How new service EdgeTheory is leveraging college sports fans on Twitter

May 11, 2015

WAOM

Ole Miss Athletics is partnering with EdgeTheory, which calls itself a “conversation media company,” for a new Twitter campaign centered around the message “We Are Ole Miss” using the hashtag #WAOM.

Instead of simply asking fans to use the hashtag, or creating a contest to incentivize fans to use the hashtag, Ole Miss is using EdgeTheory’s Soundboard technology to push out pre-approved tweets through fans’ own Twitter accounts.

How it works

“Soundboard works with a team’s athletic department or marketing group to coordinate and publish pre-approved messages through the Twitter accounts of their fans,” explained EdgeTheory’s chief administrative officer, Darryl Pieroni. “The result is increased conversation share of the games, trends, and events that make up the buzz around their team’s program. ”

“When one person talks, soon two people are talking. When thousands are talking, the sky’s the limit.”

Who can join and how

Anyone with a Twitter account can join the #WAOM campaign for free (and, in fact, even those without a Twitter account can sign up and an account will be created for them). Fans simply go to weareolemiss.com to sign up. As you can see from the screenshot below, fans get the choice to customize the tweets that will be generated for their account.

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College football marketing and public relations: Week 14 hits and misses

December 2, 2014

The time has come. This marks the season finale of our college football series. We want to thank y’all so much for tuning into our roundups week after week, checking out the best of the best and, of course, the worst of the worst.

Now, let us take a moment of silence.college football marketing and pr

Pull yourselves together! We’ll be back in January for our first-ever college basketball marketing and public relations series. So let’s go out with a bang by rifling through our final hits and misses of the season.

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Why intercollegiate athletic departments need Pinterest for marketing

October 20, 2014

Adult use of social media sitesIf you’ve ever used Pinterest, you know it’s an exceptionally good platform for sharing recipes and planning your wedding. But what is its place in college sports? That’s a question I think many athletic departments continue to grapple with as they attempt to have a presence on all of the various social media platforms being used by fans.

In fact, I’ve noticed there are only a handful of athletic departments who have really embraced Pinterest and use it on a regular basis. However, a look at some of the basic facts regarding Pinterest should convince all athletic departments to invest some time in this growing platform.

The demographics

According to the Pew Research Center, Pinterest saw the largest percentage growth in adults using the site from 2012 to 2013, increasing from 15 percent of adults to 21 percent. More adults use Pinterest than Twitter or Instagram.

You probably already know that Pinterest over indexes when it comes to female users. Women are four times more likely than men to use Pinterest. Why is that important?

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