The 2017/18 season is the League Press and Media Officer Simon Harrison's fourth year in the role and since his arrival the League's social media presence has significantly been updated and improved but he wants to know what can be done to make it even better.
The League reached the landmark of 1,000 Twitter followers in July 2015 and now proudly boast a fantastic 2,579. In recent months, the number is rising at an average of 2 per day which estimates to reach around 2,700 by the start of 2018.
@THEMCRFL continues to be a popular account within the footballing community and is active on a regular basis in both outgoing tweets as well as mentions.
The 2017/18 season saw the beginning of league fixture graphics which was introduced to give a greater visibility of the fixtures within the new format of six divisions. It was hoped it would encourage the member clubs to increase their online activity and use them to advertise the fixtures on their accounts. So far, this has received a very positive response so lets hope that continues.
Amongst other things, the Twitter account is also used to communicate any postponements on a match day to give a greater knowledge to our followers which includes the many 'Ground Hoppers' that attend our fixtures because there's nothing worse than travelling to a game only to find out it had been called off earlier in the day.
Our Facebook presence has changed since Simon's arrival with the League having had a 'Profile' which is usually used for an individual rather than a business/association/organisation.
In April 2017, this was removed and the New Facebook Page was created. This will make it easier for the League to communicate any news articles but will also improve the way it can be contacted.
If you have a Facebook account and you want to see all communications from us, simply go to our New Facebook Page and hit 'Like'. This means our stories will appear in your timeline along with your friends' status updates and other accounts you like.
Our website is hosted by Pitchero which is a popular supplier of club websites and leagues at amateur and grassroots level. A number of our member clubs use Pitchero for their website which allows items such as results/match reports/photos to appear on our site.
The site was launched at the beginning of the 2015/16 season and has since increased in popularity with it receiving around 1,536 visits a week, generating over 6,300 page views in the same period.
The Manchester Football League boast a fantastic asset of their weekly podcast - MFL Weekly. This went on air for the first time in August 2015 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
The podcast is recorded and produced by Ben Hughes of FCUM Radio each week and is joined by Simon Harrison to run through the results and fixtures of the week plus any other news-worthy occurrings.
This platform has allowed the League to communicate in a different way and have also encouraged Clubs to get involved. They have the opportunity to get air time to chat about their Club and the current goings on with the possibility to promote events or even sponsors - and it's free to get involved!
The most recent addition to the League's social media CV is the app for mobile devices. It was launched in August 2017 and has had a very encouraging first few months. At the end of September the app had been downloaded by over 400 users and been used on just short of 10,000 occasions. The app was designed by Boud Digital and was created with the intention of making it easier to access information such as club and referee contact details, ground addresses, rules and regulations and important instructions that is usually found on the League website and previously in the handbook.
The app is also an easy way of finding the latest Podcast, Social Media accounts and many other things.
Read here for more details on how to download it for your device.
As you can tell a lot has happened in the time since Simon's arrival but he wants to keep improving things in a way that show the League and it's Clubs in the best possible light.
Simon is asking for club officials, players, supporters and football fans in general to get in touch on how they feel this can happen.
What is good?
What is bad?
What would you like to see?
What would you not like to see?
How can something be improved?
You can send in your responses via the following channels:
Remember, we want to be able to bring you the best coverage of your football clubs so help us reach our goal!