AB InBev, the biggest brewery in the world and also an avid sponsor of live sports events, is shifting focus to better serve its customers during the Corona outbreak. We had the opportunity to interview the AB InBev Europe innovation lead Michael Codd about handling communication, digital brand activation and esports.
In our fan engagement breakdown series we take a look at the top football clubs in the world and how they are tackling fan engagement during lockdown. In this blog post we review how Manchester United is handling the COVID crisis. The English Premier League’s most popular team is dedicated to boosting digital engagement and has been focused on growing their online fanbase. With its focus on content the club has one of the highest commercial revenues from sponsorship deals and merchandising.
With the Corona pandemic around we don’t really know what to expect in the world of sports. Luckily esports is here, and it’s here to stay. Increase in online consumption and the lack of content from live sports has only contributed to its popularity. The industry has matured to one with great sponsor brands and a large, hyper-engaged community. Esports will not take the place of traditional sports but there is still much traditional sports can learn from some crazy fan activations we have seen over the years.
With consumers at the wheel of their own digital experience and an overflow of content to consume it’s becoming increasingly difficult to capture someone’s attention. However platforms like Facebook or Instagram manage to suck you into their system all the time. Lots of digital experiences leverage gamification to support their engagement goals and supercharge growth. So how do you create long-term digital engagement? How do you get your audience hooked?
The shortage of sports content due to the corona breakout is asking broadcasters sport organizations and brands to get creative in capturing attention. We’ve seen reruns of all-time classics and viral social media challenges by star athletes. During these times esports are still standing. Lots of organizations are turning to this fast growing media branch as a solution to bring fan engagement online without any live competitions going on.