banner
Joe Ovies

Hashtagging your way to recruiting success

Posted July 15, 2013

Head Coach Dave Doeren addresses the crowd during the NC State Spring Game on April 20, 2013 in Raleigh, NC.

ACC Football Kickoff descends on the Grandover Resort in Greensboro this weekend, signaling the impending return of college football.

Go ahead, do a little dance for joy. I did.

The media event will likely cover the usual topics, from whether or not Florida State is "back" to the crucial opening non-conference games that shape perception of the ACC. There will be new faces along with the familiar ones to interview. Syracuse and Pittsburgh will be trading the Big East clam bake for a little southern hospitality, while Maryland probably wants a quiet sendoff before heading to the Big Ten.

Of particular interest will be the new wave of recruiting tactics that have maintained a steady stream of signing news over the summer and how each program has used social media to their advantage.

If you're a stodgy coach who pines for the days of rotary phones and stamped mail, the recruiting edge has been lost to younger coaches who blow up Twitter timelines with hashtags and Instagram photos. It's especially important for programs who lack the built-in advantages of pedigree programs within the ACC like Florida State, Clemson or Virginia Tech. Being social media savvy disrupts the usual coverage and brings attention, even if some of that attention involves looks of bewilderment. 

NC State has "#GOODJUICE" and a form letter that breaks down the simple math of needs and ballers. North Carolina went viral with uniform unveilings on YouTube and an Insane Clown Posse inspired "Fedora's Freak Show" logo. Even at Boston College and Syracuse, they want to know if recruits can "#beadude" or play "#hardnosed"

These initiatives might appear silly through the lens of adult sensibility, but they are effective on two levels.

The bottom line is that teenagers eat this stuff up. It's no different than the tired debate on over-the-top uniform combinations versus the traditional gear an older generation of fans came to identify with a school. Players not only care about looking cool, but they also want to be part of something cool. By creating their own hype through social media, players are drawn to something perceived as exciting.

The residual effect works on fans, who also get sucked into the hype machine and also help fuel to it. It's possible to engineer viral social media by understanding your audience. Fans active on social media will comment and retweet, increasing the reach.

Is there a fleeting nature to all these hashtags and Photoshop works of art? Absolutely, but you'd miss the point in dismissing the strategy. If a coach can use a trumped up perception of excitement around their program to create an inroad with a recruit, part of the goal has already been accomplished.

6 Comments

This blogpost is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • canz Jul 19, 10:00 p.m.

    I wonder if there is a single decision that Joe makes that isnt dictated on what is popular/trendy. Does he have a single original thought?

  • ewcanes Jul 17, 7:49 a.m.

    I think we can ALL agree,

    Joe and Adam: #Hackwriters #Badradio #dumbstory

    Bring back Mike and... View More

    — Posted by morgannyy

    you've got to be joking. Mark Thomas is horrible, I still don't think he's completed a sentence, not to mention he's all STATE all the time. Which isn't bad, it's just hard to listen when you're looking for unbiased local sports talk. Mike is ok, but his segways are so stupid. Joe and Adam are just fine

  • morgannyy Jul 16, 5:13 a.m.

    I think we can ALL agree,

    Joe and Adam: #Hackwriters #Badradio #dumbstory

    Bring back Mike and Mark! #missGoodSportstalkRadio

  • viking416 Jul 15, 8:36 p.m.

    Can't stand this Ovie guy and his partner Gold. They are one dimensional and are not in the know about the one pro sport we have in the area. Ludicrous!

  • Hammerhead Jul 15, 5:13 p.m.

    Does somebody actually think the Maryland uniforms look cool?

  • tdouble232323 Jul 15, 4:18 p.m.

    If you are a grown man RT'g recruiting buzz and hashtags, please reevaluate your life. You're not helping to "create buzz" as Joe would say, you are outing yourself as a poser.

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Tomorrow at 9:30 am on FOX50

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Tomorrow at 9:30 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Green Bay at New Orleans

    Tomorrow at 8:25 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
7th
SFG 11
KAN 4
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
Final
WASU 37
ARZ 59
 
Final
CLEM 16
SYR 6
Final
LAMON 18
TXST 22
 
Final
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 34
Final
COLST 45
WYO 31
 
Final
LSU 10
MISS 7
 
Final
TENN 20
ALA 34
 
Final
AUB 42
SCAR 35
 
4th
PSU 17
OSU 17
 
Half
UTAH 10
USC 14
 
2nd
WASH 0
ARST 0
 
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
Final
TOR 1
BOS 4
Final
NYI 7
DAL 5
Final
PHI 4
DET 2
Final
OTT 2
NJD 3
Final
MON 3
NYR 1
Final
STL 3
CHI 2
Final
NAS 0
PIT 3
Final
MIN 7
TAM 2
2nd Intermission
ARI 1
FLA 1
 
2nd
CAL 1
WAS 2
 
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14