SXSW event.  Loved the acronym “ABC … Always Be Charging” and the tip to leverage Evernote’s ability to help make your life that much easier – by keeping your receipts in one place for an expense report vs. having 50 paper receipts stuffed in your wallet or bag.

That’s it for this week’s #SundayMusings and #SXSW news.  What are you most looking forward to at this year’s SXSW?  Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 3-1-15

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding - The Valentine's Day Edition! (Photo credit: blog.templatemonster.com)

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – The Valentine’s Day Edition!
(Photo credit: blog.templatemonster.com)

 

We are closing out February with a Valentine’s Day #SundayMusings – taking one last look at the branding and digital marketing news from brands and companies as they relate to Valentine’s Day.  Here are the holiday stories that caught my eye heading into and through the month.

#1 – “Love Across the Twittersphere” – via blog.twitter.com

Premise: The Twitter blog dives into some Twitter Analytics and how “love” is spread across the network.  Sweden comes out on top as the most “in love” country around the globe.  Twitter also takes a look at some of the most commonly used hashtags across the calendar year.

Thoughts: The Twitter blog is a great bookmark to see the latest and greatest from the site.  It hits on current and relevant news, holidays, sporting events and more.  I’m not sure what level of humor vs. sadness I find in the hashtags across the span of a calendar year.  (OK, it’s funny)

#2 – “Microsoft’s Valentine’s Advice: Break Up With Siri and Start Seeing Cortana” via AdWeek.com

Premise: Microsoft continues to heavily promote its Cortana personal assistant and take on Apple’s Siri, continuing this direct messaging for Valentine’s Day with two new ads.

Thoughts: Microsoft is very likely waging a war that it can’t win.  As it continues to be one step behind – if not more – its role in Tech continues to be playing from behind and adjusting to go head to head against Apple and/or Google.

While Microsoft continues to dominate the workplace – with a very solid product suite – the company continues to trip all over itself outside of this niche/space.  Cortana isn’t going to win Microsoft a ton of share.  Please innovate!

If you are looking for a winning ad this Valentine’s Day, look no further than this gem found on AdFreak:

#3 – “14 Ways to Romance Your Audience With Content Marketing” via HeidiCohen.com

Premise: Heidi Cohen shows us fourteen ways in which romance is critical to your content marketing success.  Across these fourteen steps you will find a quick blurb on each one, along with examples of success from across the web.

Thoughts: My favorite ‘tip’ here is #12 – “Spotlight your customers”.  I love when big brands do this, it brings them to life and typically provides a ‘feel good’ story.  Perhaps the hardest one for me is #4 – “Skip the words”.  While the main idea here is actually to use pictures and video, I’m actually talking about limiting the number of words to get the point across.  What tip do you find to be the hardest to cover off on for yourself?

#4 – “Branding Love: Who Owns Valentine’s Day?” via BladeCreativeBranding.com

Premise: According to a report from the National Retail Federation, approximately $19 billion was to be spent in the US this Valentine’s Day.  Breaking that down a bit, there is $2.1 billion spent on flowers, $2 billion on clothing, and $1.7 billion on chocolate/candy.  Within each of these categories – along with gift cards – the author takes a look at the brand leaders within each.

Thoughts: No surprise at all that Victoria’s Secret would lead the clothing category.  1-800-Flowers has done such a great job of turning themselves into a powerhouse in the online floral market.  Their loyalty program is one of the better ones that I am a member of.  In fact, they received my vote in the poll at the bottom of the write-up.

Tweet of the Week:

Save our “Tweet of the Week” for next Valentine’s Day in case you are looking for an idea on a good hashtag campaign.  #FeelTheLove of your next campaign!

That wraps up our Valentine’s Day #SundayMusings.  Did any brand catch your attention with their holiday messaging?  Let me know in the comments below.

 

Pin of the Month – Super Bowl Ads

Super Bowl Advertising by the numbers. Infographic by Engagor

Super Bowl Advertising by the numbers. Infographic by Engagor

Our February “Pin of the Month” wraps up our NFL and Super Bowl coverage this month.  Building off of our Super Bowl Ad Review, our “Pin of the Month” summarizes the overall impact of Super Bowl ads and which brands got the most out of their investment.  The infographic above was created by engagor who measures social customer experiences and engagement.

The numbers from engagor aren’t too surprising, albeit incredibly impressive for the NFL and its Super Bowl ads.  Almost two million mentions of Super Bowl ads on Twitter and Facebook – however, note the discrepancy in percentages between the two sites, with Twitter claiming the vast majority of references.

So what brands won and lost during the Super Bowl?  McDonald’s and T-Mobile won according to engagor, while Nationwide was largely panned for its (disgusting) ad.

Here are a few other items that caught my eye from the infographic:

  • The dominance of mobile over desktop – continuing to display the shift to mobile in our behavior.
  • Campaign hashtags were all the rage – but only a couple of brands specifically hit the top of the list – Doritos, Nationwide, and the new Jurassic Park movie.
  • Glued to the television, I largely stayed off of social media during the game and had no idea that McDonald’s was essentially live tweeting and commenting on other brand’s ads.  Great idea from their social media team.

What brands caught your attention during the Super Bowl?  What ads did you particularly like or dislike?

For those unfamiliar with our “Pin of the Month”, every month we post one of the better infographics, pictures, etc. that we find on our Pinterest page and (over-) analyzing it in our “Pin of the Month”.  If you have an infographic that you would like to promote here on Shore Branding, just let us know.

 

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 2-15-15

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding - The Super Bowl Edition! (Photo credit: MixedNutsAndLove.deviantart.com)

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – A look into NFL branding
(Photo credit: MixedNutsAndLove.deviantart.com)

This weekend’s #SundayMusings will focus on the NFL and NFL branding.  While the league has clearly become America’s favorite sport with millions watching every weekend, it certainly doesn’t have its warts.  The league can’t seem to stay out of the news in a negative way as well.  Check ESPN’s NFL page at any point and you are likely to see at least one headline of a legal issue.

The 2014 season started off with the Ray Rice domestic abuse incident and Adrian Peterson’s child abuse case, then finished with “DeflateGate”.  Commissioner Roger Goodell stumbled and bumbled all the way through both, leading to more terrible PR for the league.

Within hours of the season ending in Super Bowl XLIX, the NFL found itself with more controversy.  Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel checked himself into rehab and his star WR was busted once again and suspended for all of the 2015 NFL season.  None of this is good news but the NFL will survive.

Typically in #SundayMusings we look for stories within the past week or two to discuss.  However, we’re going a little further back this week and looking at various articles that have been written about the NFL’s branding and how/where the league stands to benefit.

#1 – “The NFL Brand – Discuss” – via Forbes.com

Premise: With several of the stories listed above hot in the news, the author conducts a ‘roundtable’ discussion on the NFL brand with several strong minds in the marketing and advertising space.

Thoughts: Excellent reference to the NFL as “The Teflon Brand” as no matter what the issue has been, the NFL has moved past it and gotten stronger in the ratings.  There are a lot of good ideas and thoughts in this piece and is worth the read, particularly behind the last question/thought, “can a brand be too strong, too powerful?”

#2 – “After Ray Rice, the NFL Needs to Go Big to Restore Brand with Women” via AdWeek.com

Premise: After the Ray Rice story broke, many said that the NFL needed to more than just treat it like a PR issue.  The NFL was going to have to really focus on this and women in order to not lose a significant chunk of its audience.

Thoughts: The NFL responded and forged partnerships with domestic violence groups such as No More.  Throughout the season there were “No More” ads aired on live broadcasts and on NFL Network.  The latest was aired during the Super Bowl …

#3 – “The NFL Brand May Just Be Unstoppable” via TalentZoo.com

Premise: Despite its PR issues, the NFL is the most powerful brand in sports, controlling its own image, licensing, and messaging.  There are no “down times” across the calendar year in the NFL, as it has spaced out its activities to ensure it stays in the news and in the minds of fans.

Thoughts: This is something the NFL does very, very well and where leagues like MLB are a disaster.  Throughout the offseason, there are key dates for the NFL like the draft, the combine, the schedule release and more.  Meanwhile, MLB releases the following season’s schedule during their own playoffs, when fans are paying the most attention.

#4 – “UA Branding Expert Says NFL’s Image Will Recover” via UANews.org

Premise: UA’s Hope Schau provides perspective on the NFL’s branding efforts over the course of the past season.  She says that while the NFL has made its fair share of mistakes, “the NFL hasn’t lost the essence of what it is.”  The NFL brand will recover and move on.

Thoughts: Excellent point from Schau towards the end of the write-up, reminding us that social media allows us to shape our own image in front of the world, 24/7.

It would take quite a bit for me to believe the NFL is not going to be able to recover.  One of those areas would be a mutiny from former and current players regarding player safety (concussions and more).  That is probably the only way I can see the NFL brand falling apart and that isn’t likely going to happen soon.

Tweet of the Week:

The cynic in me completely buys into this story and article.  I personally don’t like Roger Goodell at all.  This article paints that picture perfectly for me.  Take the 8 minutes to read this article from Deadspin – it could completely change your opinion on what the NFL tried to do this season and fix its PR issues.

What do you think of the NFL’s branding efforts?  Will this ship sink or does it have enough support to continue to move past its off the field issues?