Partnerships activated at speed:


HBVL teams are using Contribly to create daily call-outs to their readers, regularly involving audiences in all aspects of their journalism. So when there is an opportunity to work with a partner or sponsor they are ready and prepared to launch unique large scale campaigns that get audiences acting.    

HBVL have been using the Contribly tools in their newsroom for a couple of months and this means their marketing team too are ready involve the readers and stay relevant at the drop of a hat.


When K.R.C Genk reached the Belgian Cup Final in April 2021, football was still being played behind closed doors. joined forces with the Football Club to enable  fans to support their team even though they couldn’t go to the game,  launching a large scale UGC campaign to get fans involved and engaged  – thanks  to Contribly.  

HBVL have no need to hire extra staff, involve tech teams or change their process, they have all the tools they need to hand.

The call-out: Your photo on the Players’ bus

HBVL created a call-out to K.R.C Genk fans to support their team by having their photo digitally printed on to the team bus. This really got the fans excited – by sharing their photos they could  ‘digitally’ travel with the team to the cup final even though they weren’t able to cheer them on at the game.  In just 2 days, over 3500 fans got involved by uploading their selfie and had their faces displayed on the team bus.

Contribly’s tools include media processing capabilities which allowed all the photos to be instantly cropped to the right size to make it possible for the printers to finish in such short time

What resources did they need?

Surprisingly, for a campaign of this scale very few:

  • 1 HBVL marketing and partnerships expert
  • Contribly audience engagement tools
  • Signts Printers

WHAT WERE the benefits for HBVL?

  • Increased digital growth: app downloads up 44%
  • First marketing initiative to reach front cover 
  • Increased time spent on page: 11+ minutes average up from  1:10 
  • New targeted leads for HBVL’s K.R.C Genk newsletter
  • QR code scan increase by 466%
  • Increased revenue : new partnership negotiations and requests from other Football clubs and new sponsors 
  • Increased brand awareness : Coverage from outside Belgian news and broadcasters
  • Increased brand loyalty: Fantastic reaction from club and videos


  • Only 4 days to complete (from concept – photo gathering –  to print)
  • 3,500+ fans ‘touring’ with the team
  • First party data for club and newspaper
  • 2x the number of fan reactions expected in half the time
  • K.R.C. Genk won the Cup! 

"We were able to bring fans closer to their football club"

The campaign was a massive success. We were able to bring fans closer to their club at a time when they couldn’t show their support in person. 

Thousands of fans got involved – we even had to close the call-out to limit the numbers for printing reasons. Some famous faces also shared their photo, including the footballers, their families and the mayor of Genk.

Contribly was a great help in a fantastic initiative between HBVL and K.R.C Genk. We were able to suggest a large scale campaign and deliver at speed.

The tools helped us gather thousands of photos in days and deliver them to printers in exactly the right format – something that would have been very time consuming and would require more resources if done manually. It also allowed us to gather the information we need to keep their fans engaged and grow our K.R.C Genk newsletter.

The Contribly team are very engaged, supportive and to the point. 

All in all, it’s an approach we aim to repeat in various ways with other partners in the future.

Piet Vandebroek

Partnership Manager, Het Belang van Limburg

app downloads increase by 44%

Increase digital growth: app downloads up 44%

New partnership negotiations

New partnership negotiations and requests from other Football clubs

QR code scan increase by 466%

From paper to digital,:HBVL have been pulling their audiences to their digital by increasing active engagement with their work and partners

Increase in newsletter sign-up

New targeted leads for HBVL’s K.R.C Genk newsletter - HBVL can target their readers based on active interest and convert this into new sign-ups

Mediahuis HBVL GENK KRC case study