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Airports Boost Brand Awareness Among Travelers Attending Major Sporting Events

Posted by Rainbow Kirby on Jul 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Sports Tourism is a hot and fast-growing sector of the global travel industry. Ranking high on the bucket list in the U.S. are the Super Bowl, the Masters, the Triple Crown of Horse Racing (Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and Belmont), the NCAA Final Four, Daytona 500, the US Open of Surfing, and the US Open Tennis Tournament. Recent trends show that these travelers want an authentic experience, extending their stay to get a taste and feel of the city they're visiting.

According to the National Association of Sports Commissions, estimated visitor spending associated with sports events was over $10.47 Billion in 2016. Advertisers naturally want to align themselves with the sheer volume of fans and the energy they bring to a host city. Brands with big budgets become an official sponsor, while others choose to place media in hot spots surrounding the sporting event. Airport advertising covers both marketing strategies and has a first impression advantage -- reaching travelers as soon as they land.  

Denver Airport United Airlines Ad

88% of Air travelers spend 30+ minutes walking the concourse, making it an opportune time to connect. With messaging that guides them through their arrival, from super-sized LED displays to interactive kiosks to sampling, this location-based media reaches all touch points.  Here are two examples that illustrate how brands upped their out-of-home game.

Bose Makes an Impact with Noise-Cancelling Headphones Before the Big Game

BoseIn anticipation of one of the most celebrated sports events of the year - the Super Bowl, Bose wanted to promote their NFL partnership and get fans pumped from the moment they landed at Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport.

Strategically placed ads throughout the airport directed consumers to an interactive exhibit where they could demo products and make purchases through a Best Buy Express Kiosk. Fans took photos posing with a replica of a coach's noise-cancelling headset to get the vibe and share on social media.

NFL Bose Experience Minneapolis Airport

Minneapolis Airport Bose NFL Experience

Results: MSP more than doubled its daily passengers on game day - boosting a record number of 69,000 flyers. This traffic surge also lead to a surge in headphone sales for Bose in the MN market.

Audi Establishes Brand Awareness at the Gateway to World Ski Event

As the presenting sponsor of the FIS World Alpine Ski Championships, Audi wanted to engage the ski community converging on Vail and Beaver Creek for the competition. They brought the story of Quattro to life by tying it to the ski experience, installing two giant geodesic domes -- one that served as a hospitality lounge that connected to a second, where travelers could experience a five-minute virtual drive behind the wheel of an Audi S3.


Results: This 16-week experience, which took place in Denver International's Great Hall drove approximately 38,000 travelers to the domes. Audi collected over 5,500 qualified leads!

"We are always looking for smart and innovative ways to engage consumers and this installation really allowed us to do that." - Erin Keating, Senior Manager for Experiential Marketing at Audi of America

Want to target consumers on the move? Airport advertising is a proven way to reach them. Nielsen's latest insights study confirms 80% notice airport ads, 42% take action & 19% purchase a product advertised.

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*Source: 2017 Nielsen Airport Insights Study; TripSavvy;  National Association of Sports Commissions; Connect Sports

Topics: Innovation, Airports, Experiential