Marketing Research of Soccer Teams

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A soccer club in the top of the Marketing’s Cup scoreThe marketing efforts behind one of the major Brazilian Soccer Clubs: Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense|

University of California, Berkeley Extension
International Diploma Program – Business Administration
Paper submitted for the Introduction to Marketing course
Submitted by Gabriel Gavasso
June, 2010
Table of Contents

Background of product and company3
Target Geography4
Target Audience5
Marketing Strategies and Actions5
For general community5
Affiliated supporters’ program7
Brand Management8
Licensed Products9
Opportunities and General Recommendations9
Appendix of Images11

Soccer is the most popular sport in Brazil and is played in almost all the countries in the world. The sport brought to Brazil by the English descendant Charles Miller quickly become a nationwide passion, starting as a way of entertainment and getting professional along the years. According to a research of FGV, soccer in Brazil movements more than US$ 8 billion per year, having more than 30 million of adepts (around 16% of country’s population), 800 professional clubs and 11 thousand of federated athletes (Jogadas de Craque, 2010). According to Robert Alvarez Fernandez, from Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM), 82% of the Brazilian adult population (around 87 million people) declare being fan of some club, but only 15% of this audience regularly consume products related to soccer (Jogadas de Craque, 2010). Beyond this economic aspect, soccer also is an element in the identity and social memory, where support a team can be compared to being part of a nation and, in this way, the fan assumes a protagonist role in the life of the club. All this dedication can be captured in membership plans, ticket sales, sporting goods, as well as the brand value according to the size and passion of each club supporter mass (Das...
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