Teams Getting More Exposure on Social Media Than TV

Sourced from CNBC
Carolin Roth, Lucy Handley, special to CNBC | Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017

March Madness – the main season for U.S. college basketball – generated $1.24 billion of TV ad dollars in 2016 according to Kantar Media, making it the second most valuable post-season sports tournament in the U.S.

And while advertisers in the sports arena always want to go where the eyeballs are, they may want to shift their attention to social media, which has the potential for greater reach than TV, according to one expert.

Ophir Tanz, the chief executive of Gum Gum, a technology company that analyzes the images posted on social media and correlates them with brands, claims that the potential of social platforms in sport has been hugely undervalued. Gum Gum works with some of the teams in the NBA basketball league – which itself generated more than $1 billion in TV advertising in 2016 according to Kantar Media – to understand the impact of social media posts and put a monetary value on them.

“What we found is really quite striking. If you are a rights holder or team, we have been able to show that in most cases the exposure that’s being obtained on social is nearly equivalent and sometimes more than television,” he said during a panel led by CNBC anchor Carolin Roth at Advertising Week Europe in London this week.”

“TV is definitely not dead. I’d say there is still in many ways more sponsorship value to be extracted from that medium, ” he added.”

“At the same time, there has been a dramatic undervaluation of the exposure that social is providing – effectively if you can’t track it and prove it then it doesn’t really exist.”

For Nick Pinder, head of partnership marketing EMEA at the U.K.’s Manchester City Football Club, being able to quantify the value of social media is relatively new.

“We work with analytics companies to be able to quantify and to be able to put an accurate measurement on the growing social phenomena which hasn’t been the case in recent years. The strides we have been able to make have been significant, moving away from that typical model where it is driven by broadcast and driven by those numbers,” he said during the panel.

Manchester City’s streamed its women’s team’s first UEFA Women’s Champions League game on Facebook Live, in partnership with car manufacturer Nissan last October. Pinder said the engagement from fans was “extremely impressive.” Player Yaya Toure also used Snapchat spectacles to show people behind the scenes at City’s Etihad stadium in January 2017.

The value of a sports team or brand is something rights-holders work hard to quantify. Tim Ellerton, commercial director of Team GB, the U.K.’s Olympic team, is currently looking at this. “We’ve just put out a piece of work to really get to the crux of what the values of our own channels are and what that could mean to current and hopefully potential sponsors as well,” he said during the panel.”

“It will allow us to have a very sensible conversation with a partner when we put a number down on the table about what we believe our rights are worth, and hopefully we can verify it. It also allows that conversation when they go back to their CEO or CMO [chief marketing officer] to get sign off, do they actually understand what joining up with a brand like Team GB will actually mean for the short, mid and long term.”

Pavement lights guide ‘smartphone zombies’

Sourced from BBC.com

Pavement lights have been installed at a pedestrian crossing in a Netherlands town to help smartphone users cross the road safely.

The light strips are designed to catch the eye of people looking down at their device, and change colour to match traffic signals.

The lure of games and social media has come “at the expense of attention to traffic”, said councillor Kees Oskam. But Dutch road safety group VVN said the idea “rewards bad behaviour”.

Feet on a streetImage copyright FLORIS VEELENTURF
Image caption – The lights change colour to match pedestrian signals

“It’s not a good idea to help mobile phone users look at their phones,” said Jose de Jong of VVN, the Dutch Traffic Safety Association.

“We don’t want people to use phones when they’re dealing with traffic, even when walking around. People must always look around them, to check if cars are actually stopping at the red signals.”

The lights have been installed on a trial basis at one crossing, close to three schools in Bodegraven. The company that developed the technology says it hopes to offer the strips to other towns in the future.

Similar pavement lights are being tested in the German city of Augsburg to help so-called “smartphone zombies” navigate level crossings.

How to avoid dangerous websites

Use the built-in search engine filters

Many modern search engines provide a way to do a ‘safer’ search when using their search engine.  As an example, Google allows users to toggle on or off a ‘safe search filtering’ option at the Advanced Search page.

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Use an Internet security filter

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Don’t guess a website’s address

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Never click on sites that seem questionable

This one is pretty simple.  If something doesn’t look or ‘feel’ right about a website or link then just don’t go there or click the link.  Again, this is a great time to use a search engine to verify the website or link.

Make Web safety a priority

If you aren’t paying attention to what you are doing online, it only takes a few seconds to accidentally end up somewhere you really don’t want to, or worse – infected.  Simply staying alert and paying attention to what links you are clicking online is one of the easiest, most effective ways to say online.

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