Webinar insights - Marketing & communication actions for Sports & Health tech professionals
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In this guest article Julie Vandenhouweele sums up a few take-aways from our webinar on 16/03, in which she was a panelist together with Alfred Campenaerts and Cheri Bradish.
Another first! Yesterday I was part of the STRN webinar on Marketing & Communication for Sports & Health Tech professionals with co-panellists Alfred Campenaerts (Salty Lemon. Entertainment) & Cheri Bradish (Ryerson University), hosted by Kristof de Mey (Victoris, STRN, SportUp).
Excited to have experienced my first panel! My initial thought? So so much to talk about and so little time! I feel like we could've gone on for hours, but we already covered a lot of topics. Here’s what I noted as high level take-aways:
Some key challenges for sports organizations and brands
- Getting your message out there across different platforms and a crowded place
- Setting priorities in terms of projects, campaigns & budgets
- Finding the right team: marketing has so many different facets that you should have a core team internally and hire experts to complement your team
- Building an engaging community: just activating ads won't get you an engaged audience.
Learnings & guidelines
- Starting from your strategy: know your ‘WHY’ and target audience and focus on that. Your offer, marketing and communication can then be adjusted over time.
- Working with partners and influencers: co-creation can create valuable insights ànd a strong connected. Influencers are the most trusted sources of communication and word of mouth is key for community building
- Create a solid foundation and build further on that. Once your current commuty is satisfied, you can start scaling your actions and experiment with new methods, channels and opportunities.
- Focus on efficiency: Plan your communication and social media ahead, do 1 photo videoshoot to create high quality material for months ahead.
- New industries are getting into sports sponsorship: sports betting, tech companies, crypto companies
- Streaming services: expectations of fans that clubs and brands become their own media companies and have content ready on the fly
- Global and diverse communities: there’s a room for diversity and global teams and communities due to the extreme online focus that covid brought
- Data-driven decision making & tools which will allow personalized communication
- “Right now” mentality: customer expectations which will continue to shape the industry (eg. Short video’s, streaming, on-demand video’s..)
- Ongoing digitalization which will merge the online and offline experiences and products (metaverse, VR experiences, exergames such as EXR…)
- A big opportunity for diversity, women’s sport and purpose driven partnerships from outside the sports industry
- Global landscape: which has been accelerated due to Covid and creates opportunities for new (consumer) markets and teams.
Obviously so much in happening in the industry. But here’s an addition from my side:
What will always stay the same?
Understanding your customer, what grabs their attention, where they spend their time (both online and offline) and putting them first in everything you do is what will make you win in the sports marketing landscape. Now more than ever, it's about personalised communication and building a relationship.
Everything that’s happening in terms of technology and innovations is in support of that mission.
Did any of these topics align with your dreams or ideas for your own brand, company or organisation? Feel free to contact me! Happy to talk more about it and help you translate them into actions!
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