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theScore Bet and PointsBet Canada take a deep dive into the launch of Ontario’s online sports betting market

theScore Bet and PointsBet Canada take a deep dive into the launch of Ontario’s online sports betting market

RECORDED: May 25, 2022

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Spotlight Sports Group hosted a conversation with industry experts in May 2022 to discuss the early weeks of Ontario's online sports betting business. The panel discussion brought together Rick Wolf from Spotlight Sports Group, Nic Sulsky from PointsBet Canada, and Aubrey Levy from theScore Bet. They covered various aspects, including market opening, customer acquisition and retention strategies, popular betting trends, and the role of partnerships.

Here are some key insights from their discussion:

The market opening of Ontario's online sports betting business has been deemed successful by industry stakeholders. Operators, regulators, and vendors are pleased with the progress so far. However, the market is still in its early stages, and there are ongoing efforts to interpret and comply with the rules and regulations.

Creating a sense of belonging within a sports ecosystem is crucial for attracting and retaining customers. This involves engaging users through activities like fantasy sports and betting, allowing them to develop a stronger connection to the games and players. To succeed in the highly competitive Ontario market, operators need to deliver a top-grade product and offer unique differentiators that set them apart. Building a strong brand identity is also essential for long-term success.

While marketing strategies can drive initial interest, the panelists emphasized the importance of focusing on product excellence to win in the online sports betting space. Providing exceptional user experiences and innovative features will help operators stand out from their competitors.

Ontario's sports fans have shown a predictable preference for betting on the province's teams, particularly the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, and Toront Blue Jays. Basketball has gained significant popularity, and live, in-play bets are prevalent. Baseball and tennis are also seeing increased interest. As the football season approaches, the panelists are curious to see how the market dynamics might change.

Partnerships with prominent sports organizations are instrumental in building trust, integrity, and excitement around betting brands. Collaborating with organizations such as the Blue Jays, Curling Canada and Golf Canada allows operators to leverage existing fan bases and engage in joint initiatives to enhance brand awareness and customer loyalty. These partnerships go beyond financial transactions and provide opportunities for learning, education, innovation, and brand activation.

In conclusion, Ontario's new online sports betting business has shown promising results in its early weeks. To thrive in this competitive market, operators must focus on product excellence, brand building, and strategic partnerships. By understanding customer preferences and delivering outstanding user experiences, operators can position themselves for long-term success in Ontario's online sports betting industry.

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