Embracing the Thrill of Victory

August 2, 2016

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This week, we turn our attention to Rio and the welcome return of The Olympics. Other than providing gripping entertainment, The Olympics serve as a great analogy for business due to the parallels of global competition and the achievements of teams working toward a common goal.

Running from August 5-21, the Olympics also provides an excellent opportunity for businesses to capitalize on the excitement and patriotism of the games. In a post by Owen Linderholm, Yahoo! Small Business Advisor senior editor, he shared some helpful tips for leveraging Olympic-related sales:

  • Make sure your eCommerce store or SEM (search engine marketing) campaigns are adjusted to reflect current Olympic trends. For example, Usain Bolt is a huge name in the Olympics, so if you sell door and window hardware, try terms like “gold medal bolts.”
  • Find real connections between your business and the Olympics, such as local athletes competing in the games. If there is no immediate connection, try linking to hot events. For example, take 10% off a product if the US wins a gold medal that day.
  • Contact your web hosting company to prepare for an influx of traffic and create a special landing page for specific products that have strong tie-ins to the Olympics. This ensures your site is able to handle any additional traffic or orders your promotion might generate.
  • Appeal to consumer patriotism by displaying the American flag and showcasing products and brands that might create an emotional response. Take advantage of any Olympic news that’s relevant to your business.

As with Olympic athletes, your business has had to compete to get where it is today. With Distribution One on your team, your business stands ready to bring home the gold. Learn more by contacting us at info@distone.com.

One final note: Do NOT use the licensed trademarks (the rings), language, and imagery of the official Olympic Games in your promotions. The organizers are very protective of their brands. If you haven’t licensed them, you risk the possibility of legal action.

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