The importance of looking after your sponsors in sport.

The importance of looking after your sponsors in sport.

One thing we hear when meeting with clients on a regular basis is that they struggle to retain sponsors after more than one season unless they are on a multiple year contract. Why can I not retain my sponsors?  Usually they put it down to budget or similar. We often hear 'well times are hard for businesses and marketing spend is always the first thing to go'. Now, this is, undoubtedly true. Marketing is a luxury but the main reason many businesses will pull sponsorship spend is because they are getting no return on their investment. Marketing is a competitive market and there are a LOT of ways you can market and promote your brand. The opportunities for digital advertising (using platforms such as Facebook or Google ads) are relatively inexpensive and, if done properly, can provide you with a quick and tangible return on your investment. Pay X, promote Z and make Y. It's simple maths really. Yet, within sport, many clubs think...
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How to use social media to market your sports team – Part One Facebook

How to use social media to market your sports team – Part One Facebook

One question that comes up a lot is how to effectively use social media to market your sports team. Social media is such a broad term but each channel is very, very different. Different levels of engagement in different ways, different ways to communicate, different audiences etc. Lumping them all into one article is definitely not helpful. The platform chosen for part one of series is the giant that is Facebook. So, strap in...here we go! There's no getting away from it. Facebook is HUGE. An absolute giant with 2.2 BILLION active users per month. 2.2 billion!  That's a lot of people to potentially put your team in front of. It isn't, however, as simple as merely posting your information and getting 2.2 million people engaging. Sorry about that. Many people make the mistake that just posting content on your page equals people seeing your page.  Essentially, due to Facebook's algorithms, unless you regularly engage with the page or you have paid to promote and boost posts,...
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Turn your social media followers in ticket buyers

Turn your social media followers in ticket buyers

The digital age is here and is only going to get bigger. So many sports teams these days are hopping on to social media platforms because they think it's something they 'should be doing'. Don't get me wrong - It is. All clubs should be on social media and all clubs should be working on communicating with their fan base. It is really important and really powerful when used properly. The interesting thing however, is the fact that many clubs have a vast number of followers on social media that doesn't represent the number of fans that come to their games every single week. Why is that? Of course there will always people that follow you because they are local and they want to keep abreast of what you're doing but they're not that interested in coming to games. They'll be people following you who are fans of other clubs to catch up on news and info. They'll be people following you who...
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Why should I hire a sports marketing consultant?

Why should I hire a sports marketing consultant?

One thing I often hear when I am out and about networking and meeting people is that they don't want or need to hire a sports marketing consultant. If pushed as to WHY I'm often given answers such as 'it's a luxury we can't afford' or 'we're doing okay as we are' or 'we just don't have the budget for that'. I know what a lot of people are thinking when they hear the word 'consultant' It comes under the same category as 'coach' in some people's minds. Some see consultants as a flouncy title for someone to come in and tell you how to do something you already know how to do and then charge you for it. And, essentially, that is true. Most consultants are in that position because they have unprecedented experience in their field. They have done it all and they KNOW what works. They're not feeling their way in the dark or trying lots of different initiatives to...
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Why aren’t all small businesses embracing digital marketing?

Why aren’t all small businesses embracing digital marketing?

I come across a lot of small businesses on the networking circuit. And they all say a very similar thing. They don't really use digital channels in their marketing. But why? Digital marketing is usually free or, at least, pretty inexpensive. It can put you in front of your target audience in seconds. It can chop down your print budget (and therefore your carbon footprint) and it can create engagement. It's a brilliant marketing tool. Yet, in a survey of over 1000 small businesses  71.6% said their company website is their primary marketing channel with only 43.3% saying they utilise Digital advertising and social media. (source Infusionsoft) That's not that many people utilising and maximising digital marketing. Especially as many very BIG companies ALSO are not really utilising these channels. Big companies. Potentially your competition. Not doing what you could be doing. That's a massive opportunity right there. So why don't they? Usually, the people I chat too, say it's due to confusion and lack of knowledge. In...
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Is your fanbase happy? Have you checked?

Is your fanbase happy? Have you checked?

You run a sports team so (hopefully!) you have a fanbase. It doesn't matter if your fanbase is 200 people per game or 20,000 people per game they are still stakeholders for your team. And they matter. It's a bit like the 'new customers only' phrase which is banded about in the T&Cs of companies marketing. The new customers get everything. On a stick. All wrapped up with a big bow. And covered in chocolate. You get the picture. Your marketing team will obviously be keen to up the numbers of bums on seats and the number of people invested in your club. And that's great. It is such an important job as fans do have a shelf life as things change. They get older, they change jobs, they have children. And they move away from the club. Sometimes for a long time sometimes for the short term but you should always be aiming to backfill those people with brand new folk (new...
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Have you ever questioned what is that you’re doing with your life?

Have you ever questioned what is that you’re doing with your life?

Have you ever questioned what is that you're doing with your life? Have you ever questioned what it is that you are doing? Over the past 6 months or so I have felt like perhaps I have lost my mojo. Many of you will probably know how that feels. I was still delivering good work and I had lots of business and happy clients but something just wasn't feeling 'right'. Over the last year I had begun to wonder whether I should continue being 'The Intelligent VA Company'. When my business began in 2012 I offered lots of services to lots of businesses. Probably too many services to be honest. I didn't know my niche. Or even really my audience. I could genuinely offer something to everyone. All this being said I (very rarely anyway) wasn't doing any traditional VA work. It has been some time since I did any admin work or PA support for example. I was heading off to networking meetings...
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