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Four Challenges and Four Opportunities for CRM in Sports

Excerpt from Winning with Data – CRM and Analytics for the Business of Sports. The sports marketing industry has been around for many years. While the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics holds claim to being the first US event to generate broadcasting fees, the to-the-death arena fights of ancient Rome could also be considered a foundation to what’s now a multi-billion-dollar global business. Regardless of whether you believe the catalyst was our first formalised approach to commercialising an event, or wealthy aristocrats sponsoring gladiators, why has CRM become so important to the sports world that it now deserves its own book?...

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Delivering Sponsor Value

More Value for Sponsors = More Sales/Higher Fees Add real value to your sponsorship rights with a simple change to the way you include their brand in your email campaigns. Those of you who know me, will be aware I “cut my teeth” in the sports industry selling sponsorship. This went on for another 25 years. And those who have attended one of my workshops will have heard me say “if I’d known then what I know now, I’d have earned a lot more in commission.” After the laughter’s died down (yes my workshops are fun), I caveat that comment...

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HELP! I can’t get my opt-ins into my database. A post to help Mailchimp users/developers.

Winners is a tech-neutral consultant – and by that we mean we’ll either help clients understand how to get more from their existing stack or help them identify the right tech for their current state and desired future state. However when it comes to email marketing, if a client has no experience whatsoever with using contact data, we recommend Mailchimp. The reasons are it’s very easy to use, its relatively cost-effective, and there’s no fixed term contract so you can cut your teeth on it but then move if/when your progress dictates it. Another reason is there’s a huge amount...

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Shortlisted for the Yahoo! Sports Technology Awards

I was thrilled to learn last week that Winners had been shortlisted for the Yahoo! Sports Technology Awards 2019 for our work on UEFA GROW’s IT Maturity Matrix (if you haven’t yet heard of UEFA GROW you can read more here). You’ll be able to read more about the matrix once the shortlisted projects are published but one key component of it is the use of Tableau for data visualisation – the term coined for the presentation of data in a pictorial or graphical format. With Tableau, or indeed any software of its ilk, you can build interactive dashboards that...

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And the award for great customer service goes to…….Schuh

Happy New Year to you – I hope you’ve had a great start to 2019. My professional new year began on January 2nd when I wrote this post based on an experience I had a week before Christmas. I’ve actually been keen to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) ever since then but festive cheer, food and merriment got in the way. The reason I was so intent to get this out is because some weeks ago I read another of Paul Greenberg’s excellent ZDnet articles, Best Buy, the worst buy: Lessons from the field and online, and if you'll read on...

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Can you recover your lost email opt-ins?

Seven months on and I continue to hear of #sportsbiz rights owners who were unfortunately advised to send an “opt in” email as a result of the GDPR. These advisors (who were also working in the non-sports industry as the multiple “opt in” emails I received demonstrate) have clearly missed the point of having an opt-in in the first place – if you have to email someone to ask them to opt-in, then you didn’t have the right to email them in the first place. In case anyone reading this still believes you can email someone asking them to opt-in...

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Rights Owners – why you need to know more about your TV viewers

...when you have “the option” to go straight to your fans, you could change the position of the decimal point in your broadcaster contract.... One of the challenges/frustrations of writing a book is that you know the minute you hit “send” on the finished manuscript, submitting it to your publisher (in my case, the esteemed Routledge who did an incredible job for me), you know that you’re going to want to update or edit it even more then you’ve already done so. But as pointed out to me by Callum MacGregor (a loyal and valued colleague of over 5 years who is...

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“Tell them what you are going to tell them. Tell them. Tell them what you told them.”

Whether it’s Aristotle or Dale Carnegie you ascribe to this quote, the principle behind it is that sometimes we need a bit of repetition to really understand something. Mike Bohndiek, a leading technology, commercial and business change professional operating in the sports industry, recently reviewed my book, Winning with Data – CRM and Data Analytics for the Business of Sports, and used the above to refer to the way the chapters are broken up into an introduction, thoughts, examples and summaries. In his opinion, this approach helped make it “a good read on a plane” and “light work”.  That’s exactly the...

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“A refreshingly straight-forward take [on CRM and data intelligence] in an easy-to-consume style”

Brent Leary, an authority not just on the use of data in business, but a thought leader on voice activation and a commentator on Amazon's behemoth of a business, hit the nail on the head when he reviewed my newly-published book for the sports industry. Paul Greenberg, the "godfather of CRM" who generously provided the book's foreword (worth buying just for that) also pointed out "it reads the way you speak" with Russell Scibetti of KORE adding that it's "the perfect balance of philosophy and practicality". And this is exactly what I was aiming for when I set out to...

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CRM and data “can and must become the central platform to any sports business”

As some of you may know, I've recently written a book - Winning with Data: CRM and Analytics for the Business of Sports - to be published by Routledge in August this year. In the course of securing endorsements from academics and industry executives, Karen Earl, chairman of the European Sponsorship Association from 2007 to 2017, and head of Synergy and Karen Earl Sponsorship, generously gave her time to read a proof edition and provide me with her thoughts: "This book is a must-read, not only for sports governing bodies and clubs, but for anyone operating in the sponsorship and sports industries. Not...

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