This summer's exciting schedule of sporting events is impacting on all our clients, regardless of sector. From holiday companies to hosiery suppliers, the buzz around the Olympics and the Tour de France is leading to more sales as they tailor and target their services around the events.
Online hosiery retailer, Lumen Tights, has had witnessed an increased demand for men's sports tights commonly used by cyclists. The Tour de France win and Sir Chris Hoy's success at the Beijing Olympics have led to increased numbers joining cycling clubs. As well as the sporting impetus, environmental considerations are also encouraging everyone to consider alternative transport. Together this has led to more people cycling now than they did this time last year (according to a survey by Sport England).
Meanwhile the amazing performances at the Tour de France have prompted many sports fans to holiday along the route. Similarly, the football fixtures led to an influx of fans in Eastern Europe.
There had been concerns about the Olympic fitness legacy but if our clients' experiences are indicative of trends across their sectors then interest in sports is at an all-time high, both participating and viewing. That can only be good news for businesses and individuals across the country.
The sun is shining (occasionally), the roads are full of caravans and the newspapers crammed with listings: it's that time of year when everyone starts thinking about events.
From music festivals to home exhibitions, concert halls and fields across the country are being beseiged by thousands of people. What a great opportunity to capture a market, test a product or establish a brand.
You may think your product or service doesn't sit with a particular event audience but you'd be mistaken. There are thousands of events taking place across the country and there is sure to be at least one that is perfectly suited to your needs.
If you've written a book about fishing, get along to some outdoor shows. If you're selling accessories then target the appropriate local markets before setting your sights on the big arenas.
When people with a shared interest come together, they talk and they buy. Make sure it's your product or service that's in front of them.
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