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AT THE CONVERGENCE OF SPORTS AND HEALTHCARE


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AT THE CONVERGENCE OF SPORTS AND HEALTHCARE


 
As former NFL and sports marketing agency execs who unexpectedly found themselves building and managing a major health care system brand, we’ve been energized by the natural convergence of health care and sports, and have dedicated Bendigo to bringing the two worlds together. We’re developing and executing strategies in support of top health care systems, building their partnerships with top sports properties, and helping them build their brands and businesses. 
 
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WHAT WE DO


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WHAT WE DO


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HIGHLIGHTS


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HIGHLIGHTS


CHI FRANCISCAN HEALTH

Bendigo collaborated with CHI Franciscan Health to develop a new marketing approach that included a sports activation component featuring team partnerships with the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders FC, Tacoma Rainiers and Tacoma Stars. Activations include in-stadium assets, digital assets, co-branded content and was kicked off with the Seattle Sounders FC opening match.

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TACKLE KIDS CANCER

Hackensack University Medical Center had a long standing and successful partnership with the NY Giants, but its fundraising activities were not fulfilling potential. Bendigo was tapped by their Marketing and Foundation teams to help build Tackle Kids Cancer, a groundbreaking new cause marketing platform, led by Eli Manning, to inspire fans, sponsors and donors to support the Children’s Cancer Institute at HackensackUMC. One year into the partnership, the program has expanded to more partnerships including New York Red Bulls and The Northern Trust, and has raised over $3 million. 

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RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP WITH TURNKEY INTELLIGENCE The existing tools to evaluate ROI and brand lift for hospitals have lacked up to date tools and metrics to calculate valuable information, like the “transfer of trust” from a pro sports team to a hospital in the mind of consumers.  Struggling to find a proper solution for our clients, we teamed up with Turnkey Intelligence. Strata is a unique tool to evaluate hospital partnership deals. This tool will help hospitals as they emerge into the sports industry, allowing our clients, to optimize and maximize the tangible and intangible assets obtained through these partnerships.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP WITH
TURNKEY INTELLIGENCE

The existing tools to evaluate ROI and brand lift for hospitals have lacked up to date tools and metrics to calculate valuable information, like the “transfer of trust” from a pro sports team to a hospital in the mind of consumers. 

Struggling to find a proper solution for our clients, we teamed up with Turnkey Intelligence. Strata is a unique tool to evaluate hospital partnership deals. This tool will help hospitals as they emerge into the sports industry, allowing our clients, to optimize and maximize the tangible and intangible assets obtained through these partnerships. 

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SUPER BOWL 48 HOST COMMITTEE PARTNERSHIP

Nearly two years before the Super Bowl kicked off at MetLife Stadium, Bendigo Co. developed a partnership vision and negotiated the contract to make HackensackUMC Official Medical Services Provider to the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee.

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OUR TEAM


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OUR TEAM


 
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Jeff Sofka, Founder & Principal

As Founder and Principal of Bendigo Co., Jeff Sofka has had the privilege of serving some of the world’s greatest companies, driving brand asset development, management and execution. Jeff has generated hundreds of $Millions in new revenue and share value as a Senior Marketing Executive for the following industry leading companies:

  • City of New York Marketing
  • Clear Channel Worldwide (Live Nation)
  • National Football League
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Sofka created Bendigo Co. to help organizations monetize their hidden and underutilized intellectual property assets.

Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and playing music with his 80s tribute band “Martha Quinn College.” He has created and produced many local music events including Ridgewood Unplugged, which have raised more than $75,000 for a range of charities.

 

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Mike LaPorta, Vice President Client Services

Mike LaPorta enhances the brands of Bendigo Co.’s top clients through strategic event marketing, sponsorship activation, and increased digital presence.

Mike has developed experiential and digital marketing strategies for international companies such as LivingSocial and Bus2alps (Europe’s #1 student tour operator). These tactics generated exponential growth in revenue and brand awareness for both companies.

Mike enjoys being outdoors, spending his time hiking, camping, playing in numerous NYC Co-Ed sports leagues, and snowboarding. Mike also is a travel junky, having visited over 60 countries across 6 continents (come on Antarctica!).

 

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Aleyna Yamaguchi, Account Manager

Aleyna Yamaguchi is a Seattle native transplanted to the east coast to fulfill her passion of working in the sports industry by supporting the enhancement of Bendigo Co.'s clients.  A recent Master of Jurisprudence graduate from the University of Washington School of Law, Aleyna has expanded her experience by working in an NFL accredited agency (Focus Sports Agency), assisting agents to get their football players signed to teams such as, the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and Denver Broncos. While supporting the players in the agency, Aleyna also supported her home team by working for the Seattle Seahawks, providing high-class service under the Fan Development Department.  

As a former competitive gymnast, Aleyna enjoys being active and spends her time running, hiking, and boxing. When she is not spending her free time out and about, she always loves to travel - visiting Italy, France and other European countries as often as she can. 

 
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OUR CLIENTS


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OUR CLIENTS


"We made the right call trusting Bendigo with the critical task of leading the rebrand of Hackensack University Medical Center and its burgeoning Health Network. By 2011 we had already evolved from a respected community hospital into a world-class research and academic institution at the center of a new Health Network - but needed a new brand positioning to personify and amplify our accomplishments and trajectory. Bendigo moved their practice “in-house”, assembling and leading the strategic and creative teams and crystallizing the vision for the new identity, uniting our executive team, board members, physicians, outside agencies and business partners, delivering a bold and game-changing rebrand that put our organization on a path for unprecedented growth and brand leadership."

ROBERT C. GARRETT
President & CEO
Hackensack Meridian Health Network

 

"The HackensackUMC Foundation had a vision to transform our fundraising partnership with the New York Giants, and we turned to Jeff and his team to help us bring it to life. Bendigo signed on as Agency of Record for the project and helped us create www.TackleKidsCancer.org, taking a leadership role with the many agencies, media partners, sponsors and partners who helped make the program a success. Bendigo was liaison between the Giants, HackensackUMC and the Foundation, and helped us create, launch and flawlessly roll-out the new cause marketing program in record time, on budget, and raising more than $1,000,000 for the campaign in our first four months. The program was built to last and will continue to generate needed funds for the Children’s Cancer Institute at HackensackUMC until we finally tackle kids’ cancer."

JON FITZGERALD
EVP & Chief Development Officer
HackensackUMC Foundation

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IN THE NEWS


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IN THE NEWS


Eli Manning Named Finalist for
Walter Payton Award

On January 24th, Eli Manning was announced as a Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist during the AFC Championship game (32 rating). Eli’s involvement with the Tackle Kids Cancer program, was a key driving force for his nomination as a finalist. The announcement was re-broadcast during the NFC Championship game, exposing 99 million viewers to Tackle Kids Cancer over these two games alone. The announcement has since been picked up by the Associated Press, ESPN, NBC Sports, in additional to tens of millions of impressions on social media. 

To view the full coverage, click here.

Bendigo and Turnkey Intelligence Team Up to Create New Research Product

As the healthcare industry has been rapidly shifting marketing plans to focus on new media and larger partnerships, non-hospital focused partnerships, the existing tools to evaluate ROI and brand lift for hospitals have lacked up to date tools and metrics to calculate valuable information, like the “transfer of trust” from a pro sports team to a hospital in the mind of consumers. 

Struggling to find a proper solution for our clients, we teamed up with Turnkey Intelligence, one of the industry leaders in sponsorship evaluation to develop create Bendigo Strata Powered by Turnkey Intelligence. Strata is a unique tool to evaluate hospital partnership deals. This tool will help hospitals as they emerge into the sports industry, allowing our clients, and other networks optimize and maximize the tangible and intangible assets obtained through these partnerships. 

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New York Giants, HackensackUMC Foundation Announce Partnership, Create Tackle Kids Cancer

The New York Giants are ready to tackle at all times, and so will the kids at the Joseph M. Sanzari building within HackensackUMC. The Giants have partnered with Tackle Kids Cancer to help raise money for pediatric cancer research.

Read the full article here

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CONTACT US


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CONTACT US


PHONE: 201 - 670 - 1299

E-MAIL: INFO@BENDIGOCO.COM

315 West 36th St. 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018

458 Overbrook Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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