Michael Phelps' Head and Shoulders Endorsement Kicks Off Olympic Endorsement Season

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 11

September 08th, 2011 Industry

Once every quadrennial( about four years) before the summer Olympics, a marketing fervor begins. Swimming is one of the biggest draws at the Olympics, and the ratings bear that out. At the 2008 Games, nights that had swimming drew an average of 16.2% of American households, which was up 7% from the previous games. Things are even better if your name is Michael Phelps: after Phelps’ last race, Olympic ratings plummeted in 2008, and the last 7 nights came out on average behind their 2004 predecessors.

And thus it’s no surprise that Phelps has kicked off this year’s marketing season. If you run a Google search on “Michael Phelps Head and Shoulders,” you get a lot of results. Mostly they are about how he is (or used to be) “head and shoulders above” the rest of the competition, or some description of his instantly recognizable butterfly stroke. But now, a whole new list of results will fight for those keywords after Phelps signed a 7-figure endorsement deal with Proctor & Gamble’s Head & Shoulders shampoo brand.

That’s a huge endorsement for him, akin to his Subway deal, and shows the potential for swimmers to reach outside of the aquatic community. Head & Shoulders Classic Clean shampoo is the United States’ best-selling shampoo, and the brand as a whole is the largest shampoo brand in the world. And their new face will be that of a swimmer.  Not only is this a huge win for Phelps, but also a win for the sport as a whole.

It’s on now. The marketing deals that potential Olympians will be signing in the next few months almost a sport in-and-of itself.

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9 years ago

note: It’s still Phelps who is ‘the one’, not Lochte.

9 years ago

I’m not sure that many Olympians or potential Olympians (I’m talking about Summer Olympics) will sign anything worth of mention. It’ll be same old recognizable faces. Even they will have to settle for less money than before. I think Phelps is the only one who can score 7-figure deal.

9 years ago

Really AJ, that’s your contribution to the conversation, MP is better than Lochte? Not watch Worlds? Hmm, Lochte has his clothing line with Speedo, Gatorade Fit Series and deal with FORD modeling agency. Phelps has hottubs and shampoo, nice try.

It’s great that MP is getting paid again and good to get swimmers out in the world of marketing. (Nearly) Anything it takes for more exposure to get more kids in the pool.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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