Yokohama: Philly MLB pact hitting a home run with tire dealers

Jan. 1, 2020
Yokohama has added the first-place Philadelphia Phillies to its roster of Major League Baseball marketing partnerships.
Yokohama has added the first-place Philadelphia Phillies to its roster of Major League Baseball marketing partnerships.

“The sponsorship is designed to drive consumer traffic to our dealers,” reports sales director Shawn Denlein.

The agreement includes a combination of signage behind home plate and on the first and third base lines; pre-game, post-game and in-game spots on the Phillies flagship radio station throughout the season; in- stadium displays and in-game announcements on the public address system and LED scoreboard.

One of the promotions is the “Home Team Pride” program, which runs through June 12. “During the promotional period, consumers can receive a free official replica Phillies jersey with the purchase of four Yokohama tires from participating dealers,” says Denlein. “In terms of spurring sales, we expect it to be a home run for our dealers.”

The company’s first sports sponsorship within the Philadelphia market is a natural fit, he adds. “Because of the strong dealer support in the area, we can build brand awareness among consumers and at the same time engage dealers to promote Yokohama.”

Along with the Phillies, Yokohama’s 2011 sports marketing partnerships include the Los Angeles Angels ballclub along with the National Basketball Association’s Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets. The tire maker also sponsored three National Football League teams last year: the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos.

“Sports sponsorships provide dynamic brand visibility and are a perfect platform to promote our line-up of tires, including the AVID ENVigor and the eco- friendly, orange-oil infused dB Super E-spec,” Denlein says. “Partnering with a team like the Phillies, which has dedicated, loyal fans, will allow our dealers to generate store traffic and create local consumer excitement within the community.”

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