Carlo Traversi Discusses the Future of the Climbing Industry

by Tom Markiewicz on February 11, 2009

Carlo Traversi discusses the future of the climbing industry and the different types of pro climbers interacting with the companies and the community.

At this point in time, VERY few climbing companies have any clue what they are doing beyond making a decent product that sells enough to keep them afloat. I believe that much of this is due to BAD marketing techniques and BLATANT misuse of key athletes on their climbing teams. Hint to climbing companies-stop doing the marketing by yourself and hire someone that knows whats up.

In the past, I’ve commented on the archaic marketing from most climbing companies. I’ll have more commentary on this topic soon, but Carlo’s post (and the comments) is a must-read and quite thought provoking.

  • choss master

    yeah, much better that they hire marketing companies who are even more clueless. that’ll get some serious results.

    Most climbing companies still think they are getting a good deal buying ads in print mags. ha!

  • Tom Markiewicz

    Agreed. I don’t think that Carlo’s suggestion of hiring an external marketing company is a good idea. Instead, developing a marketing department (or person) internally (that has the directive and authority to get stuff done) would be the best course of action.

  • zsalti

    Sounds like they need some advice in STRATEGY – like figuring out where they’re heading, where the industry is heading and differentiating themselves… and stuff…. Marketing and advertising only make sense if they’ve gotten past these and other crucial questions…

    I mean, it’s like beginner climbers blaming their inability to climb 5.12 on lack of finger strength, when they don’t even got the technique – movement etc. right to climb 5.6…

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