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Transforming the way your industry works

Accelerating Growth in Canadian Sport

Posted by in Canada, Commercial, HR, Management, Max Dawson

There is little doubt that sport in Canada is thriving. Everywhere we’ve been, the talk has been of growth and ambition. Whether it is new media deals, record season ticket sales, a new stadium move or an upcoming event, the mood amongst those working in the industry is positive. There is a huge amount to be proud about – Canadian teams continue to punch above their weight in many sports, there are strong corporate partners, positive stadium experiences and the fan engagement is outstanding. So the big question that we’ve…read more

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Six Sports Industry Trends Dominating Recruitment in China

Posted by in Asia, Commercial, Digital, Elite Performance, Helen Soulsby, HR

In 2015, one thing became clear: China led the way in sports business growth across Asia. New entrants, new commercial arrangements and new investors flooded the broad sports business landscape. The China sports industry promises more growth in 2016 and the war for talent is getting fierce. Smart companies know that great people will give them the edge. Below we’ve briefly outlined six key trends (in no particular order) dominating recruitment within the Chinese sports industry. 1. Talent Identification and Transfer With increased sophistication across all aspects of sport, many organizations now…read more

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Digital Challenges in Sport

Posted by in Chris Jordan, Commercial, Digital, Sales, Sponsorship, Will Banbury

Following on from our previous post exploring the digital opportunities in sport, this week we examine some of the digital challenges facing the sports industry. Who are the “Broadcasters”? Will digital platforms/businesses become closer to becoming a broadcaster? They have gone from creating native digital content, to shorter-form 90-120 second videos and clips. What is going to stop them from producing a 10 minute show designed for the web? Once they have built a significant audience and are attracting a large number of unique views, they effectively become a broadcaster and…read more

Digital Opportunities in Sport

Posted by in Chris Jordan, Commercial, Digital, Sales, Sponsorship, Will Banbury

In recent months SRi has seen a tangible increase in demand for experienced digital media professionals across our client base in sport and entertainment. Having consulted to a number of clients who are not always able to clearly articulate what their business objectives are in this space, we have observed a number of trends and patterns emerging. As a result, Will Banbury and Chris Jordan recently hosted a breakfast roundtable with a number of leading sports digital media experts to discuss “what digital means to me” and explore some of…read more

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Don’t they know who we are?

Posted by in Asia, Commercial, Helen Soulsby

Sports businesses in Asia have a problem. Unlike in the western world, companies operating in sports and entertainment aren’t the sexy brands that every Gen X and Millennial necessarily wants to work for. Sure there are exceptions, but often in Asia, sports focused businesses are just not the ‘employer of choice’. I’ll often ask a client, “Why should someone work for you? What does your brand/company have to offer?” I am then met with an incredulous look as they reply, “Why wouldn’t they want to work for us?” To this,…read more

The Evolution of the Pre-Season Football Friendly

Posted by in Chris Jordan, Commercial, Management, Sales, Sponsorship

Why do clubs tour? 10 years ago the pre-season tours and friendlies that Premier League football clubs embarked upon were the domain of the club’s manager and coaches. It was down to the performance staff to scout out a suitable location where the training, transport and accommodation facilities were of a high standard. This ultimately meant they travelled to Europe which was easier to organise and was less of a strain on the players. Fast forward to the present day and the pre-season schedule is now being taken more seriously…read more

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Building Regionally? What You Need to Know

Posted by in Asia, Commercial, Helen Soulsby

SRi has developed into more than ‘just’ a search and selection agency. Working in partnership with our clients we build out teams, assisting them to enter new sectors or markets and often develop completely new teams and offices. In the Asian region in particular, more than 75% of our placements over the last 24 months have been for newly created roles, reflecting the dynamic and changing environment of the sports industry within the region. However, building new teams in new regions brings its own set of practical and cultural challenges. Practical…read more

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Dearth of a Salesman?

Posted by in Asia, Commercial, Helen Soulsby, Sales

Forgive the terrible play on words and no gender comments needed, but Dearth of a Sales Person just didn’t have the same ring to it! With the sports industry still evolving in Asia the pool of home grown talent is still relatively small and no function reflects this more than in sales. Here at SRi in Asia, we estimate that over half of our new assignments are with clients seeking commercial partnerships or sales talent. Identifying and attracting experienced sponsorship sales or marketing partnerships professionals in the Asian region is…read more

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Driving Economic Development Through Sport

Posted by in Asia, Commercial, Helen Soulsby

While Singapore is not renowned for its myriad of Olympic athletes or appearances on the world stage of elite sport, it is cleverly positioning itself as a hub for the burgeoning sports industry across Asia, and it’s no accident. The Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB) has a clearly defined strategy across a number of areas to develop robust and broad ‘ecosystems’ to support certain industry sectors and sport is one. Singapore welcomes sports businesses to leverage its pro-business environment in order to tap into the business opportunities in the…read more