Professional sport teams each have fans that not only live in within arena zip code, but there are others who live in other states and even in other countries. Many of these fans have never been able to be communicated with by their favorite team…until now. The next question is not, “Why should I care,” but instead, “How can I capitalize on this market for additional revenue for our sports franchise?”
On the surface this photo above looks like a pretty typical fan at a baseball game holding up a baseball. Average photo except this is a picture of my brother wearing an Atlanta Braves jersey, at a Los Angeles Dodgers home game with a ball tossed to him by the Braves first baseman, Freddie Freeman. (click the link to be sure to follow Freeman on Twitter)
I most recently learned that the reason my family went to sooo many Dodgers’ games was because we use to have season tickets! I still have no explanation for why we had a family member stray to support an East Coast team. All I do know is that his favorite player is Chipper Jones who still makes my brother very excited about baseball. (click the link to follow Jones on Twitter)
How does a boy on the west coast gets his Atlanta Braves fix? Scores are pushed to his cell phone regularly. He can check for instant updates on scores and batting percentages online. His favorite players also happen to be on Twitter. Finally, he posts comments and updates to his Facebook wall throughout the season to ignite conversation among friends and fans.
This is just the beginning of the potential.
With the increase in teams adapting to a more social and digital realm, being able to get more involved from a farther distance is becoming more accessible and interactive.
Through the use of social and digital media integration as a marketing platform, sport teams and athletes can now tap into resources previously unavailable to them. Thus, allowing teams to not only maximize their current market, but reaching outside their arena too.
Role of Social and Digital Media
- Not only can you maximize the space within the arena, but now have the opportunity to create your own digital content in the US, Europe, Canada, etc.
- Sponsoring companies now have a benefit for not only their local stores near the arena, but able to be a supportive element in addition to increased brand recognition for national locations too.
- Community Relation’s efforts can be expanded and driven with greater support and reach through the social media channels; providing a greater resource to reach a broader audience.
- Global merchandise sales.
- Must stop location for out of town visitors.
- Sponsorship activation across boarders
- With more and more professional athletes becoming more involved with social media personally, the fans are then able to follow a more inside look into their lives. It allows the personal space athletes enjoy, and the access the fans cherish for a lifetime.
As sport organizations become more in tune with the opportunities available to capitalize and maximize their current marketing and revenue efforts, the creative uses of social and digital media will continue to increase substantially.
What are some other opportunities a sports franchise might have in tapping into fans outside their zip code?