SME-IMG joint venture to work on positioning for ‘new’ ACC
“Our thought was that if we don’t do this now, when would we do it?” said Tim Lynde, the ACC’s senior associate commissioner for brand marketing.
The ACC assignment is the first big victory secured for the joint venture between SME and IMG that was signed in May. The repositioning
|The project involves talking to constituents, including students and fans.
Cory Moss, senior vice president and managing director of IMG’s Collegiate Licensing Co., said the strategy is to mine IMG College’s large client base for more business by adding a marketing capability that has been absent. CLC has been the licensing agency for the ACC itself, and most of its member schools, for years.
“The idea is to combine our experience and marketplace presence in college with SME’s expertise in branding,” Moss said. “There’s just a huge opportunity there, both in sports and university-wide.”
SME partner and Chief Creative Officer Ed O’Hara noted that the top 100 Division I schools spend more than $600 million annually, with marketing for the academic side of their institutions themselves dwarfing athletic spending by three to four times.
“For the ACC, this is just a great opportunity to stand up and say, ‘Here’s what we stand for,’” O’Hara said. “As far as the [joint venture], there’s a huge market for development campaigns, reaching alumni and prospective students that’s just a huge opportunity.”
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Disson Sports and Entertainment handles and is producing the shows at the Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa.; Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville; the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.; and the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena in Jamestown, N.Y. The taped shows will be broadcast on various Sunday afternoons on NBC.
Initiative Media handled for Merck.
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