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UCI Track Cycling World Cup Manchester 2014
Social Media
Live reporting
We treated social channels as an additional
live route to the audience
A track centre team reported live th...
Weekend results
There were over 100,000 views on the UCI YouTube Channel
Just under 1 million watched the BBC coverage on ...
Hourly social media reach
Hourly reach for both the hashtag
#twc and the phrase ‘Track World
Cup’ peaked at nearly 7 milli...
Cumulative social media reach
Cumulative reach for the hashtag
#twc, the phrase ‘Track World
Cup’ and @trackworldcup
reach...
Key learnings
Traditional PR
• Athlete availability is key to pre-event coverage and press event
attendance
• Competitions...
UCI track cycling world cup social media
UCI track cycling world cup social media
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UCI track cycling world cup social media

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In November 2012 the team responsible for promoting the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester UK were considering how best to bring in new audiences to the sport and how to share the excitement in the velodrome.

There was extensive conventional media coverage and the BBC would broadcast the final day live on TV but die-hard fans would have little access in the preceding days. A co-ordinated social media programme that included a giant hashtag and twitter handle on the track and eighty videos edited and shared in near real time changed the way the event was promoted. Millions of fans were able to engage and watch the event in near real time without a conventional broadcast channel. Amongst those engaged via Facebook Twitter, YouTube and a live blog was Sir Chris Hoy, former track cyclist and winner of five Olympic Gold Medals.

The programme delivered nearly 150 million impressions via Twitter. The team behind the programme will explain exactly how it was done.

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UCI track cycling world cup social media

  1. 1. UCI Track Cycling World Cup Manchester 2014 Social Media
  2. 2. Live reporting We treated social channels as an additional live route to the audience A track centre team reported live through Twitter, Facebook and a Live Blog The track was prominently branded with the Twitter name and hashtag We had a dedicated video editor • Short videos of the action were uploaded to YouTube and then shared across the social channels throughout the weekend Over 80 separate videos were uploaded within minutes of the action
  3. 3. Weekend results There were over 100,000 views on the UCI YouTube Channel Just under 1 million watched the BBC coverage on Sunday Extensive national media coverage with over 400 articles appearing, including front page of The Guardian There were 19,500 twitter posts containing either #twc, @trackworldcup or ‘track world cup’ The combined social media reach for these three terms was 147 million An engaged and interactive social media audience contributing to content and conversation
  4. 4. Hourly social media reach Hourly reach for both the hashtag #twc and the phrase ‘Track World Cup’ peaked at nearly 7 million
  5. 5. Cumulative social media reach Cumulative reach for the hashtag #twc, the phrase ‘Track World Cup’ and @trackworldcup reached over 147 million.
  6. 6. Key learnings Traditional PR • Athlete availability is key to pre-event coverage and press event attendance • Competitions worked well to secure space in key titles. An optimised competition budget would allow for greater guaranteed reach Social media • Live-blogging stats will help determine which platforms and content drive greatest click-throughs to site • Unique behind-the-scenes content performs best • Quick turnaround of live-action footage worked well with crash footage proving the most widely shared

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