Market Development and Revenue Growth in Minor League Baseball: A Case Study Analyzing the Impact of Kids' Club Programs and Strategic Implications
The following thesis contains a case study analysis of The Lowell Spinners' Canaligator Kids Club in order to explore why kids clubs are important in the market development and revenue growth in sports. It discusses what this particular kids club had as a model, applies several marketing techniques in a redesigned program, discusses the results of that change, and recommends some future practices going forward. The service marketing and consumer marketing principles applied to the program include rewards incentives, personalized marketing, the impact of face-to-face interaction, social influence, and the marketing funnel. The application of these principles, particularly the rewards program, resulted in an increase of 400% of new members and a 31.17% active participant rate, which serves as a good starting base to use to measure engagement of members in future years.