Partick Thistle, the club that arguably brought us the best mascot in the world, Kingsley, are improving year on year. The club achieved their highest league finish since the 1980s in the 2016/17 season and unveiled plans for a new multi-million-pound training ground. A good achievement nonetheless. However, for a team almost on the verge of bankruptcy only 10 years ago and lamenting in the third division, this achievement is somewhat incredible. During this rise through the divisions, the ways in which the club have engaged with fans has been admirable, and could be seen as a key driver as to why Thistle’s average attendance increases with every passing season. How do they bring fans through the turnstiles in a city dominated by Celtic and Rangers though? Quite simply, by offering a unique fan experience.
Ahead of Scotland versus England this Saturday, Sports Marketing Scotland is delighted to speak to the Scottish Football Association’s Digital Manager, Michael Bochel.
We chat through the Scottish FA’s approach to innovation and digital marketing, how Scottish football as a whole can improve, and of course, “This Time”.
I am absolutely delighted to bring you the latest Sports Marketing Scotland interview with Blaine McConnell, the Digital Marketing Manager of the invincible treble winners, Celtic.
We talk through the club’s brilliant success off the pitch this season too, Blaine gives fans an insight into what goes on behind the scenes at the club and I ask all the usual questions too.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle has teamed up with main sponsor McEwan Fraser Legal to launch the club’s Biggest Home Game (#BiggestHomeGame).
The unique promotion will see ONE HUNDRED kids PLAY in a mouth-watering “pre-season friendly” against Richie Foran’s side on the pitch at the Caledonian Stadium.
It’s been a while, but delighted to get another Sports Marketing Scotland interview published, and it’s a good one. I’ve followed Grant Russell on Twitter for quite some time now and, of course, his work for STV. What’s always clear is his passion for Scottish football and trying to inspire us all to think how we could improve the game in Scotland. We talk along those lines, plus his thoughts on what’s happening now and what’s next for sports journalism.
The clocks recently went forward by an hour, signifying the beginning of daylight saving time and the promise of longer days and (hopefully) warmer temperatures. It does also, sadly, bring with it the final stretch of most sports seasons. But sport never sleeps and even with games still left to be played this season and trophies waiting for a new home, the preparations for the new season have already started. A major aspect of this preparation is the season ticket videos that sports clubs make to encourage fans to either renew or buy a season ticket for the coming season.
Braehead Clan’s attendance figures are I’m sure looked upon with jealousy by some of their footballing neighbours. I don’t think it’s unfair to say that they punch above their weight in that respect. Football is Scotland’s national sport and with both Ibrox and the Paisley 2021 Stadium in a 5 mile vicinity of Braehead Clan’s current home at the 4,000 seater arena at Intu Braehead shopping centre, they’ve got competition on their hands. When you factor in that Celtic, Partick Thistle, Glasgow Warriors and the Glasgow Rocks are all also vying for the city’s sports fans, what Braehead Clan have achieved in a relatively short space of time is remarkable. The club have built up a strong following on social too, with over 26k followers on Twitter, and over 17.5k likes on Facebook.
I’d heard nothing but good things so I wanted to see what the Braehead Clan experience was like for myself. Saturday 4th February was the date, and the visitors that evening were the Belfast Giants.
Influencer marketing is not a new phenomenon. It hasn’t just sprung out of nowhere to become the new ‘in’ marketing buzzword. It’s mass adoption across businesses and brands hasn’t been as widespread as social or content marketing were, though. As a general rule of thumb, the business of sport tends to lag behind the corporate world when it comes to adopting new innovations. With a little bit of attention and a smattering of savvy though, it’s got plenty of opportunity to jump ahead of wider businesses and truly embrace the world of influencers.
We spoke to Partick Thistle’s Media and Communications Manager, George Francis, on his career journey to Thistle, how the club has evolved over the last couple of years, and of course, everyone’s favourite mascot, Kingsley.
Almost a year since the first interview appeared on the site, with Greig from Hibs, we’re delighted to bring you this one with George today. All 5,000 odd words of it! Hope you enjoy reading.
In the week that the SPFL Trust’s Legacy 2014 Report was released, Sports Marketing Scotland spoke to the charity’s General Manager, Nicky Reid to get more of an insight into the findings and results.
SPFL clubs, or their community trusts, were invited to apply for an £11,000 grant, funded by the Scottish Government through their sponsorship of the Scottish League Cup. If you want to read the full report, head here, or click on the image below.