Team photos, team spirit, club image

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Last updated 5 years ago

Markus Biedermann

Markus Biedermann Asked 5 years ago

Hi Alois,

Something different… off table.

I already made several photos for my club and some of its players, but in gereral I have the impression, that we are not the only ones who have mostly old photos of our teams and clubmates. While everyone can see the website and Facebook profile, it is just not a top priority to make a great visual impression at such a local club level. 

What do you think?

I for one do think that it might rise motivation and team spirit. Just look at top level clubs and all the tabletennis brands out there, that make great effort to level up their club or corporate image.

Should I convince my clubmates? I know it would be really tough, but maybe we could find one day, skip training and take photos.

Here's what I just recently did:

https://www.facebook.com/DJK.Kaefertal.Tischtennis/posts/1976112589069234

Of course several players would like photos like that. But putting it in reality is the tough task :D

Best,

Markus


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Markus,

Nice pictures. I think this is one simple way to improve the image of the club and also Table Tennis in general.

There is nothing worse than going to a website and the last content is from 2 years ago.  It doesn't inspire you to want to get down there and join them.


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Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 5 years ago

Interesting comment Alois.  A quick look today - 11th July - at the Table Tennis Australia site https://www.tabletennis.org.au/home/ and you'll read that apparently qualifying is over and the Aussie Open starts on Sunday.  Hmm. I wonder what tournament Samsonov (and others) just won.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Haha... yes I know everyone involved in the organisation was heavily involved with the organisation of the event.  It is a very small office staff.


Markus Biedermann

Markus Biedermann Posted 5 years ago

Your're right. I am going to push it a bit, the new season starts in september here. You say it is "one way to improve the image of the club". What elso do you think of?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Make sure that you welcoming to any players at the club especially the new ones.  A good atmosphere greatly improves the feel of the club.  Word of mouth is usually your best advertising.


Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 5 years ago

Have a bar (or a Stammtisch in your case!) at your club. I'm not much of a drinker and chatter myself, but it definitely improves the club spirit and helps knowing each other when you have a decently comfortable area were players can cool down, have a drink and discuss once they're done with training. When everyone just comes, plays, leaves, most of the times you barely get a chance to say "hi" and that's it.

Also, as I took over the website of my club a couple of years ago, I noticed that I wasn't aware of half the events that were actually going on. Often players only know their own team's schedule and their own individual competitions. When you have a place to display the full schedule to everyone, it can motivate some to check out other events and support, coach, etc.


Markus Biedermann

Markus Biedermann Posted 5 years ago

That's a great idea and in fact these days we have picked the Tuesday, when after training some of us will sit down and talk and have a drink or even a snack. Until now it is a small group, but it might grow ;)


Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 5 years ago

All the above are good points.  In the end though, websites are just promotional tools to get them in the door.  One risk however, is appearing too fancy/professional because that can actually scare off many potential members that are looking for informality.  So, before the glossy surface is polished, make sure the reality can support the hype.

 

The real engagement (and creation of advocacy and word of mouth referrals) happens once a prospective member walks in the door - how they are greeted and treated.  Regardless of playing standard, are they made to feel welcome (and wanted), do they get engaged in play and banter, are the better club players helpful and willing to spend time with them, etc.



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