Project: @Cafe Social Media Headquarters
Client: San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball Club
Submitted by: Array Interactive

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The @Cafe—the official Social Media Headquarters for the World Champion San Francisco Giants—represents the first in-park destination solely dedicated to the presentation of cross-platform, social media conversation generated from the team, fans, players, and baseball insiders.  It also includes a behind-the-scenes look at how the team initiates conversation across social media channels, manages content through social listening and analytics platforms, and distributes select posts for display in the cafe.  According to the Giants, nothing on this scale has been implemented by a professional sports franchise inside of a ballpark.

The World Champion San Francisco Giants wanted to create a social destination for fans.  Placed inside its renowned AT&T Park, this physical space had to incite social interaction, participation and conversation amongst local, national, and global fans of the franchise.  It had to be innately captivating and useful to active social users while intriguing to those unfamiliar with social platforms. And while positioning the Giants’ organization and ballpark as innovative, it had to be indicative of a World Champion.

Product Description & Timeframe:
The destination is anchored by a 12‘x4’ video wall featuring custom social media visualizations that were conceived, architected, designed and developed by Array Interactive.  Features include:  - Real-time posts from social platforms display global conversations  - Digital counters provide ever-growing number of followers per specific social channels  - Question of the Day poses questions to fans and creates higher conversation volume by inciting responses through social platforms  - Official Twitter feeds of the Giants, players, and press deliver unique insider content   - A customizable Hashtag of the Day promotes topical conversation around players, team and ballpark  - MLBAM player statistics and highlights deliver relevant performance data  - Fan tweets are linked to specific ball players to display fan-to-player affinity and following   - Social All Star feature highlights best tweets as voted by administrators  - Photo of the Day presents top Instagram photos submitted by fans  - Exclusive content and sponsorship areas provide new revenue streams - Custom moderation engine empowers Giants staff to review social posts prior to their distribution in the cafe

The experience was well received by the Giants organization, fans, and the digital signage industry. SportTechie.com recently named it the #1 social media campaign of the 2013 MLB regular season saying “The @Café is number one on the list because it’s a seamless integration of social media and baseball. It’s a place where all fans – not just a select few – can meet, mingle, and enjoy baseball in a new way. It appeals to fans who may not normally come to the stadium, while also introducing those who already attend to the social media community. The Giants and their @Café have the potential to become true trendsetters in MLB.”    -Larry Baer, President and CEO of the Giants stated, “I think it’s fantastic.  With friends at Array Interactive...a lot of great minds went into this.”     -Digital Signage Connection recently noted “Not since the launch of (the) “BuzzWall” at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium...have we seen such an innovative approach to enhancing the fan experience.”

 Judges Comments 
  • Looks like a lot of fun and that the Giants fans really enjoy this new way to interact.  (the coffee looked good too!).
  • Very cool.  One of those ideas that seems so logical but kudos to them for being the first to come up with it
  • The integration with mobile and social media was very well done.  The couple taking a picture and displaying it on the sign was a good illustration of how the display works.  I wonder if a projector would have been a better choice for the sign, though the thin bezels helped with the integration of the six monitors.  Overall this was very well done.
  • Excellent concept; great to set the stage for this type of solution throughout the ballparks!  Nice way to easily engage the fans with your brand.
  • This was named the Best of DIGI in 2013. Great integration of social media with screenmedia and excellent example of helping to make a location a "destination" through dynamic media and social media interface.

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