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3 Votes: NMFC Media Dept

At times, I’ve been critical of North Melbourne Football Club’s use of social media. But over the past six months they have really come into their own, and can now claim to be one of the leading AFL clubs when it comes to social media engagement. This morning, they really hit the nail on the head. Continue reading

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Work Experience Kid Writes NMFC Article

North Melbourne’s media & communications department has come a long way in the last six months. After getting it all wrong early in the year, NMFC’s use of the web has improved significantly (in particular their Twitter and Facebook use). But it took a massive hit this morning with this article.

WTF?!?

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Superfooty vs Realfooty

If you’d asked me twelve months ago which news outlet has the superior AFL football coverage, I would’ve said The Age. But is it still the case? Continue reading

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Footy’s (Dud) Fourth Estate

Since North Melbourne’s on-field season has pretty much gone, along with Boris the chicken and Dean Laidley, the media’s patronising and dismissive coverage of our proud club has petered out to next to nothing. If North weren’t in the hunt for Nathan Buckley as coach, biased match reviews would be the only time the media bothered to mention NMFC.

A blogging peer has done an astute analysis of footy’s mediocre broadcast media – time to put the spotlight on the online portals of the old print media.

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BigFooty Poison

I’m not against web forums. I think they’re an interesting space to throw around ideas and find a collective that would otherwise be impossible. As an avid North supporter, I don’t know anyone who follows my club as much as me. But on BigFooty I can find a collective of literally hundreds of North supporters with a deep knowledge of my club, whom I can hear from whenever I want.

But it’s a slippery slope to bitterness. Web forums always seem to bring out the worst in people. Anger, rather than euphoria, seems the source of inspiration for most contributors, and slagging off is under the protection of anonymity. And it’s infectious. If you spend too long trawling through forums, you start to believe some of the vitriol that gets thrown around.

The latest issue on BigFooty is James Brayshaw’s public support of Laidley. Apparently it’s enough to question JB’s Presidential credentials?!? On one hand I can handle passionate North supporters debating Laidley’s future (as has been the case for some time) . But to stick the boots into Brayshaw for looking after his own is downright offensive. What do you expect him to do?!?

It got to the point recently where Eugene Arocca decided enough was enough, jumping on BigFooty and shooting down some particularly destructive criticism. It worked, with supporters coming out and backing Arocca’s comments.

But it didn’t last long, and it never will. While moderators take a hands off approach and commentors remain detached from the players and officials they attack, the BigFooty forums will revert to the poisonous discussions that they are.

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Barry ‘Brooser’ Cracker Bounces Back

I went hard on North Melbourne Football Club not so long ago for it’s lack of social networking nous. Well it seems their new media character of choice, Barry ‘Brooser’ Cracker, has improved on his shaky foray into social networking with this effort:

While I still think North have got some way to go with respect to new media, particularly with its (lack of) use of Twitter, I can only commend this effort.

Do you agree?

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Gen Y, Web 2.0 and Barry ‘Brooser’ Cracker

About 6 months ago, I heard Eugene Arocca mention that North Melbourne Football Club have struggled to attract members in the 20-35 year old age bracket. Good numbers in the 35+ range, strong Auskick numbers (2nd highest in Victoria) and the best membership conversion rate in the league. So what’s with the missing generation? Aren’t they the ones who would’ve enjoyed the 90s era more than anyone?

Clearly, the peeps at Arden St headquarters have been working hard on this one, and they’ve had a brainwave. They’ve been reading all these articles about Generation Y spending all their time on the ‘social interwebs’ and have realised where they’ve been going wrong all this time. Time to create an online face for North Melbourne Football Club on this social networky thingy … whatever it is. Enter NMFC mascot, Barry ‘Brooser’ Cracker.

Barry keepin' it real with the kids

Barry keepin' it real with the kids

So far, Barry has popped his head up on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s some food for thought from Rev. Shinboner:

  1. The Name – If you’re going to create a virtual face for the club, make sure you get it right. Barry ‘Brooser’ Cracker might have some history (I can’t find any, but it’s a possibility), but he has no real history with Gen Y – other than going toe-to-toe with Jock ‘One Eye’ McPie a few times. So why use him? While the concept isn’t terrible, it doesn’t work when the mascot has got a shit name – and Barry ‘Brooser’ Cracker is up there with the lamest.
  2. Facebook – Barry’s Facebook profile seems to be relatively successful so far. 1,257 friends and regular updating – even if it is just linking news articles as they pop up on the NMFC website. But why is his profile partially restricted?
  3. Twitter – The biggest shocker of them all is on Twitter. No updates for a month, no following and one follower – me. Clearly, NMFC headquarters have no idea what Twitter is or how to use it. Even if all @barrybrooser did was copy his virtual brother on Facebook he’d be useful (ie. update peeps on NMFC web articles). This is an embarrassment. (Clearly the NMFC cheer squad don’t have a clue either.)

It’s really not that difficult to use social networking. If you don’t understand it, get on it. Or ask your kids. And while it’s not going to re-discover North’s missing generation, it could have a real impact – if used well. Unfortunately, I don’t have much faith in it happening, given the Barry’s that have been thrown our way so far.

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