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Sports Technology Awards announces Chinese expansion

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Sports Technology Awards announces Chinese expansion

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Today 15th November, 2017, it was announced that The Sports Technology Awards – dubbed ‘the Oscars of sports tech’ - has entered into a relationship with leading Chinese sports agency, CoSports, to expand the brand across Asia, starting in China. 

The Awards, already a global competition which recognizes tech-led innovation in sports, will work with CoSports to create multifaceted events, that will both inform the market and introduce brands from the west to leading Chinese sports organizations. The first ceremony will take place in China in 2018. 

Rebecca Hopkins, CEO of The Sports Technology Awards Group, said ‘Our collaboration with CoSports comes at a very exciting time for sports and technology in China. These industries are priorities within the government’s Five Year Plan and the passion for both sectors – amongst consumers and Chinese businesses – is evident throughout the region.’ 

 

 

‘It bears saying that the Sports Technology Awards Asia Pacific (STAAP) does not duplicate our London ceremony as that remains a globally unique entity. Instead, with CoSports, we will create a wider proposition which adheres to our values of informing, recognizing and celebrating tech-led innovations in sport. CoSports’ track record in China makes this an industry-changing partnership, a prospect which excites us both.’ 

Yibo Feng, CEO of CoSports, added ‘The Sports Technology Awards enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide, so it made sense to engage with its management team when we decided to expand further in this sector. We have a wealth of initiatives planned throughout the whole country, creating a very compelling proposition for companies in the west targeting the Chinese market, as well as Chinese and Asian brands, and business leaders seeking to elevate their profiles.’

More information about the STAs can be found here.

 
 

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ContentCal raises £470,000 - Bringing Total Investment to Over £1 million

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ContentCal raises £470,000 - Bringing Total Investment to Over £1 million

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London-based social media and content planning tool ContentCal has announced that it has raised a further £470,000 investment, bringing the total invested in the company to £1.05 million. ContentCal is a social media and content planning tool on a mission to help raise the standard of creative content. 

The most recent round of investment will be used to drive further growth and prepare for expansion into global markets. To date, ContentCal has seen its revenues and user base grow at a significant rate and demand for the platform continues to rise.

In just under two years, ContentCal has grown from two to 26 people and is now used by clients including Honda, Lebara Mobile, Oxford University and SSE. With more than 2,000 customers signed up, the business is now preparing for a Series A to enter the US in 2018. 

Backers include existing shareholders reinvesting and the addition of new angel investors, most notably James Murray who sold AIM-listed business Alternative Networks for £165 million in 2016.

 

 

Alex Packham, founder and CEO of ContentCal, commented, “Building ContentCal has been a huge journey. We started out as a small social media marketing agency with big ambitions but it was when we decided to focus and invest our efforts in the software business for social media that everything changed. 

“The ContentCal platform has enabled us to scale our best practices for managing social media content to agencies and brands, and this a real game changer. We are confident that the product offers something unique to the market and we are working hard to make it the number one tool for social media planning and management.” 

ContentCal offers a single platform from which businesses and teams can manage the planning, publishing and collaboration of social media content. The simple and easy-to-use UI – based around the format of a content calendar– has been designed to naturally replace the documents that social media managers traditionally work with. The platform is considerably more affordable than other tools offering similar levels of functionality but there is currently no other product on the market that offers planning, publishing and collaboration all in one place. 

 

 

As well as targeting brands’ in-house social media teams, ContentCal is also focused on bringing the product to freelancers and small agencies doing social media management for SMEs and big brands.

“We believe there needs to be more transparency in terms of the large volume of work carried out by both brands and agencies in order to maintain a successful social media presence,” added Packham. “ContentCal aims to support brands with their vision and provide them with the tools to succeed.”

The company’s plans for the future include investing in new technologies such as blockchain and AI, in order to significantly improve security and protect clients who pay for content creation, as well as investing in sales and marketing to grow its user base. To support further investment and future plans, the business has opened a sales office in Maidenhead in the UK and a technology hub in Szechin, Poland.