Category: Global

Driven to watch: How a sports docuseries drove U.S. fans to Formula 1

May 5, 2022

TV programming has a long history of inspiring audiences to get more involved in their passions and pick up new hobbies. In some cases, TV shows have given a lucky few the opportunity to live out their dream jobs, such as Last Comic Standing winner Iliza Shlesinger and Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard.  But TV programming can do more than just fuel internal passions: In the case of docuseries,...

Year in review: sports consumption evolution

Apr 12, 2022

The sports industry continues to adapt to the new habits fans have developed over the last two years, with the pace of change accelerating substantially since the start of the pandemic in 2020. This is evidenced by the increasingly flexible and dynamic approaches to competition formats, fan engagement, and content distribution by the world’s biggest sports properties. TV remains a dominant player, producing large cumulative audiences and significant broadcast time....

Sports sponsorships are raising more than just brand awareness

Mar 16, 2022

The universal breadth and appeal of sports continues to present brand sponsors with significant upside, both through exposure and how well consumers regard brands’ involvement. Combined, sports activations are doing more than boosting brand awareness—they’re leading to higher conversion rates. The higher conversion rates reflect: Increased brand sponsorships following the global ad pullback in 2020 A high level of trust among fans with respect to sponsorships Brand advertising increased...

Sportmarketing-Trends 2022: So verändern Fans das Sportbusiness

Mar 3, 2022

London / Köln, 3. März 2022 – Der Sportmarketing-Trendreport für das Jahr 2022 zeigt auf, wie Veränderungen des Fanverhaltens seit Beginn der Corona-Pandemie bestehende Sponsoring- und Partnerschaftsmodelle beeinflussen und wie sie sich auf Content-Strategien sowie Distributionskanäle im Sportbusiness auswirken. Ein detaillierter Blick fällt zudem auf die Bereiche Kryptowährungsanbieter, E-Sport und Frauensport. Die Ergebnisse sollen Rechtehaltern und sponsernden Marken dabei helfen, wie sie den Wert von Partnerschaften im Sport bemessen...

Fans are changing the game: 2022 global sports marketing report

Feb 23, 2022

Change is certainly nothing new, but its impact is seldom as sizable—or accelerated—as what the world has experienced over the past two years. For the sports industry, the return of fans at live events midway through 2021 was cheered by all, yet life has evolved too much during the pandemic for the sports industry to simply snap back to a mirror image of its pre-COVID self. The tried and...

Consumer behavior shifts and new experiences are broadening fan engagement

Feb 23, 2022

Few industries have been immune to the effects of the global pandemic, but the impact has been particularly notable for global sports. While the return of fans at live events midway through 2021 was cheered by all, behaviors have evolved too much for the sports industry to simply snap back to a mirror image of its pre-COVID self, particularly with respect to how fans engage with sports content. The...

Esports Economics Podcast Episode 3: Mobile Gaming in Asia

Jan 10, 2022

This is the third episode in our six-part podcast series Esports Economics in collaboration with Unofficial Partner. Today’s conversation moves east with a focus on the mobile gaming market in the Asia Pacific region.  Our speakers are Ajay Jilka,  Director of Regional Esports Partnerships at Moonton Games, and Mike Wragg, Nielsen Sports’ Managing Director for Asia Pacific and International Head of Strategy Consulting and Research. Moonton Games was established in...

Excitement in the air as the 12 month countdown to FIFA World Cup 2022™ begins

Nov 30, 2021

With the FIFA World Cup 2022™ kicking off one year from now, Nielsen is sharing the results of its Nielsen Sports brand tracking study showing a high level of excitement globally in anticipation of the global event in Qatar. As a part of FIFA’s Research Programme, Nielsen surveyed respondents across 28 global markets, and 79% noted that they are “excited” about the upcoming tournament. This scores higher than both...

Blockchain companies intensify jersey sponsorship investments in European football

Oct 27, 2021

More and more companies from the blockchain industry detect sports sponsorship as a valuable marketing platform. Nevertheless, automotive, tech and airline companies invest nearly one third of total volume for jersey sponsorships. These are key results of the annual European Football Jersey Report, which Nielsen Sports analyses for the top six European football leagues. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, jersey brandings become more valuable from year to year. If revenues...

Esports Economics Podcast Episode 2: Sponsorship ROI

Oct 12, 2021

Enjoy the second episode in our six-part podcast series Esports Economics in collaboration with Unofficial Partner.  This conversation is focused on sponsorship and the key questions surrounding return on investment within the esports industry. We challenge the many preconceptions about esports within the brand marketing community and weigh the benefits and outcomes of sponsorship versus programmatic advertising. We also analyze the differences between rights packages in esports compared to...

Esports Economics Podcast Episode 1: State of the Industry

Aug 31, 2021

This is the first in a new six-part podcast series looking at the business of esports, in collaboration with Unofficial Partner.  Today’s guests are Matthew Archambault, head of partnerships for North America at Riot Games, publishers of the phenomenally successful League of Legends franchise. Matt manages strategic partnerships, national sponsorships, media rights, and merchandising for the League Championship Series (LCS).  Joining Matthew is Matt Boyd, Vice President of Nielsen...

The Inclusivity of the Olympic Games Is Key to Widespread Fan Appeal

Jul 14, 2021

Rising interest in women’s sport has yet to translate into media coverage and financial investment equaling men’s sports. But this year’s Summer Olympics has the opportunity to show brands and rightsholders just how high fan interest is in female sports globally. We know the Olympics is the world’s biggest sporting event, but it’s also one where fandom is nearly even among men and women. In addition to leveling the...

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