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Why Utilizing College Athletes for Your Marketing Campaigns is a Great Business Decision.
Compared to the US population, college sports fans are:
“Reaching young people is tough, and the college-age student and their media habits have always been very different. College athletes help you connect with college students in a way that maybe some of the traditional influencers don’t.”
– Rob Master Vice President, Unilever
“If you are trying to get into college-level niche followers — whether it’s the other students, or maybe the alumni or people in that locality — you now want to use those [college athletes] for their brand ambassadorship.”
-Robert Stern CEO, The Social Leader
TRUST: You don’t become a D1 athlete without putting in a lifetime of work and an athlete’s fans know and respect that. Their followers inherently trust in products that he/she endorses since athletes can’t jeopardize their performance.
CREDIBILITY: A student-athlete’s large following is typically a result of success in their sport. This is a key difference from traditional influencers that gives them an unmatched authority in their fields and lends itself to exceptionally authentic partnerships.
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