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Social media education is very important especially when dealing with two different staffs and vast ways of creating brand ambassadors.  In my previous employment, they are directed to NOT include the place they are working for in employment sections on Facebook and Linked In.

This is the part time staff who solves problems, bonds with season ticket holders, and does a great deal of other stuff depending on the level of love they have for the sport they are working in.

Brand Ambassadors are your biggest fans and hardest working free marketing your company or organization can have.  Why you discriminate against these folks is beyond me?  Image

Without the part time staff, your season ticket holders won’t have the memorable game day experiences, they won’t appreciate the trouble they go through to make that game or event the best one EVER, and they could wind up going to your competition with the money they could have used at your venue.

No matter what business you are in, if you are at the top of the corporate ladder or if you are at the bottom there is a reason why you are there.  You love the game, the people you work with but NOT wanting your employees to network is just silly.

Marketing doesn’t have a clue what is going on with the information the part time staffs are obtaining.  You need one cohesive team to represent your brand and NOT two completely different ones.  Everyone deserves RESPECT no matter what function you serve in the company.

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Word of mouth happens no matter what part of the company you are in, if you are a corporate executive or game day staff.  It does not discriminate based on education or corporate level and is based on your love of the game and how you represent it!

Educating everyone on the proper information to share on these channels is important and to give everyone an equal opportunity to share the information even if you think it is marketing’s job.

Is it really? When your part time staff outnumbers your full time staff, has the ability to connect with season ticket holders outside of the arena, and knows personally more about them than a survey or a question to your season ticket holder representative.  They may not be able to score them tickets or be on the sales floor but by the end of the day they may know your clients better than you do.

So give them the ability to be social, share their stories, and pictures.  Let them be your added arm in your season ticket holder acquisition file by letting them into the whole picture of your organization. It might be the best money you never had to spend!

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The NHL lockout will be over soon and I have mixed emotions about it.  I am an arena staff worker who dreamed of working for the NHL one day, preferably the Detroit Red Wings full time in marketing/social media.  The collateral damage this lockout has done is too much to ignore.

How can you alienate 100,000+ fans plus sponsors for a big event like the Winter Classic?  How does this affect the NHL and how do they just ignore what they have done to the industry they love?

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When this is said and done, how is the NHL going to recover as a brand?  Your best employees are your biggest cheerleaders and largest assets you have in a business.  But when you ignore them, trim down their hours and if they live based on a commission, how are they supposed be to happy?

The little people struggled, the everyday Joe’s who depend on this job for a living.  They chose to go into sports knowing there is long hours with little pay.  They do this for the love of the game, but when the game doesn’t respect you or give you a reason to stand by them.  Is it enough?

Business partners have been burned and from the looks of it Kraft might have backed out of their sponsorship in Canada. To most Americans who don’t get CBC and Hockey Night in Canada they might see this as a small thing.  The truth is Kraft brought together old rickety ice rinks and gave them funding to the community who deserved it the most by voting.  I wish Americans could have had this kind of promotion.  The kids in the community benefited by having their hockey heroes come and play a pre-season game there, they got funding to fix the rink, and the community got recognized nationally.  It just hurts me to see this go by way side because the league burned the bridge.  Kraft Hockeyville was one of the things I looked forward to seeing during Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts.

Leadership has to change for change to really happen in the NHL.  If every eight to ten years there will be a work stoppage will the full time employees and some of the part time staffers look for other places to work?  I love the game and I had a different view of this lockout which was really frustrating me.

The brand is damaged and I am sure sponsors and television networks are just as frustrated as the fans.  They should have been working this hard months ago before the Winter Classic was trashed for the year.   You have a product where there is a large chain of businesses that depend on your product to survive.    It is when you think of them and solve the problem before it gets to this huge level that you have a better understanding.

If employees have suffered and they are your greatest brand ambassadors, die hard fans are ticked, then who will bring your brand back from the dead?

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