More Ad Marketing Conversion Codes

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The current full list is on the right. If you have one that you use, let us know and we can add it. If you don’t do web marketing yet, please consider using one of the ones we already support 🙂

 

Customize Event Details on Race Websites

We have made some nice customization capabilities for generating a stronger “Call to Action” over the past month or so, including Strike Through Pricing and Event Highlighting with images and call-outs.

By default, we include Details on each events that explain the ending registration date or the date of the next price increase. For example, the default for this Night Nation race is:

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The new option on the Registration -> Event Display Options allows you to replace this with custom text. Here is the setup (including the nice Highlight, Image and Description):

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This changes what participants see on your Race Info page for the event list:

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Coupled with the detailed view participants see when they start signing up, this delivers a very strong “Call to Action” that any race can take advantage of (Not just more advanced marketing organizations like Night Nation).

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Negative Split Productions Case Study

We have a series Customer Case Studies, in which we take your stories and share your challenges and successes as a learning tool for other RunSignUp users.  This Case Study focuses on RunSignUp Race Websites, the Referral Program, and the RaceDay CheckIn Mobile App. 

Download PDF Version of the Case Study

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About Negative Split Productions and RunSignUp

Tony Sapp is the owner of Negative Split Productions, and 50% owner of Houston Race Series, LLC, a collaboration with Aaron Palaian’s Onurmark Productions. Houston Race Series, LLC owns and operates the Run Houston! Race Series and the Bayou City Half Marathon Series.

The Houston Race Series Races were moved over to RunSignUp from another registration platform in June of 2016. In their short time on RunSignUp, they have taken advantage of a number of opportunities afforded by RunSignUp’s comprehensive suite of tools.


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In Depth: Using Race Websites to Relay Information Seamlessly

Negative Split Productions takes full advantage of the customization options for RunSignUp’s free websites, with 3 key results: (1) keeping runners informed, (2) reducing customer service, (3) maintaining brand integrity. They achieve this is a few ways:

  • Extensive custom pages with logical menu-order: The pages cover virtually picture4every question that a runner would have, including Packet Pickup Info, VIP All Access Details, Spectator Instructions, Award Breakdowns, and more. Additionally, sub-menus organize information while keeping a clean interface.
  • Integration with Series Websites: To connect the races within each series, there is a series website with information that is relevant to all races; each individual race also has it’s own website on RunSignUp. To ensure that runners can find series information on the individual websites, as well, specific tabs (like the Series Charity info) simply link back to the series website.
  • Page Branding: Each page has its own logo and theme for the specific event; series branding is maintained with a common page header.
  • Participant Management Access: Each event page includes tabs to find a participant, review the refund policy, and manage registration (i.e., errors in entering participant info, changes in t-shirt size, etc) directly from the website. This consistent, easy access to participant data reduces customer support over time as runners become accustomed to managing their own data.

“Managing your registration has worked out really well for us – it’s an education process, but getting people to do it on their own is a really big time saver. It reduced the amount of work I had to do to answer emails, etc.” – Tony Sapp


Run Houston! For Free: The Referral Program

The Run Houston! Race Series is using the RunSignUp Referral Program in a creative way by branding it as a “Run Houston! For Free” Program. In their pilot test of the program, they are offering a $10 refund every time a runner gets 5 runners to register with their referral link. The results from their first try:

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In spite of a late start to the program (registration was not opened on RunSignUp until June, and marketing for the Run Houston! For Free program kicked off shortly before the race),

Referrals brought in 122 registrations with only $60 of refunds given. Each registration acquisition cost the race only 49 cents.

Over time, they will watch the ROI and if the program seems to stagnate, may try increasing the amount of refund given.


Speedy CheckIn with RaceDay CheckIn Mobile App

Previously, check-in for races was done by downloading a participant list, assigning bib numbers, and using a picture6google sheet for check-in. Runners would need to know their bib number to check in quickly.

With the RunSignUp Mobile App, the race sent out QR codes for each registrant to speed
check-in. With 60-70% of runners bringing their code and a simple search option for the remaining runners, a single volunteer was able to check-in almost 500 runners in the first 90 minutes of packet pickup.

In addition to speed, the check-in reports made it quick and easy to predict the number of runners who still needed to pick up bibs on race morning, and helped the race to staff volunteers accordingly.

If you have a success story about your race, store or club, big or small,  email us
…we’d love to explore a Case Study on your topic!

RaceJoy Transitioning to “Free Only” Experience for Participants and Spectators

RunSignUp is changing RaceJoy’s business model to offer a “free only” experience for participants and spectators. Previously, race events were able to either purchase the buyout option or choose a consumer model where the participant and spectator paid an in-app upgrade fee of 99 cents for RaceJoy’s features. Key user features include continuous live tracking, GPS-based progress alerts and cheer sending.

The consumer model option will be phased out by the end of 2016 and will only be available for 2016 events that have already been loaded into RaceJoy. Going forward, race events that wish to have RaceJoy’s innovative race day experience will be required to offer the experience as a free service by purchasing the buyout option. RaceJoy’s pricing is set to be affordable for any race and includes significant value for the race itself.

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Why are we doing this?  

Consistent Experience

There are many reasons that led to the decision to move to this free-to-consumers model. One of the main motivations is to ease user confusion and potential frustration – participants and spectators are often confused when some races are providing free tracking and cheers and others are not. Having a consistent, “always free” app will help overcome this.

Affordable Innovation

Participants are expecting some type of tracking to be provided and RaceJoy offers the most innovative solution in the industry. The buyout price is competitively set so that any race can afford to purchase the buyout or have a sponsor cover the cost.

Higher Engagement

In addition, those races that choose the buyout can more easily promote the availability of RaceJoy to all of their participants and spectators. We have seen much wider adoption and better feedback for races who offer a free option.

Race Value

Another key reason for this adjustment is that RaceJoy is offering a lot of value not just to the participants and their supporting family and friends, but for the race as well. From sponsor promotion to race day monitoring, we are continuing to build and expand the features that help race operations. All of this requires significant resources in development and support. Some key offerings available through RaceJoy for the race and sponsor include:

Race Day Monitoring:

The RaceJoy Race Day Monitoring tool provides organizers with the ability to track runners/cyclists and operational staff live from a web console and have immediate access to information to manage race operations and respond to race day conditions. See more about this tool by reading this blog… 

Value for Sponsors:

RaceJoy provides a powerful way to provide sponsor promotion with a highly engaged and expanded audience through in-app advertising and branding opportunities.

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Race Promotion:

RaceJoy provides an opportunity for the race to attract more registrants and to reach each participants’ network of family and friends through its race listing in RaceJoy, social media promotion and through every GPS-based progress alert issued on the course.

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Race Operations Management:

RaceJoy offers the ability for organizers to track the location of key race operations like the Lead and Tail vehicle and to communicate with them. And, the Race News Alert system makes for a very useful emergency communications tool, and to inform races about race day changes or key information like parking and packet pickup.

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And yes, all of this is included in the buyout price. So, not only are races able to offer the most advanced form of tracking available in the market, they are able to then use this to help with their own management of race day.

Thank you, race organizers, for embracing RaceJoy and providing a one-of-a-kind race day experience and for your dedication to quality and innovation. Together, we are changing the race experience!

You can view additional information about offering RaceJoy here.

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