What we can learn from NBA's marketing approach

by WF- Enzo Administrator
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Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryan. LeBron James. Stephen Curry. Los Angeles Lakers. These have all become brands of their own, spurred by an even bigger name - the NBA and their brilliant marketing. And the NBA has become more global than ever, thanks to its partners all around the globe. Here's why I think it became such a massive global brand.

Once again, content is king

If you visit NBA.com or any of the 30 teams' websites, there is a steady stream of content - game highlights, recaps, analysis, blogs, articles, among others. You can even pay to watch one game, all 82 games of your favourite team, or the entire NBA teams and each of the games, plus the NBA playoffs. The concept is to allocate a large budget to content generation, and make sure that this content engages with your audience long-term.

Instill brand consciousness

The NBA isn't just about game, with its philanthropic arm NBA Cares getting involved in social and community work, and its players and coaches vocal about political and social issues. Oh, and they are racially-diverse too, which is a reflection of the league's positive diversity. They don't just do this for show - they do this because they want to be steps ahead, and they know they can make an impact using the game of basketball as a medium.

Buzz marketing

The NBA has always been relevant, and when you think of basketball on its own, you think of Kobe or MJ or LeBron, or more recently, Curry. The conversation about basketball would always start with one of these guys. Their relevance even created spinoff brands too - Air Jordan, Black Mamba, The King, Greek Freak, Big Fundamental, to name a few.
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
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  • Profile picture of the author TobbyJimmy
    Nice analysis @WF-Enzo
    but
    You failed to mention massive ad budgets
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    You forgot to mention that you also need to bow down and kiss China's ass.

    Seriously, why are they going the article dump route again? It didn't work last time they tried it. It's not going to work this time either.
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      Especially the pointless article route.


      I mean, I've read a few, and there's no depth/meat... A 7-grade kid with access to the internet could come up with stuff like this. This is WF, damn it! I demand more.







      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      You forgot to mention that you also need to bow down and kiss China's ass.

      Seriously, why are they going the article dump route again? It didn't work last time they tried it. It's not going to work this time either.
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