The 2011 Rugby World Cup has come and gone and in the end, the New Zealand All Blacks have stood victorious. For a country that has been waiting for 24 years to hoist the Rugby World Cup trophy, their storybook ending was something that will go down in history as one of the greatest moments in New Zealand history.
When watching the final game, I couldn’t help but think about the recent 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver when Canada defeated the United States to win hockey gold. In Canada, hockey is a religion. And, when Canada won Olympic Gold, I would imagine it was the same type of feeling the New Zealand All Blacks fans experienced!
If you don’t believe me, check out this video of me and my buddy (Mike Olaski) after Team Canada Wins Hockey Gold and on the streets of Vancouver after the win. If you are still not convinced, check out this video compilation of fan reactions across Canada after Sidney Crosby’s Golden Goal. (Still gives me chills)
2011 Rugby World Cup Fans
Here’s a glimpse at the nervous excitement shared by both the All Black fans and France fans. (If this video doesn’t give you chills as well….check your pulse! This is what makes sport so amazing!)
Needless to say, the 2011 Rugby World Cup was a tremendous success, not only in displaying the sport and connecting fans rugby around the world, it has also set the precedent that all major sporting events will have to live up to in the future. And, one of the major reasons for this is the way that they integrated social media into their communication strategy.
The 2011 Rugby World Cup social media efforts was spearheaded by Shane Harmon, General Manager Marketing and Communications and Clare Wolfensohn, Online & Communications Projects Manager, Rugby New Zealand 2011. Our very own Lewis Howes had the opportunity to meet and interview Shane while traveling in New Zealand. Check out the interview here: 2011 Rugby World Cup Social Media Strategies
Here are just some of the social media stats from the 2011 Rugby World Cup
- Over the finals weekend more than 300,000 tweets were posted
- More than 150,000 tweets mentioned “RWC 2011″ or “RWCFinals” during the final
- On Facebook the RWC 2011 page was receiving on average 2,700 comments or likes per post
- Since 1 September the #RWC2011 and the teams have gained more than 185,000 new followers on Twitter, more than 621,000 new Facebook Fans, 1.1 Million Facebook Likes, 331,000 Comments and over 4.1 Million mentions on Twitter.