Research Finds Scandal Had Little Impact on Brands Golfer Endorsed
By Jack Neff
MILFORD, Ohio (AdAge.com) — F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said, “There are no second acts in American lives,” but when it comes to Tiger Woods‘ career as a commercial endorser, data suggest the author may be way off base.
Research compiled and conducted by WPP’s TNS indicates Mr. Woods did major damage to his own brand with his series of well-publicized extramarital affairs, but also indicates that most of the brands he endorsed escaped relatively untarnished.
The research indicates that despite months of unremitting negative publicity, Mr. Woods remains one of the most popular athletes in the U.S. — still neck-and-neck with Peyton Manning and Brett Favre — and easily the most popular golfer, continuing to beat Phil Mickelson by a three-to-one margin (albeit down from his margin of five to one prior to January).
That should come as good news to Mr. Woods, who will return to professional golf at the Master’s next month. The major caveat, of course, is that all of Mr. Woods’ popularity derives from his athletic prowess, so to become a bankable commodity once more means he’s got to win. Leer más “Tiger Woods’ Pitchman Days Are Far From Over, Study Says”