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World Cup Fans Seeing Double, Multi-Screening On The Rise

Thu 5th Jun 2014 | IT & Technology

New research from Google reveals the extent to which football fans have changed in the past four years.

The UK’s World Cup 2010 spectator was not mobile-savvy, with just 20%[2] of searches for the game, players and teams taking place on a mobile device. Search query volume dipped during and peaked at the end of games as fans focused on the big screen.

By contrast, the newly released Google report 2014 World Cup: What a Difference 4 Years Makes predicts that today’s football fans will engage with more than one screen during World Cup 2014 matches.

By example, it was found that during the recent Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid 2014 UEFA Champions League semi-final, 53% of UK searches took place on a mobile device, with the cumulative volume of mobile searches far surpassing those during the 2010 World Cup final match.[3]

The research also finds that football is by far the most watched sport on YouTube globally this year, with 64.7m hours of related footage watched last month alone.

Worldwide Google search data[4] shows there was more interest in the World Cup than the Olympics, the Superbowl and the Tour de France combined, even with the latter two taking place annually.

Jordan Rost, Insights Marketing Manager at Google, comments, “We now know that digital interaction occurs in tandem with a football match[5], giving advertisers the opportunity to react and offer content to fans in real-time. Marketers need to take this second-screen opportunity seriously. With recent research finding that 25% of UK men admit to shedding a tear during a football match, engaging with these passionate fans in the heat of the moment can be incredibly valuable for brands.”

Savvy advertisers are already creating great content for fans to consume before, during and after matches. Google’s analysis of the top five most watched football ads on YouTube in the UK shows that the content was all created by big brands as they all aim to engage with the extremely passionate fans that can be found on the video platform. Interestingly enough, only one of the videos is from an official sponsor of the football tournament:

 

1

Nike Football

Nike Football: Winner Stays. ft. Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Rooney, Ibrahimović, Iniesta & more 

2

 barclaysfootballtv

Thank You #YouAreFootball

3

UKCapitalOne

Capital One - Grounds for Improvement. The Credit Card that Supports the Supporters [VIDEO 2]

4

adidas Football

Introducing the Battle Pack -- adidas Football

5

Google UK

Google+ & Manchester United - The Front row Story

 

  • Mobile Fans: UK fans are over two-and-a-half times more likely to search on mobile during major live football events than other devices compared to four years ago
  • Most Searched: There have been more global searches for the World Cup between 2010 - 2014 than for the Olympics, Tour de France and Superbowl combined
  • Most Watched: 64.7m hours of football-related YouTube footage watched globally in the past month[1]

Image: Action Images / Paul Childs

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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[1] Source: Google Data, April 13–May 13, 2014, Video Views, Worldwide

[2] Source: Google Data, July 11, 2010, Indexed Search Query Volume, United Kingdom

[3] Source: Google Data, April 29, 2014, Indexed Search Query Volume, United Kingdom

[4] Source: Google Data, January 1, 2010–May 14, 2014, Indexed Search Query Volume, Worldwide

[5] Source: Google Consumer Survey, May 2014 - http://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/articles/2014-world-cup.html

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