The Open

The Open Championship

Digital Transformation
  • Year
  • 2019

A new platform for golf's most iconic major championship.

Briefed to deliver The Open into the digital 21st century, Delete has taken The R&A team through it's full digital transformation programme to create both a reimagined, mobile first, digital experience for fans of this prestigious tournament, and a powerful marketing tool for the brand. The R&A, organisers of The Open, wanted to re-engage existing fans and capture new ones, with a refreshed website that pushes the The Open to the forefront as one of the world's leading sporting events.

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The Open transformation has been nominated for and won several awards since its release. Click on any below to be redirected to the award article.

Crafting a fan first experience

With upwards of 100m people from around the world engaging with The Open across the calendar year, the website has never been a more important brand touch point and hub for wider fan interest. With a specific goal to broaden interest outside the tournament week, our initial site launch for The Open is focused on boosting engagement in the build up to the live event. The aims and ambitions of the new website are to give fans the best experience of The Open, whether they are attending the Championship or following it online.

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Enhanced player profiles.

Rich content pages to celebrate both current stars and past legends, managed by a customised Sitecore search to make management of hundreds and hundreds of players simple for admins.

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The Road to The Open

A new feature on the site, which is designed to build up and create stories of the different players' pathways to The Open through their respective qualification events.

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A new multi event approach.

The new site allows The R&A to move away from a single event focus, and instead seamlessly promote the next three Open events all at the same time. In turn, building anticipation and demand ahead of each tournament with rich timelines and content for each.

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An enhanced media experience.

Enabling fans to enjoy multiple ways in which to consume rich content - including: news, player stories and a range of video content from The Open's archive which spans over 100 years.
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A new streamlined ticketing journey.

Delivering a new and improved customer experience around the ticket buying journey for both Championship days and hospitality. As mobile interaction is now the key fan touchpoint for The Open, the website has been crafted to deliver a truly mobile first experience.

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Personalised banners at scale

To service the needs of both internal marketers and sponsors, Delete developed a flexible banner management solution hooked in to Sitecore IP Geolocation and Sitecore’s personalisation rules engine to serve users targeted banners based on where they are situated.

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Technology

Sitecore has provided a flexible and scalable platform on which we have built a fully integrated golf solution, incorporating a high-performance ticket-builder, dynamic news and qualification components, and an immersive live event experience.

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Live Championship Mode

The Live Championship mode for TheOpen.com launched with the 148th Championship at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland. This new immersive experience allowed millions of fans across the world to engage with The Open like never before. View the case study

While heritage and tradition are core to The Open's standing as one of the world's most revered sporting events, it's also vital that innovation enables the Championship to grow it's worldwide following. We are delighted with the new platform Delete have developed that will enable us to provide an immersive, enriched, year-round experience.
Kevin McQuillan
Head of Marketing at The R&A
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