As an avid soccer fan, I am super psyched for the new season. The exorbitant amount of money spent on new signings across clubs promises more drama and action for fans throughout the world.
There’s no reason why any fan shouldn’t get hyped about the new season kicking off, unless you are an Arsenal fan – like myself…
I have to deal with the constant jokes of Arsenal finishing fourth and Wenger being a specialist in failure. There’s not much to cheer about other than the signing of Lacazette from Lyon. We haven’t spent as much as our rivals, injury problems continue to persist and there are constant rumors of our key players like Sanchez and Ox leaving the club. Last week’s epic Premier League opener against Leicester pretty much sums up being an Arsenal fan – frustrating at some times, yet euphoric at others
Having been in Brandwatch for about two weeks, I was really interested in how a social listening tool can be incorporated into soccer games. So I went ahead and did it, focusing on a game between Arsenal and Leicester, and I found the insights fascinating.
Here are three lessons that brands can learn on social listening that some soccer data can teach us:
Take a look at the highlights of the game against the mention volume during the time period of the game.
|19:48||Lacazette scores. ARS 1-0 LEI|
|19:51||Okazaki scores. ARS 1-1 LEI|
|20:15||Vardy scores. ARS 1-2 LEI|
|20:34||Welbeck scores. ARS 2-2 LEI|
|20:49||Start of 2nd half|
|21:00||Vardy scores ARS 2-3 LEI|
|21:27||Ramsey scores. ARS 3-3 LEI|
|21:29||Giroud scores. ARS 4-3 LEI|
Spikes in mentions are in sync with the timing of the goals flying into the net. The highest peak in the mentions came when Giroud scored an outstanding winner in the 87th minute.
We often take our thoughts to social media, and these thoughts are usually accompanied by genuine emotion.
It is good news then that, with social listening tools, we are able to break down our mentions by sentiment. Take a look at how people felt throughout the game.
Given that Arsenal’s fan base is significantly larger than that of Leceister’s, it can be said to a certain extent that the above sentiment reflects the feelings of Arsenal fans more than Leicesters’. It was a roller coaster of a game. Look at how livid we were at 9 pm, when Vardy put Leicester 2-3 up, and how thrilled we were at the final whistle! Like I said before, welcome to the life of an Arsenal fan.
Not pleased about the referee, mad at Xhaka for misplacing his pass that led to the goal, our Centerback issues, ‘same old shit’ – typical Arsenal fans.
We are also able to look into the share of voice of key topics surrounding the club.
There wasn’t much talk around the subject of transfers or signings right after the match, although that’ll definitely change as we approach transfer deadline day.
Breaking down the data by issues of interest is easy. Using Brandwatch Analytics you can use rules to search for keywords relating to the different subjects and categorize the data to analyze later.
How did our dear manager Arsene Wenger fair after the game?
…Yup. Not very well.
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