Launched in 2017, The World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) is one of the most innovative competitions in sport. Sixteen elite boxers from two weight classes fight in a bracket-style elimination tournament for a chance to be crowned the ‘best of the best’ and win the Muhammad Ali trophy.

This modern approach to boxing has been replicated in the distribution and fan engagement strategy across social platforms. Ahead of the highly anticipated domestic World Title showdown between George Groves and Chris Eubank JR, WBSS partnered with Grabyo to promote the fight across its social platforms. The objective was to build awareness of the fight and encourages fans to sign up for the pay-per-view (PPV) event that was broadcast exclusively on ITV box office.

Looking to capitalize on the excitement building around fight week, WBSS broadcast the live weigh-in between the two fighters on YouTube and Facebook. Live video has become a key driver of engagement across both platforms, particularly Facebook which recently changed the way publishers' content is surfaced across its news feed.

WBSS also used Grabyo to share the key moments from the presser, including the dramatic stare down between the fighters that went on to be viewed over 500,000 times. With the fight on PPV, WBSS made great use of its available rights to bring the weigh-in to audiences on social media and used Grabyo to re-share these highlights on fight day, promoting tune-in for ITV box office and driving subscriptions – the major revenue-generator for the fight.

 

Only 2.5 hours left 😬
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#GrovesEubank 🏆 #AliTrophy

Posted by World Boxing Super Series on Saturday, 17 February 2018

On fight night, WBSS created a series of clips from the event that were targeted to different audience groups depending on the available media rights. In the UK, WBSS shared clips from the undercard in real-time to once again promote the fight on ITV PPV. By doing so, WBSS was able to use social messaging to drive traffic to the PPV sign-up page.

As the fight drew nearer, WBSS shared behind the scenes content from both headline boxers, right up to their ring walks and the touching of gloves to push the PPV one final time. This is a great example of a partner using Grabyo to maximize the value of available rights and use and social platforms to increase commercial value right up to the start of the main event.

 

The referee with his final words…and HERE. WE. GO!

#GrovesEubank 🏆 #AliTrophy

Posted by World Boxing Super Series on Saturday, 17 February 2018

For those markets in which exclusive broadcast rights had not been sold, including the United States, France and Spain, WBSS was able to use Grabyo to broadcast the fight live to YouTube and Facebook for free. The WBSS team also shared key moments and highlights to these regions, generating a larger global audience for the fight and the ongoing series.

We look forward to working with WBSS for the remainder of the season as the series builds to the event finale in May. To see how Grabyo can simply your video distribution workflows and help promote your OTT and PPV offerings, please get in touch to arrange a demo and trial account.

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