In an effort to explore as many different ways as possible to communicate with its supporters, the Gloucester Rugby marketing department has introduced several new initiatives in recent weeks with more in the pipeline.
The close season sees a huge amount of activity at any professional rugby club and Gloucester is no different with a lot of work behind the scenes in recent weeks.
In response to feedback from supporters, the initial focus has been on the club's official website, www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk, where the front page has been reformatted to make it more user friendly and easy to navigate. The home page cycles through the ten most recent news items and the menus have been tidied up.
In addition, a new rotating splash page, designed in conjunction with the club's official Online Solutions Provider, Sotic, allows the club to randomly feature one of up to five different messages.
As well as its free E-Diary which was launched for the 2008-9 season, the club is also exploring other online methods to communicate with existing and prospective supporters.
A thriving Facebook site at www.facebook.com/gloucesterrugby has in excess of 6,500 fans signed up to it and is now regularly updated with news items and events details.
With a new interactive screensaver and e-shot functionality unveiled this week and an iPhone application in the pipeline, it's been a busy time according to Gloucester Rugby's Head of Sales & Marketing Pete Grzonka:
"It's very important that we keep challenging ourselves and keep moving forward."
"There are so many different ways of communicating with our customers in this day and age and it's not a case of one size fits all."
"There's still a place for traditional methods. For example, in recent weeks, we've sent out letters, post cards, emails and electronic newsletters."
"But embracing new methods of communication allows us to reach as many people as possible."
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Mitcheldean finance specialist Simplicity is proud to become the latest sponsor of Gloucester Rugby. Keen-eyed supporters will notice Simplicity's PayrollSimply logo on Gloucester's ball boy bibs, stadium billboards and programme adverts.
Gloucester Rugby welcomed back a set of returning internationals at the start of this week, and one of them, James Hook is pleased to be back, and ready to get back to business in a Cherry and White shirt.