Truckin'. The Nationals join the Dodgers as clubs working to market tickets
and merchandise directly to fans.
Yesterday, we reported on the Dodgers Ticket Truck, who had Snoop Dogg at the wheel bringing tickets to the fans in communities in the Los Angeles area. And while this truck is far more â€śshiny newâ€ť as compared to the Dodgersâ€™ â€śold-schoolâ€ť truck, the premise is the same: take your product to the streets. For the Dodgers, and here, the Washington Nationals, itâ€™s the sale of game tickets and merchandise.
The Nats unveiled its new mobile marketing unit, The NatMobile, at Sundayâ€™s game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. The interactive NatMobile is designed to reach out across the local regional area of â€śNatsTownâ€ť from the District of Columbia to Blacksburg, Va., to Ocean City, Md.
Unlike the Dodgers Ticket Truck, which appears as a straight-forward design for selling tickets, the NatMobile allows fans to enter the vehicle, view scenes from Nationals Park, watch highlights of Nationals games, and purchase tickets and merchandise from team representatives on-site. The NatMobile will be seen throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area and Mid-Atlantic Region, at events including street fairs, Little League games and viewing parties. The Nationals say that the truck is designed to â€śexpand the teamâ€™s reach and solidifying its brand.â€ť
The question now is, how many clubs will be following suit? Dodgers... Nationals... One wonders if the American League is falling behind in taking the marketing of tickets to the streets.
Images courtesy Washington Nationals
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