With Porsche Aboard, Foxsoccer.com Streams First of Its Free Live Matches
By John Consoli -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/26/2012 2:03:10 PM
The ad deal with Porsche-part of the automaker's overall campaign to launch its Cayenne Diesel model-includes a special branded Porsche video Web page, where the streamed telecast was made available. It's part of a three-month campaign on foxsoccer.com that will include another live-streamed game in December.
Foxsoccer.com's site had offered paid viewing of live-streamed soccer matches before the introduction of this new ad-supported venture. The site has been steadily developing its online audience; in September it averaged 3.1 million unique visitors, according to comScore, a 160% increase over its average unique audience during September 2011.
"Now that we have been able to develop significant scale, we can begin offering ad-supported free streaming of soccer matches," says Bhavesh Patel, VP of interactive media, Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes. Previously, foxsoccer.com visitors had to pay about $20 per month to watch the live matches on a premium site where about 1,000 matches per year are available. Now they have a free alternative.
Fox Sports owns the video rights to several different leagues, giving them access to plenty of matches.
As foxsoccer.com gets more advertisers on board, it will begin offering ad-supported live streaming on multiple digital platforms including online, mobile and tablets, Patel says.
In the case of Porsche, the automaker was looking to reach young, affluent, college-educated consumers-conveniently enough, that's the audience profile of viewers who have been watching the matches on the foxsoccer.com premium site, Patel says. "And the soccer audience over-indexes among men, and that is a sweet spot for this type of brand."
The scheduled time for this first streaming effort-3 p.m. ET in the U.S.-was selected to allow viewers on both the East Coast and West Coast view the match online in an environment outside their primary TV sets at home.
"This deal marks the beginning of a foxsoccer.com relationship with Porsche," Patel says. "It came about after several meetings with our Fox Sports digital sales team and Porsche and its agency to discuss the timing as it related to the launch date of the car. It all came together very quickly over the last month or so."
Porsche is the first advertiser in the fold to sponsor streamed events with specially created site pages, but Patel believes this is only the first instance of a new opportunity for all advertisers-and a new revenue stream for the site.
"We are now in a position bring advertisers audience scale, so this is not just a one-off deal," Patel says. "We are just at the beginning of the new soccer season that runs through May, and we will be out there selling opportunities for sponsorships to more advertisers going forward. Foxsoccer.com has the rights to stream matches in several different soccer leagues so there are plenty of opportunities for advertisers."
Patel adds that foxsoccer.com has streaming rights to Gold Cup matches during the summer of 2013 that can be also sponsored.
Going forward, advertisers can work with the site to determine how to best integrate advertising with content on the site page and around the streaming, Patel said. In this week's stream of the match, there were no commercials, but Patel is ruling nothing out.
"As we move forward, anything is possible," he says. "We are trying to find the best ways to get more integration for the advertisers."
Foxsoccer.com's regular advertisers have included Adidas, GameStop, Tecate, Sprint, AT&T, Nike, Gatorade and PepsiMax, among others.
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