April 8, 2019
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Brand Influencers…

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Business Development , CRM , Digital Marketing , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Social Media , Sports Marketing 0 comments

Brands that engage with Social Media Influencers must understand the relationship, and expectations. You must take the good with the bad, relative to how you are engaging, and how proactive you are with defining your overall intent and strategy to build brand awareness, and drive “authentic” traffic to your site.

Having worked with global brands such as; Oakley, K-Swiss, TaylorMade, adidas, among others there is a common thread when working with “influencers”, ensure they represent your brand positioning, are “authentic” to your target DEMO, along with being active across multiple platforms. Many brands, simply do not either have a clear positioning, or have not set expectations with influencers and in the end results are neither measurable or has not allowed to brand to engage as expected.

In order to effectively work with influencers determine your strategy at the outset, relative to brand, product and demo. These will narrow both your messaging and target influencers that will engage with your core audience.


Enjoy the Ride !

Bryan Smeltzer




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I have a passion for living balanced life and a strong faith...each equally important for thriving and excelling…I love crushing mountain bike trails, exploring and finding ways to grow beyond the “status quo”. I am a dedicated, innovation driven team leader with a passion for establishing a disruptive vision and executing a market dominating strategy… Our industry has always been about creating innovative, market driving solutions that enhance performance or provide for a better life beyond sport. It has also been about culture, fit and passion for the brand. When these foundational pillars are removed, the brand starts to crumble. Being part of an industry that bridges talent between product creation, marketing, sales, finance and operations is formula for success, because every function is about building a foundational performance brand. It’s galvanizing when elite athletes wear and endorse our creations, but the real strength is leading the teams that combine their creative forces and technical expertise to make the engine roar. I am always passionate for defining and leading the next industry revolution… Extensive executive level experience across globally recognized brands, each number one in their respective  markets, along with having founded and successfully sold my own branded apparel company. Whether establishing new product lines, building global marketing strategies, leading design/development teams, I have a passion for building and growing brands.  Some examples; • Built Zamst from start up to achieving nationwide North American distribution, and 845% revenue growth over a 3 1/2 year period. • With Gathering Storm, grew TaylorMade/adidas Golf Accessories from $11M to $48M over 3 years. • K-Swiss, global executive management of $38M in international licensee’s and domestic apparel/accessories division. • OAKLEY, built and successfully developed “Athletic Division” NCAA licensed team eyewear/apparel product lines achieving $1.4M in initial season.