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What can we as fans do to promote the RLWC?

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Reading through the "Will the World Cup 2013 be a flop?" thread, gogledd made the following post:

 

No. It will be a resounding success. Get behind it. We as fans can help.  I have a RLWC2013 banner on my Facebook page so every time I share or comment or like people see the RLWC logo.  I have been out for the last two days talking to people at venues hosting the World Cup tour. Talk to people who don't follw RL. Get in the press, write a letter to you local paper, badger the editor to produce articles.

 

I am volunteering during the event.  I want it to be a success and we can all do a little bit to help promote it.

 

A few great ideas from gogledd which we could all follow.  This got me thinking.  Has anybody any other ideas to promote the RLWC that we as fans can get behind, that cost nothing (other than a little bit of our time) and will increase public awareness of our games showpeice occasion?

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The more articles regarding the WC that get shared on social media the more chance google will rank content for keywords like rugby, sport etc.

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Contact local press in your area saying how much you are looking forward to the match(es) and how you hope your fellow enthusiasts are getting tickets as they seemed to be going quick.

Every time people in media (or in your circle) talk about upcoming sport make sure you highlight it.

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Like like like, positive intelligent thread. See it can be done !

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wait til three weeks to go. At present, the uncommitted have their minds on other things.

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Try and get your friends and work colleagues who aren't RL supporters interested to go to a game with you. e.g make it a work/office get together with those who may come along for the work crack rather than just the game.

Tickets are reasonably priced for a World Cup event.

I've bought 16 tickets so far, only 4 of those are to committed RL supporters.

Now its a matter of co-ordinating with who you could get to come along with you - the football fixtures have been out a while and the Sky games arranged for the first half of the season in the premier league, so they know what they are doing (if they are season ticket holders for example) up until Xmas.

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I have also started buttonholing local councillors. As the World Cup is in our town (Wrexham) on the back of a bid that our council were partners, I have started asking each one I contact what they are doing to champion RLWC2013. Do their constituents know about it? What are they saying in the local press? etc.

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wait til three weeks to go. At present, the uncommitted have their minds on other things.

 Got agree, wait till the teams start arriving.

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on the socail media front, assuming lots of people are on facebook, lets change our cover and profile pictures to the rlwc 2013 or team logos

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Changed my FB profile and now I will attempt to comment on as many things as I can.

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Isn't there a paper or magazine TNT IIRC that caters for Australian and new Zealand expats living in London? Have the RL world cup organizers targeted this publication?

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Basically on my behalf I have taken a hit to the credit card and bought tickets for people who would have had no idea that the world cup was on, sure It may be 10 more tickets sold  that were not maybe going to be sold, but thats 10 more people to the overall attendance of the world cup and with the prices and regular specials they have on, its not that bad on the wallet compared to most major events

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I think people should email, tweet or write to the BBC and ask if they will be showing anymore games. They have the rights to further games, and space either on the red button or BBC 3. They have shown athletics, womens football and other sports on there before so why not the RLWC? If we write in our numbers to them, it couldn't do any harm!

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Philip Bernie is head of TV Sport

Dave Gordon head of major events TV sport

Those would be my start point

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As a Wales supporter I have already e-mailed BBC Wales to se why they are not broadcasting all our RLWC games and only England are getting coverage!  I did mention that when the Olympics were broadcast you could watch a selection of sports either on the main channels, via the Red Button or on-line.  Why not RLWC fixtures?  I am awaiting a reply.

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Isn't there a paper or magazine TNT IIRC that caters for Australian and new Zealand expats living in London? Have the RL world cup organizers targeted this publication?

I used to get that when I worked in central London. The general slant of the sports coverage was well towards RU and AFL, with RL getting pretty pathetic coverage at best.

 

It may have changed since then, but I doubt it, somehow.

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One segment of the population that might be very effective to target would be students, as many will have interests in sport or going for a good day out. Approach colleges and universities and ask to display a poster which will have details of the closest matches in the area. Also get in touch with the International/Overseas Students Society as they would know nationalities of students at the college. If that results in say a group of 20 Americans cheering on their team whilst experiencing the delights of the Lake District, that would be a worthwhile investment of time.

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One segment of the population that might be very effective to target would be students, as many will have interests in sport or going for a good day out. Approach colleges and universities and ask to display a poster which will have details of the closest matches in the area. Also get in touch with the International/Overseas Students Society as they would know nationalities of students at the college. If that results in say a group of 20 Americans cheering on their team whilst experiencing the delights of the Lake District, that would be a worthwhile investment of time.

What about getting the student RL teams to carry info on their desks at freshers week? Hits the students before they have spent all their loans. Could the local clubs send a representative with a replica world cup trophy to each freshers week?

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Just had confirmation via the Facebook page that they will be at freshers fairs in september

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What about getting the student RL teams to carry info on their desks at freshers week? Hits the students before they have spent all their loans. Could the local clubs send a representative with a replica world cup trophy to each freshers week?

Excellent idea.  I have just used your Freshers Week idea and suggested our local RLWC2013 promotions team get along to Glyndwr University and Yale College in the town.

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I have been sharing the links on facebook when I've bought tickets. I've managed to get get the usual drivel responses from some friends who like to be bigotted about the game. That said, I have managed to get a group of 12 together for Cardiff and have sold 33 tickets so far for Wembley through that means and at Kings Lynn, RLFC. I've also advertised at work, which has promopted a couple of people to buy tickets.

 

I just noticed yesterday that they have opened up ticket discounts to the military so may email 'Soldier' magazine and see if they will advertise the competition.

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