Athletes from winter sports have been taking over social media in the past few weeks, with spikes in engagement and followers.
On average, winter athletes saw an 82% increase in followers across platforms from January 1st to February 22nd, 2022. There was an especially significant increase of 148% in athletes’ following on Instagram.
The big names taking to the slopes and the ice did not just see their following grow, they also racked up social engagement. From February 2nd to February 20th, posts from winter athletes gained over 29 million total engagements on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Several sponsors chose to take advantage of the high engagement levels that athletes, teams, and other Olympic-related content had by sponsoring posts. Some of the sponsors that had the best performing branded posts were Bridgestone Tires, who sponsored posts by Nathan Chen and Mark McMorris, SkipTheDishes, who sponsored posts from Mark McMorris, Marie Philip-Poulin, and Vanessa James, and Bose, who sponsored Mikaela Shiffrin.
Snowboarders especially excelled on social, making up 9 of the top 10 posts in the category. Figure skater Nathan Chen rounds out the top content.
The key takeaway here is that athletes are not to be underestimated on social. While they may not play major popular sports like football or basketball, they still have an audience that is interested in and engaging with their content. These athletes are great candidates for branded content and influencer campaigns, especially after they have gained so many fans and followers in recent weeks.
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