We love mascots. They are the sis-boom-bah of branding. They do stuff you can’t do. They jump out of their seats to rally the troops, create instant photo ops, add life to events and offer a whole new range of brand-building opportunities. By definition, a mascot is any person, animal or object thought to bring luck or to represent a group with a common public identity like a school, professional sports team, society, military unit or brand name. Which is probably why they are everywhere. With football season in full swing, it’s mascot-city out there—on the field and off, on TV and online—for name brand products and teams alike. And mascots aren’t just for consumer brands anymore. Plenty of B2B companies have successfully brought mascots into play. There’s SaaSy and Chatty from Salesforce, Mailchimp’s Freddie and Hootsuite’s Owly just to name a few. As you’ll see, we have a few mascots of our own here at Spyglass. Not only that, we’ve developed them for clients of all kinds. Mascots open up a brand strategy to new promotions and clever tie-ins while grabbing both paid and unpaid media attention.
Now, here’s your chance to cast your vote for your favorite brand mascot and see which one’s have captured the world’s imagination.
He’s done the road trip to Burning Man, high-fived runners at marathons, held babies, crashed Red Bull’s Crashed Ice, powered through Pride and been a big hairy deal at all sorts of Spyglass clients’ events and occasions. Now, his latest escapade includes a trip to the Grand Canyon that spanned over 1,600 miles of U.S. highways. As the Spyglass CEO (Chief Exuberance Officer) you’ll see he relishes every opportunity to pop-up in the most unexpected places.
See a few snapshots from BOY’s most recent trip
For sports franchises, a memorable mascot is money in the bank. It’s one of the reasons fans come to the games and can be a solid gold merchandising and event opportunity. Beyond the “costume,” it also matters who jumps inside to deliver the dance, the swagger and comic timing punch. Here are the top 11 characters when it comes delighting sports audiences. Think of this list as a good reference point when it comes to creating a fun-loving face for your brand at events, trade shows and office functions.