On February 27-28, 2015, the annual MIT Sloan Sports and Analytics Conference was held in Cambridge, MA, where top executives in pro sports and thought leaders in sports analytics gathered to speak on panels, learn, and engage.
While there were several topics in analytics discussed this curated collection won’t touch on, the following tweets from the event span my interests, which include: sponsorship, social media, in-venue experience, mobile, the evolution of sports gambling, and ticket sales. Enjoy and thanks to all the speakers and tweets at the conference!
Remember, sponsorship is a luxury investment and it needs to be justified every year. – Sam Kennedy #SSAC15 (@risapecoraro)
@skennedysox says advertising on @MLB jerseys is inevitable and is in support of it. Too big of a revenue opportunity for teams. #SSAC15 (@akerdmanee)
Revenue is the ultimate metric for brand and sponsorship, but brand shouldn’t be sacrificed for short term gain. #SSAC15 (@risapecoraro)
Entering partnerships it’s important to “define what the goals are & how you’ll measure.” @nfl SVP #SSAC15” (@jay_christley)
TICKETS AND SALES
#digisport topics @ #SSAC15: social sales, friction in data sources, attribution models, engagement measurement, segmentation. (@AJKarg)
Amazon and Google have changed customers’ expectations of personalized communications/offers, per @perez2k of Orlando Magic #SSAC15 (@SprtsMktgProf)
@google researcher @elyselorraine says sports ticket buyers watch 5M YouTube video every month. #SSAC15″ #smsports (@SloanSportsConf)
Wow … @MLSAtlanta2017 has deposits for 19,000 season tickets as @thesoccerdon just noted at. #SSAC15 (@courtemancheMLS)
Good #sportsbiz STAT @ #SSAC15: 18% of ticket sales starts w/ social interaction (Google research). Prob MUCH higher w/ dark social included (@njh287)
15% of @RedSox tickets are no shows. $10 in concessions x 5.5k seats = $55k / game. We hope the loyalty program will fill seats #SSAC15 (@SloanSportsConf)
Fader & Xu study on anonymous MLB team data suggests dynamic pricing decreased revenue. #SSAC15 #sportsbiz” (@steveseiferheld)
IN-ARENA FAN EXPERIENCE
#SSAC15 In-arena experience vs home experience will be a battle of unique memories for sport consumers & challenge for media biz companies. (@MikeFlynn826)
Granger: the sacto kings revitalization is bigger than bball. New arena is a civic center, research is more about city than team #ssac15 (@brianmillman)
65% of game attendees engage in some sort of online activity. 1 in 2 is researching future events. #ssac15” #msports #sportsbiz (@tiffan)
Beacons provide better insight into what fans do inside the arena. Use it to your advantage. #SSAC15” Value of passive data. (@GeoffTBlosat)
SOCIAL MEDIA AND ENGAGEMENT
Why doesn’t the NBA crack down on people ripping plays on YouTube? Adam Silver: “Highlights are marketing.” #SSAC15 (@matt_dollinger)
NFL teams focusing on engagement > traffic for digital analytics. Evolution. (@GeoffTBlosat)
Strategy to engage with the younger fan:Mobile. There is a new generation that will interact with media with mobile only #SSAC15 #digitalfan (@SloanSportsConf)
“Sports is about conversations and uniting communities” says @espn’s EVP John Walsh. Amen. #SSAC15 (@WarrenKZola)
THANKS! TWEET YOUR FAVORITES!
There were a lot of other interesting topics discussed, including injury prevention, gut instinct vs. analytics, wearable technology data, proper use of analytics in journalism, and more. I’d recommend following Sports Analytics Blog and searching the #SSAC15 hash tag on Twitter to see more.
What is your biggest takeaway?
Posted by Neil Horowitz