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RFL’s Our League named as a finalist at the Sports Business Awards

Our League, the Rugby Football League’s membership scheme for fans, players, coaches, volunteers and viewers, has earned the game further national recognition with a nomination in a second major sports awards ceremony this spring.

Our League is in the running for a Sports Business Award on May 31 in the Best Fan Engagement Programme category. This is the second award nomination of the awards season, having already been included on the shortlist for Best Fan / Community Engagement for the BT Sports Industry Awards on April 25. This second nomination comes after Our League recently celebrated breaking through the 100,000 members milestone, showing just how much Rugby League means to the fans.

Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “It’s great to have this recognition for the sport, and also for the people who have worked so hard to establish and develop Our League since it was launched in late 2017.“It was the first Rugby League OTT platform, allowing more matches and features to be broadcast and watched than ever before – and a pivotal part of our strategy for ensuring that Rugby League is well-placed to capitalise on the opportunities provided by the digital revolution.”

Launched in Autumn 2017 in partnership with InCrowd, the membership scheme has improved fan experience and engagement for lovers of Rugby League at all levels of the game, offering exclusive content, predictor games, ticket offers, money can’t buy benefits and prizes via the digital platforms – app (iOS & Android) and website that members can access. This season Rugby League personalities such as Andrew Henderson and Jamie Jones-Buchanan have led extensive coverage of the Betfred Championship and League One competitions, focusing on the best tries and matches through the week – as well as providing live and exclusive coverage every weekend.

This weekend (30th March) focus turns to the Coral Challenge Cup, with the Our League cameras focusing on the famous St Helens amateur club Thatto Heath, and their attempt to spring an upset against North Wales Crusaders. That will be followed by a blockbuster opening fixture from the fast-growing Women’s Super League on April 7, as Wigan Warriors launch their defence of the title against fierce local rivals St Helens.

Darren Parsons, Marketing Account Manager at InCrowd said, “Recently smashing the 100K member mark, Our League continues to be a great project to work on in close collaboration with the Rugby Football League. It’s been amazing to see fans from all corners of the Rugby League community come together and find something to engage with on the platform; it’s fast becoming an absolute must-have, for every fan.”

Download the Our League app on Apple iOS and Android or visit rugby-league.com to sign up for FREE!

InCrowd recognised on ‘Agency Of The Year’ Shortlist

On 30th January, the shortlists for the 2019 Yahoo Sports Technology Awards were revealed. InCrowd are proud to announce that we are amongst the five successful shortlisted agencies, whose work has been recognised in the Agency Of the Year category. This year, once again, sees fierce competition with entries representing 50 sports from 30 countries doing battle.

InCrowd are a data and technology led  fan marketing company, but first & foremost, we are sports fans. We understand the passion & dedication of supporters towards the clubs, leagues & players they love. Our vision is to lead the evolution of the fan experience through technology & insight, giving clients opportunities to deliver personalised & relevant content and create unique commercial opportunities, driving value for everyone. To meet the challenges of today’s sports marketing landscape, InCrowd assessed the structure of our business in regards to efficiency, conducted fan research projects & launched a host of new products & features with major rights holders across a range of sports, ultimately rewarded by our nomination in this year’s Yahoo Sports Technology Awards.

InCrowd’s highlights include:

  • The RFL’s Our League membership platform, building a community of over 90K members in its first year.
  • The Formula 1 Grand Prix app, a digital concierge service for fans, for every track.
  • The Sky Sports Road To Moscow predictor game for the 2018 World Cup, that generated 2.64m predictions.
  • A 309% usage increase for our InCrowd Cast in-stadia digital display management software.

Rebecca Hopkins, Sports Technology Awards Group CEO, said “We are in the sixth cycle of the Yahoo Sports Technology Awards and this year’s entries, once again, push the boundaries of innovation across the sector. The shortlist highlights frontrunners in every area and proves that these Awards highlight the industry’s technical progress like no other. Every successful brand should be proud to have made it this far given the high standard of competition.”

CEO of InCrowd Aidan Cooney says “Moments like this make me feel incredibly proud –  we feel that we have an amazing team and we are starting to make groundbreaking advances in the field of sports marketing using technology to help sports tell their story and enabling fans and brands to be part of that story and it is nice when an outside body recognises the steps we are taking. We are honoured to be included on such a strong list of contenders and look forward to celebrating with everyone at the ceremony”.

The 2019 ceremony will be hosted at the Roundhouse, London, on May 2nd, an experience enjoyed by leading industry figures, innovators and international athletes, who will be flying in from around the world for the event. InCrowd would like to congratulate our fellow nominees and look forward to the celebrations.

For more information about InCrowd, please contact enquiries@incrowdsports.com

More information about the Awards can be found at www.sportstechgroup.org

Editors Notes: The Yahoo Sports Technology Awards is the leading global celebration of technology-led innovation across the international sports sector. Held annually as a competition to highlight outstanding advances in the industry, the Awards is run by the Sports Technology Awards Group and judged by over 40 leading influencers from the world of sport. Six brands are shortlisted for every category, with one outright winner being awarded the YSTA Trophy in each. The Awards were first held in 2014, with Yahoo Sport taking headline sponsorship for the first time in 2018. The Awards attract hundreds of entries from more than 30 countries and 50 sports. The Group is also glad to be partnered with Ticketmaster Sport as Global Ticketing Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys as Global Legal Partner, and Betconstruct as Global Betting Partner.

InCrowd announced as an Agency Of The Year finalist in the Football Business Awards 2018

We are proud to be have been shortlisted for the Football Business Awards 2018.

The Agency Of The Year Award recognises the overall commitment to and understanding of football and the judges were looking for creativity, insight and clearly defined & successful client outcomes. Operating since November 2015, InCrowd have had an exceptional third year of growth and opportunity.

The InCrowd fan engagement platform offers exciting new activation opportunities for brands. Sky Sports and Sky Bet partnered with InCrowd to develop a cross platform, interactive World Cup predictor game, Road To Moscow, powered by FanScore. The game generated 2.6million predictions between the end of the 2017/2018 regular season and the start of the World Cup. 

Sky Sports Road To Moscow

Using the platform, Birmingham City FC were able to integrate Foster’s as the official Man of the Match vote sponsor, using InCrowd’s push notification and digital voucher system to incentivise participation.

Also this year, InCrowd formed the first sports app supplier partnership in the UK with Ticketmaster allowing rights holders to present their fans with a revolutionary new ticketing solution, vastly improving their match day experience whilst capturing previously unattainable fan data. 

We launched official clubs apps for Premier League side Burnley FC and championship team Leeds United FC who placed a priority on live streaming, in line with their continued focus on fan engagement. InCrowd also launched the first multi-lingual UK official football club app with Cardiff City FC giving Cardiff direct access to their extended international audience.

InCrowd are also able to offer solutions for fan engagement within football stadiums, by building and launching digital display software InCrowd Cast, giving the rights holders the ability to showcase live content on  their LED perimeter boards. Notably, InCrowd partnered with LED perimeter board supplier, Stellavista to power their hardware within the American Express Community Stadium, home of Brighton & Hove Albion FC.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate InCrowd clients and award nominees Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Aston Villa FC, Derby Country FC, Cardiff and Huddersfield Town FC. We are proud to work with you as you continue to inspire and engage your fans.

InCrowd have their fingers firmly crossed for the evening of the 22nd November 2018 when the winners will be announced at City Central at the HAC, in London. Congratulations to our Agency Of The Year shortlist companions on their incredible work this year; we look forward to celebrating together in November. The full shortlists for the Football Business Awards 2018 can be found here.

To find out more about how we can work together, contact us now: enquries@incrowdsports.com