I heard that the owners of Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah had sold exclusive sponsorship rights to Monster Energy and private jet service Wheels Up prior to the Belmont Stakes I watched much of the coverage leading up to and following the race to see how it would work. Frankly as far as television exposure went Wheels Up should have saved their money. Even watching on the big screen, I couldn’t read the words on jockey Victor Espinoza’s pants. Millions of You Tube replays… and nothing to show for it. Monster Energy fared a little better. Att least you see the logo on co-owner Justin Zayat’s hat.
Ben Sturner president of the sports marketing firm Leverage that handled the arrangements said,”We’re taking advertising to a different level. Being part of history is something money cannot buy.” If you ask me, money didn’t buy much in the way of noticeable exposure either.
But where one goes others are sure to follow. With a few rule changes it isn’t hard to imagine more logos painted on the sides of thoroughbreds in big races.
On the bright side, there may be an excellent opportunity for Wheels Up to capitalize on their investment should they be bold enough to jump on it. According to Forbes, the company has been granted rights to use American Pharaoh’s name and likeness in advertising. I’m thinking a new logo.
Yeah or neigh?
I don’t shop for socks very often (working from a home office has certain benefits) and after my experience at my local K-Mart I hope I won’t have to shop for them again for quite a long time. You’d think finding low-cut white athletic socks would be a simple task. K-Mart is the nearest store to my house so I thought I would grab the socks and be out in a few minutes. That’s what I get for thinking. K-Mart has plenty of socks almost all of them size 6-12 which won’t fit a big guy like me. I found one package of high tube style socks in the men’s sock section so I wandered over to the big and tall section. Briefs, tees, pajamas and a few packages of socks sized 6 -12.
There’s no way in hell that K-Mart has only one package of bigger sized socks so I go back to the sock section and find two empty pegs which had held big socks. Then I noticed a different color package on the lowest peg right above the
floor. I had to get down on my knees to take the package off the peg without ripping it. And if you’re a big guy like me, you know that getting down is often easier than getting back up. I found the right size and style after 3 minutes of crawling on my hands and knees.
Why put socks for big and tall people on the bottom rung? Please, sock shelvers of America, place the small socks on the bottom. Short people don’t have that far to bend over and can’t reach the sox on top without a step stool, which could result in a fall and personal injury lawsuit. At the very least put a sign with a picture of big socks and an arrow pointing toward the floor.
Thank you for your assistance.
After being opened for seven months, a restaurant in downtown Racine changed it’s name. The original name of the restaurant was Taos Chili. Seems the owner was surprised that he’d been pigeonholed by customers as only a chili place and didn’t realize that he also served sandwiches, salads and vegetarian dishes.
Taos, by way, did not refer to the city in New Mexico, it was an acronym for “The Art Of Sandwich.” The owner was quoted as saying, “I was hearing from far too many people that, as far as they knew, it was just a chili place so they weren’t coming (Downtown).”
Before opening in March, he said he wanted to be known for his “killer pulled pork sandwich.”
Is the name of your business holding you back? Your name doesn’t have to describe what you do but if you don’t want to be known as a Chili restaurant don’t put “Chili” in your name. Perhaps the name “Sandwich Art” might be more descriptive and have a greater curiosity factor than his new name, “Dalecooks.”
I should have learned to play guitar.
In another case of “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should,” the German company Sky-Go has developed “The Talking Window” for use in public transportation. Using bone conduction technology a transmitter silently releases high frequency oscillations onto the glass that only people leaning their head against the glass can hear.
Imagine the joy your ad will bring to world weary commuters who only want to grab a bit of shut eye before they arrive at their destination.