State of Sponsored Social Report

The athlete and influencer marketing industry is big business on social media. Nowhere has this become more clear than Instagram in the form of Branded Content. You’ve surely seen it across your feed: “Paid partnership with brand.” Brands of all sizes now look to accounts with influence to power their message and media on Instagram

Athletes vs. Influencers: Who Really Delivers for Sponsors on Social Media?

It’s an attention economy and we’re all livin’ in it. As social media marketers, we can no longer hope to engage an audience by rolling out cookie-cutter content backed with a modest ad-spend.  This publish-and-pray approach isn’t going to cut it. We’re not only competing with other marketers anymore. Instead, we’re competing for our audience’s

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Top-Performing Athlete Influencer Marketing Campaigns of 2020

2020 has been a year has been unlike any other across the world and the sports industry. Despite seemingly constant uncertainty, the year has proved revolutionary for professional athletes.  And even while restrictions that forced numerous events to be canceled or postponed — including March Madness and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics — the collective voice

SEC NIL Earning Power: What Preseason All-SEC Players Could Earn with NIL Endorsements

“It just means more.” The SEC claims that college football is more meaningful in Southeastern Conference-country. The proclamation might ruffle some feathers among fans of other Power 5 programs, but it’s hard to argue with the results. From representation in the College Football Playoff to annual team recruiting rankings, the SEC holds its own as

How Seeking Scholarships Might Prepare Athletes for NIL Endorsements

Earning an athletic scholarship isn’t easy. High school athletes dream of the opportunity to continue their playing career in college. For most, it’s just not reality. Even those skilled enough in their sport to earn offers are likely striving for another at the next level. There’s always a step up… The athlete with D2 offers

The NBA’s Top-10 Endorsement Earners

Through several weeks of NBA Bubble isolation, we’ve seen the players’ performance on social media at its offseason best. From powerful social activism to effective partner promotions, NBA players continue to set the standard for success on social. More and more, it’s clear that an athlete’s social media performance is a powerful indicator of endorsement

Which Athletes are Earning Endorsements on Instagram?

Professional sports across the country began to shut down on March 11. In the months that have followed, athletes and brands have adjusted plans to engage fans in new ways. Without live sports as an anchor, many of these sponsorship and endorsement activations have moved to social and digital outlets.  Among active social media channels

3 Keys to More Marketing Deals: Tips from an NFL Player Marketing Rep

Jacquelyn Dahl knows what it takes to be an athlete from every angle. She’s a former student-athlete and founder of 1Up Sports Marketing where she provides marketing representation for some of the NFL’s biggest stars in Patrick Mahomes, Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, and Bradley Chubb. Opendorse CEO Blake Lawrence sat down with Dahl

What Heisman Contenders Could Earn From NIL

Heisman trophy contenders are historically among the most marketable athletes in college sports. Their award-worthy performance on the field leads to unmatched exposure from appearances in high-profile games and near-constant coverage in national sports media. More recently, schools have gotten in on the action. It’s become common for college football programs to market their stars

How Eric DeSalvo and UCF Stay Dominant on Social Media

The University of Central Florida Knights are leading the charge when it comes to creativity in digital and social media. Eric DeSalvo, Assistant Athletic Director in charge of #content, and his team had a clear vision and strategy at the start of 2020 – to promote on-and-off-the-field access of UCF student-athletes. “We’re the only Division

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