Rio 2016 Vs. The World: Percentage Margin Of Victory

Source: Statista

A photo finish. Down to the last hit of the game. Waiting anxiously as Hawkeye reveals if the ball was in or out. Sport is full of these make or break moments, fine lines between failure and glory. Sometimes though, the adrenaline gets pumping due to the sheer domination of a team or athlete. The infographic below, based on research by Sports Illustrated, looks at these winning margins – both in Rio and other selected records or achievements.

When the American cyclist Kristin Armstrong beat Russian Olga Zabelinskaya to gold in the women’s time trial, there was a mere 0.21 percent difference in their times. After over 44 hard fought minutes, less than 6 seconds separated them. Usain Bolt’s march to the ‘triple triple’ was also a tight affair with Justin Gatlin just 0.09 seconds behind Bolt after a stunning comeback from the Jamaican in the 100m final – a margin of 0.82 percent.

At the other end of the scale, in Rio, Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk hammer threw her way to a new world record, leaving the competition without a hope – 5.5m ahead of the nearest challenger with a margin of 6.73 percent. The biggest margin selected for this infographic comes from outside the world of sport. Psy’s Gangnam Style enjoys a cushion of almost 26 percent as Youtube’s most viewed video.

This chart shows the percentage margin of victory from selected Olympic events and other global records/achievements:

Infographic: Rio 2016 Vs. The World: Percentage Margin Of Victory | Statista
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Premier League: Home to the Priciest Season Tickets

Source: Statista

The Premier League is often billed, at least in the UK, as the greatest football league in the world. While it certainly is the richest, the quality in recent years has been questioned by some as the top players are increasingly drawn to the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

As the clubs continue to haul in the cash derived from increasingly lucrative TV rights deals and high profile player sales to foreign clubs, the fans are each year asked to dig that little bit deeper to watch their teams in action on the pitch. While some clubs have implemented ticket price freezes to appease the growing discontent voiced by fan groups, the financial demand for what is traditionally a working persons sport, remains high.

For the truly committed fans lucky enough to get a season ticket, the chart below shows how these prices compare to other clubs around Europe. In this ‘top ten’, seven are Premier League clubs with the priciest ticket to be found in North London at Arsenal.

This infographic shows the cost of a season ticket at the most expensive football clubs in Europe.

Infographic: Premier League: home to the priciest season tickets | Statista
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The Boys Are Back in Town

Source: Statista

Manchester United finally secured the signature of now world transfer record man Paul Pogba. United will pay Italian club Juventus Turin a grand total of 93.2 million British pounds for the French player’s services over the next five years – with the option of a one-year extension.

While the huge transfer fee will dominate the headlines, it is also interesting to note that Manchester United had Pogba on their books only four years ago. Back then, he couldn’t quite curry enough favour from Manager Sir Alex Ferguson and left under strained circumstances as a free agent – United eventually receiving 800,000 pounds after a tribunal. That makes for a loss of 92.4 million pounds.

Pogba isn’t the only player to return to his old stomping ground. Other high profile examples include Mats Hummels’ arrival back in Munich – also resulting in a loss of 28.7 million pounds after a seven year hiatus in Dortmund. Looking the other way, world cup winning goal scorer Mario Götze signed on a 22.1 million pound trip back to his first club this summer – the BVB this time appearing to have done better business, chalking up a 9.35 million pound profit.

This chart shows the transfer fees paid/received for selected players returning to their first senior level club.

Infographic: The boys are back in town | Statista
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New Follr Feature – MP3 File Uploads

We are excited to announce that we have updated the document upload feature to allow MP3 files!

This is particularly useful if you want to add podcasts to your community, have a band and are looking to share songs or have a fan chant!

How do you add MP3’s? It’s quick and easy with Follr – here is how it’s done.

1: Log into your account:

Follr Home Page Login

2: Having selected your community click ‘Media’ then ‘Documents.’ Then select the album you would like to add the file(s) to:

Follr Add Media MP3

3: Click ‘Add files’ and the ‘Start upload’:

Follr Add Media MP3 Step 2

4: Once uploaded the file can be viewed and played from your community:

Follr Add Media MP3 Step 3

As always let us know if you have questions :)

5 Proven Tips to Build a Collaborative Community

Social collaboration is one of the best ways to quickly build a fun and enthusiastic community online.

People want to enjoy being part of a community, engaging with others in conversation and discussions, sharing and working together. People want to feel as though they offer value to a community.

As most community managers will tell you each member of a community brings value, encouraging them to share and collaborate helps grow their personal sense of value within the community.

There are no set ways to build a collaborative community, there are a lot of “best practice” ideas to help move your community toward that goal. Looking at some of those ideas, we present to you…
5 Tips to Build a Collaborative (and fun) Community.

Build an online community that is fun and collaborative with follr Communities

1. Moderation.

Moderation is the key. Not in the “too much” of something is bad, but in the case of moderate the community interaction.

Helping your community keep civil and respectful conversations going is the key to encouraging additional contribution from other members. Striking the balance between a passionate conversation with respect for individual opinions and one in which things go “too far” and it becomes a person attack is a tricky matter.

Try to encourage the mantra “Don’t take it personally” – people don’t like to contribute if they feel it will cause a confrontation or a negative response.

Acknowledge all posts and responses with a positive tone things to say like “I am so glad you shared your opinion with us. It’s good to have a different point of view on something” can go a long way to setting the tone of others responses to the individual post.

2. Keep it intriguing and ask for responses.

Communities are focused around specific topics or areas of interest. Keeping the focus but making the content intriguing or interesting will help to build collaborative contribution of the members.

Focus on easy to reply topics, questions or posts. A favorite example among a lot of people is a simple question like “Diet Cola or Regular Cola?” This is easy to respond and most everyone can answer this. It is a fun way to draw people into a conversation and see how many people are really lurking around and not engaging.

Keep it topical or within the established tone of the community. Sometimes it’s not appropriate to take things too lightheartedly.

3. Lead by example and share valuable content.

Incentive posting. Make it fun and competitive, keep track of community members Follr score. When they post they get points, making it competitive by celebrating the top 5 collaborators each week will go a long way to helping build community engagement and collaboration.

People LOVE to compete and naturally are inclined to try their best to “win”. By encouraging the use of score tracking, people will engage more, interact with others and grow their collaborative contributions.

This is a great method to help identify potential community moderators to share the moderation responsibilities of the community.

4. If you Tag them, they will come.

You see it all the time if you ever watch some of the top social media community engagers. They post a question, or share something and tag a few people. It isn’t that they specifically want those people to see the post, they know those people will have an opinion or response.

The natural community engagers amongst us all understand that sometimes you need to use the flashing neon sign approach to say “Hey, Over HERE! Notice this!” Implementing this idea to help encourage new members to begin contributing is a great way to push someone toward center stage and make them feel important.

If you tag them, they will come. Make it a regular practice.

5. Support and respect contributions from the community

If the community trusts that they are not putting themselves at risk for “judgment” as we established the tone and nurturing above, they are more likely to take the “risk” and collaborate in content creation for the community.

Be sure to acknowledge, share, promote and even tag others to get into the conversation and respond to a post. You are a social media cheerleader if you are a community manager and leader.

Keep building on these tips and you will have a vibrant and engaging online community in no time!

Join or Build: What Do You Need from an Online Community?

A lot of people wonder why they would want an online community. There are really two questions in the single statement. Do you need a community as a member? Likely. Do you need to build a community as a leader? Perhaps.

There are a few simple ways to help determine whether you would benefit as a member of a community or if you are better off building a community to meet your needs.

Here are some quick tips to help you know which decision is the one you need to make. Join or Build?

If you can't find what you need, do you create the solution to the need? Build or Join an Online Community?

If you seek it, you will find it. Or will you?
What information are you searching for? As you pour through search engine results, digging deeper and deeper, not finding what you are seeking. When you do, is the information timely and relevant? Or just keyword purchases misdirecting you to something you have no use of?

If the information you need is beyond the first page of results, there need to be more relevant and reliable resources on the topic you are researching.

If you are seeking it, chances are thousands of others are as well.

Overwhelmed by Results!
Your search returns lots of information, more than you have time to sort and review. How do you determine which results are credible and which are not? Social proof, and word of mouth marketing experts, would say that now you will seek the advice of your own friends, forcing more time spent on research, still seeking information.

You choose a link. There may be ads, live updates, pop-ups, and more. The stimulation alone overloads your senses. Overwhelmed, you give up.

Taking the initiative.
You ultimately aren’t happy with the options you have been presented with. You are an “initiator” and ready to take action. The “initiators” are a group of people that have the spark, enthusiasm and the drive to take the words “I can do it! If I solve it, they will come!” and make them a reality!

This is the birth of a community. The topic, the focus, the need, isn’t important. You can insert any of those, or business vertical, local community, government (the list is limitless) and you will have a need for a community.

Building that community should be intuitive, simple, easy and quick. You shouldn’t need to “code”. You require a simple, yet elegant, platform which gives you a place to build a vibrant community forum.

A place that people will want to flock to and enjoy returning. You want your community to be discovered, so having it a part of a larger network is ideal, but you don’t want that parent network to control it’s visibility.

Before you know it your community will take on a life of it’s own, becoming the sought after resource just waiting to be discovered by someone like you.

You made a connection, and you might have changed a life. What Community will you build to make a difference?