Horse racing in Ireland has to find new ways to talk to the existing fans and to find and convert potential newcomers. The recession has taken disposable income out of many pockets and the impact is obvious at racecourses and other social outlets.
We have looked at the mood of the nation and tested the kind of messages and imagery that would get through to racegoers and potential new fans alike.
We have also looked in some depth at where those potentials might be found -and have some encouraging results.
This brief summary of our research to date shows how new campaigns must capture the national mood and show the fit that racing has with their needs. Those needs begin with the fact that people still need to have fun ;they most enjoy shared experiences in a community of like-minded people;they feel a need to re-connect with a sense of Irishness; they want authentic experiences and they feel a greater affinity to the land and its traditions than during the boom years. Racing tickes all those boxes but the clever bit will be in translating that into effective communications .Watch this space... email@example.com @ruairc