The Chicago White Sox Sports Marketing

Chicago White Sox

  • Hispanic Marketing
  • Inclusive Marketing
  • Sports Marketing
  • Public Relations

Challenge

In 2012, the White Sox engaged with PACO in order to help them increase their Hispanic attendance to games.

Solution

Working in partnership with the White Sox, we identified four avenues to help increase Hispanic attendance to games. This included:

1. Organizational Support: The White Sox knew that the organization would need to be committed in order to see results in ticket sales. This meant aligning resources in terms of people and time and money to meeting this objective.

2. Community Engagement: In order to show a true commitment to the Hispanic community and ultimately drive affinity and attendance, the clients knew they needed to be in the places where people live, play and work. PACO works with the White Sox to identify several community events and engage in community relations on behalf of the White Sox in order to show commitment to community.

3. Brand Marketing: In addition to community support, the clients wanted to broader platform to show their support for the Hispanic community in Chicagoland. The White Sox engaged PACO to work on a marketing campaigns over several years that included, out of home, radio, social and digital content and media.

4. Leverage White Sox Staff and Players: The White Sox has had several Latino managers and many players. They ensure they use these players and staff in a way that is effective at engaging a Latino audience both in Chicago and abroad. People are attracted to players even if they aren’t attracted to a team, so this is another avenue to draw in more fans to the organization.

Results

The White Sox efforts on all these fronts resulted in significant gains in Hispanic attendance to games. From 2016-2017 when overall attendance went down 7%, Latino attendance to games increased 17%. And between 2012 and 2017 Latino attendance increased 88%, during a period where average ticket prices have stayed relatively flat, compared to the five years prior with only a 48% increase, but during a period of average ticket price increases.

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