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College Football’s Social Club

Engaged the football community through innovative content. 

College Football’s Social Club

Engaged the football community through innovative content. 

Who: University of Nebraska, Clemson University and University and social media teams across the country

The Story: The use of social media isn’t a pastime for college football programs anymore - it’s an essential part of their day-to-day operations. In order to stay connected to their fan bases and capture the attention of recruits, social media departments need to produce innovative and just plain fun content that their audiences are dying to share within their circles. 

For example, the Clemson Tigers aren’t just dominating on the field, they are excelling at fostering engagement with their fans through social media. Jonathan Gantt, director of new and creative media at Clemson, and his team of 25-plus social media savants are so well respected that they’ve recently been named the top Twitter handle to follow in college football by Sports Illustrated. 

Clemson isn’t alone when it comes to leveraging the power of social media. Consider that the University of Nebraska’s @huskers account is the second-largest athletic department Twitter account in the country, second only to the University of Georgia. The state’s population is small compared to most of the major programs’ locations, but the reach of the Husker brand is incredible – and Kelly Mosier, Assistant Athletic Director of Digital Communications for Nebraska, and his team have tapped into that resource by understanding that social media can help programs build and push their brands.

“We really pride ourselves on utilizing our digital channels to bring recruits and fans places where they wouldn’t normally get to go. This pregame video was one of our best examples of that, giving our followers the chance to see a player’s perspective of entering the field for the national championship game. It was filmed and shared before the game even started.” – Jonathan Gantt, director of new and creative media at Clemson University

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02Montverde Academy

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03Hartpury College

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05University of Puget Sound

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08New York Soccer Club

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09War-Chief Booster Club

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10Sports Performance Analysis Educators

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11Jenks High School Football

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12Sydney FC

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13Merseyside Nighthawks Football

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14Opelika High School

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15Graham High School

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16Sandringham TAC Football Club

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17Croydon Rangers Gridiron Club

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18The Southport School

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19DeMatha High School

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20Wichita East H.S. Basketball

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