Opportunity or obstacle? A preliminary study of professional sport organisations in the age of social media
Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
An extensive body of academic literature has acknowledged the importance that relationship marketing, community alliances and mass communications play in the marketing and branding of professional sport organisations. However, little has been directed at recent media developments and the degree to which they affect professional sport organisations. The present case study examines the ways in which three professional clubs from two different sporting codes are leveraging traditional marketing approaches as well as adapting to emergent technologies and an increasingly media-driven consumer-base. Responses clearly demonstrate the blending of traditional marketing strategies and technology, including social media, in an effort to convert and build fruitful long-term club-supporter relationships. Furthermore, the complexities faced by the marketers of professional sport organisations become exacerbated by the very rapid changes taking place among new generations of professional sport consumers.