Innovative Data From Velon Shows Automotive & Fitness As Two Most Targetable Sectors For Sponsors Aiming For Cycling Fans

• New analysis of global cycling fan data shows greatly increased interest in the sport over Covid-19 period
• Extensive analysis across the behaviours and interests of cycling fans show Automotive & Fitness sectors to carry the greatest affinity for fans
• Velon study is based on over 10m fans across social media as well as GDPR compliant 1st & 3rd party data on over 127k fans performed by Halfspace

Velon, the business entity owned by 11 of the worlds largest and most successful cycling teams, has today released the results of an extensive study into cycling fans. The bulk of the study, performed in whole by Velon’s data & commercial agency partner Halfspace, has been collected over 1st party data on 127,000 fans who have interacted with Tour de France content across Velon’s owned channels including the website and CRM activities.

Data from Velon social channels (including 460k subscribers in YouTube, 3.7m fans on Facebook, 2.7m fans on Twitter and 3.8m fans on Instagram), cross-referenced with data from Google also showed an increase in global consumer interest in cycling from March 2020 through to September with a peak in internet searches in April.

As well as the direct engagement data collected, the study also contains GDPR-compliant analysis on the universe outside the Velon channels and how the same fans are behaving and interacting across the sectors of travel, retail, commerce, FMCG, Gaming, Technology, Automotive, Fitness and many more. It is the last of these two sectors that have shown the highest index for cycling fans to engage with.

“After carefully analysing the global data it is clear the Automotive and Fitness sectors make up 75% of the top 20 individual behaviors and interests of our cycling fans,” commented Velon CEO Graham Bartlett. “The data collection process means we now have deep actionable insights on all of our fan sectors and we believe, utilising our leading media house services, we can help sponsors reach and engage with these audiences better than ever before.”

The global fitness sector data was further proven when cross-referenced with analysis of Velon’s content production over the trailing 12 months which showed that content on team gear and equipment was statistically more likely to engage fans than other editorial types (outside of live content).

Velon, alongside its 11 WorldTour owner teams BORA-hansgrohe, CCC Team, Deceuninck – Quick-Step Team, EF Pro Cycling Team, Lotto Soudal, Mitchelton-SCOTT, INEOS Grenadiers, Team Jumbo-Visma, Team Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates, will continue to collect the data over the Giro D’Italia and move to utilise the new data to drive its commercial products such as global sponsorship opportunities, live race data monetisation and its media house offering including the extensive combined social media reach of the cycling teams.

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About Velon
Velon is owned by the biggest teams in pro-road cycling. Velon’s objective is to take the fans inside the world’s best professional cycling teams to give them full access to the riders and people who work with the teams. Working in partnership with teams, race organisers, media and sponsors, Velon brings more of the racing to the fans.

About Halfspace Group:

The Halfspace Group is a full-service marketing agency for the sports and entertainment industries fuelled by best-in-class data applied all the way down the marketing funnel. The company, launched in 2018, has seen huge growth over two years and now count International Federations, Global Sport Charities, eSports organisations, Media Owners, Clubs & Teams, Leagues, Record Labels, Broadcasters, Sponsors and Rights Holders all as clients.
The group comprises of five agencies and 60+ team members over offices in London, Paris & Madrid.
Halfspace operate for clients across the following areas; data collection / warehousing, data analysis, CRM provision & activation, single-fan view, research & insights, digital sponsor valuation, creative, design, brand ideation, story design, content production, media planning & buying, sponsorships, rights planning & activation and performance marketing.
For commercial and marketing information contact Sanjit@Halfspace.co.uk

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