Backbone Media Adds More Staff, Office Space

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backbone holly potterCarbondale, Colo. – Public relations agency Backbone Media has hired two new staff members. Holly Potter was brought on board for the newly-created role of marketing and business development, and Amanda Boyle is now the social media account manager.

ExOfficio Official Sponsor of Expedition Overland Web Series

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ExOfficio StackedLogoSeattle, Wash. – ExOfficio will provide the apparel for the eight cast members in popular adventuring web series Expedition Overland. The series follows the lives of the cast during a six-week expedition through Alaska and the Yukon, from their initial preparations to the completion of their journeys. Clay Croft, producer and creator of Expedition Overland, has been a fan of the brand for several years.

Osprey Holds Athlete Summit to Solidify Brand

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Osprey LogoCortez, Colo. – Osprey packs held its first-ever Athlete Summit, bringing together Osprey sponsored athletes from a variety of sports to inspire and build the brand. Over two days, the team participated in marketing, product and sales meetings as well as brainstorming sessions to provide input and insight. Based on the success of the inaugural Athlete Summit, Osprey plans on hosting follow up summits in the future to grow athlete relationships and support brand initiatives.

Native Eyewear Curates Local Stories

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564513 10151418746568042 1421721057 nDenver, Colo. – Native Eyewear, the maker of polarized sunglasses, has set the 2013 dates for the 2014 Native Eyewear Locals Only Project. Locals Only is a marketing campaign to drive fan participation and generate valuable content for the brand's catalogue and other branding materials. Through fan nomination and votes via social media, the program seeks out the best mountain towns and curates stories from local talent, adventurers and outdoor athletes.

Outdoor Company Taps International Pop Stars for Endorsement

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JYJFrench outdoor equipment company Millet, owned by Lafuma, has signed an unusual endorsement deal. South Korean pop group JYJ have been chosen as the endorsement models for Millet’s “M-Limited” outdoor gear line. The move aims to capture the 25 to 35 year old demographic, which is the target demographic of the line. JYJ recently sold out 150,000 seats at the Tokyo Dome in their long awaited return concert in Japan.

Ecco Reaches Half a Century of Shoemaking

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Ecco ShoesLondonderry, New Hampshire – To commemorate 50 years of shoemaking, Danish footwear brand Ecco is throwing a month-long celebration with special in-store displays, a Facebook sweepstakes and storytelling through the brand’s blog. The brand has grown to become the world’s second largest shoe manufacturer and yet is one of the only vertically integrated footwear brands in the world, owning and managing each step of the shoemaking process down to the stores.

Tubbs Asks Ambassadors to Share Their Snowshoeing Experiences

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Tubbs Snowshoes Ambassador ProgramSeattle, WA – In its second year, Tubbs Snowshoes’ Ambassador Program seeks eight snowshoe enthusiasts to document their winter snowshoeing experiences in words and photos. The essay contest asks ambassador entrants to choose from among four categories—trail walking, day hiking, backcountry and kids/family. Two ambassadors will be chosen to represent each category, and will be awarded a prize kit containing snowshoes, snowshoe poles, gaiters and more.

“Something From Nothing” Wins “Why I Love to Ski and Ride” Video Contest

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BearLakewood, CO – Keith Korchok was selected as the winner of the “Why I Love to Ski and Ride” video contest put on with the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend initiative. His entry, titled “Something From Nothing” is a personal story of how he and his twin brother created a neighborhood terrain park in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania. The video also earned him the Warren Miller Entertainment (WME) Video Award of Excellence.

Low Price Guarantees May Have Adverse Effects on Consumer Behavior, Study Finds

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Reims Management SchoolReims Management School (RMS) has conducted a study revealing that promises of lowest prices coupled with high refund guarantees often put consumers off. Strategies such as low price guarantees, promises of reimbursement of price differences and other increasingly common tactics may actually cause consumers to become suspicious of the offer and avoid the purchase altogether.

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