World Series 2017: Brand Preferences and Behaviors of Astros & Dodgers Fans

Nov 8, 2017   

Posted by Brittany Dervan

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The 2017 World Series was a rollercoaster of a series. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros both played phenomenal baseball, but the Astros came out on top in Game 7 to claim the title and beat the Dodgers four games to three.

We analyzed the foot traffic of the two teams’ fan bases at Games 2 and 3 to see if there are similar loyalties, behaviors and brand preferences across both groups. We wanted to find out, “What makes these two fan bases unique? Where do fan interests overlap between the two groups and what do their shopping habits and store visits say about their lifestyles?”

At Skyhook, our location network provides us with access to massive amounts of highly precise mobile device data. This data provides insights into anonymized behaviors of mobile users as they move throughout their day.

In this case, we gathered all of the device IDs belonging to Astros and Dodgers-assigned geographies to create “fanscapes” and ran these respective groups through our Skyhook Personas. Skyhook Personas are built by calculating how millions of mobile phones and other devices interact with millions of commercial places of business every day. This process calculates fan brand affinities based on where the devices have visited stores and other commercial businesses.

Here’s what we found:

Brand preferences

Food and beverage preferences:

Both fan bases are avid QSR diners and like to eat at Wendy’s, McDonald's, Pizza Hut and Jack in the Box. We saw that when they went out to eat, Dodgers fans prefer Chipotle, KFC, Subway and Panda Express, while Astros prefer Chick-fil-a. Additionally, Dodgers fans are more likely to visit a coffee shop compared to Astros fans and are 18% more likely to stop at Starbucks specifically to get their fix.

Car preferences:

Both teams’ showed interesting car-buying trends. Dodgers fans are much more likely to own a car and twice as likely to visit Honda and Toyota dealerships than Astros fans.

Convenience Store & Pharmacy preferences:

When it comes to pharmacies and convenience stores, Dodgers fans prefer to shop at 7-Eleven, Circle K, Rite Aid and CVS. Astros fans on the other hand prefer to shop at Walgreens for their everyday needs.

Gas stations:

Both Astros and Dodgers fans are likely to stop at Shell to fill up their gas tanks. Another gas station very popular among Astros fans is ConocoPhillips, while Dodgers fans are likely to shop at 76 Petroleum.

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Behaviors:

Shopping behaviors:

Both fan bases are budget shoppers. Astros fans much prefer shopping at Walmart and Dodgers fans prefer to shop at Target and Costco. Astros fans are more likely to shop at Family Dollar and Dollar General for the best bargains, while Dodgers fans strongly prefer shopping at 99 Cents Only stores.

Interestingly enough, Dodgers fans are heavy sporting goods shoppers and 24 hour fitness goers. They are more likely to shop specifically at Dick’s Sporting Goods than Astros fans are.

Where did they come from?

Fans came from across the country to watch the games at both stadiums. Unsurprisingly, most fans are from California and Texas. The largest portion of out-of-state fans came from Nevada, Florida, Louisiana and New York.

When it comes to loyalty, almost 4x more Dodgers fans traveled out of state for a game at the opposing team’s stadium than Astros fans.

Bottom line

Seeing where fans go and what they do is one way of understanding their brand and lifestyle preferences. Given our analysis, there’s a clear line in terms of which brands are favorable to Astros and Dodgers fans.

While venue foot traffic analysis is important in understanding consumer behaviors, fueling your campaigns with in-depth customer insights from the start can yield even better results.  

Data and design contributions from Keegan Ross, sales engineer.

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Topics: Data Analysis, Foot traffic, Location Intelligence