Trending 20 Leaderboard (12/15)

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Welcome to the FOS Trending 20, presented by Conviva Social Insights

This new collaboration between Front Office Sports and Conviva ranks the pro teams and leagues/events which are driving the deepest cross-platform engagement across social platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook). Published every Tuesday morning, this leaderboard draws data from the prior Monday through Sunday. This page — updated weekly — contains two leaderboards; first, the Top 20 professional teams, ranked by cross-platform engagement rate, and then below it, the Top 20 leagues/events/properties, also ranked by cross-platform engagement rate. For more on the methodology and criteria on Trending 20, please visit our explainer section below the two leaderboards. All data is sourced using Conviva Social Insights, a social analytics platform for brands, media, entertainment and sports organizations worldwide. For additional context and information on this week’s leaderboard, please see the “Notes” sections below each leaderboard. Skip to this week’s Trending 20 leaderboards…

(Past Three Weeks: Dec 8 // Dec 1 // Nov 24)

The Trending 20 is updated every Tuesday morning, reflecting data from the prior week (Monday-Sunday).

RankLast WkAccountLeagueEngagement
Rate
Audience
Growth Rate
Cross-Platform
Audience
Weeks in T20
(of 9 total)
Highest Rank
1NRUtah Royals FCNWSL2.79%-0.81%131.0K21
22Racing Louisville FCNWSL2.36%0.77%32.1K61
313Columbus Crew SCMLS1.65%1.84%527.4K23
41Angel City FCNWSL1.08%0.42%111.9K61
520Cruz AzulLiga MX1.00%-0.17%6.6M25
6NRLos Angeles AngelsMLB0.94%-0.03%3.3M16
717Houston DashNWSL0.92%0.00%245.2K86
8NRBuffalo BillsNFL0.90%0.34%2.8M18
9NRPumas MXLiga MX0.88%1.20%5.8M19
1011Philadelphia UnionMLS0.85%0.03%459.5K65
114Washington WizardsNBA0.81%0.65%7.3M24
12NRChicago Red StarsNWSL0.80%-0.04%181.3K38
13NRChicago White SoxMLB0.80%0.00%3.0M312
1416Minnesota United FCMLS0.78%0.42%431.5K214
15NRSC FreiburgBundesliga0.78%0.08%687.2K34
16NRPortland Thorns FCNWSL0.76%-0.07%415.3K73
17NRCleveland IndiansMLB0.75%-0.02%3.0M47
1812Carolina HurricanesNHL0.73%0.01%1.1M812
19NRSeattle Sounders FCMLS0.72%0.49%1.7M119
20NRKansas City ChiefsNFL0.72%0.34%5.4M313

Each week, we’ll try to add some context below the Trending 20 leaderboards, touching on why certain accounts are topping this week’s leaderboards, along with tracking streaks and milestones, and highlighting the teams and leagues which consistently find themselves on the Trending 20 leaderboard…

Farewell, Utah
Utah Royals FC topped this week’s Trending 20 after it was announced the team’s new ownership group would be moving the franchise to Kansas City. While it marked the Royals’ second appearance on the leaderboard, the top finish came largely due to messages of frustration or farewell from loyal fans in the Salt Lake City area. While NWSL teams have outperformed those from other major leagues in the Trending 20 throughout, the Royals’ #1 spot came in an unconventional manner.

The Newcomers
We welcome four new teams to the Trending 20 this week. Here’s the quick look at each and how they landed on the leaderboard:

  • Los Angeles Angels (#6): A mix of engaging posts — including the celebration of the anniversary of signing two-way star Shohei Ohtani — and news of the club’s new minor league affiliates (including the memorably named Rocket City Trash Pandas).
  • Buffalo Bills (#8): Fan excitement is at its highest in years for the Bills, and two consecutive primetime wins — both included in this week’s data period — landed them in the Trending 20 for the first time this season.
  • Pumas MX (#9): Pumas MX and Club Leon faced off in the Liga MX title. While Leon ultimately captured the championship, the final result occurred after the data collection period for this week’s Trending 20 had ended. Thus, the rabid Pumas fanbase (including a major presence on Facebook) spent last week excited and active on social leading up to the decisive second leg.
  • Seattle Sounders (#19): In one of the more thrilling MLS matches in recent memory, the Sounders stormed back from a 2-0 deficit in the Western Conference finals to score three goals in the final 15 minutes and take down Minnesota United. Alas, in a similar story to Pumas MX above, the Sounders ultimately fell short in the MLS Cup, as Columbus Crew (#3 this week) captured the championship with a 3-0 victory.

The five fastest-growing team audiences in the past week…
1) Columbus Crew SC (1.84%)
2) Red Bull Leipzig (1.79%)
3) Tottenham Hotspur (1.23%)
4) Pumas MX (1.2%)
5) AS Monaco (0.95%)

*The minimum for Trending 20 consideration is 20 posts in the prior week. This week, 8 of 282 tracked pro teams were ineligible for Trending 20 due to a lack of posts.

Trending 20: Leagues/Events (December 15th)

The 20 professional leagues and events with the highest cross-platform engagement rate from Dec 7-13th, 2020.
RankLast WkAccountSportEngagement
Rate
Audience
Growth Rate
Cross-Platform
Audience
Weeks in T20
(of 9 total)
Highest
Rank
11Korea Baseball LeagueBaseball2.80%0.09%172.6K91
25Premier Lacrosse LeagueLacrosse1.26%0.07%387.9K82
3NRLOL eSportseSports0.78%0.01%8.6M62
410AFL Women'sAussie Rules0.75%0.08%321.4K82
54NCAA March MadnessBasketball0.72%0.13%3.7M44
62Big Bash LeagueCricket0.72%5.81%10.4M92
73Formula 1Auto Racing0.70%0.92%31.2M93
812National Rugby LeagueRugby0.65%0.03%3.8M84
919AllsvenskanSoccer0.62%0.18%138.7K87
106UEFA Women’s Champions LeagueSoccer0.58%0.20%3.9M95
11NROverwatch LeagueeSports0.56%-0.04%1.7M211
128Athletes UnlimitedMulti-Sport0.55%1.67%144.0K45
1314National Basketball League (NBL)Basketball0.53%0.04%446.4K53
1420Int'l Table Tennis FederationTable Tennis0.51%0.06%1.5M713
1511ATP TourTennis0.46%0.08%7.2M47
1617Southeastern Conference (SEC)College Athletics0.45%0.18%1.6M46
1713College Football PlayoffFootball0.44%0.38%1.2M38
18NRNational Lacrosse LeagueLacrosse0.42%-0.02%307.2K410
19NRUEFASoccer0.41%1.06%5.6M218
20NRIndian Super LeagueSoccer0.39%0.52%7.0M83

Breaking Down The Juggernauts
While we rank these brands based on cross-platform engagement, we wanted to take a moment to break down where each of the top leagues are driving the most engagement. Here’s a surface-level breakdown of this week’s top three brands, based on engagement split by platform:
1) KBO League: 91% Instagram // 9% Facebook
2) Premier Lacrosse League: 96% Instagram // 2.5% Twitter // 1% Facebook
3) LoL esports: 66% Instagram // 29% Facebook // 4.6% Twitter

It’s obvious to see the impact that a strong Instagram presence has on top-line engagement rate across platforms. While we know that all engagements are not created equally (from a monetization or audience loyalty perspective), Instagram reigns supreme as the top platform to drive high volumes of engagements.

Big Month For Big Bash
Big Bash League has dominated our “fastest growing” list (see below) in recent weeks, as the popular Australian cricket league has come out of the gates hot since resuming play last week. After posting a 5-percent growth rate in last week’s rankings, the league nearly hit 6-percent weekly growth in this week’s Trending 20, and has seen its audience grow nearly 15% in the past month alone. And this is not an upstart league posting high growth rates from a small base number: Big Bash has more than 10 million cross-platform followers, putting it in the same ballpark as stalwart American brands such as NASCAR and X Games. The league is particularly strong on YouTube, with 6.6 million followers on the video platform.

The five fastest-growing league/event audiences in the past week…
1) Big Bash League (5.8%)
2) Athletes Unlimited (1.7%)
3) UEFA (1.1%)
4) Formula 1 (0.9%)
5) Copa Sudamericana (0.8%)

*The minimum for Trending 20 consideration is 20 posts in the prior week. This week, 21 of 101 tracked leagues/events were ineligible for Trending 20 due to a lack of posts.

FAQ: METHODOLOGY & ELIGIBILITY

Q: How do we determine and rank the Trending 20 accounts? A: Trending 20 accounts are ranked based on cross-platform engagement rate, and all data is sourced from the Conviva Social Insights leaderboard platform. Q: What platforms are included in the “cross-platform” engagement rate? A: The four platforms included are Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Q: What is “engagement rate” anyway? How is it calculated? A: The engagement rate shown is the average engagement rate for all posts during the set period. Engagement rate per post is calculated by the total number of engagements divided by audience, expressed as a percentage. Q: My team/brand account had a higher engagement rate than others on this list, but we’re not included. What gives? A: Sorry about that! In this case, your account either did not meet the minimum 20-post threshold for eligibility, or the account is not included in our current list of eligible teams/properties. Q: Will more teams/leagues be added to the list of eligible accounts? How can I request to have my team or league added? A: Yes, we will continue to add teams from more professional leagues, as well as potentially adding additional or emergent leagues or event properties. Please request an addition by emailing Edgar Walker (edgar@frontofficesports.com) or tweeting our FOS Insights department @FOSInsights. Q: Will you be ranking collegiate programs, as well? A: This one is a bit tricky — some athletic programs house all their posts from one central account while others have dedicated team accounts — but we are actively seeking out the best course of action to rank collegiate programs by the same methodology as professional teams. Q: How can I see more similar data and go deeper than the Trending 20? A: Conviva has an extensive, curated database of sports teams, athletes, leagues, and brands. As you’ve registered for access for the Trending 20, Conviva may reach out with information on their product. For more detailed leaderboard listings or to request a free trial, visit the Conviva website. If you have any additional questions about the methodology or data utilized for the Trending 20, please contact info@frontofficesports.com or tweet our FOS Insights department @FOSInsights.