Technology start-up Fabacus Tuesday announced it has partnered with UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, to launch a global consumer rewards programme for fans purchasing UFC licensed products.
In a deal brokered by IMG, the Fabacus platform – which connects global brand owners with their consumers – will supply the technology to enable fans worldwide to redeem an array of exclusive UFC experiences, rewards, and VIP content.
Fabacus will provide capacity for UFC to potentially engage on a one-to-one basis with its 625 million fans worldwide, by offering them access to the ground-breaking programme.
The rewards redemption programme will feature UFC’s new exclusive outfitting and apparel partner VENUM, along with other iconic brands that will participate later in the year, across a multiple of categories.
Andrew Xeni, CEO and founder of Fabacus, said: “We’re delighted that UFC has chosen Fabacus to further enrich the experience of UFC fans throughout the world. We believe this is the first time a global licensor has been able to curate a campaign in this unique way, simultaneously across multiple partners, categories, and territories, delivering personalised experiences to the fans that are buying their licensed products. Our platform has been developed to forge ever closer relationships between brands, their partners, and consumers. We’re pleased to be part of something that will benefit all parties.”
Matthew Primack, SVP Licensing, IMG, commented: “IMG has assisted the UFC in reaching new levels of consumer engagement through licensed consumer products. By offering UFC fans rewards for purchasing authentic product, the UFC brand is enhanced while fans are appreciated for their support. This is achieved through an innovative experiential rewards program designed and delivered in collaboration with Fabacus. The first live UFC redemption campaigns have delivered impressive results and we look forward to exploring more brand- enhancing and value-adding experiences for our clients in the future.”
Consumers will be presented with the opportunity to redeem rewards through Acoustix, the UFC Ultimate Sound music and media app provider, which will play a vital role in the rewards programme.
Andrew Xeni formed Fabacus in 2016 to bring innovative ways of working to the retail and licensing landscape. Fabacus has since gone from strength to strength, working with a growing community of partners and establishing a global headquarters in Soho Square, London.
UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 625 million fans and 155 million social media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to approximately 900M TV households across more than 175 countries. UFC’s athlete roster features the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 70 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include UFC FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC is owned by global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor, and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok: @UFC.
Fabacus is a global technology provider with a unique data service designed to digitally-transform the licensing industry. The business was founded by tech and retail entrepreneur Andrew Xeni and is backed by a number of financial institutions, including iNovia Partners, led by former CFO Google Patrick Pichette, as well as New Look founder Tom Singh.
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global sports and entertainment company.