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Most popular NRL teams on Facebook

Posted by Laura on Tuesday, 6 April, 2010

I looked at the most popular teams on Facebook for the AFL. Now it is time for the NRL.  The following is based on the official Facebook pages that are linked on a team’s official site.  If a team is not listed, it is because they did not provide a link to their official Facebook page or provided a bad link.  This data was gathered on April 6, 2010.

  • Queensland Maroons – Queensland Maroons(Fan): 76,807
  • Brisbane Lions – Brisbane Broncos(Fan): 45,327
  • Gold Coast Titans – Gold Coast Titans(Fan): 18,032
  • Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles(Fan): 14,895
  • Wests Tigers – Wests Tigers – Official National Rugby League Club(Fan): 14,078
  • Newcastle Knights – Newcastle Knights (Fan): 12,766
  • Sydney Roosters – The Official Sydney Roosters Page(Fan): 12,204
  • Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks – Cronulla Sharks(Fan): 9,502
  • Melbourne Storm – Storm Man(User): 3,203
  • Canberra Raiders – Canberra Raiders(User): 2,583
  • North Queensland Cowboys – North Queensland Toyota Cowboys(Fan): 2,428
  • New South Wales Blues – New South Wales Rugby League(Fan): 886
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    NRL and official facebook fan page fail

    Posted by Laura on Tuesday, 6 April, 2010

    The NRL could really learn a lesson from the AFL for Facebook. Having looked through most of the official sites to try to find official Facebook pages, I’ve made the following observations:

    • The South Sydney Rabbitohs site links to the Facebook page for the Canberra Raiders.
    • The St. George Illawarra Dragons and New Zealand Warriors sites links to, not to their fanpages.
    • Several teams do not have Facebook fanpages.
    • The Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders have user pages with limited public profiles.
    • The Melbourne Storm user profile is for the team’s mascot.

    These patterns suggest that the NRL is behind the ball with their use of social networking.  Social networking is important tool for building a fanbase, selling merchandise, etc.  There is a correlation between attendance at matches and the size of a team’s online social networking fan base.  I’m not certain what factors lead to this and the variables could be totally independent but either way, they need to improve their fan engagement.

    (The links were found on the NRL hosted team sites.  These are not official team sites but are official NRL league pages.)

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