Barkley Pedals A Lifestyle

Barkley is sponsoring a bike racing team to the tune of $50,000, according to Stuart Elliott.
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The goal of the agency’s stake in the Hincapie Barkley development team is meant to deliver experience in sports marketing as well as access to consumers who are young — or young at heart.
“It’s a great way, a unique way, to get information we can use for existing clients or new clients,” said Brian Brooker, chief executive and chief creative officer at Barkley.
“If we’re in a pitch for any account in the active lifestyle field, it’s instant credibility,” he added.
Rich Hincapie, president at Hincapie Sportswear, said he welcomed the interest and investment from an ad agency not only because it represented “new funds coming into the sport,” but also because “we’re trying to change the image” of cycling.
“What they will do with the Web, with public relations, can take the sport to a higher level,” he added.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.