Get Your Foot in the Door If your goal is to work for a professional sports team, you might have to do what ever it takes to get in there. So many young college graduates salivate over the chance to work for a professional franchise and the opportunities can be limited at times. If you have to start in the mailroom, offer to be someone’s assistant or make cold calls selling season tickets, you have to be willing to do the dirty work at first. Call and email the HR directors at the team and try to schedule a face-to-face meeting. I have a good buddy, Thomas Smith, who started sweeping floors for the Los Angeles Clippers at 16 years old and now he’s one of the go-to guys there at just 23 years old. As in any business, you gotta work yourself up the corporate ladder. Be Around the Games, Major Events and Parties You have to put yourself in the best opportunities to meet people already in the industry. Attend as many live sporting events as you can and learn how the arena and stadiums operate. Study the different promotions, giveaways and in game entertainment each team offers. Team … Continue reading
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Being a life long sports fan, I have probably been to over 1,000 live sporting events including NFL ,NBA, NHL, MLB and minor league baseball games. My Dad took me to my first games at Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium and the Meadowlands back in 1985. If I was lucky and the game went late, I didn’t have to go to school the next day. 🙂 The more games I went to, the more I got to understand how the sports business works and realized what could be changed or enhanced. There is much more to the sports industry than the 9 innings and 4 quarters we sit and watch. We have come a long way since my first games in 1985. Now with social media and the Internet, it’s so much easier to interact with fans and find out exactly what they want to enhance their sporting event experience (besides winning a championship, of course). I have found that many teams still lack the social media expertise, customer interaction, make many Internet mistakes, as well as in-game marketing blunders. I will outline some of my observations and some recommendations for your team, if you are reading this. Domain Name Mistakes … Continue reading
I think many young entrepreneurs have it all backwards. Many are constantly asking others for free handouts and asking what can you do for me and that’s not the way it works in the world if you want to achieve long term success and work in a field you love. You gotta prove yourself to people first. Show that you are in the game for the long haul, a hard working hustler, without expecting instant gratification and monetary return. Don’t maintain a “you owe me” attitude from people. Most times you gotta do things out of the goodness of your heart and not expect anything in return. If you continue to do good things, it would come back 10x through another opportunity. Sweat equity, your most valuable asset doesn’t cost anything except your valuable time. If you believe in “Karma”, like you should, everything will come back in the end. If you want to become an expert in a specific field, you have to give people free information, share your contacts (with their permission of course), express your thoughts and experiences thru social media and go above and beyond to show clients what you are willing to do for them. … Continue reading
Does it ever cross your mind how many people wake up every morning really loving what they do for a living? You will probably spend three quarters of your life hustling to make that dollar. Most people work a 9-5 job because it’s secure and comfortable, but is it truly their passion? I have to say that I wake up every morning looking forward to creating new opportunities and doing some pretty exciting things. It’s easily attainable for any aspiring sports lover or entrepreneur by following a few steps. Many people ask me everyday, how can I get involved in sports and make a living from it? Well, here are some tips from my experience that may help on your journey. It Starts with True Passion You have to eat, sleep and dream about what you love. If you don’t love it, don’t do it. Cut your loses before you waste any more valuable time. I was literally born with a baseball in my hand. Sports was always in my blood and knew from when I was a kid, from collecting my first football and baseball cards in 1982, that I had to make sports my career, if not playing … Continue reading
It’s never too late to learn, but in business there comes a point when you need to focus your value time on you skills and what you do best. On the Internet you can find virtually anything you need, whether it’s a graphic designer, developer, content writer, marketer, financial analyst, brand developer and what ever else you desire. There are plenty of websites to find talent for the services you need, and at great prices. Many sites offer a bid platform where you state the price you are willing to pay and people compete for your projects. Some of my favorites include eLance.com, Freelanced.com, Fiverr.com, LogoDesignGuru.com and MycroBurst.com. Some services are great to outsource overseas, (those that are repetitive, time consuming and can be easily taught to someone). You can find overseas help as low as $4 per hour, but make sure they provide you updates so they know your expectations from the beginning. Other services such as content writing are best to hire local or within the US so there are no language barriers. Many business owners feel comfortable meeting and getting to know the people you are forming a working relationship with. With the web, it’s very easy … Continue reading
There are plenty of places to invest your hard earned money these days: real estate, stocks, gold, silver, bonds, CD’s and commodities. In this rough economy, is it really investing when it seems tougher to make money in volatile investments? It’s not fun seeing real estate prices cut in 1/3 or your stocks dropping faster then the Red Sox did late in the 2011 season. With all of these investment options, you really have no control of what could happen. It’s all speculation and nothing is guaranteed anymore. This volatility in the stock market is more than most can handle. Personally, I would rather invest in myself, my businesses and my work ethic, all of which you have some control of what’s going on. Many investors, entrepreneurs and business owners often overlook this option. Your business is something you can grow, generate revenue and maybe eventually sell. If your business is your passion and something you truly believe in, you gotta go all in and don’t hold back. In our era, digital property and Internet real estate can make you thousands of dollars more than any other investment. It’s exciting to meet with niche business owners, hear their story and … Continue reading
In any marketing campaign, you gotta be dare to be different. Many times, off the wall marketing ideas that are different from the norm, can have the most viral effect. The whole point of marketing is to get people talking about your products and services. The funny part is that the most effective campaigns are the ones that people think are initially stupid or don’t seem to make sense, but in fact, those are the marketing campaign’s consumers talk about the most. A great example is Old Spice’s new marketing campaign. The commercials are so strange, but so awesome at the same time. They have completely revived their brand, which was perceived as “Old” just a few years ago. No pun intended. Mission accomplished for the advertiser by daring to be different. After seeing other brands do it, I decided to come up with some clever ideas of my own. During the 2010 Orlando Magic season, I created the StayDwight campaign, to help convince Dwight to stay in Orlando and eventually retire in a Magic uniform. During the playoffs against the Hawks, I decided to dress up two of my friends in Gorilla suits with StayDwight shirts on and sit … Continue reading
As you go through life in the business world, branding yourself as the expert in a specific field is the most important thing you can do to gain credibility among potential clients. Whether you are an athlete, celebrity, journalist, fashion model, attorney, financial advisor, website developer or personal trainer, showing people you are the best at your trade will associate you with your industry for years to come. The Internet is the most cost effective and creative way to brand your self. I promise you, a domains name such as “www.YourName.com” will be the best $9.99 investment you will ever make (GoDaddy.com). First have a designer create a logo that represents yourself and one that you are proud to stand behind. Besides your physical appearance, your company logo is the first impression of what you represent. Then with a creative web developer and a crafty search engine marketer, you can now easily become the expert and leader in your industry. On your website and social media networks, give people daily or weekly tips that provide valuable advice in your industry. Once you create a following, give your site visitors’ website sharing tools such as AddThis.com to make your expertise go … Continue reading
You hear it everyday. Someone you know has this great new idea that they are very passionate about and want to start a new business. That’s great and all, but then you ask the question: How do you plan on making money? Then they freeze up. My advice is to begin with the end in mind. Figure out your revenue model, then work backwards. But first make sure it’s something that you truly believe in, that other people will have a use for and an idea that is going to get the attention it deserves, not just a side project.
I like creating new things, coming up with cool new ideas, etc. I’m not a huge fan of writing, but from time to time I’ll provide my thoughts and opinions of a variety of topics such as sports marketing, new business ideas, social media trends and business networking. The web allows us to share our opinions with the world and help others be the best they can be as well. Life is too short not to share our knowledge with close friends and followers.