Tag: social media sports
We know student-athletes use social media. In 2019, I hope that’s not a surprise to you. But how are they using it? And why? Is it actually as bad for them as everyone makes it out to be? What if it could be use for good?
For the last 9 years, we’ve traveled the country to help them use it with purpose and positivity. We’ve been on more than 210 campuses and educated over 110,000 student-athletes. We’ve equipped them to build their brand intentionally, to use social media to get and build a career, we’ve discussed the impact on their mental health and how to handle cyberbullying, we’ve empowered them to use their voice for something bigger than themselves.
6 years ago, we decided not just to talk, but to listen. To survey collegiate athletes at every level about their social media use. You can see results from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. This year we had over 2300 student-athletes participate. This information is useful for administrators, to help you understand how and why this generation of athletes uses social media, but it is also helpful for us as educators. This data informs how we structure our sessions and messages to student-athletes, in order to be relevant and connect with them in a way that has a true impact. This is how we have become and continue to be the most trusted resource when it comes to educating student-athletes on social media use, and why more than 210 programs have utilized our services in the past 9 years to educate, equip and empower college athletics on social media.
The reality is that there is still a significant need for social media education. And it looks different for this generation of student-athletes than it did the previous generation. They’ve grown up with social media, but that doesn’t mean they understand how and why to use it well. That only comes through intentional education from someone who actually understands and uses social media as well as the mindset and habits of not just college students, but college student-athletes.
Here are the results of our 2019 survey on the social media use of college athletes.
Level of competition
98% have an account
49% say they use it less than they did one year ago
37% check it at least 5 times per day, without posting
98% post less than 5 times per day
94% use it to keep up with friends and family
72% use it for entertainment
37% use it to get updates on news
19% use it for school work
67% have more than 500 Facebook friends
34% have posted something inappropriate (profanity, racial, sexual, drugs/alcohol, violence)
73% utilize Facebook’s privacy settings
86% “like” a brand page on Facebook
93% have an account
72% check it more than 5 times per day, without tweeting
43% tweet between 1- 5 times per day
8% tweet more than 10 times per day
43% have more than 1000 followers
72% have a public account
47% use it for entertainment
43% use it to get news updates
27% use it to connect with friends and family
9% have shared personal information on Twitter (phone number, email address, etc)
31% have tweeted (or retweeted) something inappropriate (profanity, racial, sexual, drugs/alcohol, violence)
10% have received hateful/critical tweets from fans
3% have responded to hateful/critical tweets from fans
82% follow a brand on Twitter
99% have an account
87% have a private account
60% check it more than 10 times per day, without posting
39% check it between 5 and 10 times per day, without posting
93% post between 1 and 5 times per day
100% use it to keep up with friends and family
78% use it for entertainment
25% use it to get updates on news
15% have posted something inappropriate (profanity, racial, sexual, drugs/alcohol, violence)
21% have a Finstagram (fake/secondary Instagram account)
88% follow a brand on Instagram
93% have an account
70% send more than 10 snaps per day
29% use it to stay updated on news
91% use it for entertainment
87% use it to keep up with friends and family
68% have posted something inappropriate (profanity, racial, sexual, drugs/alcohol, violence)
52% have posted something inappropriate during this last school year
17% have sent snaps to someone they don’t know
67% have received snaps from someone they don’t know
70% have more than 50 friends on Snapchat
64% believe Snapchat is private
11% follow a brand on Snapchat
Which social media platform do you use the most?
Which social media platform is your favorite?
In addition to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, what social media platforms do you regularly use?
Facebook Messenger: 81%
80% spend at least 1 hour per day on social media
41% spend more than 2 hours per day on social media
93% said they receive mostly positive comments on social media
88% said overall, social media has a positive impact on their life
53% say they’ve had no social media training
48% say they’ve posted something online they regret
19% have witnessed a teammate being cyber-bullied on social media
28% have checked social media during one of their games
7% have posted to social media during one of their games
41% believe their social media activity is being monitored by their athletics department
19% have been disciplined by a coach or administrator for a social media post
21% have engaged in a romantic relationship online
67% have met someone offline that they first interacted with on social media
35% have used social media to network for a job or internship
Fieldhouse Media is an award-winning firm dedicated to helping athletics departments get the most out of their social media efforts, from educating and training student-athletes, coaches and administrators, to providing an overall department strategy. To find out more about us or to join the more than 210 schools utilizing our services for their athletics department, contact ustoday.
Yesterday was quite the day. Without going into the full details (USA Today has a good recap here), the rundown is that Tennessee was rumored to be announcing Greg Schiano as their new football coach on Sunday afternoon/evening. Schiano is the current defensive coordinator at Ohio State. As soon multiple outlets confirmed that report, Twitter came to life and eventually, reports have come out stating that the hire will not happen. Schiano’s name came up in the Sandusky scandal (he was a GA at Penn State at the time) and Tennessee fans on Twitter were not happy. Tennessee legislators and local businesses even got in on the Twitter action, demanding the Vols go a different direction.
— Beth Harwell (@BethHarwellTN) November 26, 2017
Our Tennessee standards mean something, and a Greg Schiano hire would be anathema to all that our University and our community stand for. I sincerely hope that these rumors are not true, because even serious consideration would be unacceptable.
— Eddie Smith (@RepEddieSmith) November 26, 2017
Greg Schiano is not allowed in our establishment.
— Remedy Coffee (@remedy_coffee) November 26, 2017
The White House Press Secretary even got involved.
There’s a lot to break down here and we’re just going to scratch the surface.
It’s easy to dismiss social media chatter as “fanatics” who don’t have a real impact on your program. And there is certainly some truth to that. We have often said that the great thing about social media is that it gives everyone a voice. Also, the terrible thing about social media is that it gives everyone a voice.
But this went beyond that. This went deeper than message board conspiracies to media members, businesses (potential sponsors?) and state politicians. Protests on campus were organized, the online mob grew louder, John Currie (AD at Tennessee) had his phone number (both office and cell) and email address posted to Twitter. The situation became so toxic that both parties disengaged.
We talk often about social media being used as a tool in the hiring process, but the story that isn’t often told is the power that fans now have. With social media, those voices (positive or negative) spread quickly. It becomes a snowball that grows larger and larger as it barrels down the mountain, taking out whatever (and whomever) gets in the way. And this time, what got in the way were a coach (and his family), an athletics director and athletics department.
AD’s have to not only have the pulse on their department, but on the fan base. With social media, fans are going to find every potential red flag a candidate could have. ADs and search committees no doubt do the same due diligence. Then they weigh whether those red flags are something they can overcome and “win” in the press conference and on the field/court, or if they’re enough of an issue to pass. Tennessee believe this to be the former (and I’m not here to place judgement on whether Schiano should or should not have been hired). *FWIW, Dan Wetzel covered the Penn State scandal as well as anyone and had this to say about Schiano’s involvement (or lack thereof) and the chaos that went down yesterday.
The problem is that they completely missed. They missed on how their fans would react, on how quickly the firestorm would last and on just how toxic the red flags were. They missed how influential social media can truly be. The outcry became digitally deafening. And it was enough of a crisis to cause an athletics department to back out of their decision, to change course. A coach was fired before he was every officially announced as hired.
Where we go from here is yet to be seen, but it certainly adds significant pressure to the already pressure-packed position of being a college athletics director.
Yesterday, the full power of sports fan Twitter was on full display. Whether that’s good or bad is yet to be determined, but today is one that will be talked about for years to come. And it’s certainly something we’ll discuss on our panel at the NCAA Convention in January, where we look at What AD’s Should Know About Social Media.
Fieldhouse Media is an award-winning firm dedicated to helping athletics departments get the most out of their social media efforts, from educating student-athletes and staff to providing an overall strategy. To find out more about us or to join the more than 130 schools utilizing our services for their athletics department, contact us today.
The 2017 fall season is off and running and spring will be here before you know it. And that means it’s almost time for the 2018 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis! We’re excited to be involved this year with our founder, Kevin DeShazo, participating on a panel discussion on What Athletics Directors Should Know About Social media.
Details on the session
Topic: What Athletics Directors Should Know About Social Media
When: Thursday, January 18 from 2:30-4:00
Location: Indiana Convention Center
Russ Houghtaling, Oregon State Director of Ideation
Pat Kindig, Ohio State Assistant AD for Digital Assets
Kevin DeShazo, founder of Fieldhouse Media
Mark this session on your calendar. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. If you’ll be there, let us know!
Welcome, friends, to the introduction episode of The Sports Leadership Podcast. The show is hosted by Fieldhouse Media/Fieldhouse Leadership founder Kevin DeShazo and Mark Hodgkin, Product Manager for College Sports at NeuLion. This is a podcast that will focus on leadership and social media as it relates to sports. There are a number of podcasts on social media, and hundreds on leadership, but none that focused in the unique area of the athletics industry. We are excited to get this off the ground and look forward to it being another resource for those working in athletics.
Fieldhouse Media is an award-winning firm dedicated to helping athletics departments get the most out of their social media efforts, from educating student-athletes and staff to providing an overall strategy. To find out more about us or to join the more than 100 schools utilizing our services for their athletics department, contact us today.
It is August 1, 2016. That means NCAA Bylaw 13.10 is now live (note: this is only for D1). What is 13.10? Here’s the breakdown from our compliance friends at Purdue (follow on Twitter @boilerbylaws).
Early on in our company history, we realized that the need for social media education extended beyond student-athletes. We added sessions for coaches and staff as a way to equip them to educate and empower student-athletes throughout the year, but also to equip these individuals to use social media with purpose. From AD’s to SID’s, compliance to marketing, development to ticket sales, GA’s to head coaches, employees of the athletics department are active on social media. And what they do online impacts recruiting, media relations, fan engagement and more.
NACDA is always a fun time for those in the college sports world. It’s a time to hear great speakers, to learn best practices, to sharpen your skills, to network and to relax. We’re excited to be a part of it again this year as we head to Dallas in June to discuss social media and leadership with the industry’s best and brightest. Take a look at our schedule below, put the times in your calendar, and let us know if you’ll be there! (and if you want to schedule individual meetings, shoot an email here)
5 Gears of Connectivity: How to be Present and Productive When There’s Never Enough Time
Saturday, June 11 from 3:40-4:30p in Governors Lecture Hall
Sunday, June 12 from 10:00-10:50a in Senators Lecture Hall
NACMA/CoSIDA Joint Panel
Social Media Best Practices
Other panelists: Nick Marquez from Facebook and Taylor Stern from the Dallas Cowbows
Tuesday, June 14 from 9:10-10:00a in the Trinity Ballroom
D2 ADA (open to all NACDA registrants)
5 Gears of Connectivity: How to be Present and Productive When There’s Never Enough Time
Wednesday, June 15 from 2:30-3:30p
Looking forward to seeing everyone in Dallas!
Fieldhouse Media is an award-winning firm dedicated to helping athletics departments get the most out of their social media efforts, from educating student-athletes and staff to providing an overall strategy. To find out more about us or to join the more than 95 schools utilizing our services for their athletics department, contact us today.
We recently published the results of our 2016 survey on the social media use of student-athletes. Thanks to the more than 1300 college athletes from every level of competition who took the time to take part in the survey. If you are a coach or administrator, take some time to dig through the numbers. It’s our 4th year to do this survey and the information, we believe, is really valuable. It gives us good insight into this group as it regards to their social media habits.
Some highlights/takeaways from the results
Each year since 2013 we’ve compiled survey results from college athletes about their social media use. As we spend time on campuses around the country, it’s important that we continue to pay attention to trends in the platforms they use and their behavior on these platforms. The information is also important to coaches and administrators as they are the ones spending time each day with the players. The more informed they can be, the better and more relevant their conversations around this topic will be. We can’t have coaches out there trying to have a conversation about the use of MySpace and expect student-athletes to pay attention. You can see the results from 2013 here, 2014 here and last year here.
We collected responses over the last few weeks. In total, we have over 1300 student-athletes respond. We’ll analyze the results in a later post, but here are the numbers.
As we head full speed into a new year, it’s always good to step back and reflect on the previous year. To understand where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we’re going. And, hopefully, to celebrate. Thanks to you, 2015 brought us many reasons to celebrate.