With unusually warm weather lingering across the country, the only thing making it feel like fall again − is football season! Tailgating, trash-talking, high-fiving, Super Bowl-predicting fans dominate the chatter at the office, on social and in our very own kitchens, Thursday thru Monday. Ok, it's ALL THE TIME...up until the Big Game in Atlanta this February.
While you may think of NFL fans as glued to the screen, they're on the move:
- 59% are more likely to have a daily commute of 30+ minutes
- 52% are more likely to travel 500+ miles a week, and
- 124% are more likely to take 3+ personal vacations a year (maybe they're checking off that stadium bucket list one by one?)
With 256 regular season games and over 17 million fans heading to stadiums each season, there is huge upside for advertisers to align themselves with game day. Whether your brand's focus is local or more of a national play, out-of-home is an unskippable medium that reaches consumers en route to the game, those picking up eats for their own turf, and those reliving every blissful touchdown during their drive the next morning.
Although spring popped up on the calendar last week, baseball lovers know that today is the official start. Because today for the first time since 1968, every MLB team will begin the season on the same day. So as you scroll through your social feeds from the office (or from your BBQ tailgate for the lucky ones) — expect the fever to kick in!
On any NFL game day (Sunday, Monday or Thursday), you'll find football fanatics engaged in debate, touting off stats -- yards, catches and conversions, building fences with their hands and smearing war paint on each other's faces. Brands have smartly aligned their messaging with the passion and the hunger (literal stomach-growling hunger) of today's football fan. For when there's love for the game, there is also love for the gear, the sponsors, the field, the feuds and the food. The only thing fans don't like - waiting until the next game.