The Big Bash League clubs are yet to unleash the actual potential of fan engagement. Read how they can do this.
Three-time champions the Perth Scorchers are the most successful team in the history of Big Bash League (BBL) Australia. The club has earned a great goodwill and it often uses its name to promote things like women’s cricket or thanking fans of specific region. However, there’s so much that this BBL club can do, given its fan following and its phenomenal performance. There are seven other BBL clubs that are named after Australian cities and have national and local fans looking up to them.
BBL clubs have been missing out on effective sports fan engagement strategies so far. Here’s what they can do in order to engage fans more deeply.
BBL clubs can do this quite literally since they have local fans in their hometowns. A great online platform with exclusive city page, say in case of Sidney Sixers or Brisbane Heat, would help contextualise fan engagement. Apart from local social media pages, the clubs can create forums encouraging fan discussions – one of the most organic ways to instil genuine engagement. Relevant and local content related to fan’s interest can go a long way in establishing a club’s brand into the minds of fans. The BBL cricket clubs have enough content in the form of facts, history, trends and transfers. These cricket clubs can create videos revolving around the practice session of their clubs, have dedicated Youtube channels and Facebook pages to get their fans informed all the time.
Today’s cricket fans keep a device – a mobile phone or a tablet – handy while watching a BBL match. It should come as no surprise since worldwide sports fans have changed and digital platforms have connected them with sports content like never before. BBL clubs must see this as an advantage and make their online platforms – website or mobile apps – more and more device-friendly. They may come up with exclusive mobile apps, gaming applications or fantasy cricket apps in order to reach out to more and more fans. EPL club Manchester City provided high-speed wireless internet access for phones and tablets in a football stadium in England at their home Etihad stadium. BBL clubs may come up with similar strategies to attract and retain fans.
BBL clubs may come up with mobile apps, gaming apps or fantasy cricket apps in order to reach out to more fans
BBL clubs must try to reach out to fans in various online ways instead of restricting themselves to a website. There’s a plethora of options that they may consider as they set out to engage fans. Dedicated merchandise to be sold on exclusive club platforms, sports fan engagement applications like Arabian Gulf League or Pickdraft involving real prizes and rewards, community engagement groups and pages on social media, cricket gaming applications on relevant BBL season are just some of the ways to engage the millennial cricket fans.
BBL is a world of its own. What’s relevant to cricket fans of Indian Premier League may not be applicable for BBL. The clubs therefore must choose their social media channel wisely and accurately. If their fans are mostly millennials, Facebook and Instagram could be utilised. If their fans are mostly Gen-Y, then having a Snapchat account won’t hurt. But most importantly , the content served on these social media has to be a great balance between the interests of the fans and the branding of the club.
Fortunately, today there are several options such as fan engagement platforms, fantasy sports applications for cricket, online fan clubs etc for engaging sports fans. BBL cricket clubs can opt for any of these ideas for deeper and more meaningful engagement with fans. If you need help, we can be your fan engagement partners.
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