It’s all about teamwork
To get the most out of screening BT Sport in your venue, it’s important that all your staff are on the ball about how it helps your business.
It’s all about teamwork
Using BT Sport to help generate more business is down to your team. You need to make sure your staff members are knowledgeable about BT Sport – what’s on when – and motivated enough to keep customers coming back for more. Having a team that’s enthusiastic about sport and able to engage with customers about it will help make yours a favoured venue for watching sport.
The tricks of team building
-Appoint a captain
-Get your team in training
-Keep them informed.
Choose a team captain
Select a BT Sport Team captain as it will help build enthusiasm from within. Choose a member of staff who’s keen on sport and who can encourage the rest of your team to make the most of your BT Sport offering. The Team Captain should become familiar with what’s going on in BT Sport and be able to pass that information on to other team members.
Your team captain will:
-Understand why it’s better to watch sport at your venue – and explain that to all staff
-Know which sports customers want to watch and which teams they support – and pass this on to all staff
-Keep an eye on what the local competitors are offering – check out their promotions and events.
-How to keep up Your team captain and staff can keep up with exactly what’s on BT Sport and when by visiting:
-The BT Sport website at btsportbusiness.com
–Sport.bt.com for additional sports news and reports from TV and press media channels
Create a BT Sports Diary
To make sure everyone knows what’s coming up, create a BT Sports Diary. Make sure it’s regularly updated. Place it somewhere prominent so that staff can see what’s on. Make sure it contains all the detail that customers might need if they enquire about upcoming sport e.g. date and time of next fixture and promotional offers. Provide any details about special seating arrangements or food. See template provided.
Let your customers know about BT Sport
-Communicate that you are a BT Sport venue • Show what games you’re screening • Promote any points of difference e.g. big screens, HD, special seating etc.
-Let customers know of any special match day promotions e.g. food offers, drink offers etc.
-Use a What’s On board or pavement A-board.
-Make sure you have fixtures posters on display
-Promote the next big fixture • Place posters strategically for best effect e.g. entrances, exits, by the bar, toilets, near pool table or fruit machines and near your screen • Keep all posters up-to-date
-Consider producing a take away fixtures list for customers
-Get staff to talk about the next big game.
-Text or email customers to remind them about fixtures
-Make sure your website is showing up-to-date information about fixtures, promotions and special events
-Use Facebook and Twitter to let customers know about fixtures and events
-Consider advertising games/events in local newspapers or local radio or in local universities and sports clubs.
Match day promotions could include – extra large screen in your beer garden, drinks offers, food, offers, bunting, flags, whistles, rattles or things like golden goal promotions or special reserved seating.
Staff might dress in team colours.
Choose music to suit match – team songs e.g. You’ll Never Walk Alone for Liverpool and I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles for West Ham.
Food & Drink Promotions
Pie with a pint – Bring the atmosphere of the stadium into your pub with every fan’s favourite football meal – a pie and a pint.
Meal and the match – encourage customers to have a meal while they watch the match.
Pitchers rather than pints – promote 4 pint pitchers on match days rather than pints.
A match-day checklist
-Make sure screens and speakers are clean and working at least 2 hours before kick-off
-Switch sets on well before start of match • Check sight lines to screen for best viewing options
-Draw blinds or curtains if they are affecting picture quality
-Make sure commentary can be heard throughout viewing area just before game starts
-Make sure sound controls are easily accessible in case you need to adjust volume
-Have the BT Sport helpline number handy in case you have a technical problem
-Turn off TV after game. After the match Get the team together to discuss how things went – what worked, what didn’t work and what to do next time to improve things Remove all out-of-date posters etc. Start promoting the next big fixture
Get the team going
There’s nothing like an incentive or two to make sure your team is behind a match day fixture or event. By putting this in place you’ll help generate additional revenue.
Set up a points-based incentive programme for your staff. Issue points for every sale made in each promotion. Then tot up monthly points tally and reward the winner with a prize. For example, the person with the most points built up for matchday meals sold over a month takes the prize.
Test team knowledge
A quick quiz on what’s coming up on BT Sport is fun and will help keep your team up with fixtures and times. Offer small reward for quiz winner.
Give the team ownership Encourage team members to share their views
Set up a suggestions box and get staff to put forward ideas for matchday themes or how sports days can improved.
Know your competition
Make sure you and your staff members visit competitor bars to see what they do on match days. Get everyone to make notes of these visits and incentivise them with a small drinks tab. Pool all knowledge and use it to compare and improve your venue’s matchday experience.
Ask your customers
Develop a quick questionnaire for your team members to ask customers with a reward for the person who gets most questionnaires completed.
Make sure staff know how to get your venue ready for a matchday event with brief training sessions to outline your plans. Introducing table service for matchdays can help increase sales by reducing time between customers finishing drinks and reordering. It will also mean you can accept pre-orders for half time. Zoned areas will make sure you can put your sports fans in one part of your bar and other customers in another.
You may want to introduce matchday uniforms or encourage your team to wear fancy dress for a specific sporting event.
Get your team captain to get the team together before each event.
-Run through timing of the day’s events
-Allocate specific tasks to specific people
-Check rota and shifts • Stagger breaks to maximise staffing levels
-Remind staff of matchday promotions and incentives
-Inform staff about any particular lines you want to push on match day.