Stellar Play: First-Known Attendees

Who This Play is For:    Marketing   |   Ticketing

When you partner with StellarAlgo, you gain access to a growing library of custom Plays, backed by our own industry research and data asset made up of more than 200M fans, to help you activate target segments of your fan universe.

Here you will find a small sample of our First-Known Attendee Play, designed to give you a small taste of the targeted guidance and step-by-step approach outlined in a typical Stellar Play.

To unlock the complete Play — including proprietary industry trends, Platform-specific directions, individualized support from a dedicated Account Manager, and much more — contact us to learn more about becoming a StellarAlgo partner.

Play Overview

A First-Known Attendee is a fan who has attended their first detected game. Historically, across StellarAlgo’s partners, First-Known Attendees account for more than 50% of single-game ticket buyers! This First-Known Attendee Play represents an opportunity for you to focus marketing efforts on this highly valuable segment of top-of-funnel fans who are now converting.

First-Known Attendees is a component of the Single Game Buyer Upsell Play and demonstrates powerful StellarAlgo Platform capabilities surfacing new fans who have had their first experience at a game. Leveraging StellarAlgo’s quick data refreshes, you can quickly get in front of these new fans while their recent in-game experience is fresh in their memory.

This Play is for you if you:
  • Want to drive more segmented/tailored marketing
  • Want to sell more single-game tickets
  • Struggle with finding new leads for packages
  • See new fans as highly important
  • Are looking for quick wins from your StellarAlgo Platform
StellarAlgo has compiled proprietary industry trends based on performance across our partner base. This information can help you understand how your organization is performing in comparison to what is typical for some of your industry peers. This information is available to StellarAlgo partners in the full, unlocked Play.

What you need

Data and Integrations

A single ticketing integration is all that’s required, though this Play scales very well with additional integrations.

  • Ticketing Data

For added value, include:

  • Email Service Provider Pull and Push
  • Social Media Push
StellarAlgo Tools
  • First-Known Attendee Dashboard
  • Segment Builder
  • Segment Analyzer

For added value, include:

  • StellarAlgo’s Machine Learning Toolkit: Event Propensity Scoring

When to run this Play

The First-Known Attendee Play can encompass part of your season, but is ideally run as a central pillar throughout your whole season.

  • Early-to-mid season is where the quick wins can be found as there are more opportunities to convert First-Known Attendees.
  • First-Known Attendee lists are usually smaller so multiple activations (after each home game) have proven to be most effective.
  • A one-off activation is possible, but not recommended, as a single list of First-Known Attendees is usually not worth the effort; if only one-off and short campaigns are possible, execution should focus on late season.

Scope and effort required

This Play is highly flexible. First-Known Attendee upsell efforts can be run as a series of activations within a broader campaign, or as a series of campaigns with activations planned throughout the season.

A single campaign will typically run for less than 1 month.

First-Known Attendees generally require multiple activations to see a return on the investment of time and resources. First-Known Attendee lists are individually small, but add up over the course of a season to a significant number of new fans.

Strategy Sequence

1. Opportunity Identification

Opportunity identification is where you will identify the number of new fans that could potentially be activated during this Play. This will help you to assess whether undertaking this strategy is a worthwhile investment.

Using the First-Known Attendance Dashboard, identify how many First-Known Attendees in the current season have yet to purchase single game tickets for a second game or more for the current season.

Using the same report, identify what proportion of your single game ticket buyers were First-Known Attendees in the previous season and returned to purchase one (1) or more additional events in the same season. Identify how much revenue was generated from this segment of fans. This can be hugely valuable to convince your team to allocate resources to First-Known Attendee efforts.

2. Baseline

Capture a baseline to compare season-to-season. This will also help you to answer the question “How did we do?” after running the Play. Capturing historical baselines is made easy thanks to the First-Known Attendance Dashboard in the StellarAlgo Platform.

Using the dashboard, historical First-Known Attendee counts and conversion rates can be captured to establish baselines. Baselines should also be set for revenue, ticket volume, average ticket price, and attendance to one or more additional games; all of these metrics can conveniently be pulled directly from the dashboard.

3. Plan

First-Known Attendee execution is best done in an ideal window of 24-72 hours after registering their first attendance. For some teams where multiple home games are played in quick succession, a First-Known Attendee campaign will be executed directly after each homestand.

A standard template is recommended for the approach, starting with boilerplate copy and creative with tailored messaging. This content should incorporate strategies you would use to introduce new fans, such as:

  • Newsletter opt-in links
  • Survey opportunities
  • Social account badges
  • Key events

With boilerplate marketing collateral established, you can now broadly execute against First-Known Attendee segments with timing nailed.

The complete, unlocked Play provides StellarAlgo partners with a checklist of activities mapped to each part of the season to help you plan ahead and execute successfully.

4. Execute

Executing campaigns against First-Known Attendees is possible directly from the First Known Attendance Dashboard using the “Retarget Fans” button.

Additionally, it is possible to run campaigns targeting those who have attended two (2) or more games, in an effort to determine which new fans may be good candidates for small package products. These types of campaigns are best conducted when marketing and sales and service teams coordinate their efforts.

StellarAlgo’s Machine Learning based Event Propensity scoring can be leveraged to further segment First-Known Attendees. In this case, we would add one or a few Event Propensity lead filters for the games of focus.

The complete, unlocked Play provides StellarAlgo partners with Platform-specific details to empower you to execute successfully.

5. Measure

First-Known Attendee value is primarily measured across converted fans who purchase after attending their first game, and the additional revenue they drive. This is compared to the baseline you developed from your last complete season.

The overall effectiveness of First-Known Attendee nurturing efforts can be easily tracked through the season using the First-Known Attendee Dashboard. The dashboard also enables you to quickly evaluate how the current season compares to previous seasons’ YTD as the difference between seasons is built directly into the main view of the dashboard.

The complete, unlocked Play provides StellarAlgo partners with step-by-step directions to calculate your fan acquisition rate, as well as many other valuable measurments.

6. Results Capture

  • Identify which strategies or tactics were most effective at bringing First-Known Attendees back to additional games in the season.
  • Compare current season First-Known Attendee upsell rates with baseline rates.
The complete, unlocked Play provides StellarAlgo partners with additional data and strategies to help you achieve desired results.
When you partner with StellarAlgo, you unlock the full power of every Stellar Play, including:
  • Proprietary industry trends
  • Detailed step-by-step guidance to execute within your StellarAlgo Platform
  • Access to industry-leading support from dedicated Account Managers
  • And much, much more
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Convert your First-Known Attendees to purchase again in the same season.

Expected Outcomes
  • Improve engagement with this significant group of new fans
  • Increase the number of converted First-Known Attendees who purchase after attending their first game
  • Improve lead generation for larger packages – from game packs to full-season products

More fans.

Better Engagement.

Stellar Results.

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