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The Importance of Branding School Athletics Programs

The Importance of Branding School Athletics Programs

What makes a school athletics program successful? Hard work, talented student-athletes, dedicated coaches and administrators, supportive fans, strategic partners, and helpful resources are important pieces of the puzzle. All these elements must come together and align with the bigger picture - your brand.

Let’s begin with what a brand is. A brand is the way a product or organization is perceived by those who experience it. Much more than a name or a logo, a brand is the recognizable feeling these assets evoke.

Strong brands improve awareness, establish trust, and build loyalty. When your brand is understood within your community, it can serve as a source of inspiration and excitement.

Why Branding Matters

Branding extends far beyond the corporate world. For schools, branding is essential to creating a sense of belonging, upholding high standards, recruiting and retaining students and faculty, and building relationships with fans and partners.

Your branding impacts how your students, fans, and staff feel about your school and how they express their loyalty. Your school branding should be given thoughtful consideration and strategy. Everything from your logo and colors to your mascot and tagline has a profound influence on your brand presence.

How do you want to be perceived? What kind of experience do you want your students, staff, and fans to have? What expectations do you want to set?

These are all important questions to ask when defining your brand, choosing partners, and providing new services.

How Branding Benefits Your School

Building a brand for your school can help you reach your fanbase, differentiate your programs from the competition, and develop partnerships.  With an authentic brand, you can accomplish these key outcomes:

Connect with Your Community

Your community is home to many of your current and future fans. Parents and family members of your students will likely recognize your brand already, and seeing your brand elements consistently will reinforce their commitment.

Other people in your community who may not have a direct connection to your school yet can gain familiarity with your brand over time. By establishing a strong brand presence, you can build awareness for your school and everything you have to offer.

Your brand has the power to resonate with your future students and their families, community leaders, and many other potential fans while strengthening relationships with your existing fanbase.

Establish Trust

Your brand standards should align with your core values, mission, and vision. Any deviation from your official school colors, logo, tone, and style can undermine your credibility and tarnish your brand perception. Following your standards will ensure your school brand is both recognizable and reliable. By being consistent with your branding, you can maintain your sense of identity while building trust.

Stand Out from the Competition

The right branding can set your school apart from others and elevate your presence at the local, state, and national levels. Your school is more likely to get media attention and to be perceived favorably in the community if you have strong branding. This distinction applies to your school as a whole in addition to your athletics programs and activities. Your branding sets the standard for your students’ academic and extracurricular performance and your fans’ experience at your events.

Build Strong Partnerships

Your brand has the potential to resonate not only with individual people in your community but also with local businesses. When your brand is prominent and highly regarded, other organizations will take note and want to be associated with your school. Achieving a recognizable and relatable brand can generate significant advertising opportunities and long-term sponsorships. Along with driving more revenue and resources for your school, these advertising engagements can help foster strong partnerships and deepen community support.

Grow Your Fanbase

Fans rally behind the brands they love, especially in the world of school athletics and activities. Your fans can be your biggest advocates and will proudly promote your brand by wearing your merchandise, attending your events, and displaying your logo in various ways around town. The best school brands create a sense of camaraderie among fans and bring communities together. By building this rapport with fans, you can steadily gain more brand recognition and draw larger crowds at your events.

How GoFan Builds Your Brand

At GoFan, our schools and fans are at the forefront of what we do. We designed our digital ticketing platform with your branding needs in mind. Your ticketing solution is a reflection of your school and should be branded accordingly.

Personalized Ticketing Page

Your events are posted on a webpage tailored specifically to your school. Fans can easily search for their desired events on the GoFan mobile app or at gofan.co and find your ticketing page. Your ticketing page features your school logo and colors to be instantly familiar and welcoming to your fans. 

GoFan School Ticketing Pages

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Custom Ticket Colors

Brand colors often say more than words. Make a statement by customizing the colors of your digital tickets. Let’s say your colors are navy and gold. You can choose for your home tickets to be your exact shade of navy and your away tickets to be your exact shade of gold. Simply click your desired colors or enter hex codes for more unique options.

Custom Ticket Colors in GoFan HQ

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Fan Marketing

Branding and marketing go hand in hand. With strong branding, you can connect with more people in your target audience and grow your fanbase. We understand how much work is involved with planning your events, let alone promoting them. The GoFan team promotes events on behalf of schools with exclusive technology to build awareness and get more fans in the stands. This means less work and more revenue for our schools.

Fan Marketing Social Post

Fan Marketing

Elevated Fan Experience

The GoFan team takes pride in helping fans be there for moments that become lifelong memories. We strive to make it as easy as possible for your fans to discover your events, buy tickets, access the venue, and enjoy the experience - all while creating positive associations with your brand.

Fans can easily find events in advance or at the gate with a mobile app or browser, check out in seconds with Apple Pay, Google Pay, or a credit card, and enter events quickly and securely without any contact or scanning. Offering preferred payment methods makes the digital ticketing process even more convenient for fans. 

GoFan Checkout

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From the moment they see your event schedule to the moment they use their tickets at the gate, your fans will encounter your brand every step of the way.

Next Steps

Your digital ticketing platform can be a powerful extension of your brand. To learn more about how digital ticketing can help your school, check out the blog post linked below or contact us for more information

How Schools Can Elevate All Events with Digital Ticketing


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