Unfortunately, Bacon Salt Boy's guerrilla marketing tactics are widely frowned upon by sports organizations. Teams often have corporate partners that offer competitive products and such guerrilla marketing tactics can prevent sports properties from earning large sums of money from on-site marketing/sampling rights.
Adweek recently profiled how Justin Esch and Dave Lefkow, the founders of J&D's Bacon Salt, have built a bustling business that has sold 600,000 units of bacon salt in just 18 months. The company has mastered the art of using online social media to drive brand affinity. In July 2007, the company's two founders befriended 37,000 members on MySpace who used the term "bacon" in their profiles. Since then, the brand has become a hit with consumers (one post about Bacon Salt on Phog.net, a message board for University of Kansas sports fans, drew over 2,000 comments from users).
After doing some research, it turns out that the Bacon Salt Boy has been making appearances at numerous sporting events across the country and his journey doesn't seem to be over just yet. Each of the Bacon Salt Boy's stops are profiled on the company's Flickr.com and YouTube sites. His ’08 sports expedition has included appearances at:
• New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos: 10.20.2008
• New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers: 10.19.2008
• Boston College vs. Virginia Tech: 10.18.2008
• Penn State vs. Michigan: 10.18.2008
• Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers: 10.14.2008
• Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns: 9.28.2008
• Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers: 9.27.2008
Keep a lookout for the Bacon Salt Boy and his Baconnaise counterpart at upcoming sporting events!
Brian Gainor is the founding editor of PartnershipActivation.com, a site that identifies best practices in the sports marketplace. Brian can be reached at email@example.com.
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