November 2011 Partnership Activation Newsletter

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This month's newsletter features a collection of insights, including:

  • 20 Digital/Social Platforms to Utilize in 2012
  • The Baylor Bold Rewards Program
  • 7 Key Insights from the World of Sports Media & Technology
  • The 2012 National Sports Forum
  • The Emergence of Social TV
  • Asics' Run with Ryan Campaign
  • Long Beach State's "Like Us" Campaign
  • Betfair's QR Cuts Initiative with Bromley FC
  • ESPN UK's New Soccer Augmented Reality Feature
  • The University of Michigan's Jet Pack Delivery
  • Contrex's Cycling Initiative
  • A Look at
  • The November 2011 Partnership Activation Rising Stars
  • The Phoenix Suns' Top Facebook Fans App
  • Tailgate Lot Activation
  • A Close Look at Preparations for the 2012 London Olympic Games
  • 50 Ways to Leverage Automobile Partners In-Venue
  • Five #SportsBiz Profiles You Must Follow
  • Manchester United's Tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson
  • The Winnipeg Jets Deliver a Truly Exclusive Corporate Partner Experience
  • ING's Pop-Up Finish Line Displays
  • The Montreal Canadiens Celebrate Team History
  • Betfair Lets Fans Skydive While Betting on Soccer
  • Four Ways to Take Your Kids Club Efforts To New Heights
  • Idea Box

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AIK Creates a Campaign Based on Superstitions to Jinx Gothenburg

Superstitions have played a significant role in sports for hundreds of years. While some are short-lived, others have been passed on by players and fans from generation to generation. In August 2010, Stockholm's largest soccer club, AIK, capitalized on the craze around superstitions with a tremendous campaign designed to jinx its upcoming opponent, Gothenburg.

AIK developed a "Jinx Gothenburg" initiative that encouraged fans from across Sweden to partake in a psychological experiment to see if it was possible to make Gothenburg unlucky in their upcoming match. The team created a special microsite that enabled fans to choose which bad luck symbols (mirrors, ladders, black cats) they would like to see placed in the town of Gothenburg in the weeks leading up to the game. To help the experiment come to fruition, fans could lend their own bad luck symbol or text in a donation to support the cause.

Two weeks prior to the game, AIK organizers transported a truck with bad luck symbols to Gothenburg and set them up throughout the town. The team videotaped citizens of Gothenburg interacting with the bad luck symbols and offered live streaming for AIK supporters to enjoy the entertainment.

While the campaign didn't end up working in the team's favor (they lost), it did generate a significant amount of media attention throughout Sweden and served as a stimulus for conversation about the AIK club both online and offline.

Check out a video detailing AIK's efforts below: