How Sponsors Activate at the Little League World Series
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- The Little League World Series attracts a large audience both in person and on broadcast.
- However, the event is unique compared to other sporting events of a similar size due to less emphasis placed on the on-field performance and a greater emphasis on youth sport.
- Sponsors take advantage of these unique themes at the Little League World Series and leverage them in custom activations.
This past weekend marked the conclusion of the Little League World Series as Tokyo Kitasuna defeated the Lufkin, Texas to win the championship. The Little League World Series has been held every year since 1947 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania where Little League baseball players from around the world compete. The event is highly unique as more than 400,000 people attend every year and the event receives prominent broadcasting from ESPN.
The Little League World Series attracts a significant audience considering it is made up of 11-13-year-olds and not professional athletes. The unique nature of the Little League World Series also allows sponsors to take on the themes of the event and leverage them in promotions and activations.
The Attributes of the Little League World Series
With the Little League World Series being made up of young athletes, the event has much less emphasis on the on-field performance and a more grass roots feel than other sporting events of a similar size. The event also brings about nostalgia as former Littler Leaguers are reminded of when they participated in youth sports and get to share that experience with their family. With the Little League World Series unique attributes and high reach through broadcast and on-site attendees, sponsors look to activate in ways to play off the high family population and look to promote products or services that would highly resonate with families.
Honda Targets Baseball Families with Mini-Van Activation – As a 21-year partner of the Little League World Series, Honda has looked to tailor their activations around the event to appeal to families and the kids participating. Honda leverages the event to promote their Odyssey mini-van, having it appear in custom creative as well as providing shuttles to the event from local hotels. With plenty of families onsite at the event, Honda is promoting their family friendly vehicle and demonstrates its use during a time when parents will need the extra space to bring their kids to baseball.
Canon Provides Tournament Packages for Both Parents and Kids – At this year’s Little League World Series, Canon was promoting their Rebel camera in combination with their printer. Canon showed the two products on-site at this year’s Little League World Series where parents would be highly active in capturing their children’s on-field moments. Also, Canon created a player toolkit that was available for free on their website. The toolkit included scorecards, colouring books, and snack recipes and which was also promoted to be printed off using the Canon printer. Canon’s provided things that both the parents of the Little League Players would make use of during the tournament. Cannon’s approach looks to engage the entire family through their sponsorship.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Promotes their Youth Sports Service - Dick’s Sporting Goods uses the Little League World Series to promote their Team Sports HQ service which is an online portal that organizes youth sports teams, from scheduling to registration. They have created official Little League templates and offer it free to all users. With the high amount of families participating in youth sport attending or watching the Little League World Series, Dick’s has strong opportunity to promote their platform to an audience that will be interested in their product.
The Little League World Series is a unique event which attracts families invested in youth sport from all over. Sponsors recognize this crowd and look to activate at the event with products and strategies targeted to that demographic.