The U.S. Business Group of Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE:SLF, TSX:SLF) and the Boston Celtics today announced the opening of the newly-branded Sun Life Courtside Club, the exclusive TD Garden hospitality venue used by the Celtics to entertain VIP customers. Sun Life Financial Senior Vice President/General Manager Mike Shunney joined Celtics President Rich Gotham to commemorate the opening at a special ribbon cutting ceremony before the Celtics home opener vs. the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden.
As part of the announcement, Shunney unveiled FanShots, a first-of-its-kind mobile “photo booth” that enables fans to capture, send and instantly socialize images that chronicle consumer game experiences at TD Garden. Sun Life, an official partner of the Boston Celtics since the 2010-11 season, acquired the naming rights to the Sun Life Courtside Club in May of this year.
The Mobiquity FanShots photo booth will permanently reside in the Sun Life Courtside Club, providing VIP guests with access to an innovative mobile experience to complement their Celtics experience. After FanShots takes a guest’s picture, they can personalize it by choosing from a menu of Celtics-themed backgrounds, and then instantly share the content via email and social networks. Fans can also win exclusive prizes, including Celtics tickets.
“Sun Life’s partnership with the Celtics connects us directly to a highly coveted audience and allows us to provide exclusive hospitality experiences to our customers and employees,” said Shunney. “Advances in technology and the growth of personalized digital marketing open a new world of client engagement opportunities, and products like FanShots enable us to enhance the fan experience and engage clients in a meaningful way, all while promoting the Sun Life brand to business leaders and consumers alike.”FanShots was developed jointly by Sun Life and Boston-based Mobiquity, a professional services firm that creates innovative mobile solutions and apps that drive business value. The booth consists of a 22-inch capacitive screen, high-definition camera, a fully functioning operating system, which allows it to be turned on/off remotely, and a sensor that alerts the booth to movement. Sun Life is able to customize the FanShots screen with various brand messages and announcements, and promote interactive contests. The booth’s built-in analytics track flow, retention and usage, making it simple to gauge participation levels. For more information visit www.mobiquityinc.com/fanshots. “This unique activation program is a testament to the value of partnering with a leading brand like Sun Life Financial,” said Gotham. “We’re excited to bring a fun and engaging experience to Celtics’ fans while providing a great business to business marketing platform for our partners.”