Enhance Stadium Concourse Signage with QR Code Giveaways

Corporate partners looking for new ways to engage fans on gameday should consider featuring QR code displays within the stadium concourse that deliver unique, interactive content. Brands leverage QR codes on back-lit displays to distribute free music downloads, gameday programs, virtual premium giveaways (wallpapers, animated characters, 3D characters), free mobile subscriptions, video vignettes, books/magazines, interactive games, and highlight reels to fans.

Firstbank, Colorado's largest locally owned bank, recently engaged travelers at Denver International Airport with three (3) engaging billboard displays featuring QR codes that offered free books, Sudoko, and crossword puzzles. Each of the billboards featured specific messaging that explained to travelers how to access the free content.

Program Details:

  • Firstbank estimated that it would give away 7,000 books, Sudoko games, and crossword puzzles over a 5-month span
  • The process of downloading a book to a smartphone via QR reader took less than 30 seconds
  • Firstbank offered twelve (12) classic books, three (3) crossword puzzles, and Sudoko for travelers
  • Consumers could download via mobile phone or online at efirstbank.com/books

Teams could look to replicate this concept within their stadium venues (on behalf of corporate partners) or as a unique messaging campaign in the marketplace. For example, teams could leverage their partnerships with airline partners to feature signage inside airports offering free team content (highlight reels, gameday programs, special offers) to travelers as they wait for their flights. This could also be replicated with auto partners (in waiting rooms), grocery store partners, electronics partners, etc.

Check out Firstbank's terrific airport marketing campaign below:


Bring Signage to Life with an Element of Engagement...

Are you looking for new ways to engage consumers on-site, despite having limited resources? Are you looking for new ways to leverage in-venue signage?

As stadium clutter remains a point of concern for corporate partners, sports marketers should consider new ways to engage fans using static stadium signage. The enclosed adidas ad (as featured in Japan) serves as an excellent benchmark for corporate partners looking to bring their static signage to life on game day.

By simply clipping/attaching a select number of VIP badges (5/50/100/1,000) to a static piece of signage located in the stadium concourse level, corporate partners can electrify excitement among fans. With a simple call to action (video board/LED messaging, PA, ticket stub, online mention prior to the game), sponsors can leverage their stadium signage to serve as a "stadium destination" where fans can hurry to win badges redeemable VIP experiences, exclusive merchandise and a variety of other prizes.

As an example, Coca-Cola could feature an announcement on the video board during halftime that directs fans to head to a select Coke-branded pillar for the chance to win 1 of 100 VIP badges (that can be redeemed for: limited edition online music downloads, exclusive gameday experiences (e.g. ballboy, post-game party, floor seats), co-branded team gear, free Coca-Cola at games for the rest of the season, etc.).

Sponsors can build excitement throughout the season by rotating the location of their signage inventory in-venue (causing fans to go look for it prior to the game) and offering new prizes. With the advent of QR codes and RFID technology, corporate partners will soon be able to replace VIP badges with select barcodes that scan to win prizes.  These efforts will help corporate partners:

  • Drive incremental value out of their existing inventory (turning bland stadium signage into venue destinations for fans - almost like a scavenger hunt)
  • Reward fans (driving demand/interest through scarcity)
  • Tie signage inventory to additional assets (hospitality, drive traffic to online destinations, etc.)