Social Media: Supercharge Your Sites Part 1

If you manage a website or blog, then it can be challenging to consistently create engaging content through writing articles; however, social media posting has become pretty natural.  Luckily, we can leverage all the work put into your social media channels by embedding that content on your Demosphere website.  This two-part guide will show you all you need to know to integrate your Facebook page and Twitter account with your website. Let’s get started!

Social Media Tip 1: Facebook Pages

You can share all kinds of social media content between Facebook and your website including: timelines, messages, and events. Embedding your Facebook page on your site is an easy way increase your online presence. This section will cover how to connect different pieces of your Facebook page with your site.

1) Navigate to the Facebook Developer Page Plugin page.

social media page plugins

2) Scroll down until you see an input for, “Facebook Page URL,” and enter the url for the page from where you want to use content. In this guide we will be using Demosphere’s Facebook page as an example.

3) Choose the tabs you want to include in the input labeled, “Tabs”. Available options are: timeline, messages, and events. You may include as many tabs as you wish by separating each tab with a comma (example input “timeline, events”). In our example, we’ll use all 3.

social media page plugins

4) Configure the appearance of your page plugin. The nice people at Facebook have made this process very simple by exposing common configurations as checkboxes and text inputs. You can experiment with the look and feel of your plugin by previewing the content underneath the configuration settings. It is best to leave width and height empty, as well as leaving the checkbox for “Adapt to plugin container width” checked to ensure your plugin looks great on all device screens. For the guide’s example we are going to use the settings below:

social media page plugins

5) Get the code. You can get all of the code to put on your site by clicking the “Get Code” button beneath the plugin preview. You will need to copy both snippets of code from the tab “Javascript SDK” and put them on your page in the order they appear. Our example’s code snippets are below:

social media embed code

6) Add the code to your page. Add the snippets to your Demosphere website as “Rawcode” (shown below). If your site is not hosted by Demosphere, then you can add your code snippets to the source code of the page in the order shown above.

social media embed code

7) Check your public page:

social media public

Social Media Tip 2: Showcasing Specific Posts

Sometimes you will want to highlight a specific post from Facebook. You can accomplish this using Facebook’s Embedded Posts Plugin. We’ll walk through how to accomplish that below.

1) Start by logging into Facebook and navigating to the post that you would like everyone to see. In this example, we will use one of the posts from Demosphere’s Facebook page. Click the arrow at the top right of the post and choose the “Embed” option, then “Advanced Settings”.

social media post embed

2) Configure the post plugin. Facebook Embedded Post Plugin page should look familiar to the Facebook Page Plugin page. Set the pixel width option to “auto” as shown below.

social media embed post

3) Get the code. Click the button “Get Code”. If you’re following along from the last section and are not using the Demosphere platform, then you don’t need to copy the first snippet.

social media embed code

4) Add the code to your page. Like the previous section, you can add the code to a Demosphere page using “Rawcode”. If you are not using the Demosphere platform, then you can add the code snippets to your page’s source code.

5) Check your public page

social media public

What Next?

If you’ve been following along, then you have successfully integrated different elements from your organization’s Facebook page. Take some time to experiment with what you have learned in Part 1 of this guide and explore the various plugins that Facebook has to offer. Most of them can be implemented by simply embedding the code they provide into your site.

Having trouble? Did you setup an awesome social media steam? Leave a comment below and be on the lookout for Social Media: Supercharge Your Sites Part 2, where we will go over how to integrate Twitter with your site.

 

Post-NSCAA 2017 Recap

NSCAA 2017

Demosphere attended the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention (NSCAA) in Los Angeles last week and we’re still recovering from a whirlwind of a trip! Our team pulled off an amazing feat to prepare for the convention and bring everything together in order to have such a successful experience at a convention that large.

Demosphere has attended the NSCAA for 14 years and this was one of the best yet! Despite the anticipation that a West Coast show would not be as heavily attended, this year’s event was the second-most well-attended convention in the organization’s 76-year history – pretty amazing!

This annual event is by far the best networking event in the soccer community; a who’s who of soccer in the United States, and the growing momentum in 2017 was palpable. The week began with the annual Women in Soccer Symposium where a collection of highly respected contributors come together “to celebrate diversity in the beautiful game as it acknowledges the long road ahead to equality”.

Later in the week attendees had an opportunity to see the live draft for the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), as well as the 2017 SuperDraft for Major League Soccer, along with hundreds of educational sessions geared toward soccer coaches, hosted by both NSCAA and U.S. Youth Soccer.

Several award ceremonies throughout the week also honored various members of the soccer community, including one of Demosphere’s longtime friends, Louise Waxler, Executive Director of McLean Youth Soccer and one of our newest friends, Greg Mauch, boys coach at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, IN; both of whom received a Long-Term Service Award for their contributions and service to both the NSCAA and the game. Tennessee Soccer Club’s (TSC) Ronnie Woodard also took home the prestigious Coach of the Year Award – TSC has been a valued customer of Demosphere’s for many years, initially beginning in 2003, years before their re-brand into the Club they are today.

During our many conversations throughout the week, a few things were clear: soccer in the U.S. is growing at a rapid pace, the community is still trying to figure out how things will evolve (most especially from the top down), and the youth sports market specifically is looking for a more integrated way to handle their growing technology needs to allow them to focus on what they do best: creating and growing programs dedicated to the development of our youth.

Demosphere is dedicated to serving these needs, and our mission is clear:

To provide authentic, industry-leading technology solutions for organized sports, accommodating the needs of all levels of organizations, and all levels of users, with an ethical approach in how to impact the greater community.

Through experience, authenticity, integrity and a strong sense of community, we’re excited to continue serving the needs of youth sports organizations for many more years to come.

Thank you to NSCAA, U.S. Youth Soccer and all the amazing members, attendees, exhibitors and contributors we had the pleasure of connecting with last week!

 

There is a layer of the atmosphere where we all live, work and play…where all global activity occurs, and where together we share in the spectacle and triumphs of participatory sports.

Sports thrive in the demosphere®

 

Real Users Shaping the Future of RosterPro®

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We’ve all become accustomed to a generation of information overload. Inboxes get cluttered and days get busy.

It’s not surprising in the least that administrators who dedicate themselves to managing the registration of their clubs have no time to waste. Every second spent on registration management counts, and these individuals know better than anyone how important it is to be efficient.

With a steady determination to help expedite our RosterPro® Registration System users, Demosphere reached out to the people who use the system daily – RosterPro Administrators – and asked them to provide us with unfiltered feedback and their recommendations about where they’d like to see the system go in the future.

dmv-user-groupDemosphere users from across the Washington DC area gathered on Thursday evening to socialize and share with fellow RosterPro Registration System administrators and Demosphere staff.

Attendees offered their own systems to demonstrate how to utilize certain new features, suggested how to improve each other’s processes, and participated in an open forum discussion to have a say in the future development of RosterPro.

Led by Demosphere’s Executive Vice President, Kris Baker, the User Group was given an exclusive look into RosterPro’s product roadmap of upcoming scheduled feature releases – and an in-person demonstration of our new TeamNet™ team communication platform!

In addition to providing great feedback, the User Group served as a unique opportunity to mingle with other administrators in the area over cocktails and appetizers.

Don’t just take out word for it! Hear what some of the event’s attendees had to say:

Thanks Demosphere…Great event yesterday! I enjoyed having the opportunity to hear how other clubs & organizations are utilizing the array of features available in RosterPro. The TeamNet™ feature is a very exciting development along with Background Check integration.  I look forward to attending future User Group seminars!

– Mark Abbott, Chantilly Youth Association, Inc.

The User Forum was absolutely fabulous. It was so nice to be able to speak with others who not only use the RosterPro® system, but who also can speak to how they use it and what they like and don’t like. I got so many good ideas, new ways to approach set up and a great insight into what is to come from RosterPro® and TeamNet.”

– Annie Gavett, Maryland Soccer Foundation, Inc.

I really enjoyed coming to the User Group session yesterday, just the way that everyone shared what their clubs did with RosterPro® or other Demosphere product.  You can learn new things and help out other users.  Also meeting up with the Demosphere staff and seeing the presentation of the roadmap is very helpful.

– Corky Webster, Northern Virginia Soccer Club

Are you a RosterPro Administrator who would like to contribute to the future of the RosterPro System? Send us an email to let us know you’d like us to host a User Group in your area!

As always, feel free to email us your feedback or talk to a member of Demosphere Support.

User Group Photos

Beats Headphones Banned From 2014 World Cup

Beats by Dre headphones may be banned from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but it isn’t necessarily bad news for business.

Due to a licensing agreement that FIFA has with Sony, the “soccer government” banned players from wearing Beats headphones during games and media events. According to Reuters, Sony recently sent every player a free pair of headphones to wear during these times.

Mario Balotelli of Italy listening to music while walking onto the field before a game

Despite the news of the licensing barriers, Beats wasn’t ready to give up. The company released a five-minute video promoting their headphones titled “The Game Before The Game” which features various professional soccer players. The ad got fans everywhere talking and went viral after only a few days.

World Cup players are forced to wear Sony headphones for official events, but several players have been spotted wearing Beats headphones on their own time during breaks and practices. Many marketing experts believe that this “probably only amplifies their appeal.”

“Beats isn’t a sponsor, so the message is more authentic and credible,” said strategist Ellen Petry Leanse, a former Apple and Google executive.

The company is primarily popular among young people, which is part of the reason Apple recently bought Beats for $3.2 billion. Beats’ guerilla marketing techniques have quickly made them a “must have” for fans.

What do you think – has Beats triumphed over Sony despite the ban?

Gift Ideas For Youth Sports

PresentThe holidays are fast approaching! As youth sports organizations know, the end of the year is a great time to get new faces involved!

That said, the clock is ticking. According to a recent blog post by Forbes, shoppers are shopping earlier than ever before and they’re forecast to spend 2% less than last year.

As a result, if you’re looking for a piece of the holiday gift pie, don’t wait any longer to get the word out about what you have to offer.

Some ways to get involved include:

  • Offering gift cards for future programs.
  • Offering new winter programs outside of your traditional registration period.
  • Selling new branded merchandise.
  • Producing recommended equipment lists so kids are properly equipped for your sport.
  • Tickets. Work with a local professional sports team to get a group discount on tickets to a game and offer to your members.

What ideas have been successful for your organization? Let us know in the comments below!