New Meme Craze Hits Club Social

New Meme Craze Hits Club Social

27 November 2020By Brad Rees

Fans are sending tweets with faux disclaimers that say “โ“˜ ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฒโ€œ. By adding the โ“˜ symbol to tweets, the disclaimer appears more authentic, but the memes are typically more focused on making jokes. The meme format is now being used by Clubs in the Premier League, La Liga and the … Read More

Wrexham aka Tinseltown FC ‘dub’ Social with celebrity video

Wrexham aka Tinseltown FC ‘dub’ Social with celebrity video

18 November 2020By Brad Rees

The international break is a time for reflection, playfulness & celebration while fans distract themselves from what Joe.co.uk calls the โ€˜melancholic voidโ€™.

Wrexham aka Tinseltown FC dub social this week with Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney taking part in a hilarious video about their ambition to take over the Welsh club.

Saints ‘Stop the Count’ tweet most engaging post of season

Saints ‘Stop the Count’ tweet most engaging post of season

9 November 2020By Brad Rees

Southampton FC tapped into the mood surrounding the ongoing US election saga by tweeting a demand that the Premier League be frozen after a 2-0 win over Newcastle sent the Saints soaring to the top of the table – the first time in the club’s 134-year history.

October 2020 Allstar Top Ten Premier League Posts

October 2020 Allstar Top Ten Premier League Posts

2 November 2020By Brad Rees

The early results are in … no, not those ones! The October Allstar Top Ten #ClubSocial Posts. A wide range of content compels fans in The Premier League, such as Unholy Shakespearean tragic alliances (Manchester City Football Club); Biting Sarcasm aimed at ejected mascots (Chelsea Football Club); Celebrations (Arsenal F.C Leicester City Football Club Manchester … Read More

How it Started, How it’s Going meme arrives on planet football

How it Started, How it’s Going meme arrives on planet football

21 October 2020By Brad Rees

The latest internet meme How it started, How itโ€™s going was embraced by many Premier League clubs during the UEFA Nations League weekend to engage fans in the absence of match day action. We looked at club social engagement levels and benchmarked the highest-performing HiS-HiG memes. For the uninitiated, How it started, How itโ€™s going … Read More

All Roads Lead to Nike

All Roads Lead to Nike

12 October 2020By Brad Rees

The UEFA Nations League weekend may have paused European league-level action but globally there were more diverse sporting milestones which changed the social media game. The clear 2020 trend of sport channelling entertainment and fashion was consolidated this weekend when Rafa Nadal seized his 20th major title and the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA … Read More

Matchday #4 – When Rivals Become ‘Friends’

Matchday #4 – When Rivals Become ‘Friends’

5 October 2020By Brad Rees

Man City move up one place in Club Social after a weekend of wondergoals from Aston Villa and Spurs, against giants Liverpool and Man Utd โ€“ but what has that got to do with the Sky Blues, you ask? City @-lovebombed rivals Spurs in understated yet gleeful appreciation of the north London club beating the … Read More

Matchday #2 – Stars light up the Premier League in Club Social

Matchday #2 – Stars light up the Premier League in Club Social

21 September 2020By Brad Rees

Stars light up social in the Premier League this weekend, ranging from Spurs prodigal returns to ‘Thierry Henry 2.0’ at Arsenal. Leeds United continue to bring authenticity to the top flight dedicating Saturday’s win over Fulham to a much worthier legend. A lot of the winning posts on Matchday #2 hinge on celebrations of the … Read More

COVID-19 Visuals

COVID-19 Visuals

1 June 2020By Brad Rees

The COVID-19 pandemic and its various impacts have generated a range of data narratives as governments and media seek to understand and explain what is happening and what might happen. Rarely has a single story dominated the news in a way that makes almost all other subjects insignificant. To keep things accessible, governments across the … Read More

COVID-19 Visuals – Best Narrative: New York Times

COVID-19 Visuals – Best Narrative: New York Times

1 June 2020By Brad Rees

An Incalculable Loss – The New York Times visualisations are contemporary and highly responsive on large and small screens in tune with their diverse readership. A compelling narrative is informed by memories from thousands of obituaries and shines a light on the human loss, like the 87-year-old Green Bay Packers season ticket holder or the … Read More

COVID-19 Visuals – Best Aesthetic: Information is Beautiful

COVID-19 Visuals – Best Aesthetic: Information is Beautiful

1 June 2020By Brad Rees

Coronavirus Infographic DataPack – The data narrative and design experts list their loves as science, journalism, truth, and beauty. Their audience-centred COVID-19 DataPack delivers leading-edge visuals which encourage learning and foster a deeper understanding in the viewer. The pioneering Infection Trajectories can be configured by average or total daily deaths and cases in alluring 7-day … Read More

COVID-19 Visuals – Best Innovation: Reuters Graphics

COVID-19 Visuals – Best Innovation: Reuters Graphics

1 June 2020By Brad Rees

Tracking the spread of the novel coronavirus –ย  – Visuals are delivered inventively and at the highest quality, both clear indicators of how much investment has been made into the global information companyโ€™s graphical content. A look behind the presentation interface reveals an impressive host of technologies in play to analyse data and structure information. … Read More

COVID-19 Visuals – Best Interactive: WHO

COVID-19 Visuals – Best Interactive: WHO

1 June 2020By Brad Rees

Coronavirus Disease Dashboard – The World Health Organisation is ground-breaking in how it shares its data in a variety of formats as a bonus to the engaged viewer. Views are customisable with advanced search by country, territory or area and the design has a modern aesthetic impact. There is a unique Explorer screen, providing progressive … Read More

COVID-19 Visuals – Best Responsive: BBC

COVID-19 Visuals – Best Responsive: BBC

1 June 2020By Brad Rees

Tracking the global outbreak – – The messages behind the BBC visuals are compelling and clear. Like a growing number of media organisations, they have a dedicated visual and data journalism team who enables the delivery of up-to-the-minute data stories. The experience is exceptional across all devices, particularly with contemporary maps and intuitive scroll functions. … Read More

Reason to be Cheerful, Part I

Reason to be Cheerful, Part I

20 April 2020By Brad Rees

My good pal and data art superstar Peter Crnokrak mapped artistic and scientific creations to the last 500 years of history, like you do, and revealed creativity flourishes after conflict occurs. I wonder if isolation will have the same impact as destruction seems to. Amazon and Netflix are kicking it for obvious reasons but to … Read More

Is dataviz the new photo journalism?

Is dataviz the new photo journalism?

17 April 2020By Brad Rees

There is one book that I would take to a desert island with me. It’s not the complete works of Shakespeare, James Joyce’s Ulysses or Tyson Fury’s Behind the Mask. It’s a toff life! It is the newspaper epic Pictures on a Page by ex-Sunday Times editor Harold Evans and it is a pictorial and … Read More

Generation Z – more universal than unicorn

Generation Z – more universal than unicorn

5 March 2020By Brad Rees

Fairy tales are often spoken about the humans who are categorised as Generation Z. For those who canโ€™t be bothered to google, Gen Z is a term or weapon to describe 2.5 billion people, aged between 7 and 23, younger siblings of millennials, whose parents were probably into the Happy Mondays, Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy … Read More

What’s in a view?

What’s in a view?

24 January 2020By Brad Rees

In 2014, OTT success was mainly attributable to Netflix. In 2020 OTT success, is mainly attributable to Netflix. Every three months the Netflix big beasts slouch away from their streaming media server farm to reveal quarterly earnings and subscriber counts, which are quickly followed by financial and media analysts writing about new viewing habits and … Read More