Selected second overall by Kansas City in the 2007 MLB Draft, Nebraska native Alex Gordon would become the epitome of a Royal and beloved by fans over 14 accomplished seasons with the team. On September 24, 2020, Gordo, a World Series champion, three-time All Star and eight-time Gold Glove Award winner, announced his retirement from baseball upon season’s end.
Gordo, known for his defensive prowess, clutch at-bats and tireless work ethic, deserved a proper sendoff. However, due to the pandemic, fans were not allowed in the stands, therefore placing a heightened importance on telling Gordo’s retirement story through Royals digital and social media channels since fans couldn’t be there to experience it in person. Our objective was to make fans feel as close and connected to the moment as possible by sharing a variety of engaging content including graphics, photos and behind the scenes video across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
From beginning to end, all aspects of Alex Gordon’s retirement were covered in a meaningful and engaging way, giving fans both a behind the scenes and on the field look into the special weekend. This included:
Through it all, fans were effectively engaged, immersed and connected to Gordo’s retirement story.
Fans engaged with Gordo retirement content in a big way. Featured photos, videos, graphics and live content overperformed across platforms. There were 101 total Alex Gordon posts across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from September 24-27, totaling 2.0M engagements, 3.6M video views and 21.9M impressions. These totals far exceeded normal Royals KPIs and accounted for 22 percent of our total engagments, 8 percent of our total video views and 6 percent of our total impressions in 2020.
The Royals had the highest engagement rate of any team in Major League Baseball during that time period on Facebook and Instagram and the third highest engagement rate on Twitter. Three Gordo posts resulted in the third, fourth and eighth most engagements in the history of Royals Instagram and the Gordo retirement announcement motion graphic was the second most liked post in the history of Royals Twitter.
While fans couldn’t be in the stands during Gordo’s final homestand and experience his last few games as a Royal, they still felt connected to the moment as a result of all the content produced and distributed to them throughout the weekend.