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Feeling isolated and removed from the action all of a sudden? Welcome to life-as-usual in New Zealand. As borders seal off, offices shut down, and people around the world adjust to the reality of working life separated from their peers and their everyday tools of trade, New Zealanders should adapt faster than most. As a…Continue reading
Blinder is fantastic and I’ll tell you why… Chris Brooks describes how using Blinder has impacted JMU Athletics. If you haven’t heard much about James Madison University’s athletics programs, don’t worry. You will soon. The Harrisonburg, Virginia, campus routinely supplies NCAA tournaments with title favorites and handfuls of underdogs who train in a picturesque mountain…Continue reading
Listen to the interview on Sports Tech Feed or using the player above. As the communications manager of New Zealand Rugby League, Caley Wilson was frustrated with what he saw as huge limitations around how teams and leagues could make their athletes accessible and get their stories told. So he co-founded Blinder to unlock the…Continue reading
How are you doing on that New Year’s Resolution? Us, too. Never fear. Benjamin Penkert, founder of SportsTechX, will motivate you to get back on track with his compilation of productivity hacks he’s distilled from a year’s worth of podcast interviews. Read the Full Article Among the voices is our own co-founder, Caley Wilson. Here’s…Continue reading
“If you wanted to speak with the coach or one of the players, that was me standing outside a hotel room handing a phone over. It wiped me out. And it made me a big bottleneck for my organisation.” That was Blinder co-founder Caley Wilson’s former life in sports PR and the impetus for the…Continue reading
Your distribution plan, or lack thereof, is the fundamental decider of whether your content strategy creates wins or wastes. Most product marketers abide by an 80/20 rule where 20 percent of the time is spent creating the product and 80 percent is used promoting it. Without a doubt, most content marketers fail to apply this decree.Continue reading
In July, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team confirmed their status as the best female football team on the planet. Their win in the FIFA World Cup saw them show great fighting qualities not only for the ball, but for equal pay, gender equality and LGBT rights. That prompted Billie Jean King to say that “these…Continue reading
Hop on your favorite social media feed and scroll through the posts of a competitor. Does the content emotionally connect with you? Probably not. Most creatives in sports and entertainment focus their time on crafting content to engage their most familiar customers. And that’s a problem.Continue reading
I took the opportunity of waiting in the long lines of the lobby Starbucks to ask a dozen collegiate athletics directors their thoughts about the top three areas their communications staff should strive to improve in the next 12 months.Continue reading
There’s extra responsibility to respect both the time and privacy of student-athletes. As the name suggests, they’re juggling two very significant roles – and those competing elements can put them under plenty of pressure. The same applies to the communications staff that represent them.Continue reading
While Blinder’s technology is driven by communications managers, the thoughts of athletes have heavily-shaped what we’ve created.
Here David Pocock, Will Genia, Reece Hodge and Michael Hooper – from the Australian national rugby team – share their thoughts on what Blinder does for them and the Qantas Wallabies.Continue reading
The last 12 months have kept Andy Seeley on his toes. He’s run athletics communications for the University of Central Florida (UCF), as they’ve experienced unprecedented interest in their unbeaten Knights football team. The Division 1 college went on to proclaim themselves as ‘National Champions’, which did little to settle things down.Continue reading
When he was eight, Matthew Syed’s parents bought him and his big brother a full-size table tennis table. Fortunately, the family had a garage which was big enough to fit both the Super Deluxe 1000 and the increasingly competitive boys. Having a table and a big brother were just a couple of the advantages that Matthew enjoyed on his path to becoming a British table tennis champion.Continue reading
PR managers in pro sport have faced a tough choice until recently.
When arranging media phone interviews, they’ve either had to share the personal numbers of their athletes and coaches – without being too sure where those numbers are ending up – or they’ve had to put a whole lot of extra resource into providing access without distributing numbers.
They now have a third option – and it’s changed the game. Let’s take a look at how:
Need to schedule calls while you’re courtside after training? Or on the tour bus between gigs?
The Blinder mobile app might soon be your new best friend. It’s just been released into the App Store and Google Play and it makes booking a call through Blinder even easier.Continue reading
“Back in line, please, Hadlee.”
“Shelford, I’d really appreciate if you’d stay beside your teammates just a little longer.”
Yep, that was Richard and Buck. And it was me – just out of university – trying to keep the greatest ever assembly of New Zealand’s athletes in the correct order as they were welcomed, by announcers and TV cameras, into the New Zealand Sports Champion of the Century awards.Continue reading
When you’ve got 15,000kms of coastline, can regularly deliver four seasons in one day, and your biggest city is the ‘City of Sails’, you’d hope to produce a decent sailor or two. Fortunately, that is the case in New Zealand – and the pinnacle event for those sailors is the America’s Cup. Every four years, it’s a real big deal for the country.Continue reading
While publicists are mostly using Blinder to provide phone access to the media, fans are now getting in on the act. With audio of these conversations able to be captured, and shared with other fans on social media, it’s changing the rules around fan engagement.Continue reading
I had a birthday in October, which a few of my mates described as “half-time”. It’s a sporting reference apparently (soccer to be specific), and a fairly sobering one to boot. It’s left me quietly hoping that I get to play the full 90, but also focused on playing really well in the first part of the second half.Continue reading
When Kevin Durant announced he was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors, he didn’t do so via a press conference or ESPN or the Golden State Warriors.Continue reading
As a former director of Sony Music Australia – following roles at Warner Music, Festival Mushroom Records and EMI – Frank Varasso knows music publicity well. He’s worked with artists from Prince to Usher, and Armin van Buuren to Sia.Continue reading