SkullSparks produces and shares a wide range of college athletics social media analytics throughout the year. View archived charts, statistics and detailed background information. | Analytics Archive
Why does SkullSparks share analytics?
Each college athletics program and fanbase is unique with different resources and priorities. Every team however is interested in maximizing the return on resources devoted to social media. Analytics assist in identifying effective strategies and recognizing trends.
How are team accounts verified?
SkullSparks creates and maintains our own lists of official Instagram and Facebook team accounts within CrowdTangle. These are organized by sport, by conference. and by other criteria. We individually verify the authenticity of each official account. We also cross-check using information from official team websites. For Twitter, Opendorse maintains official lists of team accounts organized by sport. SkullSparks works with Opendorse to verify official accounts.
Why is a certain sport or level not included?
We monitor thousands of official college athletics social media accounts and must prioritize our resources. We are constantly updating and expanding the number of sports and NCAA levels we track.
How do you categorize teams?
We share football and main athletics account analytics by FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) and FCS (Football Championship Subdivision). We further divide FBS teams as P5 (Power 5) and G5 (Group of 5). We define P5 as teams from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC plus independents Notre Dame and BYU. We define G5 as teams from the American, CUSA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt along with the remainder of FBS independents.
What is a main Athletics account?
Individual college sports have specific accounts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook while a main Athletics account represents the overall Athletics Department. For example, the @Vol_Football Twitter account represents football while the @Vol_Sports account represents the overall Tennessee Athletics Department and its 14+ sports.
Why are interactions important?
We believe college athletics digital and design should inspire stakeholders (recruits, fans, donors) to action. If someone interacts with content by liking, commenting or sharing, we believe this demonstrates a higher degree of effectiveness for the content. We recognize that many variables impact interaction but this is the best indication we can generate from analytics.
What is defined as an interaction?
These definitions are set by CrowdTangle and Opendorse:
Instagram: like, comment
Twitter: like, retweet
Facebook: reaction, comment, share
What content is counted?
An interaction is only counted on original posts or tweets made by the account. For example, interactions are not recorded for re-tweets of content from other accounts.
How important are follower counts?
You’ll notice that we prioritize interactions. Some accounts have amassed large follower counts and we do believe there is a degree of importance to audience size. But there are many variables involved and we’re more interested in recognizing content that resonates regardless of follower count.
How do you calculate average interactions per post/tweet?
We examine a specific time period (week, month, year) and determine total number of posts/tweets by accounts. We then divide the total number of interactions generated during that time period by total number of posts/tweets to arrive at average interactions generated per post/tweet.
Why/how do you round numbers?
For clarity and to keep infographics concise, we regularly round to the nearest thousand. Any number 500+ is rounded up to the next thousand. For example, 23, 502 would be shown as 24k while 23, 479 would be 23k. We often include additional charts with detailed data including specific numbers for further analysis.