BEACONS // EMPOWERING SPORTS VENUES

So, we continue our look at which businesses should be embracing Beacons, with Sports Venues.

Coincidentally, we were approached very recently by a major football venue to prepare an introductory perspective on what value a Beacon Network could bring to their business. So this is nice and fresh in our minds.

The request triggered the fundamental question of " what business are they in?". The obvious and immediate answers are Entertainment and Hospitality. But one only has to dig a little bit deeper to see how important Media is to the ongoing commercial health of sports venues. And within the context of what value ibeacons can bring, this is a very interesting observation indeed.

So here's a list of no-nonsense reasons of why Sports Venues should be using ibeacons to enhance the Entertainment, Hospitality and Media channels of their business.

Entertainment

1. Stir up the spirit of competition:  Under their traditional role of hosting sporting events, the spirit of competition and partisan atmosphere is particularly strong inside a sport stadium. Using Beacons to trigger clever Pre, In-match or Post-match mobile games amongst supporters, taps into that spirit, stirs it up and can generate an even more exciting and memorable experience. The games could also lead to winning prizes such as food, beverages, souvenirs or even unlocking excluisve content and interviews from players or coaches.

2. Surprise and delight with excluisve content:  By identifying certain profiles of ticket holders, fans or guests, and giving them access excluisve content (interviews, behind the scenes cam,  photos etc...), the venue  will be going along way to unlocking the deepest reservoirs of their customers passion, exhilaration and excitement.

Hospitality 

3. Optimise Safety: In an environment as busy, large, frenetic and multi- levelled as Sports Stadia, safety is of paramount importance. Beacons can be used in this case to provide interactive maps of the venue to help with way-finding, details of emergency exits, foot-traffic hotspots, disabled guest advice etc... Anything that facilitates and optimises the safety of fans and visitors. 

4. Optimise Convenience: Often one of the biggest challenges at sports events is convenience.  Where to go  for food, toilets, exits, fastest way to seats etc..By allowing a Beacon to know your precise location, together with smart usage of a mobile devices interactive capabilities, fans and visitors can use the network for fast,  ticketless entry; navigate to where they want to go quickly,  search for and avoid busy, high traffic areas, and in even pre-order and collect their halftime food or beverages.  Once the network is in, the opportunities are endless.

5. Increase revenue: Real-time seat upgrade offers, on the spot food and beverage offers, and well timed souvenir reminders and offers are jus a few of the ways Beacons can be used to drive up visitor revenue. 

Media

6. Provide additional channels of hyper-relevant communication for sponsors. The reason's behind investing in sports sponsorship are well represented. But when it comes to having the ability for sponsors to engage one-on-one, and with hyper-relevance (profile, location, in-event timing etc...) Beacons suddenly open a whole new realm of possibility for this.  

By offering fans and visitors the option to receive personalised, relevant communication from sponsors or advertisers in the venue (via the Beacons) the sponsors and advertisers can layer their existing  media investment with a new level of one-to-one , relevant engagement and feedback.

7. Create additional mass-engagement opportunities for promoters and sponsors. Even on a broader, mass scale, Beacons enable sponsors to own specific events within an particular game or experience, and communicate that ownership en masse to everyone on the ground that has the service enabled on their mobile devices.  The more creative and clever the idea and interaction behind that communication - the more value they can pull from the investment. 

But once again, it’s essential to keep in mind that there’s a fine line between smart personalised experiences, and push notification nightmare. Enhancing your fans and visitors experience by understanding their behaviour - as a human being as well as a consumer - anticipating their needs and serving them as hyper-relevant information and content as possible is Beacon success critical.

Next up, Hotels...