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Here I compare some of the best and worst brand tweets I've seen during Euro 2016 and the Copa America.
It's a simple but instructive comparison, showing that brands can't succeed on social simply by sponsoring an event.
We've got stats full to the brim with fun this week.
From Snapchat to SEO in financial services, from the UK's EU referendum to declining app usage.
We've plenty of diagrams, charts, graphics and visualisations, too.
Another tiring maelstrom of tournament advertising is upon us.
Sport transfixes in a way that pretty much no other (broadcastable) activity does, and therefore brands know that Euro 2016 offers value for money.
TV, footballers and creative that travels/translates well is the advertising order of the day, with honourable mention for the role of Twitter and Facebook.
Sports teams have always been fertile ground for technology and innovation.
From a marketing point of view, the question is how fan engagement can be increased, above and beyond television viewing figures.
I thought I'd take a look at some examples of marketing innovation in the NFL, MLB, NBA and EPL.
The football season has begun once again, which means people across the UK will be leaving their sports-hating partners largely unattended for the foreseeable future.
It also means people who are most definitely not sports journalists have an excuse to write about football because of all the other stuff that surrounds the competitions, such as social media activity.
A recent study on Twitter activity surrounding the 2014/15 Premier League found that the social media popularity of top football clubs bears little resemblance to their real-life success.
Brazil 2014 is the first social video World Cup.
It’s quite telling how often Vines and Instagrams are used as part of the pre-match build-up by the BBC and ITV, either by showing videos the pundits or players have uploaded or by sharing ones from the fans themselves.
It’s even more extraordinary to think that neither channel existed during the time of last World Cup in 2010.
Brands (both sponsors and non-sponsors alike) are also capitalising on creating awareness and generating shares through Vine and Instagram by hijacking one of the most compelling global sporting competitions.
Seeing as you enjoyed my previous round-up of World Cup data visualisation, I've assembled a great collection of even better imagery.
Whether a football fan or not, take a look at these graphics showing everything from FIFA revenue to the history of the World Cup ball.
Today is the best day of the past four years, for it signals the beginning of the World Cup.
This obviously means that my inbox is overflowing with football-related stats, reports and surveys as brands and marketers seek to jump on FIFA’s bandwagon.
And in a shameless attempt to get myself on that same wagon trail, I’ve decided to round up all those press releases in one giant World Cup stats bonanza.
So here it is folks, feast your eyes on 950 words of World Cup goodness.
And for more of the same, download the Econsultancy Internet Statistics Compendium...
The World Cup, along with the Olympics, comes by once every four years and is therefore a good assay of changing media habits and technology.
Twitter users have doubled since the last World Cup in 2010. Live TV streaming is available from all the main broadcasters and the user experience of laptop and tablet TV-streaming continues to improve.
Mobile has been the main driver of social media consumption and increasing demand for real-time content. Additionally, user generated content is easier than ever to gather, as new devices and new users become more adept and involved online.
So, what should marketers expect to come out of Brazil and World Cup 2014? In this post I’m going to take a look at some of the brands involved so far and their efforts, as well as looking at lessons that can be drawn from the London Olympics in 2012.
You might think that headline is hyperbole. It isn’t.
The new FIFA app, created by Monitise Create, is reviewed very favourably in the app store, with users unanimous in giving the app five stars.
I must say, I quite agree. The UX is basically flawless, and information is presented elegantly and simply. The imagery, the formatting, the type, the transitions, the icons; it’s all pretty.
It compares very favourably with (is better than) other ‘match centre’ apps such as Sky Sports, but offers lots of other content, too, notably news, World Cup content, FIFA rankings and interactive games.
With the app tipped to become the most popular sports app download, I thought I’d put it through its paces. Take a look at my review of one of the most beautifully designed apps I’ve used in ages.
Real Madrid, and its marketing, is very much in the news at the moment, with the club in talks with Microsoft to rename the Bernabeu stadium, on the back of the €100m mega-signing of Gareth Bale.
I thought I’d take a glance at Real Madrid’s activities in digital, to see whether it is indeed a Galáctico, or merely a pececillo (or minnow).
In May of this year, Forbes judged Real Madrid, despite being the world’s richest club, to be the third biggest brand in the world of football, with a brand value of £409m.
This was significantly behind Manchester United in second, whose social media presence we’ve previously identified on this blog as on the right track but nascent. So how does Madrid compare?
Is the club as successful online as in broader business? Are the digital assets of the club as good as its rivals?
Before we get into it, it's worth noting that we should perhaps expect the club to demonstrate best practice, as it has its own graduate school that runs a masters course in sports marketing.