Goal line technology and video games are generally where one sees technology and soccer working together, but South African soccer publication giant, Soccer Laduma, recently teamed up with new social communication platform, WeChat, to become the first verified WeChat Official Account in Africa.
Soccer Laduma sends out daily broadcast messages to its followers highlighting the best news and content of the day. Regular audio messages from the editorial team and South African soccer legends have also proved very popular, as have the weekly chat group sessions.
Followers easily discover additional content by sending keywords to the Soccer Laduma Official Account to receive text, audio, video or rich media content within WeChat.
Soccer Laduma’s Sales and Marketing Director, Brendon Radomsky, says, “We are proud to attribute our success to the power of our fanatical, soccer loving readers and WeChat has given this enthusiasm an extended platform where fans can engage.
“It is great to empower fans with a multi-functional engagement tool such as WeChat; we feel it will prove instrumental in identifying what kind of content our readers enjoy most.”
As a team, Soccer Laduma has embraced the WeChat technology since starting with it two months ago. A recent addition to the weekly broadcasts is the weekend game predictions, delivered through the WeChat audio clip functionality, which has seen great uptake from the readers.
Users get an enriched experience as WeChat enables them through the use of an Official Account to connect continuously with Soccer Laduma. They can interact and get news about what is important to them when they want it. Anything from video, voice and imagery are part of the rich content WeChat users can enjoy.
“The growth of this Official Account highlights the strength that WeChat as a social communication app has amongst African smartphone users. It also portrays how brands can harness this power and use it to engage with consumers in a new and exciting way,” says new business manager for WeChat Africa, Ronald Bach.
“It’s clear that WeChat is constantly innovating and adding features that users need. The simplicity of their approach means that we can develop new content streams and deliver it in the way our fans want. WeChat’s rise in adoption amongst Africans proves that they’ve got a winning formula, and an app that’s going to stick around for a while”, concludes Clint Roper, Editor of Soccer Laduma.
Add Soccer Laduma using the WeChat ID: soccerladuma