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Great product licensing: how sport turned “good” into “wow”, RTR SportsThere are plenty of examples on how sports licensing managed to spice up many products turning them into” wow” products. Sports and their values, teams and their heritage and imagery represent the ideal partner to add that extra quid that can make the difference. And this point applies not only to sports or sports organizations but to top brands in general. The first example that comes to mind is the Nike Apple Watch, a co-branding case that, for sure, turns a very good product in a fantastic marketing operation.

Another good example is the Limited Ferrari Bianchi Bike which will be produced in only 12 pieces and sold at $15,000+. Nothing compared to the Ferrari Hublot Big Bang, a limited watch in ceramic that is the offspring of the cooperation between Hublot and the Prancing Horse Outfit.

Another well known Luxury Brand, McLaren has partnered with quite a few great companies lately. In the hi-tech sector, I can point out the OnePlus 6T A6013 McLaren Speed Edition phone.

Great product licensing: how sport turned “good” into “wow”, RTR SportsIf we stick to the luxury world of cars other examples come to mind. Have a look at this docking station that Esavox is producing with Lamborghini. And here we are with something still aspirational but a little bit more affordable,  Lamborghini can offer us these Mizuno Lamborghini sneakers.

I cGreat product licensing: how sport turned “good” into “wow”, RTR Sportsould go ahead forever since most of the most glamorous and iconic brands in the world have licensing or co-branding operations up and running. From Adidas to Bentley, from Pepsi-Cola to the NBA, from John Deere to Walt Disney, all the most recognizable brand in the world offer their brands in license. They represent a great opportunity to companies that need to reinvigorate their brand, enlarge their distribution, widen their commercial horizon or target.

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Riccardo Tafà
Riccardo Tafà
Riccardo nasce a Giulianova, si laurea in legge all’Università di Bologna e decide di fare altro, dopo un passaggio all’ ISFORP (istituto formazione relazioni pubbliche) di Milano si sposta in Inghilterra. Inizia la sua carriera lavorativa a Londra nelle PR, prima da MSP Communication e poi da Counsel Limited. Successivamente, seguendo la sua insana passione per lo sport, si trasferisce da SDC di Jean Paul Libert ed inizia a lavorare nelle due e nelle 4 ruote, siamo al 1991/1992. Segue un breve passaggio a Monaco, dove affianca il titolare di Pro COM, agenzia di sports marketing fondata da Nelson Piquet. Rientra in Italia e inizia ad operare in prima persona come RTR, prima studio di consulenza e poi società di marketing sportivo. Nel lontanissimo 2001 RTR vince il premio ESCA per la realizzazione del miglior progetto di MKTG sportivo in Italia nell’anno 2000. RTR tra l’altro ottiene il maggior punteggio tra tutte le categorie e rappresenta L’Italia nel Contest Europeo Esca. Da quel momento, RTR non parteciperà più ad altri premi nazionali o internazionali. Nel corso degli anni si toglie alcune soddisfazioni e ingoia un sacco di rospi. Ma è ancora qua, scrive in maniera disincantata e semplice, con l’obiettivo di dare consigli pratici (non richiesti) e spunti di riflessione.
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