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SBJ/April 17 - 23, 2006/This Weeks News
Roll Tide! A spirited way to e-mail
Published April 17, 2006
The University of Alabama has signed a two-year deal with E-Fanmail.com, a Nevada-based startup specializing in interactive e-mail templates featuring team logos, photos, links to online ticket and merchandise stores, and sponsorship inventory.
The e-mail template plays up ties to
the University of Alabama.
The Alabama deal, struck through Crimson Tide Sports Marketing, marks advancement for E-Fanmail.com nationally after an inaugural deal with the University of Nevada. Company officials said as many as 15 more schools and leagues could sign on by the end of May.
E-Fanmail.com paid Alabama an undisclosed five-figure sum for use of the school’s marks. The two sides will share sponsorship revenue from companies paying to attach themselves to the e-mail templates. “You compare this to something like a stadium scoreboard sign and there’s just a ton of value here,” said John Johnson, E-Fanmail.com president and chief executive. “This is year-round, completely interactive, and when you consider the average person sends out 12 to 23 e-mails a day, the potential amount of consumer impressions is huge.”
Like Nevada, Alabama intends to make E-Fanmail.com an outreach and recruiting tool for its coaches. Each team will have its own individualized template to use. Negotiations are under way with Alabama sponsors to place coupons and online promotions within the e-mails.
“We’re looking to get every advantage we can, and this is a huge opportunity to get our identity, our brand, out there in a new way,” said Michael Alford, general manager of Crimson Tide Sports Marketing.