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A SSESSMENT BRIEF 3
Subject Code and Title SPO102 – Sports Marketing
Assessment Sports Marketing Communication Plan
Individual/Group Individual or in pairs (lecturer to confirm)
Length 1500 Words
Learning Outcomes a, b, c & d
Submission By 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Sunday End of Module 6 (Week 12)
Weighting 40%
Total Marks 100 Marks
Context: “PLAYER WELFARE – HEALTH AND WELLNESS AGENDA” No Brain - No Game: Concussion – “The Age Newspaper Article – March 31st, 2016” “Brisbane Lions defender Justin Clarke retires at 22 from concussion”
http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/afl-2016-brisbane-lions-defender-justin-clarke-retires-at- 22-from-concussion-20160330-gnuju1.html
As an individual or in pairs, after reading this newspaper article, you are to choose an
International or Domestic Sports Organisation and then provide an effective
Marketing/Communication Plan on how your organisation addresses the important health and wellness issues involved around Player Welfare.
For Sport and Recreation organisations to market themselves effectively, it is vital that organisations develop communication strategies that can assist them in achieving their targets. Through implementing effective communication strategies, organisations may aim to increase membership, improve retention of existing members, attract sponsors or raise the profile of the organisation’s activities through the media.
Instructions:
Pairs will be allocated by the subject lecturer and communicated to all students by the end of week 5. Communication of these pairs will be via email and the pairs can then join the discussion forum for assessments to begin initial conversations with each other. Further communication can be taken offline via the preferred method of the students.
Key elements of this effective Marketing/Communication Plan should include:
? Background to the Sports Organisation (such as) – Introduction, History,
Membership Base, Organisation Facts, Awards and Achievements
? Market Research (Sample – you must use a minimum of 5 different people to complete this research) – In order to effectively communicate with your stakeholders you must understand who they are. Conducting market research allows you to find out more about the perceptions and preferences of your current and potential target audience, including members, sponsors, participants and industry stakeholders. Market research should help determine the type of message and communication method best suited for your target audience, which will then be included in your plan. Types of market research methods include: surveys, questionnaires, focus groups, telephone, face-to-face interviews
? Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis – A SWOT analysis assists your organisation in identifying and evaluating all its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats with the Health and Wellness agenda in an Organisation, and develop strategies to target strengths and opportunities, and limit the impact of weaknesses and threats to the organisation.
? Marketing Goals and Objectives – Based on the outcomes of market research and your SWOT analysis, your organisation should develop a strategy that includes details of specific marketing goals and objectives required to achieve the organisation’s objectives. These objectives should be very specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART). An example of having a specific objective would be, “To increase sponsorship revenue by 10% by December 2017”
? Who is your audience? – The target audience for each marketing objective should be clearly identified to ensure effective outcomes are achieved.
? What should your message be? – A message can be developed that reflects the vision and purpose of your organisation and the activity being undertaken to protect Player Welfare. Specific messages can be used to appeal to a particular target audience, specific messages should be developed to maximise effectiveness of the communication.
? How will you communicate? – Communication methods available to Sport and Recreation organisations are diverse and varied. There is a range of communication options available to promote your brand and services. Your organisation should select the option that will maximise exposure to your target audience.
Methods of Communication - There are many ways your organisation can market your strategy. As a Group you should choose the most effective method possible to maximise returns, and to effectively achieve your communications objectives.
? Options include:
• Face-to-face – Potentially the best way to communicate, as there is immediate feedback to the communicator on how successfully they are getting the messages across. The face-to- face exchange of information maximises the chances of clear communication.
• E-Newsletters - A weekly or monthly email update is great if you have a database of email addresses to communicate with. E-Newsletters also provide you with an opportunity to provide current or potential sponsors a platform to advertise their product or service.
• Website - An essential communication tool for most audiences. This is generally the most used resource for communicating to your current and future audiences. It is essential you keep it up to date.
• Social media - Establishing a Twitter feed or Facebook page for your organisation can be an easy and effective way of getting your message across to a large online audience. Ensure your messages are up to date and to the point.
• Email – An inexpensive, fast, and efficient tool for marketing communications. The precise and personal nature of this communication method is effective. An up to date database of email addresses must be maintained for this communication method to be successful.
• SMS - A fast an effective way to inform members of events and opportunities. There are many online systems available to organisations, which allow a high volume of messages to be sent at low cost.
• Presentations, Seminars and Workshops – Creates face-to-face interaction with multiple stakeholders, can result in more efficient communication than one-on-one interaction. Effective planning must be undertaken to ensure the audience does not become disengaged and leave the session with the appropriate messages.
• Publications - Printed leaflets, flyers or brochures can be excellent forms of communication. When designing publications, ensure the language style, layout, and graphic design will appeal to, and be easily understood by, the target audience. A published annual report also provides organisations with an opportunity to promote the effectiveness of a marketing or communications plan.
• Mail Out – Direct mail-outs allow you to make an interesting offer directly to a target audience, and as such can result in positive return for effort. An up to date database of postal addresses is vital if this method of communication is to be successful.
• Media - Media, whether electronic, print or television can be effective in reaching a particular target audience. When creating media exposure ensure that the content is relevant to the message that you are communicating and that the organisation is displayed in a positive manner. Effective media exposure of the organisation is an effective way to service existing sponsors and can become an attractive opportunity for potential sponsors.
• Advertising – Advertising allows organisations to control the message delivered at a cost.
You can control the messages layout, position and timing and create maximum exposure.
Advertising is not confined to print media; it can also include electronic, radio or television. It is vital that the most effective advertising medium is chosen to reach the intended target audience to ensure there is a positive return from the investment in advertising.
• Events – Events and launches that portray the organisation in a positive light, where the media and/or target audience are invited to attend, can be an effective communication method. Maximising attendance is critical to the success of this communication method, as such you must decide upon a venue, time of day, day of the week, and time of year to suit your target group.
? Minimum of 10 Academic References (including but not limited to Journals, textbooks and any other relevant and credible media articles) with APA referencing required as support and evidence for your decisions made in the Communication Plan.
Assessment Attributes
Marks for each criteria Fail
(Unacceptable)
0 – 49% Pass
(Functional)
50 – 64% Credit
(Proficient)
65 – 74% Distinction
(Advanced)
75 – 84% High Distinction
(Exceptional)
85 – 100%
Background to the Topic - Knowledge
and understanding
20% Limited understanding of required
knowledge of the Business and Wellness Agenda
Key components of the assignment are not addressed in Introduction and/or Background Knowledge or understanding of the Business and Wellness Agenda
Resembles an introduction and background of key ideas. Thorough knowledge or understanding of the Business and Wellness Agenda.
Demonstrates a capacity to explain and apply relevant ideas within the Introduction and
Background Highly developed understanding of the Business and Wellness Agenda.
Well demonstrated capacity to explain and apply relevant ideas within the Introduction and Background A sophisticated understanding of the Business and Wellness Agenda.
Mastery of concepts and application to new situations/further learning within the
Introduction and
Background
Understanding of Market research principles and
methods applicable
20% The focus for the market research findings(s) or basis for the plan is unclear.
The rationale for the research methodology is The focus for the market research findings(s) or basis for plan is reasonably clear.
The rationale for the research methodology is The focus for the market research findings(s) or basis for plan is clear.
The rationale for the research methodology is stated and The focus for the market research findings(s) or basis for plan is very clear.
The rationale for the research methodology is compared with alternatives and the The focus for the market research findings(s) or basis for plan is exceptionally clear.
The Rationale for the research methodology is compared and evaluated against alternatives and
inappropriate for the plan. appropriate for the research findings/plan. appropriate for the research findings/plan. chosen method is appropriate for the research findings/plan. the chosen method is appropriate for the research findings/plan.
Understanding of a SWOT Analysis in congruence with strategies within the
Health and Wellness
Agenda
20% Unrealistic and very poor description and details of the
communication
plan’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
No strategies provided to target the strengths and opportunities and/or limit and impacts the weaknesses and threats on the Health and
Wellness Agenda
in an
Organisation Satisfactory description and details of the
communication
plan’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities
and threats
Limited strategies provided to target the strengths and opportunities and/or limit and impacts the weaknesses and threats on the Health and Wellness Agenda
in an
Organisation Good description and details of the communication
plan’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
Sufficiently developed strategies provided to target the strengths and opportunities and/or limit and impacts the weaknesses and threats on the Health and Wellness
Agenda in an
Organisation Very good description and details of the communication plan’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
Well developed strategies provided to target the strengths and opportunities and/or limit and impacts the weaknesses and threats on the Health and Wellness Agenda in an
Organisation Excellent description and details of the communication plan’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
Exceptionally well developed strategies provided to target the strengths and opportunities and/or limit and impacts the weaknesses and threats on the Health and Wellness Agenda in an
Organisation
Plan for measuring performance based on Goals and objectives do not Sets challenging goals, objectives Sets challenging goals, objectives In addition to setting challenging goals, In addition to setting challenging goals,
Goals and SMART
Objectives
10% fully use SMART principles.
Audience and message not provided or presented and performance indicators.
SMART principles characterise some goals and objectives.
Limited information on who is the audience and message provided and performance indicators using
SMART principles
Prioritises organisational goals over personal/functional team goals.
Information satisfactorily
provided on audience and message objectives and performance indicators, using SMART principles, builds a business case for resource requirements.
Thorough understanding of who the audience are with succinct messages objectives and performance indicators, using SMART principles, builds a business case for resource requirements.
Predicts and plans for contingencies.
Highly sophisticated knowledge of the audience requirements with messages articulated exceptionally well
Methods of
Communication in the
Marketing/
Communications Plan
10% As a Group, you have chosen no effective communication methods as a way to possibly maximise returns
No use of options, allowing for no effective As a Group, you have chosen a satisfactory amount of
effective communication methods as a way to possibly maximise returns
Limited use of options, allowing As a Group, you have chosen a good amount of effective communication methods as a way to possibly maximise returns
Good use of options, allowing for developed and effective As a Group, you have chosen a very good amount of effective communication methods as a way to possibly maximise returns
Very good use of options, allowing for well developed and As a Group, you have chosen an extensive amount of effective communication methods as a way to possibly maximise returns
Extensive use of options, allowing for very well developed and effective
communication objectives. for limited
effective communication objectives. communication objectives. effective communication objectives. communication objectives.
Use of academic and discipline conventions and sources of
evidence
10% Poorly written with errors in spelling, grammar.
Demonstrates inconsistent use of good quality, credible and relevant research sources to support and develop ideas.
Shows no evidence of reading beyond
the key reading
There are mistakes in using the APA style. Is written according to academic genre
(e.g. with introduction, conclusion or summary) and has accurate spelling,
grammar, sentence and paragraph construction.
Demonstrates consistent use of credible and relevant research sources to support and develop ideas, but these are not always explicit or well developed. Is well-written and adheres to the academic genre
(e.g. with introduction, conclusion or summary).
Demonstrates consistent use of high quality, credible and relevant research sources to support and develop ideas.
Shows some evidence of reading beyond the key reading
There are no mistakes in using the APA style. Is very well-written and adheres to the academic genre.
Consistently demonstrates expert use of good quality, credible and relevant research sources to support and develop appropriate arguments and statements.
Shows detailed evidence of reading beyond the key reading
There are no mistakes in using the APA style. Expertly written and adheres to the academic genre.
Demonstrates expert use of high-quality, credible and relevant research sources to support and develop arguments and position statements.
Shows extensive evidence of reading
beyond the key reading
There are no mistakes in using the APA Style.
Shows limited evidence of reading beyond
the key reading
There are no mistakes in using the APA style.
Effective
communication
10% Difficult to understand for assessor, no logical/clear structure, poor flow of ideas, argument lacks supporting evidence.
No effort is made to keep assessor engaged, assessor cannot follow the line of reasoning. Information, arguments and evidence are presented in a way that is not always clear and logical.
Attempts are made to keep the assessor engaged, but not always successful.
Line of reasoning is often difficult to follow. Information, arguments and evidence are well- presented, mostly clear flow of ideas and arguments.
The assessor is mostly engaged; line of reasoning is easy to follow. Information, arguments and evidence are very well-presented; the presentation is logical, clear and well supported by evidence.
Engages the assessor, demonstrates cultural and ethical sensitivity. Expertly presented; the presentation is logical, persuasive, and well supported by evidence, demonstrating a clear flow of ideas and arguments.
Engages and sustains assessor’s interest in the topic, demonstrates high levels of cultural and ethical sensitivity

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