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SBJ/March 17-23, 2014/Colleges
Scotts plants first March Madness effort with Lowe’s rights, displays
Published March 17, 2014, Page 5
TV ads from Lowe’s and Scotts will tag the promotion. Wasserman Media Group is Scotts’ sports marketing agency of record.
Scotts has been an MLB sponsor since 2010, but the NCAA rights and the promotion “allows us to start to talk to consumers about lawn care a little earlier, by tying ourselves to a big property like March Madness, and gets us a nice presence at Lowe’s, which is one of our biggest customers,” said Chris Strunk, director of marketing promotions and communications for Scotts Miracle-Gro. “We’ll jump-start our selling season and then still run a seasonlong program with our MLB rights.’’
The same merchandising units at Lowe’s will be converted to an MLB theme next month. This year’s, Scotts MLB promotions and marketing will carry the tag line “Go Yard” and will link to home run contests and on-air enhancements. A sweepstakes overlay dangles a $25,000 yard makeover as top prize. The Colorado Rockies have been added to Scotts’ portfolio of MLB team sponsorships, a lineup that also includes Atlanta, Boston, the Chicago Cubs, the New York Yankees, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Texas.