Team of the Year: WWE

2014 Cynopsis Digital Awards: WWE (Team of the Year) 

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WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan wins the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 30 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans April 6, 2014. WrestleMania 30 was WWE's most socially active one-day event in company history. 

WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan wins the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 30 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans April 6, 2014. WrestleMania 30 was WWE's most socially active one-day event in company history. 

OUR GOAL

WWE’s 11-person Social Media Team has a myriad of responsibilities for the sports-entertainment leader, ranging from social media Best Practices education, promoting corporate social responsibility, increasing brand awareness, and most importantly, encouraging fan-to-Superstar interaction from the most passionate fan base in sports & entertainment, known to us as The WWE Universe. 

WWE has become one of the most well-known and influential brands in the social space, more followed and influential than the NHL, PGA, UFC, Nike, Pepsi and Disney.

The team utilizes 11 major platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, totaling more than 375 million combined followers. 

As such, WWE has become one of the most well-known and influential brands in the social space, more followed and influential than the NHL, PGA, UFC, Nike, Pepsi and Disney. 

Based in Stamford, Conn., WWE Social Team members travel to arenas around the globe for more than 300 Live Events a year, creating engaging content, interacting with fans in real time and consulting with our Superstars and Divas on how to best integrate social engagement into their personal and professional lives.


SOCIAL TEAM COMPOSITION

The WWE Social Media Team is made up of: 

  • VP of Social Media Jayar Donlan 

  • Director of Social Media Corey Clayton

  • Director of Social Operations Brent Mosley

  • Social Media Manager, TV Cody Barbierri 

  • Manager, Social Engagement Varuni Jaipershad 

  • Manager, Social Analytics Elizabeth Motta 

  • Three Social Media Producers, Nicholas Sampogna, Justin Leslie & Paul Geraghty 

  • Two Social Media Editors, Alexandra Chammah & Steven Barile 


OUR HEADQUARTERS TEAM 

Our Director of Social Media and two Social Media Editors manage the day-to-day content calendar for our more than 200 social media channels controlled directly by WWE. They also execute messaging for social media campaigns for both internal departments and external partners and constituents across our social channels. 

Our Director of Social Operations, Social Engagement Manager and Social Analytics Manager provide reporting to the Social Team editors on campaign performance, and daily social engagement. They also provide end-of-campaign reporting for various social initiatives, and post-show sentiment and engagement reporting for WWE's Creative Team, which crafts our six hours of live TV programming each week.

Also, our Director of Social Operations and Social Engagement Manager head up our inter-departmental social media consultation and content creation efforts, planning out future social campaigns and promotions with a "social first" mentality -- bringing social media ideation to the forefront early in concept creation, instead of being added late in the process.  


TRAVELING TEAM 

Our Social Media Manager, TV and three Social Media Producers travel to each of our more than 300 WWE Live Events and television tapings each year. At each event, they coordinate social media publicity for the event, featuring our local fans' tweets and photos posted to the event's unique hashtag. They also coach the WWE Superstars and Divas in attendance on proper social media engagement tactics, and assist in content creation when asked. 

Our traveling team is also responsible for collaborating with WWE's Television Creative Writing staff to integrate social components into our television programs reaching more than 14 million weekly television viewers. This includes WWE Monday Night Raw, the longest-running weekly episodic television program of more than 20 years. Our managers’ presence affects the TV shows in three ways: fan interaction throughout the show, storyline development and social integration, and information gathering and data analysis. 

Specifically, we have integrated fan and talent tweets in a Twitter ticker that provides commentary and sustains conversation on the program’s matches and promotions, as well as featuring viewer tweets in our WWE App second-screen companion. Fans watching the show also have the ability to effect the show's outcome by participating in polling contests via WWE.com, The WWE App, and specific Twitter hashtags. 

Social Media Producer Paul Geraghty chats with WWE Diva Nikki Bella about an upcoming social campaign for "Total Divas."

Social Media Producer Paul Geraghty chats with WWE Diva Nikki Bella about an upcoming social campaign for "Total Divas."

Our traveling team also works to educate the more than 120 WWE Superstars, Divas and broadcasters on proper use of and best practices for their social media channels. With each personality directly controlling their Twitter and Instagram accounts, training is offered by the team on how best to engage with each Superstar's fan base, the WWE fan base as a whole, as well as how to properly mix on-screen storylines into their personal social content broadcast on their channels. We also approach do's and don'ts for effective Twitter conversation and Instagram video/photo creation.


A loot at some of the content that appears weekly from the WWE locker room and television tapings on our various platforms.

A loot at some of the content that appears weekly from the WWE locker room and television tapings on our various platforms.

THE RESULTS

WWE's Social Media Team efforts have led to the following results in 2013-2014:

  • WWE is the most influential sports brand in social media, as ranked by Klout. We are one of only 11 brands/celebrities with a perfect 99 Klout rating. 
  • WWE is ranked amongst the Top 6 Most Social Brands in the World, in the weekly Sprinklr / Dachis Group Social Business Index rankings. (http://socialbusinessindex.com) 
  • WWE has the most social TV shows on two different TV networks (WWE RAW on USA Network, WWE SmackDown on Syfy)  (source: SocialGuide) 
  • WWE Raw was one of the Top 5 most socially active prime-time TV series of both 2012 and 2013. (source: SocialGuide) 
  • WWE and its Superstars have more than 1.3 million social mentions per week on average, with our shows WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown frequently No. 1 in social media mentions for both broadcast and cable television on their air dates. (source: SocialGuide) 
  • WWE's Facebook network, which includes 134 Superstar and brand pages, saw a 147% percent followership gain year-over-year, with a combined following of 275 million Facebook fans. 
  • With more than 30.5 million followers, WWE Superstar John Cena is the No.1 most-followed American athlete on Facebook, and the No. 7 most-followed athlete in the world overall. He has more followers than any athlete from the NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL, NASCAR, PGA or UFC. 
  • 25 WWE Superstars rank in the Top 100 most-followed athletes on Facebook. (FanPageList.com)
  • Posts from WWE's main Facebook Page were seen more than 5.1 BILLION times in 2013.  
  • WWE's Twitter network, which includes 181 Superstar and brand accounts, saw a 107% percent followership gain from 2012 to 2013 with a combined following of 87 million Twitter followers. 
  • 17 Superstars currently have more than 1 million Twitter followers, 40 with more than 500,000 followers, and 86 with more than 100,000 followers. 
  • WWE has more than 2 million YouTube subscribers, watching 69 million minutes of original content per month. WWE videos on YouTube have had more then THREE BILLION views over the past two years.

In summary, our team relies on more than facts and figures when defining success. While we are incredibly proud of our past accomplishments, we are always looking for new and exciting ways to engage our most important constituency, the WWE Universe.


TOP WWE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

WWE on Twitter

181 Total Twitter Accounts, including WWE Superstars and Divas, Events and Campaigns.

TOP PAGES


WWE on Instagram

http://Instagram.com/WWE




WWE on Facebook

134 Total Facebook Pages, including WWE Superstars and Divas, Events and Campaigns.

TOP PAGES


WWE on Pinterest

http://Pinterest.com/WWE


 

WWE on Google+

http://Google.com/+WWE


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WWE on TVTag
(formerly GetGlue)

http://TVTag.com/WWE



TEAM AWARDS & HONORS

2014 Webby Awards
International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, April 2014

PEOPLE'S VOICE WINNER: Mobile & Apps / Sports -- The WWE App
HONOREE: Mobile & Apps / Entertainment -- The WWE App
HONOREE: Social / Overall Social Presence -- WWE
HONOREE: Social / Social Content & Marketing -- WWE WrestleMania 29
HONOREE: Online Film & Video / Entertainment -- WWE on YouTube

2014 Sports Social TV Awards
Social TV Summit, May 2014

WINNER: Best Social Commerce or Marketing Program -- WWE
WINNER: Best Special Event Sports -- WWE WrestleMania 29
WINNER: Sports Social TV Entertainer of the Year -- John Cena
FINALIST: Best Sports TV Show Specific -- WWE Monday Night RAW
FINALIST: Best Mobile, iPad or Tablet Sports Social TV Application -- The WWE App
FINALIST: Best Sports Social TV Integration of Twitter -- WWE Monday Night RAW
FINALIST: Sports Social TV Entertainer of the Year – Daniel Bryan

2014 Shorty Industry Awards
Shorty Awards / Real-Time Academy, April 2014

WINNER: Best Brand on YouTube: WWE
WINNER: Best Branded Mobile App: The WWE App
WINNER: Best Use of Social Media for Sports: WWE WrestleMania 29
FINALIST: Best Use of Social Media for Television: The WWE App
FINALIST: Best Brand on Twitter: WWE

2014 CableFAXIES Marketing Awards
CableFAX, May 2014

HONORABLE MENTION: Best Marketing of a Continuing Series: WWE Monday Night RAW
HONORABLE MENTION: Best Social Media Marketing: WWE WrestleMania 29

2014 CableFAX Digital and Tech Award Winner
CableFAX Digital Awards, January 2014

WINNER: App (for Smartphone) -- The WWE App
WINNER: Social Good Campaign -- Rise Above Cancer (WWE & Susan G Komen)
HONORABLE MENTION: App (for Tablet) -- The WWE App
HONORABLE MENTION: Social Media Campaign -- WWE WrestleMania 29
HONORABLE MENTION: Social Media Dream Team -- WWE


ABOUT WWE

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WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience.

WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 150 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Miami, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.