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200+ Fan Engagement Ideas To Entertain, Educate And Connect Sports Fans During COVID19

G’day everyone, I hope that this latest blog post and infographic finds you well especially given the unprecedented circumstances we’re all in at the moment.

How is everyone going with everything at the moment? It’s a pretty stressful and overwhelming time for everyone but it seems that we’re all coping pretty well with self-isolation, COVID19 concerns and everything else that’s going on in our lives. Whose missing live sport? The smells and sounds of the game-day? It will be all back before we know it.

Like millions of others, both my wife and I have lost work but life does go on and you have to keep moving. I’m deeply saddened to hear about plenty of my hard-working friends and colleagues from the sports business world who are struggling at the moment because of redundancies or lost income. We’re all in this together and things will get better. I know how hard these reps have all worked for fans in stadiums all over the world so they should be very proud of what they’ve achieved and hopefully will be able to come back to their clubs or venues when the time is right. I’m in the same boat and while there’s not much I can do to help, all I can say is that I’m always happy to listen and talk to anyone if they feel like a virtual chat or a catch-up.

It’s important that we check in on one another at this time but also that we stay active and focused mentally and so because the former school teacher in me can’t just sit still and not want to help, I’ve put together another free quick fan engagement infographic which will help global to grassroots clubs all over the world.

I scoured the web looking at what over 400 global teams were doing for fan engagement content ideas at this time and was blown away at the creativity and innovation coming from these hard-working teams at this time to still provide educational and entertaining content to connect fans.

From mental fitness webinars, kids activity workbooks and recipe creations to Zoom backgrounds, bitmoji’s and fitness challenges it’s been very impressive to see how teams across the world have adapted during COVID19 to provide fans of all ages, but especially young fans with ways to stay connected to the game and their teams.

I have therefore attached below another FREE fan engagement resource that I have put together along with the bullet points of all the ideas for easy access below too.

I have also added the images to my 8000+ strong fan engagement Pinterest board which has an abundance of ideas that have come in useful for teams over the years. Visit the FE Pinterest here.

Also if you haven’t seen any of the other fan engagement infographics that I’ve put together then you can find them here.

If something doesn’t make sense then please just ask and I will assist you with more information about what the bullet point represents.

As with the majority of things I do in the fan engagement space, I don’t ask for much in return for my services as I care about young fans and making the best fan experience possible. I love what I get to do and as a fan first and foremost myself this will never change. All I ever ask is that you respect me and my work and let me know if it came in handy and reach out if you found it helpful.

The best part about what I’ve been able to do here has been to network, help out and meet likeminded people in sports biz from all across the globe who one day I can introduce my soon to be born child to your team and stadium and not just go on my global stadium journeys by myself. With a baby girl on the way in July, I can’t wait to be doing this and instill in them my love for stadium architecture, trying diverse F&B and catching different sports in different parts of the globe. With COVID19 going on and no real end in sight, it’s important that we understand that we all have so much to look forward to and for me, I can’t wait to welcome my first baby and soon to be sports fan into the world.

Thank you for reading and I hope that this free resource comes in handy for you.

Have a good week, keep smiling and stay positive.

This will all be over soon and fans will be back on the Kiss Cam, cheering their teams on and also complaining about the price and quality of stadium F&B in no time!

200+ Fan Engagement Ideas To Entertain, Educate And Connect Sports Fans During COVID19

  • Check in on elderly members/fans
  • Word search
  • Stay Home Bingo card
  • Spot the ball
  • Colour in the player/club emblem/jersey
  • Draw the player/ground/emblem
  • Throw back pictures/moments/memories
  • Nominate a team
  • Challenges
  • Zoom wallpapers
  • Team/Player wallpapers
  • Podcasts
  • Classic calls/flashbacks
  • Play back old games
  • Coronavirus hand washing techniques/instructions
  • Deliver care packages to fans
  • VR ground visits
  • YouTube/Video shows/recaps and rewinds
  • Hero of the team (emergency services fan shout outs)
  • Feel Good moments/pics/videos
  • Art competitions
  • Story Time. Players read kids books/stories to young fans
  • Countdowns and votes (best jersey/game/player etc.)
  • Connect 4 Mascot challenges
  • Google Home to engage with fans at home
  • Photo of the day
  • Family Nominations
  • Q&A’s
  • On This Day
  • Skills challenges
  • Fitness/work out/training tips
  • Team commentate fans skills/videos
  • GIF challenges
  • Twitch e-sports gaming challenges
  • Re-watch classic games
  • Share your fan story
  • Utilising fan generated content
  • Repurposing merch for medical supplies
  • Instagram/FB Live with players/team
  • Beat the clock online jigsaw puzzle challenges
  • Emergency/Health services branded merch
  • #FromTheArchives
  • Old player profiles
  • Choose your ultimate team lineups
  • Mental Health Messages and Tips
  • Classic game replays
  • What Self-Iso Personality Are You?
  • Quizzes
  • Polls
  • Social games
  • Replay games via Twitter updates
  • Club Spotify music playlists
  • What are the players up to updates
  • CEO messages/emails to fans
  • Player video messages to fans
  • Game day dress up
  • Twitter/FB/Insty take overs
  • Send letters to the team
  • Player pen-pals
  • Dogs of the club/team/fans
  • Activity sheets/kids worksheets
  • Legend Q&A with past player
  • The People’s Presser
  • Ultimate Quaran Team
  • Memes
  • Pixelated pick the players
  • My ‘Insert Team’ Story
  • Top 100 games/moments/memories/players/jerseys
  • Virtual Match day Predictions
  • Random Acts of Kindness
  • Inside the training session
  • 60 seconds Qs with the player/coach
  • Fan profiles
  • TikToks
  • Tattoo profiles of the players
  • Live Q&A
  • Choose your ultimate fantasy team
  • Match day program flashbacks
  • Fun Facts
  • Virtual autographs
  • Match day merch offers
  • Merchandise daily deals
  • Fan Virtual Meet Up
  • Online Quizzes Ex. Kahootz
  • Archival footage
  • Free access to exclusive content
  • Cooking and recipe shows
  • Online fan party
  • Mini documentaries
  • Exclusive special merch
  • Good News Stories
  • Stay Home Messages
  • Send us your crazy graphic design requests
  • Guess the player names from the emoji’s
  • Bracket challenges
  • Charity Challenges
  • Merch giveaways
  • Stadium wallpapers
  • Your Stadium Memory
  • Virtual Game Days
  • Personalised jersey wallpapers
  • Player fashion shows
  • CRIBS- player home lockdown version
  • Players/team letters to fans/members
  • #OpenDoorChallenge
  • Fan Art Fridays
  • #GetYourKitOn
  • Donate A Membership
  • Retro plays of the week
  • Stat attacks
  • Classic game breakdowns with ex players/coaches
  • Specials on training range merch
  • Stories behind the big moments
  • Team/Player Yoga
  • Animal Crossing jerseys
  • Surprise fans with calls/videos
  • Individual Training Programs
  • Food Bank Appeals
  • Name The Goal/Try/Moment
  • Show and Tell (Show Us Your Sports Cave)
  • Backyard Skills Challenges
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Community hero of the week
  • Home Workouts
  • Old photos from yesteryear
  • Your Call From Home- Fans commentating big moments
  • Show Your Colours- send in pics in
  • Team colouring in books
  • Guess The Player- Who Am I?
  • What Happens Next?
  • Fan discounts for team sponsors- support local businesses
  • Thank You Messages to fans
  • What comes to mind when you see this kit?
  • Your Birth Month and First Letter of your name = Your Career/Name etc.
  • Find a word
  • Scoreboard challenge
  • Word Challenges: Team scattergories
  • Spot The Difference
  • Share Your Ticket Stub Memory
  • Guess which season these jerseys are from
  • Trading Card Flashbacks
  • Retro Team List Tuesday
  • Share favourite merch items
  • Whose Tattoo?
  • Isolation Task/Name
  • Mental Health/Fitness webinars
  • Fan video messages of support for the team
  • Player/FOH profiles
  • Alternative design random jerseys
  • Design a banner
  • Old news stories from papers
  • Fan/Member of the week
  • Animated GIFs
  • Cartoons
  • This Week: Run a schedule of what’s on for fans
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Anything mascot related: Colouring in, wallpapers, cut outs
  • Virtual Happy Hour’s knock off beers/drinks with team/fans
  • Live chat with a former star
  • Share baby photos of players/team
  • Build the ultimate stadium meal
  • Thank you shout outs to health care workers
  • Game plan breakdowns- show attack/defence plays
  • Team/Player pays it forward with free coffees/meals for members/health care workers at local businesses
  • Team maze challenges
  • Reading challenges
  • Fans/Members nominate a local business that deserves recognition
  • Virtual cheerleading/dance sessions for fitness/kids
  • What’s in the player’s fridge?
  • Hand washing technique cards
  • Player Bitmojis
  • Art contests
  • Make up tutorials
  • Fan challenges- draw players/ask a question for social live
  • Virtual radiothon
  • Art workshops
  • Sudoku worksheets
  • Video chat with the mascot
  • Kids recipe book
  • Write letters/notes of support along with the team to health care workers
  • Showcase players hidden talents
  • Showcase fans/members hidden talents
  • Promote fans/members of the club local businesses to the fan base
  • ‘I Stay Home For….’ Cards
  • Community Support Roster- show who the team supports
  • Paper Bag Puppets
  • Write a letter to the mascot
  • Rivalry Recaps
  • Mascot/Player printable cut outs
  • Group fitness classes/steps challenges
  • Virtual Vacations frames for fans
  • Stay At Home Match Notes/Sheet
  • Make a player out of household items cardboard etc.
  • Virtual watch parties of classic old games
  • Where’s the mascot (where’s wally etc.)
  • Fan hall of fame
  • Guess the attendance of the retro game
  • Name the score of the classic game
  • Mascot trading cards
  • Send in fan messages for the team to go up in the sheds for their return
  • Fan call from the CEO
  • Write a match day review from a past game- writing challenge
  • Printable posters
  • Letterbox drops of merch/letters from players to members houses
  • Junior fan of the day during COVID19
  • Fan caricatures
  • Team DJ doing a set live on social
  • Junior reporter commentates a classic game
  • Kids only fan forum
  • Kids only team presser
  • Members/fans merch lucky dip live
  • Memory games
  • Virtual members wall
  • VR ticket/merch/mascot hunts
  • Kids/parents fans/members only fitness/health session live by team
  • Stay at home pass
  • Printable trophies and cups
  • Promote fans membership loyalty i.e. 5, 10, 20 years memberships
  • Harness, use and showcase fan generated content
  • Print out club size charts
  • First game day at home certificates
  • Game day memorabilia auctions/giveaways
  • Fan/member appreciation day/week
  • Make a team flag at home
  • At home ‘cams’ team filters for Oblivious cam, Kiss cam, etc.

 

The F&B Fan Experience: 100+ Ideas and Incentives To Improve The Game Day Fan Experience

G’day, 

Please find another one of my latest resources with this one touching on some ideas, trends, strategies, innovations and incentives that teams and stadiums can use to enhance the food and beverage (F&B) fan experience on game day. 

The list provides 100+ tips, tricks, ideas and incentives that will be useful to grassroots and global teams and of which have already proven successful for many stakeholders in this space. 

If you would like a hand understanding any of these concepts or ideas please feel free to touch base and I will be happy to assist you or point you in the right direction for more information.

As always this is about education in the sports business so feel free to download, print and share with your colleagues and please also let me know if you tried something and saw a successful outcome as I would love to hear that and be able to showcase those outcomes for you.

The list ranges from ideas and incentives that are across the spectrum of areas during and before the fan journey starts and range from F&B incentives to the changing diets and tastes of sports fans and even some quirky random ideas in between too.

Remember that it’s always important to look outside the box and get a bit creative when it comes to the food and beverage fan experience.

All the best and touch base if you need anything as I’m always happy to assist.

Please find a downloadable PDF file here: THE F&B FAN EXPERIENCE

100+ Ticketing Tips, Tricks, Ideas and Incentives for Sports Teams and Venues

Hello, 

Please find this latest resource on ticketing useful in helping growing your fan bases and getting more bums on seats.

The list provides 100+ tips, tricks, ideas and incentives that will be useful for grassroots and global teams to offer interesting and innovative ways to acquire and retain fans and win back lapsed ones too. Many of these strategies have already proven successful for many stakeholders across the globe and are not limited just to sport either.

If you would like a hand understanding any of these concepts or ideas please feel free to touch base and I will be happy to assist you or point you in the right direction for more information.

As always this is about education in the sports business so feel free to download, print and share with your colleagues and also please let me know if you tried something and saw a successful outcome as I would love to hear that and I can pass it along to other teams, venues or showcase it to highlight your success.

The list ranges from ideas and incentives that are across the spectrum of areas before, during and after the fan journey starts and range from transport to pets and even some quirky random ideas in between…..remember it’s always important to look outside the box and get a bit creative when it comes to ticketing.

All the best and touch base if you need anything.

A4 PRINT READY DOWNLOAD HERE

FREE Resource: 200+ Fan Engagement Ideas For Stadiums And Teams

Hi, 

I’m talking all things fan engagement and women in sport at the MCG on Tuesday 15th November for the CHAMPIONING WOMEN IN SPORT conference and have put together a helpful flyer to hand out to delegates on the day that lists over 200 creative and fun fan engagement ideas.

While it doesn’t compare to a free rally towel, flag, magnet schedule or t-shirt, I can’t just give a fun motivational speech at a fan engagement conference without having guests take home a free giveaway! 

The high res PDF print version is available below if you’d like to print it out as well.

Fan Engagement Activations

It’s always nice hearing from sports business professionals from England and the US to Russia and Australia and everywhere else in between who find both my Fan Engagement Pinterest site and these resources helpful so please touch base if you would like any more information regarding these ideas and I’ll be happy to assist you. 

I’m available for consulting and conference talks and always keen to hear what teams and stadiums are doing in this space so feel free to get in touch via MrBlairHughes@gmail.com or @MrBlairHughes on Twitter. 

Thanks and have a good week.  

Fan Engagement Ideas For Stadiums And Teams

Fan Engagement Ideas For Stadiums And Teams

Fan Engagement Ideas For Stadiums And Teams

Fan Engagement Ideas For Stadiums And Teams

 

200 Fan Engagement Activations

101 Fan Engagement Ideas For Music Artists

In my time in the music industry I was constantly trying to think of creative ideas to bring added value and enjoyment to the punters who came to see the events that I was promoting or provide special incentives and experiences through the music fans who were buying the Brisbane music compilation record that my small team produced each year.

For instance from 2006-2012 I ran an annual gig showcasing the Brisbane music scene whereby the artists that performed each had to add a classic Brisbane tune into their set. This was a simple and free idea that generated heaps of press coverage, engaged the audience and was an added selling point with ticket sales. This is the point with fan engagement whether it be in sports, music or business the key thing to remember is providing exceptional customer service with these little added touches or memorable experiences along the way. Most of the time you can do these for next to nothing but your own creativity.

Another idea my team had was to engage a local drinks sponsor who provided a free drink to every punter who came through the doors on the night of that gig. Obviously we promoted this in the lead up to the event, but the look on some peoples faces upon entering the venue when they realised that they got a free drink as well as six artists and six hours of live music for $20 was priceless. That look that says ‘wow, I know its just a free drink but I was not expecting that’ was the same look on my face when I first went to the UK music festival, Glastonbury in 2008. On entry to the site we were provided with a showbag of goodies including a map, lanyard with schedule of timetables, a newspaper, an NME magazine, a free drink AND a set of biodegradable tent pegs (short story but the Glastonbury site is a working farm for 2/3 of the year and after every festival people leave thousands of tents and metal tent pegs meaning that in previous years the animals would get injuries to their legs etc hence where this idea came from!). It’s these little touches that go such a long way in creating a memorable experience for fans.

This leads me to my latest infographic which is one that I think will greatly help young bands but also established artists as I truly feel that fan engagement in the music industry is still such an untapped market.

Below you will see 101 fan engagement ideas for the music industry. Many of the ideas have been drawn from what sporting teams and leagues are doing for their fans however many more are from ideas which I have actioned to great success my self. I will be blogging more and more about these music fan engagement ideas in time.

More than anything, I hope this resource will benefit those artists who are just starting out who are realising that they need to do more for their fans because their fans want more from the gig than just three artists up on stage in this day and era.

Please feel free to share with me how your band is engaging with your audience.

101 Fan Engagement Ideas For Music Artists

101 Fan Engagement Ideas For Music Artists

A-League Social Media Stats October 2013-May 2014

In October 2013 I put together an infographic to showcase the social media stats of the A-League across Facebook and Twitter.

 

Social Media Statistics A-league 2013 Season

Social Media Statistics A-league 2013 Season

On the 10th May I went back after the completion of the 2013/14 season and had another look at the social media statistics to see how the competition is rising among fans online.

Social Media Statistics 2014 A-League

Social Media Statistics 2014 A-League

Some very interesting statistics here but it’s just great to see how far the A-League continues to come both on the field and off it. The FFA deserve a lot of credit for all the hard work they have put in however

Brisbane Roar vs Western Sydney Wanderers A-League Grand Final 2014 Infographic

Brisbane Roar vs Western Sydney Wanderers A-League Grand Final 2014 Infographic

Brisbane Roar vs Western Sydney Wanderers A-League Grand Final 2014 Infographic

Brisbane Roar vs Western Sydney Wanderers A-League Grand Final 2014 Infographic

 

101 Content Creation Ideas for Sporting Teams

I’ve been collating ideas for a while now as a result of viewing a few major teams both in Australia, the UK and the US who I believed were not doing enough for their fans in terms of supporter engagement.

Along with my Pinterest site (http://www.pinterest.com/mrblairhughes/sports-marketing-fan-engagement-ideas/) which collects hundreds of sports marketing and fan engagement ideas I wanted to pull together a picture which can be used as a resource or idea starter for small to large teams who are looking at creating content but just don’t know where to start.

The following 101 ideas have been collated together to assist teams in their online fan engagement through content creation. It really is that simple, but it will just take a bit of creativity.

I hope that this helps clubs, particularly smaller clubs who may not yet be so well versed in content creation or social media but who want to grow their clubs.

Good luck putting some of these ideas into action and by all means please let me know how you go.

Thanks

101 Content Creation Ideas for Sporting Teams

101 Content Creation Ideas for Sporting Teams

The Rise of Football in Australia Infographic

When I was working in London with Queens Park Rangers football club as well when I had meetings up and down the English countryside with Premier League and Championship clubs regarding fan engagement, I was also passionately and enthusiastically talking up and promoting the rise of football in Australia.

As a proud Aussie, I wanted to show these major club reps at West Ham, Chelsea, Tottenham, Southampton, Fulham, Manchester City and Everton as well as football fans that I met along the way on my sports business intern adventure about the growth in the game back in Australia.

I wanted to share what so many of us true believers know in that big things are happening with the game down under from larger broadcast deals, improved crowds, interest from abroad, the rise in the women’s game and so much more.

I therefore got to work on creating an infographic which details many of these facts.

More of the infographics which I have created can be found on my sports business Pinterest site here: http://www.pinterest.com/mrblairhughes/

Please feel free to share and RT this.

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