Follr Support Series – Finding Fellow Fans Using Tags – Connections Finder

Follr tags allow you to describe yourself personally and professionally. They also allow you to locate and connect with other likeminded fans.

To find and connect follow these steps – if you have additional questions give us a call on:

(888) 201-5160

or email:

info@follr.com

Step 1:

After you log into your Follr account you will see the Activity Screen:

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Step 2:

Click on “Connections” in the top menu bar:

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Step 3:

There are four views under Connections:

  • Activity
  • Suggestions
  • Finder
  • My Connections

The default view is “Activity” – click on “Finder”:

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Step 4:

You will see the “Connections – Finder” screen:

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You can then search by any tag:

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or last name:

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Users are listed automatically and you just need to click on the ‘Add’ link to connect:

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The default list of users is by “Follr Score” but you can alternatively sort them by Follr 500 and the number of connections that have. Just click on the double triangle symbol on the side of each column header:

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England’s Most Valuable U21 Footballers

Source: Statista

“You can’t win anything with kids”. Those now immortal words from pundit Alan Hansen at the start of Manchester United’s 1995/96 season were famously followed up by a Premier League/FA Cup double by the side that had an average age of 26 years and 137 days. If anyone aside from Hansen ever doubted the value of young players, this team proved their worth. Compared to then, the value of a player not just on the pitch but also on the transfer market, has increased almost to the point of ridiculousness.

According to new analysis by CIES Football Observatory, the most valuable English U21 player is currently Tottenham’s Dele Alli. With a potential price tag of £158 million, the midfielder is way ahead of his peers. In fact, when compared to all players in the big five European leagues, Alli is second only to PSG’s Kylian Mbappe who has an estimated value of £161 million.

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Follr Support Series – How To Find Fans and Supporters Clubs

Follr contains community Websites for every sports team imaginable, soccer (AKA football), football (aka football), basketball, hockey, baseball and many other professionals, organizations and interest groups associated with the industry. The question is; how do you find one?

Please follow these steps – if you have additional questions give us a call on:

(888) 201-5160

or email:

info@follr.com

Step 1:

After you log into your Follr account you will see the Activity Screen:

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Step 2:

This screen highlights two places to find new communities:

(i) From the top menu you can click on “Communities”:

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(ii) In the right panel you will see “Discover Communities”:

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Let’s look at both.

Step 3:

If you click on “Communities” from the top menu you see a page that by default shows you the communities you are currently a member of:

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To discover new communities simply click on the “Find Communities” button:

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and then type any word into either the “Search by Name” or “Search by Tag” fields:

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As you enter text the results filter automatically:

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You can click on any of the search results and join the community. There isn’t a limit on how many communities you can join.

Step 4:

If you click the “More >>” link under the “Discover Communities” section in the right panel you go to the same page and through the same process as detailed in ‘Step 3’ above but there is an extra layer of help – a popup that provides details about a specific community:

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Again there isn’t a limit on how many communities you can join.

5 Tips to Jump Start Your Supporters Club Website

Whether starting a new supporters club, or trying to find an existing one, the foundation is the strength of the conversations and content within it. Those conversations go a long way to assure longevity of the community.

Life, online or off, is built on a series of relationships, those with our family, friends, and fellow fans. Part of the process is the introduction and sharing of basic information, to establish a comfort level and open channels of communications.

Creating this comfort then allows the community to connect more with each other by sharing common interests, goals and ideas. Building upon the contribution of each member you will then see a more organic growth in the community as well as “natural moderators” will begin to establish themselves to help in maintaining the desired tone and direction of the community.

These 5 “no fail” tips and techniques will help you keep your focus, refine your tone and build a strong and engaged community with longevity.

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1. Be Welcoming, Be Disarming
Each time a new member joins your community give them the opportunity to introduce themselves. The best way to do this is to establish a set of between three and five questions for each member to answer.

Making these questions fun and non-threatening will encourage the new community members to engage, be at ease and “let their hair down”. Of course, the tone of the community will determine how “silly” these questions would be, but keeping it “light” will help gain more interaction from your community members.

Some sample questions along these lines are:

  • “Who is your favorite player?”
  • “Tell us how you became a fan”
  • “What was the best goal we ever scored?”

It’s like an online icebreaker. Ask silly, even ridiculous, questions of your members. Don’t be afraid, even in a serious forum, this allows people to connect in ways that are non-threatening and create a comfortable environment despite the tone of the serious topic that might be involved.

Believe it or not it is often more difficult for someone to share serious answers than silly answers.

2. It’s OK to Lurk
Everyone was new to online communities at one point. Try to encourage interaction and engagement, but recognize that some people might just want to watch (lurk) and adjust before they dive in.

Often times those that spend the most time lurking end up being the most engaged in the long run. Some people just need more time to adjust and acclimate to a new environment.

It is actually preferable to have someone lurk and acclimate to the tone of a community rather than jump in prematurely and risk being misunderstood, this could result in a lot of turmoil within a community.

3. Encourage Engagement, Be Appreciative, Be an Example
Actively engaged community members create opportunities for existing or new members to connect with each other, establishing a solid communal relationship. Be sure to thank people for posting, also try to positively acknowledge participation at any level.

Be a guide, or a sign post, direct your community to great content of community members, inside the community or outside, and bring the conversations to them. Be an example, by linking and sharing outside content but housing the discussion within your community.

4. Promote Great Community Contributions and Content
A solid community needs to be fed to continue to grow that community. That food is demonstrated by promoting the community and member contributions. Make it a habit to regularly promote your community members.

The conversations and sharing are the lifeblood.into other social networks. By doing this you will be promoting your community and the members, helping others find you and ensuring a continued growth in your community.

5. Appreciate Everything, Don’t Take Community for Granted
Appreciate your community. Understand that each and every member has made a choice to be a part of the community, and recognize that it’s a choice for them to remain in the community.

Never take your community for granted, if you do you will discover that they can quickly move on to what they perceive to be “Greener Pastures”. Keep it fresh, keep it lively. This is where building a community on a topic you are passionate about makes it a lot easier to grow and maintain.

If you keep these 5 tips top of mind, and try to make a habit of doing these things, you will guarantee your success is building and nurturing an amazing community!

Brazilians Boast the World Cup’s Most Valuable Team

Source: Statista

Brazil is sending the most valuable team to the FIFA world cup 2018 in Russia. German transfer market portal Transfermarkt estimates that the 25 players on the team have a combined market worth of 673 million euros. Germany and France share the second spot with 636.5 million euros each.

One big difference between the three teams is that of most of the Brazilian players don’t play in their home league (88 percent), while only 41.7 percent of the German national players are employed abroad and 58.3 percent of the French players score their income in foreign leagues.

England is in the top ten most valuable teams too. Its cadre is worth some 279 million euros. However, it’s one of the world cup teams with most players playing at home. Only 4.3 percent play on foreign pits.

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The Follr Personal Profile Website – An Overview of Mobile

What is responsive design or RWD?

“Responsive design (often abbreviated to RWD) is an approach to web design in which a site is crafted to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).

When you consider just how much mobile dominates peoples attention the time is rapidly approaching when we spend more time on our phone than watching TV. As a result the importance of having Web content present effectively on mobiles and tablets can’t be understated. So we have made sure that every Follr Personal Profile Website looks as good as it can on every phone:

And here is now it will look on an iPad:

The default information displayed can be changed so you have the choice of highlighting your Social Wall, links or Timeline:

We will continue to post details on other aspects of Follr via this blog. Please let us know what you think!

Soccer’s Embarrassing Gender Wage Gap

Source: Statista

The U.S. national women’s soccer team has enjoyed considerable success in recent years. Despite bringing in more money than the men’s team, however, the women’s national team is still paid nearly four times less. That prompted Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo to take legal action against the U.S. Soccer Federation over pay discrimination in April 2016. Together with her teammates, she filed that lawsuit in April of last year and it is still ongoing. It is going to be difficult for Solo to close the wage gap in a sport where gender inequality is absolutely rampant. Its sheer scale can be seen from a new report from Sporting Intelligence which found that male Brazilian forward Neymar earns more than the top seven women’s soccer leagues combined.

Neymar made a lucrative switch from Barcelona to PSG this year and he will earn $43.8 million for the 2017-18 season from his playing contract alone. That doesn’t include the millions more he is likely to earn from commercial deals and endorsements. The figure is roughly the same as the combined earnings of the 1,693 female players plying their trade in the top soccer leagues in France, Germany, England, the U.S., Sweden, Australia and Mexico. In the U.S. National Women’ s Soccer League, collective earnings only add up to $5.4 million every year by comparison.

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Meeting Lionel Messi: The Greatest Of All Time

In the following video, from the COPA90 YouTube channel, Vuj and Timbsy chat with Messi at an event to announce the Adidas Telstar 18 World Cup ball.

Of course, all COPA90 videos are automatically added to every Follr Community – Reinventing the Fan experience!