Tour de France: How have Yorkshire brands used The Grand Départ?

It’s not often that Yorkshire, England, is in the spotlight on the world stage, but this weekend it certainly was.

The Tour de France kicked off and Yorkshire businesses and infrastructure experienced millions of people turning out to see the Départ.

I thought I’d do a little round up of the official supporters of the Grand Départ that have been making the most of the media’s attention.

Start Me Up! Sporting Mouth for P2P World Cup predictions

The World Cup is upon us and if you want to stake your reputation and something other than money on a sporting event, Sporting Mouth is for you.

The app allows you to make sports predictions against friends for bragging rights and prizes.

Here’s what John Owrid, the Chairman, had to say about Sporting Mouth’s functionality, development challenges and future in the market.

World Cup 2014: what should we expect from brands?

The World Cup, along with the Olympics, comes by once every four years and is therefore a good assay of changing media habits and technology.

Twitter users have doubled since the last World Cup in 2010. Live TV streaming is available from all the main broadcasters and the user experience of laptop and tablet TV-streaming continues to improve.

Mobile has been the main driver of social media consumption and increasing demand for real-time content. Additionally, user generated content is easier than ever to gather, as new devices and new users become more adept and involved online.

So, what should marketers expect to come out of Brazil and World Cup 2014? In this post I’m going to take a look at some of the brands involved so far and their efforts, as well as looking at lessons that can be drawn from the London Olympics in 2012.

How digital has transformed the NBA

The NBA’s 68th glorious season is off to a roaring start and the storylines are coming faster than John Wall in transition.

Will LeBron James and the Miami Heat (the reigning MVP and NBA champions) continue their march to dynasty status? How long will it take for injured stars Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Kobe Bryant to return to their former powers?

And will anyone get dunked on in a more vicious manner than the way DeAndre Jordan dunked on Brandon Knight? There is plenty of hype around the 2013-14 session, which promises to keep us on the edge of our seats from now until the NBA Finals in June.

However, one of the more subtle headlines is how technology is changing almost every facet of the game.

While basketball is no longer bound to the 13 original rules conceived when Dr James Naismith invented the game in 1891, the digital transformation of the NBA over the last few years has significantly impacted how the game is played, consumed, advertised and much more.

With the aid of social media, online streaming and stats, lets have a look at how digital has changed the NBA experience.

Steps and shadows: getting to grips with digital and sport

The thing about starting a tech business in a new industry is that you need to build up new contacts, more knowledge and generally get a grasp of what the heck brands are spending money on and how the people at the top are seeing the industry growing.

For the past 18 months I’ve been learning all I can about the sports industry and where technology fits in across both fan engagement and digital marketing.

Having spent years in print, digital media, ecommerce and technology and worked with clients ranging from massive multinational travel companies to tarot card readers to the NHS, I thought I had seen it all.

This assumption was erroneous…