Thanks to the big win on Thursday, the Buccaneers were the top team in follower growth rate across social. Having the extra eyeballs to accompany solid content featuring TB12 was a big W.
The Bengals & the Rams join em as the teams to see Top 5 growth across all platforms
The most impactful content across the NFL this week as compared to each teams’ 30-day averages
These posts from the Panthers & the Dallas Cowboys saw 46x, 7.6x, and 38x more engagements than avg. respectively. And that Panthers video is going to keep growing 👀
Shout-out the Bengals for being the only team in the NFL that finished Top 5 in engagements per fan across all platforms
From capturing fan emotion to leveraging the LSU connection, they rode the momentum of last season’s strong year on social to capitalize on the win
Trash talk is commons in sports, as teams will take every chance to celebrate their dubs
But using social to silence doubters can be an effective way to spark life to your brand & get fans to celebrate along with you
Led by the Chargers, here were the best from Week 1:
Hype videos are a common thing to bring fans together before games & events. The ones that truly stand out are the ones that match what the fanbase cares about.
Tying it in with the backbone of the team & fan is what takes the good to great
Fans go beyond just who roots for you within your city. Fanbases can grow thanks to college connections, generational gaps, or fans of certain players.
Using social media to document these can help bring all those groups together, leading to nice boosts in engagement.
Score graphic entitlement are a great way for brands to earn high exposure value on highly engaged-with assets. This week, betting site Unibet earned the most for theirs thanks to the Steelers & the Eagles.
Other top ones include T-mobile, Gatorade, & Incogmeato.
Sponsoring more content from teams than any other brand, Bose finished 3rd this week thanks to content variety.
Out of 29 teams it sponsored posts for, Bose earned the most from:
• Buffalo Bills (Soundbites)
• Pittsburgh Steelers (Travel photos)
• Carolina Panthers (Gameday graphic)
Stadium sponsors Allegiant, SoFi, & Gillette also were in the Top 10 this week thanks to more than just their stadiums being mentioned.
From sponsored posts to gameday graphics, going beyond just putting your name on a stadium can go a long way online
On top of that, social accounts for stadiums, where the brand name is always present, are an extra value add to that sponsor value on social media.
Stadium social accounts for these three brands boosted their value by 16% in Week 1.
What goes into logo valuations?
Beyond just the value of the post (impressions + engagements), other factors are considered for each individual logo:
The right timing of IG photo -> swipes, clear shots within the stadium, as well as focused looks at as well as focused equipment pics helped to really boost that exposure value.
Here were some of the top examples across the league:
• If working w/ multiple properties, it’s important to organize your assets & see what’s working & what isn’t
• Stadium sponsors: do more than just slap your logo on the grounds
• That stadium signage isn’t just valuable on TV!
Continuing their TNF entitlement from last season, Bud Light saw the most value from branded content this week.
Bud Light was also the top non-gameday sponsor with the Broncos Showtime Cam, the Steelers game leadup graphics, & creative one-off posts.
A regular in the Top 10, Invisalign hopped to #2 this week thanks to the Packers win & sponsored content featuring players all conveniently smiling.
Tying your name with highly engaging posts w/ theming that matches your sponsor message is a win for all parties.
With the season now in full swing, mid-week content series either directly from the NFL or ones that tie in every team have kicked off.
This large exposure leads to strong season-long returns.
Pepsi, Energizer, & Invisalign were on top this week.
Strong signage in-stadium helps to enhance the value of naming right entitlement. That was shown with M&T Bank & the Ravens in particular.
They also saw noticeable value for their logo placement on Buffalo Bills final score graphics.
With the right balance of sponsored content through the week & effective logo placement, GEICO ranked high w/ both sponsored posts & logo captures.
It’s one thing to partner on content. It’s another to ensure your logo is featured effectively & you get your money’s worth.
The Washington Football Team saw the biggest improvement week over week on Twitter & Instagram while the Titans & Raiders saw the biggest improvement on Facebook & YouTube respectively.
Average follower growth rate on Twitter was down 28% & down 26% on Instagram.
After two straight high-profile wins, the Raiders saw Top-5 follower growth rates & growth rate change across all platforms.
With the new stadium open to the public & the year off to a good start, Vegas should continue to gain fans in their new market as the year progresses.
Week over week, the Titans saw the biggest improvements week over week on Twitter and Instagram while the Lions saw the biggest improvement on Facebook.
Week over week, average engagements/fan were down 15% on Twitter, 6% on Instagram, and 6% on Facebook.
The most impactful content across the NFL this week as compared to each teams’ 30-day averages.
These posts from the Washington Football Team & the Ravens saw 67x (👀), 7.2x, and 47x more engagements than avg. respectively
Shout-out to the Ravens for being the only team that finished Top 5 in engagements/fan across all platforms.
From taking a moment from TV & making the most of it to remembering notable figures to their fanbase, they had the spotlight on em & shined in a big way
The power of the celebrity remains unmatched. Some notable figures are well-known to be fans of your team. Some might not be.
Leveraging THEIR audiences to accompany yours leads to that unified engagement and hopefully follower growth crossover.
Your players can be content machines. From mic’d up moments, to behind-the-scenes access, to full fledge series, letting them be themselves is a win for all.
Seeing the success of the player cams from training camp, this access is continuing nicely into the season.
• Both sponsor & team need to work together to highlight partners effectively
• Account for all performance in your recaps, both logos & mentions
• Celebrate short-term wins but don’t forget to focus on the long run
• YT will continue to rise in importance for teams
• Be ready to provide the right access to your fans in case a shining moment arrives
• Building new content series, especially ones highlighting your players, will help create stickiness w/ fans
Green Bay Packers see the largest change in Follower Growth Rate across Facebook and Instagram while the Panthers see the largest change on Twitter.
The league average growth rate on Facebook improves for the 3rd straight week while going down everywhere else.
Shout-out the Rams as they had the largest follower growth rate across ALL platforms in Week 3 after a big win at home.
From showing off player personalities to providing a full range of access, they, like Las Vegas last week, are continuing to grow in their “new” market.
Green Bay Packers doubled their engagements/fan across all platforms & had the biggest change week over week on Facebook & Twitter. Cleveland Browns had the biggest change WOW on Instagram.
League-wide, engagements/fan improved 3% week over week on Twitter.
The most impactful content across the NFL this week as compared to each teams’ 30-day averages.
These posts from the Panthers & the Packers saw 84x (👀), 6.9x, and 30x more engagements than avg. respectively.
The Packers saw double the engagements per fan in Week 3 as they saw in Week 2, finishing in the Top 5 on Instagram & Top 10 everywhere else.
Yes, winning on Sunday helped, but the effective stories they were able to share during the week around it helped put them over the top.
Winning on Sunday helps but what you do during the week can help build your brand & engagement win or loss.
Despite Sunday’s loss, the Chicago Bears mid-week content was a bigger influence on their overall performance than any other teams’.
Some top examples to the left:
This past week, a few teams celebrated alumni, both during the week & on gameday itself.
Alumni celebrations can really spike engagement within your internal fanbase, win or lose, especially from those who might not lean on social as an initial engagement point.
Beyond the long-form content, YouTube is a search engine. Create a hub for everything interview, postgame, etc. for people to search & turn to for all reactions.
Both LEVIS & ATT win big with the 49ers & Dallas Cowboys playing at home for the first time this season.
Sponsoring content from nine teams this week, Verizon saw a major jump in value thanks to game entitlement sponsorship of the Rams.
They also sponsor press conferences from the Saints & have pregame video features w/ the NY Jets to name a few.
Eli Manning was honored during the Giants game Sunday. Investors Bank sponsored all the digital coverage of the event.
Despite the season not going their way so far, honoring a beloved alum paid off in the social engagement department & paid off big time for the partner.
NFL stadiums are not as optimized for logo incorporation as baseball, hockey, soccer, & basketball stadiums
This is why it’s so important to have the full perspective & not just rely on the highlights to capture footage. On-field media, creative stadium perspectives, etc.
The Buffalo Bills were the top team in engagements per fan from Weeks 4-6 on TW & IG & #1 on FB in Week 6.
Having fun w/ game moments during the week & speaking to their digital audience in a digital way has helped a team with a smaller follower # make the most of going 4-2.
As noted, the Arizona Cardinals were #1 in engagements per fan on Twitter in Week 6 & were Top 5 here & on IG from Weeks 4-6.
Last season their artistic & creative posts shined & that was on display in Week 6, infusing their content w/ a personality not many teams can say they have.
Don’t be afraid to hop on content trends when relevant & can be tied back effectively to your brand (as long as it’s timely). Big example: 🚩
On Twitter, 12 teams hopped on the 🚩 on post trend & their posts generated 5.8x MORE engagements than their 30-day averages 👀
A smaller trend that worked for teams: Like to make this bigger…
Four teams hopped on this in Week 6 to boost engagement in a fun way leading to plenty of replies. These posts… averaged 10.8x MORE engagements than their 30-day averages 🚀
The top post across all platforms in Week 6 ALL came from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Their thank you to Zach Ertz generated 44x, 5.7x, and 29x more engagements than their 30-day averages on Twitter, IG, and Facebook respectively.
Access, access, access. This is what draws people to your sports channels, especially on YouTube.
While press conferences are the big draw, filling the gaps with the footage NOT captured on TV can be a big win for your franchise, especially during the week.
With the season 33% over, I’m excited to see how teams across the league reverse some of the downtrends from the last 3 weeks as the standings shape up, team personalities are embraced, & the content engines are flowing.
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