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At Joe Hand Promotions, we spend all day talking to bar and restaurant owners. While every place is unique, many of the challenges are shared. There are some concerns that we hear over and over, such as:

How can I get repeat traffic?

How can I convince millennials to skip takeout and Netflix and spend a night out?

Why is my place a ghost town two hours before closing time?

This is where we can help. Our relationships with leading premium sports and entertainment brands such as UFC, SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, and WWE give us exclusive access to content that fans care about. These events are uniquely positioned to help your restaurant bring in the ideal crowd.

Here’s why premium sporting events can help increase your restaurant’s traffic.


Fans of combat sports are exactly the types of customers you want in your restaurant for a number of reasons:

They stay longer. For some types of exclusive content, such as UFC and WWE events, there is a four-hour viewing time. The majority of these audiences either arrive up to an hour before or stay nearly an hour after the event ends.

They spend more on average per customer. It’s proven that our fans spend an average of $40 per person during an event.

They come in large groups. The median group size for our fans at bars is four people, making it easy to fill up your restaurant on any given night.

They’re young. Combat sports have the highest percentage of fans visiting bars and restaurants in the 19-39 age range.

They offer more opportunities for repeat business. Ninety-three percent of our fans return at least once to the same restaurant on a non-event night.

They have money to spend. More than half of our fans have a household income greater than $70,000.


There’s no “off season” when it comes to these events. Consistent activations lead to consistent traffic. It’s easy to create habits in your audience when they know you are the spot to watch premium sports.

UFC, SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, and WWE each produce about one premium event event per month. You can piggyback off those by showing any of the numerous free-to-air broadcasts in MMA, boxing, and wrestling.


Combat sports fans are huge fans of other sports! Avid MMA and boxing fans are most likely to also be avid fans of the NFL, NBA, Major League baseball, and NCAA basketball. Bring them in for one event, and it’s a huge chance to sell them on the other.

That’s why our advice is that once the crowd arrives for your watch party, take down the posters promoting that event and replace them ones advertising a different sport or promotion.


As a sports-themed venue, it’s impossible to live up to your name if you aren’t showing premium events. But branding your restaurant as the place to watch these events can be a very valuable niche, even if sports isn’t in your title. All kinds of restaurants and&nbsp bars can benefit because the demand is so strong.

Combat sports are among the most popular in the country – they combine for more fans than sports such as MLS, PGA, Formula 1, and the English Premier League. And the majority are millennials. Combat sports have more fans aged 15-65 than college football and basketball and the NHL.

We represent the premium brands in those sports. UFC, SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, and WWE are the industry leaders in MMA, boxing, and professional wrestling. These are marquee, high-value brands that you want to associate with your restaurant.


Here at Joe Hand Promotions, our event specialists are always looking for ways to create processes that are simple yet efficient. Our promotional and operational best practices give you a ‘paint-by-numbers’ approach for both in-store marketing as well as a more engaging social presence.

Our most popular guide is the social media marketing guide. Through this, our goal is to provide your establishment with simple tips for promoting events on social media. By following these tips, you should experience noticeably more chatter on social media and increase foot traffic on fight nights.

We also created a marketing hub for one-stop shopping for all your social and promotional needs. We encourage our venue partners to follow our proven best practices in order to increase restaurant traffic during event nights. In the hub, you can find branded artwork, event-specific artwork, video promos, radio spots, and video tutorials. Use these tools to increase engagement with your customers on your social platforms.


It‘s always important to fill your bar on event nights. But, building relationships with those customers is invaluable. The goal is to turn your customers into your fans. Get to know them and their needs in hopes of them returning the following weekend with a group of friends.

When your customers become your promoters, your event nights will begin to grow. Nothing’s more effective than word-of-mouth marketing in the world of restaurants! Be the trusted authority for your customers and see how they will repay you in the long run. A successful event night means your customers will be talking about your location for the next month—at least!

Premium sporting events create an experience that your customers can’t get anywhere else. They differentiate your restaurant from your competitors. And they draw the right crowd – young, affluent, and likely to return.

We work with each of our restaurant partners to make sure their events are a success. From booking the right events to bringing customers in the door, we’re with you every step of the way.

Ready to pack the house? Contact us today!

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