5 Reasons Why Every Indian Athlete Should Have A Website

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Sports doesn’t come cheap in India. It requires money, no matter which discipline you are competing in. Performing at the highest level requires one to have enough financial backing that goes into training, buying expensive equipment, camps, nutrition, travel expenses apart from sustaining oneself. Often it so happens that the quality of training decides an athlete’s fate in the international competitions.

Although the government tries its best when it comes to funding, the assistance, ofttimes, turns out to be insufficient unless you are a cricketer. Many athletes take up to their personal savings or seek assistance from their parents or relatives. Even though it is a cause of shame, the bitter truth of sports in India or anywhere else in the world is that – Without money, one cannot simply compete in sports.

Sports sponsorship thus becomes an all-important deciding point for athletes. One of the routes is through private sponsorship which may or may not include the brand endorsement. Another and the slightly newer one is through crowdsourcing.

In 2018, sports sponsorship reached a record high of $65.8 billion (or roughly ₹ 4.6 lakh crores) globally. Moreover, leading multinational companies in India are going with the trend of investing more in the sports sector under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It is estimated that by March 2019, the total CSR spend could cross the ₹ 11,000 crore mark. Naturally, this is a big opportunity for the athletes to exploit.

But how do international companies looking to invest in sports come to know about? Sure, media is the most effective way. But then, how do they get to connect to you?

This is where websites come in.

Whichever route you choose you to choose, private or public, websites are bound to be at the centre of it all. It helps in portraying everything that is to know about you on a single page, hassle-free and convenient. Moreover, interested business parties don’t have to go looking out for your contact details because it will be right there on your website.

It may seem counter-intuitive how I first talk about sportspersons’ financial plight to only ask for their investment in the website! However, websites can be a powerful tool, an asset, for the athletes. It can open the doors to attract sponsors from across the world.

Also Read: How Social Media Can Change the Face of Athletes

There are multitudinous reasons why you should consider building a website

1.Wide Reach of Websites

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It goes without saying that the internet is that one thing which connects people and unites the globe, traversing across boundaries. In 2018, there were over 3.5 billion individuals that had internet connection around the world, with 460 million of them residing in India.

Off these, 3.2 billion are active on social media, with the country alone accounting for 226 million individuals. Thus, having a website provides with a golden chance of instantly getting in touch with these people.

Sportspersons can then develop an effective crowdfunding solution right on their website and thus a sustainable source of funds.

2.Knowing All About You

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Websites help the athlete to post all the information about them in one single space. This may include information about you and your achievements, the social media handles like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. It will include all the action around you, both on as well as off the field.

This can be very convenient for your fans since your website would be a one-stop solution for them.

Moreover, your official website is the best place to post press releases. This helps the media discover the latest official updates about you and thus to stop the rumours that are so prevalent in this modern Internet world.

3.Boost to Your Sponsorship Chances

Having a website of your own gives out a very neat and professional feel to the potential sponsors. Websites are also a convenient way for them to search and then reach out to you directly, without having to go through the hassles of getting the contact from a middleman. This sets you apart from other equally competent players who don’t have a website.

However, there is more than just convenience that attracts sponsors towards an athlete with a website. Advertisement. Your website can play as a platform for your sponsors to advertise their own products or services, thus providing a cost-effective marketing solution for them. Athletes enjoy a dedicated fan following across the country and the websites would be a direct getaway for the brands to reach out to them.

4. Lifetime Brand Building

Website Builds Brand Value. As you perform well on the field, more and more people search about you on the internet. When one discovers your website, it enhances your perception in their minds about you as a person. A sports career may be short but a website is eternal. It so happens that after an athlete’s retirement, the buzz around him/her wanes away. Your website will help to keep your brand alive, even post-retirement.

5. Use Innovative Ways of Generating Revenue

Talking about post-retirement, websites could very well become your new source of revenue generation after you hang up your shoes.

With a website, athletes have a platform where they can use innovative ideas of generating newer sources of income. This may include selling of the athlete’s official merchandise, doing affiliate marketing or posting sponsored posts. Moreover, the sportspersons can sell their stock images to interested media house. When you have a website, the possibilities are endless.

Conclusion

Of course, building a website can be moderately costly. But then, a neatly designed website can really turn out to be a smart investment for you in the long term. This is why every athlete should have a website.

Building Your Brand with Us

KreedOn is a platform for Indian athletes and sports entities to get recognition, digital solutions, and sports network. It’s also a digital platform for brands to discover and book opportunities in Indian sports ecosystem to fulfill their marketing and CSR objectives.

We help athletes in developing their brand identity and market it in the best possible manner. We take care of all your technological (), social (), and media needs. You focus on your giving your best, while we take care of the rest!

Here are some of the additional benefits of a developing a website through KreedOn:
FREE Press Release Services: KreedOn provides a free press release services to you. Moreover, we Additional PR stories around you on the KreedOn Media as well.  It is a strong sports community reaching out to over 2,00,000 Indian sports lovers every month. This ensures that not a single achievement of yours goes unnoticed.
Expert Support: At KreedOn, you could take the benefits of our shared network and collaborations in the sports ecosystem. We are connected with some of the best coaches, nutritionists, and physios of the country.
Sponsorship Opportunities: KreedOn utilizes technology to create earning opportunities for Indian athletes.
If you are a professional athlete (or manage one) and need help to build your digital brand, drop us a mail on contact@kreedon.com or WhatsApp on 7767949322. Our recent work includes virendersinghwrestler.comshekicksfa.comindiathrowdown.com etc.

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Monish Gadiya is a Pune-based sports author and designer at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in civil engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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