Live Tweet topics for 27 August 2012

Live Tweet topics for 27 August 2012 that starts at 1430 (2:30 PM) Perth time.

On 28 March 2012, I conducted a full lecture online using Twitter. It forms part of an assessment item for my first year unit Sport Marketing (unit code #SPM2122) in the Bachelor of Sport, Recreation, and Leisure. #SPM2122 is doing it again in semester two.

The topics will all be listed below with relevant links, but the questions will remain undisclosed until the live chat.


Topic 1:

The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games were touted to be the “social games.” However, the IOC enforced Rule 40 (see:, which prevented athletes, teams, coaches, and others from using social media to discuss non-Olympic sponsors and/or advertisers. See here for another perspective on social media and the Olympics


Topic 2:

On 14 August 2012, the AFL announced that Gilette became the league’s official sponsor of the trade week. Gilette currently sponsors the Grand Final sprint and has a history of sponsorship of the AFL (See:

Further, Carlton Draught currently sponsors the substitute player, who is called the Carlton Draught Sub (See: and


Topic 3:

At the beginning of August, A-League club Sydney FC announced its new major sponsor: Webjet (See: and and


Topic 4:

Nike has undergone considerable change in the way it markets itself and how it spends marketing dollars. Nike Digital Sport was lauched at the Nike headquarters in 2010, where devices and technologies are created that allow users to track their sporting prowess. Further, Nike Digital also aims to collect as much personal data on Nike users as it can (See:

In August 2012, adidas announced the creation of a social media shoe (See: and, which the company plans to mass produce in 2016.


Topic 5:

Nike has recently started to sponsor UFC fighters: Anderson Silva is sponsored by Nike Brasil (other fighters have national Nike sponsorships) and USA fighter Jon Jones has a global Nike deal, which is the first for Nike and UFC sponsorship. (See: and and




Quick stats & initial thoughts from #spm2122 tweetchat of 9 May 2012

Quick stats and lists of questions from #spm2122 tweetchat of 9 May 2012

As previously written, I am conducting two tweetchats as part of my SPM2122 Sport Marketing unit/course that I teach at Edith Cowan University. The rationale for these chats is twofold: First, I seek to engage the students in social media and teach them to engage the wider community through their posts. Second, I seek to have inclusive discussion on contemporary issues relating to sports marketing. Class discussions are often dominated by a small section of individuals and people who are shy may not be confident to speak aloud in class. Thus, Twitter is a medium that can be used to give everyone an equal voice.

The rules and questions were:

I’ll moderate the Qs, chime in when you’re ready, refer to the ? In your answer (ie Q1- A1, Q2 – A2, etc) and tag your answer with #spm2122

Alright, let’s start with introductions. Who you are, where you are, your favourite sports team. #spm2122

The first question will be nice and easy to get us all comfortable and chatting with one another. #spm2122

Warm-up Q: For Aussie rules to become more popular worldwide, the sport needs to change its name? Your suggestions. #spm2122

Q1A: Recently, USA magazine Sports Illustrated (@SIow) printed a hashtag (#SILinsanity) on its cover. What do you think about this? #SPM2122

Q1B: Have you seen it before on mainstream media (tv, newspapers, anywhere)? Have you seen it since? Provide examples #SPM2122

Q1C: Hashtag use in mainstream media. Sign of things to come? #SPM2122

Q2A: Are the #LONDON2012 organisers being too strict in their restrictions of #socialmedia? #spm2122

Q2B: Volunteers can make or break an #Olympics, is restricting their #socialmedia usage a smart decision? Give reasons/examples #spm2122

Q2C: Ambush #marketing will happen no matter what restrictions are placed on #socialmedia by  #olympics organisers. Discuss #spm2122

Q3A: @PeterWilt1 recently wrote a piece on @sportbizinsider comparing the histories of the #MLS and #ALeague. Your thoughts. #spm2122

Q3B: Is there enough public support to sustain the #ALeague over the long-term? #spm2122

Q4A: The @pacers recently held a “faith and family” night with music concert before a game. Could that be done here in Australia? #spm2122

Q4B: #AFL stadiums have to now include a non-denominational prayer room. What are your thoughts? Does it impact you? #SPM2122

Q4C: Should sporting leagues attempt to be as inclusive as possible? Is this #multiculturalism at work? #spm2122

Q5: Should Athletes be paid when they attend the Olympic Games? Some NBA players say yes.;_ylt=Ajru4SQzQ.57IKXuwnDs1mO8vLYF Your thoughts? #spm2122


The tweetchat took place on 9 May 2012 from 9AM to 1030AM

1604 total tweets. Of these 985 (61%) were original tweets, 497 (31%) were @ message tweets, and 122 (8%) were retweets.

69 participants -45 participants tweeted at least 15 times.

-Ranged from 105-1 (the top 20 ranged from 105-30)

-Note: I did not have the highest number of tweets. I led this chat and moderated when needed, but let the students drive the discussion more than last time. I was sixth in total tweets.

Twitter Trends in Australia – Trendsmap 9 May 2012.jpg

Once I get my thoughts together from yesterday’s tweetchat, I’ll update this post.

My thoughts on live tweeted lecture as assessment item

On 28 March 2012, I conducted a full lecture online using Twitter. It forms part of an assessment item for my first year unit Sport Marketing (unit code #SPM2122) in the Bachelor of Sport, Recreation, and Leisure. It was a mile a minute so to speak and very interactive.

The topics were initially posted on this website and not on the course portal, as I wanted to give everyone (students and the general public) the opportunity to read and research the topics that were going to be discussed. The chosen topics related to aspects of sport marketing that we’ve discussed in lecture over the past five weeks or those that will be discussed in the next week or two. Thus, the subjects that were analysed today were both topical and not too “out there” for my first year cohort.

It was my attempt to also ensure that the topics were both interesting to sport management students and would generate plenty of discussion. The live tweet chat had a similar approach to the group discussion that I ran several weeks ago and blogged about previously. Most students did their tweeting from wherever they were, with about ten joining me in the classroom where I conducted the tweetchat (they were excused from attending the lecture today, but an open invite was made to allow anyone to join me).

I had three questions prepared for each of the five topics to ensure that each subject was discussed for the allocated fifteen minutes. If one question fell flat, I had two back ups to use as well. The discussion response was overwhelming and I had to leave out several questions and an entire topic as the conversations (posting, replying, retweeting) were great.

The questions were:

Q1: Which AFL team will win the Grand Final?, Minor Premiership?, Wooden spoon? #spm2122 (this question was used as an ‘icebreaker’ type question to allow SPM2122 students to answer an easy question to quell any nerves that they may have had)

Q2A: How does Tennis Australia use the interest of #AusOpen to market tennis to wider public and increase overall participation? #SPM2122

Q2B: How can @AustralianOpen continue to engage fans through its smart phone app so fans don’t delete app once #AusOpen is over? #SPM2122

Q3A: Can the brand (not team) Gold Coast United (#GCU) be saved? #SPM2122

Q3B: What can #GCU (as an organisation) do to engage itself into the Gold Coast community to win fans? If anything at all? #SPM2122

Q3C: Will #SAVEGCU have any effect on #FFA & #ALeague decision? Give reasons

Q4A: The #NBA recently announced an exploration into jersey (uniform) sponsorships. From marketing perspective, what are your thoughts? #SPM2122

Q4B: Could a jersey sponsorship detract from the team’s brand (ie @manutd_fc or @WestCoastEagles vs @chicagobulls or Indiana @Pacers)? #SPM2122

Q4B: How can a team’s sponsor use social media to leverage its sponsorship of the team (i.e. SGIO using SM of @WestCoastEagles)? #SPM2122 (I mistakenly didn’t add the C to this, students did not seem to be confused by my mistake – everything happens so quickly during these live tweet sessions that spelling mistakes are inevitable).

Overall, there were 1097 total tweets in about one hour and thirty minutes. I’m still going through the data to see how many total users there were. The transcript is available here

The feedback was overwhelmingly positive from the students, who seemed to really enjoy the interaction and the different method of conducting discussion while also learning a bit more on how to use social media to engage and foster debate instead of using social media for the banality/vanity of life. The one negative view that students indicated was the speed at which the chat happened (relating to the speed of tweeting) and they had trouble keeping up. This feedback was expected as tweetchats can be daunting when doing it for the first time (this is the reason for doing it twice).

One of the interesting aspects of the results was that a major sporting team the AFL’s West Coast Eagles was tagged in a question (see above) and they replied and participated in the discussion. This would never happen in a normal group discussion setting, as the Eagle’s wouldn’t know that they were being discussed. I was very happy that they got on board this tweetchat and engaged my sport marketing students as it showed the power and the reach of social media in contemporary society. Since the tweetchat today, I’ve engaged the team to participate in the next discussion.

A surprise outcome of this tweetchat is that I’ve received a message from a Learning Designer from ECU’s Centre for Learning and Development, who wants to speak to me about what I’ve done today.

Last, due to the sheer number of tweets, the #SPM2122 hashtag trended in Perth (TOP 5) (

Now, you may be asking yourself why did he do this? Here’s the answer:

Goals for students: It was my endeavour to teach university students to use social media as an engagement tool rather than for the banity/vanity of everyday life. As previously posted, “students usually have a wealth of practical knowledge from engaging with social media for personal use, the aim of this exercise was to provide a theoretical understanding about how to successfully use social media to foster” engagement within the wider community. I thought that an assessment task using social media would be a way in which I could ensure 100% buy-in by students as the Tweetchat would form part of my SPM2122 Sport Marketing’s marks.

Goals for me: I am very curious as to whether using social media in class (both “in” class and as a classroom tool) increases the students’ engagement with the course material. To answer this, I’ll be asking students for their feedback at the end of the semester and compare to the other unit which I teach. I realise that this is an imperfect method of collecting data and not statistically valid, however, it’s a starting point from which I can work. I’m only looking for anecdotal evidence at this stage.

I’ll update this blog as I get my head around what happened this morning, as it was my first time hosting a tweetchat.

Live tweet topics

Topic 1

In 2012 the Australian Open was quite successful in engaging fans from all over the world via its use on social media.

We will discuss event/sports apps and engagement.

In your research, also look at what London 2012 is doing with its social media.

Here are some links.



Topic 2:

Gold Coast United Football was officially announced as an expansion team for the A-League’s 2009-2010 season in 2008. The club was owned by Clive Palmer, the wealthiest man in Queensland until February 2012, when the FFA took over the club’s a-league license. In their first two A-League seasons, Gold Coast were one of the strongest clubs, performance wise, in the A-League, finishing in the top four on both occasions and making the finals series. Although, in their third season, their form dropped due to off-field instability surrounding player contracts, coaching staff and community support. Since its inception, Gold Coast has constantly been criticised about their average attendance. In their first season, they averaged close to 5,500 people and in their second season, they averaged just under 3,300 people per game, making them the lowest attended team. On 29 February 2012, the FFA revoked Clive Palmer’s Gold Coast United A-League licence.

We will discuss the marketing and community engagement of the Gold Coast United and the growing swell of support (See twitter hashtag #SAVEGCU for more) that the club is received. Also see the links below ( and


Topic 3:

Recently, the NBA announced that the league seeks to have jersey sponsorships.

We will discuss the pros and cons of jersey sponsorship from an international perspective.\

Here are some links about the story


Topic 4:

We will discuss how athlete and team sponsors can leverage and/or activate their sponsorship via social media.


Topic 5:

Social media. Recently USA sports magazine Sport Illustrated ( put a hashtag on its magazine front cover.

We will discuss issues surrounding mainstream media’s incorporation of social media into its programming.

Here are two links to the SI cover.

Non sport example from The Bachelor


I’d suggest you research these topics and others that are related to allow us a robust conversation.