Welcome to the final newsletter for the 2011-12 school year. We extend a special welcome to our new partners: Georgia Gwinnett, South Dakota and Virginia.
We look forward to a great 2012-13 academic year, starting with our first set of summer redesigns, social media expansion across our Network and enhanced mobile offerings that the majority of our great partners will be participating in this year.
Enjoy the remaining days of summer and best of luck as another great fall season begins.
SVG Award Winners
CBSSports.com College Network partners took home three awards out of 19 nominations at the College Sports Media Awards presented by Sports Video Group (SVG) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The awards were announced at the College Sports Video Summit in Atlanta on June 6.
To read more about the award-winning content our Network produced, click here.
StatCrew.com re-launched on July 11 with a new look and feel from the production and design teams at CBSSports.com College Network.
You can still find all the great product information and Next Generation software downloads available for this school year on the new site.
Make sure to order your 2012-13 products before the fall!
Purdue Auction Record
With a $25,200 winning bid on the Lambert Field bleachers, Purdue surpassed the school's previous all-time auction record of $7,000 on May 8. Purdue will unveil a new baseball stadium this summer, which provided athletics with the opportunity to auction off the stadium bleachers.
To read more about this success, click here or contact your University Relations representative if you would like to launch a similar initiative.
Social Sharing Tool Expands to Over 50 Sharing Options
We recently expanded the Article Page Toolbar feature to include more than 50 social media sharing options for your OAS. This social sharing feature turns your audience into a content distribution network, which expands the reach of your brand.
Fans can share content from your OAS through their own social networks on the world's most popular social media sites. In turn, incremental traffic is driven back to your site where additional content can be discovered, consumed and shared. CBSSports.com College Network continues to grow the network of social media partners to help distribute your content to the most current and popular social media sites in the world.
The Article Page Toolbar offers basic sharing functions such as Print and E-Mail Article. The Share function allows users to share your content with just one click. Facebook users can "Like" your content, giving personal endorsements to your Official Athletic Site and significantly increasing Facebook referrals. Google+ users can give your content a +1 with just a click of their mouse. Even Pinterest users can "pin" your content to their boards.
For more information about the Article Page Toolbar feature and how it can expand the reach of your OAS, please contact your Managing Editor or University Relations representative.
SMS Text Alerts
CBSSports.com College Network offers SMS text alerts from your OAS for fans on the go. The system is fully automated to quickly deliver the newest headlines and scores from your OAS directly to a mobile device. SMS text alerts can be delivered to any phone that supports SMS messaging.
Click here for more information or contact your University Relations representative or Managing Editor if you are interested in providing SMS text alerts for your fans.
Social Sign-In Functionality for All-Access
CBSSports.com College Network rolled out a new social sign-in function for All-Access subscription video products. The feature allows users to access their All-Access accounts in one click after associating their All-Access log-in with one of their social media accounts.
Social sign-in is the first piece in a series of new features that will create a more customizable Official Athletic Site experience. In its current form, social sign-in provides a convenience function for our users, but as part of the larger set of customization features, it will drive functionality that allows our content to be quickly customized, distributed and integrated into multiple third-party social media platforms.
Future plans include allowing users to create All-Access accounts and subscriptions using their social media credentials.
Thank you for your continued support. Please send us any feedback that will help improve our quarterly newsletter.
Regards, Robert Schupler
SVP, University Sales and Marketing
CBSSports.com College Network