LINCOLN, Neb., June 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- opendorse, the leading athlete marketing platform, today announced the launch of a new solution allowing college athletics programs to help student-athletes build their brands by sharing content on social. With opendorse, collegiate athletes can share content from their school to their personal social channels with the tap of a button. The tap-to-share solution makes opendorse the first athlete-driven content distribution platform in the college athletics space.
Several top college athletics programs first partnered with opendorse to trial the student-athlete solution in fall 2017. The programs, including UCF, Auburn, and TCU, use the software to share highlights and images from games and events, team graphics, and additional program-focused content with their student-athletes. More than 400 student-athletes participated in the beta program, generating 16.6 million impressions, 3.2 million video views, 1.6 million engagements on posts shared on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
After achieving overwhelmingly positive results with the properties and athletes alike, the company is now welcoming a limited number of forward-thinking athletics programs.
More than twenty college properties represented in each of the "Power Five" conferences, Conference USA, and the Horizon League are committed to, or are currently using opendorse to help their athletes and athletics staffs share content on social. These schools seek to replicate the growth experienced by student-athletes in the pilot, where participants averaged a 22.9% increase in total followers in the first six months of the trial.
"At opendorse we're committed to helping all athletes, at every level, and I'm proud that we can now include the collegiate ranks. As student athletes seek to tell their story on social, they're often missing a key component: the content they create on the field of play. By unlocking that content, colleges are helping key stakeholders build their brand and establish an audience that will support them well beyond their time on campus," said opendorse CEO Blake Lawrence. "We're fortunate to have trialed this solution with some of the most innovative programs in college athletics and are thrilled to finally open our doors to any program that is ready to embrace the new era of the student-athlete experience."
With the new solution, student-athletes in all sports will finally be provided access to easily share the captivating content they create within the lines of their sport and on campus. As a featured program, the University of Central Florida (UCF) was one of the first properties to sign on with opendorse during the fall 2017 trial.
"Student-athletes are the lifeblood of every sport on campus and we want to help them in any way that we can. I believe that it's important to assist their development beyond the field or court, and helping them build their personal brand on social is one aspect of that," said Eric DeSalvo, Assistant Athletics Director, #Content at UCF. "Our social team creates so much incredible #content, and opendorse allows our athletes to easily access and share that content with the tap of a button. We want our athletes to have the strongest brands in college sports and I believe we have the team and tools in place to make that happen."
Once on-boarded, athletic programs will be given the tools, strategy, and support to maximize media assets by helping student-athletes share content on their social media channels with the tap of a button. Each program will receive its own platform dashboard to manage its roster and measure results for each athlete and post.
opendorse is the athlete marketing platform that helps the biggest brands in sports share content on social. Founded by two former major college athletes, opendorse was built seeking to make it easy for athletes and their partners to work together to engage their fans. Today, more than 3,400 athletes use opendorse to share content with their 890mm social media followers.
Top collegiate properties including Michigan, Clemson, and Nebraska Athletics, and professional properties including the NFLPA, PGA Tour, and New Jersey Devils partner with opendorse to send content to athletes to share through their social media channels. More than 1,500 brands also use opendorse to engage professional athletes and their audience.